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First Comes Marriage (Dreamspun Desires Book 2) by [Shira Anthony]
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About the Author

Shira Anthony was a professional opera singer in her last incarnation, performing roles in such operas as Tosca, Pagliacci, and La Traviata, among others. She's given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle. Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs, and when she's not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she's not working, she can be found at the Carolina coast aboard Land's Zen, a 35' catamaran sailboat, with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel. Shira writes what she loves, be it contemporary musicians, shifter mermen, or time-traveling vampires. Her Mermen of Ea trilogy book, Into the Wind, was named one of the best books of 2014 by both Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words and Hearts on Fire Reviews, and was a finalist in the 2014 Goodreads M/M Romance Member's Choice Awards. Her Blue Notes series of classical-music-themed gay romances was named one of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Word's "Best Series of 2012," and the most recent book in the series, Dissonance, was named one of the best books of 2014 by Hearts on Fire Reviews. Shira can be found on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/shira.anthony Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/4641776.Shira_Anthony Twitter: @WriterShira Website: www.shiraanthony.com E-mail: shiraanthony@hotmail.com --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN : B01HJFD4T2
  • Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (January 15, 2016)
  • Publication date : January 15, 2016
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1036 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 201 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 40 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming & Romantic Comfort Read by an Excellent Author - RGR Review by Marc
By Rainbow Gold Reviews on April 7, 2016
This was the first Dreamspun Desires book I read and I was not sure if it would work for me. I don’t want my books to be too polished, too perfect and too unrealistic. I don’t mind a nice romantic fantasy about hot guys finding love, but I still must be able to connect with the characters and be interested in their relationship.

I’m really glad that I never had a problem to connect with this story. I had high hopes, given how much I have loved other books by Shira Anthony and I’m happy that I had the chance to meet Jesse and Chris and got to ‘watch’ them find their HEA. I loved their story and for me it was the perfect choice for Comfort Zone Week.

Jesse is not at all what I expected. I thought he might be an over-confident business guy or spoiled rich kid, accustomed to getting everything he ever wanted. And while he grew up with certain priviledges that come from money, I soon realized that he worked hard to make the company flourish and treated his staff like friends and family. He respects the people he works with and the people who work for him and that goes a long way. He is a pragmatic guy and while I firmly believe marriage should be something special, his proposal did not feel ‘wrong’. He did not use Chris and he respected him and gave him an incredible opportunity.

Readers never really get to see Jesse’s business side, the focus of the book is the relationship. Even as the order is different here and marriage comes first, before they find love and ultimately their HEA, the romance is the major focus of the book.

When Chris meets Jesse at one of his book readings, Jesse is a bit shy and charming. It soon becomes obvious that he is a closeted geek and the two guys are comfortable with each other, share similar interests and just seem to have an easy friendship between them.

Chris is a talented writer and I found him to be very likable from the start. He has nice friends who let him room with them and has a loyal fan base. He is able to support himself with a barrista job and his writing, but has not a lot of money to spare and is hoping for a break.

I liked that he was not in a desperate situation that would have forced him to agree with the ‘business deal’ marriage out of necessity. He could have continued the way he lived before and probably would have gotten his break at some point, but earning a million dollars by getting married to a nice guy, a friend, and having the time to write without distractions was a very tempting offer, however unusual the proposal might have been.

The thing I loved most about the book is the difficult relationship Jesse has to his Stepmother and how bringing Chris home forces him to deal with Wanda. She is a very interesting character. Smart, somewhat hard to analyze, but very intriguing.

There are several obstacles like secrets and lies in Jesse and Chris’ way, but they are both likable and in the end manage to overcome all hurdles and find unexpected happiness in their marriage, even though it started as sham. While it’s not always smooth sailing for the guys, the angst level is low and the romance is as sweet as the sex is hot.

I had a lot of fun with the book and characters and I will have to check out other Dreamspun Desires books, whenever I need another comfort read.

8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
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Tori Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written fairytale of sorts...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and well-written comfort read with likable and interesting characters, love and passion - RGR Review by Marc
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and well-written comfort read with likable and interesting characters, love and passion - RGR Review by Marc
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2016
This was the first Dreamspun Desires book I read and I was not sure if it would work for me. I don’t want my books to be too polished, too perfect and too unrealistic. I don’t mind a nice romantic fantasy about hot guys finding love, but I still must be able to connect with the characters and be interested in their relationship.

I’m really glad that I never had a problem to connect with this story. I had high hopes, given how much I have loved other books by Shira Anthony and I’m happy that I had the chance to meet Jesse and Chris and got to ‘watch’ them find their HEA. I loved their story and for me it was the perfect choice for Comfort Zone Week.

Jesse is not at all what I expected. I thought he might be an over-confident business guy or spoiled rich kid, accustomed to getting everything he ever wanted. And while he grew up with certain priviledges that come from money, I soon realized that he worked hard to make the company flourish and treated his staff like friends and family. He respects the people he works with and the people who work for him and that goes a long way. He is a pragmatic guy and while I firmly believe marriage should be something special, his proposal did not feel ‘wrong’. He did not use Chris and he respected him and gave him an incredible opportunity.

Readers never really get to see Jesse’s business side, the focus of the book is the relationship. Even as the order is different here and marriage comes first, before they find love and ultimately their HEA, the romance is the major focus of the book.

When Chris meets Jesse at one of his book readings, Jesse is a bit shy and charming. It soon becomes obvious that he is a closeted geek and the two guys are comfortable with each other, share similar interests and just seem to have an easy friendship between them.

Chris is a talented writer and I found him to be very likable from the start. He has nice friends who let him room with them and has a loyal fan base. He is able to support himself with a barrista job and his writing, but has not a lot of money to spare and is hoping for a break.

I liked that he was not in a desperate situation that would have forced him to agree with the ‘business deal’ marriage out of necessity. He could have continued the way he lived before and probably would have gotten his break at some point, but earning a million dollars by getting married to a nice guy, a friend, and having the time to write without distractions was a very tempting offer, however unusual the proposal might have been.

The thing I loved most about the book is the difficult relationship Jesse has to his Stepmother and how bringing Chris home forces him to deal with Wanda. She is a very interesting character. Smart, somewhat hard to analyze, but very intriguing.

There are several obstacles like secrets and lies in Jesse and Chris’ way, but they are both likable and in the end manage to overcome all hurdles and find unexpected happiness in their marriage, even though it started as sham. While it’s not always smooth sailing for the guys, the angst level is low and the romance is as sweet as the sex is hot.

I had a lot of fun with the book and characters and I will have to check out other Dreamspun Desires books, whenever I need another comfort read.

8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
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Midnawolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice gentle romantic read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 29, 2016
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okee1
1.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2016
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viki
5.0 out of 5 stars First comes marriage
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 21, 2016
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