Author: Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths
Pages/Word Count: 117 Pages
At a Glance: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of their lives… and woot! it’s fun.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: Meeting the family is challenging for every new couple. But for Will and Patrick, the awkward family moments only grow more hilarious—and painful—when they must hide the truth of their predicament from the people they care about most.
Throw in the sexual tension flaring between them, uncomfortable run ins with Will’s all-too-recent ex-boyfriend, an overprotective mobster father, and a mafia spy tailing them around Healing, South Dakota, and you’ve got a recipe for madcap laughs and surprisingly heartwarming feels.
Episode 2 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.
Review: You know how sometimes you just want to nut-punch a character right through your Kindle? Yeah…
Episode Two of Leta Blake and Alice Griffith’s “Wake Up Married” serial finds our wayward spouses in Healing, South Dakota, trying to pass themselves off as a pair of loved up newlyweds…because to do otherwise would be bad for Dr. Patrick McCloud’s health. Will’s family is family, a.k.a. mafia, and a caveat his grandfather placed upon Will’s inheritance is making it impossible for Patrick and Will to divorce. So, what do you do when you’re married but don’t want to be; are suffering from a case of unresolved sexual tension; have an ex you think you’re still in love with (but he treats you like sh*t on his shoe); and you maybe just might be starting to feel pangs of the warm-fuzzies for the hubby you’re simultaneously trying to unload? I. Don’t. Know. Blake and Griffiths haven’t directed this romantic little saga there yet, but I sure am enjoying the bumpy ride to get there.
Building upon what we learned about Patrick and Will in the first episode, we see how sincere Will is about the work he puts into the foundation that benefits the hospital. We also see what an incredible butt-munch his ex, Ryan, is (see: the exuberant nut punching). I have to say, kudos to these two authors for engaging so many of my emotions in this installment of the series. I have much love and empathy for Will because he’s so committed to being a recovering alcoholic that he can’t see how much the continual reminder of his past failures are sabotaging his future successes. And then, there was that one time I just wanted to hug the ever-loving crap out of Patrick in this story, so yay! for that.
Patrick, as it turns out, really is arrogant as all get out, but Meet the Family begins to peel back some of his pricklier layers to expose how and why he’s so maddeningly irritating, and then it goes and shows glimpses of a kind thoughtfulness toward his hubby. Revelations of bits of Patrick’s past make him more human and relatable, and the slow melt in the growing burn these two men are feeling for each other is so sweet to anticipate. How long can they resist it? Hopefully not too, because it’s becoming obvious they could be so good for each other with just a little time to get to know each other better.
Will’s family—heck, a lot of the townsfolk too—are skeptical of this love-at-first-sight Vegas act. Only Will’s Nonna knows the truth, and she’s pretty awesome from what we’ve seen of her so far. So, in trying to prove to everyone else how in love they are, will Patrick and Will themselves begin to believe it too? Will Patrick take a permanent position at Healing’s hospital? How long will our dear Will be able to resist Patrick’s downward dog?
And, most important of all, who’s going to sucker punch Ryan for me???
For the answers to those questions and more, stay tuned for the further episodes in this fun and engaging little serial. (*Episode 3, Will and Patrick Do the Holidays, drops November 23rd to a Kindle near you. :-D)
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About the Authors:
Leta Blake: Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
Alice Griffiths: A long-time reader of romance novels, Alice Griffiths finally took the plunge into writing, teaming up with best-selling author Leta Blake for the ‘Woke up Married’ serialized comedy. A lover of tropes, Alice enjoys mining old ideas and putting a fresh, funny spin on them. Formerly working in the newspaper industry, Alice is now an art curator. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
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