Randall Young has one duty as his sister’s “man of honor”: to ensure she has the best wedding ever. That includes an epic bachelorette pub crawl, leading him to Portland’s most popular gay bar… and into Hunter Mitchell’s well-muscled arms. A one-night stand with a sexy soldier is the perfect way to ditch that pesky V-card and get himself in the mood for a weekend of flowers, cake, and nuptials.
Hunter wants to blow off some steam before he stands up as his best friend’s best man. He’s already married to his military career, not looking to settle down. He certainly doesn’t intend for the one guy he met (and, okay, got off with) in Oregon to be his counterpart in the wedding party. Or a virgin. Definitely wasn’t intending that. Luckily, they have the rest of the weekend for Hunter to show Randall what he’s been missing.
The more they’re thrown together by the wedding, the more Randall and Hunter grow together outside the bedroom… which is dangerous because there’s a lot more than 2500 miles standing between them and a happily-ever-after. If they want a future beyond their wedding weekend hookup, both must find the courage to take a chance on love.
This was such a sweet story. I adored Randall and Hunter together. They are such an unlikely pair but wind up being perfect for each other. I enjoyed Ms. Albert and Ms. Qualls’ combined voices. Together they created a wonderful story with engaging characters that I couldn’t put down until it was done. I’m hoping they write more stories together because I will gladly read them.
Randall was a total sweetheart. He was insecure and unsure of himself but also knew what he wanted in life and in bed. I adored his geeky tendencies and how much he cared for his family. He had his priorities and seeing those get shaken up a bit by his time with Hunter was so fun. Randall’s emotions were clear throughout the story. You could feel his excitement when he meets Hunter, his hurt over the weekend and his love by the end of the story.
Hunter grew so much in the story. He needed to meet someone and have his life shaken up a little bit. Randall was exactly what he needed right then. Hunter struggled with his feelings and trying to put on a happy front. That moment when he realized that’s not who he wanted to be or who his friends were looking for was lovely. Hunter’s emotions were elusive until the end. During the reception you could feel his nerves and those first twinges of love towards Randall. That’s when they came through the clearest.
These two had some ups and downs getting to the point they’re ready to admit their feelings and start a real relationship. I loved how they couldn’t admit to themselves it was more than just a string of hookups through most of the story. That willful stubbornness on both their parts was comical and made their eventual admitting that much better. The end of the story is really the beginning of a relationship for them. It’s better than a happy for now since you can tell they’re going to make it work. But it’s not quite a happily ever after yet. I would definitely read a sequel if one comes out. If not then at the very least I’d love more books by these two authors; both together and individually.
Four and a half
About The Authors:
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
Wendy Qualls was a small town librarian until she finished reading everything her library had to offer. At that point she put her expensive and totally unrelated college degree to use by writing smutty romance novels and wasting time on the internet. She lives in Northern Alabama with her husband, two girls, two dogs, and a seasonally fluctuating swarm of unwanted ladybugs. Wendy can be found on Twitter as @wendyqualls. She is represented by Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary Agency.
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