Title: Married for a Month
Author: Cate Ashwood
Release Date: February 10, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 170
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Best friends since high school, Chase Bradley and Alec Montero are opposites in almost every way. The one thing they can agree on, though, is that marriage is for suckers.
Everything is going their way until a drunken bet leads Alec and Chase to the altar. Their temporary “I Do’s” aren’t as amusing in the sober light of day when they find themselves thrown into married life and everything that goes with it.
The question they have to ask themselves now is, can their friendship survive being married for a month?
Take two best friends plus a night of drinking then toss in a bet about how easy marriage is, and you have the entertaining beginning of Cate Ashwood’s Married for a Month where Chase and Alec agree to be “fake” married for a month, live together, sleep in the same bed, eat one meal together daily and go out on a date once a week:
“Marriage is easy. You give up on life and sit around in sweatpants, ordering takeout and watching reality TV.” […] “How hard can it be? We’ll live together for a few weeks, and when it’s all over, we can rub their smug faces in the fact that they were all wrong.
At first, their fake marriage is easy – drinking beer and ordering pizza, playing Mario Cart on Nintendo 64 but before too long they really get to know each other – small domestic details, their jobs and strengths. “Alec had snapped into focus and I was seeing things about him I’d never noticed.” And when their simmering attraction ignites, it leaves Chase gobsmacked “that the best sex I’d ever had was with my best friend.” As their friend Brynn says, “You guys have chemistry. You’ve always had chemistry. You’re just too thick to have noticed.”
I like how the plot carries Alec and Chase from best friends to roommates to best-friends-with-benefits and gives them a HEA ending, but not without some angst and a frustrating bout of miscommunication / “use your words!” along the way. Also while the blurb says Chase and Alec are “opposites in almost every way” their internal dialogue and POV are so similiar that I often had to turn back to the start of the chapter to see if I was reading Alec or Chase’s POV.