Title: Andrew’s Promise (Heroes #2)
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 12, 2015
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Blurb: Young mechanic Andrew Campbell’s life couldn’t be better. He is about to restore a Ford Mustang with his dad before heading off on the ultimate cross-country road trip with his best friend, Tanner McKenzie.
But tragedy strikes, and Andrew’s life is shattered. Worried his family will be torn apart if he doesn’t step in, Andrew makes a tough choice between following his heart and doing what he needs to do to protect his little brother.
When Andrew pushes Tanner away, Tanner heads off on the planned trip alone. Once Tanner leaves town, his life takes a different path and it’s ten years before he returns. Now a firefighter, he’s never forgotten his first love, and no one has ever taken Andrew’s place in his heart. He’s determined to see if Andrew feels the same way. He just hopes Andrew’s excited to see him, hopes that he’s available—and finally out—after all this time.
They might not have been ready to deal with emerging feelings years ago, but now might be the time for their second chance at love.
Wow. Just…wow. This book is an emotional roller coaster in the very best of ways – the perfect combination of sentiments, feelings and reactions that tugged the heartstrings and made the characters seem so very real.
Andrew’s Promise fills in the back story to Charlie’s Hero. We find out what lead to then fourteen year old Josh’s fear of telling his brother he was gay, we find out the basis for Andrew’s fears of losing Josh, losing the last bit of family he has after their Dad passes. The back story was very well written, bringing out the love, the optimism, the loss, the fear and heartache without ever being over the top or unbelievable.
The author also seamlessly melded the past into the present, picking up where Charlie’s Hero left off, but Andrew’s Promise is quite distinctly its own book. This is definitely Andrew’s and Tanner’s story, it’s about their trials and tribulations, their struggles, their obstacles to overcome. Josh is there, but as a supporting character.
What I really enjoyed about this book was seeing the characters as people and watching them grow. They felt real to me, they had conversations, they laughed, they got angry, they cried – hell, they had me tearing up! There was less of the descriptive physical perfection that put me off in book book one and more personality building. The physical attraction between Andrew and Tanner was gradually built, shaped, and molded which I really appreciate. I love that slow building attraction so when the guys finally connect sexually it really is emotional and physical.
My one very small criticism was with the conclusion, in that it was more drawn out than I care for. I’m also undecided about the teaser at the end, which I’m not going to elaborate on because, well, you have to read this most excellent book for yourself and decide for yourself what you think. But I will say, not a cliffhanger. Just a teaser.