Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ARC Review: Until You (At First Sight #3) by T.J. Klune

Until You (At First Sight, #3)
Sequel to The Queen & the Homo Jock King

Together with their families and friends, Paul Auster and Vincent Taylor request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage.

Todd's rating:

For anyone who follows my reviews, it's pretty quickly evident that I am *not* usually a fan of most Big Gay Wedding stories, which I typically feel tend to pander to a lot of readers' infatuation with 'all things wedding,' regardless if the nuptials are gay or straight.

But it looks like the one thing preventing my past enjoyment of those happy occasions was a lack of humor, because I can say without reservation that I absolutely LOVED this story, which had not just one, but two weddings. Well, sort of.

Per his usual, TJ had me laughing and snorting all the way through this irreverent accounting of the 24 days leading up to the wedding of Paul Auster and Vincent Melody Taylor. Held at a horse ranch, of all places.

From a 7 y.o. marrying RoboCop, to a workplace blowjob, to the gays getting their 'bro' on, to a bet regarding one–upmanship with wedding vows, this story had non-stop laughs.

This book also had tons of banter between Paul, Sandy and Corey, which made me insanely happy. And the threats. The threats, people! *meep!* If you're a fan of the series, those alone made this one a must-read, for sure.

As for actual feels, I absolutely LOVED the one-on-one talks that Paul had with both Darren and his dad. And Darren finally began to let his mask slip and let Paul into his small group of people that he truly trusts. That was really great to witness.

But the pièce de résistance of this story, hands down, was "Sexy Paul" and his appearance at the bachelor party, thanks to (that evil bitch) Helena and lots of Jäger shots.

I must admit that "Sexy Paul" felt corny at the beginning, then quickly evolved into pure comic genius. I laughed ridiculously hard all the way through that chapter.
Have you ever done the splits trying to be a stripper named Gigi Fontaine while dancing to Britney with moves you learned from a Paula Abdul exercise VHS tape in the nineties after having four shots of Jager?

Me too.
Then the story wrapped up with the actual wedding, which was both touching and a complete train wreck, if judged by what happens at traditional weddings. (Just picture any family dinner scene with a Bear freak out from BOATK.) Truly nothing short of epic.

My only complaint was that the novella was too damn short to satisfy my never-ending, all-consuming *need* for TJ's unique brand of fucked up hilarity.

I'd rate this one at a solid 4.5 “I’m going to marry the shit out of you” stars and I can't wait to read Corey/Kori's story next.

My ARC copy of the story was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


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