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Sequel to A Betting Man It’s been almost a year since a disastrous bet dropped Blaine McKlintock and his best friend, Kent Samson in hot water. Now, Kent is getting ready to propose to Terry Barron. Blaine couldn’t be happier for his best friend, but when Kent asks Blaine to plan the wedding, Blaine is thrown for a loop, especially when Kent drops another bomb. Spencer Cass Sequel to A Betting Man It’s been almost a year since a disastrous bet dropped Blaine McKlintock and his best friend, Kent Samson in hot water. Now, Kent is getting ready to propose to Terry Barron. Blaine couldn’t be happier for his best friend, but when Kent asks Blaine to plan the wedding, Blaine is thrown for a loop, especially when Kent drops another bomb. Spencer Cassidy will be helping. Blaine remembers Spencer very well, but the former Wall Street force doesn’t seem to remember him. Blaine’s changed a lot since the bet, but will Spencer see it too?


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Sequel to A Betting Man It’s been almost a year since a disastrous bet dropped Blaine McKlintock and his best friend, Kent Samson in hot water. Now, Kent is getting ready to propose to Terry Barron. Blaine couldn’t be happier for his best friend, but when Kent asks Blaine to plan the wedding, Blaine is thrown for a loop, especially when Kent drops another bomb. Spencer Cass Sequel to A Betting Man It’s been almost a year since a disastrous bet dropped Blaine McKlintock and his best friend, Kent Samson in hot water. Now, Kent is getting ready to propose to Terry Barron. Blaine couldn’t be happier for his best friend, but when Kent asks Blaine to plan the wedding, Blaine is thrown for a loop, especially when Kent drops another bomb. Spencer Cassidy will be helping. Blaine remembers Spencer very well, but the former Wall Street force doesn’t seem to remember him. Blaine’s changed a lot since the bet, but will Spencer see it too?

30 review for A Marrying Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    I was pretty much okay with this story, UNTIL… the truly selfish and evil ex-wife pulled some very serious emotional and financial fuckery at MC #1’s expense, for several YEARS, which were ALL just swept under the rug and forgiven. Like, immediately! THE FUCK??? No real outrage or resentment voiced on-page from her ex-husband. She used his love for his young daughter as a loaded gun to his head (and checkbook) and he's got nothing? Really? I almost DNF'd it immediately at that point. T I was pretty much okay with this story, UNTIL… the truly selfish and evil ex-wife pulled some very serious emotional and financial fuckery at MC #1’s expense, for several YEARS, which were ALL just swept under the rug and forgiven. Like, immediately! THE FUCK??? No real outrage or resentment voiced on-page from her ex-husband. She used his love for his young daughter as a loaded gun to his head (and checkbook) and he's got nothing? Really? I almost DNF'd it immediately at that point. That plot point was completely unbelievable to me. The book was fine up until that point, but it didn't blow me away and it definitely had more wedding plot than I care for. I didn't like it nearly as much as book 1 in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    Wasn't really feeling this one! Didn't really like Blaine or Spencer, to be quite honest! Blaine especially acted like a drama queen! IDK they both just acted so immature the majority of the book! Pretending to hate each other only to instantly fall in love! It was almost an exact replica of The Betting Man, complete with Mr. Hawke swooping in to save the day! I will say I like Casper's character..... I think. Slater....not so much at this point! He seems like he might be really annoying! I did li Wasn't really feeling this one! Didn't really like Blaine or Spencer, to be quite honest! Blaine especially acted like a drama queen! IDK they both just acted so immature the majority of the book! Pretending to hate each other only to instantly fall in love! It was almost an exact replica of The Betting Man, complete with Mr. Hawke swooping in to save the day! I will say I like Casper's character..... I think. Slater....not so much at this point! He seems like he might be really annoying! I did like Valerie....so there is that! Kind of disappointing after enjoying The Betting Man! Hoping the series can redeem itself with the next book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

    ***3 Stars*** This was a nice, fluffy, quick read. It was entertaining enough to keep me company on my flight to Vegas, but nothing really stands out. It took a while for Spencer and Blaine to grow on me, but once they did, I thought they were cute together. Spencer's daughter was a great addition, however, I could have done without his ex wife (who was done up as MEGA VILLAIN EXTRAORDINAIRE). I'm really intrigued by Spencer's snarky hornball brother, Slater....and especially his hilarious banter ***3 Stars*** This was a nice, fluffy, quick read. It was entertaining enough to keep me company on my flight to Vegas, but nothing really stands out. It took a while for Spencer and Blaine to grow on me, but once they did, I thought they were cute together. Spencer's daughter was a great addition, however, I could have done without his ex wife (who was done up as MEGA VILLAIN EXTRAORDINAIRE). I'm really intrigued by Spencer's snarky hornball brother, Slater....and especially his hilarious banter with Blaine's secretary, Casper. With Slater's nonstop flirty horniness and Casper's quick witted annoyance of him, their book has the potential for some serious fun!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tpagirl Loves Romance

    A Marrying Man was the second book in the Men of Manhattan series by Sandrine Gasq-Dion. Blaine McKlintock was gorgeous, arrogant, rich, and pompous.....or was he? He had met Spencer Cassidy several years ago in passing, but he never forgot him. They met again through Kent and Terry (book one, A Betting Man). Spencer was strong, gorgeous and confident. He was divorced from the ex-wife from hell. He's always known he was bi-sexual, but had never fully explored it. He totally wanted to explore it A Marrying Man was the second book in the Men of Manhattan series by Sandrine Gasq-Dion. Blaine McKlintock was gorgeous, arrogant, rich, and pompous.....or was he? He had met Spencer Cassidy several years ago in passing, but he never forgot him. They met again through Kent and Terry (book one, A Betting Man). Spencer was strong, gorgeous and confident. He was divorced from the ex-wife from hell. He's always known he was bi-sexual, but had never fully explored it. He totally wanted to explore it with Blaine. The storyline focused completely on the budding relationship as well as Kent and Terry's wedding planning. It was a quick, light and enjoyable read mixed in with an abundance of humor. As with any novella, I desired more depth within the storyline; however, I still enjoyed it. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Valerie Cassidy. Although not one of the main characters, she was prominent in the storyline. She was Spencer's adorable and funny eight year old who stole the show every time she was around. All in all, I was thoroughly entertained. Additionally, Gasq-Dion prepped us well for the next story, A Fighting Man, focusing on the hysterical Slater and snarky Casper. It promises to be a true delight.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions

