Title: The Marrying Kind
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release: 17th April 2015
Genre: M/M (contemporary)
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.
So after you’ve been on a number of dates and going steady for a while, have moved in with each other and life is still rosy then I guess the logical next step is to get married. Well, it doesn’t have to be but obviously more for some than others.
Nathan and Owen are at their friend's wedding and this plants at least the seed of an idea in Nathan’s head being a little more traditional in his outlook and values than Owen. But what do you when your other half sees no point in the institute of marriage. Well this definitely becomes Nathan’s and Owen’s conundrum for this book. I did have a smile as when Owen proposed to Nathan more out of a sense of knowing it was what Nathan wanted but not convinced himself. It was, you could say one of the most unromantic proposals ever - lol! Nathan took it in good stead and realised that it was probably the best thing he was going to get. If I was Nathan I probably at that conjecture would have said then lets wait and not accepted.
So now they have to tell everyone and the planning stress begins. I loved the way that the whole family becomes involved especially Owen’s mother who is over the moon with the announcement. Typical mum, exuberance in abundance and driving everyone to distraction with her micro-managing - lol! However, despite all of Nathan’s planning and excitement the looming wedding becomes a bone of contention between them, especially due to Owen’s attitude about the whole thing. A big bear is standing in the room and they have to get over this hurdle before the HEA takes place.
OK, weddings are stressful especially considering everything that has to be planned and considered. It’s quite normal as the big day draws closer that snarkiness, frayed nerves and tempers are high. I felt the stress in the air, Owen’s lack of commitment to the whole thing I felt was not in order especially after he proposed but as always there is fault on both sides causing a rift in their relationship and for a moment it looks as though the whole thing could be called off, Nathan and Owen are forced to reassess their values and commitment to each other. However, you could see where they both get their attitudes and values from, Owen’s father is not a good example, now divorced from his mum, and always playing around. SO I could definitely see Owen’s problem with the whole thing. Nathan’s family is the total opposite.
I was to say the least also a little annoyed at Nathan as he was really the one who was insisting on getting married and didn’t really consider how Owen might have felt during the whole affair. Their love for each other is never really in question just the different views they have on marriage. So what do you do when one person wants to get married and the other deep down sees no point in marriage? I guess the one or the other has to change their outlook a little as doing something out of sympathy for the other one doesn’t really lead to
Needless to say a certain turn of events gives Owen a huge wake up call and the second time around the proposal is sweet, romantic, if not a little funny but typically Owen. Game on!
This is a short, sweet, light and entertaining read that kept me amused for the most part. Deals with the stresses of getting married which I’m sure a number of us can all relate to and a great way to round off Nathan’s and Owen’s story. Well, at least I hope so as after getting married the step in the other direction is the one we don’t really want to think about. Not in this story anyway.
Purchase Links & Reading Order
1) The Dating Game (Nathan & Owen #1)
2) The Marrying Kind (Nathan & Owen #2)
Meet Jay Northcote
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her amazing, occasionally ridiculous husband, two noisy-but-awesome children, and two cats.
Jay comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary gay romance, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. She enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in her head to life through her words