Title: Promises Part I (Bounty Hunters #1)
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Via Star Wings Publishing
Release Date: October 16th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 260 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Duke Morgan owns and operates one of the largest bail bond companies in Atlanta. Not only does he bond criminals out of jail, he and his notorious group of bounty hunters will also track them down and ensure they show up for court.
Roman ‘Quick’ Webb is Duke’s business partner and best friend. Both men are in their forties and have given up on the happily ever after with the ranch-style home, and white picket fence. They’d both tried it and failed miserably. But they have their friendship and they have the business.
When Quick’s son, Vaughan Webb returns – after seven years – from studying abroad with his law degree in hand, he’s back to claim what he’s always wanted…his fathers’ best friend… Duke Morgan. Vaughan has always claimed to be a classic gentleman with an old soul. He didn’t party and screw up in school like his buddies. He was focused and dedicated to becoming the man worthy of Duke’s love.
It’s a complex and messy situation as Duke and Quick figure out how to still be best friends when one of them is sleeping with his friend’s one and only son. But when Duke is hurt on the job, all the unimportant trivialities fall to the wayside and Vaughan and Quick put their heads together to save Duke.
Part I of the Promises story is about Duke and Vaughan. Part II will be about Quick and his realization that it’s not too late for any of them to find love.
So I’m not going to lie to you…I was hesitant to grab this up because I see “Part I” and I immediately think “Cliffhanger”. But after being assured this was a story with its own beginning, middle and end, and ABSOLUTELY NO CLIFFHANGER…well, I dove right in. Let me tell you, this is going on my M/M favorites shelf and it’s in my top three A.E. Via books ever written. I don’t think fans of A.E. will be disappointed with either this story or the arc of where this is going.
Forty-five year old Duke Morgan, who we met in Don’t Judge, is lonely. Ever since his occasional fuck buddy, Judge Josephson, went and fell in love with Atlanta Detective Austin Michaels (something Duke was hoping Judge would do with him) he’s been trying to get around the melancholy he’s been feeling. While his business is doing really well, bail bonds and fugitive hunting never really wanes, his personal life is a big zero.
When Duke’s right hand man, Forty-nine year old Quick tells him his thirty-one year old son, Vaughan, is moving back to town to take a D.A. position Duke is happy for Quick to be able to spend more time with his son. However, Vaughan has a double motive to coming to town – not only to spend time with his dad, but also to finally claim his man.
Vaughan has been in love with Duke since he was sixteen. He knew Duke would never even look at him as anything but a kid, so he’s bided his time, grown up, gotten his degrees, traveled the world and made himself into the man who will seal the deal and steal Duke’s heart forever. With his father firmly in the know about all of his plans and accepting (if not exactly happy about it) Vaughan has every intention of scooping up the man Judge was stupid enough to let go.
Just after Vaughan makes his intentions known, and while Duke is still processing why this gorgeous, brilliant younger man would want an older guy like him, tragedy strikes. I’m big enough to admit I cried like a little kid. I may have cursed A.E. a little for tripping my heart up. Okay, a lot. I was all, “Why?!”
But buck up, buckaroos, because she makes it all better.
I absolutely loved how committed Vaughan was to making Duke understand just how much he loves, and has always loved, him. The romance is strong with this story. Make no mistake…this is a sweep-you-off-your-feet ROMANCE and I loved every single minute of it!