Renee Conoulty: Bride and Gloom by Pete Sortwell


Monday, 11 May 2015

Bride and Gloom by Pete Sortwell

In the first book of the 'Sometimes love ...' series, 'Dating in the Dark: sometimes love just pretends to be blind', Jason Harding thought he'd committed the ultimate betrayal. No, not cheating; he pretended to be, you guessed it, blind. For Emma, the woman he was stupid enough to think he was fooling, it wasn't anything like a betrayal. It was both sweet and sad at the same time and, as people in relationships have a tendency to do (if they don't split up because of one party's wild lies), Emma and Jason decide to get married. Just how Jason manages to deal with the huge life change that is marriage is what this book is about. From getting his specially made suit tailored to his short height, to trying to keep a lid on his best man's plans for a wild weekend in Liverpool, he is going to struggle to make to through to the wedding without having a full nervous breakdown. His second best friend, Boris, also returns in this book, although he has lost his taxi, his wife and his ability to seem sober even when he's drunk six litres of vodka. Jason is foolish enough to add Neil, Emma's wayward cousin, and Terry, the owner of Jason's favourite fish and chip shop, to his list of groomsmen. This is the fairly tragic band of men that are to ensure Jason makes it to the church on time, in possession of both his of his eyebrows and, of course, the rings ...

Hey! Here's my review.

More laughs from Pete Sortwell. This is the sequel to Dating in the Dark and continues from where Book 1 left off. Jason and Emma have fallen in love. This is the story of the bucks party and the wedding. Throw an almost midget, an obese best mate, an alcoholic Russian, a paintball obsessed fish and chip shop owner, the bride's gay best friend and her drug addict cousin in a party bus for the weekend and you're in for a bumpy ride. Will Jason finally "grow a pair" and stand up for himself?

I listened to the audiobook edition which I received in exchange for an honest review. The narrator portrayed the characters and the dry British humour really well. He spoke clearly and at a good pace. 

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