    I read book one so now I feel obligated to read book two. In book 1 Blaine was vain douchenozzle. I except to see some groveling and redemption here and not just be told he's changed a lot since book one. You Are Being Warned This Review Contains SPOILERS and a lot of them and also this is just my personal comments and thoughts as I read this. Chapter 1 is an info dump about Blaine and his family. It also shows how insensitive he is, especially towards his mother. First he double boo I read book one so now I feel obligated to read book two. In book 1 Blaine was vain douchenozzle. I except to see some groveling and redemption here and not just be told he's changed a lot since book one. You Are Being Warned This Review Contains SPOILERS and a lot of them and also this is just my personal comments and thoughts as I read this. Chapter 1 is an info dump about Blaine and his family. It also shows how insensitive he is, especially towards his mother. First he double booked a meeting for when he was supposed to be having brunch with his mom. To the point where he didn't listen to a word she said, instead he spent the whole time thinking about how he was late for his more important meeting. His mom finally gave up and just told him to go since he wasn't listening to her at all. What was she trying to say? Who knows! Blaine doesn't care at all. She could have been saying her liver was failing and he wouldn't have been bothered to care, after all he was running late for his other meeting with his friend from book one. Instead of canceling and rescheduling one of his appointments he just treats his mom like trash and runs late to meet his friend. Yeah, not impressed with this character at all. And from the info-dump it appears it's setting up his parents to be the reason for all of his problems and why he acts like a pompous jerk. Even though both parents took him to work with them and did parenting stuff with him I'm betting it won't be enough for Blaine. Chapter 2 is Spencer's first person POV. Yes this book has rotating first person point of view. Don't remember if book one was like that or not. Either way I don't like this style and often kept forgetting who's POV I was in, and having to re-read sections. More on the confusing parts later. Sigh (I actually sighed, and not a good 'I'm swooning' sigh, a bad 'are you fucking kidding me?' sigh). Of course here comes the evil 'beyond-a-bitch' ex-wife, have to have one of those. The whole evil bitch trope thrown in here is stupid and over the top. Made me stop liking spencer already. He comes across like an idiot. Apparently She has fancy lawyers! Hello idiot, hire your own lawyers! You caught her cheating! She refuses his visitation rights unless he pays her extra! Again illegal and blackmail hire a lawyer idiot. The kids eight and he says wants to see him, well hire a lawyer and have her tell the judge that. Instead he pays her ridiculously high alimony and child support and paints her as an absolutely awful mother. So why leave the kid with her? Also there is a huge inconsistency here, where one page he says wife left him for a younger man after he left Wall Street because she so pretentious. Next page he's catching her cheating with his assistant and HE leaves her and fires his assistant. There is a page between this, how can it change so drastically, so quickly, and an editor not notice? The women so far: • Blaine's mom the super-alcoholic-yet-super-attorney (omg spencer totally needs a lawyer maybe later she'll sober up and help him since he's too stupid to hire an attorney!) • Spencer's ex wife- super bitch, super greedy, uses child as a weapon for money, has a plastic face, cheating slut, manipulative (it's all her fault they had sex without a condom, she made him do it blah blah whine whine... Grow a pair Spencer, seriously). Spencer thinks when harassing Blain, "I'm such a dick. I chuckled." Nice, real nice spencer. Not douchey at all to be a dick and then laugh at your own dickishness. Nope not a total douche move. And I'm only 8% and it started at 2%! This makes absolutely no fucking sense. Kent wants Blaine and Spencer to plan his wedding. Kent can't do it or Terry might find out. Why don't you ask Terry to marry you first and maybe he'd want to plan his own wedding?! Or maybe hire a wedding planner?! No matter what why would you ask two guys who don't like each other to work together on something so big that they don't even have experience doing? Like really, Kent just assumes they'll plan his whole wedding in a month because they're friends? He doesn't think that's a big request? Or that someone else who has wedding experience would be better? Seriously. Only thing I can think of is Terry must know about it and they just setting these two up. Even then it's just ridiculous. How does Blaine possibly know so much about his dads sex life? He thinks numerous times about how often his dad has sex and with who. Then during the random scene where his dad comes to his office and breaks down and tells him he's going to rehab for his sex addiction, Blaine tells him not to because sex with any you vagina makes him feel younger and "makes his dick happy". A paragraph before he was criticizing the dad for being a whore and what it does to his drunk mother. Then when the dad breaks down and says he going to try and change Blain like, oh no it's not that big if a deal if it makes you happy. WTF? Seriously there is no consistency to this character at all. One minute he's all snobby in restaurant next he all going out of his way to show how nice he is too his assistant. Think's of his assistant as a human now and only had him do stuff he was hired to do. Because hanging out with Terry had changed him. It goes over the top in pointing out how much his assistant loves him, but how professional he keeps their relationship. Yes, all of his changing apparently happened between books and now he hardly seems like the same character at all. I'm not sure, but I think we're supposed to feel sorry for him. But I still don't like him. He's still a douche but now he's all insecure and timid and whiny. Terry hangs out with Blaine's dad? What? When? Blaine says all his dad does is work and fuck. Blaine rarely sees him. So when does he hang out with terry? Is he fucking Terry? (This is brought up because Blaine's dad says "asshat" apparently Terry is teaching him new terminology. But if Blaine never sees his dad. Why would terry be seeing Blaine's dad? Even if kent and terry and Blaine hang out, why his dad be there? And hanging out enough for him to start talking like terry? Just doesn't fit with what we were told early. But I'm starting to think there is no worry about being consistent here and instead we're just told whatever fits for the current scene, or this part of the current scene. Since not even all the scenes remain consistent throughout. He got lost driving? He had an address. His smart phone doesn't have GPS? His pretentious expensive car no GPS either? There are so many little things that I'm just like WTF? Or thinking "that's random." Or "was there a point there?" Or "was this tacked on for extra word count?" Oh how convenient Spencer's mom is the best wedding planner of all time! She's been in people magazine a million times and all celebrities want her to do their wedding. What an everyday real life situation. Two random guys asked to plan a wedding in a month and one has the most famous wedding planner ever born as a mother. Thank god or what would they do? And thank God people owe Spencer's mom favors so the perfect lighthouse location will cancel someone else's event so she can have it on such short notice. Sorry but I don't like characters that think they're so special other people can just be shit on so they can have something there way. And that's how all of these characters are, no compassion or thought for anyone else. Blaine tells Spencer's parents he's changed quite a bit since the bet. Too bad the reader doesn't get to see any of that. It's like all the character development happened between books and now we are told how it is but it doesn't feel genuine. His little speech seemed almost robotic and then after the other characters are so happy he's changed so much. And they know all that from him simply saying so? I haven't seen the change that's for sure. - at 18% Oh now he has GPS so he won't get lost going home. Oh little flashbacks to some of the many things skipped over. But still not really showing anything. Just Blaine whining about how everyone else has better parents than him and blah blah. The names. Kent is really Kenny. Blaine gets called ken sometimes because he looks like a ken doll. Blaine's assistant is Kennedy. Seriously? There are lots of V names too, I can't keep track of the names they're all too similar. I don't see any chemistry between them at all. They push and shove and kick each other in the shin. That's like little boy stuff. Not adults that are almost thirty or are in their thirties. It's annoying and makes me wish they'd grow up, If I wanted that I'd read young adult. Why does he need a buffer to pick up his brother? They seem to get along just fine. And the spencer spends whole time trying to keep blain away from his slutty brother. And then after dragging Blain there he just sends blain on his own in a cab to find his own way home. Rude, and great way to say thanks, dickface. Seems like this was just another flimsy excuse to put them together. Which would be fine if there were chemistry or something between them. But all they do is bicker and act like little girl-boys. They have not had one real conversation or gotten to know each other at all so far -24% What are ACUs? The book says the term a lot but doesn't explain it. Back to Blaine's POV for more of his pity party. No one ever wanted to date him for him. They just used him for his money and status blah blah. Is he really surprised?! He's a disgusting person. He knows it, so why would anyone want to date him that wasn't also disgustingly like him? I'd like to see a character that realizes the problem is him and not everyone else and then see him work to fix it and not just whine about how hard his privileged life is all the time. Sometimes there are what I can't tell if it's a typo or weird phrasing. Like A devilish grinned lifted his beautiful lips and I licked my own." I'm pretty sure it should just be devilish grin. But either way, I find myself having to re-read stuff because its worded weird or just confusing. Especially at scene changes or sometimes dialogue I have to read it three or four times to know who is speaking. I feel like an editor should have smoothed this stuff out. Omg he thinks of Vanessa as "my daughter" all the fucking time. It's so annoying can't he just use her name? (This is less noticeable later on but for one chapter it was highly annoying). The timeline's fucked up or it's another one of those things that's just not detailed well. At the start they had a month to plan for the wedding which is on Xmas eve. And it's only been a few days (unless it skipped a lot and didn't mention it, I wouldn't be surprised) but now everyone is talking like its already Christmas. Like the eight year old ram away. Took a taxi by herself to her dad because she wanted to spend Xmas with him. Isn't Xmas almost a month away? I'm so confused. Magically contrived, Blaine found her on the street having never even met her before. (Which also led to Terry finding them on his day off. Spencer was supposed to open the store but terry showed up with key. They then all leave Terry there to open the store? Uh what? Really? Another plot hole or are they just that big of asses?) I forgot terry randomly planned the secretary's wedding at the end of book one and apparently loved it. Do they seriously think he wouldn't then want to plan his own wedding?!? Really? Seriously? - 37% yep all of the above is from just 37% into the story. I can't help but feeling like this was rushed and could benefit from a few more rounds of editing. Eh Jesus. Back when his dad was going to rehab he asked if his dad even loved his mom anymore because of how he acted. Now he's happy his dad is in rehab because he knows dad loves his mom and he remembers how the dad dotes on her. WTF? When before he never saw the mom because he was always working and or fucking any young vagina. Now it's the complete opposite. I swear it's like there is no consistency at all in this story. - 41% Women additions: • Spencer's mom: a little too Disney princess too be real (she sing-song and is too good to be true type vibe) but she is warm and likable even if it's over the top. (Least this is positive over the top) (lots of characters end up "sing-song" and it is a really annoying phrase). • Porsche- the super fake, super stupid, doesn't understand the word no, is an ex to both kent and blain, both dated her before they went all dick. Great addition to the cast Porsche! Wonder how it feels to have both your ex's go for dick after breaking up. •Spencer's daughter who is eight but super smart and the perfect child. Barely knows her daddy but wants to stay with him because her mom's an evil cuntface. 46% the kid ran away again. Her daddy wasn't home so she googled blain and found him because a picture showed him in front of the building. See she's a genius, especially since she didn't know Blaine's last name and even if she did how could she spell it because its a weird one. She's ran away twice. Would it really be that hard to get custody? Especially after all the other shit too? Not too mention the fact that the first time they didn't know she was gone until spencer called them. And this time she's already been gone a while if she's been to different houses and waiting at Blaine's, but they don't call spencer until she's already with Blaine? How did they not notice sooner? And the characters always have the most perfect timing and random run ins. It just adds to everything feeling forced. Huh, Spencer's brother and daughter are both psychologists telling Blaine he's lonely and blah blah. She's eight going on 65 apparently. Blaine says his fathers office screams "I have a huge cock" then describes it. To me it screamed "I'm trying to compensate for my little cock and show how pretentiously manly I am." Big difference there - 50% Every meal they eat pizza! I'm so sick of reading about them going to get pizza and moaning while they eat it. Not sure how they possibly have these perfect bodies when all they eat is shit 58% -74% either it got better or I developed an immunity to the flaws. It's still not great though is going faster. I still don't feel a connection to either character. And the time line is wonky. -77% (view spoiler)[ yeah Terry was in on it and they made a bet. What the bet was I don't understand. They bet spencer had a thing for Blaine. How does that lead to planning their wedding? If terry loves planning weddings so much like we are led to believe at end of the first book, why wouldn't be plan his own? Why would he put control of it completely over to two people that know nothing about weddings. Pretty much every wtf question I posted when kent asked them to do it still applies. If Terry knew they were planning a wedding already why did he act so surprised to be proposed to? Was that all fake? If not it couldn't have been a surprise because terry was in on the wedding. This just feels so fake and contrived. Hard to find romance when it all feels like one huge plot hole. (hide spoiler)] WTF 80% why would their picture be on the cover of New York Times? One owns a bike messenger shop and the other is an ad executive. That makes the cover of New York Times? And Vanessa the superficial bimbo reads New York Times? Puh lease. But she see's spencer on it with his new boyfriend and is pissed and goes over the top evil about it. 83% you know a book's bad when the characters break up and you shake your head and laugh because of how ridiculous it is and over the top and just plain weak. Grow some fucking back bones... I don't even care if they get together again. I'm not connected to either of them and don't see a connection between them with each other either. And the sex, so dull, lay there like a bored hooker and moan occasionally. Oh yeah revving that engine big time. Plus it skips a lot. Like they at point A of sex and skips to point C, jumpy and not hot. Omg the ending is so bad lol. I don't even have words for it. The evil bitch is called out on her evil bitchness, finally. and she has no other options so she apologizes and everything's forgiven. She was just acting like a cold hearted bitch. Now she's their newest BFF! It's such bullshit. And Porsche only acts dumb, she's really got a degree in chemistry or something and not a dumb vapid no at all. And his drunk mom only drank because she didn't get sex. Now she has sex and isn't drinking and his parents are happy and loving again. Basically, we are TOLD every character isn't who they "pretend" to be and are all wonderful amazing people. Yeah, I'm not buying that at all. Every thing about this story was FAKE there isn't anything genuine about. I was going to give two stars because its an easy short read but after this, 1 star seems like too much. Everyone coming out as more than the pretend to be makes it all feel even faker. Fake, false, bogus, phony, sham, all words that would describe this story to me. Weak superficial characters that lack any depth or consistency and a storyline that's hard to follow and makes a absolutely no sense. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, even if you liked the first book there is just so many better stories out there. Eh the bitch ex wife freaked out because spencer was "plastered on cover with his new boyfriend" of the New York Times. Then at the end Blaine asks him, isn't he worried about going public with their relationship and his status? WTF being on the cover as a couple of new york times is not public enough? My final thoughts: What a mess, I wish I'd just marked it dnf after the first 8%.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jewel

