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- Print Length: 228 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (January 8, 2010)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003TJAVPS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Promises (Coda Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Matt is a cop in the closet but refuses to admit his sexuality as he fears the consequences from his homophobic father who still has him under his thumb. Jared may admit he is gay but he is so uncomfortable in his skin. He lives in fear of the consequences of living fully gay in his small town. So much so that he rather gives up his wish to be a teacher and lives looking after the family shop.
The beginning of their relationship is very well conveyed. Matt refuses to accept Jared and yet unwilling to lose him. Jared afraid to pressure Matt as it means living openly as a gay man and of course he is fearful of eventual rejection. The growth of these two vulnerable men as the story progresses is well done. The side characters are well intertwined into their story. Matt started off needing a shake-up but when he decides to come out and be with Jared he truly shines and actually become the stronger of the two. Jared finally overcoming his own inner struggles, accepts who he is and reaches for what he wants is uplifting. The chemistry between the two men is palpable and I love a story which is well narrated. This writer has a fine style and her writing is so easy to immerse in.
Jared is out in his small town, but aware well aware that he is not always accepted as a part of his community. Initially it does not color his actions, but in the latter parts of the book it does provide a bone of contention between Matt and Jared as they try and make what they have together work. Matt has never been with another man in a long term sexual relationship, so a lot of the story is about him coming to terms with himself and his feelings for Jared. (I do have a penchant for this trope I think. I liked. A lot!!) I thought the authors treatment of the growing attraction between the two men was beautifully done and the slow building of smexual tension just made me sigh.
The rest of the book was reasonably well put together. At times the world building was a little light and a couple of the plot devices felt a little jarring, but I'm not sure how else you'd tie it all together to be honest. I also enjoyed it so much I kinda ignored that stuff.
Promises was a total winner and I can't wait to see what this author does next.
Romantic - YES
Sweet - YES
Tummy Squeezes - YES
Happily Ever After - YES
"The only thing you can do is decide how to live your own life. And to hell with everybody else"
So then why a 3.5?
My hesitation in giving this a higher rating is that it had predictable devices, BUT then I also found myself being surprised as a twist slowly developed. The story started out really well, has all the elements that make a MM romance enjoyable, but a couple of unnecessary cliche scenes gooped up the story and made it feel like a junior effort in an otherwise believable book. Also, I felt like the "promises" theme was dropped somewhere in the middle of the book.
So, this is a solid 3.5 stars. I can't quite go 4 stars, but I can recommend it as a solid read.
Matt Richards --
"Whatever this is with me and you, it's so much more, and I can't make it go away."
"How could those words make me so happy while hurting so much at the same time?"
Gorgeous Matt is the new guy in town and he makes fast friends with Jared. The author did a superb job in making it clear that Matt was struggling with his emotions, but I would have like to see certain parts of this story from his perspective.
Jared Thomas --
"...you can't just pick tiny pieces of yourself to share, and keep the rest to yourself. It doesn't work that way. It's all or nothing."
Jared is secure with his life. He's out to his family and friends, living where he wants to be and has everything in control. Then Matt enters his life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Totally written for straight women, as long as you're okay with that...it's a pretty good read. It's a great read. This was one of the first M/M books I ever read, and I loved it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Belen
Absolutely wonderful series....I honestly think this is so good that it could be made into a television series (like tales of the city). Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Ellison
All of the stars for this friends to lovers story! This was my first read by Ms. Sexton and I looooooved it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by NN0S7M8
A cute M/M romance novel. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it's an enjoyable romp that follows a certain formula beloved by many. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alysa H.
Enjoyed this story very much. Glad to have been threw their ups and downs. Would love to read more about Jared and Matt and the rest of the family in the future.Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Baur
One of my all time favorites. LOVE this book. The author did such a great job of building the friendship and the lust. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by S.C.
What a sweet story. I really enjoyed this one. Jared and Matt were so cute together. Looking forward to more from this author.Published 3 months ago by elgato
Wonderful, well written tale of new love. We see the twist here, and it is interesting, holding our attention as we want to know more. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D.Hart, RCIS
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