Author: Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Dar Albert
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/15/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Follow Will & Patrick in this final installment of the romantic-comedy serial, Wake Up Married, by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!
Sure, Will and Patrick are in love now, but they weren’t when they got married in Vegas. For Patrick, that’s no problem, but Will can’t shake his doubts that a relationship started through coercion can ever become the real deal.
Since the Molinaro crime family has reversed their position on divorce, Will and Patrick have a chance to rectify their drunken mistake. But is divorce the solution? Find out in this final instalment of the much-beloved Wake up Married serial.
Episode 6 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.
The payoff for Leta Blake and Alice Griffith’s six-part series might have been anticlimactic, if it weren’t for the authors’ writing skills and their wonderful wounded characters. I mean, they TOLD us the outcome in the title. As always, Dar Albert’s cover design is charming, but actually presents sort of a puzzle. A jet? What’s that all about?
Having finally acknowledged their love for each other, Will throws Patrick’s carefully controlled grasp of the world off the rails by declaring that they still need to get divorced, that he needs space. Patrick, none the best at normal human relationships to begin with, struggles mightily to understand his beloved’s illogical logic. And this, truly, is where the gentle emotional magic lies.
The truth of the matter is that both Will and Patrick have changed each other so much in the course of this ill-considered marriage, conceived in liquor and lust in Las Vegas just a few months earlier, that they are no longer the men they once were. This is the book where they begin to fully understand just how much they’ve changed.
Manipulated and damaged unwittingly by people who love him, Will has no faith in his own judgment—until he realizes that he’s no longer the helpless, impulsive alcoholic he was before. Patrick, on his side, has no patience for the foibles of human drama, no ability to cope with the messiness and pain of human emotion—until he realizes that he is willing to accept pain if the payoff is happiness.
Blake and Griffiths make us painfully aware through this entire series that people who love Will are at the root of his own misery. His feckless mother, his pessimistic AA sponsor, his grief-embittered uncle. Will’s task is to trust himself in the light of others’ distrust, and to fully embrace the fact that Patrick is the one who has helped him find this inner strength.
Patrick simply needs to understand that life is about pain, but that not all pain goes unrewarded. He faces tragedy for the first time with a fully open heart, and comes to see that it is his love for Will that has opened his heart. His overly-rationalized approach to life no longer rules his view of the world; the emotion that Will has awakened in him is as much a part of his existence as breathing.
This book got me quite weepy. Perhaps the best feature of it is that Will and Patrick are not just a couple, complete unto themselves: they are part of a community, part of a family that is as screwed up as they are. In the end, that’s what makes the Will and Patrick series feel not like a fairy tale, but like real life, with all its confusion.
This is a series that will stick with me, hundreds of books from now.
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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