Author: Ryan Field
Length: Novel (203pgs)
Publisher: Ravenous Romance (1st December 2011)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: When New York legalizes same-sex marriage, Neil winds up with more invitations to gay weddings than he knows what to do with! And it’s during one of these weddings where Neil meets Andre- the perfect man.
Andre is French, with a romantic accent and a killer body, and he fills Neil with emotion in ways he’s never known- he’s the perfect man. But Neil isn’t ready for marriage, and so he lets Andre go.
As time passes, Neil’s life goes on, and he always wonders what might have been with Andre. But when life-altering events rock Neil’s quiet life, he may get a chance to find happily-ever-after!
Review: Neil is not ready for commitment and although there is one man who has tempted him he still knows that it would be a mistake to pursue it when he isn’t ready. Andre is, as far as Neil is concerned, the perfect man he’s French, has his own business and Neil feels an instant connection to him, but the timing is just wrong. As they meet up at various weddings, Neil wonders what might have been.
Well, I have got to say that I watched the original film and now I have read this book and the book is my hands down favorite. When Neil and Andre first meet it is at a mutual friend’s wedding and besides Neil feeling that he has embarrassed himself they have a passionate night together. Over the times that follow, they meet up at other weddings and a funeral and each time Neil still wants Andre, but he also finds out that Andre isn’t as perfect as he thought. By the end of the book, Neil is in his own relationship and questioning what he is really feeling.
This is a brilliant book and I loved it. Ryan Field has rewritten this okay film and produced a brilliant gay story. Neil is the central character and his life seems to be a series of weddings as he watches his friends marry and cement their relationships. He isn’t ready to settle down and marry and as we progress through the book we see his struggles with his own conscience, his own needs and the realization that what he longs for isn’t actually what he wants. There are some parts of this book that might put some people off like Neil and his partner sharing or multiple partners, but it is all highly erotic.
This book pulls you in and even knowing that I had seen the film didn’t make a blind bit of difference. I was along for the ride and enjoying every minute of it. Neil starting to settle down was great. Suddenly Neil is living with another man and he’s not sure how it comes about and I have got to say that the funeral was painful to read. It was a character that I wouldn’t have suspected and I had come to love in a short space of time. Ryan Field had me on the edge of my seat during the final scenes and I think he is a cruel cruel man for making me doubt Neil right at the end.
With this book I recommend that if you enjoy hot sex, straight men experimenting, finding love, grief, happiness, truth and a great ending to a wonderful book then you really need to read this book… it’s ace.