Ready to Run

I Do, I Don't

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The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

“Quintessential Lauren Layne goodness—a sassy, feel-good and entertaining love story infused with laughter, sizzling chemistry and heartfelt romance.”—USA Today

Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: firefighter Luke Elliott, a known player who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan, but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.

The I Do, I Don’t novels each have their own enchanting HEAs, and can be read in any order:
READY TO RUN
RUNAWAY GROOM
JUST RUN WITH IT

Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:

The Love Unexpectedly Series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS

The Sex, Love & Stiletto Series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE

The Oxford Series: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS | I WISH YOU WERE MINE | SOMEONE LIKE YOU | I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE

The Redemption Series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED

Praise for Ready to Run

“A luscious LL read wrapped in small-town charm—I can’t wait for the rest of the I Do, I Don’t series!”—Jessica Lemmon, author of the Real Love (Candy) series

“Layne gives a nod to Runaway Bride and The Bachelor with this clever romance set in Lucky Hollow, Montana. . . . Luke’s secrets create just enough suspense, the revelations are smooth, and the characters and setting are delightful.”Publishers Weekly

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?
 
Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.
 
Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford Novel series can be read in any order:
IRRESISTIBLY YOURS
I WISH YOU WERE MINE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
I THINK I LOVE YOU
 
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:
 
The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
 
The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
 
The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY  | BROKEN | CRUSHED
 
The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM | JUST RUN WITH IT
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 4
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford series can be read in any order:
IRRESISTIBLY YOURS
I WISH YOU WERE MINE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
 
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:
 
The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
 
The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
 
The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY  | BROKEN | CRUSHED
 
The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM | JUST RUN WITH IT

Praise for I Knew You Were Trouble

“Lauren Layne is one of a handful of authors that can break your heart, while keeping you smiling the whole time.”—I Love Romance (five stars)

“It is a fun and flirty battle of the sexes that will leave you giddy over the sheer romance of falling in love.”—All About Romance

“I Knew You Were Trouble is everything we love about the Oxford and Stiletto books. It has the office drama, the incredibly real and vibrant characters, and enough snark and fun to keep you up late into the night finishing the story. Nick and Taylor are one hell of a pair and I can’t wait to re-read their story as soon as possible.”—Hypable

“I Knew You Were Trouble was flirty, sexy, angsty and absolutely fabulous! This was a classic [Lauren Layne] book, and I devoured it in one night.”— Star-Crossed Book Blog

“I Knew You Were Trouble was fast-paced and pretty darn steamy. I loved it.”—Obsessive Book Nerd

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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Publisher
Loveswept
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Published on
Aug 22, 2017
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Pages
200
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ISBN
9781101885116
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English
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Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Book 2
For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it. And now the chase is on!

“Romantic comedy at its finest . . . Readers will not want to put it down.”—USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.

The I Do, I Don’t novels each have their own enchanting HEAs, and can be read in any order:
READY TO RUN
RUNAWAY GROOM
JUST RUN WITH IT

Praise for Runaway Groom
 
“Lauren Layne gets the red rose for this one, and fans of The Bachelor will fall in love with this thoroughly charming story.”—Kate O’Keeffe, bestselling author of One Last First Date
 
“It’s the perfect beach read—or snow day read, if you’re stuck in cold weather like me!”—All About Romance

Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:

The Love Unexpectedly Series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS

The Sex, Love & Stiletto Series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE

The Oxford Series: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS | I WISH YOU WERE MINE | SOMEONE LIKE YOU | I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE

The Redemption Series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Lauren Layne
Lauren Layne, the bestselling author of Blurred Lines, has been called “a fresh new voice in the New Adult genre” by Jen McLaughlin and “a force to be reckoned with” by Rachel Van Dyken. Discover why her signature blend of heart and humor is making a splash with this must-read ebook bundle, which collects three of her steamy, emotional novels: Isn’t She Lovely, Broken, and Crushed.

ISN’T SHE LOVELY

Stephanie Kendrick gave up her summer to ace her NYU screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with preppy, spoiled Ethan Price as her partner—until a ready-made screenplay idea presents itself. Ethan is desperate to make his snobbish mother forget his ex. While Stephanie’s a stretch as a decoy, what with her piercings and goth wardrobe, the right makeover and a pastel cardigan just might do the trick. But when Stephanie joins the Hamptons crowd, the “acting” begins to feel all too real. And Stephanie faces a question she’s afraid to ask: Is Ethan falling for the real her or for the dolled-up princess he wants to see?

