Thursday, January 30, 2014

REVIEW: Legally Wed by Rick R. Reed

Legally Wed by Rick R. Reed eBook 
Genre: M/M Romance
Release date: January 2, 2014
Rating: *** 

Book Blurb: Love comes along when you least expect it. That’s what Duncan Taylor’s sister, Scout, tells him. Scout has everything Duncan wants—a happy life with a wonderful husband. Now that Seattle has made gay marriage legal, Duncan knows he can have the same thing. But when he proposes to his boyfriend Tucker, he doesn’t get the answer he hoped for. Tucker’s refusal is another misstep in a long line of failed romances. Despairing, Duncan thinks of all the loving unions in his life—and how every one of them is straight. Maybe he could be happy, if not sexually compatible, with a woman. When zany, gay-man-loving Marilyn Samples waltzes into his life, he thinks he may have found his answer.

Determined to settle, Duncan forgets his sister’s wisdom about love and begins planning a wedding with Marilyn. But life throws Duncan a curve ball. When he meets wedding planner Peter Dalrymple, unexpected sparks ignite. Neither man knows how long he can resist his powerful attraction to the other. For sure, there’s a wedding in the future. But whose?

~From Goodreads

Review: Let me start by saying, this book was not at all what I expected it to be. First of all, I was a little put-off by the idea of a gay man marrying a straight woman of his own accord. It seemed rather degrading to both parties. I was relieved that it was a friend that Duncan agreed to marry. Let's just break down this book a bit.

- The characters were great. Duncan was just adorable and fun. Marilyn was snarky and someone I wanted to be friends with. Peter was a huggable teddy bear.
- Drunken posts to Craigslist? Duncan's post was funny and oddly endearing given the content. That part alone makes the book worth a read.
- Bouncing narratives. I like the opposing perspectives though I know its not for everyone.
- The breakup in the beginning wasn't drawn out and boring. I hate when the intro to a story bores you to tears.

- Marilyn's first two narratives were annoying. All she did was talk to her cat and make herself sound like a complete nut job. After the first bit though, I really came to enjoy her wit.
- Duncan's relationship with Peter isn't developed. At all. The have an instant attraction that they ignore, and then somehow, they are in love? I don't buy it.
- My main complaint about this book it that it is mostly centered around Duncan and Marilyn, not Duncan and Peter. I mean, I read this for the love story, not the friendship story.

I did enjoy this book and would recommend it. The premise itself warrants a second glance. I'm sure it won't be what you expect.


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