Author ~ Addison Albright
Publisher ~ JMS Books
Published ~ 12th November 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Companion to Til Death Do Us Part
Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex ... that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.
When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. But matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?
In the previous book – Til Death Do Us Part, Nash was engaged to Sam, a widower whose husband was believed lost in a plane crash. However, years later, Sam’s husband was found alive and well. After that, a gut punch of a breakup, Nash, a nurse, has a jaded view of love.
Never underestimate the cunning of the older generation, especially ones called Bernie who likes to play matchmaker between Nash and his son, a doctor at the hospital that Nash works at. The sneaky gentleman manages to get the boys together. The result of the meeting shows they have a list in common. A list of what they expect from a relationship. Using logic rather than emotions, they come to an agreement.
Nash and Emmitt agree on a self-arranged marriage of convenience based on matching mutual lists – much like a dating site without the dating and going straight to marriage. Only they don’t quite get to the marriage because Nash has an accident that leaves him with memory loss.
The technical side of the writing is good. However, the occasional body part has a mind of its own, which is a no-no among many professional editors e.g. Nash’s hands wound around to Emmitt’s back. It sounds like his hands decided on the action. As this is written from Nash’s POV, this would have been better - Nash wound his hands around to Emmitt’s back, or, as if with a mind of their own Nash’s hands wound around to Emmitt’s back. There are other instances, too. It’s only small things here and there, but they create a hiccup while reading. And when such foibles have been highlighted at conferences, and through the editing of my own works, I look out for them.
I don’t like giving spoilers, so I won’t. But what I can tell you are my thoughts while reading. To Love and To Cherish is a sweet story that I’m glad I read, as it gave me some closure after Til Death Us Do Part. No matter what lists people make, ultimately, love is the goal. Emmitt is an absolute darling. He’s not a talkative man, but his actions sing loud and clear. The anticipation of would they or wouldn’t they make it, and find the love both thought was elusive, was palpable. The little bit of angst, upped the ante, too. Sex is not the focus of this story. It more relationship based, with occasional sex, though intimate moments are plentiful and delightful. On more than one occasion I was tempted to skip to an end that left me with a lump in my throat.