Will & Patrick Wake Up Married (Wake Up Married #1)

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Title: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married
Author: Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths
Publisher: Self-Publish
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy Serial
Page Count: 2360 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

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.

I am a big Leta Blake fan. She does angst as well as the best of them and writes some hella good sex scenes (score!) which puts her up there with my favourite authors. I wasn’t sure what I would get from this collaboration with another author for this comedy serial but I am sad to say that the first episode fell a little short for me.

The beginning drew me right in. There was nothing majorly original about it, which I knew from the blurb, but it was entertaining nonetheless. Will comes off a little prudish but with an adoringly shy disposition. I couldn’t wait to see the debauchery that we were told happened the night before in live action. Patrick…well, I liked him at first, with all the muscle, and the snarky arrogance, and the self-confidence. But then he quickly moved into jerk central territory. Yes, Doctor, I realize you’re a hot-shot neurosurgeon, but give me a break. The guy has a God complex like no other, and his ego knows no bounds. Seriously. Check this out:

“He wishes, for Will, he could be different. But then he shakes it off. For God’s sake, he’s Patrick McCloud, neurosurgeon. He cuts into people’s brains and saves lives. He’s a superhero, a savant, a saint, a genius. If Will can’t handle his social ineptitude, that’s his problem.”

See what I mean?

My basic issue with this book was that it wasn’t funny. I could tell that it was trying to be funny but I wasn’t laughing. Or even smirking. As a side note, creating unrealistic situations and/or dialogue does not equate with comedy. I realize that comedy often includes exaggerated happenings and suspension of disbelief, but those alone do not create humour. I caught myself rolling my eyes at the funny situations that could but never did.

My other issue, but not as major, is that there was no sex in this book. I read and love books without sex scenes all the time. But this whole story is based on the premise of hot dirty drunken sex that led to a Vegas wedding. I think it was reasonable to expect some steam. Can I get a little something here? Obviously there will be other parts which (I hope) will include sexy times as the characters become more emotionally connected but come on! Nothing? Where’s the hook to make me want to read more? Buying winter gear and hearing the town gossip? I felt that the focus quickly left the relationship and the story became about introducing all the side characters that will play a part as we read along. Or maybe I just have a hard time with serials and being satisfied with teeny bites when I want THE WHOLE DAMN CAKE. Who knows.

Maybe it’s growing pains and the funny will start rolling out with the next installments along with the sexy. I hope so, because I’d like to see this story turn into something more. But as it is right now, this story feels a bit like it doesn’t know where it’s going to go. As a reader, that makes me unsure about whether I want to continue reading or not.

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ARC of Will & Patrick Wake Up Married provided by Indigo Marketing in exchange for an honest review.

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