Book Review – Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells by EM Lynley

Genre: Contemporary Gay Erotica / Humor
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Ravenous Romance; 1st edition (April 22, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607777851
ISBN-13: 978-1607777854

About the book:

“Kieran Quinn is a Texas native transplanted to Manhattan who is working as a columnist for a national magazine. He’s famous for his snarky, sardonic columns, but deep down he’s more interested in what makes people tick than his editor would like. He keeps his desire to find his own Mr. Right hidden under a sexy, carefree persona that favors champagne and underwear models of the male variety.

Jaxon Lang is the handsome, confident high school principal in a tiny Texas town, where he relocated from Dallas to pursue his relationship with Danetta Harris. Despite her reputation for leaving grooms at the altar, Jaxon believes that they belong together and wants only to marry her and settle down to wedded bliss.

While covering the latest wedding of real-life “runaway bride” Danetta Harris, Kieran falls hard for the gorgeous-and straight-groom, Jaxon Lang. At the same time, Kieran’s charm and unique attitudes about sex and attraction soon challenge Jaxon’s concept of what-and who-he wants. Will anything change when Kieran discovers the bride’s shocking secret?”

MY REVIEW:

Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells reads to me like it was the GBLT counterpart of a good chick-lit novel – it’s just got that vibe – really smart, sardonic sense of humor with a lot of frothy fun thrown in, and with trendy charming characters. Just a little more sex than the usual chick-lit 😉 I think that EM Lynley has a lot of promise in this genre.

Kieran Quinn, minor celebrity columnist best known for his catty writing for Gloss Magazine, is tasked to cover the latest wedding of “runaway bride” Danetta Harris to the good principal Jaxon Lang. Kieran (and his editor) is betting for Danetta to continue her runaway streak – and has already sharpened his pen for ridiculing all the main characters of this little drama, especially the hapless groom-to-be.

Except that deep down, Kieran isn’t just the jaded slutty playboy he’s portrayed himself to be – he also happens to be a good guy, searching for all the same things the rest of us are looking for (see why it reads like chick-lit to me?) – and he not only falls in love with the people of Buckwheat Springs, Texas – but horror-of-horrors including the very confused young groom Jaxon!

Kieran is one of the most charming roguish (and ultimately endearing) characters I’ve met in this genre, and he carries the novel from start to finish with a lot of panache. Even the struggling-with-his-sexuality Jaxon and the troubled young bride-to-be Danetta comes through well here – so good on EM Lynley for being able to form likeable, flawed and real characters for us who actually change and grow throughout the course of the story. The plot itself is one we’ve all read before (straight-guy-is-only-gay-for-you), but EM Lynley’s writing style elevates it all, and gives us one very enjoyable and hot (and steamy) ride!

I have to say, I wished they’d change the cover – it practically shouts out this is just an erotic novel – when yes, while there is erotica (it’s front and center on the first chapter when Kieran wakes up with one of his one-night-stands), but there’s also a lot of smart, humorous writing that’s missing from a lot of novels in this genre (where a lot of authors apparently think that sex in 80-90% of the pages makes up for having little to no plot). I think changing the cover to something more sweet (maybe a groom with his shirt on?) would go a long way to better representing the spirit of the novel.

Other reviews of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells are found at Good Reads and Two lips Reviews.

Check out Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells and help support EM Lynley.

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~ by RandomizeME on December 21, 2009.

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