Title: The Marrying Kind
Author: Jay Northcote
Pages/Word Count: 105 Pages
At a Glance: The Marrying Kind is a nice way to see what’s happened to two lovely men who have discovered their future in each other.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?
Two years on from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good—except they’re not on the same page about marriage.
A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don’t need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.
All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan’s enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.
If he’s going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he’s truly the marrying kind.
Review: Jay Northcote’s The Marrying Kind picks up two years later for our sweet couple, Owen and Nathan, from The Dating Game. Not a hitch has taken place and these two are now an exclusive, established couple who are deeply in love and seemingly content. Owen still avoids labels and any real sense of commitment beyond what he is comfortable with, and that means no marriage. Despite seeing their friends get hitched, Owen is content to just be with Nathan, no binding contract or public declaration necessary. Except, it kind of is necessary for Nathan. He aches to be married to Owen, to enter the next phase of their relationship, and worries over Owen’s obvious disgust for the idea.
And there, in a nutshell, is the whole premise for this second novella dedicated to Owen and Nathan—a tug-of-war over whether they should marry, and the wedge it drives between them—nearly severing their relationship in the process. The Marrying Kind never dragged for me and yet, this book was much different than the first—a little less excitement and a much slower build to the tipping point of conflict. While it was interesting meeting Owen’s family, and the sidestory created with Owen’s sister Meg, it was not enough to carry the story for me. I felt there was just a little too much rambling on about marriage. I could not figure out why it was so frightening for Owen; probably because Owen himself never fully understood why either. I hoped when he went home to his mom we would see the real crux of his concerns, but again, we just rode the surface of his fears. And that, in full, was my only problem with this story, the lack of real foundation for Owen’s deep-seated fear about marriage. I felt the novella never addressed what was eating at Owen and, if it had, the story would have felt more complete to me.
The Marrying Kind is a nice way to see what’s happened to two lovely men who have discovered their future in each other. While it lacked the emotional oomph that made the original novella in this series so good, it was nice to see them still together and very much in love.
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