Title: Dragged to the Altar
Author: Clancy Nacht
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: 8/14/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Hank and Lindsey return in a sequel to No Tea, No Shade. Hank, ex-football playerturned drag bar club Viva! owner and bouncer, dreams of a huge, heteronormative white wedding with all the trimmings. His fiancé, drag star Lindsey, aka Miss Anne Thrope, dreams of renovating Viva! with a larger stage. Or, at the very least, not to get sucked into planning an over-budget wedding for his groomzilla.
All plans are dropped when Hank finds out that Lindsey’s dad had an affair with Hank’s mom, which resulted in Hank’s now half-brother Lance. Will sins of the father poison Hank’s future with Lindsey? (less)
It’s been 4 long years since I first read No Tea, No Shade, but I never forgot Lindsey and Hank. They were always present in the back of my mind, especially whenever I would think about my favorite all time couples in MM. Lindsey and Hank captured my attention but there was no other couple out there like them at the time. Their storyline was unique in a multitude ways making it impossible to forget them. I often wondered if Nacht would write a sequel and give us that wonderful wedding but honestly, I was hesitant to inquire. Their story was perfect and after so much time I worried that a sequel would not measure up to the first book.
Dragged to the Altar started out as a wonderful continuation of Hank and Lindsey’s story. These two weathered some serious storms in book 1 and I honestly thought both their family secrets were laid to rest, clearing the path for Hank and Lindsey to have the HEA wedding they deserved. Of course, nothing is ever so simple… or so painful to read.
This sequel felt forced to me. Creating another big family scandal didn’t turn me off. It was the unrealistic actions of both Hank and Lindsey I found off-putting. This scandal PALES in comparison to the scandal they dealt with in the first book. This scandal didn’t warrant the reaction Lindsey and Hank had upon learning of it. Lindsey became obsessed with this family secret he’s discovered and pushes for the dirty laundry to be aired right before his big day and Hank evolves into this wishy-washy person who’s solely focused on the ceremony and worse is almost as content to walk away from Lindsey as he is to marry him. What?! Who ARE the people?! This whole scenario watered down the love and respect I had for Hank and Lindsey. Truth be told, both MC’s actions conveyed a subconscious desire to not get married. Neither of them came across as prepared to fully commit to one another which is the polar opposite of how they behaved in book 1.
This read started out enjoyable. The writing solid and the story flowed well until it abruptly didn’t. I was already fully invested in these two and of course, immediately caught all the feels as they struggled through this new obstacle. This new obstacle ,however; brought out sides to these guys I never existed and made it hard for me to support them actually getting married let alone staying together.