Lake Effect by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae

Lake Effect by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (26 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When Kyle and Daniel return to their hometown to get married, they find themselves facing an obstacle course of family drama and small-town misadventure in their quest to make it down the aisle.

Misbehaving relatives and a reformed high school bully, along with an ill-advised hookup in the wedding party and a weird late-night meal with a cabbie and his ex-wife, leave the happy couple doubting whether they want to get married at all. But a hot quickie before their walk down the aisle helps remind them that the most important part of getting married is being married.

Kyle and Daniel have returned home to get married. While Rochester isn’t their favorite place on earth, it’s where both their families call home and will make their mother’s happy. What follows is a funny, all-too-believable clashing of worlds. City vs Small Town. Old school traditions vs modern life. Despite an incredibly rocky road with well-meaning but insane family members and high drama, Kyle and Daniel love each other and are determined nothing will get in the way of them tying the knot.

I’m sure there are many readers out here who will know all too well how realistic many of the scenes in this short story are. Well meaning but aggravating mothers who can’t let go of their youngest child. Cousins who haven’t yet understood that this “passing phase” is actually a new life path they’re starting out on. Comments being said at exactly the wrong time. It’s all part of real life and the drama associated with weddings. I enjoyed the extremely modern language, though I had to find myself rereading many sentences multiple times to make sure I understood them properly (…because Rochester….because, modern speech…) and think particularly amongst younger readers this will go down a treat.

While this isn’t an intense, explicitly erotic story (one quick sex scene), the love is clear between Kyle and Daniel. I really laughed aloud at a few of the family antics and some of Kyle’s inner monologue. I’ve been in a few wedding disasters — but Kyle and Daniel’s totally take the cake. I found this to be a really funny, true-to-life telling of the lead up to a wedding. The napkins, the family drama, the ill-timed bachelor party, the last minute nerves (and completely inappropriate make up session). This is a fun, well-written wedding story with a twist and memorable characters. Recommended.

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