4 Stars, Alice Griffiths, Genre Romance, Giveaways, Leta Blake, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Review and Giveaway: Will and Patrick Meet the Family by Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths

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Title: Will and Patrick Meet the Family (Wake Up Married: Episode Two)

Author: Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 117 Pages

At a Glance: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of their lives… and woot! it’s fun.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: 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, uncomfortable run ins with Will’s all-too-recent ex-boyfriend, an overprotective mobster father, and a mafia spy tailing them around Healing, South Dakota, and you’ve got a recipe for madcap laughs and surprisingly heartwarming feels.

Episode 2 of 6 in the Wake Up Married serial.


Review: You know how sometimes you just want to nut-punch a character right through your Kindle? Yeah…

Episode Two of Leta Blake and Alice Griffith’s “Wake Up Married” serial finds our wayward spouses in Healing, South Dakota, trying to pass themselves off as a pair of loved up newlyweds…because to do otherwise would be bad for Dr. Patrick McCloud’s health. Will’s family is family, a.k.a. mafia, and a caveat his grandfather placed upon Will’s inheritance is making it impossible for Patrick and Will to divorce. So, what do you do when you’re married but don’t want to be; are suffering from a case of unresolved sexual tension; have an ex you think you’re still in love with (but he treats you like sh*t on his shoe); and you maybe just might be starting to feel pangs of the warm-fuzzies for the hubby you’re simultaneously trying to unload? I. Don’t. Know. Blake and Griffiths haven’t directed this romantic little saga there yet, but I sure am enjoying the bumpy ride to get there.

Building upon what we learned about Patrick and Will in the first episode, we see how sincere Will is about the work he puts into the foundation that benefits the hospital. We also see what an incredible butt-munch his ex, Ryan, is (see: the exuberant nut punching). I have to say, kudos to these two authors for engaging so many of my emotions in this installment of the series. I have much love and empathy for Will because he’s so committed to being a recovering alcoholic that he can’t see how much the continual reminder of his past failures are sabotaging his future successes. And then, there was that one time I just wanted to hug the ever-loving crap out of Patrick in this story, so yay! for that.

Patrick, as it turns out, really is arrogant as all get out, but Meet the Family begins to peel back some of his pricklier layers to expose how and why he’s so maddeningly irritating, and then it goes and shows glimpses of a kind thoughtfulness toward his hubby. Revelations of bits of Patrick’s past make him more human and relatable, and the slow melt in the growing burn these two men are feeling for each other is so sweet to anticipate. How long can they resist it? Hopefully not too, because it’s becoming obvious they could be so good for each other with just a little time to get to know each other better.

Will’s family—heck, a lot of the townsfolk too—are skeptical of this love-at-first-sight Vegas act. Only Will’s Nonna knows the truth, and she’s pretty awesome from what we’ve seen of her so far. So, in trying to prove to everyone else how in love they are, will Patrick and Will themselves begin to believe it too? Will Patrick take a permanent position at Healing’s hospital? How long will our dear Will be able to resist Patrick’s downward dog?

And, most important of all, who’s going to sucker punch Ryan for me???

For the answers to those questions and more, stay tuned for the further episodes in this fun and engaging little serial. (*Episode 3, Will and Patrick Do the Holidays, drops November 23rd to a Kindle near you. :-D)






You can buy Will and Patrick Meet the Family here:

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About the Authors:

Leta BlakeLeta Blake: 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.

You can find out more about her by following her onlineOn the web || On Facebook || On Twitter

Alice GriffithsAlice Griffiths: A long-time reader of romance novels, Alice Griffiths finally took the plunge into writing, teaming up with best-selling author Leta Blake for the ‘Woke up Married’ serialized comedy. A lover of tropes, Alice enjoys mining old ideas and putting a fresh, funny spin on them. Formerly working in the newspaper industry, Alice is now an art curator. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

You can find out more about her by following her onlineOn Twitter || On Facebook



Keying open the door to their hotel room, Will tries to fake some cheer. “Honey, I’m home! And I brought dinner!” He stops and grips the bags more firmly as his cock rushes with a sudden influx of blood.

“Just put it over there.” Patrick’s ass is in the air, his hands flat on the floor, and he’s wearing nothing but his black boxer-brief underwear. “I’ll eat it when I’m done.”

Will stares as Patrick swivels, his body moving fluidly and his legs flexing in strong, limber movements.

“What are you doing?”

“This is downward dog. And this—” Patrick moves down with careful, slow strength. “Is plank position.” The muscles in his arms, back, and thighs are like bundles of wires, and Will’s mouth goes dry, remembering clearly how they felt under his hands.

“Looks hard.”

Patrick doesn’t answer. Will turns to put the food on the table, because if he keeps watching, something else is going to be hard too.

He clears his throat, glancing over his shoulder at the flexing muscles in Patrick’s back. “When we met, I wouldn’t have pegged you as a yoga kind of guy.”

Patrick grunts. He’s in a position now that Will can’t even imagine twisting himself into.

“I mean, you don’t seem like an ‘om’ type.”

“Yoga, and meditation for that matter, are legitimate, effective, and scientifically proven means to an end: physical health and reduction of mental stress. In other words, it helps keep me sane.” Patrick moves into an upright position, sweeps his arms over his head, and brings them back to a prayerful place at his chest. “Sanity is something you could stand to try. And none of that spiritual mumbo jumbo has anything to do with it.”

“So says the guy who believes in astrology.”

“Sure, be a Libra about it.”

Will feels heat in his cheeks. “The yoga doesn’t seem to hurt as far as keeping the rest of you in shape either.”

Patrick’s lips turn up into a smirk.

Will clears his throat, turning to the bags of food. He keeps his back to Patrick as he unpacks the takeout packages onto the small dining table. “So, do you want the gyros or the mac ‘n’ joes, because I can go either way.”

Patrick’s breath is tingly in Will’s ear and his body heat warm along Will’s back. “I go both ways too. It’s your call.” He reaches around and plucks up one of the Styrofoam boxes without looking inside.

Will swallows and gestures at the box still on the table. “This will be fine.”

He doesn’t know for sure which it is, but it will be fine, so long as his dick stops acting like a traitor and his mind stops supplying him with images of Patrick bent over, taking Will’s fingers into his tight, hot—God!

He shakes himself.

“Mmm, gyros,” Patrick murmurs from his perch on the bed. “So good.”

Will’s eyes flutter closed as he sits at the table and spreads a napkin over his crotch. No matter how good Patrick looks almost naked, they aren’t doing that again. It would be wrong. Because Will loves Ryan.

Who are you trying to convince?

He sighs and begins to eat. Mac ‘n’ joe is always tasty. Though at the moment it seems hard to choke down.


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