First Comes Marriage

  • by Shira Anthony
  • Narrated by John Solo
  • 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When struggling novelist Chris Valentine meets Jesse Donovan, he's interested in a book contract, or possibly a date. The last thing Chris expects is a marriage proposal from New York City's most eligible bachelor!
Jesse's in a pinch. To keep control of his company, he has to marry. So he has valid reasons for offering Chris this business deal: in exchange for living in a gorgeous mansion for a year, playing the doting husband, Chris gets all the writing time he wants and walks away with a million-dollar payoff. Surely Chris can handle that. He can handle living with the most handsome and endearing man he's ever met, a man he immediately knows he wants in the worst way and can't have. Or can he?


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The Most Unmemorable M/M Romance

What would have made First Comes Marriage better?

Some charm, romance and lighthearted banter spread among the seriously dry and dull story. I had great hopes for this book. There was a great opportunity for an interesting plot, humor and a love story but all it gave me was a dearth of human loving interaction, repetition and bitchiness.

Any writer who is going to do a book based on an unbelievable, bizarre situation must add some joy and humor or even snark to prevent the story from being ridiculous instead of fun with lovable characters.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Made the voices sound too old.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


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- Tom(C)

Witty, sexy and fun

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this story. I was pleasantly surprised to find twists and turns in what I thought might be a fairly predictable story. It was lighthearted, witty, and fun.

Chris and Jesse are well developed and lovable characters. And I found Jesse's step-mother to be a really great supporting character. The story shows a side of romance that can be fumbling and awkward, crashing and burning at times. But something beautiful can still be salvaged from the wreckage.

This is read well by John Solo, but I don't feel his performance of Chris' voice really fits. It was enough of an issue for me that it took away slightly from what was a very enjoyable story otherwise.

All in all, I recommend this book, but I feel I would have enjoyed it more in text as opposed to audio.

*I received a free copy of this audiobook to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*

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- Amanda Janes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC