Oh wow! This book hit me with all the feels!! I could tell from Book 1 that Anders was going to be a complex and troubled character, and this book really gave us the full picture. It was heartbreaking to read what he had been through in the past, and to experience what he was going through now. His anxieties, dark thoughts and even his panic attacks were so we'll presented - I'm not usually a crier and I was tearing up at what this poor guy was going through!
Brody was an amazing character as well. I had to keep remembering that he was the same age as Reed, and therefore 4 years younger than the twins, as he came across as such a confident and mature individual. He was the rock for Anders when needed, and was so understanding and supportive when Anders finally filled him in on the anxieties and the attack. His willingness to work with Anders to avoid triggers also meant he learnt some new things about himself too. The alternating POV allowed us to see Brody struggling with the morality, or lack thereof to be more precise, associated with being a criminal defence lawyer. I loved that he stuck to his morals and that we got closure with that plotline in the end too.
I hope we get more in this series - even if it's a few small novellas down the track - as the Steele brothers were amazing and I would love to see more of them and their HEAs.
Definitely a book I would recommend, but you have to read book 1 first!
There were so many good things about this book. I loved Brody and how he kept chasing Anders. He could see that little bit of interest but just thought he was a bit weird or quirky so he kept trying. Brody has a heart of gold that he didn’t quite know what to do with.
Anders is suffering from PTSD, anxiety and a few other issues, all related to an attack on him 5 yrs ago. Brody was normally the type of guy he would go for before the attack but now this type is one of his triggers. So how can he have a relationship of any sort with this guy if it induces a panic attack?
I loved how in depth and real Anders mental health and thought path was. It wasn’t exaggerated and played up because the Author has been through these issues herself and knows exactly how they work. I loved that Brody kept persisting and that Anders really wanted to try to get better. And I’m so fricken proud and amazed at Eden for writing about these issues.
I loved this story after finishing Unwritten Law I was dying for Unspoken Vow to be released I needed to know about Anders and see him get a HEA. I was not disappointed, Eden Finley did a brilliant job of showing the affects of abuse and PTSD and how it can impact on your everyday life even years down the track. Anders has been through so much and still struggles day to day but the patience and understanding Brody has is amazing. Brody is willing to do pretty much anything to make Anders more comfortable and get through his panic attacks and just everyday occurrences even if it means giving up control but still being in control. Such a beautiful hurt/comfort book and one you will need in your life.
I've enjoyed all the Eden Finley books I've read, but this one tops them all. It is extremely well-written, funny, sexy, and heart-warming. Anders and Brody are loving, flawed characters who struggle towards their HEA in fits and starts, but always with hope and compassion.
I've read a number of romance novels that deal with mental illness and there have been times when the almost-a-psychologist part of me cringes at the actions of the characters or the advice they're given, but that didn't happen even once with this book.
Finley's approach to writing Anders' anxiety is honest and powerful. He's a mess, and he knows it. And there are times he feels like he's taking one step forward and two back. But his strength, and his desire to overcome his issues, is clear throughout the book and that made me root for him every step of the way.
Despite the seriousness of the issues Anders and Brody were dealing with, the story never felt like it was overly heavy. The pages were filled with Finley's trademark humour and sense of the ridiculous. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments and banter.
The sexy scenes, while fewer in number, were still hot and emotionally satisfying, with strong links to the developing relationship.
Unspoken Vow was a fantastic book. I would highly recommend it to lovers of MM romance who appreciate a story with emotional depth, complex characters, and a well-deserved HEA.
Absolutely love Anders and Brody. These two were amazing together, complicated, sweet, sexy, vulnerable. Lucky the cat meeting his kindered spirit was cute. These was an emotional rollercoaster the difficulties that Anders faces on a day to day basis was heart breaking, and my God Brody was incredible. Thank you Eden for powering through the The hard times to write this amazing and touching journey these two go through.
I have been waiting nervously for the second installment in the Steele Brothers series because I didn't love the first book, Unwritten Law, and even though I'm a big fan of Eden's, I was a *tiny* bit worried that I would feel the same about this more. I could not have been MORE thrilled with the book she has produced - the copy I read was an ARC, and I'm voluntarily reviewing it.
The anxiety and PTSD is well researched by Eden and dealt with so beautifully by Brody, in a way that I would love my partner to approach such mental health scenarios. He is open to attending therapy with Anders, he pays attention to what Anders wants and needs, listens to him - and he mostly never treats Anders like he's broken, which is a big problem with a lot of books dealing with the same scenario.
