Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Review ~ WAKING UP MARRIED by Reese Ryan

Waking Up Married (The Bourbon Brothers, #5)
by: Reese Ryan
Series: The Bourbon Brothers
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Interracial/Family Sagas
Release Date: March 1, 2021
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
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Will these friends’ temporary Vegas marriage lead to forever? Find out in this Bourbon Brothers novel from Reese Ryan!

What’s wrong with a little fake marriage between friends?

Their night on the town is a blank, but when Zora Abbott and Dallas Hamilton awaken in a Vegas hotel room, they’re man and wife. With news of the nuptials spreading virally, the high-profile best friends decide to stay married, temporarily. Maybe under the cover of marriage, Dallas can even make his best friend’s baby dream come true. But can their friendship survive their newly unleashed passions?

From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.

I love Reese Ryan's Bourbon Brothers series. And when I say that, I mean it to the depths of my soul. That's some serious love. All four of the previous books have been special. Waking Up Married exceeded all of my expectations and then some. This story is definitely on my list of favorite books. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and Reese wrote this story to perfection.

Zora Abbott is the youngest of five and the only daughter of Duke and Iris Abbott. At almost 32, she has proven herself to be a very good businesswoman and is the sales VP of the family distillery, King’s Finest. Currently, she is in competition with three of her older brothers to be the next CEO of the company. Zora has watched her older brothers and cousin find love and start families. She desperately wants in on that. When she's cuddling her nephew, niece, or cousins she desperately wishes they were her kids. Zora doesn't want to wait for mister right to come around. She wants children now. She’s prepared to be a single mother and visit a clinic to help her achieve her goal.

Dallas Hamilton is a premier furniture maker. He took his hobby that he learned from his grandfather, and turned it into a thriving business, Hamilton Haus. Dallas isn't really big on relationships or commitments, as a result of his childhood. In fact, his longest relationship has been his friendship with Zora, which started when they were in Kindergarten.

Over the years, Dallas and Zora have been each other's plus one to weddings, family gatherings, and other events, when the other wasn't seeing anyone else. Dallas is receiving an innovation award in Las Vegas, and Zora is going to be his date for the evening. While in Vegas, they are also going to celebrate Zora's 32nd birthday. A night of celebrating Dallas's winning his award results in Dallas and Zora waking up in the same bed and discovering they are married to each other.

What transpires next is comical, sweet, and romantic. Is there a such thing as a book husband? If there is, then Dallas is definitely mine. Waking Up Married contains the best first kiss scene ever! What makes this story so special is the love Zora and Dallas share. They have this deep, ingrained love that they’ve cultivated their entire lives without knowing. Seeing them together is really special.

There is so much I’m not saying about this story. I found every part to be special, and I don’t want to ruin anything. I’m a reader who at times will go back and reread snippets of books. Waking Up Married is a book I will go back and reread, in its entirety multiple times.


“You are a strong, confident woman who knows what you want. Don’t let anyone get inside your head and make you lose sight of that. Not even the people you love.”

“Please have a little faith in me.”

“Marriage is about compromise. Both sides have to give a little to find a happy medium.”

**Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 5

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You can read an excerpt from Waking Up Married here.

The Bourbon Brothers Series:

Savannah’s Secret ~ Review
The Billionaire’s Legacy ~ Review
Engaging the Enemy ~ Review
A Reunion of Rivals ~ Review

Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary romance featuring colorful characters and sinfully sweet romance. She challenges her heroines with family and career drama; reformed bad boys; revealed secrets; and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a well-earned happy ending.

A native of The Land (Cleveland, OH), Reese resides in North Carolina. She adores brilliant singer/songwriters and has an incurable addiction to musicals and movie soundtracks.

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