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After reading the first book in this series, I was instantly drawn to this author. And after seeing how poor Nash's world was shattered around him in that book, I was so glad to see he'd have his own story here in To Love and To Cherish. With what he went through, he really deserves his own very happy ending! And while the way it happens here in this story is unconventional, in the end I had a huge smile on my face :-)
Nash was so sweet in the first book of this series, so after the way that ended with him losing the man he loved to another-someone he could in no way fault for the situation-I really wanted to see him find love again. What I wasn't expecting was how his attitude would change, and the decision he made as a result of that. Emmitt seems to have the same mindset as Nash, and that thing I wasn't expecting? A marriage of convenience? That kind of threw me for a loop and at first I was unsure of what I would think of the story going this route.
I needn't have worried. Why? Because that freak accident and amnesia bit that you read about in the blurb? It totally turned everything on its head. The relationship between Nash and Emmitt that emerges afterward tugged at my heart and had my smile peeking out as I got to watch the two of them find *gasp* LOVE. It was gradual and tender, and by the end of the story I was completely satisfied.
There's a really good cast of supporting characters in the story, and Oliver was a particular favorite of mine, especially with how he tempered Nash's best friend Harley's attitude toward Nash and Emmitt's arrangement and everything that happened after the accident. Emmitt's grandfather was another bright spot for me with his unconditional love and acceptance of Emmitt.
To Love and To Cherish is another great addition to the Vows series, and was a 4.5-star read for me. Fans of any kind of M/M romance will enjoy this story-you've got a lot of fun tropes thrown in here that all work together to result in a really good read. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and some light M/M sexual content. And now I'm wondering if we might get to go back a little and see how Oliver and Harley got together, or if maybe there's another story in here with someone else from the hospital-and even if there isn't, I'm ready for any story this author is ready to write!
The narration: Okay, so my favorite perk of the narration was getting to hear Emmitt’s grandfather brought to life because that made his part pretty darn funny. I may have gotten some odd looks from people when I was laughing out loud at some of his lines hearing them being narrated. As for Nash and Emmitt? The way they were voiced made it seem like there was a large age gap between them since Nash sounded quite young and Emmitt much older. Other than that, this is another good narration that put a smile on my face as I listened and is getting 4 stars from me.
Let's start this off with a few words about the narration. The narrator, David Gilmore, was ok to listen to. He had a pleasant voice but I felt he had a limited set of voice differentiations for the different characters he was portraying. And at times I also felt that he was only narrating the book and not really trying to add that extra depth of feeling, truly being there with the characters you know. This is not a unique phenomenon as I feel that many narrators end up there, it's just what separates a great narrator from a good one. And David Gilmore firmly ends up in the latter category. So nothing that detracts from the book and the story, but he didn't elevate it either.
We first met Nash in Til Death Do Us Part when he was engaged to Sam. I think we all felt for him, well the whole trio really. Such an impossible situation to find yourself in. Undoubtedly, people will get hurt no matter what. To Love and To Cherish probably can be read as a standalone as it's not heavily interwoven with the previous books and the backstory is explained. That being said, I think you should at least read the first book to fully enjoy this one.
So let's talk a bit about the plot shall we. I mean here Nash is, driving along with his friends to pick up his last few boxes so he can move in with Emmitt. They were generally having a good time...
Along comes a bird...
...and Nash's life will never the same...
I'll spare you some of the gruesome details, but let's just say, the bird didn't survive the impact with Nash's arm. And it was touch and go for Nash too for a bit there. The result of this freak accident? Well Nash lost all of his memories of the past four months. Along with the memory of his new fiancé... Oh, he remembers that he's engaged - only he think he's still with Sam...
Now this could've turned out to be some melodramatic soap opera farce - I mean the setup is all there, but thankfully it wasn't. Nash never tries to win Sam back or mopes and longs for him.
So yeah, this plot device is beyond unbelievable. I mean come on, a bird collides with your arm and you loose the past 4 months of your life? Yeah, don't believe that for a second. But I will confess, that didn't bother me at all. I laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of the accident, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout the book.
I loved Nash and Emmitt and they were just perfect for each other, ridiculous situations and agreements aside. They were fun and sweet, a bit naïve at times, but enjoyable to read about all the same. Sure I didn't get that depth of feeling like I did in the first book, but that was ok, it fit with this book. Angst-free mindless fun.
A fair warning, don't pick this book up and expect a plot anchored with reality, because that's not what you are getting. However you do get a lot of fluff and sweetness, fun and happiness. And lots and lots of love - resistance is futile ;)
A great end to a very, very sweet series with a great amount of love!
A copy of this audiobook was generously provided in exchange for an honest review