Friday, June 19, 2015

Bachelors Party

Author: Xavier Mayne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781623806545
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, Series          
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Brandt’s and Donnelly’s wedding is creeping ever closer, which means the next big thing to happen is the bachelor party.  When Brandt’s older brother decides to take charge, neither man is sure what to expect, especially after they put him in touch with Bryce.  On top of everything else, the men find themselves searching for a missing bartender, something that tosses them in to the limelight once again.

Oliver is studying to be a doctor and, while the small town in which he lives has paid for his schooling inorder to have a new doctor when Oliver graduates, he still has to have money to live on.  When a friend tells him about a job at a bar where he is sure to get great tips, he’s ready to jump at it.  Then he finds out the job is at a gay bar and now he’s not sure that it’s his cup of tea.  It’s not that he is homophobic, just that he isn’t comfortable pretending to be something he’s not. 

James is a politician with big plans, or at least those around him have big plans for him.  In order to become recognizable to the rest of the state, those in James’ life decide he needs to be involved in a scandal, but one that will push his career forward to bigger things.  This brings James and Oliver together and soon nothing is the same. 

Bachelors Party is the fifth story in the A Brandt and Donnelly Caper series.  Not only does each book in this series brings the readers closer to Brandt and Donnelly’s wedding, but it also throws the two men into another crazy case.  In this newest book, the men find themselves looking for their bartender. 

The story surrounding James and Oliver takes center stage in this new book and I could not believe how everything plays out.  Although Oliver is straight, it is easy to see that will not last long, especially after he meets James.  There is a connection between the men from the beginning and I could not help wondering how the author would handle this since James was married.  When the truth surrounding James comes out, not only was I surprised, but I could not believe how stupid these people were.  When more comes out that not even James is aware of, I was surprised and thought James went too easy on the guilty party. 

When not concentrating on the craziness that Oliver and James find themselves in, Bachelors Party brings the readers more on Brandt and Donnelly.  What should be a party that is over the top turns out to be one that is causing Brandt a lot of stress.  While deeply in love with Donnelly, Brandt still does not consider himself gay.  In fact, he is not sure what he is other than in love.  I am glad the author has chosen to handle this situation with Brandt in this way, as in most “gay for you” stories, the characters usually come to terms with the changes in their lives with no side issues.   I also like that Donnelly is so understanding and willing to help his partner in any way he can. 

Between the issues surrounding Oliver and James, as well as the confusion that Brandt is feeling, readers would expect this to be an angst driven story. However, there are plenty of light hearted moments in this book that will have you laughing out loud.  In fact, I suggest you not be drinking when Brandt is telling his brother about the time him, Donnelly, Bryce, and Nestor watched Brokeback Mountain.   I could not stop laughing and was thankful I was at home by myself. 

A Brandt and Donnelly Caper series is a fun read that will leave you wanting more.  I can’t wait to see what the author has planned next for these two and hope that the series will not end with the honeymoon.  

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