Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
Cody Hayes is having one epic morning-after. The hangover following a Vegas bachelor party is nothing new to him, and neither is the naked man in his bed.
His apparent marriage is a different story.
Carefully plotting every detail of his life carried Julian Canales to a Senate seat as an openly gay man. A drunken night of Truth or Dare isn’t like him… and neither is marrying a man he just met. He’d get an annulment, but the media has gotten wind of his hasty nuptials. If Julian’s political career is going to survive, he has to stay married to a man who’s his opposite in every way.
Now he must convince Cody that all they need to do is survive a conservative political rival, a heartbroken ex, their painful pasts… and an attraction neither man can fight.
If you are having a bad day and seriously need a lighted hearted, quick fun read to make the blues fly out the window? Here’s a story for you. Suddenly Yours by Jacob Z. Flores takes that workhorse of a plot, the wake up married in Las Vegas, and makes it adorable and warmhearted all over again. Cody Hayes is taking part of a drunken bachelor party celebration when a dare brings Cody over to Senator Julian Canales, enjoying a night off. What happens next is the sort of thing that movies and Las Vegas is famous or should that be infamous for.
But now post marriage equality, these stories can take on an entirely new spin and really, that’s also the joy here. There’s no hiding in the closet, no tragedy (yes, I know that still occurs) but now its equally possible for a happy ending, for people to blink and move on. Sometimes, I think we forget that. We get the absolutely adorable Cody with his buoyant personality, from his dress to his expressions. On the other side, we get the very serious politician, Julian Canales, whose determination to be a Senator and deliver the type of agenda that will help people most perhaps cost him a personal life and more a deep romantic one. Flores brings them together for one night of hazy, explosive sex and then more when reality sets in and they (and us) really get to know each other. Its the days that follow that seems believable, funny, and real.
Its a format that works when done right as its done here. The author’s execution carries us along quickly in the story, we connect to the characters and we root for their romance. Yes, its light and warmhearted. You know where the plots going but its ok, you like the couple and the secondary characters and the ride is immensely enjoyable. All that adds up to a satisfying romance.
This is book two in Flores’ One Fine Day series. I’ve loved them both. Can’t wait to see what book three brings. I recommend them all.
Cover art by Paul Richmond is just as adorable and cuddly as the story. I adored it.
ebook, 244 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634776763 (ISBN13: 9781634776769)
Series: One Fine Day