VIE Book Club: Runaway Groomsman
November 8, 2022
Cozy Up in Canoodle This Holiday Season
Runaway Groomsman, the latest novel by USA Today best-selling author Meghan Quinn, has the makings of a feel-good romantic comedy worthy of your next weekend binge-reading session. This is the perfect story to whet your appetite as we enter the holiday season and crave those warm fuzzies. It starts with Sawyer, a successful Hollywood screenwriter who was jilted by his movie-star ex-fiancée and then forced to be the best man in her wedding—to his best friend. (Can we say “oof“?) After he pulls a rebellious Cinderella–esque exit in the middle of the vows, the tabloids love him. The bride and groom, not so much.
Sawyer runs away to the quirky little town of Canoodle, California, nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs. He’s on a deadline to turn in his next rom-com script but, of course, feels anything but romantic after such an ordeal.
He meets Fallon, who runs the Canoodle Cove Cabins and is struggling to make ends meet while caring for her aging grandfather and navigating a long-distance relationship with her charming doctor boyfriend. She’s thoroughly overwhelmed trying to renovate the rundown property with the help of her best friend and local barkeep, Jaz. Add onto all that the handsome yet forgetful—Wait, they had a blind date in the past?—Sawyer checking into the cabins, and Fallon is nearly at her wit’s end. She’s even convinced her well-meaning dads have hired someone to help fix the place up without her knowledge, as she keeps finding little improvements around the property.
Fallon and Sawyer’s slow-burn romance is complemented by the heartfelt story of Grandpa Sully and Grandma Joan, the zany yet charming townsfolk of Canoodle—including its feline mayor—and a whole lot of laughs. While I’ll rate it PG-13 for some language, this modern rom-com makes up for with sweetness and witty banter what it might be lacking in super-steamy scenes. Definitely worth adding to your list of holiday-break reads!
About Author Meghan Quinn
A “blonde at heart,” Meghan Quinn is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. As an author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, she brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.