Review: Cate Ashwood – Married for a Month

marriedAuthor: Cate Ashwood
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MM

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Best friends since high school, Chase Bradley and Alec Montero are opposites in almost every way. The one thing they can agree on, though, is that marriage is for suckers.

Everything is going their way until a drunken bet leads Alec and Chase to the altar. Their temporary “I Do’s” aren’t as amusing in the sober light of day when they find themselves thrown into married life and everything that goes with it.

The question they have to ask themselves now is, can their friendship survive being married for a month?
Review: Chase and Alec have been best friends for years. They get along great and agree that married is not the way to go, despite the fact that most of their friends are now married. When those friends challenge a drunken Chase to being married to Alec for a month, living together, sharing a bed, doing couple things like date night, they both think it’s an easy bet and can’t wait to see their friend Reid in a mankini, heels and a Bieber tattoo on his butt. Because obviously, Reid is going to lose this bet.
It is only when they actually start the living together process that they realize maybe this isn’t quite as easy as they think. They stay at Alec’s, who can’t stand someone always in his space, and Chase is starting to feel confused and can’t use his go to calming strategy – eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch in the bathtub. Chase begins to see how adult Alec really is – he has an actual first aid kit and not “…half a box of Transformers band-aids and some expired aspirin.”
The story is told in alternating first person point of view of Chase and Alec, so we get the thoughts of both. Both are confused about what’s going on, although I have to say that Alec really sabotages. I kept thinking – he is going to lose everything by his own cowardice. He has an amazing brother in Daniel, who gives him some really good tough love advice. There were a couple times I felt Chase was being a door mat and wanted him to get some spine.

But the two have been best friends forever and they are navigating some seriously uncharted territory here and I enjoyed that journey very much. As much at least as I enjoyed Daniel, a doctor, showing up to help out with his daughter’s hot pink medical bag in tow.
Sometimes when your world is being shaken upside down you just hang on and hope for the best. And sometimes, the best is exactly what you get, even if it takes a fake marriage to get you there.

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