Erryn reviews ‘Promises Part 2 (Bounty Hunters)’ by A.E. Via. This book was released on March 20, 2016, and is 336 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Aiden Snow. It was released on January 7, 2020 and is 9 hrs and 16 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I am loving these guys.
Roman “Quick” Webb is one badass bounty hunter on the crime-filled streets of Atlanta. He’s fearless when it comes to carrying out his dangerous job alongside his longtime best friend and business partner, Duke. However, there is one thing that has begun to cause Quick concern and it’s the dreadful thought of living out the rest of his life alone.
Dr. Cayson Chauncey has been wildly attracted to the big, tattooed hunter for almost a year, ever since he performed the surgery that saved Quick’s best friend’s life. Cayson must’ve mistaken Quick’s gratitude for something more, because the one time he tried to make his desires known, he was harshly rebuffed and left on the man’s doorstep feeling stupid for hitting on an obviously very straight man.
Dr. Chauncey stirred up Quick’s suppressed, most carnal desires from a place deep down inside of him. He’d reacted so badly the first time that now his sexy surgeon wanted nothing to do with him. It was going to take a fair amount of patience and a whole lot of wooing involved as Quick sets out to convince Cayson that he’s worth another chance and that he is the brave lover who Cayson has been looking for.
Contains mature themes.
See my review of Promises Part 1 here.
I loved Promises Part 1 and so was thrilled to hear all the subsequent parts were coming to audio. I seized the opportunity to listen them because of both the books themselves and Aiden Snow. Aiden’s performance is pretty much perfect. He has gruff down pat, and these men are all of the large and bruising variety. Except maybe Dr. Cayson Chauncey, but Aiden’s voice for him works as well. Not too light and airy. Solid and strong. Aiden makes these books even more enjoyable.
Like I said, I loved book 1 a lot, so this book had a high bar to make in order to surpass the first book. And although I enjoyed it, the magic of the first book wasn’t quite there. Let that be extra praise for book 1 as opposed to any deficits for this book. In the first book, Vaughn donated a kidney to save his boyfriend Duke’s life. Cayson was their doctor and he was moved by the love between the two men. His own interest was piqued by Vaughn’s father ‘Quick’. Quick is a bounty hunter who loves wearing leather, and taking down bad guys. He does not see his job as morally ambiguous, and in fact relishes the fight. So much so that he gets injured fairly frequently. After one such incident, Vaughn and Duke encourage Cayson to go check in on Quick.
There is a lot of push and pull between the two men. There’s attraction there, to be sure, but Quick had rebuffed Cayson’s early attempt at expressing interest and shut the man down. Cayson is skittish to try again. That and he has a persistent ex-lover who just can’t take the hint. Makes things rocky for Quick and Cayson. I liked that things didn’t come easily for them – I believe the best things in life are worth fighting for because it makes them all the more precious when you get them. I also liked that Duke recognized his son Vaughn knew all the smooth moves and he wasn’t above asking his son for advice. Some men might not be cool with their best friend being in love with their son – Quick’s attitude is appreciated and welcomed.
There is some action in this book and one character whom I adore was hurt. His book is coming up (I peeked), so I’m happy about that. All I can say is this was a great book and I recommend listening to it. Can’t wait for the next one.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
A.E. Via has been a best-selling author in the beautiful gay romance genre for five years now, but she’s no stranger to MM. She’s been an avid reader of gay lit for over fifteen years before she picked up her laptop to place her own kiss on this genre. She’s also the founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books, having published a couple great new up and coming MM authors.
A.E. has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Virginia Wesleyan College that she used to start her own paralegal firm after she graduated in 2008. She spent five years preparing and filing bankruptcy petitions for struggling blue collar workers who couldn’t afford to file with a lawyer. It was a rewarding and satisfying career… but another path called to her. Writing.
A.E.’s writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
Now that she’s gotten over her 10 books published hump, she’s kind of known now for her hardcore, play rough and love hard, bad boy, alphas. However, she does like to push herself to step out of her comfort zone, exploring different tropes, but she won’t push herself into a whole other genre. She’s head over heels for gay romance and she has tons of more hot stories to tell.
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