    3.25 I liked this one, but not as much as the first book. There were a couple things that really bothered me that kept me from rating it higher. Firstly, why would a bisexual man have such a hard time wrapping his head around the fact that another bisexual man was married once and had a child. Even gay men and women occasionally marry someone of the opposite gender. Whether they are in denial or caught up in a circumstance, being married to someone of the opposite sex does not mean you are straig 3.25 I liked this one, but not as much as the first book. There were a couple things that really bothered me that kept me from rating it higher. Firstly, why would a bisexual man have such a hard time wrapping his head around the fact that another bisexual man was married once and had a child. Even gay men and women occasionally marry someone of the opposite gender. Whether they are in denial or caught up in a circumstance, being married to someone of the opposite sex does not mean you are straight. Second, and this is a bit spoilery, so I will tag it - (view spoiler)[Vanessa did not deserve to keep Valerie. She wasn't sorry for putting Spencer through hell and threatening to ruin his life. She was sorry she got caught in a huge lie that could have cost her custody. In my opinion, Spencer should have taken her to court for primary custody. Mommy Dearest didn't pay much attention to their daughter anyway and treated her like a meal ticket. Yeah, I do not like her At. All. (hide spoiler)] Getting Spencer and Blaine to plan Kent and Terry's wedding was a nice move, though. Nothing like a little manipulation to get two people that are already hot for each other to take the next step.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ♥️Victoria ♥️ ♥️love books♥️

