Review: Bankers' Hours by Wade Kelly

Even though bankers' hours leave long weekends for romance, cosmic intervention is Grant’s only option when money doesn’t buy happiness and he’s got virginity in spades.

Grant Adams is a twenty-six-year-old bank teller who’s unlucky at love, yet hopelessly hopeful. After years of horrific first dates, he’s convinced he’s saving himself for true love. Surely he has bad taste in men because it couldn’t possibly be his persnickety nature that’s sent them packing.

Tristan Carr has been in a holding pattern since his daughter was born fifteen years ago, which suits his workaholic lifestyle just fine. This ex-Navy turned auto mechanic never wanted anyone interfering with being a weekend dad. For Tristan to rearrange his perfectly orchestrated life, a guy will need to be special. Or in the case of the newest employee at his bank, the guy will need to be adorable, shy, and open to the prospect of forever when it shows up at his window.

Wow, wow wow wow…

That was such a weird book. This review has the very strong possibly of being long and ranty, but I’ll do my best to keep things short, sweet and to the point. Beware there will be SPOILERS throughout this review.

Grant is a 26 year old virgin who works as a bank teller. One day he meets Tristan Carr, 32 year old mechanic and business owner. At first Grant isn’t sure if Tristan is gay because he’s huge and muscled and has a daughter. When it becomes clear that Tristan is indeed gay and interested in Grant, they go on a date, the rest, as they say, is history.

This story is completely and I mean completely fantastical, these two decide to get married after one date to prove the point to Tristan's baby momma, Teresa, that gay men can be committed to each other. After Grant declares to Teresa that they’re getting married in one week, Tristan decides, ‘it was probably going to head in that direction anyway, so why not’. This was after a ton of conversations revolving around Tristan wanting to do the whole ‘dating thing’ the ‘right way’ this time around…

Honestly, I can really get into Insta-love and I even love my ridiculously quick marriages, so I was not too perturbed but that alone. What did really annoy me was how they both questioned the idea of getting married constantly throughout the book, that didn't feel very insta-lovey. If you're going to have a shotgun marriage after one date, at least own it and don’t always second guess yourself. Also these two fought, *cough - Grant - cough*, and had misunderstandings in almost every conversation they had. Despite a few pretty words, it didn't seem like they were a very good match.

Before I get into the craziness that is Grant, I want to say what I liked about this story. Tristan is an amazing character, he is sweet and thoughtful and had enough flaws to feel realistic.

”As soon as I saw you, I knew I had to find reasons to go to the bank. I even took money out of the ATM over the weekend so I could go on Monday and redeposit it on the off chance you’d be there.”

He also had the patience of a God because I certainly would have killed Grant after the first date, let alone marry him.

The sex between these two was pretty darn hot, seeing anyone lose their virginity is always fun but Tristan had to be extra creative to help with Grant's anxiety. I actually did find this a fairly fun read, up until 70%, then the drama just keep coming and it became less quirky crazy and more ripping my hair out annoying.

Ok Grant….

Grant has had possibly the worst dating history, in the history of dating. None of his crushes have ever stuck around for longer than one dinner date. Therefore, he has a bad experience to go with everything that could possibly happen in a relationship, and this carries over to his experiences with Tristan. Grant misunderstands so much of what Tristan does and says as offensive, or proof that Tristan isn’t really interested in him. This happens in almost every conversation, but here’s an example.

This is Tristan explaining his views, yet again, on sex and wanting to go slow with Grant:

“But I was serious about sex. I’m not taking you to bed, not yet. I’ve had way too many relationships that skipped over every pleasantry and headed straight to sex. Not with you.”

Literally 5 pages later, after Grant learns that Tristan slept around 10 years ago, this is what he thinks…

I had never wanted meaningless sex just to satisfy a need to fuck. But he did. I was in a truck, going to dinner, with a man who had needed to fuck so badly that he’d hooked up with guys he didn’t know just to satisfy his lust…every weekend.

A tear rolled down my cheek.

WHAT?!?! I just don’t get it, and this was at 22%.... it continues like this… for the whole book.

When I reached 70% I was gladly going to give this book 3 stars, because even though it was ridiculous and crazy, I was still having fun. Then at 80% Tristan got mad at Grant for leaving in the middle of the night to see his best friend (without even leaving a note) and not coming home until after work the next day. They have a mopey type separation period. Major SPOILERS ahead!! Then I skipped forward to 85%, just to see if it would resolve quickly and saw there was a murder attempt on Tristan by Teresa and that was me done. I’ve had enough of the crazy.

Knowing how the story goes and what to expect will help some people enjoy it I think. If I’d known it was going to be this crazy I think I would have been more prepared and been able to rate it, but it was not for me this time around.

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