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Promises | [Marie Sexton]

Promises

Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone... until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting.
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Publisher's Summary

Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone... until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting. Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s co-workers, Jared fears they'll never find a way to be together—if he can even convince Matt to try. (Meet Matt and Jared again in the audiobook A to Z.)

©2010 Marie Sexton (P)2011 Marie Sexton

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    Amylin Salt Lake City, UT, United States 11-22-12
    Amylin Salt Lake City, UT, United States 11-22-12
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    "Stick to the Print"

    The book itself was not too bad. Nothing exciting that would set it apart from others in the same genre, but a nice story. The narrator, however, was terrible. I don't know why the decision was made to simply read the story, with no differentiation between characters, but it did not work well. Also, the narrator had a strange inflection that lowered at the end of each sentence, which took a sweet book and made it seem kind of depressing. He did not seem to be familiar with the book, since his tone never seemed to match the material he was reading. Add in the intermittent 70s porn music between the chapters and it made a fingernails on the chalkboard type of grating listening experience. I've read other books by Marie Sexton that I enjoyed, but I would never listen to one of them again on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lifesavr 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 01-20-12
    Lifesavr 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 01-20-12 Member Since 2015

    lifesavr

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    "I love romance and this was no disappointment!"
    Where does Promises rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It is a five star story. I loved the twist and turns of this romance and it is not often I find a gay romance that I enjoy so much. I read a lot of straight romance because there is so much, but it is surely a nice to run upon a gay romance that is done so well without all the typical gay stereo types. There is sex in this story but the relationship is the main theme and it is hot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is told by the main character, Jarred who is gay, and out, but finds himself being challenged by this new love in ways he would never had imagined.


    What about Mark L. Jones???s performance did you like?

    Just a great narration. Easy to listen to and great in his intonation between each character.


    If you could rename Promises, what would you call it?

    Unexpected love. Well, not really since it is a romance novel. But the love the two character find together didn't come easy.


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping that Audible will have available more gay romance. This book is a prime example in the high quality of the new gay romance novels in the market now.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BOF Review 04-05-15
    BOF Review 04-05-15 Member Since 2015

    Books on Fire are AUDIO books. I listen to one a day & plan to write that review per day as well. NOT normal book reviews - Audio feedback.

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    "Overall good"

    It started off slow and fine. Wanted Matt to get with it and once he did it went full force. I will listen to more from the author.

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    AshleyAlexis 04-28-14
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    "I'd like my money back"
    Would you try another book from Marie Sexton and/or Mark L. Jones?

    I Love Marie Sexton. let there be no doubt about that. I LOVE promises. It was one of my favorite first m/m romances and remains an insta reread when i'm in a reading slump. That being said. This audio book sucked. I only bought it because it was discounted with me already owning the ebook. I figured i'd give audiobooks a try. This was probably a bad one to start with. The narration was just boring. I could have done a better job and done it for free.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jared of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 10-28-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 10-28-13 Member Since 2014

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Recycling of the same theme, but VERY well done"

    I have listened to a lot of gay romance novels and many of them seem to follow a certain theme: Single gay man meets single straight man. Single straight man falls (or doesn't fall) for single gay man, throw in a few sub-plots and BAM! a book. Well this is the theme of this book, but I enjoyed it so much more than the rest. I think the main reason I enjoyed it so much was because Ms. Sexton's gay characters don't fit into the stereotypes of gay men. I get so annoyed with characters being associated with musical theater, art, and divas simply because they are gay. These characters broke that mold from the beginning.

    The narrator had a pleasant enough tone and all... but he could really use some practice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael Western Australia 07-08-12
    michael Western Australia 07-08-12 Member Since 2015

    Young self made business man with plenty of time on the road to enjoy the world of audiobooks.

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    This is a good story and the narrator was brilliant, so many gay stores are ruined by the narrator but this is the best gay story I have listened to so far.
    its not all about the sex and co*k, It's an actual story with suspense ,climax and all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona 07-08-12
    Fiona 07-08-12

    Happy Holidays

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    "A good story is a good story"
    Where does Promises rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If not for the narration, it would be almost at the top!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was interesting in its development and character development.


    Did Mark L. Jones do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not at all, but I think toward the end, he did try. I couldn't tell the difference at all but after I got used to the rhythm of his voice, I could make it out better. Even with this type of narration, this story was great, so imagine how it would have with a bit more effort???


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Small town progress


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. A good story is a good story is a good story. I plan to get the rest of this series, but as has been mentioned before, due to the rather dry narration, I think I'll have to psych myself up to listen to it. I figure there are two types of books that are not perfect that I can listen to. OK story with great narration or Great story with OK narration. This book is that of the ladder. I don't know if the voice actor is new and just needs to get into the groove or what, but I won't let that deter me from a great story. It's worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcy Shane Ontario, Canada 04-08-12
    Marcy Shane Ontario, Canada 04-08-12

    JustCallMeShane

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    "Love This Story"

    Jared and Matt's story is great. Well narrated. I've listened to this one multiple times!

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    pierre-luc Arnprior, ON, Canada 01-30-12
    pierre-luc Arnprior, ON, Canada 01-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Solid entry in the m/m romance genre"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The slow build and emphasis on friendship first helped overall to round out the two main characters. The protagonists' tendancy to always assume things rather than communicate was a little annoying (especially since they did not seem to learn that lack of communication was their repeated downfall), but then again it often is the


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    david Canada 01-16-12
    david Canada 01-16-12
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    "A Magnificent story."
    If you could sum up Promises in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, inspiring and sensual


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way it was written and narrated. It all fell into place.


    Have you listened to any of Mark L. Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I am sorry to say I have never listened to this gentleman before


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The way the 2 characters finally came together


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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