    Overall book rating: 3.8 Audio book: n/a Cover rating: 4 stars ( I really like these covers) MC1: Blaine MC2: Spencer Yeah I know there's a lot of negative reviews on this one, but I think I am a romantic at heart and just in the RIGHT mood for no drama head over heals, over the moon and back I love you's. This series is all flowers and hearts and for once I enjoy them, I prepared myself to not to look to deep in the story and to just take it as it is... I actually felt sorry for Blaine I know he Overall book rating: 3.8 Audio book: n/a Cover rating: 4 stars ( I really like these covers) MC1: Blaine MC2: Spencer Yeah I know there's a lot of negative reviews on this one, but I think I am a romantic at heart and just in the RIGHT mood for no drama head over heals, over the moon and back I love you's. This series is all flowers and hearts and for once I enjoy them, I prepared myself to not to look to deep in the story and to just take it as it is... I actually felt sorry for Blaine I know he was an ass in the first book but I don't know - shame he is so in love with Spencer and yes there were times I thought that's something a girl would do, but on the other hand... do we really know ??? He is still human with just as much a heart that can feel and break just as you and me. With Spencer's character there were a lot of holes but again I looked over it and just enjoyed the sweet dripping goodness of the feel good vibe it put me in... His brother well that's a total different asshat wish me luck he's next....

