Friday, April 17, 2015

ARC Review: The Marrying Kind by Jay Northcote

Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?

Two years on from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good—except they’re not on the same page about marriage.

A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don’t need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.

All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan’s enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.

If he’s going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he’s truly the marrying kind.

Dani's rating:

If you read The Dating Game, this sequel is a MUST READ. If you didn't read The Dating Game, why the hell not?

Owen and Nathan are going strong two years after their eventful five dates. Owen's friend Simon is marrying his boyfriend Jack, but Owen doesn't think couples need a piece of paper to validate their relationship.

I have no idea how Owen can resist the cuteness that is Simon and Jack wearing matching T-shirts and antlers on their stag do ... but I digress.

Nathan wants it all with Owen, but he's not willing to push his boyfriend.

Then in a sentimental, slightly drunk moment, Owen proposes. Sort of.

Established couple stories aren't my favorite, but we didn't get enough of Owen and Nathan, so I was happy to revisit with them.

I really appreciated that no undue angst was thrown into the story. There is conflict, yes, and Owen says something quite hurtful to Nathan, but that's real life. Couples fight, but if they put each other first, the conflict just makes their relationship stronger.

I enjoyed the side story about Owen's little sister Megan, and Owen's mom is all kinds of awesome, too.

The Marrying Kind made me happy.

With her typical blend of wit, humour, and sweetness, Northcote paints a picture of two men very much in love on the cusp of a magical new beginning in their relationship.

Sometimes the road is bumpy, but the best HEAs require a bit of work. And lots of sex.

"What if we get caught? It's not like in a nightclub. I mean ... my dad could walk in, for fuck's sake."

"It's proper posh toilets here, not rickety cubicles .... "

"I can't believe you've already checked out the hotel toilets with a view to blowing me in them. Jesus."

"I know, right?" Owen grinned.

Damn right, Owen; damn right.

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