Friday, April 3, 2020

Book Review: THE PROMISE by Felice Stevens (Lost in New York #2)

The Promise
Series: Lost in New York
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: March 23, 2020

The Lost in New York Series:
These men may have lost their way and all hope, but they don't know they're about to lose their hearts

A promise made:
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?

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Carra's Review

Felice Stevens once again delivers a wonderful story with this second chance romance.  Monroe had already captured my attention when I read the first book in this series, Fool for Love, so I quickly seized the opportunity to discover his story here in The Promise.

The reunion between Monroe (“Roe”) and Ezra is more than a little rocky, and it was frustrating to me how Roe kept on cutting off any attempt Ezra would make to speak with him to figure out what happened.  Then, once everything was explained I got frustrated with Ezra for his reaction.  So both of them frustrated me equally, and I couldn’t wait until they could get past all of that.

It did take a long while for it to feel like they belonged together again, but once they each got past their own issues they did make a great match.  The story did have some predictability to it (I felt the same way about book one too), but I still enjoyed watching these two come back together again.  Roe’s grandmother helped with that—she’s definitely a great supporting character and a bright spot in this story.

The Promise was a solid 4-star read for me, and fans of this author as well as contemporary romance fans in general are going to enjoy this book.  You don’t need to read Fool for Love first, but you’ll probably want to check it out anyway to get the background on some of the minor characters that appear here in The Promise.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

In the Series:

Author Bio:
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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