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REVIEW: “Legally Wed” by Rick R Reed


Love comes along when you least expect it. That’s what Duncan Taylor’s sister, Scout, tells him. Scout has everything Duncan wants—a happy life with a wonderful husband. Now that Seattle has made gay marriage legal, Duncan knows he can have the same thing. But when he proposes to his boyfriend Tucker, he doesn’t get the answer he hoped for. Tucker’s refusal is another misstep in a long line of failed romances. Despairing, Duncan thinks of all the loving unions in his life—and how every one of them is straight. Maybe he could be happy, if not sexually compatible, with a woman. When zany, gay-man-loving Marilyn Samples waltzes into his life, he thinks he may have found his answer.

Determined to settle, Duncan forgets his sister’s wisdom about love and begins planning a wedding with Marilyn. But life throws Duncan a curveball. When he meets wedding planner Peter Dalrymple, unexpected sparks ignite. Neither man knows how long he can resist his powerful attraction to the other. For sure, there’s a wedding in the future. But whose?


Marriage. What is the key to a happy marriage? What are the essentials required for success? Why do we all want it so badly? Who can have it and why? There’s a lot of controversy and questions about marriage. A fierce storm of opinions have gathered with lots of fire on both sides of the matrimony battle and who has the right to it.

For me, it’s quite simple. I believe in love. I believe love sees no color, gender or heritage. You may have different beliefs, and if you do…I still encourage you to try this book. For this is a journey of one man’s failures and success at love, and witnessing his challenges just might shed some light on why none of us should ever give up on love.

Duncan proposes to his boyfriend because…he can. Same sex marriage becomes an option, a right he’s been denied till now and he pounces on the dream he’s always longed for. He is stunned to conclude the night with unexpected bling for himself, a broken heart, and a new single status.

A moment of drunken desperation leads to the posting of a crazy ad… ’Gay man searching for Straight woman for marriage’.


Allow me to repeat…’Gay man searching for Straight woman for marriage.’ Yeaahh, this spells disaster for me too. What’s even crazier is someone responds. And here we have Marilyn. Larger than life, she’s a force to be reckoned with. As she happens to be looking for love as well they bond and soon find they have more in common than either of them ever imagined. Can they make a go of the long haul, of ‘till death do us part’ without the spark, the ‘it’, the romance?

Just when their course seems to be set, fate has other ideas. When Duncan’s sister and best friend is struck by tragedy he has no choice but to face the cold hard facts. While life is hard, love can be harder.

Peter comes into the picture late in the game, but his importance is significant. Sometimes what you’re looking for, comes when you’re not looking at all.

More than a romance, more than a personal journey…it belongs in a class of its own. Expert storytelling with strong, solid cast of characters, I can tell you one thing, I am adding my name to Rick Reed’s fan club.

I laughed, I squirmed, and I wept…and honestly, that tells me all I need to know. It’s an absolutely remarkable and inspiring tale of love.



19208141Title:  Legally Wed
Author:  Rick R. Reed
Publisher:  Dreampsinner Press
Pages:  216
Release Date:  January 3, 2014
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner, Amazon, ARe

2 comments on “REVIEW: “Legally Wed” by Rick R Reed

  1. deirdre
    February 27, 2014

    Great Job Sheri! So glad you loved it too!!


    • Sheri
      February 27, 2014

      Thanks d!
      I really did…thanks so much for bringing it to my attention. I’m eagerly looking forward to my next RR book!


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