Rick Taylor never knew a time when he had to hide his sexuality. Out, proud, and favoring rainbow colored clothing, Rick lives by the mantra of bright and loud, stand out in a crowd. An incurable romantic, he just wants to find his happily ever after.
Matt Connell is the complete opposite of Rick. Growing up in the Catholic household, he was deeply in the closet until he accidentally outed himself. Estranged from his family and most of his friends, he hit rock bottom and struggles climbing back out with all the emotional baggage he carries.
When Rick needs a plumber, he isn’t expecting to find himself in love at first sight – especially with a man that he is sure is straight. When he sees Matt a few days later, they find themselves on the fast-track romance path that has them heading down the aisle.
In a case of marrying in haste and repenting at leisure, Rick and Matt realize that their whirlwind nuptials may have been a bit premature. Can these two men make their relationship work?
This is one of those love at first sight stories that will leave you swooning! When Rick and Matt meet, you can feel the attraction jumping off the pages. Despite this being a fast-paced romance, readers will quickly find themselves falling in love with these two men falling in love…even though you know that maybe they aren’t really made for each other. So when the two of them jump head first into marriage, readers need to fasten their seatbelts because it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
Rick grew up in a well-to-do family. While not rich by any means, he still never had to worry about being anyone but who he was. Out and proud at an early age, his sexuality was never questioned, only accepted, by his parents. Matt, on the other hand, grew up in a strict working-class Catholic household where expectations were high for him to marry a good Catholic girl and settle down with a family. When Matt no longer wanted to play the game, he found himself estranged from nearly everyone in his life.
While it is obvious that these two men love each other, it is their upbringing and social classes that threaten to destroy their marriage. Without giving too much of the storyline away, how Matt treats Rick when he is in his element (the bar, around his friends), had me not liking him very much at all…until I started seeing why he does this.
Secondary characters in this story include Rick’s three friends: Zack, Archie, and Jake. These friends make light of Rick’s desire to be in a committed relationship. Zack is Rick’s best friend and is in a long-term open relationship with Archie. While the two make no qualms about engaging in sexual relations with multiple partners together (in which Rick at one time engaged in with them), readers may wonder why Archie sticks around considering Zack is somewhat promiscuous. Jake, on the other hand, comes across as the one who never takes anything seriously, where everything is a joke. While none of these friends are thrilled with Rick’s new man in his life, it is Zack who is the most vocal and least welcoming of the group. When Rick’s marriage begins to disintegrate, one of these friends is able to remind Rick why he shouldn’t throw in the towel.
The sexy scenes between these two are sensual and HOT. I really like how well they were written and that the connection between these two was evident in their lovemaking. These weren’t just sex scenes, but something more intimate and full of emotion.
My one complaint about this book is that there seemed to be this whole issue of class differences between Rick and Matt that played into their relationship issues. Given that this book is based in England where there is a long history of class distinctions, I felt as if I didn’t fully understand the importance of this issue as it related to the story. While as the story unfolded, it made more sense to me, I will admit that when Matt was spouting off about Rick’s sense of entitlement that I wasn’t quite getting how Matt’s behavior towards Rick’s manner of dress and mannerism had anything to do with entitlement. Granted, towards the end it all made sense, but I will admit that there was a while there that I felt as if I was lost.
Overall, I really liked this book because it wasn’t just a man meets man and they live happily ever after. Instead, this book is man meets man, they get married, and then realize that maybe they should have put the brakes on before they said I do. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of this author’s works, you should give this book a try. As the first book in what is to be a new series, I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series.