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Wake Up Married Serial, Episodes 1-3

Narrated by: John Solo
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Join the fun in this soapy serial by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!

Episode 1: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married

After a drunken night of hot sex in Vegas, strangers Will Patterson and Dr. Patrick McCloud wake up married. A quickie divorce is the most obvious way out - unless you’re the heir of a staunchly Catholic mafia boss with a draconian position on the sanctity of marriage. Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!

Episode 2: Will & Patrick Meet the Family

Meeting the family is challenging for every new couple. But for Will and Patrick, the awkward family moments only grow more hilarious - and painful - when they must hide the truth of their predicament from the people they care about most. Throw in the sexual tension flaring between them and you've got a recipe for madcap laughs and surprisingly heartwarming feels.

Episode 3: Will & Patrick Do the Holidays

A couple’s first holiday season is always a special time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are magical when you’re in love. Too bad Will and Patrick’s marriage is a sham and they’re only faking their affection for each other. Or are they? Sparks fly in this episode of the Wake Up Married serial. Will the sexual tension between Will and Patrick finally explode in a needy night of passion? Or will they continue to deny their feelings?

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  • ELSA
  • 108 Mile Ranch, British Columbia, Canada
  • 05-29-19

amazing story

not only is the story amazing but so is the narrator - kept me mesmerized from start to finish - would love to hear the rest of the story

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I love this romantic comedy

I read a few drunken marriage in Vegas story, but this is my first for a m/m romance, so I'm pretty intrigued. Patrick is a neurosurgeon, an obnoxious, rude and undeniably sexy man. Oh, how I fantasize tapping his mouth, sp@nking him and tied him up. He makes me wanted to hit him and smoother him with the nearest pillow. On the other hand, Will is a ball of nerves and a total mess.

After their drunken mishap that lead to marriage, they both wanted to get an instant divorce, but due to Will's circumstances he can't divorce. I thought the whole mafia background was pretty wicked. However, Will's being a total love sick fool towards his despicable ex is a bit tiresome. I hope Patrick will sort him out soon.

In Episode 2, Patrick have to meet Will's dysfunctional family and try to settle down in the Podunk town. Patrick is as infuriating as ever and I love him. Will one the other hand is such a poor thing, in fact he is a total doormat. Whenever his beloved ex, Ryan showed up, I just turned murderous. If this is really a mafia story, I would want someone to just settle him. What the fuck is wrong with the guy? I can't imagine Will spent so many years with that jerk of the century.

Anyway, despite all my hatred for the ex, he is absolutely a great fodder for this series. I just can't wait for Will to realize that Patrick is much more awesome that his ex. As for Will and Patrick's relationship progression, things are moving slow. But they are getting to know each other better and some sexual tension is definitely present.

Episode 3: This might just turned into one of my favorite series. Will and Patrick is definitely worming their ways into my heart. Will finally manage to get Patrick to open up about his past and we get a little glimpse into his childhood. In fact, I'm bracing myself for more to come. It seems like Patrick is hiding a closet full of skeleton.

Marriage life seems agreeable to Will and Patrick and they settle down to a comfortable routine. The closer they got, the harder it is to fight the feelings. Well mostly, lustful feelings. But I think I can the see light at the end of the tunnel already. We are due for some sexy times!

I actually read the ebook first and I absolutely adore this series. After I listened to it, I can say I love it even more. The narration is fantastic and I can wait to listen to the rest.

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What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas

So what does happen when you’re drunk in Las Vegas? Let’s see…. either you found yourself in a casino gambling away all of your money. Or you made use of one of the many chapels and got married and have some very enthusiastic sex to celebrate the union. Then you woke up in the morning only to realise that the person next to you isn’t only a stranger but also your husband. At least that happened to Will Patterson and Patrick McCloud. Due to the previously mentioned enthusiastic and all night celebration, an annulment is not viable and a divorce is tricky to say the least – especially since a very catholic mafia boss who don’t’ believe in divorce for his family is holding the purse strings. (And yes, that part is exactly as ridiculous as it sounds).Then you add in alcohol addiction and an on and off again boyfriend and this tale is full of drama and it’s messier than a two-year old eating spaghetti.

We follow Will and Patrick from that moment when they wake up in a hotel in Vegas and realise they were married and then tried to rectify that. Then there is meeting with Will’s family and the town’s people, convincing everyone that theirs is a love match. All at the same time as recruiting a select few of Will’s family to see how they can dissolve the marriage. Add in an alcohol addiction and a truly beyond awful (and mentally abusive) ex-boyfriend and things are never dull in this town. Oh, and I forgot to mafia mention the henchmen sent to spy on the newlyweds to make sure things were in order.