  8. 5 out of 5

    ~Kristin~

    3 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    JustJen "Miss Conduct"

    Review written for Hearts On Fire Reviews This book is the follow-up to A Betting Man. This story features Kent’s best friend, Blaine (other half of the bet maker from that book), and Spencer, Terry’s boss (and victim of the bet from that book). Blaine and Spencer are asked by Kent to plan his and Terry’s wedding (though he has yet to even ask Terry). Oh, and they have about a month to plan said wedding. Now, for me to explain my issues here, I first have to explain how things were. In A Betting Review written for Hearts On Fire Reviews This book is the follow-up to A Betting Man. This story features Kent’s best friend, Blaine (other half of the bet maker from that book), and Spencer, Terry’s boss (and victim of the bet from that book). Blaine and Spencer are asked by Kent to plan his and Terry’s wedding (though he has yet to even ask Terry). Oh, and they have about a month to plan said wedding. Now, for me to explain my issues here, I first have to explain how things were. In A Betting Man, Blaine was a total prick. He was snobbish, cocky and stuck up and generally not a very nice guy. When that story ended, I longed for him and Spencer to get together in such a way that Spencer really put Blaine in his place. Spencer was a cool guy, somewhat big and tough, and all around good friend and boss to Terry. This had the potential of some very smexy scenes. Fast forward a year to this book. Immediately, I had the feeling that this wasn’t the same Blaine that I had known, but unfortunately, it was more than him just realizing what a dick he was and making some changes to his life and attitude. That I could have lived with, but, in this, he was a rather meek, almost twinkish guy, almost the total opposite from what he was. Unfortunately, this caused a bit of disappointment that really hindered my enjoyment of this story. Then, with a year passing, it really felt like I had missed out on big important chunks of this story that we assume happened in the last year. One other important chunk I must have missed was that I thought Spencer and Blaine had met through Terry and Kent in the previous book. However, now, we find out that they had met previously, way back when Kent was a Wall Street star and Blaine ran into him while tagging along with his father one day. Add to this that he apparently had a huge crush on Spencer ever since, which I also didn’t recall from the previous book. While I had no problems with the writing itself, there were just too many things that didn’t jive for me to really enjoy it. I believe I may be in the minority on this though, so will chalk it up to it being my own issues. I really enjoy and recommend this author’s Assassin Shifter series, but this one just fell a little short for me. Had I read this book as a stand alone, I have no doubt I would have rated it higher.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ula'ndi Hart

    Overall book rating: 3.8 Audio book: N/A Book cover: 4 Eye Catching Stars Still riding my happy cloud on the series. I’m enjoying it for what it gives me. A low angst all ends well no big waves smiling time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wency

    What can I say? Probably my favorite in the series. I love the tension between Blaine and Spencer. It makes the story exciting. Hear that? That's my heart saying,"chuba-chu-chu." What can I say? Probably my favorite in the series. I love the tension between Blaine and Spencer. It makes the story exciting. Hear that? That's my heart saying,"chuba-chu-chu."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lasha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1.5 stars I went into this book with high hopes. I had reviewed the first book, A Betting Man, and I loved the character of Spencer, who was one of the MC’s boss. I was looking forward to Spencer’s story and seeing how Ms. Gasq-Dion went about redeeming Blaine, who was the moron who made that horrible ‘bet’ with Kent. In this installment, Kent and Terry from book one are on their way to wedded bliss. Kent has asked Spencer and Blaine to help plan his surprise proposal and wedding to Terry. This ca 1.5 stars I went into this book with high hopes. I had reviewed the first book, A Betting Man, and I loved the character of Spencer, who was one of the MC’s boss. I was looking forward to Spencer’s story and seeing how Ms. Gasq-Dion went about redeeming Blaine, who was the moron who made that horrible ‘bet’ with Kent. In this installment, Kent and Terry from book one are on their way to wedded bliss. Kent has asked Spencer and Blaine to help plan his surprise proposal and wedding to Terry. This causes Spencer and Blaine to be thrown together and in some instances they have to pretend to be boyfriends! (I love that trope). The two men fight their attraction to one another, Blaine, because of his dysfunctional family, and Spencer because he’s got a child and a nasty ex-wife. As the two men get closer, outside forces threaten their happiness. First up, I hate writing negative reviews. Hate it. I understand the amount of time, effort and passion an author puts into writing a story and I don’t think any ethical reviewer wants to tell a person they’ve never met that they didn’t like the book the author more than likely slaved over. Unfortunately, A Marrying Man suffers from two huge issues that means I cannot give it higher than 1.5 stars. I will explain. In my A Betting Man review, I said this: “Yeah, Kent’s a self-absorbed douchenozzle who loves himself to a degree I found nauseating, he treats women as objects — we won’t even get to the way women are portrayed in the book…” I hand-waved some of the sexism in that book because the character of Terry was so overwhelming lovely, plus Kent’s mother was a gem, which evened out the misogyny. But in A Marrying Man, this book loses that charm because it constantly bashes the main female characters as either: flirty whores, drunken mothers or gold-digging, narcissistic ex-wives. There is really no escape from the sexism in this book. Blaine’s ex-girlfriend, Porsche is portrayed as an airhead. While Spencer’s ex-wife, Vanessa is the worst representation of a self-absorbed “bitch” I’ve seen recently in an m/m novel. When you add in the fact that the MCs in A Marrying Man are all sexist pigs, it went downhill very quickly for me. Hence, I could not relate to any of the characters, main or secondary. If you think I am exaggerating, here is a quote: “Slater Cassidy, Porsche Montclair.” I waved my hand between them. “Are those real?” Slater pointed to Porsche’s breasts. Porsche made a face I’d never seen before — like she ate something really sour. “Excuse me?” Porsche sneered. Slater eyed Porsche from head to toe. “If they’re not, I could still work with you, as long as the curtains match the drapes.” (Slater is Spencer’s brother, home on leave from the military and the obvious set-up for the next book in the series. But like Kent in A Betting Man and both Spencer and Blaine in this book, he’s not likeable and I wouldn’t want to read his sequel based on his actions in this one. Plus, having been in the military myself, this type of blatant sexism would be weeded out quickly. It would have been socially acceptable in the 1970′s Army, but in 2013 an Army Ranger spouting those views? He’d be gone.) So, Slater is a douche, Blaine is an idiot and Spencer has this ex-wife who is a raving psychopath. In one scene, after Vanessa finds out that Spencer and Blaine are together, she threatens Spencer that she’ll call the cops and claim that Blaine molested their daughter if her ex doesn’t stop seeing Blaine...and pay her more alimony. Yeah, it went there. There was no attempt to make her an actual real-life person, she was a cardboard cut-out of a gold-digging shrew who was willing to send an innocent man to prison for child molestation just to get more money. Vanessa's "redemption" at the end of the book did not fit in with her prior characterization and defied common sense. Now, I’m not blaming Ms. Gasq-Dion for the misogyny that exists in m/m books, as we’ve had this discussion on Reviews by Jessewave before; but in A Marrying Man, the author fell into the trap of writing character(s) who are so unlikeable, sexist and unredeemable that as a reader I couldn’t sympathize with any of them. Let alone get over my distaste of them. The second huge issue with the book was there seemed to be no difference between Spencer and Blaine. They were both entitled boys, not grown men. The characterizations were two-dimensional and at times, I confused who was who, so much so I had to take notes to keep each man separate in my head. With a well-written book you do not have to do that. In the previous book, while I didn’t like Kent, I did adore Terry and their characterizations were distinct, so I felt something was missing in this installment. Because A Marrying Man was listed as a Romantic Comedy on the publisher’s web site, I was expecting to be amused, not upset. I know humor is subjective, but this book had none of the flirty, funny flavor of it’s predecessor. To conclude, I wanted to like this book. Spencer and Blaine were intriguing characters in A Betting Man, but in this installment, they lost their charm. Add in the female-bashing, which ran through the entire book, and I cannot give A Marrying Man a higher rating. Reviews by Jessewave

