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Promises (Coda Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marie Sexton
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Part of the Coda Series

Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone.

Until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting. Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s co-workers, Jared fears they'll never find a way to be together—if he can even convince Matt to try.


Product Details

  • File Size: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (January 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TJAVPS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing, expressive gay romance. So easy to enjoy. February 3, 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a well written, expressive and convincing romance. I like the small town setting, with its almost ordinary day-to-day atmosphere, the interaction and dialogue among the characters. The characters including the supporting ones are your ordinary Joes but that is where the attractiveness of the story lies. Jared and Matt are both likable and credible. I enjoy the well paced development of their relationship from friendship, undeniable attraction, to love and commitment. And sex is kept to the right balance (Thank You). The writer has also done a wonderful job "growing" these characters.

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.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promises February 1, 2010
By Sarah
Format:Paperback
Promises is a charming story about coming out, taking risks and falling in love. Loaded with much angst and bike riding, it was a very cool read.

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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, Sweet, Coming Out January 8, 2013
Format:Paperback
3.5 Lovely Stars

Romantic - YES

Sweet - YES

Tummy Squeezes - YES

Happily Ever After - YES

THE STORY

"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.

THE CHARACTERS

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.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept its promise May 5, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read a glut of m/m books lately and I have to say this is so much better than most of them. Lots rely on tricks - he's an assassin or a werewolf or so other and strange... but here, it's just two guys, people you meet in your day to day life, one a cop, one works in the family store. They live in a regular small town, not full of charming and twee characters, or mad eccentrics. But their story, their personal drama, it's gripping. The risk that Matt takes, the love that Jared has, it feels real and palpable. They meet some homophobia, but it's their inner demons that they really have to conquer. I really enjoyed Marie Sexton's writing, I liked her town, her descriptions of the mountains, her descriptions of extended family but mainly I really liked spending time with her protagonists, and showing how love made them grow. It's a keeper and she's a writer to look out for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEET!
This is a very sweet believable story about two men starting out in friendship and gradually falling in love. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Happy Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love love love M/M stories
I have been searching for some M/M Romances with some erotic parts in them. I Love love love M/M stories. The problem is picking a choosing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Author SkLogsdon
5.0 out of 5 stars really good book to start with
First m/m book, really good book to start with!
Published 2 months ago by Robert Shaffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this one and definitely want to read more.
This was my first book from Marie Sexton and it definitely won't be my last. I really enjoyed Jared and Matt. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ramblings From This Chick Blog
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I thought it was ok to read, but I found myself skipping around in the book.
Published 2 months ago by sheila bittick
5.0 out of 5 stars great characters!
This is the only one in the series that I actually like! The characters in this one seem true and believable and I just loved learning and growing with them! Read more
Published 2 months ago by matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Best gay novel I have read so far.
Great story line and great erotic scenes. Loved the fact that both Matt and Jarod were both very masculine.
Loved the scenes with Matt's parents.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start for the Series
Jared Thomas has spent his entire life in small town Coda, Colorado. He's begun to feel like he'll spend it alone since he & his one high school teacher are the only two gay men... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it!
This is the first m/m romance that I have read and actually paid for and it was totally worth it! I read it in a few hours and could not put it down. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Good writer, good story
First time to read a gay love story. Very good story, descriptive writing, good read. Will read more of this author's books.
Published 5 months ago by Lavon Head
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More About the Author

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She's a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Visit Marie's website at http://mariesexton.net/
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