Title: Suddenly Yours (Dreamspun Desires #20) (One Fine Day #2)
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 15, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 244
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
Cody Hayes is having one epic morning-after. The hangover following a Vegas bachelor party is nothing new to him, and neither is the naked man in his bed.
His apparent marriage is a different story.
Carefully plotting every detail of his life carried Julian Canales to a Senate seat as an openly gay man. A drunken night of Truth or Dare isn’t like him… and neither is marrying a man he just met. He’d get an annulment, but the media has gotten wind of his hasty nuptials. If Julian’s political career is going to survive, he has to stay married to a man who’s his opposite in every way.
Now he must convince Cody that all they need to do is survive a conservative political rival, a heartbroken ex, their painful pasts… and an attraction neither man can fight.
Cody and Julian meet cute in Vegas, consume massive quantities of booze, drunkenly pontificate about their shared credo of never falling in love … and wake up married the next morning. Cody is a great character – you gotta love a guy addicted to “Day of Our Lives” who has a “Go, Cody” dance involving high kicks, and calls his junk “Bruce Boner” and “The Incredible Bulk.” Julian, a senator in a tight race for reelection, is much more stoic but after a moment (or two or three) of sheer panic about his hasty marriage, decides he can use it to his advantage.
What follows is an attention-grabbing plot that moves along at a good clip about two men bound and determined not to fall in love with one another, but still live a good life with companionship and common interests. As Julian ponders:
His husband was not only fine, but he was smart, funny, creative, independent, and he wanted everything out of life Julian did. He wanted commitment. He wanted a marriage. He wanted to devote his life to someone else, but most importantly, he didn’t want to fall in love. That took so much pressure off Julian. He didn’t have to worry about breaking Cody’s heart or meeting the impossible expectations romance brought to a relationship.
Remember the quote “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”? And when it goes awry, Julian realizes he needs to find a way to make things right, that may involve him rethinking that whole “falling in love” thing.
This is my first Jacob Z. Flores book and wow … what was I thinking for not reading him before? This was a quality read – funny, warm, heartfelt story with great characters, some serious sexual sizzle and a great ending.