Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blog Tour ~ To Love and To Cherish (Vows #3) by Addison Albright ~ #Review, #Excerpt + #Giveaway

Blog Tour ~ To Love and To Cherish (Vows #3) by Addison Albright ~ (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)


Title: To Love and To Cherish
Author: Addison Albright
Series: Vows #3
Can be read as a standalone
Release Date: November 12th 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

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Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.

Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.

When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?





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EXCERPT


“Fuck dating. Let first impressions rule. I could’ve saved myself a world of hurt and heartache if I’d done that over the years. I don’t know why I stuck it out with some of my shitty boyfriends either. Wishful thinking, I guess. But you’re right, I knew practically instantly that my husband was going to be the love of my life. So yeah, don’t bother dating…simply ask him to marry you five minutes into the conversation. I’m sure it won’t scare him off or anything.” She accompanied that final instruction with a cocked eyebrow and one of her trademark smirks, as if the scornful tone she’d used wasn’t enough to keep the sarcasm from going over his head. Subtlety wasn’t Angela’s strong suit.
“Sage advice.” He raised a spoonful of soup in salute, then brought it toward his mouth.
Someone bumped his chair from behind. Nash rocked forward, and soup spilled down his chin.
Angela stifled a snicker, and a male voice he recognized said, “Sorry about that.”
Nash snatched up his napkin to wipe his face, and turned. “No problem, Dr. Burlingham.”
Although it was, of course. He felt like a fool with chicken noodle dripping down his neck. Dr. Burlingham stood there looking at him with an odd intensity. Probably thinking Nash had a screw loose or was some kind of man-whore if he’d overheard much of Nash’s rant. Whatever, it was none of the man’s business, and Nash would hopefully not be working at this hospital—where the doctor’s opinion would affect him—for much longer anyway.

After gazing at him for an uncomfortably long couple of seconds, Dr. Burlingham turned back to Dr. Gilbert Wilson, a friendly and outgoing pediatrician whose close friendship with Dr. Burlingham had long stymied the hospital grapevine. Dr. Wilson gaped at Dr. Burlingham with his own less-squinty version of Angela’s earlier side-eye. Except Dr. Wilson’s version was accompanied by a comical upturn to one side of his mouth, indicating his enjoyment of the scene—rather than concern for his friend’s mental health, as Angela’s countenance had implied.
As soon as the two doctors walked around the corner, Angela burst into a fit of the chuckles that would have been better suited to the set of Dumb and Dumber.
“Hardee-har-har,” was the best he could come up with in reply. Nash grabbed her napkin and crammed it down the front of his uniform to mop up the rest of the soup drippage.
“Did you see the look on his face?” Angela managed to gasp between giggles.
“Which one? The repugnance on Dr. Burlingham’s or the glee on Dr. Wilson’s?”
The guffaws coming from across the table intensified and drew some curious glances as well as several censorious glares. “Seriously, Angela, you’re going to give yourself a hernia. It wasn’t that funny.”
He nudged her bottle toward her and she took the hint, a couple deep breaths, and a slug of water. “Wasn’t repugnance,” she wheezed.
“What are you talking about?”
“The look on Dr. Burlingham’s face. It wasn’t repugnance. Closer to yearning.”
“Don’t even.” Nash froze. “Right now your position on the hospital grapevine is scaring the shit out of me. Don’t. Even.”
She held up a hand. “I wouldn’t. Calm down, sweetie. I’m stating facts, is all.”
“There’s nothing remotely factual about that statement, so don’t start with me. And so help me, don’t even hint at joking about something that stupid on the pediatrics floor where Dr. Wilson might get wind of it.”
She pointed a finger—or rather the finger—at him and bit out, “I’m not a fucking idiot.”
No, she wasn’t. Nash eased back in his seat. And she was a good friend. He sighed. “Sorry. I know you wouldn’t. Just put it down to the stress, okay?”
She gave his hand a squeeze and the tightness that had appeared in her shoulders visibly relaxed as well. “I’m sorry, too, sweetie. I shouldn’t tease you right now. I promise I would never start or feed any rumors about you, stupid or otherwise, but there truly was something in his look. I just want you to have a heads-up on that.”
Nash closed his eyes and took a deep, cleansing breath. It was doubtful, and so not a complication that would be appreciated right now in his life.



*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

To Love and To Cherish is the third book in the Vows series and can be perfectly read as a standalone, which for lack of more time was what I did. However, even if the characters from books 1 and 2 are mentioned and we get enough of their backstory, considering the quality of this book, I truly think you'll be missing out if you don't read the first books as well, which is what I'll do as soon as RL eases up a bit (or I stop signing up for so many books to review, whatever happens first, want to take bets? LOL)
Nash is disillusioned and bitter after his ex-fiancé left him two weeks before their wedding to get back together with his husband, and really, after what happened, who can blame him? He's been sleeping on his best friend's couch and he knows he's overstayed his welcome. He's not looking for love, but he does want the companionship, the commitment, the monogamy and hopefully, decent sex. When he finds out that Dr. Myles Burlingham is looking for both a live-in aid nurse for his grandfather and someone he can share his life with, after going through a very bad divorce, he takes him up on his marriage offer, after all, a marriage based on mutual convenience has to be better than one based on supposed love. 

Newly engaged, Nash is moving to Myles' apartment when he suffers a freak accident that wipes his memories for the last four months. How will this affect their marriage of convenience? 

I loved Nash and Emmitt (Myles), they were truly made for each other and while the start of their relationship was a bit unconventional, it was obvious there was more to it than what met the eye, at least on Emmitt's part. I just loved seeing Emmitt being so sweet with his grandfather and how nervous he was when he first proposed to Nash. And Nash, well, considering all he went through with Sam, it was completely understandable that he was as messed up about it as he was, even if he realized he wasn't as into Sam as he'd thought at first. The chemistry between Nash and Emmitt was amazing and it was lovely to see them falling for each other as they continued their relationship after the accident. Emmitt's grandfather was awesome and I adored Nash's friends. 

This was the first book by Addison Albright that I've read, but I can assure you it won't be the last. It was fantastically written, fun, sweet, just a tad angsty, romantic and engaging and I just couldn't get enough of Nash, Emmitt and Grampy. Very recommendable!

Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!

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About the Author
Addison Albright lives in the middle of the USA with three peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, "open window weather," cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.
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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review Mari, it seems I'm gonna backtrack and grab the #book1 first.
    Congrats with the book release, Addison and thank you for the giveaway chance.

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