Title: Andrew’s Promise (Heroes #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Nic Starr (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 12, 2015 – 200 pgs
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.
This is the 2nd book in the hero series but can be read as a stand alone. I have to admit I wasn’t found of Andrew in the first book but when I read one of the last scenes in that book I had to find out his story. What a story it was. I really enjoyed this book, we saw Andrew’s story from 10 years ago and then present day. I cried a few times because the emotions were,so real and the story line was believable. Them chemistry was there and it was real. This story was about family and doing what Andrew thought was right and putting his own needs and feelings aside. I loved Tanner and my heart ached for him. This was a beautiful story and I was glad to see characters from the previous book. Looking forward to the next book and to see what happens next.
Andrew was a bit of an enigma by the end of Charlie’s Hero and this sequel offers readers some insight into the quiet, withdrawn character’s past.
At the age of twenty-two, Andrew fell firmly in love with his best friend Tanner. But when his dad dies suddenly, Andrew is left with a teenager to raise and bills to pay. He is forced to grow up fast. Grieving and scared, Andrew ends his relationship with Tanner quite brutally. Devastated, Tanner goes off on the pair’s planned road trip alone and doesn’t return for ten years.
This was a shorter, simpler book than the first in the series and I never felt quite as attached to either man. I liked Andrew as a character much more than I did in the first story, but he isn’t a favourite m/m lead. I found the relationship between Andrew and Drew frustrating. Alternately full of complicated angst and overly-simplistic resolutions, it isn’t a story I found it easy to believe in.
Half the book is set in 2005, and the other half in 2015. I found Andrew’s recollections of the events revealed in Josh’s story interesting, but otherwise I didn’t really enjoy the time shift. Andrew’s life feels empty for the ten years the book skips and this makes it more difficult to warm to him at 32. Tanner’s life was really interesting during his ten years away and I would have liked to learn more about his experiences.
Andrew (Drew), Josh and Tanner are the three main characters in this story. I was fortunate enough to read the first story in this series too, about Josh and Charlie. While the first story was full of character development and, what I felt like was a complete story, this one lacked the connection between the past and present Drew and Tanner.
I think that this story would have been much stronger Starr only eluded to the past, rather than have that begin the book. The past story didn’t really help me to connect with the characters and what the reader learns in those first few chapters could have easily been worked in to the present story.
Tanner has lived a life of travel, success and in a way, he’s lived his dream. Drew, however, was stagnant for most of this story. It was like his life was stopped in a time capsule. While the chemistry and love between Drew and Tanner is a great story, this book would have been so much more had it been about their relationship in the present and beyond.
This book delivers on the second chance love story and shows the reader that love really does conquer all things. I hope that they are in the next book so that I can see their progress.
Now, with that being said, I can’t wait for the next story in the series and hope that with the build up that it delivers.
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family–an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters–and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
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