  13. 4 out of 5

    Arthur

    2.5 stars I liked the previous book, the Betting Man, but not so much this one. Problems I have with this book: - Too many subplots and characters. It has stories about the main characters, their parents, and their dog too! It takes away from the focus of the MCs relationships. - I have a feeling like watching gay soap opera: the rich and beautiful and all young male characters are either bi or gay. The brother, the assistant, even the boss are all attracted to men. - The use of too oft used plot: i 2.5 stars I liked the previous book, the Betting Man, but not so much this one. Problems I have with this book: - Too many subplots and characters. It has stories about the main characters, their parents, and their dog too! It takes away from the focus of the MCs relationships. - I have a feeling like watching gay soap opera: the rich and beautiful and all young male characters are either bi or gay. The brother, the assistant, even the boss are all attracted to men. - The use of too oft used plot: it takes an accident for the MCs to reconcile. - Everything is wrapped up nicely at the end. Too nicely. (view spoiler)[The 180 of Vanessa is not needed. (hide spoiler)] So, soap opera lovers who like to daydream with their rich and beautiful characters and wouldn't mind buying book after book in the future telling the stories of the brother, the assistant, and the boss, wouldn't want to miss this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lelyana

    I really enjoyed this fluffy mushy sweet story of Spencer and Blaine. Spencer's jealousy is really something, and I loved Valerie. And I think I'll continue with the sexy ghost story, Casper :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    3,5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ana_P

    ★★★ 3 It-Was-Sweet Stars ★★★ This was an adorable follow-up to the first book. Blaine and Spencer were both likable MCs. Blaine, who has had a crush on Spencer for years, is nervous when he finds out that he and Spencer will be planning their best friends' wedding. Blaine, who feels guilty for making the bet with Kent in the first book and for hurting Terry as a consequence, is a changed man. He is more down-to-earth and less pompous and pretentious. Spencer is smitten with Blaine when he sees Bl ★★★ 3 It-Was-Sweet Stars ★★★ This was an adorable follow-up to the first book. Blaine and Spencer were both likable MCs. Blaine, who has had a crush on Spencer for years, is nervous when he finds out that he and Spencer will be planning their best friends' wedding. Blaine, who feels guilty for making the bet with Kent in the first book and for hurting Terry as a consequence, is a changed man. He is more down-to-earth and less pompous and pretentious. Spencer is smitten with Blaine when he sees Blaine again in his shop after years of not seeing him. Blaine is the first person to catch his attention in a long time and is not afraid to go after what he wants. Blaine thinks that Spencer's feelings are not genuine and is afraid that Spencer is using his attraction toward Spencer against him in order to get back at him for the bet he made. It was cute seeing their relationship develop and how Spencer convinces Blaine that he is serious about him. The relationship between Spencer and Blaine was slow-burn and had progressed nicely. However, because this book was on the shorter side, I felt that the author tried to cram too much into it. She introduced conflicts regarding secondary characters and then resolved them some five pages later, all pretty and tied up with a bow. I just felt like I had to suspend disbelief and that I was reading a soap opera almost. (view spoiler)[For example, we had a sidestory regarding Blaine's parents. His dad, as a way of coping with his mid-life crisis, has been cheating on his wife with every under-30 girl with a pulse. Then, all of a sudden, his wife forgives him his past transgressions and Blaine walks in on them having sex. Uh...okay??? We also find out that Spencer has an 8-year-old daughter, Valerie, and a bitch of an ex-wife, Vanessa. When Vanessa finds out that Spencer is dating a guy, she threatens Spencer by saying that she will go to the newspapers and tell them that Blaine had molested their daughter if Spencer does not break up with Blaine and give her more alimony money. Then, later, Blaine is hit by a cab trying to save Valerie when she steps into the street, and we found out that Vanessa had remarried secretly, which means that she had been receiving alimony illegally. Then, in the hospital, she tells Blaine that she is sorry for what she did, that she was just doing it to get back at Spencer because she knows that Spencer never loved her and he only married her because she became pregnant in college, and that she is grateful to Blaine for saving her daughter's life. Once again, uh...okay??? And just in case we didn't have enough stuff crammed into this book, we find out that Porsche Montclair, a woman who Kent and Blaine both had sex with, actually has a Master's in organic chemistry and was only pretending to be dumb bimbo. Why the fuck was this woman necessary to the story at all? Why on Earth was she added in either of the books? (hide spoiler)] Overall, it was a sweet book with likable MCs, but it just had too much extra stuff crammed into it that drew away some of the attention between the MCs. I definitely would have liked to see more alone time between the MCs, and no, I'm not talking about the bedroom. I'm talking in general. I know this is a series, but the author introduced FOUR new secondary gay/bi characters as a build-up for other books. So, it made it seem like everyone the MCs new outside of family were gay, and it took time away from the MCs. Like I said, prepare to suspend some disbelief. I'll probably read the next books in the series, because regardless of the problems I had with this book, Sandrine knows how to create some terrific MCs. Also, I am curious to see who will be the main couple in the next book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This book is sorta like The Wedding Planner meets The Backup Boyfriend. Solidly cute. This book is sorta like The Wedding Planner meets The Backup Boyfriend. Solidly cute.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer☠Pher☠

