Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?
Two years from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good - except they're not on the same page about marriage.
A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don't need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.
All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan's enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.
If he's going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he's truly the marrying kind.
©2015 Jay Northcote (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
I want to preface my review by saying I didn’t realize this was a sequel. I think that may have added to my feelings about this story. I would say the first book The Dating Game should be read first.
The main characters here are Owen and Nathan, who have been together for a couple years. Owen gets drunk and proposes and Nathan gets very excited about the planning.
For a good part of the book I wondered why Owen and Nathan were together when they obviously wanted different things. It was Northcote’s strong writing that kept me interested at all.
Thought I never really ended up truly connecting with either Owen or Nathan I did care what happened to them. And that’s what really matters.
If you’ve read the first book you’ll enjoy this one. If not go and read that one first then come back here.
Matthew Lloyd Davies is a strong narrator who brings life to Northcote’s magic words. He totally nailed Owen and Nathan as well as all supporting characters.
So I did not read/listen to the first one. And I had no problem following along. Did a good job filling in the small time gaps and back story without bogging this one down.
Owen and Nathan has just watched two of there friends get married and two more get engaged. This is freaking Owen is freaking, wondering what the big deal is. And Nathan is saying why not us?
One night they decide to take the plunge. But as the months pass by Own gets more and more distant and Nathan get more and more concerned.
These two are fabulous together, not only with there story and wedding plans but with the other drama’s going on. The younger sister, mother and father. The sister’s girlfriend. The list continues.
That all helps keeps the story going and not too monotonous, just talking about wedding plans. Although, having said that I did feel like, real what else could possibly go wrong for this pair at one point.
The narrator, once again did a great job and kept the story lively, even when I think at certain points, reading it, it wouldn’t have been.
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review by Crystals May reviewers
In book one Owen and Nate got together over a bet. Owen had to agree to five sexless dates before Nate would take him seriously. They made it – barely – and have been together and happy ever since.
Nate goes to a wedding between friends and it sets his mind to wondering about his own wedding to Owen. Owen has had nothing but bad exposure to marriage as an institution, so he’s unlikely to ever really want marriage – but he wants Nate and he wants Nate to be happy.
So, after an ill-fated night of drinking, Owen asks Nate to marry him and off they go on the rocky road to marriage. But that kind of commitment without the emotions to back them up are stressful to their relationship. Now, not only are they questioning getting married, but even the relationship itself.
What I loved about this sequel is that it shows the couple as a real “couple”. They argue about the remote control, they don’t always have rock-star sex, they worry about money and family but they’re always there for the other one. Rain or shine.
I think for fans of the Dating Game (book 1) this is a must read/listen and it won’t disappoint!
Andrew Lloyd Davies is wonderful. It’s so good to have a British narrator for such a very British story.
I think listening to this is absolutely the best way to enjoy it and give the audiobook 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this and the first book. The characters and plots are well developed. It's good to have some British LGBT fiction that I can relate to more.
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