Will Patterson is troubled I guess you might say. He probably won’t agree with you but still. His ex-boyfriend Ryan mentally abused and gaslighted him for years. Making him believe that he wasn’t worth anything and everything was his fault etc etc. Let me give you an example of how “thoughtful” he was: when breaking up with Will this time around he did it over the phone, knowing that Will (a recovering alcoholic) was in a bar in Vegas. Very nice of him wouldn’t you say? And as far as his alcohol addiction goes, I don’t know if I believe in it beyond a convenient plot device. I’m far from an expert in addiction and knows everyone reacts differently, but beyond a call or text to his sponsor his addiction was very superficial, no cravings or need for it what so ever – despite falling off the proverbial wagon in Vegas.

I was not and probably am still not all that fond of Patrick, forgive me doctor McCloud. He was an ass of ginormous proportions. Always putting everyone down for not being smart enough, rich enough and everything his prejudice mind could think of. He had two saving graces though; mostly he never did that out of spite or malice, he’s just so unfamiliar with others feelings and never really took the time to learn basic social skills. Secondly underneath (way, way down) he hides a big and generous heart that only a very select few gets to see. I like seeing how slowly (very slowly) Patrick changes, opens up and becomes more caring of others and not only about himself or his work. He still has a long way to go, but I celebrate each step forward.

As strangely as it sounds I did enjoy listening to this book – or books if you will. It’s flawed sure, but I do like and enjoy the potential. It also contains much more drama than I normally would like, and don’t get me started on the whole mafia plot line. But I must have been in the right mood for this story as I did have a good time listening to it.

This wasn’t my favourite narration by John Solo. Mainly because it felt like he was trying to oversell it. You know like those commercial voices trying to convince you to buy stuff you don’t really need. Solo felt like that – especially with his interpretation of Patrick and his douchedness. But guess what – I really disliked him to begin with and his narration didn’t exactly make things better, it just became too much. As far as the rest goes I really enjoyed it with good pacing and enunciation. His interpretation of Will was really good and meshed better with his personality.

Will and Patrick’s story isn’t over yet, in truth it’s only just begun and I’m looking forward to see what else will happen to these guys.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Will & Patrick - I dare you to put it down.

I loved the books - and wait eagerly for the rest of this series (Please) on Audible! This has an entirely different approach to the cultural and social waves that happen with the LGB disposition - and adds Patrick and his residence in the Spectrum. Take a independently wealthy philanthropist (Will) in the middle of South Dakota, who has always been sheltered and a type I diabetic - cross him in Las Vegas (after a breakup) with Patrick, a brilliant neurosurgeon on the spectrum. This couple may seem too "out there" with this brief description, but you can only read and listen to their beautiful story to believe. Patrick is mid thirties, Will is 26, and Patrick has seen alot of life, had alot of pain - Will is a soul who feels deeply and has just been dumped by the guy his entire family has pushed him to be with, over and over again, to "keep him safe". This guy, Ryan keeps will anything but safe.. and really is selfish, period - so good riddance, but it takes a bit for Will to understand that. In the meantime, Will & Patrick meet at a medical convention in Las Vegas, Will is drowning his sorrows, and Patrick sees him and somehow knows this guy is worth reaching outside of his self imposed autism walls. Patrick is nothing but straightforward and honest - sometimes painfully so. Will resists - but something starts to happen - - and through the stages of all these books (books 1-3 only covered on this Audible recording) -- through all these books is a mesmerizing transformation of two people who are wonderful and just meant! Leta & Alice - please work together again and PS Please PLEASE (put all the rest of the series (through #7) on Audible! Can't wait - read this series 3 X and have listened to this recording twice - perfect!!!!

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meh

This was one of those audios that, while I thoroughly enjoyed John Solo’s narration, I had some issues with the story. I had a real hard time getting drawn into the story. I actually had to stop and go back quite a few times. My big issue was with the characters. Patrick was obnoxious and Will, with his constant pining for his jerk of an ex was really frustrating. I might pick up the remaining books in this series just to see how it wraps up but I found this one lacking.

