Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Promise by Felice Stevens

A promise made:

When Ezra Green sits next to Monroe Friedman in their high school English class, friendship blooms into first love, and even Ezra moving to California won’t keep them apart. Ezra promises Roe that once he finishes college, he’ll come home and the two will be together. In the meantime they’ll write and keep in touch. Nothing has to change.

A promise broken:

After months of unanswered letters, Roe makes one final attempt to contact Ezra with disastrous results. Ezra will never be his and he needs to move on. Now, more than twenty years later, Ezra has come home. He doesn’t know why Roe stopped writing, but he’s determined to find out. But Roe won’t talk to him and Ezra doesn’t understand why. After all, Roe is the one who cut off contact. Isn’t he?

The promise of what is meant to be:

When Roe’s beloved grandmother suffers a stroke, the past becomes the present, and Ezra comes up with a plan. Pretending to be together to make an old lady happy should be no big deal, but after an unexpected explosive night together, decades-old secrets and lies are exposed, shattering Roe’s control and Ezra’s heart. Is first love only a dream and a promise merely words, or are Ezra and Roe meant to last a lifetime?

Book 2
Buy Links

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~  Also Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Man oh man. This book gave me the feels. Ezra and Roe were young and in love. Life happens and things don't turn out as expected or planned. When seeing each other and given another chance years later, things aren't easy. This book brought so much emotion out of me. Ezra and Roe had to work and work hard, but man, it was a nice journey to read. This author knows how to give me the feels!

This is the second book in the series, and they are linked but can be read separately. In both books, Stevens gives us beautiful stories about love, loss, and chances that can be taken to recover. Family is all important and the men have to believe that they are worthy, lovable, and can trust again.

Ezra has super successful parents who didn't really find him being gay fitted into their plans for him. Age 17, he is taken across the country from New York to LA and leaves his boyfriend, Roe, behind with promises to keep in touch. Sadly – and we discover why much later – they lose touch and we meet them again 23 years later, with Ezra back in New York.

The road to get these two back together is not going to be easy, but Felice Stevens has written another beautiful, gentle, considered, and intense love story which I thoroughly enjoyed. I knew I was in for a big treat, and in fact, just hid away and read it cover to cover today! Food for the soul, for sure.

I am actually not going to tell you much more, but I promise you will soon be wishing Nettie well, hoping that Carmen and Amy get through to Monroe, and that Ezra finally stands up to his folks!


Also Available in the Lost in New York Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Also Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy, and that includes love.

She lives in New York City and has way too much black in her wardrobe yet can't stop buying "just one more pair" of black pants. Felice is a happily addicted Bravo and Say Yes to the Dress addict and proud of it. And let's not get started on House Hunters. Her dream day starts out with iced coffee and ends with Prosecco, because... why shouldn't it? You can find her procrastinating on FB in her reader group.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Promise (Lost in New York #2) by Felice Stevens to read and review.

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