A Promise of Tomorrow by Rowan McAllister
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: Full Length (200 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal play
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell
Lord James Warren, Viscount Sudbury, lives a quiet, safe, and predictable life alone on his estate in Suffolk, only traveling to London once a year to visit family and satisfy his more forbidden needs. But this year, his routine is shattered when his niece and nephew ask him to help a beautiful young man they've only just met.
Kyle Allen, alone and running from his abusive lover, stirs feelings in James he has long denied for fear of tarnishing his reputation and losing his family’s love. Though undeniably drawn to Kyle, James’s honor demands he keep that part of himself completely secret, even if Kyle is feeling the attraction as well, despite the pain and betrayal he’s recently suffered.
Assistance and a future for Kyle might be secured, but then they would face a choice: stay apart and continue leading half-lives... or risk everything for love.
The title, A Promise of Tomorrow, allows itself so many possibilities. In this novel “Tomorrow” literally is the future of life, love, and so many possibilities. We are taken to Victorian England, into the morality and prejudices of the titled citizens and their profound effects on the everyday life of the fellow members of their class.
We first meet Lord James Alfred Warren, Viscount Sudbury, during a particularly settled time in his life. He has accepted his life as a confirmed bachelor because of his sexual preference for men and in order to spare his family any shame or humiliation he lives his life in isolation. He has no expectations of a happily ever after. Then he meets an acquaintance of his niece and nephew, Kyle; a much younger, abused and very desirable young man who makes him doubt his concrete definition of his life. As he struggles with his future and his lifestyle he finds his champions in unexpected places.
A love story is a love story. Whether the characters are a man and a woman, two woman or two men, the life, the love, the heartbreak is the same. This is a wonderful novel that brings the emotional turbulence to the forefront so that you forget gender and experience the lives of the characters, feel their happiness as well as their heartbreak. Rowan McAllister managed to invoke such continuous and true dialog while, at the same time, describing the surroundings to such detail that you feel that you have been transported into the private world of James and Kyle. She has made this simply a lovely story about two people searching for that ultimate connection.
I love historical romances and this is an especially good one. Be aware the physical relationship between the characters is written in explicit detail but it only adds to the experience of the book. I found myself rooting for these two men to find their happily ever after.