Duncan Taylor believes in love. He craves what his parents and siblings have, he is so invested in his feelings he can almost taste them. Unfortunately he also believes that Tucker his partner of 3 years has the same dreams and when this proves not to be the case his life changes drastically and he gets carried along, sometimes hilariously, until love comes when he is least expecting it.
Title: Legally Wed
Author: Rick R Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
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?
Within the first five pages of this book I fell for Duncan. He is such a beautiful soul. With same sex marriage just being legalized in Washington he is watching the first couples queuing to get their licences on TV with a tear in his eye. This is it for him, the pinnacle of his relationship, and he has already decided to ask Tucker to marry him. With a spring in his step and a ring in his pocket they head out for dinner later that week. In his mind he is already telling his family the good news, even posting a Facebook update, but then the unthinkable happens and Tucker says NO. To add further insult he also breaks up with him. Tucker you moron!!!
The night is spent on his houseboat with his good friend Jack Daniels. The next day is spent hungover with a lot of soul searching. He even begins to question whether a gay man can have the sort of loving, long term and monogamous relationship he so craves. With a what the hell attitude whilst he is surfing Craigslist he places an advert. ‘Gay man seeks straight woman for marriage’.
This is how we meet Marilyn. Her reply to the wanted ad had been sassy and rude, just like the woman herself. They meet for coffee a few days later and after an awkward start they become steadfast friends. Their friendship builds over the next couple of months with dinners out and nights out in bars. The whole marriage things seems to be forgotten until Marilyn drops down on one knee one evening and proposes. Duncan says yes thinking that although he can never have sex with this woman, he is strictly ‘sausage not pie’ he can have what he craves which is family and stability.
Love comes when you least expect it. No wedding these days is complete without a wedding planner so in walks Peter Dalrymple (I love that name!). When Duncan first meets Peter he has an ‘experience’. Words fail him, he loses himself from the conversation and has to physically grip the banister to stop himself falling down the stairs. The attraction is instant and mutual and oh how this complicates his little plan. Marilyn is clearly jealous after the meeting and for just a little while I found myself not liking the woman and shouting at my kindle ‘he’s gay let him have Peter!’
As their charade continues and the day draws closer Duncan receives devastating news from home. This is a turning point. After a very emotional outburst from his sister about true love and not settling until you find it Duncan returns home with a plan to ensure his HEA.
The authors description of places will make you think you have been there whilst you read this book. It is a story full of emotion and they are conveyed to the reader on every page. It is a story about getting out there and making sure you get what you deserve and that you are not settling for less. It is a story about love coming along when you least expect it…….
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