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I Swear to You Paperback – February 5, 2017
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However, there was a huge fly in the ointment here. Grady makes promises to Mateo, using the phrase 'I swear to you...' Come on. He doesn't even spend much time at all thinking about how his word must sound completely worthless to Mateo. Mateo had NO ONE. No family to speak of to the point where Grady's family WAS his family. With Grady making bad decisions, Mateo is out on the cold. (Even as I write this review, I get irritated all over again. If the character is going to cause such pain by making such dumb decisions, then he needs to be redeemed by the author in some way. Otherwise, the reader (me) can never quite get over what an idiot he was.)
For someone who was hiding from his ex, I thought Mateo and Grady made some careless mistakes
There were other minor problems, like inconsistencies. At one point, the guys look down at their jeans. And I was thinking, "Weren't they just naked, though?" There were a few things like that, but honestly if the story is good enough, I can easily overlook those sorts of errors.
One of the best short stories that I have ever read in a long time. I could not put my IPad down. I wanted to know what happened to Mateo. The story is not pretty yet my heart goes out to Grady for realizing what a total jerk he was six years ago. My heart goes out to Mateo for not giving in on his first love and keeping the dream alive. We all make mistakes, yet few learn from their mistakes, not Grady. A wonderful story of redemption, scary at times, but worth reading. Definitely a five star in my book.
Grady and Mateo are/ were friends until Mateo made a move Grady. Initially Grady accepted it until he didn't. So he walked away from Mateo. Even though Mateo pleaded with him not to. He left and years went by and Greg got married twice but they never lasted because he knew deep down that he couldn't love those women. He couldn't love them because he was in love with Mateo. The thing is after his most recent divorce (his marriages never lasted long-- talking months) he starts to try and find Mateo. But Mateo can't be find. It's like he vanished. Until one day he sees Mateo at a gay pride parade from afar and they lock eyes. Grady hasn't been with a man. He went to the parade with the intention of solving that matter but when he saw Mateo he knew he only wanted one man. That man being Mateo. Mateo flees and runs away. Grady anxious to find him and apologize to him with the hope of picking up where the left off looks to the internet to find his man. He comes out on facebook and then posts an ad for Mateo. Mateo finally contacts him but it's evident that he's not the same person Grady knew back then. Mateo is angry and hurt and a little bit broken. The past is trying catch up to him and a person from his past refuses to let Mateo move on. Grady won't allow Mateo to walk away from his life because he's finally admitting what and who he wants and he won't give up without a fight. And it's going to be a fight. Him and Mateo have to survive in order to live. With each other. Because Mateo is in some serious trouble and he can't win this battle alone .