Rating: 4 stars out of 5
They have been together for five years, after meeting when the infamous ‘enfant terrible’ was commissioned to paint Callum’s portrait.
Theirs is a story of lust, laughter and all-consuming love, although this remains a closely kept secret; until the morning they wake up in Las Vegas. Married.
Dan has no memory of this miracle taking place–only one thing seems certain–he has somehow managed to pull off a masterpiece on the mischief front, and inveigled Cal down the aisle..
I enjoyed Hangover from Hell (Hangover #1) by Zakarrie Clarke. Bad boy rockers, quixotic artist lovers, oodles of miscommunication, and a wonderful premise. They woke up married in Vegas after being together on the down low for 5 years. That’s sort of irresistible. I had to know how this ‘unknown to me’ author was going to handle it.
Turns out, after a little disjointed beginning, really well. We jump right into the morning after and everyone is just waking up from what had to have been a wild and wooly night of sex, drugs and rock n roll. Then our boys get a look see at the new rings flashing on their hands and tiny spurts of memory of Elvis and a chapel start to come back. Yes, it’s very funny.
The jumpy, disjointedness comes in recounting who exactly these men are and their history with one another. That part of the narrative could have a more fluid feel to it. That comes in small flashbacks scattered throughout the story while the men are dealing with the ramifications of their marriage in Vegas (that’s turned into a media frenzy). The whole story actually occurs just over the course of a couple of days.
I thought the author did a great job with the characterizations and the dialog. Each is easily distinguishable and I loved each man’s personality. Daniel Flynn is a particular favorite of mine and I could clearly see him as the artist he was written to be. The same goes for Callum the rocker and they both had genuine chemistry between them.
This is the first in the Hangover series so I’m interested in where the author will take it. That means I’m definitely in line when the next story releases. In the meantime, I’m recommending Hangover from Hell (Hangover #1) by Zakarrie Clarke to all lovers of contemporary romance and bad boys in love.
Cover art is simple but nice. I liked it.
ebook, 1 edition, 276 pages
Published March 9th 2018 by MLR Press (first published March 8th 2018)
Original Title Hangover from Hell
Series Hangover #1