tasting ‘a promise kept’: emmy’s choice

A Promise Kept by Stormy Glenn

The Blurb:

Mason is in love with his brother’s best friend, Jack. It’s been ten years of secret fantasies, hidden glances, and forbidden yearnings. Just when Mason decides to give up on Jack and move away, his friends step in to get them together.

Even with the most determined matchmakers, new love is not always easy. Especially when a serial killer has his sights set on Mason being his next victim, and will destroy anyone who gets in his way. Can Jack keep Mason safe, or will their new love be over before it gets going?

Why I bought it:

I was glomming on that name. 🙂

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ I was cringing with some of the emoness of the first couple of chapters of this book. I almost tossed it aside in disgust when the brave and determined Mason, who after finally deciding to get a life, goes on a binge and then runs away back home. What the hell?? I was glad I stuck with it in the end, but Holy Crap did I have a few issues with the beginning of the story!

Like~ So after the return, Mason comes out to his folks who already knew, finds a set of gay friends and, strangely enough, learns how to be gay. O_O It is actually a lot more convincing than it sounds – it’s pretty cute really – with Mason gaining confidence and learning to stand up for himself.

Dislike~ A stalker and an interfering family member?? Gee, these sound a bit familiar.

Like~ Loved Mason’s circle of friends. They were a seriously funny sarcastic crew and very supportive of Mason as were his Mum and Dad. All in all, a great cast of characters.

So, what I think:

Despite the beginning and some familiar tropes, overall it worked and I did like this story. Fun, relatively uncomplicated characters, a decent story and good writing with lots of humour. Recommended bedtime reading.


‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.

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12 Responses to tasting ‘a promise kept’: emmy’s choice

  1. Tracy says:

    Sounds very cute – besides the issues you had with it. I’ve not read this author before. I love learning about new-to-me authors. Thanks Kris.

  2. Kris says:

    It was very cute, Tracy, with some great humour and dialogue in it. I think this is probably the best I’ve read from this author so far. Another of hers I liked was “Sweet Treats”, which was a short read.

  3. Lily says:

    I also felt pretty much as you did. A bit too much of the emo in the beginning. Thankfully it turns around nicely and I ended up really enjoying the book.

  4. Kris says:

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one, Lily! The angsty opening with Mason at the party and then the fact he turned around and went back home made me want to grab him by the neck and shake some sense ino him. Geez. And he was how old?? Thankfully, as you said, it does turn around and you end up with an enjoyable book, but that beginning…

  5. Think this one came out in the middle of the stalker boom. I swear I reviewed like 5 books in a few weeks that all had stalker themes.And I still hate that pseud.

  6. orannia says:

    Thank you Kris! I’m conflicted. It does sound interesting but…I kind of wish the plot didn’t include a serial killer.

  7. Kris says:

    Stormless Emmy: Who are you and what have you done with the kitteh??Re: the stalker boom: I know! And reminiscent of the bookstore owner boom before that.

  8. Kris says:

    Morning Orannia!The serial killer makes a brief ‘let’s dance together before I try to steal you away’ appearance, before lurking with malevolent intent, and then the big kidnap/rescue climax at the end. To be honest, this aspect was not a huge part of the story – it’s not what I would call romantic suspense. Does that allay your concerns??

  9. jitterbug says:

    I’m a little conflicted about this author. I’ve only read a couple of her books but one of them especially (The Doctor’s Patience) had me constantly shaking the head and muttering to myself, highly dissatisfied with one of the heroes. Make it both of them. I’ve found that the main characters, particularly the supposed alpha males, act more like overly dramatic, lacking communiation skills, selfish teenagers than adults. Maybe in this book it wasn’t as prominent as in the one with which I had problems. Did you notice it in A Promise Kept?

  10. Jenre says:

    Another stalker book! Honestly I don’t like that plot device anyway – although it can be done well, but it seems to be cropping up everywhere at the moment. Authors, can we have something new, please?

  11. Kris says:

    Jitterbug: I’ve found that the main characters, particularly the supposed alpha males, act more like overly dramatic, lacking communiation skills, selfish teenagers than adults. It’s true that Jack definitely has elements of this and it can be a bit frustrating, but overall I didn’t think it was too bad. Thinking about it, I reckon it was because Mason did keep him in line and the secondary characters also slapped him around the back of the head at certain times. I also mentioned that Mason was a bit ’emo’ to begin with. He shows growth over the course of the book that makes this bearable and even endearing. 🙂

  12. Kris says:

    Jen: I know. *sigh*

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