    3.5★'s

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    Sometimes you need something simplistic and sweet. This book filled that slot so beautifully for me. I am in the middle of an insane film shoot at the moment and I just needed a brain break. I knew Sandy would come through for me and I was not disappointed. It’s been awhile since I read A Betting Man but I quickly remembered as I started into this story. Blaine and Spencer were just so cute too. Blaine McKlintock may have been a bit of an ass in the past, but watching his best friend Kent almost Sometimes you need something simplistic and sweet. This book filled that slot so beautifully for me. I am in the middle of an insane film shoot at the moment and I just needed a brain break. I knew Sandy would come through for me and I was not disappointed. It’s been awhile since I read A Betting Man but I quickly remembered as I started into this story. Blaine and Spencer were just so cute too. Blaine McKlintock may have been a bit of an ass in the past, but watching his best friend Kent almost loose the love of his life because of their stupid bet and spending so much time getting to know his boyfriend Terry has really matured Blaine. Looking back he can’t believe how stupid he was. Of course it also ruined any chance of a friendship with Kent’s best friend the, oh so drool worthy Spencer Cassidy. Blaine’s secret fantasies about the man aren’t likely to go anywhere even if the man wasn’t straight since Spencer hates his guts. Spencer may have hated being attracted to Blaine when he first met the man, but it’s clear to see that Blaine’s changed a lot since the advent of the infamous bet. Now that they’re being forced together to plan Kent and Terry’s wedding it’s making it even more clear. Blaine is not the same man he was, and the man he is is even more attractive. Spencer may not have really looked at a guy since college but he’s always had a little tendency towards men. That tendency is quickly developing into a full blown need. Now if only he can convince Blaine he’s serious and not just messing with the other man’s head. This is one of the super tooth achy sweet stories where the characters are all pretty and without a lot of the depth of colors of a deeper novel. And sometimes that’s just exactly what you need. This isn’t my favorite of Sandy’s books (her Assassin/Shifter series claims my complete attention on that score) but for complete escapism it worked for me. Sure Blaine’s a reformed douche and the women are sketches of character types, but I still cheered for Blaine and Spencer. I wanted Spencer to get custody of his daughter and steal her away to a life of parental bliss with Blaine and Spencer. Despite the fantastical/soap opera nature of the story (our wonderful world where all the hot men are gay or bi and work together) I still connect with the characters and want them to get their HEA. I really liked Spencer and Blaine together. I liked that Blaine recognized how awful his actions were and that he wanted to change because of it. He and Spencer’s daughter Valerie were just adorable together. Even though most of his mental maturing takes place in between the two books I enjoyed seeing the remnants of how others saw him in the little things, like how his secretary still struggled to call him by his given name in a more relaxed fashion. I particularly enjoyed that he didn’t believe Spencer’s protestations of attraction were real right off the bat. He firmly believed Spencer hated him and in Blaine’s head even kissing him wasn’t too far to go to get his revenge. A lot of the subplot elements in this story get resolved very quickly and things do get tied up with a little bit too perfect of a bow…(view spoiler)[Vanessa’s compete reversal from insane psychotic bitch with little caring for her daughter, to reasonable mother who is mature enough to change her stance for example was a completely unexpected one eighty. (hide spoiler)] But then again if I look at this as one big gay world soap opera it works for me. Everyone has Slater’s doomed attempts to seduce Casper to look forward to and I get to think of Spencer and Blaine riding off into the sunset getting married on the coat tails of Kent and Terry. Win win for my currently exhausted brain. :D I’d give this a 3.5 stars overall, but because it’s Sandy and it made me happy and let me escape from the insane reality of the film shoot I’m currently on I’m rounding up for pure relaxations sake. Sometimes you just need to escape and this book gave me exactly what I needed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Monika

