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Promises: Part I (Bounty Hunters Book 1) by [Via, A.E.]
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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2572 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Via Star Wings Books (13 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016PHGLT0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I was hesitant about reading this novel but did eventually purchase and read it. For the most part, I've been enjoying A.E.'s novels since she released her first one. I appreciate that the majority of her characters are what I would term a 'man's man' and even better, they're often of a mature age bracket. I read her previous novel that introduced Duke and gave Judge his partner.

When I read his interaction with Judge in Don't Judge, part of the Nothing Special series, I felt for him. It was very obvious that he was being used sexually speaking and even then that he felt he wasn't worth anything more in a way. And A.E. carried this on in her portrayal of him in Promises: Part One.

Another review on here mentioned that they thought Duke was at times written like an inexperienced teenager. I did not get that impression. My impression was that Duke had no self esteem when it came to himself as a man and what he could offer. He knew what he was, what he needed and desired sexually. But given his looks didn't often obtain it. He settled with Judge and that damaged his self esteem even more.

When Vaughan entered the picture, I initially expected denial etc given their relationship of him being Duke's best friends' son. Thankfully Vaughan is fully grown. A.E. tells you his age very early on in the story and the age difference is actually quite negligible. Vaughan has also been honest with his father about his feelings for Duke from the beginning, so there is no surprise in that regard. Like the other review, I expected and would have liked to have seen a lot more of Duke's bounty hunter work.
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I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This was really good story . The bounty hunter aspect was great. I'd hoped to see more of Duke's work life in the story. While Duke's job as a bounty hunter has a huge impact on the story, Promises Part 1 is very much focused on the relationship between Duke and Vaughan.

I liked this couple. They had good chemistry and I liked the mix of hard and soft, dominant and submissive. I did feel that sometimes Duke's behaviour and thoughts in the relationship were more like that of an inexperienced teenager than a 45 year old man.

My favourite things about this story was actually surgeon Dr Chauncey. He was sweet and caring and he broke my heart. I look forward to seeing him hopefully get a happily ever after in Promises Part 2.

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By lucinda on 17 November 2015
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Another great story from this author. Can't wait for the next one
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3.0 out of 5 stars Many will love this sugary-sweet read, but it wasn't my cup of tea 1 November 2015
By Erica L. Chilson - Published on
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I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

A.E. Via is a new-to-me author.

I will preface this review by saying it is neither positive nor negative. Neutral. There were elements I enjoyed, but it just wasn't my type of read. I'm going to state a few things in my review to bring it to light for those who read books like I do. By doing so, those who don't read as I do will know they will enjoy the book. This author has a large following, but the writing style is not to my tastes.

Promises Part 1 was unexpected. After reading the blurb, I expected an entirely different type of story. I appreciated how the book began. Action-packed, Bounty Hunting. I also enjoyed Duke's narration in the beginning. The story itself took an unexpected turn, and then just sat stagnant from 20% on.

I was intrigued in the premise of reading from the perspective of an almost fifty-year-old man, as that would eliminate the insecure angst that seems to plague those with little life experience. Duke was like that at the beginning, but then he turned almost teenage-girl-ish, needy, and irrational.

Then there was Vaughan. I wanted Duke to act/think/react like Vaughan. Maturity. At thirty, Vaughan is filled with maturity, knowing what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it. But he wasn't almost too perfect. He WAS absolutely TOO perfect. No faults. Selfless. Coddling. Doting. Adoring. Loving... with no backstory as to how this love grew. Obsessed with his father's best friend, Vaughan waited until he grew up to seek out Duke's affections... and Duke was instantaneously in love with Vaughan, without any of the 'Icky-ness' I expected him to feel over lusting after his best friend's son. No conflict to be had by our couple. Ever. From page one.

I liked Duke, and I enjoyed Vaughan. But the story just sort of stagnated for 60% of the book while they convalesced from an event I won't mention. But the between the sheets action was odd, as Vaughan went from terrified over Duke's fever to initiating sexual contact while said fever was still raging inside Duke when if it spiked a few tenths of a degree, hospitalization was in order. I need to reiterate this point... Duke was 3 tenths of a degree from hospitalization. 3/10s of degree. My temp spikes when I sneeze, imagine during a climax.

At the 80% mark, the reader is thrust out of the narration from the POV of Duke & Vaughan to suddenly include Dr. C & Quick. While this whetted my appetite for their book, it had the opposite effect for the current book I was reading. I wanted Dr. C's book, no longer interested in Duke & Vaughan. I also need to state that Dr. C's angsty needs are exactly the same as Duke's, right down to the bed buddy who doesn't want more and the longing need for a partner. The only difference that made me interested was Quick's reluctance to admit he wanted Dr. C. The scene where Quick rampages in from his office, throwing the doctor out of his house, was not how a 50 yo male would behave, and neither was Dr. C's reaction. Yet again, very irrational, hormonal teenage girl.

I wanted a pair of Vaughans in place of Duke & Quick- mature, with 50 years of life experience in a hard job. Jaded. World-weary. Hard with a soft heart. Gun-toting bounty hunters. Top or bottom, I longed for masculine maturity, as what position you take in bed doesn't relegate you to the male/female counterpart in a relationship. It's a Male/Male relationship, neither has to be the 'girl'.

