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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.


THIS BOOK DOES NOT CONTAIN MULTIPLE PAIRINGS, INCEST OR MENAGES. DUKE'S STORY DOES NOT END ON A CLIFFHANGER. HIS HEA IS LONG OVERDUE. PART TWO WILL CENTER AROUND TWO DIFFERENT COUPLES (QUICK & DR. CHAUNCEY).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2572 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Via Star Wings Books (14 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016PHGLT0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Wonderful characters that just got lost in all the ramble. I really like this author but this book just isn't up to par. "You can see me" is a great book by A. E. Via, great characters and great story. "Promises" just didn't measure up. The two main characters were beautiful but the story got bogged down with all the medical drama and detail that wasn't necessary. Also the medical info was not always accurate, and I would know because I am a nurse. The story tended to also go round and round in circles repeating the same details again and again, over and over, yada yada, blah blah, boring. It took forever for the couple to finally get to their HEA, the book was almost finished and to top it off the author overlaid this section with the begins of a new romance between two other characters setting the scene for book two. This detracted from the main characters coming together and watered down their romantic happy ending. Three stars for two lovely characters who deserved more attention to them and a better ending.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality for the Money 19 April 2017
By acmoore - Published on Amazon.com
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I had hopes for this, after having purchased 'Blue Moon' and 'The Secrets in my Scowl'. This left me so disappointed by 20% of the way through, I just shelved it and moved on at 36%.

When I pay for a story, I expect it to be proofread. There's a lot I'll tolerate for free or included in my KU membership, but this was too much. And I cannot return it for refund.

The book started off with promising heat, and pretty well written steamy scenes. I got bogged down over the technical, or lack, thereof, info regarding the medical situation. Nobody is just 'Type O' blood type. You are either Rh positive or negative. If Vaughn was as smart as we are led to believe, he should know this. I do, and I'm no doctor.

Then add in the cheese factor - I went back and looked at some of the listing summaries for the author's books. I think she improved over time, but some of those older book summaries give Wisconsin competition for cheese. I'm dropping the 'Blue Moon' sequel and any other of this author's work from my wish list.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too sweet 16 March 2016
By buddysgirl1 - Published on Amazon.com
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The start of another great series by this Author. The "Nothing Special" series was HOT. This Bounty Hunter series is starting a bit softer than I expected. Duke with Judge was great, except being a perennial bottom seems to suggest a passive personality. Duke owns and operates one of the largest bail bond companies in Atlanta and owns a PI company run by Judge. Duke is a bada$$ bounty hunter and is injured trying to apprehend a skipper. The odd thing about this story is Vaughan, the young lawyer son of his best friend that has been in love with Duke for years, notwithstanding, Duke is 15+ years older than Vaughan. He risks his life to save the love of his life and they ride off into the sunset. It was a nice, sweet story but hope the next book is more alpha.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tones of a soap opera 22 February 2016
By nan - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a fan of A.E. Via's Nothing Special series. Given that the new series has carryover characters, I thought the tone, humor, and fast-paced action would be key elements of Promises. Instead, to me, the book had much stronger elements of a soap opera. May/ December romance, dating a friend's son, medical crisis, sacrifice for love, PTSD, and more. And, introspection - lots of it. I did not hate the book, but I also didn't love it or enjoy it as much as her previous books.

And, a relatively minor complaint - Charleston is in South Carolina unless Vaughan was raised in Charleston, NC, which the NC website describes as a "populated area" in Halifax County. Poor editing or fact checking detract from the experience.
4.0 out of 5 stars More AE Via magic!! 27 December 2016
By Kristian Erdmann - Published on Amazon.com
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Another book I loved by this author. She is defiantly one of my top go to authors and those book did not disappoint. Vaughn and Duke seemed like they would be total opposites, but one thing Duke doesn't know but deserves is that Vaughn love him more than anything....truly anything. The lengths he went to just for a chance was so above and beyond how can you not see how much he loved Duke. Good story can't wait to read about Quick and The Doc!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Promise Kept 8 November 2015
By ExtremelyPicky2 - Published on Amazon.com
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I want my own Vaughn . . . Really, where can I find one like him?!

Like another reviewer I don't like to pay over a certain amount for ebooks. I respect the authors' work but the publishers charge too much money. I have found some self published authors and new authors whose books are worth the money. A.E. Via is one of those authors. As the first sentence of my review says, "I want my own Vaughn". I felt sad for Duke in "Don't Judge" since he wanted more but in reality they were convenient for each other. The way Vaughn loved Duke, and had loved him for years, was exactly what Duke needed in his life. I liked that Vaughn had his own small insecurities. And I do mean small. For a while I thought he was too perfect. I mean he was caring, smart, well traveled, sexy, determined as hell, dressed like he stepped out of GQ and has a raunchy sense of humor - what's not to want? If Quick wasn't his father I would've thought he was a stalker. Not because Duke didn't deserve a good man because he does. My suspicious mind kept thinking if it's too good to be true . . .😱

I don't think there was a change in Duke's character from Don't Judge. In that book we only saw his interactions with Judge in the bedroom. Ms. Via showed the different sides of Duke as a person in Promises. He's going to totally different when running his business and going after someone who skipped bail (and as we read will do anything to stay out of jail), than when he's with his friends and his lover. Especially with his lover who wanted him.

For me the story is more about Duke finding that someone to love him forever and would be there for him. There is action because Duke is a badass bounty hunter but it's not the main theme of the book. Actually, Duke had been hunted by Vaughn for years he just hadn't know it😎. I definitely recommend this book. I am looking forward the reading about Quick and Dr. Chauncey. I have a feeling there will be more action in that book. Also hoping for stories about the King brothers.