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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review: Promises by Marie Sexton


Author: Marie Sexton
Titel: Promises
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: GLBT romance
Series: Coda Books #1
Published: 8th January 2010
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Source: ARC through NetGalley
Goodreads Summary
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.
Promises is one of the sweetest love stories I have ever read. In addition it's the story of a friendship between two amazingly lovely men.
When Matt moves to Coda, Colorado he immediately hits it off with Jared. Fro  the beginning on Jared, who works in the family-owned hardware store, makes in clear to Matt that he is gay and interested. Matt however stats that he is straight and only interested in a friendship. And good friends they become. It's written so endearingly how they share their free time with mountain-biking, barbecues, dinners, sports.  They become very close and Jared is unsure how he should read Matt, who sends out mixed signals.
When they share some tender moments, Jared is certain that Matt likes him more than a friend maybe even is in love with him. But Matt balks and runs out on Jared, who is devastated. When Jared entertains an old friend Matt realises that he is jealous. Should he do something about it?
I love this book. It's easy to read, entertaining and I want the main characters to be my best gay friends. This story is one of the best, what you would call, gay-for-you books out there. Matt is deep in the closet and isn't really aware of this either. In general he is a very lonely man. It's touching to read how he opens up to Jared and how they build up first friendship, and later love. Matt has to overcome some serious personal barriers. And the author manages to not slip into cliché scenarios. On the other hand it is not only Matt who has to change his way of thinking. Jared too, is stuck in some outdated ways of thinking of gay live in small american towns. I liked that both of them have to fight/do something to build a relationship. The sex scenes are written in very sensual way and they are hot, really hot!
If you want to read some great, sexy, romantic, GLBT love story, that's the book to go for! And even better it is the start of Coda series.

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5 Comments:

At Aug 31, 2011, 4:22:00 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

This sounds like something I'd love! I'd heard good things about Marie Sexton but haven't read any of her work before. I'll have to add it onto my to read pile. Great review! :)

 
At Aug 31, 2011, 5:50:00 PM , Blogger Pepca said...

Sounds interesting! Great review!

 
At Aug 31, 2011, 6:41:00 PM , Blogger Nimue said...

Thanks (blushing) I'm still surprised that people are actually reading what I write ;)

 
At Sep 2, 2011, 2:00:00 AM , Blogger javaintheam said...

All I can say about gay romance novels is it's about time! I don't normally read romance, but I am thrilled that Sexton and others are writing quality love stories for the gay crowd.
Good job!

 
At Sep 28, 2011, 2:30:00 AM , Blogger Brie said...

This book is so good! Actually the whole series is amazing. This is the book I always recommend to people starting to read m/m books, I liked that the conflict was realistic and that Matt took some times dealing with his sexuality.

 

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