Book Reviews

Lake Effect by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-July-2014

Book Blurb

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.

This story is also in the They Do M/M Anthology.


Book Review

The idea of getting married in your hometown, with both families present, may sound good, but, as this story proves in spades, can end in complete disaster. Even with both Daniel and Kyle knowing their families still do not completely approve of their relationship, nor do they like the idea of them living in “the big city” of Pittsburgh, they still make the attempt. What follows is highly entertaining, totally aggravating, and almost does end in disaster.

Kyle is nine years younger than Daniel and can be a little less mature. Not that I blame him – with parents like that I’d revert to the stage of a two-year-old with a constant temper tantrum in no time. They are arrogant, bigoted, and overbearing. They still believe Kyle being gay is ”just a phase” on the evening before his wedding to Daniel, and insist on them sleeping in separate rooms. After they’ve been together for four years and lived together for three of them. Ridiculous!

Daniel is best friends with Kyle’s older brother Pat, and may be a little more mature, but there comes appoint after all the nagging at the rehearsal dinner and tying on one too many at the bachelor party when he loses it as well. And then the real hilarity starts, but at least the two of them find their way back to being more normal around each other.

If you like stories about wedding mayhem, if you enjoy reading about men who have built their own lives, yet try to fit back into their families who have not really changed while they have been away, and if you’re looking for an entertaining story with lots of funny situations, then you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 26 pages/7000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-June-2014
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