Title: Will & Patrick’s Happy Ending (Wake Up Married #6)
Author: Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Page Length: 127 pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.7 stars out of 5
Follow Will & Patrick in this final installment of the romantic-comedy serial, Wake Up Married, by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!
Sure, Will and Patrick are in love now, but they weren’t when they got married in Vegas. For Patrick, that’s no problem, but Will can’t shake his doubts that a relationship started through coercion can ever become the real deal.
Since the Molinaro crime family has reversed their position on divorce, Will and Patrick have a chance to rectify their drunken mistake. But is divorce the solution? Find out in this final installment of the much-beloved Wake up Married serial.
Please note that my review is for the overall serial and not just Book 6.
This ride was fun, and I was punched with a surprising amount of feelz in the last installment, but please don’t go into this expecting any touch of realism. The authors weren’t going for that, clearly. This is more of a rom-com (which really was a LOT of fun), so put your suspend disbelief glasses on and just enjoy the ride.
The best thing about this book was the comedy. Will and Patrick wake up naked and married, with no immediate recollection of how they got that way.
“We can’t get divorced.”
“The hell we can’t.” Patrick’s voice rises a few octaves. “What are you? Catholic? They’re not that fond of the whole gay marriage thing in the first place. I’m sure they’d fully support a gay divorce.”
There actually IS a valid reason (rom com, remember? I’m rolling with it, Ele) that they can’t get divorced. It’s all tied to Will’s trust fund, from his father’s Italian-mafia side of the family, that Will uses in the most philanthropic of ways. Even Patrick can’t risk that money not getting to those who need it. So back to Will’s home town of Healing, South Dakota they go. To figure out a loophole in the legal language of the trust.
Will and Patrick have to ACT all happy and in love for everyone because of the language of the trust. Italian mafia may be spying after all. I’m still rolling with it. And they get to know each other. Patrick is a brash, no-nonsense, “somewhere on the spectrum” Neurosurgeon, and Will is the primary benefactor for the hospital in Healing. He runs Good Works, which funds the hospital. He needs to keep Patrick happy and MARRIED, so he doesn’t lose Good Works, so he agrees to add whatever Patrick could possibly want to the hospital that could make Patrick’s ideal work place.
There are lots of run-ins with the local townsfolk, which was really fun, given Patrick’s assholish personality. You know the type…….no filter. And the appearance that he doesn’t care if those around him have any feelings. There’s much depth to Patrick though.
“Oh, I’m sorry, but you missed the pity party. Come back on Thursday. We’ll be hosting another one then.”
He’s kind of exactly what Will needs, who’s crazy-dependent and in love with his recent ex, Ryan. Ryan is the kind of person you want to twist and squeeze their balls, slowly. And he’s respected by the town. And Will’s family. Lots of WTF moments about Will and Ryan throughout this serial. Some were interesting plot points. Most were god awful doormat behavior that made me want to throw my Kindle. The man tells Will how worthless he is, never touched him – for sex or affection, for 6 years, and he just kept going back for more. Will picked a real winner there.
Will is also a recovering alcoholic. Who woke up after a bender married to Patrick. Will never really stood a chance. His mother, his uncle, the man he’s been with for the last 6 years all constantly remind him of what a failure he is. It’s no wonder he relapses. Patrick’s having none of that. He gets everyone’s number within minutes of meeting them. Super Neurosurgeon to the rescue, of course. The way Patrick spoke to everyone who hurt Will in any way was the highlight of the serial for me.
“The clue bus hurt when it hit?”
Shenanigans are rampant throughout. And, of course, Will and Patrick actually DO fall in love with each other. This was a slow burn and very believable. With a dose of angst when it comes to a head that actually had me tearing up. The last serial was well done with the feelz.
“I love him. He makes me want to vomit. But in a good way.”
If all of this type of story described above appeals to you, I’d recommend. Just remember to put your rom com glasses on because very little of this is realistic in any way. In particular, Patrick’s practice as a neurosurgeon, procedure and protocols around the hierarchy of physician leadership, and malpractice protocols. It was all the biggest bullshit I’ve ever found myself layered in. So there’s that. But, whatever, I had fun.
Oh, and the steam? Yowza.
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