Series: Promise #2
Published by Torquere Press Publishers on February 2010
Also in this series: A Promise Kept
Also by this author: , Forget Me Not [EXTENDED APP], The Vampire's Assistant
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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?
I love this book! The sequel to “A Promise Kept”, “A Promise Given” was, if it’s possible, better than the first. It has everything that I like in a book. Love and sex (obviously), but mystery, an ensemble cast of characters who fit perfectly together, a touch of angst, and two main characters who will melt your heart and your panties.
PIcking up pretty much where “A Promise Kept” left off, Detective Cooper Thomas is recovering from being kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer. The killer is now in jail, and he feels like he can recover and get back to his job. However, his old boyfriend who left him without a note or even taking his things, Alec Whitley, is bound and determined to protect Coop and get him back. Alec had his reasons, though, and all he wants to do is to get Coop to understand and realize that he will never leave him again, no matter what.
While they’re finding their way back to each other, another killer is on the loose, and the murders and abductions are mirror images of the ones that the man in jail committed. The concern is that this new killer, whether he’s a copycat or a partner, will go after the survivors. Soon, Coop is working with Alec, his partner Jordan, the chief of police, and a few other friends we’ve met along the way, to solve this mystery before anyone else gets hurt.
This is what I liked about this one so much. There is a lot going on, and that makes the story very exciting. Yes, we have the fear of a new killer, and the urgency of trying to catch him, but we also have Coop and Alec trying to make a go of their relationship after Alec left ten years ago. Coop has to learn to trust Alec again, and Alec is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. As the puzzle is being assembled, there is some wonderful loving happening. I mentioned that the sex was fantastic. Stormy Glenn really knows how to write a sex scene. Coop and Alec are so, so hot together. It’s not just sex for sex’s sake, either. These are men who loved each other ten years ago, and they STILL love each other, they just need to TRUST. At times, their lovemaking is simply slow and sexy, and other times, it feels desperate and frantic. Either way, Coop and Alec will make you swoon.
As I mentioned, this is the second installment in the “Promise” series. It can be read as a stand alone. There is enough info about the first that you won’t be lost or confused, but I do recommend that you read “A Promise Kept” because it is a great book on its own. I also saw where their could be several other sequels with some of the other characters, and I look very forward to seeing if that will be the case. Excellent, excellent story. Definitely read this one.
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