Adulting 101 – Lisa Henry

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“’I like pizza,’ Nick says slowly, unable to tear his gaze away from Jai’s abs. Wild horses couldn’t even. Nick will stab them if they try.”

 

In a word: Read the thing! This book is a delight! The writing is hilarious and easy to read, the characters are entertaining and engaging, and the romance is sweet and dirty and funny. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard at a book in a while. Nick and Jai as the main couple are great together (between the sweeter moments, the awkward sex, and the dialogue there’s always something to smile about), and the side characters bring even more fun and drama. Also Nick and Devon (his best friend) have the most unique relationship I think I’ve ever read and I would absolutely read a book about them (as long as their significant others are also there to roll their eyes at all their shenanigans). There is nothing about this book that I don’t like. There is some light angst that all comes to a head near the end, but most of the story is hilarity, awkwardness, and fluff. It’s also a bit of a coming-of-age story for people like Nick who are just starting their journey to adulthood and have no idea what they’re doing. If you’re looking for a funny, light read, this is it.

[available for purchase at Riptide Publishing, Book Depository, Amazon.ca, and Chapters]

 

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Will & Patrick Do the Holidays (Wake Up Married #3) – Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths

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“Will swallows and looks at Patrick with such a soft expression that it makes Patrick’s insides ache. ‘You really care about me.'”

 

In a word: Read the thing! Will and Patrick celebrate their first Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years as newlyweds and it’s about as awkward as you’d expect. Also funny, and heartwarming, and then heartbreaking, because pining. Both Will and Patrick can feel their relationship with each other changing, though they aren’t really sure what to do about it. We finally meet Will’s three younger siblings, though they don’t get much screen time they are a lot of fun (and the oldest takes absolutely no shit from their mother, it’s great). Ryan shows up and continues to be infuriating, but it seems like Will is finally ready to get over him. This part definitely marks a turning point in the boys’ relationship and it introduces more seriousness than it does laughs, but I assure you that Patrick is still a delight to read.

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Will & Patrick Meet the Family (Wake Up Married #2) – Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths

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“There’s probably nothing quite like the sweaty, nervous feeling of bringing home a stranger you had a lot of filthy sex with and introducing him to your mother as your brand-new husband.”

 

In a word: Read the thing! The second part of the Wake Up Married series continues the story of Will and Patrick and the insane situation they’ve found themselves in and I continue to love every second of it. This part introduces us to some more Patterson family members, though they sadly aren’t as cool (or likeable) as Nonna. This part also furthers the relationship between Will and Patrick as they are finding that they are actually fond of each other and that they might actually genuinely like each other (even though Patrick is an asshole and Will’s family is terrifying). Also the sexual tension shoots through the roof and these two idiots spend a lot of time trying to convince themselves that they absolutely Do Not want to jump straight into bed with each other. It’s cute watching the boys interact and Patrick is as rude and hilarious as ever. However, this part isn’t as funny as the first one because we get hints of dark backstories for both our leads, and we get just about every character (except for maybe Patrick and Nonna) just completely shitting all over Will and it’s basically tearing at his self-esteem and sense of self-worth and completely breaking my heart. We also get more of Ryan, which is never a good thing, frankly (I will never like him).

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Will & Patrick Wake Up Married (Wake Up Married #1) – Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths

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“Seems I went and married a stranger and I could lose everything important in my life.”

 

In a word: Read the thing! Absolutely read the thing! This is part one of a six part series, and this part is free so if you end up not liking it all you’ve wasted was your time. One thing you have to understand about this one is that the premise is ridiculous. It’s about Will and Patrick (obviously) and how they accidentally get drunk-married and can’t get divorced because it’ll piss off Will’s mob family and he’ll lose the money that he inherited from them. So now these two have to pretend to be completely in love so that the mob doesn’t get suspicious and come after them. For as silly and outlandish as the whole thing sounds, it’s actually pretty good. Also funny, there is a lot of humour here, as well as some heavier themes and hints of dark things to come. These two strangers have to somehow convince an entire small town, including family and friends and the mob, that they are head over heels in love with each other while at the same time trying to deny that they are actually falling for each other. It’s very well written and the jokes work, as does the minor angst that comes up about Will’s relationship with his ex-boyfriend. It’s very easy to become attached to the main couple enough that you want to keep reading to know what happens with them and if they will get their happily ever after (with each other, of course, because we all know where this is going).

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