BROKEN

When Olivia Middleton abandons Park Avenue for a coastal town in Maine to help an injured war veteran reenter society, her client isn’t a grateful elderly man. He’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s charity project . . . and whose smoldering gaze might be her undoing. A hotshot quarterback before the war, Paul Langdon prefers self-imposed exile, even if he must tolerate the newest caretaker for three months to keep his inheritance. But Olivia makes him long for things he can never have. And the further she slips past his defenses, the harder keeping his distance becomes.

CRUSHED

A lifelong New Yorker, Michael St. Claire just found out the identity of his real father, a total stranger with a family in Texas. It’s there that Michael meets the exquisitely refined Kristin Bellamy, who’s everything he’s always thought he wants. The only problem is that Kristin’s dating Michael’s new half brother—who just so happens to be the longtime crush of Kristin’s mouthy, curvy, sister, Chloe. When Michael offers to help Chloe break them up, she agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. But after Chloe finally gets her man, she no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

Praise for Lauren Layne’s Redemption series

“Fresh and authentic, Lauren Layne’s Isn’t She Lovely packs intelligence, wit, and an addictive romance into one fantastic read! I loved the bold characters, the slow-building yet steamy romance, and the raw and painful edge of self-discovery. I couldn’t put it down!”—New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack

“Isn’t She Lovely is full of complex characters you want to root for—and a hero that will make you swoon.”—New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

“A solid tale and a quick read, with plenty of steamy romance and sex.”—Library Journal, on Broken

“I read Crushed in one sitting because I was utterly unable to put it down. Lauren Layne’s characters are so witty and real. This story warmed my heart and left me feeling good all day. Go, Team Curvy Girls!”—New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole
Book 1
Don't trust lust at first sight. One woman chooses reality over fantasy in this friends-to-lovers romance, a steamy standalone by “an author to keep your eye on” (Katee Robert).

Jacqueline: As an adult woman—and the vice president of a marketing firm—I shouldn’t be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he’s a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can’t bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend–slash–colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he’s borderline obsessive about “getting me laid.” (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it’s clear: The one I’m falling for is Vince.

Vince: Jackie Butler’s got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn’t bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can’t ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything’s going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.

Look for Jessica Lemmon’s standalone romances with heartfelt HEAs:
FIGHTING FOR DEVLIN | FORGOTTEN PROMISES | SHUT UP AND KISS ME | EYE CANDY | ARM CANDY

Praise for Eye Candy

“Friends-to-lovers story get your mojo going? Then, be sure to take a look at Eye Candy.”—The Romance Reviews

“This is the first novel in the Real Love series and what a great start. It’s enjoyable, frisky, and highly entertaining.”—What’s Better Than Books?

“Eye Candy is a humorous and sexy friends-to-lovers and workplace romance. Jessica Lemmon entertained with the dialogue and interactions among a strong cast of characters. Ms. Lemmon created a nice balance of friendship and romance with good character development. Fans of Liora Blake and Mari Madison will enjoy Eye Candy.”—Harlequin Junkie

“Such a cute romance between Jackie and Vince. A friends-turned-lovers story . . . I really enjoyed this one. Can’t wait to read book two, Arm Candy. I’m hoping [in that] one Davis will find love. I would recommend this one to my romance book friends.”—Island of Reading

“Eye Candy was a very realistic, cute story. I enjoyed the writing, the characters and real-life issues between the two main characters. Phenomenal read.”—Nay’s Pink Bookshelf (five stars)

“I liked this book, I loved Vince.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 4
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford series can be read in any order:
IRRESISTIBLY YOURS
I WISH YOU WERE MINE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
 
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:
 
The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
 
The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
 
The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY  | BROKEN | CRUSHED
 
The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM | JUST RUN WITH IT

Praise for I Knew You Were Trouble

“Lauren Layne is one of a handful of authors that can break your heart, while keeping you smiling the whole time.”—I Love Romance (five stars)

“It is a fun and flirty battle of the sexes that will leave you giddy over the sheer romance of falling in love.”—All About Romance

“I Knew You Were Trouble is everything we love about the Oxford and Stiletto books. It has the office drama, the incredibly real and vibrant characters, and enough snark and fun to keep you up late into the night finishing the story. Nick and Taylor are one hell of a pair and I can’t wait to re-read their story as soon as possible.”—Hypable

“I Knew You Were Trouble was flirty, sexy, angsty and absolutely fabulous! This was a classic [Lauren Layne] book, and I devoured it in one night.”— Star-Crossed Book Blog

“I Knew You Were Trouble was fast-paced and pretty darn steamy. I loved it.”—Obsessive Book Nerd

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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