A Promise Given by Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Torquere Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Length: Full Length (177 pgs)
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Jasmine
Detective Cooper Thomas was kidnapped and tortured by a psychotic serial killer bent on revenge. If that wasn’t bad enough, Alec Whitley, the only man Cooper ever really loved, the man who left him ten years ago without a word, came back just in time to rescue him. Cooper never thought he'd see Alec again, let alone owe the man his life, so while Cooper might still have feelings for Alec, he's not sure he wants to open himself up to that kind of hurt.
Now, six months later, Alec wants to discuss their past and plan their future. But before Cooper can come to terms with Alec being back in his life he has to discover who’s killing young gay men before he and Alec become the next victims. Between undercover assignments and startling revelations, Cooper and Alec don't know if their fragile relationship can survive. Can they solve the case and find a way to be together? A Promise Given is the sequel to the popular novel A Promise Kept.
Stormy Glenn is an absolute genius when it comes to writing tantalizing, sexy, erotic m/m stories. A Promise Given is a fast-paced, action packed story that will have you guessing right up to the very end. I literally couldn’t put the book down and read it all in one sitting because the twists that Ms. Glenn throws at you with the turn of every page are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering who’s behind all of the murders. Is it Watson or is it someone else?
Although I haven’t read the first story in the series, A Promise Kept, which I intend to quickly rectify, the plot of the story is easy to follow. In fact, the words seemed to flow from the page. I love how Ms. Glenn continuously provides the reader, who hasn’t read the first book, insight into what happened in the past with Mason, Cooper, Ben, and the serial killer who tortured them, Watson. You can’t help but fall in love with all of the characters and even though the primary focus is on Cooper and Alec, the secondary characters are just as loveable. I enjoyed their humor and the bantering between friends and lovers. I also enjoyed how they genuinely care about what happens to one other, which is obvious in the way Ms. Glenn structures the story.
The fears Cooper and Alec both exhibit as well as the hardships that they have endured in the present and the past are both realistic, and somewhat endearing, when you focus on the sacrifices that Alec is willing to make in order to keep Cooper safe. The sexual tension emanating between Alec and Cooper is explosive when they give into their primitive desires. Moreover, I loved how she allowed the reader into each of the characters’ head so that we not only understood their thought processes, but also how their fears and desires affected the decisions that they made. Ms. Glenn does an excellent job of providing the reader with a better understanding of the BDSM world and it’s obvious that she’s done her homework.
If you’re looking for a heartfelt, suspenseful, sensual story that entails love, loss, fate, trust, and most of all, forgiveness, then A Promise Given is definitely the book to read. Oh, did I forget to mention the scorching hot sex? Yeah, that’s definitely in there and I would definitely recommend A Promise Given to my friends. Now, I’m off to purchase A Promise Kept so that I’m up to speed on this series. Ms. Glenn, I’m anxiously awaiting Ben and John’s story, as well as Jordan and Sylva. Bravo Ms. Glenn, for writing an endearing, sensual story with loveable characters, but more importantly, keep them coming. Woo-hoo!