When your best friend is gay and you are straight life can present some interesting challenges…especially if chance and circumstances conspire and you find yourself married…To each other! Legally Wed from romance author Cecil Wilde is a perfect mix of friendship, love, and humor; with a few twists and turns to keep you turning the pages of this contemporary GLBT romance.
Blake’s a thirty-something lawyer climbing the career ladder to his dream job of DA. He’s sacrificed any kind of life away from work to get to where he’s going, and he’s determined to get there.
Xander’s a contract lawyer stuck in a dead-end job and a string of unfulfilling relationships with men he can’t love. He’s been in love with his best friend almost since they first met in law school, but he’d never say anything, because he knows Blake can’t love him back.
During a desperately needed vacation for both of them, they wake up after a night on the town in Las Vegas–married. To each other. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they soon realize that the story coming out would tank Blake’s career and ruin Xander’s life, so they can’t afford to get a divorce.
Their only choice is to fake it. For Blake, that means pretending he’s not as straight as he’s always said he is, and for Xander, it means the torture of getting what he’s always wanted in the worst possible way. Add to that the trials of married life, and what starts out as an adventure quickly turns sour as life happens, confessions are made, and tragedy strikes.
With his tentatively happy marriage hanging in the balance, Blake must engage in some serious soul-searching to find out that what he’s always wanted had been right in front of him all along. But will it be too late to convince Xander of his intentions, after years of not being able to see him for what he was?
Content Notes: Hot, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse, M/M, Contemporary, GLBT
Most of the story is explained in the blurb. The two BFFs get drunk and end up married – both have deep feelings for the other, only Blake seems to be really good at subverting those feelings and Xander is just plain hiding them.
Once married, life takes a turn for Xander. He loses his job and his dignity. He gives absolutely everything to Blake and the marriage and Blake is an oblivious (idiot) husband and doesn’t see what’s right in front of his nose.
Eventually, the two have to sit down and have a heart-to-heart about what’s going on in their lives – why they got married – why they stay married – and what’s the future going to hold.
I loved the premise of the book – a m/m take on the “drunken marriage” trope. There were parts that really worked for me: Xander and Blake seem like fairly normal guys and approach the marriage in a very down-to-earth “guy” manner. (IE They’ve been friends forever, they don’t offer to share the only bed they own – Xander sleeps on the couch!)
What bothered me: Blake is totally clueless about any “feelings” Xander may have and Xander lets him walk all over him. Over and over again. I never understood Blake’s positive contributions to the relationship. He wasn’t particularly hot, nice, funny, intuitive… you get the idea. Yet Xander threw away EVERYTHING for him. I didn’t get it.
The smexy times were also a bit weird and felt uncomfortable to me as the reader – I wasn’t really invested in them as a couple and by the time Blake decided he wanted in on the sexual aspect of their relationship he still hadn’t really re-deemed himself so it felt like more sacrifice on Xander’s part than a beautiful sharing of bodies.
So…while the writing was fine and the premise interesting, I’m not sure I really recommend this highly. It was… interesting.
3 of 5 stars
Copy Purchased for Review