Friday, December 4, 2015

Review: Promises by A. E. Via

Bounty Hunters #1
by A.E. Via
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: 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.

I thought this book is about the taboo. The hero in love with his best friend's son. But it seems like the said best friend was totally cool with his son being gay and in love with his friend. Okay.

Duke Morgan, 45, a bounty hunter. He had just got off a non-comittal relationship. Quick is his best friend/business partner.

Vaughn Webb, 31, a lawyer. He is Quick's son who grew up with his mother, only paying occasional visit to Quick. He had been in love with Duke since forever and now that he is all grown up and had his own career, he is determine to move into town and claimed his man. Woah!

I honestly didn't expect Vaughn to be come to Duke that aggressively and giving him not much of a choice. I understand that his love for Duke is all encompassing because he had been harboring the feeling for years. I wish we actually get to have some flashback on how Vaughn start to fall for Duke during his teenage years.

For Duke part, I feel as if he was just flattered with Vaughn attention and totally soaking it up. I mean, who wouldn't be when a hot sexy lawyer that looks like a GQ cover model said he wants to devour you. 

The most interesting part of the story is when Duke got seriously hurt during one of his bounty hunt before he went for an actual date with Vaughn. Is not a spoiler since it was mentioned in the blurb. Anyway, I enjoyed the part where we worry about Duke and seeing Vaughn going all obsessive with saving his man. I'm a sucker for sappiness.

But after the halfway mark, when Duke and Vaughn really got together I feel like the story lost me. The main reason being that it felt too must like insta-love. They haven't even went for an actual date or having sex to calling each other 'babe' and 'sweetheart' and 'loving each other'. The saving grace is the little tidbits about Quick and a certain doctor. Maybe I will read the next one just to see how Quick handle himself being interested in a man for the first time.

A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.

While this is only her eighth novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that - because the male on male action is just heating up!

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