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Promises (Coda Books, #1) Paperback – January 8, 2010
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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.
In comes Matt Richards, a new hire for the Coda police department. Matt and Jared immediately forge a friendship. Things start to get a little crazy when Matt spends wayyyy more time with Jared than is "acceptable" to the townsfolk. Rumors start to spread basically hinting Matt and Jared might be gay... together. Isn't gay together just the dumbest phrase ever? LOL, anyway, I digress.
The problem is, Matt swears he's not into men... at all. Well, we soon find out there's more that meets the eye here. I found these two men incredibly relatable. Their story flew off the pages. So many people repress who they are and what they like due to fear of how they may be perceived by others. This was a well-written story, and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a good friends to lovers trope with strong characters. Ms. Sexton did one bang up job.
I'm glad I did. It's very sweet in its own way, without being nauseatingly sappy. These men aren't the sort to spout off about their undying love, though they're not too tightlipped to admit it either. I appreciated that. I adored Jared's voice as a narrator and practically swooned over Matt's earnestness. Though that same honestness, combined with his readily expressed excitement left him feeling a little like a wide-eyed child at times. But I just wanted to grab him up and squeeze him to death then too, so it's all good.
Seeing Jared and Matt struggle through their own issues was a bit of a blessing. Now, I don't know where it falls on the realism spectrum. I suspect a long way from real. But it also didn't force any "yeah,rights!' out of me. Which left me able to fully immerse myself in the story and pretend it really did represent life somewhere out there.
I deem this one definitely worth picking up and I would be thrilled to read more of the Coda series and/or writing by Marie Sexton.
Overall, the writing was adequate, nothing jumping off the page to surprise me. The secondary characters were great. I did feel that Matt's father was a bit too much of a caricature but other than that, it was a good read.
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