The Promise

Narrated by: Kaeomakana Tiwanak
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Widowed Before Forty

Lawyer Caleb “West” Weston loses the man he loves, Carter, to cancer. When Carter dies, not only is West left hurting, but Carter’s younger brother, 18-year-old Shane, plummets deeply into grief. Both men bury themselves in their pain and forget to support one another. West feels hollow, and Shane’s life goes off the rails.

The Lost Boy

Shane’s parents reacted badly when he told them he was gay, but he had Carter and West to run to when things got tough. They gladly took him in. After Carter dies, Shane feels like he has no one to love him, until one tearful moment between Shane and West turns into something passionate. Afterward, consumed by guilt, both men become more isolated than before.

Second Chance at Love, First Chance to Be Himself

West has never fully embraced the darkest parts of his sexuality, but he knows one thing for certain - he wants Shane as his. Even if being with his dead lover’s younger brother is wrong, fighting his attraction to Shane is hurting them both. He decides to step up and become the daddy he has always wanted to be, one who helps guide his boy back into the land of the living. One large problem remains, during the months Shane was left to his own devices, he made a wreck of his life. West and Shane both need a lot of love to heal. Can they learn to live a new life together, free of shame and guilt?

©2020 Ki Brightly (P)2020 Ki Brightly

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Hurt/comfort and sexiness

I loved this story! Weston and Shane are so broken but find comfort in each other. Now the 4 stars for the performance, I don't think the narrator did a bad job I just think it would have been better if the parts for Weston were done in a deeper, richer tone or maybe have a duet type narration. With that said, I finished listening and he did such a good job.

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The Promise

They gave me a free copy to review.
And I have to say I have mixed feelings about this story. The two principal characters were fine; the sex was well written. The story however was all over the place. Both leads couldn't make up their minds about their relationship other than the Daddy and boy roles. There were too many characters that had no direction. They came and went without reason. This is another story where the writers didn’t understand how to write a person of color and just goes for the stereotype. (Please stop doing this.) The older lead is proud he defends criminals because he makes a lot of money. Wow!
Both are trying to mourn someone they lost and fall into each other's arm. This I can buy, but it's so annoying when one of them feels guilty about it. I can go on, but I won't. I see a lot of 5 stars here but wonder if they are real or maybe I'm missing something.
The reader was the wrong pick. His voice sounded pleasant, as if he was reading for a high schooler. He kept jumping out of voice and I got confused which character he was talking for. The POV was confusing. And why was he using a deep man's voice for a woman?
Over all I just wasn't into this story. I rolled my eyes, more than care about their relationship.

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The Promise

Shane and Caleb are both trying to get over the loss of the most important person in their lives. One night and one too many drinks have the men facing their emotions in a new way. The two must take a closer look at what they are doing and what they truly want but is that such a good thing?

This is an interesting story full of emotions and angst. The two men go through a lot in this story and must decide if they are going to acknowledge what they have and fight for it or let society dictate what is right. Both men are dealing with loss in their own ways and both are unhealthy. As the two navigate their way they find solace in each other. Watching the two figure things out made for an engaging read. At times Shane seemed way to naive and young and Caleb seemed to just want to satisfy his urges but the love that they share is there. There were some scenes that did not sit right with me it seemed that they both needed to learn just what and how to have the relationship that they wanted. Although narrator Kaeomakana Tiwanak moves the story along at a good pace I found that I disliked some of the voices used for the characters in this book.

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A promise made, a promise kept

If you love age gap, daddy kink stories you won't want to miss this one. This really is a beautiful story all around. What starts out as a tragedy turns into something sweet and loving. Have tissues handy this book is emotional. It's sad that Carter died, but it's in his death West and Shane are able take care of each other. West made a promise to Carter and in keeping that promise he got so much more than he expected. I loved watching the growth of West and Shane. I recommend this book.
Narrator Kaeomakana Tiwanak does a fabulous job. I just love his narrations.

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cute Daddy/boy story

I definitely enjoyed this one. It deals with real issues that people have when it comes to multiple kinds of loss and grieving combined with a cute romance. Plus you get the added bits of tie ins to some of Ki and Meg's other works.

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Great listen!

I really do like Shane and West's story. This is such a heartbreaking story. I just felt so much for these two. Seeing how they find comfort with each other and navigate a new relationship. Kaeomakana Tiwanak did a good job with this narration. He did bring the emotions with this one.

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  • 04-28-20

Much more than I expected!

I knew I would enjoy this story line, but it was so much more than I expected! The authors really thought out of the box. There was several avenues to this that surprised me. I really like this narrator. I’ve listened to him several times. I hated the parents! Lol

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Amazing

Loved this story. I had previously read the book and enjoyed it, but listening to it was so much more. The storyline was so good and the characters Shane and Caleb are amazing and belong together in this second chance romance. Can’t wait for more from Ki.