Anders is beautifully flawed, and yes (as per the post-book notes by Eden), he struggles hard time - I was almost ready to invent a drinking game called "Anders avoids something", but as someone with anxiety myself, I know it takes time to train your brain to change and if he'd experienced a miraculous insta-fixed moment, I would have felt ripped off.
I really enjoyed the book, and LOVED the two MC's together.
Thanks Eden for writing a book that explores so nicely how characters with serious mental illness can still have healthy relationships, and thank you for listening to your readers because I feel like you took on board a lot of what some reviewers felt was off about Unwritten Law and have worked really hard with your last few books to avoid those pitfalls.
Wow, what a story! I feel this is a story of hope for those of us who suffer from anxiety, PTSD, and/or depression. Anders’ story is so raw and his condition so real. Eden has written such a real story, it’ll break your heart, give you hope and help you heal.
Anders’ is a DV survivor with GAD, PTSD, and other things and his story might be confronting at times. I really enjoyed the truthful progress of Anders’ conditions and the true ups and downs. I loved Brody and his caring nature! He was so wonderful, patient and loving with everything about Anders’ and their connection was wonderful to read and see grow. I’m so glad we got to see their hope and connection grow and really enjoyed the varying aspects of their relationship and the trust they were able to facilitate and grow.
I have to say thanks to Eden for actually being REAL with regards to lies (of omission) between Anders and Brody. Anders doesn’t admit the context of his attack fully to Brody and thankfully when Brody finds out they talk like adults and understand the reasoning behind it all. So thank you, Eden, for keeping it real 😉
I loved Anders and Brody and their story touched home for me and now holds a place in my heart! Another must-read from Eden!!!!
Ok so of course like many other people we have been anxiously awaiting Unspoken Vow. You know it’s going to be an epic read when 1- you have been patiently waiting... maybe 2- the cover is hot as sin 3- you May have licked said cover several times and do not feel shame!
This book isn’t the sweet and fluffy read like a normal Eden book. While it still does have its moments of sweet, we get a raw side of Anders that will bring out your inner mother and want to coddle him, but your emotions those pesky things come up and you May have a cry (I did have a bit of a teary)
You will laugh! My gosh that cat! Anders and lucky created such a beautiful bond of two broken battered souls and it was precious!
But of course there was Brody too! Brody, the man who flips Anders and his issues. The man who in the end is Anders’ biggest supporter and ugh these two were beautiful! Kind of a Slow burn love, But we get hot scenes on the couch! 🔥🔥🔥
But the biggest thing... this book will show you the struggles living with PTSD and anxiety and it’s real and honest and I think Eden wrote this perfectly!
I just love reading M/M romances and I especially love this genre from this fabulous author. This book is actually a lot different to what I have read from this author, the storyline seemed to go much deeper than previous novels.
Anders has suffered greatly in the past and this has made him who is is today. He is broken. I felt for poor Anders. I too suffer from anxiety so I know some of what he is feeling. Brody is such a sweetheart! I just loved how patient and caring Brody was towards Anders. These two made my heart sing! And I loved Meatball as well.
This book was full of heart, and pain. I felt my heart shatter for Anders but it was put back together by this couple. I just love them. I could hardly put this book down while reading and devoured it prety quick. I can't wait for more stories from this fabulous author!
This book destroyed me in the best way. I was so emotionally wrecked over Anders and the struggles that he faces daily with his anxiety and PTSD that it was hard to read at times. However, in no way was this a depressing or sad book. Rather, it was the exact opposite, filled with hope and a tremendous amount of understanding and support from the people in Anders' life. The other MC, Brody, is perhaps my favourite character from the world of the Steele brothers. Despite being the type of guy Anders always runs from, Brody never gives up in his endearing pursuit of wanting to be with Anders. He does so without pushing, and further, when he discovers more about Anders' past, there is no hesitation on his part to make any and all accommodations Anders needs to feel safe.
What I found to be most compelling about the story is the strong element of realism behind the progression of their relationship. Brody and Anders face a difficult road and are continually working to overcome barriers to being together. If you tend to avoid heavy themes, don't let this deter you from this story as it is also filled with plenty of sweetness, steaminess and genuine humour (I'm looking at you Lucky the cat - or should I say Meatball - and Ed Shearon!) Eden has done a truly remarkable job of treating the issues both tenderly and realistically. It is simply beautiful and I cannot recommend it enough!
I received an ARC from the author and in return I am voluntarily leaving my honest review and recommendation.