Author ~ Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths
Published ~ 26th October 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Join the fun in this vibrant first installment of the new romantic comedy serial by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!
After a drunken night of hot sex in Vegas, strangers Will Patterson and Dr. Patrick McCloud wake up married. A quickie divorce is the most obvious way out—unless you’re the heir of a staunchly Catholic mafia boss with a draconian position on the sanctity of marriage.
Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Will and Patrick don't like it, or each other, but they have to make the best of it until they can find another way out of their marriage. To ensure the trust fund Will's charitable foundation relies on isn't revoked by his mobster grandfather, he and Patrick travel to Will’s hometown of Healing, South Dakota, posing as a newlywed couple in the throes of true love at first sight.
Complicating their scheme are Will’s unresolved feelings for his all-too-recent ex-boyfriend Ryan, and Patrick’s desire to get back to the only thing that really matters to him in life: neurosurgery. Will they fool everyone? Or will the mafia get wind that their marriage is a fake? Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!
Episode 1 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.
The title gives away the main plot point and also tells you what happens when the story starts. Will Patterson is at a convention trying to woo neurologists into coming to the new division his charitable trust has set up in a hospital in his hometown. Dr. Patrick McCloud is a neurosurgeon grudgingly attending the event to kiss up to his boss. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas unless there is no easy way out of it. That’s what Will finds out after waking up with the mother of all hangovers next to a stranger with a wedding ring. Things only get worse when Will realizes he’s also wearing a wedding ring and memories start to surface of a phone call from Ryan breaking up with him, drinking in the bar and the best sex of his life with the sexy, naked stranger in bed with him. Patrick’s recollections are similar and just as they agree to a quickie divorce, Will remembers something that will make that impossible. Without going into detail, the story involves a mafia family, millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains in a trust that has an oddly strict moral clause and a series of personal setbacks for both Will and Patrick. They soon find themselves back in Will’s small hometown in South Dakota trying to figure out how to dissolve the marriage with as little collateral damage as possible, while playing happy couple for the sake of the family spies and the nosy townsfolk.
I have a thing for snarky characters and I loved Patrick, even though at times he can be an asshole (a term he applied to himself). He is brutally honest, not looking to make friends or charm anyone and although he won’t admit it out loud, he really likes Will. He is certain of his abilities as a doctor, but his lack of social skills tend to get him in trouble. As much as his snarky attitude may be off-putting, he goes well out of his way to help Will. Most of what comes out of his mouth had me laughing, but for the most part everything he says is right on point.
Will was a bit of a wet blanket at first and frankly he can be an asshole too, but unlike Patrick he doesn’t realize it. Wallowing in “woe is me” and hung up on a now ex-boyfriend who clearly is not worthy of him, Will barely gives a second thought to what he is putting Patrick through. Patrick is giving in and rolling with Will’s needs, caring for Will when he is neglecting his health and Will can’t muster a thank you until Patrick points out how ungrateful he’s been. I started out feeling sad for Will, then I was annoyed and cheered when Patrick bluntly laid things out for him. He’s struggling with some demons though and I liked the spark he showed when he inevitably runs into his ex, Ryan, which leads me to believe I’ll really warm up to him once he comes out of his shell.
I thought this was a really good start to the serial. Both men are clearly attracted to each other and have the same ultimate goal, but they have such polar opposite outlooks on life and how to go about things, that I can’t wait to see them navigate what’s coming. If they don’t physically kill each other first the underlying sexual tension just might do the trick! We don’t get to see them in bed, but the few memories we’re treated to and hints of some shared kinks are enough of a promise to keep me going.
Fast paced and very entertaining, the first Episode of Will & Patrick has left me wanting more. Next up, Will has to take Patrick to face the wrath of his mother.