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Promises (Coda Books, #1) Paperback – January 8, 2010
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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.
Jared is willing to have Matt as just a friend rather than push him into a situation Matt doesn't want.
The characters are extremely well developed; the story has a few twists; & there's no sex until about 60% into the book & unlike many erotic books, it's very tastefully handled. The book is about relationships; what we want; what we'll settle for & ultimately what's important.
If you want to try to understand what seems foreign to you, this is a great beginning.
Even is you're like me & prefer hetro stories, this one is worth your time. There's lots of humor & alot to think about.
This was a really good story. I liked both Matt and Jared and their story was very good and engaging. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I'm planning to read more of her work in the future.
Jared is a openly gay man in a small CO town. He gets a little crap from people but mostly he does ok. He doesn't have much chance at a relationship though, which sucks because he loves his home town. Jared went to college for teaching but decided that he'd get too much crap over being a gay teacher so he owns/runs a store with his brother and sister-in-law, Lizzy.
Matt is a straight (or at least he believes he is) cop that just moved to a small CO town. Matt grew up with an ex-Marine for a dad who always harped on what Matt didn't do well enough to hold up his "duty" to their family. Matt tried dating woman but found it to be more trouble than it was worth. Unfortunate, when he moved to a new town all the single women saw a new bachelor in town ripe for the picking and Matt's coworkers seem intent on setting him up.
Lizzy is pregnant and needs to sell her jeep to buy a more car seat friendly vehicle so they put it outside the store with a "for sale" sign. Matt (having just moved to town) comes in the store interested in the jeep and he and Jared start to become friends. Jared wonders if Matt's interested in him at first but it quickly becomes apparent that Matt is straight and not interested in experimenting. Regardless of this, Matt and Jared have a lot of similar interests and start to hang out a lot. This isn't easy for Matt because a lot of people will assume something that isn't true and be nasty about it. Matt's coworkers aren't easy on him and try to hook Matt up with women. Matt ends up making an effort in the women department just to get a break from the issues but continues to hang out with Jared.
TBH, I'm finding it hard not to go into too many details but lets just go with the fact that after a while of being BFFs, Matt and Jared's relationship changes but Matt's not really open to it and there's some drama as they both deal with what comes after. Even when Matt comes to terms with his desires and the issues he has with them, there are still things to deal with, including some issues that Jared has and hasn't really had to confront before. There's some more drama but it's not overly bad and the guys work through things pretty well. Not everyone is ready to accept their relationship and some people never will, but Matt and Jared do well at finding a place for themselves together and acceptance from some unexpected people. The story ends well, with Matt and Jared heading towards a HEA together.
I really enjoyed this story (I almost gave it 5 stars). I really liked both Matt and Jared. They both had their own issues but they managed to go against the odds and find happiness together. I really liked Matt and Jared as a couple and thought their interactions were well done. Overall, I really liked the story...it was well written and the characters were very likable so I'd recommend this story. :D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I adored both MCs and their unexpected romance.Read more
Jared is still living in his small home town, helping run the hardware/auto parts store his family left him, his brother and his wife Lizzy.Read more
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
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