    Review posted on World of Diversity Fiction Reviews 4.25 Stars I enjoyed reading the previous book, The Betting Man, but this one I loved. Yes there were things that would normally be annoying, like the bitchy women, MC’s that needed redeeming when I thought that was impossible, MC’s that acted and sounded like teenagers, no that’s too nice a thing to say, I’ve seen teenagers sound and act more mature than these two but having said that, I started reading A Marrying Man and just couldn’t put it do Review posted on World of Diversity Fiction Reviews 4.25 Stars I enjoyed reading the previous book, The Betting Man, but this one I loved. Yes there were things that would normally be annoying, like the bitchy women, MC’s that needed redeeming when I thought that was impossible, MC’s that acted and sounded like teenagers, no that’s too nice a thing to say, I’ve seen teenagers sound and act more mature than these two but having said that, I started reading A Marrying Man and just couldn’t put it down until I’d read the whole story, a big sign that I’m enjoying what I’m reading. Suspending all my beliefs again in this story I found the story to be a funny (laugh out loud funny) sexy, sweet read. Spencer and Blaine felt right together to me. I could feel how much these two wanted to be together while they hid it from each other. I thought Spencer was a great character in A Betting Man and was hoping he would get his own story so I was thrilled this was his book. Blaine on the other hand was such a jerk in the previous book I couldn’t see how the author could ever make me like him or care what happens to him, but she does! Blaine’s previous behaviour was reprehensible. Not far into A Marrying Man I got the feeling his behaviour was all a cover so no one saw how he really felt. I saw someone who was insecure and thought he would never find happiness. He was really shy and like people in real life he used the bad boy Blaine persona to be noticed and overcome his shyness, unfortunately for him most thought he wasn’t worth the time to really get to know him. His success and money is what drew people to him. Blaine by far was my favorite character, I’m drawn to the bad boys, a lot of the time they turn out to be the sweetest characters and that is exactly what I thought Blaine was. As for the women in this story all I can say is the ex-wife is all too real, I’ve known one just like her in real life so while some will think she is over the top I wish I could. This is definitely a story to be read without trying to analyze it, it is what it is, something that entertains and I think it hit the mark. I loved it! I liked the writing style and the flow of the story. Now I’m looking forward to reading something about Casper, Blaine’s too cute but “you can’t pull a fast one on me” assistant and Slade, Spencer’s alpha brother. That one should be interesting.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sherryt

    Loved it! At the end of "A Betting Man" You see Blaine already making changes (He apologizes to Kent for his role in things) In A Marrying Man, you see Blaine AFTER the bet and it's fallout. I, for one, LOVED IT. I read the book in one sitting, couldn't put it down. The dialogue was fresh and witty and I absolutely loved Slater Cassidy (Spencer's brother). Spencer's daughter was precious without being annoying and I wanted to strangle Vanessa! I actually cried for Blaine at one point! The plot i Loved it! At the end of "A Betting Man" You see Blaine already making changes (He apologizes to Kent for his role in things) In A Marrying Man, you see Blaine AFTER the bet and it's fallout. I, for one, LOVED IT. I read the book in one sitting, couldn't put it down. The dialogue was fresh and witty and I absolutely loved Slater Cassidy (Spencer's brother). Spencer's daughter was precious without being annoying and I wanted to strangle Vanessa! I actually cried for Blaine at one point! The plot is good, and it didn't feel rushed at all. I'm actually glad this book started out with Blaine regretting his actions and having made changes in his life. If he was still a douchebag after everything, I don't think I would have enjoyed the book as much. I can see a story for Casper and Slater as well as one for Drakon and Matthew! I look forward to the next installment.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anke

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok - first book was entertaining, not earthshaking, but nice enough to get me moving on to the sequel at once. Another nice enough read all along until, yes, until 83% and the next 'surprising' move of the ex-wife. To add some drama to the story the author decided to have the horrible ex-wife issue the thread of 'stop this relationship and do what I want, otherwise your poor shmock of a boyfriend will be outed as a child-molester' - yes, great turn of the story! Nope:( I don't like this at all, I Ok - first book was entertaining, not earthshaking, but nice enough to get me moving on to the sequel at once. Another nice enough read all along until, yes, until 83% and the next 'surprising' move of the ex-wife. To add some drama to the story the author decided to have the horrible ex-wife issue the thread of 'stop this relationship and do what I want, otherwise your poor shmock of a boyfriend will be outed as a child-molester' - yes, great turn of the story! Nope:( I don't like this at all, I don't want to read this and although only a few measly pages are left I refuse to read on. It's a stereotype, easy way out for the author, who thinks the story needs added drama. News flash: nope, wasn't needed at all. It was an entertaining read all along and a nice HEA, even a HFN would have been fitting. For sure the next installment I will give a miss.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    I had read A Betting Man first and loved the characters, the setting, and the pace of the novel, and I dove head first into A Marrying Man with much anticipation. Though in grand soap opera fashion, this follow up novel picks up where the last novel left off and gives the reader a different perspective with a different story line, this book does a great job of giving the reader a good dose of love being for love’s sake. I am a big fan of love happening no matter the gender. Love does and should I had read A Betting Man first and loved the characters, the setting, and the pace of the novel, and I dove head first into A Marrying Man with much anticipation. Though in grand soap opera fashion, this follow up novel picks up where the last novel left off and gives the reader a different perspective with a different story line, this book does a great job of giving the reader a good dose of love being for love’s sake. I am a big fan of love happening no matter the gender. Love does and should conquer all, and in a book where the characters finally succumb to their hearts, one can ask for no better. You can read Bruce's full review at The Novel Approach

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    3.5 stars Full review with slight spoilers can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews. This is a nice sequel to A Betting Man. I actually enjoyed this one more than the first one. While I don't exactly buy into some of the changes by a lot of the characters in this book as compared to the last one, I did find it to be an entertaining read. This book was provided by Wilde City Press in exchange for a fair and honest review. 3.5 stars Full review with slight spoilers can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews. This is a nice sequel to A Betting Man. I actually enjoyed this one more than the first one. While I don't exactly buy into some of the changes by a lot of the characters in this book as compared to the last one, I did find it to be an entertaining read. This book was provided by Wilde City Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    DaisyGirl

    2.5 Stars I wanted to like this more than I did. I enjoyed book one but this one fell flat. It was ... frankly, boring. I loved Blaine (despite the fact that he was a total asswipe in book 1) and Spencer was alright. Plus there was Valerie, whom I adored. But, overall, the story simply lacked umph. Bottom line: ho-hum.

  26. 5 out of 5

    *Nan*

    3.5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    LexyLovesBooks

    4 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lumina

    Very cute and light read. All the ppl around the MC's in this series so far have been surreal which fits me perfectly right now.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Such a sweet story to follow up the first book. I love Blaine and Spencer. They are a sweet couple and add in a kid, then the wild times begin.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo

    Didnt’t like it nearly as much as the previous one, probably because there were too many surprise events that miraculously fixed everything and characters who suddenly changed personality and acted completely different from their usual

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