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so many tears, happy and sad

It tore at my heart watching Shane and West navigate a new relationship and all that it entailed. The survivor's guilt and changing dynamics were difficult and painful to listen to at times, but the ending brought it all together and made it more than worth it. It was so sweet seeing Shane blossom under his daddy's care and guidance; and West's bravery to live their truths. The narration was enjoyable. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-20-20

Just didn't feel it

This is a difficult review for me to write. I adore the Daddy/Boy dynamic. In fact, Daddy kink is my favorite trope, but I honestly just didn't feel it with this book.

The premise of the book is endearing. West and Carter are in a relationship. Carter's brother, Shane, moves in with them when his parents kick him out because he is gay. Life is wonderful, until Carter succumbs to cancer. Both West and Shane are emotionally devastated and, in their grief, they turn to each other for comfort, and a Daddy/Boy relationship ensues. This is where the book lost me. West's and Shane's relationship felt forced, and I didn't feel a natural progression into the lifestyle, especially considering it was all new to Shane. Add in an unethical professional counselor and a set of hateful parents, and I really didn't enjoy this book.

This is a story of profound grief and loneliness. It is an incredibly emotional story - two lost men overcoming their grief and finding solace in each other. If angst is your thing, then you may enjoy this book.

Narrator Kaeomakana Tiwanak did a good job, but there was no real distinction between the voices of the characters, and I often found myself getting lost and having to backtrack.

I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for my voluntary honest review.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 05-06-20

Sweetness and healing

Sad, yet open, this story tugged on my heart strings with the death of a brother and lover. the story follows Carter's grieving partner and younger brother. they are both drowning in their own way and finally find soloce in each other. what starts as a hot and steamy distraction quickly grows to more. both characters face their own guilt, healing and growth as they navigate their new normal. I was interested in the hints of King's motorcycle club throughout the story, so now I need to explore those stories too. Narration was admittedly unique and took a little to get past and into the story, but once I was in it was enjoyable. A good sad and healing story, with very steamy daddy kink! Enjoyable 😉🔥🏳️‍🌈

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  • Starwarslover
  • 05-05-20

so good

i enjoyed this a lot.. it was fun and interesting.. fast paced and sexy.. the narrator did a good job.. it made me happy to listen to their lives come to life.

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  • Trio
  • 05-03-20

A Stunning Romance!

Ki Brightly and Meg Bawden craft an incredibly poignant and moving love story, and The Promise is the most satisfying BDSM romance novel I’ve read in ages.

Starting off with an incredibly sad and tragic situation, the characters in The Promise are floundering. Unsure how to proceed in their lives, and completely engulfed in their grief, it feels so right when they reach out to each other. West and Shane face a host of issues, and the authors work through them all at a steady pace.

What evolves is a truly stunning love story of two men who desperately need each other, and end up fitting perfectly together. Told from alternating points of view, I was particularly moved by Shane’s reaction to the different aspects of submission, denial, and punishments as he experiences everything for the first time. Their D/s relationship forms naturally, and allows both characters to explore their needs.

Brightly and Bawden write beautifully erotic love scenes. In addition to the eroticism of daddy kink, the authors make the most of the taboo aspect of the coupling between thirty-six year old West and his dead lover’s eighteen year-old brother. Intimate with a generous amount of kink, it’s a nice balance with the angst and the drama.

While Kaeomakana Tiwanak delivers the emotional expression I enjoy in his performances, I didn’t feel that he was the right fit for these characters. Tiwanak does a nice job using specific voices for both main characters, as well as for the narrator, as they alternate throughout the story and he turns in a very professional performance.

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  • Ulrika
  • 04-27-20

Love after loss

Can there be such a thing as too much sex in a book? I was surprised to find that for me the answer was "yes" in this one. It's a story about moving on after losing a loved one, in this case a partner and a brother, and finding love again. It was a good story and Shane and West were suited for each other and I was happy for them. The too much sex-thing is my personal taste and it might suit someone else very well.

The narration was flat and monotone and I would have liked more difference between the voices. However, it was very easy for me, as a non-native English speaker, to underlstand what the narrator was saying, and that is a plus.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 04-25-20

West and Shane

Shane is kicked out of home and his brother and boyfriend take him in. 2 years later his brother has died of cancer and West has promised to look after Shane. Shanes grief gets him trouble and West comes to the rescue. He becomes the Daddy to lure Shane back to the world of the living. Beautifully written though I only likes the narration, his female voices were poor and I just found it too hard to listen to for a long time.