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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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  • 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
  • 01-20-12

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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Narration-Horrid, Story-Not Bad -Read don't Listen

The story itself isn't too bad. It moves a little slow but is sweet but pretty typical for the genre. The music between chapters is off-putting as is often the case with such additions. Why is it so rare that music added between chapter match the mood of the book? Do they read it before they just stick some random noise in? I'd rather it be left out completely.

On to the narrator. Not sure what his background is in but if he's ever read a book in his life I'd be surprised. He has no inflection whatsoever. I'm pretty sure his picture/voice is used in the description for monotone. I don't mind so much that he doesn't separate the characters with different voices, I've heard books where it's been done and done well. What I mind is the absolute lack of ANY emotion at all. I wasn't able to finish listening to it because quite frankly I'd rather watch a whale vomit the listen to him drone on. I did read the book so I can say that if you want to see how it ends, go with that media rather than this.

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Best ever story and performance

As I wrote, great to listen to over and over. Story never gets old. You'll see.

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Good story but not a fan of the narrator

It was a good story but the narrator wasn't very imaginative. The right narrator could have made it much better. But the story was good.

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No Heat

I have had this book on my to be read list for awhile so when a challenge where this book fit I took it. This book was not what I expected maybe it was because I listened to it on audio and although I liked the narrators voice the book was boring. 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 joins the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims that he is straight, which leaves Jared out or so he thinks. Matt tries dating local women that he feels nothing for or just having casual sex with them. Matt comes from a dysfunctional family his dad is an alcoholic. This book was well written or read with no errors in grammar or spelling. The sex scenes were boring with no heat and although Matt had never been with a man I just felt that it was something missing in it. This was my first time reading this author and this is a new series to me hopefully the next book has more heat.

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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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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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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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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.

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  • michael
  • Western Australia
  • 07-08-12

Promise

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.