Thursday, January 23, 2014

Legally Wed by Rick R. Reed

Title: Legally Wed
Author: Rick R. Reed
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Duncan and Peter
Release Date: January 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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 curveball. 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?

My Review:
The premise of this book is great...really unusual and for the most part, I felt like it worked. Both Marilyn and Duncan are at the points in their lives that they aren't so sure they will ever find that forever love, but neither one is ready to give up on marriage. But they see marriage as more than sex and's about companionship and becoming partners in life. On paper, it seems like a marriage would work for bff's who happen to be a straight woman and a gay they begin to make plans. But they both have their moments of doubt especially as they both meet men during the course of their engagement who they are drawn to.

This is not just a book about Duncan and Peter and their path to each other. At the heart, this is a book about Duncan and how he finds his way to marriage through several miscues and wrong turns. It's about the journey that gets him there and how all those things along the way are important lessons too. Love isn't easy and there isn't a single type of love...for anyone or everyone. As you follow Duncan, you see how different things have affected his viewpoints on love and especially marriage....that perfect ideal out there to achieve. There are a series of people who bring him to that point that you meet throughout the book....Tucker, Marilyn, Ben, Scout, and Peter.

There's an overall "moral" to this book that I love....about finding true love. As a romance reader and writer, I love that idea. The author showed it beautifully in a completely unexpected way. I did not expect the story line with Scout, but it was so right and so true, it brought tears to my eyes and made me want to go snuggle with my hubby of 22 years. True love is a gift and when you have it, you know it. That portion of the story line was expertly executed.

Overall the book was good, but don't expect your typical romance story line because it wasn't that. There were subtle differences in this story that made it different and that wasn't a bad thing. 

I do have one teeny-tiny complaint. Overall, the sexual heat in the book is pretty mild, which I'm fine with. It's a rare thing in most m/m stories these days. My issue was that most the heat on the page came through the men's daydreamed fantasies instead of actual events. And then when the actual events happened, it was glossed over. I would so much rather the daydreaming be glossed over than the actuals. I love steamy books, but I want the steam to come more from the real events rather than the other way around. Like I said, it's a tiny thing, but it did kind of bother me while reading the book. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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