Oh wow. The start of this book had me growling and feeling defensive of poor Duncan. I mean, what that poor man has to go through in the first chapter of this book was something he SO didn't deserve. I mean, anyone can see this man is a treasure and any man in his right mind would want him. What the hell was wrong with Tucker refusing him like that? Unfortunately it doesn't always play out that way and Duncan's poor heart is broken. I felt so bad for him.
But you know what they say. Everything happens for a reason. And luckily, Duncan's reason comes along soon enough even if it is in the most roundabout way possible. This crazy, lovable man decides to find a straight woman to marry so he can stop his heart being torn apart again. And when he finds the crazy, 'I love a gay man!' woman that is Marilyn Samples, he just knows he's on the right track. Errm, yeah. That is until he meets their wedding planner, Peter Dalrymple. Then his whole world is once again turned upside down and poor Duncan has to re-evaluate his situation.
This was such a beautiful story of true romance, compassion, understanding and written in such a way that Rick Reed really draws you into the life and times of Duncan and Peter, and Marilyn, of course. It's unusual in that we have a three-way here and not in the usual sense you think about when reading a gay male romance novel. This three way is entertaining, side splittingly funny, tender, cute and so endearing. The meeting scene between Duncan and Peter is full of double entendre
on Marilyn's part, as she sees the effect Peter is having on her future husband.
Peter came over and handed Duncan a mug of coffee. "Is black okay?"
Marilyn answered for him. "Oh no, not for our Duncan here. I think he wants you to give him a little sugar." She grinned. "And a squirt of your cream."
Poor Duncan is mortified. Every word is true, but did she have to say it like that? And so begins the slow tango between Duncan and Peter as they realize they really do like and want each other. But what about poor Marilyn? Well, suffice it to say poor Marilyn gets her just desserts. And I'm not talking about wedding cake.
This is such an amazingly heartwarming tale, a true romance and Rick Reed really knows how to tell it. The characters themselves are so three-dimensional they could be standing before you in your living room. It's sassy in places, pure genius in others and this is a book you definitely need on your bookshelf, virtual or not. I recommend this wholeheartedly.