Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Legally Wed
Author: Cecil Wilde
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 107 Pages
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Release Date: January 10, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: When your best friend is gay and you are straight life can present some interesting challenges…especially if chance and circumstances conspire and you find yourself married…To each other! Legally Wed from romance author Cecil Wilde is a perfect mix of friendship, love, and humor; with a few twists and turns to keep you turning the pages of this contemporary GLBT romance.
Blake’s a thirty-something lawyer climbing the career ladder to his dream job of DA. He’s sacrificed any kind of life away from work to get to where he’s going, and he’s determined to get there.
Xander’s a contract lawyer stuck in a dead-end job and a string of unfulfilling relationships with men he can’t love. He’s been in love with his best friend almost since they first met in law school, but he’d never say anything, because he knows Blake can’t love him back.
During a desperately needed vacation for both of them, they wake up after a night on the town in Las Vegas–married. To each other. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they soon realize that the story coming out would tank Blake’s career and ruin Xander’s life, so they can’t afford to get a divorce.
Their only choice is to fake it. For Blake, that means pretending he’s not as straight as he’s always said he is, and for Xander, it means the torture of getting what he’s always wanted in the worst possible way. Add to that the trials of married life, and what starts out as an adventure quickly turns sour as life happens, confessions are made, and tragedy strikes.
With his tentatively happy marriage hanging in the balance, Blake must engage in some serious soul-searching to find out that what he’s always wanted had been right in front of him all along. But will it be too late to convince Xander of his intentions, after years of not being able to see him for what he was?
Review: Best friends to lovers is a fan favorite and also a favorite of mine. The blurb grabbed me and I knew I had to read it. I loved Blake and I loved Xander, both were highly likable characters and made me wish that something like this could really happen. I don’t see it, but it is a cute fantasy.
Blake and Xander have been besties for years, and even though Blake is supposedly straight, and Xander is gay, they have no issues with their sexuality getting in the way of their friendship. Unbeknownst to Blake, though, is that Xander has been secretly in love with him for years, but kept it to himself in order to retain their friendship. But waking up married to your best friend has a way of making you reexamine life.
This was a really cute story, but a bit unrealistic. Blake accepted the marriage, and had no qualms about people thinking he was gay, and choosing to remain married and set up house a little too easily. And Xander, although an educated attorney, had a very weak personality and I wanted more for him. He almost came across as the “woman” in the relationship and that rarely settles well with me. However, the story was highly enjoyable and those little niggles were not enough to put me off.
Gay for you or friends to lovers is always something that appeals to me and this story was very sweet with just enough light angst to keep me vested. If this sub-genre is something you look for in your gay romance novels, then you should definitely give this fast read a try.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*