Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The Promise (Lost in New York #2) by Felice Stevens
Title: The Promise
Series: Lost in New York
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
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?
My Rating - 5 Stars!
The Promise, the second book in the Lost in New York series, is a riveting second chance romance by Felice Stevens. With this gem, the author once again reminds me of why I love her writing. Having not read the first book, I can assure you that this is easily read as a standalone.
Former boyfriends Ezra and Monroe are two men who are full of anger and pain, with years of distance and resentment between them. Upon being reunited after many years, the tension is high, and it's a great read.
This is a story that is full of manipulation and family issues, with a strong emphasis on social status. I definitely enjoy the way this is handled, developed naturally without ever being over the top. There are plenty of insecurities and doubts, creating a good amount of angst.
The author has a fluid and natural writing style, which once again keeps me riveted throughout. The character development is fantastic and the story line is well done. The author includes some lovable secondary characters, as well as some vile ones, that all add greatly to the story. My emotions were all across the board with this one, from anger to frustration to happy and satisfied.
This story is definitely not for everyone. For people who hate manipulation, avoid this one. But, also know that this is a story of healing and forgiveness, more than just manipulation.
I love The Promise. Felice Stevens had me invested throughout, leaving me unable to put it down. Overall, it's a feel-good second chance romance that I highly recommend.
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, Felice's Breakfast Club.
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