On the Way to the Wedding by Zachary Zangel

Loose Id

Gay Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-59632-722-1

Reviewed by Cassie




The moment David Staller meets Erik Bergstrom at Bloomingdaleís, he knows he wants to get to know the man.  They make a date for dinner, and from there Davidís life is totally changed.  Erik comes with some baggageóa ten-year old son, an ex-wife, and a distinct lack of experience with being gayóbut Davidís certain Erik will be worth it.  Can David and Erik stay together when Erikís baggage suddenly gets a lot heavier?

I wanted to love On the Way to the Wedding, but I just couldnít get into it.  The storyline was fast-paced and full of hot sex.  Davidís a little neurotic, but not so much as to be annoying.  All in all, it seemed like On the Way to the Wedding had a great setup.  Unfortunately, Davidís first-person narration has a stilted quality to it that I couldnít quite put my finger on, but it distanced me from the story.  Things between Erik and David happened a bit too quickly, leaving me confused or disbelieving at times.  The main conflict is resolved too easily, and there are a few group scenes that left me baffled.  While I enjoyed Little Rik, Erikís precocious and opinionated son, and the ending had a bit of a twist I didnít see coming, on the whole I canít recommend On the Way to the Wedding.


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