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REVIEW: “The Marrying Kind” by Jay Northcote



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.


Owen and Nathan’s story was not complete after The Dating Game and I don’t know about you, but I was over the moon. The beginning of their relationship was sweet, soft, silly and did I mention sweet? Both had crushed on the other during their college years but it was only a late-night fantasy. However fate wasn’t finished with them quite yet and their paths crossed once more. This time they become tangled and twisted and neither wished to become free.

Fast forward two years and the boys are still truly, madly, and deeply in love.

Their best mates, Simon and Jack are tying the knot and you know how it goes….one wedding domino tends to knock over another. Nathan wistfully daydreams about his marriage to Owen but if his subtle hints weren’t enough, Owen spells it out for him….no marriage nonsense for him. Although he never envisioned himself a one-man-man, (wrong!) can his beloved Nathan change his tune again. Can he flip the self-proclaimed ‘not the marrying kind’ of guy? That is indeed the question.

Liquid courage or liquid stupidity fuels a half-hearted proposal from Owen one drunken evening and Nathan covets it enough to hang onto it. The next morning is extremely sobering, but Owen isn’t foolish enough to try and take the words back. Sadly, the reality of the imposing wedding starts to snuff out their flame. It becomes suffocating and threatens to fracture the solid bond they have.

What is it that Beyoncé says? “You shoulda put a ring on it?” Yeah, that’s it. Owen can’t help but wonder if maybe he should NOT have. Truth of the matter is, he never actually did. Despite Nathan’s desire for a bit of bling on his glaringly empty hand, he doesn’t push the matter. He knows which battles to fight and which should be cast aside. He navigates the argument minefield quite gallantly for some time.

And then….life happens.

Real, honest-to-goodness life slams into their blissful (when not discussing the bloody wedding) lives. Suddenly their entire worlds begin to crumble and both men are clueless as to any type of magical fix. Will their wedding kick start a tailspin? It may be over before it begins.

I enjoy Jay’s writing immensely. I truly adore the Owen and Nathan. Yet…I felt certain scenes that should have been grand and impressive were in fact anticlimactic. It’s a rare feat if I don’t shed a tear during declarations and ‘forevers’ and my Kleenex was regretfully dry. Perhaps I was asking for too much, but I craved a bit more dazzle during the final moments.

Regardless, it was still a fabulous read and if you were amused with their antics in The Dating Game, you’re going to want to check this one out.






Title: The Marrying Kind (Owen & Nathan #2)
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Pages:  35k
Release Date: April 17, 2015
Purchase Links: coming soon

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This entry was posted on April 16, 2015 by in Contemporary, Reviewer: Sheri and tagged , .

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