The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Completely predictable, but a perfect beach "chick lit" read!
Lucy runs away literally seconds before heading up the aisle to marry the perfect, wonderful Ted (whom no one in his hometown thinks she's worthy of marrying). Hiding in an alley nearby she meets Panda, a crude biker... and before she can really think about it, they're off. A week in a cabin on a Louisiana lake only serves to clarify two things: she's not ready to go home, and she's deeply intrigued by Panda. He drops her off at the Memphis airport, she rents a car to follow him to a Michigan island. Turns out he was really a bodyguard hired by Lucy's parents (Mom is a former POTUS). Also on the island is Bree, running from a failed marriage and the "inheritor" of both a honey stand and Toby, the son of her former BFF. Big Mike, an island native who ruined Bree's teen love affair, is still on the island. Then Panda arrives with Temple, a TV trainer/host/"inspiration" on a "Biggest Loser"-esque show who has gained weight and needs to get back in shape before the next season.
As I said, it's completely predictable: all the questions and problems are resolved by the end, and love abounds. That's not to say this isn't a great beach read or a fun, light book to pass the time. That this is the seventh book in the series makes absolutely no difference, another plus.
ARC provided by publisher.