Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Promises Part 1
Author: A.E. Via
Narrator: Aiden Snow
Series: Bounty Hunters #1
Heroes: Duke & Vaughan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: December 19, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Duke Morgan owns and operates one of the largest bail bond companies in Atlanta. Not only does he bond criminals out of jail, he and his notorious group of bounty hunters will also track them down and ensure they show up for court.
Roman “Quick” Webb is Duke’s business partner and best friend. Both men are in their forties and have given up on the happily ever after with the ranch-style home, and white picket fence. They’d both tried it and failed miserably. But they have their friendship and they have the business.
When Quick’s son, Vaughan Webb returns – after seven years-from studying abroad with his law degree in hand, he’s back to claim what he’s always wanted…his fathers’ best friend…Duke Morgan. Vaughan has always claimed to be a classic gentleman with an old soul. He was focused and dedicated to becoming the man worthy of Duke’s love.
It’s a complex and messy situation as Duke and Quick figure out how to still be best friends when one of them is sleeping with his friend’s one and only son. But when Duke is hurt on the job, all the unimportant trivialities fall to the wayside and Vaughan and Quick put their heads together to save Duke.
Review: It was a bit disconcerting to hear Aiden Snow as the voice of the men in the Bounty Hunters series, especially after associating him strictly with the Nothing Special series. However, that didn’t last very long. His deep, resonating voice fits these badass, alpha males that make up both series, so why change. I just needed to remember that they were from the same universe, so it fit.
I loved Duke and am beyond ecstatic that A.E. Via has no fear with creating romances for the “older” group, not that I call the 40’s older, mind you, but you know what I mean. Most romance novels make me nostalgic for my own lost youth, and it’s invigorating reading about love for the mature. But then we get Vaughn, who is just a wee lad in his mid 20s. Le’sigh, at least he was mature for his age and very, very toppy. Kinda loved that part of him. He did not act his young age, in any aspect of his life, so he grew on me.
I have nothing against age differences, but for some reason they don’t work very often for me in my stories. In this case, it was okay, but not my favorite part. What was my favorite is the action and twists and turns that gives their romance a hardcore detour. Poor Vaughn waited for-freaking-ever to be man enough to “woo” Duke, and then life happens, or almost didn’t as Duke came as close to death’s door as one could get without going through it. It got close folks.
Overall, Aiden Snow and his top notch and consistent performance keeps me coming back for more. His performances are so lifelike that the reader can imagine that he has walked a mile in his character’s shoes. I have no issue with this narrator continuing as the voice of this series, as he is these badass men.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*