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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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    Boys like Boys 10-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I don't regret my purchase"
    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book. A solid 4 stars. I wasn't on the edge of my seat in anticipation but I was curious enough in how the plot would play out. The dynamic between the two was interesting enough, if not predictable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Smooch CA 02-25-13
    Smooch CA 02-25-13 Member Since 2013

    Lost in a good book

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    "Sweet story but TERRIBLE narration!"
    What would have made Promises better?

    A better narrator. Very honestly, he ruined the entire book for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't make it to the end of the book before I lost interest and started a different story.


    What didn’t you like about Mark L. Jones’s performance?

    No emotion! It sounded like this was the first time he had ever read the book. He was monotone and just terrible.


    What character would you cut from Promises?

    All charaters were fine - wouldn't cut any.


    Any additional comments?

    It is too bad that there wasn't a better narrator. A good narrator could have made this simple, sweet story MUCH more enjoyable and worth the money. Save your money and read the book to yourself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Gott Muskogee, OK 05-08-12
    T. Gott Muskogee, OK 05-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, Poor Narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Mixed. The story is very moving and romantic. The narrator was so flat that it killed a great deal of the enjoyment. With two male main characters, it is essential that you are able to tell them apart in the narration, but I couldn't. I really would like the the rest of the series on audio, but it is the same narrator, so I think I'm going to pass.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More inflection, differentiated voices. Better timing. There were no pauses in really important places, like changes from one chapter to the next--though I guess that is the fault of the editor.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erica 03-22-13
    Erica 03-22-13
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    "A first for me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Promises to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book took me by surprise. I didn't read the summary or really pay attention to the cover I bought it because it was on sale and the reviews were good. I had no idea it was about 2 male lovers.


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

    I haven't heard any of his other performances but his voice matched well with how I invisioned the main character to sound.


    If you could take any character from Promises out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I wouldn't take any of them out to be honest but not for any particular negative reason.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy RESEDA, CA, United States 03-12-13
    Brandy RESEDA, CA, United States 03-12-13
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    "Love the story, not so much the narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Promises the most enjoyable?

    I've read the book already, and loved the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unexpected love is always enjoyable to hear about.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator totally pulled me out of the story. He was rushed, mispronounced words, and had no emotion.


    If you could take any character from Promises out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jared, of course. He's so sweet. And I'd love to see his curls.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-31-13
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    "Enjoyed the story, the narrator, not so much"
    Where does Promises rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoyed the story line, it was funny in parts. I enjoy books that can make me laugh and have enjoyable love scenes.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark L. Jones?

    The narrator was boring. He read too quickly and when speaking for the different characters, they wasn't any emotion, everyone had the same voice. I won't be able to listen to other books by him. It was just too frustrating.


    If you could take any character from Promises out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jared. I love how open and honest he is. He enjoys his family, he's patient and kind.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 01-20-12
    Amazon Customer 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 01-20-12 Member Since 2002

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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.


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    Meredith 11-26-13
    Meredith 11-26-13
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    "Narrator needs practice"

    This is one of my favorite stories, which I have already read 2 or 3 times. I'm glad I had, or I might have rated the purchase much lower. The narrator has a great voice for the character, but he does a very poor job here. First, he does not pause AT ALL - not between characters and not even between changing scenes. It can be very confusing. Secondly, he makes no attempt to vary his narration for different characters. It's not difficult to change tone or phrasing or emphasis to indicate another person is talking. This just feels lazy. Finally, he mispronounce key words: hearsay instead of heresy, etc…

    Unfortunately, I love this series so much I purchased all of them before listening. I'm really disappointed that Jones narrates most of the rest of them. Maybe he'll get better. If not, he's going to turn off a lot of listeners to a great author.

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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 10-28-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 10-28-13 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "An interesting listen"

    When I first started listening to the book I taught it was going to be one of those typical love stories between two men. Boy was I wrong. What a very great listen between love, sexual interest, violence and battling sexual orientation in a small town. Would definitely listen to it again.

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