A sequel to A to Z.
Zach and Angelo have settled into their new lives in Coda, Colorado, finding their place in the community with the help of their good friends Matt and Jared. Zach and Angelo are also working out the particulars of their relationship, but when they make a decision Jared disagrees with, Angelo finds himself at odds with his partner's best friend, and his best friend's partner.
When the four decide on a quick trip to Vegas, Angelo thinks he and Jared may be back on the right track. But a chance encounter with Zach’s ex-boyfriend will make Angelo question everything about himself and his relationship with Zach. Matt and Jared have always been there when Zach and Angelo needed help. But when it comes to sorting out their relationship, their friends may do more harm than good. (Listen to Matt and Jared's story in Promises.)
©2010 Marie Sexton (P)2011 Marie Sexton
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
This is a great book. I would say on par with, or better than Marie Sexton's A to Z. If you listen to the books in order, then you have a distinct advantage of not having to form the characters anew in your mind, and the story line flows much better in general.
This book is a great companion to the first book, or great simply as a standalone. The narration was decent to good.
There have been plenty of reviews of this book - and audio - but I almost skipped it due to some of the criticism, so I am compelled to put in my 2 cents worth. In spite of my preconceptions and almost against my will, I ended up loving this installment of the "Promises" series - and I ended up adoring Angelo - shocker! I listened to "A to Z" and immediately followed with this one, so I felt like there was a bit of a jar with the first scene, but it ended up making sense. Zach really is a very easy-going, non-jealous lover. He is seriously in love with Angelo, but he is not possessive, and his only ambition is to make Angelo happy. This becomes very clear, although it takes a while for all the characters to figure it out.
Angelo is young, trying out a relationship for the first time, and struggling against his fear of being "caged in" or, conversely, abandoned. Zach seems to have the instinct to figure this out and see how to give him both his freedom and boundaries at the same time.
I also felt people were unfair to Jared. The way he reacts to the situations fit in perfectly with his character and his path to acceptance of his homosexuality and relationship with Matt. The fact that he could change his perception and see his mistakes is what makes him such a likable person. I loved the way he and Angelo ended up interacting.
Matt is just awesome, and it was wonderful to learn more about him and see through his eyes for a change.
I was even mostly happy with the narrator in this one - he does a great job with Angelo's delivery, helping us see him as the distinctive and unique character that he is. Put your judgement aside and give "The Letter Z" a chance - I'm glad I did.
This is a very poor follow-up to the earlier books and deals with the previous couple, Zach and Angelo. They got a bum rap in this book with Angelo going off to screw some other guy at a New Year's party. Never mind that the other guy was Cole whom I adore.
I didn't enjoy this one. If I can be honest, I don't enjoy the writing style as much as book 1. I like the narrator's voice, but considering this book was written in a four person POV, the narrator didn't even bother trying to differentiate the voices. I ended up rewinding a few times to see who was talking since it featured Zach & Angelo and Matt & Jared. My enjoyment of this series really plummeted with this book.
This book started with Zach giving Angelo a free pass to be with another man, with the agreement that Angelo come home to him afterwards. Considering how hard they fought to be together 4 months ago, I was surprised that Angelo would quickly jump at the opportunities.
The main problem that I had was that Angelo throws a conniption fit if someone looks sideways at Zach. It just seems hypocritical, and I was unsure of Zach's true motivations for allowing the free pass. If I really got why, I might have been able to accept it more.
I completely with Jonathan's assessment that it would appear that they had an open relationship, but it only works one way. I mean, Angelo is getting a handjob on a public dancefloor in front of Zach, but Angelo attacks Jonathan for kissing Zach. Can you say hypocrite?
I don't think Jonathan owed Angelo an apology, maybe an explanation but Angelo didn't even have the decency to offer Jonathan an apology and explanation back. Angelo was just a taker and Zach a doormat in this book, and I didn't like it at all.
Jared and Matt have been together for a little over a year, but Matt talked about how going all the way felt wrong. I am confused. In the prior books it seemed like they couldn't get enough, but Matt explains they do "other stuff". I want to know if Matt is really gay because his feeling of guilt or that it doesn't "feel right" should concern Jared.
I just don't get these relationships. I know everyone has what works for them, but right now, neither couple's interactions are working for me. I will try one more book in this series before I give it up.
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