Author A.E. Via
Title: PROMISES – PART I
Series: BOUNTY HUNTERS #1
M/M GAY ROMANCE CONTEMPORARY
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Artist – Jay Aheer
PAGE COUNT – 261
Release Date: OCTOBER 17, 2015
Duke Morgan owns and operates one of the largest bail bond companies in Atlanta. Not only does he bond criminals out of jail, he and his notorious group of bounty hunters will also track them down and ensure they show up for court. Roman ‘Quick’ Webb is Duke’s business partner and best friend. Both men are in their forties and have given up on the happily ever after with the ranch-style home, and white picket fence. They’d both tried it and failed miserably. But they have their friendship and they have the business. When Quick’s son, Vaughan Webb returns – after seven years - from studying abroad with his law degree in hand, he’s back to claim what he’s always wanted...his fathers’ best friend... Duke Morgan. Vaughan has always claimed to be a classic gentleman with an old soul. He didn’t party and screw up in school like his buddies. He was focused and dedicated to becoming the man worthy of Duke’s love. It’s a complex and messy situation as Duke and Quick figure out how to still be best friends when one of them is sleeping with his friend’s one and only son. But when Duke is hurt on the job, all the unimportant trivialities fall to the wayside and Vaughan and Quick put their heads together to save Duke. Part I of the Promises story is about Duke and Vaughan. Part II will be about Quick and his realization that it’s not too late for any of them to find love.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
It's either A.E. Via heard that most of the fans didn't like Duke being left out by Judge or she already had him in mind when she wrote his delicious character in. Why do I love this so much? For those not in the know, I absolutely love May-December stories and Promises is one. A delicious story of Duke and Vaughan, his best friend, Quick's, son. Let's leave Quick out of this review for now because he gets his turn on Part II as the author promises.
Now, Duke made it look he was fine with it, but when Judge left, he floundered. He was getting on in years, he does not really think his looks are gods' gift to men and seriously doubts he will land anyone who would love him as a man and as an individual. Boy, was he wrong!
Vaughan is finally done with law school so is raring to go home to his dad, get a job, and make sure Duke is his. Age gap be damned! He is going to make a fool out of himself, by hook or by crook, and land the man he'd dreamed over for the longest time.
When Vaughan successfully hooks Duke as his, he is ecstatic. More than. Duke is floundering not wanting to get out of a dream he is most definitely trapped in. Then life knocks them both down with a left hook out of nowhere and damn, this becomes a sob story to rival a telenovella.
The drama sets in, the anxiety rises. Can this actually happen? Well, it does and more often than anyone thinks. There is a fairy-tale feel to how everything unfolds and that is the beauty of this read. There is no BDSM, there is no menage, the action is out there and slaps you in the face it hurts so much you cry, and the love Vaughan has for Duke is ... Wow.
A.E. Via became a favorite from the very beginning. She knows her target audience and always manages to give us stories we don't easily forget. Promises is a shoot off from her Nothing Special series so it is highly recommended to read those just so you know why readers rave for a Via.