Friday, June 7, 2019

Will & Patrick Episodes 1 – 3 by Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths Audiobook Tour

Join the fun in this soapy serial by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!

Episode One: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married

After a drunken night of hot sex in Vegas, strangers Will Patterson and Dr. Patrick McCloud wake up married. A quickie divorce is the most obvious way out—unless you’re the heir of a staunchly Catholic mafia boss with a draconian position on the sanctity of marriage. Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!

Episode Two: Will & Patrick Meet the Family

Meeting the family is challenging for every new couple. But for Will and Patrick, the awkward family moments only grow more hilarious—and painful—when they must hide the truth of their predicament from the people they care about most. Throw in the sexual tension flaring between them and you've got a recipe for madcap laughs and surprisingly heartwarming feels.

Episode Three: Will & Patrick Do the Holidays

A couple’s first holiday season is always a special time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are magical when you’re in love. Too bad Will and Patrick’s marriage is a sham and they’re only faking their affection for each other. Or are they? Sparks fly in this episode of the Wake Up Married serial. Will the sexual tension between Will and Patrick finally explode in a needy night of passion? Or will they continue to deny their feelings?

Audiobook Details
Length: 11 hrs, 34 mins
Narrator: John Solo

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Episodes 1 - 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’m beginning my review by clearly stating that I enjoyed this audiobook a lot. As a fan of Leta Blake’s writing and John Solo’s narration, I couldn’t wait to dive into Will and Patrick’s story and become acquainted with a new-to-me author, Alice Griffiths. I enjoyed Will and Patrick’s time together and watching them figure out how best to navigate one of the few things that happens in Vegas that doesn’t stay in Vegas – marriage. The parts of the book I didn’t enjoy were because they were just a bit too real and too heavy for a series that’s marketed as a romantic comedy – something I absolutely would not categorize it as. So again, despite part of what’s to follow in my review, I absolutely recommend this audiobook, especially if you’re a fan of the authors or the narrator, because it was a great listen – besides, some of my favorite stories are ones that make me yell at the characters, which this did several times.

The drunken Vegas marriage is not a new romance trope, but it’s relatively new to male-male romance and made for an entertaining way to kick off the series. I’ll be honest in saying that I wasn’t a big fan of Patrick’s, but I wasn’t supposed to be. His social skills are lacking and like many of the surgeons I’ve met, he wields his bluntness as skillfully as he wields a scalpel. Patrick is quite convincing as an aloof surgeon who might be on the spectrum and he behaves rather consistently throughout these three episodes. As for Will, he’s a good guy who keeps making bad decisions – the latest being getting drunk and getting married to a complete stranger. But Will means well and he’s doing what he can to make the world a better place, even if he’s using blood money to do it. While Will is also an alcoholic, it becomes painfully clear over the course of the audiobook that falling off the wagon and getting married may turn out to be the best thing to happen to him because his ex is an emotionally abusive, gaslighting, toxic, controlling waste of space… UGH!!! I swear to GOD that the more time spent in Ryan’s presence, the more I wanted to throat punch him and slap Will’s mother and uncle. It’s no wonder Will is plagued with self-doubt. Will’s not perfect, but he is not the P.O.S. that Ryan is trying to make him out to be and Ryan is not the self-sacrificing martyr he would have Will’s family believe him to be. I probably took me an extra hour of listening time because of the number of times I had to stop the audiobook to yell at the characters. What’s so frustrating about it is that Ryan’s not over-the-top in his behavior because I’ve met people like him, just like I’ve met people like Will’s mother and uncle who have fallen for that savior/martyr act and contribute to the gaslighting of their loved ones. Despite my frustration with some of the characters, I still enjoyed these episodes in the Wake Up Married serial and will absolutely be snatching up the next set of serials to find out what happens because I have to know that Will and Patrick end up together. Fortunately, I have too much to do at the moment to read the ebooks, so hopefully, the next set of serials are in the process of being recorded and will be out sooner rather than later (**fingers crossed**).

As for the narration, John Solo was wonderful. He made me fall in love with Will rather quickly and eventually won me over on Patrick as well. Actually, I think Solo did outstanding at conveying Patrick’s cool aloofness, which made his gradual softening toward and tenderness for Will even more apparent, making it even easier to fall for him. And he made me loathe Ryan with a passion – just as I suspect the authors intended for readers to do. Again, I really hope Solo is already hard at work recording the next set of serials because I really need to know how things play out for Will and Patrick. Must resist getting the ebooks… cannot bend… please hurry and send the audio and save me from myself!

Final note, I’m giving this one 4.5 stars because I’m on the fence on whether or not I’ll relisten to it simply because of the gaslighting. If I do a relisten, I’ll bump it up to five stars.

Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

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John Solo has been a professional performer for 20 years, although this whole acting thing is a relatively new development. Prior to all of this he made his living as a salesman, engineer, security guard, mechanic, construction worker, purveyor of polyester dress suits… The list goes on ad nauseam, but he prefers to think of himself as an Itinerant Adventurer and lovable scoundrel! When not acting like someone else in front of a microphone, John prefers to indulge in the simpler things in life; games of chance, sword-fighting and traveling the world… all from the comforts of his own overstuffed couch.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free audiobook copy of Will & Patrick Wake Up Married Serial Episodes 1 – 3 by Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths, narrated by John Solo to listen to and review for this tour.

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