Beth and Dawn review The Marrying Kind by Jay Northcote, self-published on 17th April 2015, and is approx 105 pages long.
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh
This book was offered to RGR by the author, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review.
The Marrying Kind is a sequel to The Dating Game. It continues Owen and Nathan’s story, so recommend you read The Dating Game first.
Why Beth read it: I am a huge fan of this author, and I couldn’t resist reading more about these two guys from The Dating Game.
Why Dawn read it: This was the follow up to The Dating Game, which I reviewed, so had to know what happened to Owen and Nathan.
Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?
Two years on from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good—except they’re not on the same page about marriage.
A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don’t need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.
All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan’s enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.
If he’s going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he’s truly the marrying kind.
Ohhhhh I loved this sweet romance. This is a continuation of Owen and Nathan’s story; from The Dating Game. While you don’t need to read The Dating Game first, I’d recommend it; the story will be more engaging if you understand their personalities and the situation of how they met.
Author Jay Northcote really knows how to write sweetly realistic, loving stories with a touch of angst. And I always love her characters; Nathan in particular. He really struck a chord with me. In this story, Owen and Nathan are a committed couple, and decide to finalize that “commitment” status by getting married. Yet, as you know from reading the first book, Owen isn’t exactly pro-marriage. … Not that he doesn’t love Nathan, but he just doesn’t see the point, which seriously made me want to throttle him several times throughout the story. Don’t be messin’ with my man Nathan! This story follows the boys along their bumpy path to wedded bliss. There are also some engaging developments with some of the side-characters in this book, which I really enjoyed. I’m so in awe of Owen’s little sister, Megan. ❤
So, yes, I liked this one a lot, but of course I didn’t have any doubts, based on how much I enjoyed the first story. These boys are wonderful. And the sex is off- the-charts hot and steamy, just the way I like it! If you want a sweet love story with a happy ending, pick this one up and see for yourself. I know you won’t be disappointed.
One last comment – please check out the cover – another masterpiece by the fabulous Garrett Leigh ❤
I have to say, that I love the MC of Owen, I feel that he is so often misunderstood, and that he has a jaded view on marriage, based on his experiences of his parent divorcing when he was younger – he seems to think that he is so like his father, and this in turn means that he doesn’t ever want to get married.
However, one evening when Owen and Nathan has been out together, and while walking home, Owen proposes to Nathan, and just as the words leave his mouth, he is already feeling regrets, but has no idea of how to get himself out of the situation. Nathan does actually give him a way out, but Owen ignores that, and goes along with the wedding plans.
With the wedding plans in full swing, and with other problems affecting Owen, he withdraws into himself more and more – oh he knows he loves Nathan, but why do they need a piece of paper to confirm it? Things all come to a head once morning, when Nathan is going away with his brother – Owen had been invited, but decided to stay home to try and sort himself out – but before Nathan leaves Owen and Nathan argue and both men say things they shouldn’t…..
I really feel for Owen, he is so in love with Nathan, but is totally terrified about changing things by being married. He is so confused and really doesn’t know what to do, and keeps all his unsettled feelings inside, which obviously is not the right thing to do, which he finds out, but not in a good way….
Can Nathan actually manage to marry Owen?? Can Owen finally understand why he is so against marriage……
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her amazing, occasionally ridiculous husband, two noisy-but-awesome children, and two cats.
Jay comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary gay romance, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. She enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in her head to life through her words.
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