Fathers of the Bride
Marshall Thornton, author
After more than two decades together, Andrew Lane and Miles Kettering-Lane are going through a nasty divorce. Not only are they unraveling their relationship but also their business—Miles once had a popular home show on cable with Andrew serving as his producer/manager—the failure of which they blame on each other. Now, they’d be happy to never, ever see each other again. But the daughter they both adore, Kelly, announces she’s getting married, and that means one very important thing: a wedding. Thrown together, at event after event—meeting the in-laws, planning the wedding, throwing an elaborate engagement party—the two clash over everything until, their future in-laws, Bradley and Pudge Lincoln and Terry and Lissa Collins, try to take over the entire wedding. The Lincoln-Collinses' are very wealthy, to quote Pudge, “People think we’re in the one percent but that’s so embarrassing. We’re barely in the two percent!” Andrew and Miles realize they have to work together in order to compete with the overbearing Lincoln-Collinses' and give their daughter the wedding she deserves. Along the way, they realize things just might not be over between them.
Separated husbands must make peace for their daughter’s wedding in this zany rom-com from Lambda Award winner Thornton (the Boystown Mysteries series). Miles Kettering-Lane kicked out his husband, Andrew Lane, two years earlier after Andrew fired Miles from their home and crafts television show. When their 24-year-old daughter, Kelly, returns to Los Angeles from the Peace Corps engaged to banking fortune scion Avery Collins, Andy and Miles set aside their acrimonious divorce battle to give their daughter the perfect, small wedding she wants—and which they can only afford with a home equity loan. But Avery’s wealthy, demanding parents (and their equally absurd second spouses) insist on meddling; Andy’s much younger, wannabe influencer boyfriend, Raj, plots to parlay the wedding into new followers; and Miles interprets an overheard conversation to imply that Kelly really wants more and undertakes a huge bash. The ensuing chaos—including a disastrous, culturally insensitive engagement party—throws Andy and Miles together again as they navigate both the wedding and their reawakened feelings. Thornton’s madcap slapstick sensibilities and wacky cast balance nicely with the genuine sweetness of the men’s second chance romance. The result is a frothy delight. (Self-published)