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

Review and Giveaway: Will and Patrick Do the Holidays by Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths

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Title: Will and Patrick Do the Holidays (Wake Up Married: Episode Three)

Author: Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 117 Pages

At a Glance: The soap opera fun continues for our bold, beautiful, young, and restless duo.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: 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?

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Review: Do you ever wish you could put your own words into characters’ mouths? Words like, “I’m a big boy and you’re a big buttinski, so I would enjoy it if you’d just butt your buttinski face right out of my adult beeswax.” And, “God, Ryan, you’re such a ginormous friggin’ douchenozzle assface, so I would love if you would just bugger off right now, thank you.” Yeah, me too. I want to write Will Patterson’s dialogue. No, not really. But those are an approximation of words I wish Will would say. He’s too busy being a nice guy, though, and is also too busy feeling like shoe poop because of stupid Ryan the assface boy. I love Will. I don’t love Ryan.

But, let’s move on before this gets any more immature, shall we?

What is it about the holidays that make occurrences occur? Especially occurrences of the warm and fuzzy variety. Whatever it is, Will and Patrick do the holidays. But, do they do each other? It’s what we’ve all been waiting for since their drunken marriage and raucous sexcapades in Vegas, yes? Well, I won’t tell, but what I will say is that I love where Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths have gone in this episode of the further adventures of Will and Patrick, fauxlyweds and pseudo-husbands who, hey, I think are becoming rather fondish of each other.

I also think Patrick’s heart grew three sizes in this special holiday episode, and even though we’re still learning bits and pieces about his past, he’s showing an incredible depth of regard for Will and his health, both his mental and physical health, in spite of Patrick acting somewhat like a feral human at times. Now, for a guy who’s supposed to be an arrogant jerk, he’s behaving uncharacteristically solicitous toward the man he’s also supposed to be trying to divorce. He also kisses babies, or baby, at least, so I think Patrick’s fronting. He’s just a marshmallow playing at sauerkraut. One might also observe that Dr. Patrick McCloud seems to be getting entrenched in the day to day operations of Healing’s hospital. One might also think the place is subconsciously growing on him. Just like Will is. If you ask me, I think he’s starting to like some of the Whos down in Whoville.

As has been the case since Episode the First, Blake and Griffiths have blended their voices seamlessly to create a sometimes funny, sometimes warm, sometimes touching and even a little bit angsty story. I’ve grown to love these guys, have a full on loathe-fest with Ryan, love Will’s grandmas, think his little brother and sisters seem pretty cool. And wish his mom and uncle would quit with their opinionated opinionating (see: adult beeswax buttinski faces). But they mean well, and Will is showing some signs of learning to quit letting other people tell him how he should think and feel. That Ryan… oh, he just has everyone so snowed. Everyone except for Patrick, that is. Patrick has had Ryan’s number since day one. Now Will just needs to accept that maybe he doesn’t love Ryan as much as he’s addicted to the idea of needing him in order to stay sober. You know, replacing one unhealthy addiction for another. Patrick would hate that bit of psychobabble.

Will and Patrick have already rung in the New Year in this episode, in a wonderful way, I might add, so we won’t be seeing them again until after our holidays. Will 2016 find our lawfully wedded duo undone? Or will the clean slate of a new year see them turning over a new leaf? Is the L-dash-dash-dash word anywhere in their future? And, more importantly, when the hell is someone going to give Ryan a good old fashioned roundhouse to the nuggets for me?

Stay tuned, readers. I don’t think we’re going to want to miss any of the action and suspense and drama yet to come as this world turns.

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Author Bios

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 online:

On the web || On Facebook || On Twitter

Author BioAlice 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 online:

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Hi, fellow fiction fans, welcome back for a look at what we have coming in the week ahead. Many of us here in the US will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family this week, and I have to say that I couldn’t be more thankful for this community, the books, and the opportunity to share it all with friends and fellow readers.

Thanks so much for stopping in. Here’s a peek at what awaits!

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Monday – Authors Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths kick off a busy holiday week here at TNA, on the tour for the third installment in their Wake Up Married serial, Will and Patrick Do the Holidays

We’ll also welcome another duo of dynamic authors, Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade, on the tour for their newest collaboration Prickly By Nature

Tuesday – Author RJ Scott returns today, making us a stop on the tour for her new release, Accidental Hero, book eight in the Sanctuary series

We’re also pleased to have author Rodion Rebenyar stopping by today to introduce himself and tell us a bit about his books

Wednesday – Today we have author Sue Brown on the tour for her new book The Rogue Wolf

Thursday – While Thanksgiving is being celebrated here in the US today, we’ll be thankful to have Cardeno C. visiting with us on the tours for her books Jesse’s Diner and the Home Collection. I’m pretty sure there’ll be giveaways too ;-)

Friday – Author Liam Livings begins our day on the tour for his new novel The Guardian Angel

We’ll also be featuring another giveaway from Cardeno C. today on the Family Series book blast tour

SaturdayA.T. Weaver joins us for a visit today, on the tour for her new book Old Spark

Sunday – And closing out a busy week, we welcome author Elizabeth Wilde on the Defiant Loyalties blog tour

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And that does it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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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.

