How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days
by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Release Date: April 7th, 2015
Pages: 69 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Hot
Series: The Runaway Brides
He thought their love was a grand slam, until his bride called foul…
After an impulsive courthouse wedding with one of baseball’s rising stars, landscaper Melanie Webb wonders if she’s fallen victim to lust at first sight. She hardly knows Grady Hollis, the Atlanta outfielder who swooped into her Florida hometown and charmed the socks—and more!—right off her. She couldn’t resist when he proposed under the stars right on the outfield she’d worked so hard to maintain. But when the aftermath means moving to Atlanta and following him around the country for his eight-month a year travel schedule, she gets cold feet.
But Grady has never been a man to give up on a dream and Melanie is everything he ever hoped for in a woman. He knows if only he can convince her to come along for the ride, he’ll convince her that their forever can be something special… and sizzling too. The road trip brings them both deeper understanding, surprise revelations and a love every bit as fiery as the passion.
I loved this novella! It had a great opening line, which immediately pulled me right into the story. The heroine is both likable and relatable. Readers will be drawn to Melanie because she’s so utterly human and endearing, fallible but holding a lot of heart, a lot of goodness. Even if she doesn’t particularly think so.
From the very first scene, readers will get swept up in Melanie’s growing doubts and increasing panic at having married Grady so soon after meeting him. They will be further drawn in by Grady’s confusion and determination to get Melanie to talk to him. To get her to give them a real chance. A real future.
This story had everything I love to read in a romance. Excellent characterization with the perfect amount of detail to take readers on a journey with the characters, drawing them in and making them care about what happens to Melanie and Grady. Readers will root for these leads from the start and continue rooting for them throughout this fantastic novella. Each scene is written so flawlessly that I could picture all the moments between Melanie and Grady, which is one of my favorite things about reading books by great authors. I love getting so swept up in a story that the real world kind of falls away for a while. That’s how I know I’ve found a true gem.
Do yourself a favor, folks. If you haven’t read this one, go download it to your e-reader asap. It was free at Amazon at the time of this posting and it’s a great, great read by two authors who know how to satisfy their readers. And want to know the best part? It’s the first book in a series, and book two, The Wedding Audition, is already out! In fact, I’ll be reading and reviewing that book next.
USA Today bestselling and RITA Award winning author Catherine Mann has written over fifty romance novels and her work has been released in more than 20 countries. Catherine has a Master’s Degree in Theater, having written her thesis about powerful Shakespearean women. Born and raised in the South, Catherine and her flyboy husband have four children and reside in Florida where she is the President and a founding member of the Sunshine State Animal Rescue.
Joanne Rock writes romance of all shapes and sizes from sexy contemporary to medieval historical and an occasional Young Adult story. She’s penned over seventy books, appearing most often in the Harlequin Blaze series. Joanne taught English at the college level before becoming a full-time writer, and she returns to the classroom as often as possible to share her love of stories. A quiet and unassuming Virgo, Joanne married a fiery and boisterous Aries man in true opposites-attract fashion.