Jan 8 2013 8:23am

Runaway Groom Romance Novels?

Meg Maguire's The Wedding Fling is just the latest in books featuring runaway brides. It seems brides are always getting cold feet the morning of their weddings, or they find out something about their fiance that makes them bolt—usually straight into someone else's arms.

Are there any romance novels featuring runaway grooms?

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Vanessa Ouadi
1. Lafka
I've already read books about jilted brides, so I assume there had been a runaway groom somewhere, except he wasn't the main protagonist of the story ^^ I can't remember ever reading a book where the hero ran away from the altar just before meeting the heroine though.
Lege Artis
2. LegeArtis
So, first that comes on mind is Mr. Big when he runs away from wedding in Sex the City movie. ;)
Romance novel... I think I read Laura Lee Guhrke book, Wedding of the Season with this plot...
Carmen Pinzon
3. bungluna
I don't see how a runaway groom could be turned into a hero. He would have to leave a bride at the altar (instant villain vibe!), run away from his life (hints of cowardice!), and hook up with another woman (dashes of sleeze!) and come out the other side not looking like a total loser? I don't think so.

I personally have never liked the runaway bride trope (see list above).
Fiona Marsden
4. Fiona Marsden
I can't remember a name off hand but I remember one (possibly more than one) where the groom deliberately left the bride at the altar to humiliate her as part of a revenge plot. They end up together anyway once he discovers she did do whatever evil thing he believed her to have done.
Fiona Marsden
5. Fiona Marsden
GAh DID NOT do whatever evil thing.
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
I was an idiot and spent about an hour looking for a book that I THOUGHT was a runaway groom. Although knowing it wasn't in the back of my mind. However, I do still think it's unique because it features a jilted groom, whereas I feel a lot of the "left at the altar" stories follow the heroine who is either jilted or doing the jilting.
Anyway, the story is Underfoot by Leanne Banks. I love it and it also features a secret baby which makes it extra delightful!
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