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Married for a Month

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  901 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Best friends since high school, Chase Bradley and Alec Montero are opposites in almost every way. The one thing they can agree on, though, is that marriage is for suckers.

Everything is going their way until a drunken bet leads Alec and Chase to the altar. Their temporary “I Do’s” aren’t as amusing in the sober light of day when they find themselves thrown into married life
Kindle Edition, 171 pages
Published February 10th 2017 by Cate Ashwood
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I really enjoyed this sexy friends-to-husbands-to-lovers story. What starts out as a dare quickly becomes something more as Chase and Alec prove to their friends they CAN stay "fake married" for a month.

This book is one step up from the "fake boyfriend" trope, which I fall for Every. Single. Time.

Without even realizing it, Chase and Alec navigate a successful relationship by learning to live together, compromise, and lean on each other. And once the delicious anticipation kicks into overdrive,
~Mindy Lynn~
I really enjoyed this one. I'm a big fan of friends to lovers. Fake marriages. Fake boyfriends. Basically any kind of fake relationship that turns into real lurv. lol

This one was just fun. It had humor, great chemistry between the guys, and little to no angst. It's one of those reads you need when you just want to shut the brain off and that is easy and enjoyable.

The sexy times were sexy. I loved how they couldn't get enough of each other and how easy the friendship turned into a relationship.
☆ Todd
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it

Steamy read was STEAMY.

Fake boyfriends
and best-friends-to-lovers are a few of my favorite tropes, and here we got one step better with fake husbands.

I really liked both Chase and Alec, but while this story was pretty smoking hot, it didn't really bring the level of bone-deep feels for which I'd hoped.

Other than a short-lived initial attraction to Alec on Chase's part, way back in high school, there was no secret crush going on here; however, once the jealousy reared up, the sexual attractio
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

Really enjoyed this best friends to lovers read! I don't always enjoy the fake marriage trope but this one was a bit of a twist on that trope so it worked for me.

And it was super fun. Low angst, entertaining and steamy. And the ending. The ending was all kinds of great.

Definitely recommend this one! This author is quickly becoming an auto-buy for me!
I was a bit worried when I read the blurb.  Fake marriages are not really my thing, but once I started reading, I found myself completely sucked into this sweet "best friends to lovers" story.

It also helps that these men, don't actually marry.

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Chase and Alec have been best friends for a very long time. Chase is known as being quite the player among his friends. Chase isn't ready to settle down into some relationship. He thinks, that once people settle down or get married, everything will go to sh
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ami by: Sheri
This is RIGHT up my alley.

What I loved from Married for a Month was that in addition to 'finally see your friend under a new light in terms of sexiness' it also had the OTHER couple-y things. Going on dates (movies, dinners, goes to friends' house and play games) or asking about each other's days as well as learning about the other's habits and quirks that they might not know before. Like apparently Chase dislikes grocery shopping but meticulous when it comes to Christmas shopping while Alec is
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
~3.5 stars~

Cate Ashwood is almost an auto-read for me. Although I usually LOVE her stories, I didn't click with Married for a Month. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it, I just didn't love it. I have a feeling, though, that this is a case of "it's me, not you".

What I liked:

-Friends-to-lovers trope, done exceptionally well. The progression from best friends to lust, and then falling in love was natural and resonated a lot with me.

-The steam. I think that Ashwood has stepped up her game regarding t
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars!

I liked this. I liked this a lot.

Chase makes what he thinks is going to be the easiest bet to win ever. His friends think he can’t commit to a relationship, let alone a fake marriage to his best friend, but he’s going to show them just how wrong they are. He’s not commitment phobic, he just enjoys his freedom and playing the field. How hard can this really be?

Alec somehow finds himself saddled with a bet that he didn’t even make, as well as hosting Chase at his place for the next month.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

Falling in love with your best friend is like playing with fire. It can burst into something bright and beautiful but it's also dangerous and risky. Ashwood ups the stakes with Alec and Chase. They don't date or move up to the boyfriend category. They go the full nine yards and get hitched. Well, not for real and not forever. An intoxicated evening leads to a bet which essentially married these two best friends for a month. Their friends lay out a list of rules, forcing them to act an
Liam Elliot
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
WARNING: Completely irrelevant nerd rant incoming. I'll spoiler tag it so it's skippable. (view spoiler) ...more
This was such a pleasant surprise. I've never read anything by this author but two trusted friends, with various tastes in books, both raved about this and rec'd it to me. What I loved about this is for how "silly" the premise is, it all really worked. Two lifelong best friends both with different commitment issues accept a bet to stay pretend married for a month. The rules are fairly simple: they must live together, they must sleep in the same bed, and they must have a least one date night a we ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this but didn't love it. I wasn't able to fully connect with Alec and Chase. But the sex was hot!
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.5 Stars***

Friends to lovers + fake marriage = one happy and satisfied reader!! ♥ ♥

I was on board with Alex and Chase from the very beginning. Best friends since middle school, and living the bachelor life in their thirties, their group of married friends come up with a bet. Since both guys look at marriage as boring and mundane, they're dared to live the life for 30 days. Never one to back down from a dare, Chase gets down on one knee right there at the bar.

To Chase it's an opportunity to
A drunken bet was the stepping stone for two best friends to find their HEA.

Chase and Alec are both single and in no hurry to settle down. The rest of their close friends are all coupled up so they tease them and Chase's response was to bet he could stay happy and married to Alec for one month.

