Book Reviews

Andrew's Promise (Heroes 2) by Nic Starr at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Firefighters / Blue-Collar Workers / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 28-November-2017

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

As much as I enjoyed the debut novel in this series which portrayed Josh and Charlie, I was far more interested in the glimpses I saw of Josh’s older brother, Andrew. I was certain there had to be a story there between Josh’s memories of how his brother was before they lost their dad and things Josh remembered about Andrew’s relationship with his best friend, Tanner. Now in ‘Andrew’s Promise’ I get to find out and hopefully see these two men find what they were looking for so long ago.

I really liked the fact that the author took me straight back to the beginning, ten years before Josh’s story. I got an in-depth look into Andrew, what he was thinking, feeling, his insecurities about whether he could take care of Josh after losing their dad, and mostly about his fears of having to be the head of the household and shoulder all the responsibilities at his young age. I also got a good look at how Andrew feels over his body’s reaction to his best friend - the strongest reaction Andrew had ever had to anyone - and his confusion after. My heart ached for both of these brothers at losing all their stability and safety net in one quick second.

I understood why Andrew made the decision he did. He had to put Josh’s needs above everything else and his own boss had insinuated that some people might not like the idea of Tanner, a homosexual, being around Josh. Andrew is only twenty-one and he can’t risk anyone taking Josh away from him. So pushing Tanner away, and out of his life was the only decision he thought he could make. Unfortunately, the next ten years lead to Andrew living a lonely, sad life, focused solely on raising Josh and working, putting all of his dreams aside.

It doesn’t take Tanner and Andrew long to realize their feelings have remained unchanged and their physical desire for one another is still blazing. However, there are a few things Andrew needs to deal with in order to start fresh with Tanner. He needs to come out to Josh and apologize for something Andrew said and Josh misunderstood when Josh was only sixteen, that led to Josh hiding his sexuality from his older brother for all of these years until he met Charlie. Andrew also needs to deal with his insecurities about what he has to offer a man like Tanner who has seen so much of the world outside their small area. It takes Andrew a while to understand that Tanner just wanted him, not whatever Andrew thinks he needs to provide.

It was lovely to get Andrew and Tanner’s story, particularly the way the author wrote it which gave me far more clarity than I might have had otherwise. I adored the ending and seeing how happy Josh and Charlie still are, plus their future plans, just made everything come together for me. Of course, now I can anticipate Patrick and Simon’s story, and I fully expect the author to do them justice. Thank you, Nic, for Andrew and Tanner’s happy ending. It may have been over ten years in the making but I think the wait was what they both needed in order to get it right.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-August-2015
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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