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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)

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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

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Excerpt:

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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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, fellow book-a-holics, and welcome back to a sneak peek at who and what we have in store for you in the next five days. We have a busy week lined up, so I hope you’ll all join us in the fun.

Here’s what’s coming up:

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Monday – Kicking off our week this week, we’ll be hosting authors Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths and their tour for Episode Two of Woke Up Married, Meet the Family

Tuesday – We’ll welcome author Bru Baker today on the tour for her new novel King of the Kitchen

And we’ll also have author Cecilia Tan dropping by on the tour for the next installment in her web-serial-turned-novels, Daron’s Guitar Chronicles

WednesdaySandrine Gasq-Dion stops in today on the tour for her newest release, Jinxed

We’ll also be bringing you another installment in DSP Publications Genre Talk with Carole Cummings and T.A. Venedicktov

Thursday – Author Jessie Gin stops by today on the tour for her new novel Strength in Numbers

We’ll also be bringing you a look at the cover art Paul Richmond worked up for author Rebecca Cohen‘s new book, He’s Behind You

Friday – And to close out the week, we have a busy day today. First up is author Charlie Cochet with a cover reveal of her new holiday novella Loving Blitz

We’ll also have author Christine d’Abo joining us on the Rebound Remedy blog tour

Cardeno C. is on tour for the audiobook of her novel Until Forever Comes, which will be stopping by today

And finally, we’ll be bringing you another Flashback Friday. This week’s edition will highlight the Bad Boys of Romance—the rule breakers and risk takers and heartbreakers

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4 Stars, Alice Griffiths, Leta Blake, Self-Published

Review: Will and Patrick Wake Up Married by Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths

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Title: Will and Patrick Wake Up Married

Author: Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 112 Pages

At a Glance: Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths are casting, scripting and directing our way through a funny, angsty, and what I think will end up being a touching little romance.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: 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.

Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Will and Patrick don’t like it, or each other, but they have to make the best of it until they can find another way out of their marriage. To ensure the trust fund Will’s charitable foundation relies on isn’t revoked by his mobster grandfather, he and Patrick travel to Will’s hometown of Healing, South Dakota, posing as a newlywed couple in the throes of true love at first sight.

Complicating their scheme are Will’s unresolved feelings for his all-too-recent ex-boyfriend Ryan, and Patrick’s desire to get back to the only thing that really matters to him in life: neurosurgery. Will they fool everyone? Or will the mafia get wind that their marriage is a fake? Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!

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Review: Doh! Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths, what have you done? You’ve created two characters who drew me into their story and then left me hanging, that’s what. Ah, the perils of episodic fiction. Well played, authors, well played!

Will and Patrick Wake Up Married is the first installment in the new “Wake Up Married” serial, and I for one can’t wait to see where the team of Blake and Griffiths take these men next. What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas in this series, where, as the title reveals, Will and Patrick wake up married after a night of steamy-horny-drunken-rebound monkey sex, to the hungover realization that not only do they not want to be bound in this state of unholy matrimony, but now they can’t get divorced because Will’s gangster gramps left very specific stipulations on the money Will inherited. Now, let’s be clear: Will does good works (Seriously. Good Works is the name of his foundation) with this dirty money, so it’s crucial he abide by the caveat his grandsire has placed upon it. Namely, that marriage is a sacred bond and divorce is absolutely out of the question. So, there’s a wee glimpse at this delightfully twisted picture.

What Blake and Griffiths have done in order to make this scenario work is create some great friction between Will and Patrick. Sexual chemistry—check. That’s there in spades, but these two men couldn’t be more different if they tried. Will wakes up like he’s been rode hard and put away wet—which he was, and which Patrick gleefully reminds him of whenever he can—and his bashful realization that he’s bedded and wedded a complete stranger plays so well against Dr. Patrick McHotbutt McCloud—who’s a bit of a dick. More than a bit, actually. He’s a brilliant neurosurgeon with a bit of a God Complex. He knows he’s the best in his field, and doesn’t hesitate to remind anyone who needs reminding of it. But…reasons for his douchey-ness are also coyly doled out in wee pieces, which I’m sure will be explained further in later episodes.

Patrick wants to drop Will like a bad habit, NOW, but he’d also kind of like to sex him up a little bit (a lot) too, before the divorce, or annulment, or whatever loophole they can find in Will’s mob connected purse strings; and this is where their journey begins, with help from a little synchronicity. It’s also where the authors begin to layer the characters, intertwine their lives, and set the foundation for their relationship. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon ::winkwinknudgenudge:: to see where their story’s going, but all the fun will be in watching these two men catch on to their own story arc.

Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths are building a town and its residents from the ground up, as Will bundles Patrick up and takes him home to South Dakota with him, with more than a little hope that Dr. McCloud will take one gander at the neurological facilities at Healing’s hospital and want to join its staff. What are the odds of that happening? Well, first they have to convince the entire town, including Will’s Mafioso family (the South Dakota Mafia ::snickers::), that they’re truly, madly, and deeply in love with each other. Otherwise, it could be bad for Patrick’s health.

Fun, no?

Yes, it most definitely promises to be! And with all the conflict and witty banter, and these two guys who are quite honestly both a little bit broken, the next episode can’t be delivered to my Kindle quickly enough.

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