Molly Reviews and Guest Post: Married for a Month by Cate Ashwood

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?

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This story was so much fun. I loved how it takes the “fake relationship” trope and changes it slightly and makes it new and slightly different. Alec and Chase are such amazing friends. Even before things get intense between them you can feel that long term friendship and level of knowing someone that only comes from years together. I adored the emotion in the story and real it felt. Ms. Ashwood writes amazing emotions and it always pulls me in as I’m reading.

Chased seemed overly sure of himself at the start of the book. I loved how he had his insecurities too because it made him seem more real. I enjoyed watching him slowly fall for Alec. He was in denial for a while though and it made for some interesting inner thoughts. Chase’s job was fascinating and I liked how it was used as a way for Alec to support Chase and take more interest in his life.

I adored Alec. He was so sweet and took such good care of Chase throughout the whole story. He was a rock of support and I really enjoyed watching him fall in love. He was so sexy each time he made love to Chase. The way he was singularly focused on Chase’s pleasure and taking him to new heights of pleasure. That intense focus was amazing to see. I felt bad for the issues Alec had at work. But he handled them like a pro and Chase was able to be a support for him. The scene where he realizes he shouldn’t hold back about what’s going on in his life was lovely.

The ending was my favorite part. I too was taking bets like Brynn and her wife about when they would officially get together and be open about it. The scene when they finally talk feelings was the best ever! That tension of ‘will he admit it or not’ had me reading so fast to see what happens. Their love just comes out of the page and I adored every moment. I’d really like a follow up short story or even a full sequel to see how they’re doing down the line and what actual real marriage is like for them
Four and a half

Guest Post:
I’m so excited to have Cate join us today. She talks a little bit about dating and how it applies to Chase and Alec. She also shares a story about her date with her husband. Read and enjoy!
Thank you so much to Molly for hosting me today. I have a new book out on February 10th, just in time for Valentine’s Day, that I am so excited about. It’s called Married for a Month, which is the story of Alec and Chase. They’ve been friends forever and after a night out (and several drinks) they end up fake-married for a full month.

One of the terms of the bet is that they have to go on a date together at least once a week. I know that’s not necessarily typical for all married couples, but I do know some married couples who make an effort to go out together for a dedicated time to reconnect and spend a few hours together.

Coming up with ideas for Chase and Alec was a lot of fun—with a toddler at home and a baby on the way, my husband and I don’t get out for dates all that often—and I was able to live vicariously through them for a while, and their first date certainly turned out better than some of the ones I’ve been on.

For Chase and Alec, being friends for so long before they made the transition from platonic to romantic meant the initial getting-to-know-you awkwardness was avoided. First dates (for me at least) have always been a little on the awkward side, and luckily for my husband, I didn’t hold that against him.

Our first date was one for the record books, in that we weren’t the only ones on it.

No, no. He brought his cousin…

That’s right. When he called and asked me out to dinner and a movie, I kind of expected it just to be the two of us, but I was the third wheel that night. A quick trip out for pizza with my date and his family member, followed by a showing of a post-apocalyptic zombie movie (not exactly the romantic evening I’d been picturing)… I’m still asking myself why I agreed to a second date.

I have to say, I’m glad I did, but what was I thinking!?

What was the best or worst first date you’ve been on?

About Cate:
Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in White Rock, B.C, Cate loves living just a stone’s throw from the ocean. When she’s not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her toddler, her husband, and their two cats.

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