Author ~ Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths
Published ~ 23 November 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Follow Will & Patrick as they do the holidays in this third installment of the romantic-comedy serial,Wake Up Married, by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!
A couple’s first holiday season is always a special time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are magical when you’re in love. Too bad Will and Patrick’s marriage is a sham and they’re only faking their affection for each other. Or are they?
Sparks fly in this episode of the Wake Up Married serial. Will the sexual tension between Will and Patrick finally explode in a needy night of passion? Or will they continue to deny their feelings?
Episode 3 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.
What newly married couple doesn’t look forward to their first holidays together? Well, anyway, the holidays are here and Will and Patrick are spending them with Will’s extended family. At least Patrick will have plenty to eat and grandmothers really seem to like him!
This is the third part of a serialized story, so you really must read it in order. It’s been about one month since their Vegas wedding and Patrick can barely contain how much he wants Will. Will is still on low simmer, but is thinking of Patrick more and more. He still feels bound to Ryan, who dumped him before this all started, and has moments where he thinks he is being unfaithful by thinking of Patrick.
This episode started out a bit more low key than the others, but as things moved on we learned more about Patrick’s past and Will’s relationship with the ex that just won’t go away. Patrick is gaining more allies around town and Will is sort of still in a haze at times, but he is clearly growing fonder of Patrick as the days pass. The Molinaro family seems to have backed off a bit, but we know that won’t last.
Feel free to skip this part if you’ve read my prior reviews, since I know I’ve mentioned it before, but PATRICK! I love him more with every episode. While Will is outwardly emotional, Patrick holds his pain and troubles close inside. While his brain to mouth filter isn’t set to “socially acceptable”, he is honest and straightforward and Will’s constant cheerleader. I loved seeing him open up to Will about his father, albeit with the help of a bit of alcohol and the mystery of who Dinah is to him is solved.
As for Will, he seems to finally turn a corner. He is slowly acknowledging the true nature of his past relationship with Ryan and is even standing up to his family at times. The lack of faith his family has in him, that they tell him he is so weak that without Ryan there to make certain he is safe and not making bad decisions he is doomed, broke my heart. After yet another day of being put down by those who should be supporting him, Will is finally seeing Patrick for more than the brash, arrogant person he shows to most of the public. Pay attention to the name of the horse Will’s father gave him as a wedding gift and see what you think – is it ironic or a subtle message from dear old dad?
I can’t even type this name without anger – Ryan. Seriously, every time he appears on page I growl a bit. Ryan has even more issues with Will than we knew of. He is disgusted by Will and has a lot of contempt towards him and he needs to let Will know about it. It really all does seem to be Will-centric, as he doesn’t appear to have the same issues toward Hartley from what we’ve seen of them together. He can clearly, loudly and bluntly tell Will “no”, but can’t manage to beg off when Will’s mother asks him to stop by on Christmas? Hartley, you seem like a nice guy, run far and fast from this one. Things finally seem to come to a head with Ryan in this episode. It was ugly, and eye opening, but I still don’t think we’ve seen the last of him.
Now the big question – did they or didn’t they? I’m not going to tell, but I will say that all sorts of things reach their climax on New Year’s Eve as the town gathers at the Tallgrass to celebrate.
Needless to say I am really enjoying this serial and Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths have created some wonderful characters. Do the Holidays hits a little deeper than the last two parts and manages to be more emotional, while still keeping things fun and sexy. I can’t wait to see what the New Year brings.
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Episode 3 : Will & Patrick Do the Holidays
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