Reviewed by Louisa
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires, Book 20
AUTHOR: Jacob Z. Flores
NARRATOR: John Solo
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 6 hrs and 33 mins
RELEASE DATE: December 7, 2016
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.
Cody Hayes and Julian Canales get very very very drunk and get married because they both believe the same thing about love. They wake up, Julian freaks out and then they decide to stay married. Yep, that’s the story line. But that is what you expect from a Dreamspun Desires book. And honestly, I love this line of books. You know going in that it is going to be great romantic fluff that you can enjoy (as long as you don’t go into sugar shock while reading/ listening).
I have moments where I loved the two MCs and moments where I couldn’t stand them. Julian in particular, seemed to be a fairly flat character. I felt like he had some plot holes in being a senator up for re-election. And the timeline for his campaign just didn’t work for me. I enjoyed Cody’s character for about 90% of the book. He is funny throughout the book. He really pulls everything together for me.
Positives: This is a cute and fluffy book. The happy ending, the last couple of chapters, are probably the best part of the book, in my opinion. The story moves along at a good pace making you happy to keep listening. The secondary characters are good fun and I really like Julian’s public relations manager.
The Narration: I am not the biggest fan of John Solo’s narrations. And this book has followed form for me. I was fine with everything but the sex scenes. I felt like he was trying too hard. He was trying to infuse the scenes with enthusiasm and it just dragged me out of the story. It was almost like he was telling me with his voice which parts I should be interested in. And for me, it just didn’t work.
I really like Jacob Z. Flores’ books. He is a great writer and the books of his I have read so far have always been good and well written. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It made for an enjoyable 6 and a half hours.