Review: Promise

Promise by Sierra Riley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

“I like it when you tell me what to do.”

“Do you know how many artists would kill for reviews like yours?”

Jared Logan became a model child to cope with his father’s perfectionism. His one escape from always doing what he should was painting, where he could be free. Now, at thirty-one, he still keeps his art strictly compartmentalized from “real life”: partnership track at an investment firm, a sterile showcase of a home, and a series of relationships with women he keeps at arm’s length. The studio is his escape, but art isn’t a career. And love? Just not possible for a man like him—one who doesn’t let anyone in to the one place where he feels free.

“You have more in you than you’ve ever let anyone see.”

Between a full class load and his part-time job as a waiter, college student Tristan Evans doesn’t have time for sleep, much less dating. Not that lack of time is his only obstacle; he may have finally gotten tired of being the dorky fat kid and managed to get himself in shape, but changing how he looked on the outside didn’t change who he is on the inside. And who he is—a mess of insecurities and hope and incurable awkwardness—just doesn’t seem to be what anyone is looking for.

“Nothing you like is wrong… not here, not between us.”

Tristan is too young, too needy, and very, very male—not at all someone Jared should be attracted to—but when Jared hires him as a ‘life model’ for a series of nudes he’s painting, Jared starts to realize that he doesn’t want to live life always doing what he should anymore… and that giving Tristan what he needs might just set them both free.

Promise is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhangers. It is set in the same series-world as “Someday,” Danny and Mace’s story, “Delicious,” Gavin and Ben’s story, “Falling,” Jeremy and Nick’s story, “Again,” Cash and Robin’s story, and “Wrecked,” Beck and Liam’s story.

Ahh, the final book in the Delicious series…. and what a great closure of this. ❤

This book is about Jared, Robin’s brother, the hero from Again.

Tristan is very different than the confident older man Jared is, a bit insecure because of his former appearance and the ugly behaviour others around him. There is an age gap of ten years but both guys fit well together.

It is charming to see how Jared is changing Tristan in a way, he comes out of his shell but also Jared is gaining so much from his interaction with Tristan. Tristan as his model – to mentioned nude *smirk* – and both get to know each other…. and sparks are flying. ❤

Also did I love the way the other character were displayed and you feel like having a family reunion. :3 I can say you can also read it as a stand alone but the fun is a bit less. And if you like to see a “pre”-Jared it is nice to read the other books with him as a side appearance too. 🙂

This book was in many ways a great read, I enjoyed how the character were displayed, they didn’t annoy me, I felt a connection immediately. Also did I love that they have insecurities I could comprehend and they had my sympathy.

Also did I love the parts with the steamy hot erotic mixed with the funny and calm scenes. It was well balanced and not overaggerated. For me it had a natural flow, understandable actions and comprehensable character. All I need in a good book.

So, again full worth 5 out of 5 stars. Sadly it’s the last book in the series, so I will re-read the series again but the chara are dearly missed…



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