Author: KA Mitchell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/09/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Ready or Knot: Book One
Kieran Delaney-Schwartz—adoptee, underachiever, and self-professed-slacker IT guy—lives his under-the-radar life by the motto: Don’t try, don’t fail. His adopted siblings are all overachievers thanks to his driven, liberal parents, but Kieran has elected to avoid disappointing anyone by not getting their hopes up. He’s coasting through his early twenties when he’s hit head-on by Theo. The successful decade-older Broadway producer sweeps him off his feet for a whirlwind thirteen months that are pretty sweet, until it all comes screeching to a halt on Valentine’s Day, with an unexpected proposal via an NYC Times Square flash mob.
Now everyone wants in on the wedding, except the grooms….
KA Mitchell is quietly one of my favorite M/M Authors. Her story Regularly Scheduled Life is easily one of my favorite books, not m/m romance books… just books, of all time. I guess you could say she is as close to an auto-buy as I have. I have read and enjoyed almost every one of her books. So I had to read the first in her new series, Put a Ring on It (Ready or Knot, #1).
Based on the name, I had a pretty good idea that the book would be a celebration of the recent marriage equality ruling, however, it is more than just two beloved characters finally making it legal. As a matter of fact, Kieran and Theo aren’t known characters at all.
As we start the story, Kieran and Theo have been together for a year. We don’t really know much about how they got together, just that they love each other and are living together. We quickly get to know each of them. Kieran is the underachieving IT guy (which I take a wee bit of exception to, but that is for another day) just coasting through life. Theo is the self-made man with big dreams, who sees all the world as his stage.
The entire story is about Kieran and Theo getting from engagement to the wedding. It is about Kieran going through all the stages of denial to get comfortable with the end result of a marriage. He loves Theo and Theo loves him, there is never a question of that. We journey through a huge case of nerves, for lack of a better description. We have well-meaning, but meddling family and friends to contend with, as well. Theo, for his part, has to open his eyes to what is troubling Kieran. He has to set his ego aside and be the man Kieran needs.
There are times where the story drags a bit. This very much a character driven story. There isn’t a lot of high drama or action. It is all about emotions, perceptions, and feeeeeeelings.
I don’t know that Put a Ring on it will be for everyone. However, if you love a solid character driven journey through a huge life change, I recommend you pick this one up.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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