Title: Legally Wed
Author: Rick R. Reed
Narrator: John Solo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 01/03/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 02/16/2015
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
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 View – Story:
This story was a bit slow for me. It was a good story, but more than half the time was spent on the idea of what love is about and commentary on not settling in love and life. It was a great message and this was a unique way of making this point, but it took up too much time and I was getting a bit bored before Duncan and Peter finally had any meaningful interaction.
I do have to say I connected with Duncan right from the beginning. I hurt right along with him when the man he hoped to spend his life with, dumped him. I also connected with Marilyn. She had spunk and was really a strong woman once you got past her obvious insecurities. Their friendship was well developed and well represented. Peter on the other hand was a bit of a mystery to me as he was really only present off the page for the majority of the story. His relationship with Duncan felt crammed in at the end and not as well developed as I would have liked. I understand that this may not have been the point of the story. That the struggle to find love is really the point, but the romance WAS included in this tale and I wish it would have been given the same time and development as the rest.
So while this story was a bit slow for me, it was still a good read. I loved the message and the characters. The journey to love is not always perfect and not always on our timetable, and I feel that the author has captured that sentiment with this story.
My View – Narration:
The narrator did a good job on this reading. His voice was clear and he presented the emotions well. Sometimes his voice was overly cheery in less than cheery places, but overall, he did a good job.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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