RUNAWAY GROOMSMAN, a heartfelt, slow-burn romantic comedy about new beginnings and finding happily ever afters in unlikely places is available now from USA Today Bestselling Author, Meghan Quinn!
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He runs from the altar—and finds love in the place he least expects…
Hollywood screenwriter Sawyer Walsh knows a good love story when he sees it. But when it comes to real life romance, he’s a mess. That’s how he finds himself standing at the altar…as his ex-girlfriend ties the knot with his very famous best friend. The pressure, the resentment, the media coverage—it’s all too much—and before he knows exactly what he’s doing, he’s making a run for it, leaving a shocked congregation and flashing cameras in his wake.
Needing to lie low amid the media fallout, Sawyer lands in the charming town of Canoodle, California, where he crosses paths with Fallon Long, who runs the Canoodle Cove Cabins, a family-owned business and Sawyer’s new short-term residence. Overwhelmed with renovations and her long list of responsibilities, Fallon is struggling to make ends meet while attempting to bring the cabins back to their original glory. So when Sawyer arrives, she is grateful for the income, but immediately writes him off as just another vapid Hollywood hack, until he begins to prove her wrong at every turn.
As Fallon comes closer to saving the family business, an undeniable bond forms between her and the handsome screenwriter. But the pressures of her family obligations and Sawyer’s notoriety might prove to be too much for anyone to handle. Could Canoodle be the setting for a new romance—or is true love just a Hollywood cliché?
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Before I can stop myself, I close the distance between us once more and pull her into a hug. Without hesitation, without waiting to see her reaction, I wrap my arms around her shoulders and hold her tight, letting my body relax into the embrace. And because I somehow lucked out, she sinks into the hug as well, and her head rests against my chest as her arms squeeze me tight. Warmth spreads through my veins, like the sun is being injected directly into them. I can’t remember the last time I had human touch, and yet here I am two days in a row, privileged to feel Fallon tight in my embrace. And the way her head rests against my chest, like . . . like she belongs to me. It makes me feel powerful, like I actually matter. Like there could be something so incredible between us.
We stand still, holding each other as time passes by. It feels like minutes as the sun continues to rise into the sky and a pair of squirrels fight in the trees above us. In reality, I know it’s only been seconds, but those seconds are precious. And I soak each one in. I don’t ever want to let go. But unfortunately, she releases me. She takes a step back, pulling far enough away to look me in the eyes.
“Okay, so . . . I guess we have work to do.”
Work that I wish was just between us. Like last night, alone with her, talking. “We do. Lots of work.”
She points her thumb toward the cabins. “So, see you back at the cabin.”
I rest my hands on my hips, nervous, unsure of how to act in this moment. I wish she wasn’t dating someone. I wish there was an opportunity for me to make a move on a girl I should have made a move on a while ago. I wish I hadn’t been too engrossed with my own worries to recognize what was right in front of me. A beautiful woman, with an even more beautiful heart that, as of this moment, has completely and irrevocably captivated me. “See you at the cabin.”
About Meghan Quinn:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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