Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Promise Given

Title: A Promise Given
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60370-924-8
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

While helping his friends Mason and Jack, police detective Cooper Thomas was kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer, targeting young gay men. Now several months later, he’s not sleeping or eating well and Alec Whitley, the man he loved and lost, is back trying to discuss what happened in their past and explain why he left. Cooper appreciates the part Alec played in his rescue, but he’s not certain his heart can stand being shredded when Alec decides to walk away again. The only thing he can’t deny is that he still has feelings for his former lover. The question is whether he can take Alec at his word and give him another chance, all while trying to hunt down a killer before he strikes again.

A Promise Given is the second release in Stormy Glenn’s ongoing series, The Promises, and takes up a few months after the first release left off. While it can be read as a stand-alone, for a better understanding of the characters and how they relate to each other, I recommend reading them in order.

I have to admit that I fell in love with Cooper’s character when he was introduced as Mason’s friend in the previous book. He was fun, kind, dedicated and loyal to a fault and his kidnapping and torture changed him in significant ways. Ms. Glenn did an excellent job expressing his fear, uncertainty and unrest, but she did an equally nice job describing how he dealt with having his old lover back in his life. These two men have a history that ended in years of suffering for Cooper and that he was able to let Alec back into his life at all is nothing short of amazing.

When I discovered Ms. Glenn was working on a sequel to A Promise Kept, I was thrilled and filled with hopeful expectation, and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. This newest story is everything I hoped for and more. It’s well-written with a realistic plot that begs to be read, has vivid descriptions that pull the reader deeper into the story and delightful characters. Despite being separated for almost ten years, Ms. Glenn gets Cooper and Alec’s relationship back on track in a timely and believable manner.

The secondary characters, both old and new, are a wonderful and vital addition to the storyline. Jordan, Cooper’s police partner and Dominic, the owner of a local BDSM club, deserve a story of their own. I have to give a big kudos to the author for her great job of explaining BDSM clubs, what they’re like and the people who own or frequent them.

I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the next release in this keeper series. Fingers crossed its Dominic and Jordan. Hint! Hint!

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