Author: Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Dar Albert
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/02/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Will & Patrick Fight Their Feelings
Follow Will & Patrick in this fourth installment of the romantic-comedy serial, Wake Up Married, by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!
Will and Patrick have embraced adding hot sexy-times to their fake marriage, but as their emotions deepen, they confront whether or not they want to be more than friends-with-benefits. Freshly free of a restrictive relationship, Will’s not ready for more than exploratory fun. And no matter how Patrick feels about Will, his own difficult past has left him wary of love.
The heat is high (and occasionally kinky) in this episode of the Wake Up Married serial, but Will and Patrick struggle to accept their mutual affection, much less confess it. How long will they fight their feelings?
Episode 4 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.
Will & Patrick Meet the Mob
Follow Will & Patrick in this fifth installment of the romantic-comedy serial, Wake Up Married, by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!
Patrick has finally accepted that he’s in love with Will, but his newfound determination to do something about that runs up against his father-in-law’s mobster plans. Though just what those plans are have as yet to be determined. As far as Will and Patrick can tell, they consist of blowing through town, wreaking small havoc, and turning the Patterson family’s lives on end.
Will must face the truth about his family before he can fully come to terms with his feelings for Patrick. And Patrick has to decide if this whackadoodle world is something he truly wants to be part of forever.
Episode 5 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.
The fourth and fifth installments of Blake and Griffiths’ engaging trope-based serial romance continue to offer clever writing, lovable characters who simply grow more complex and interesting with each passing volume, and an absurd premise that smacks of old-school romantic comedies (you know, the 80s, the olden days). To summarize from my review of the first three books: Will Patterson, at twenty-five, is the steward of a vast fortune left to him by his Mafioso grandfather, and he uses that money to do good in the world. Patrick McCloud is a thirty-five-year-old neurosurgeon, whose brilliance in the operating room is matched by his prickly personality and lack of people skills. These men meet at a bar in Las Vegas during a medical conference, and, when Will receives bad news over the phone, proceed to get hammered, married, and have non-stop sex all night – in that order.
The action of these books are not complicated. It depends on the goings-on in Healing, a small town in one of the Dakotas, where Will’s foundation is based and where his mess of a family lives. Healing is also, because of Will’s money, home to a state-of-the-art hospital where Dr. Patrick McCloud is a mostly-willing captive because it lets him operate on people’s brains. The supposed overarching plotline of the series is the dissolution of Will and Patrick’s ill-considered Las Vegas marriage, which has inadvertently become crucial in Will’s control of the vast fortune with which he benefits humankind. But the real plot—which is obvious to everyone except the two main characters—is Will and Patrick falling in love with each other in spite of everything.
The spice in this fairly bland stew is the people. Will is surrounded by people who profess their love for him, but in fact act based on their own prejudices or selfish wishes. Will’s mother Kimberly is perhaps the most egregious example of this. In the earlier books, she fosters his long-term relationship with the emotionally abusive Ryan, who hated sex and made Will hate himself, on the self-deluded theory that it would control his alcoholism and keep Will safe from AIDS. Kimberly is narcissistic tries to undermine Will’s friendship with Patrick based on her own blinkered vision of the world. We learn all of this through the various interactions with the family and residents of Healing, and through conversations between Will and Patrick. Most of the action in the series is through dialogue, and it’s an intimate way to get to know people.
Of course Patrick is a mess, too, and in book four we come to understand the depth of the emotional damage he’s suffered. Will is one of the few people who makes any effort to understand Patrick, whose off-putting personality is both a shield and a symptom of his damage. Patrick realizes he’s falling in love with Will, but resists it with scientific detachment, pretending to himself that “it’s all chemicals.” With Patrick being afraid of emotional attachment, and Will being afraid of his own sexual desires, both of these young men have their work cut out for them.
The introduction of Will’s father, Tony Molinaro, in book five (and as a cliffhanger in book four), is a rather brilliant device for forcing everyone (reader included) to re-evaluate everything they know about the whole Patterson/Molinaro family. Once again, the plot consists mostly of conversations and awkward shared meals, but the wildly divergent flavors of all of the players’ personalities make it remarkably delicious. Blake and Griffiths use our boys’ sexual relationship as a major ingredient as well, but for all its spice, it lends emotional intensity that becomes essential to the narrative. Both Will and Patrick (and their families, for that matter) need to understand the connection between sexual attraction and emotional connection. Both boys have been scarred by people who claimed to love them, but only wanted to use them—albeit in very different ways. For Will and Patrick, sex opens the door to emotional honesty.
Blake and Griffiths have taken a silly old chestnut of a premise and managed to turn it into a surprisingly powerful mix of naughtiness and emotional oomph. I’ve already pre-ordered the final book, the very title of which promises us the happy ending we’ve all been looking for.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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