Everything started out really smooth and they were having a great time hanging out together and playing video games. That lasted for about two days... After that, the stress of their real lives invated the
What a fun book!

Review to come :D
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The somewhat low overall rating made me weary, but I needn't have worried. This is a fun, quick story about two best friends, Chase and Alec, who make a drunken bet with their friends that they can be married for a month, because both have never really had relationships that last more than a week, and of course they fall in love.

The sex was hot, these two were adorable together, and there was more depth at times then I
4 Stars

A fake marriage trope AND best-friends-to-lovers!?! YESSS!!!!! These are two tropes I quite regularly enjoy (especially when written well, which I believe this one was).

One drunken night, best friends since high school, Chase and Alec, make a wager with their coupled up friends that they could commit to a ‘fake marriage’ to one another for a whole month without issue. Easy peasy, right!?

And so the fun begins...

Chase moves into Alec’s apartment for the duration of the bet, and they figure
BWT (Belen)
Take a bachelor with a history of not committing to anyone...
What they said was true, though. I’d never been the long-term-relationship guy. I loved the spark of newness when I first went out with a guy. Dating too long led to that spark fading, and all that was left in its place was banality and dull sex.
No, thank you.


And add a well-timed bet from friends that Chase couldn't remain "married" to someone for a month. Chase immediately "proposes" to his best friend Alec so they can prove to
Take two best friends plus a night of drinking then toss in a bet about how easy marriage is, and you have the entertaining beginning of Cate Ashwood's Married for a Month where Chase and Alec agree to be "fake" married for a month, live together, sleep in the same bed, eat one meal together daily and go out on a date once a week:
"Marriage is easy. You give up on life and sit around in sweatpants, ordering takeout and watching reality TV.” [...] “How hard can it be? We’ll live together for a fe
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was super sweet! A tad too uncomplicated for my taste, but gosh, it was just what I needed now ;-)


Chase and Alec are gay and single - and the only two singles left in their circle of friends. A night out with a bit too much alcohol flowing leads to the group of friends making a bet that confirmed bachelor
Chase wouldn't even last a month in a marriage. Chase, intending to defend his honor, grabs his best and equally inebriated friend Alec and agrees to give marriage a try - for a month.

A f
Looking for an easy and very sexy romance with no angst, bringing good feelings and a good amount of laugh ? This is it !!

Alec and Chase have been best friends for a long time. They are quite different but share one thing in common : they don’t have standing relationships and not really looking for it. Their friends bet them they wouldn’t be able to commit for a month. Chase takes the bet and asks Alec to be his “fake husband”, the terms of the bait being they have to share Alec’s apartment and
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars

A pretend marriage for a month? GAH! It took me half a second to jump over to that big, beautiful BUY button after reading those words. Pretending to be a couple is one of my favorite day dreams and plot points. It’s catnip! It makes me grin like a big ‘ole goof. With the right chemistry, it can be so damn addictive and sexy.

And Cate Ashwood’s Married for a Month has heat and chemistry to spare! Chase and Alec have been best friends since high school—just friends and nothing more. Until
4.5 Stars!
This was fun! Sweet, romantic and pretty freakin hot!
The best friends-to fake husbands-to lovers troupe is one of my favourites, and this was done so well and with so much humour. It was pure pleasure to read!
Highly recommend.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, m-m-romance
3.5 Stars

I wasn't all that invested with the set-up for this marriage-trope book at the beginning...after all, (view spoiler) and then these best friends were living together, trying to make a relationship work. But as the story unfolded, I slowly started to enjoy this tale. And was very happy with how it turned out.

About that * up there: (view spoiler)
Cate Ashwood is kinda of a miss of or a win for me. But this totally worked for me.
It's because I'm a sucker for the fake husband trope , I think but who cares. Combine this trope with a friends-to-lovers story and I'm a goner.


Chase and Alec have been friends forever. Both of them reluctant for any seriously relationship. Having casual relationships work fine for the both of them. But that doesn't mean either of them couldn't hold a relationship.

"Single by choise."
"Marriage is easy. You
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect friends to lovers story!

This. Was. Awesome! Not just friends to lovers but a rom-com plot using a fake marriage trope given a wonderful twist. Alec and Chase have been best friends since they were kids and thought their fake marriage would be a breeze. This was such an enjoyable read and I was enamored with the expected but less than typical direction the plot took. Humorous exchanges between the MC’s plus palpable UST and hot chemistry had me completely wrapped up in the fate of this co
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
Really liked this friends to lovers story and Ashwood has gotten really, really good with the steam. The progression to lovers felt reasonable and wasn't rushed or overly drawn out. But I would've liked it more if the initial reason behind the "fake marriage" was a bit more plausible and the ending was a bit more drawn out maybe? It felt a bit rushed and thrown together.

Overall, it was an enjoyable, quick read. Definitely recommended.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Susan by: Wendy
Shelves: mm
I’m not sure fake marriage books are for me. I used to love them, but nowadays I don’t handle the ‘I love him but I’m not going to talk about it since we agreed it’s all fake’ well.

While this was low angst, these guys waited until the end of their agreement before they talked about their feelings, and that annoyed me.

The rest was cute though.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simple and good story about two best friends falling for each other :)
Recommended! :)
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, sweet

Really enjoyed Chase and Alec's friends to lovers story. :)
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mm, adult
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Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in White Rock, B.C, Cate loves living just a stone's throw from the ocean. When she's not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her ...more

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