I expected a Bounty Hunter story, a bit more hard-hitting and masculine, with some push-pull romance, and was given something else entirely. I'm not one for warm & fuzzy. But Promises bypassed sugary-sweet and entered unrealistic diabetic-shock territory.

I'm positive many will love this book, the series, and the author's writing. For those who want fluffy, warm and fuzzy, this will hit all the right notes.


**Note: Editing**

I was given an ARC of Promises for review. I don't know if the copy I read was the same as the one published. But there was an editor listed in the front matter of the title, and the author has a large back-list of works. When I clicked the sample of the title on Amazon, the errors were still present.

I need to note the following type of errors:

*Lack of commas in the sentence structure, habitually before and after a proper noun during dialogue between the characters, which began with the first sentence of the book. Quote: "Get 'em before he goes into that house Duke!"

Example: "... before he goes into that house (comma) Duke!" "Well (comma) I'm doing well." "Oh (comma) my God!" "You love me (comma) don't you (question mark)" {examples not direct quotes from the book itself, but representative of the errors}

*Misplaced/switched/missing words.

*Hyphenated words listed as separate words.

*The wrong name given during the doctor's POV.

*Pronoun confusion: both protagonists listed as HE/His/Him/Himself in the same sentence. Example: "He touched his chest, with his other hand cupping his rear." Whose hand is touching whom? This was habitual, and it tore me from the story over and over again, until I no longer felt the need to work out who was doing what to whom and why- there was no way of deciphering it, being as it was written in 3rd person.

*THAT was repeatedly used when it should have been WHO or WHICH.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed most of the books from this author but.... 21 October 2015
By Sparky - Published on
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I have enjoyed most of the books from this author but this one didn't live up to its potential in my opinion.
I had a hard time believing that Duke had no qualms about getting together with his best friend's son. I would have like to see him
Struggling a bit more with the issue than he did. I don't have a problem with the age difference, just that he fell into the rhythm of it so quickly, even with the sacrifice Vaughn made on his behalf. To me it seemed too sudden since he had no idea of Vaughn's feelings.
In Vaugh's case, he knew he was in love with Duke for years and wasn't going to quit until there were together. Vaughn's devotion to Duke was magnificent.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a little bit of a spoiler ahead 28 October 2015
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This book was fine until the author decided to delve into a subject she clearly knows very little about. If an author is going to use an organ transplant as a pivotal plot point, then she should really make sure said transplant would even be necessary. I understand this is a romance novel and not a scholarly journal article, but I am not expecting a Doris Kearns Goodwin level of research; a single Google search should have been sufficient to alert the author that such an event would never happen. It doesn't make any sense. Why would doctors perform surgery in which the donor ends up with only one kidney while the recipient has one and half kidneys? Answer: they wouldn't. Never mind the fact that there are many people living perfectly normal lives who have diminished kidney function and who are not on any kind of transplant list. Transplant is a treatment that is undertaken when kidney function is so diminished that dialysis is required and there are no other options, it is not something that would be propositioned for someone who still has a functioning kidney. This bugged me so much that the rest of the book was a wash for me. It was okay, I mean people don't really talk like that, but crappy dialogue usually doesn't bother me as much as this did. If the faintest amount of accuracy is not something you're looking for in what is supposed to be a reasonably realistic portrayal of true life, then this book may do it for you. But if you like your reality based on facts, keep looking.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 22 October 2015
By Teresa Davis - Published on
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Disappointing. This book has all the elements of a great novel, but is poorly edited. Are there a lot of errors? No. But there are a lot of things that go into the editing process that improve plot, flow, readability, etc. A good editor might, for example, encourage the author to balance dialogue with prose in the first chapter, rather than writing exclusively in dialogue. Though the action is intensified by this style, the reader is lost and misses out on important exposition that should be present in the opening chapters of any novel to build empathy with the characters. This novel has several contributors listed, and unfortunately it is painfully obvious that a new writer is writing when reading from one section to the next. Each chapter has distinctive voice changes, even though the narrating voice of the piece hasn't changed (in other words, it isn't like the next chapter was from Quick's point of view). As a result, some parts are choppy and disjointed. Flow is interrupted which effects the empathy the audience feels for the principle characters. Again, great plot ideas and wonderful characters, but poor editing. I was very disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book! 5 November 2015
By A. Adams - Published on
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~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~
If you read Don’t Judge then you remember Duke. Duke owns a bail bond company and he was lovers with Judge and thought he was in love with him and was upset when their “relationship” ended. Quick is his best friend and partner at work. They are both giving up on finding their happily ever after. That is until Vaughan, Quick’s son comes home. Holy cow, Vaughan, he has loved Duke since he was 16 years old, now a man he has come to claim Duke and boy oh boy does he! I couldn’t put this book down and read it in one sitting. I was on the edge of my seat at times, crying at others and then so happy and blissful. The chemistry between Duke and Vaughan can be felt rolling off the pages as you read their story. This wasn’t just finding someone; it was about true love and what sacrifices you make when you are in love. We do see a little bit of Judge in this book and we also get to start seeing what is going on with Quick which will be in part two of this story. Another amazing book by an amazing author, highly recommend.
Characters: well written and believable
Sex: yes
Religious: no
Would I recommend to others: yes
More than one book in the series: yes
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: yes
~Wicked Reads Review Team~