|Cover Artist: Bree Archer|
(Heroes, Book 2)
by Nic Starr
Length: 200 pages
Genres: Contemporary, Gay (M/M), Romance
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.
4 of 5 stars
Andrew is a character that was previously introduced in Charlie's Hero, book 1 in the series, which I haven't read. I've been told that book one introduced Andrew after he'd started taking care of his younger brother and I'm glad I didn't have that information ahead of time. Andrew's friendship with Tanner prior to his the upheaval is important because it's the foundation that their newer romantic connection is built on.
Andrew's part of this story is so sad. He willingly gives up his dreams in order to care for his brother, which is something not many young men in his situation would be willing to do. The emotional turmoil that he undergoes is daunting. Add having to grow up in the blink of an eye and it isn't any wonder that it rocks his world and ends up changing him forever.
Tanner stands by Andrew through it all, but once he start to adjust to the changes in his life Andrew pushes Tanner away. Having just witnessed his best friend give up everything for his brother I'm surprised that Tanner didn't figure out that Andrew was acting true to form by insisting he take their road trip alone rather than give up their shared dream as well. I was disappointed that he left and didn't fight for harder harder. It smacked of abandonment to me and even though were meant to feel compassion for him as his first love drives him away, I couldn't.
That he eventually comes to his senses and arrives back in town to fight for a second chance with Andrew is the best part of this story. After all the heartache I was relieved that something in Andrew's life was starting to go right. I would have liked to see more character development, especially during the time that they were apart, but I'm a huge fan of second chances, which is the backbone of this story. Andrew's Promise is a highly emotional journey and I loved the happy ending.
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.
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She'd love it if you stopped by to say hi.
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