Suddenly Yours, by Jacob Z. Flores
Series: One Fine Day, Book #2
A Dreamspun Desires Novel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 15, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
Cody Hayes is having one epic morning-after. The hangover following a Vegas bachelor party is nothing new to him, and neither is the naked man in his bed.
His apparent marriage is a different story.
Carefully plotting every detail of his life carried Julian Canales to a Senate seat as an openly gay man. A drunken night of Truth or Dare isn’t like him… and neither is marrying a man he just met. He’d get an annulment, but the media has gotten wind of his hasty nuptials. If Julian’s political career is going to survive, he has to stay married to a man who’s his opposite in every way.
Now he must convince Cody that all they need to do is survive a conservative political rival, a heartbroken ex, their painful pasts… and an attraction neither man can fight.
This book was a quick read and Flores made it a fun page turner. After this book and Undercover Boyfriend (link to review), I am adding him to my list of authors that I want to keep up with. I have also heard good things about his YA novel Being True. However, this review is not about that so let’s dig into what I thought about this book.
My favorite trope is the pretend/fake relationship to real relationship trope. Oh no I fell in love with you while pretending to love you!!! His last book also had this trope, so I am hoping the rest of this series does too. There was enough conflict between the two characters to make their journey to a relationship believable (something that Flores also did well in the last book) without bogging the plot down with too much drama.
Some authors equate drama with plot progress, and I am glad to read books that avoid that trap. If I wanted to read nonstop drama I’d get a subscription to one of those trashy paparazzi mags where everyone is divorcing and dying.
I really liked Cody and how easy-going he was throughout the story. Julian was meh for me, but Flores showed us why Cody would like him, which is more important (IMO). There wasn’t much on the sex front , but theirs was a slow-burn romance, so it fit with the romantic timeline better than a ton of racy scenes. If you’re looking for a hot, steamy marriage story this is not it, but I prefer slow romances so it suited me just fine.
Where this book lost a star for me is that there was a month or so kind-of missing from the plot that was important in driving the later part of the story. I know that it was a short book, but if you go back into my older reviews you can see that I have read a number of short novels that do a good job of handling a lot in a small number of pages.
Also Julian was kind of a wet blanket. So much so that being married to him caused Cody to lose some of his light because of drama. It made me kind of cranky even though this had a HEA (not a spoiler because ALL the Dreamspun Desires books have a HEA ending!).
However, if you like short novels with minimal drama that are a good, quick read then I think you’ll really enjoy this. It’s worth the read.
Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.
You can learn more about Jacob and his books over at his website (click here!)
Check out my five star review of his last book, Undercover Boyfriend, over here.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.