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Fantastic narration

I'm a huge fan of this series and have been anticipating the audio release of Will & Patrick's story for what feels like forever... and it was totally worth the wait. John nails these characters and his pacing and interpretation is spot on. I'm really looking forward to parts 3-6/7!

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I've been wanting to read this one...

...and happily I finally got the opportunity to check out the first 3 Will & Patrick stories on audio.

I have to admit I was expecting something that had more of a comedic bent to it...please don't misunderstand me, there are some humorous moments to be enjoyed in these stories, but there's also some serious stuff going down as well.

This one presents a bit of a challenge for me when it comes to how to do my review so I'm going to start with things that are common to all 3 stories in this collection so let's start with the narrator...John Solo.

This is by no means my first John Solo audio book. Nope, this is somewhere around #10 for this narrator and I and while I enjoyed the narration there was as always for me one little niggle...children's voices...I know, I know I sound like a stuck record but it is what it is and while there wasn't a lot there were children's voices involved and sorry to say...the kids voices just weren't working for me which is why at the end of it it's only 4 stars for the narration...sorry, but it is what it is and as for the adult voices I think Will and Patrick's voices were two of Mr. Solo's better characterizations.

Now as for the story let's talk about Will's ex...Ryan. Ok, I can't lie I'm not going to talk about Ryan...I'm going to rant!!! Seriously RANT!!! Because for the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone much less everyone one except Patrick thought Ryan was the second coming of you know who!!! The guy was such a freakin' useless PoS!!! I couldn't stand him and the fact that Will's mother and his Uncle both thought he was just so perfect and amazing made me want to wretch and then smack them both upside the head. If my son brought someone like him home to meet me I would flip my sh*t!!! Ok, so in case you missed it I disliked Ryan with a passion! #teamPatrickonthisone!

Next let's talk about Patrick. I liked him yes at times he was a bit to abrupt and seemed to be missing some of his basic good social skills filters...still, I'm rather someone who speaks their mind honestly than someone...like...well, someone like Ryan.

Last but not least a little bit about Will...overall I liked Will. He was sweet and trying so hard to do what was right for everyone except maybe himself. When it' came to Will's family the only thing I can say is..."I'm sorry....like seriously sorry!"

Will & Patrick Wake Up Married...is the first story in this series and honestly the title says it all. I know they say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas....well, that's only if you didn't marry what happened in Vegas, which is what happened to Will and Patrick. When Will falls off the wagon resulting in a night of drunken debauchery the two men wake up to find that somewhere in their escapades they got married and as is often the case it's going to take more than a few minutes to undo what it took mere minutes to do.

This one got 3 stars from me because the premise intrigued me and there were definitely parts of it that I liked but at the same time things occasionally started to feel a little more convoluted than I would have liked...things like the issue between Patrick and his employer (now former employer) but still there were some good moments...like pretty much any conversation that Will and Patrick had. These two had a true love/hate relationship going on the only thing in question was whether they loved to hate each other or hated to love each other but I'm guessing that at this stage of the game even they didn't know.

Will & Patrick Meet the Family...or at least we meet Will's family. Which apparently includes his ex, Ryan? Why I ask you why would anyone include their kid's ex in family gatherings? I'm sorry I don't care how much I may like my kid's ex...my kid is my kid and his ex is just that his ex. There is no freaking way that I would ever include them...unless of course I was so oblivious to things that I couldn't see that my kids ex had a toxic personality and I somehow thought they were good for my kid...yeah, Imma' gonna' get me some of those drugs...no thanks. So in spite of the presence of Will's less than stellar ex. I actually enjoyed this episode more than the first one and for me it comes in somewhere between 3.5 - 4 stars but definitely things are heading in the right direction when it comes to holding my interest.

and the last episode in this audio book is...
Will & Patrick Do the Holidays...so I'm a bit of a Christmas fiend and this one just did it for me. It's the holidays and we all know holidays + family = stress, anxiety, drama, angst and all things that make for insanity and needless to say in this department Will's family is no different than the next persons and...before I forget there's more Ryan. But it seems that maybe cracks are starting to show in Ryan's public facade and the court of public opinion is starting to reconsider his 'golden boy' status one can only hope but even more importantly it looks like Will and Patrick are beginning to realize that while their marriage may have resulted from a moment of #badlifechoices there may be more to it than either man is willing to admit or to let go of just yet...so I'm giving this one '4 sign me up for more Will & Patrick stars' because these two are definitely taking the long and winding road to happily ever after and they've got me wanting to take the trip with them.

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