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Promises by Marie Sexton
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Jun 27, 12

bookshelves: gay-male-romance, male-male
Read in June, 2012

3 ½ stars. Enjoyable, above average gay male romance. Good relationship development.

STORY BRIEF:
Jared has a teaching certificate. He does not teach at the local high school because he fears some parents and students will not accept a gay teacher. Instead Jared works in a hardware/automotive supply store. Matt moves to town as a new hire in the police department. Matt dates women but he doesn’t enjoy them. He denies that he has occasionally been attracted to men.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
This is the type of gay male romance that reminds me of regency romance. It is forbidden to be attracted to someone. In regency, a woman must not let herself act on her attraction because if she is seen kissing him she will be “ruined.” In this story Matt denies his attraction to Jared - the main conflict. There are other conflicts, prejudice against gay guys and a bad guy criminal element.

I enjoyed reading this. I loved Lizzie’s attitude and actions (Jared’s sister-in-law).

DATA:
Narrative mode: first person Jared. Kindle count story length: 2936 (575 KB). Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 9. Setting: current day Coda, Colorado. Copyright: 2010. Genre: gay male romance.
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