Audio Tour: Promises: The Next Generation by A.E. Via (Review + Excerpt)

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Promises: The Next Generation

Bounty Hunters Series, Book 5

Author A.E. Via

Publisher: Tantor

Narrator Aiden Snow

Listening Length 9 hours 3 minutes

Audio Release: 04.07.20

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Duke Webb has run the most successful bail recovery agency in Atlanta for over 20 years. That’s because he has a team of trained, competent hunters backing him up to keep his name feared on the streets. But Duke knows that nothing can go on forever. That’s what leads him to start his new training program.

Kellam Knight has studied martial arts under his sensei, Quick, since he was 8 years old. A tossed-out reject from high-society, Kell has a problem fighting on the right side of the law. When Quick offers Kell the opportunity to join Duke’s training program, he’s all in. Except he’s not prepared for the straight, over-confident, extremely disciplined, sexy man Brian has recruited to be his partner.

Tyrell Jenkins’ world was flipped upside down when his father never returned home from his last deployment. He’d been Ty’s teacher, mentor, his guide to living a righteous life as a good man. When Brian King – his father’s most trusted comrade – finally comes to him with the truth, he doesn’t come alone. He comes with trained men hidden in the shadows…and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a brotherhood unlike any other.

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Kell paused at the door with his hand on the knob. “Tyrell. There is something I want.”

“Name it.”

“I want to kiss you.”

Ty’s chest expanded. Kell was giving him his gift in return. His thank you for the rare gold lying against his skin.

Ty didn’t stop walking until his entire body was pressed against Kell’s from thigh to forehead. He bent down and placed his lips where he always did. Needing to make eye contact, he brought one hand up and caressed Kell’s cheek tenderly before reaching around and releasing his hair from the messy bun. Kell swallowed loudly. Ty grazed his lips across Kell’s temple and lingered there as he slid his hand into that thick mane, burying it deep until his palm cradled the back of Kell’s skull. His partner whined and rubbed his body against him. So pliant and at his will. Kell smelled like fresh soap mixed with the ginger and apple from whatever shampoo he used. Ty pressed in harder and plunged his other hand in, watching the long strands thread through his fingers. Kell’s hair felt like plush down feathers.

Ty’s joint was ’bricker than brick.

Kell lifted his head higher, aiming those pretty lips where he wanted them to be. Ty hovered his mouth just over his and paused there, inflicting a few more seconds of torture before giving in to what he craved. Kell rose onto the balls of his feet and took their suffering away. He touched their lips together, gently at first, before moaning deeply, tilting his head and flicking his warm tongue at Ty’s lips.

Ty’s composure shattered.

Story: 3.5 Stars!
Narrator: 5 Stars!
What I Loved about the Narrator: I have to say that Aiden Snow is my favorite. I love his voice and I love the way he brings so much to the characters and the story each and every time. I find myself listening to stories all the time and wishing he was the one narrating them. He’s great!
What I Loved about the Story: Although there was not as much action in this particular book as I would’ve preferred, what action there was had me excited. Kell is a force to be reckoned with and I loved that his size was so misleading to those around him. His effortless yet highly effective fighting skills made his character seem almost ethereal when combined with his beauty, style and soft-spoken manner.
Ty was so serious and fearless, he radiated power. I loved that he didn’t have to resort to actual brute strength or violence to instill fear. But when he was forced to show what he could do he never faltered or backed down. He was a thinker and weighed all of his actions. I loved that this meant also always making sure the Kell was comfortable, happy and/or safe.
I loved that they were in perfect sync with each other while working and they trusted one another implicitly. There was no show-boating or one upping and they remained as professional as they possibly could at all times. It made their partnership seamless and it was obvious how they balanced one another.
The first cases they are given after they are certified had me in stitches. It was fun and humorous. I’d been waiting to really see what they’d do in the field and it made me want to see a lot more of them working.
What I Liked: I really enjoyed seeing characters from the previous books. It’s nice to know that we can get fresh stories and fun new characters but also get caught up on some of our old favorites. I would’ve loved to see Judge though.
What I Didn’t Like: First impression, slooooow! I’m sorry but Ty seriously got on my nerves with his rigidity. I understand wanting to be a good man and I have a high respect for a young man determined to live a righteous life, however, listening about it left a lot to be desired. I know that A.E. Via had a very personal connection to this story and the portrayal of these two men and I appreciate that very much. I struggled to feel a connection to Ty and found myself distancing myself from his character which made it hard to invest myself in the story as much as I wanted. I read these books for her fun and exciting plots and I love her Alpha men and the passion they possess when they find the men they love. Ty didn’t really feel that way to me. He had infinite potential that just didn’t come through.
I had pretty much the same issues with Kell. I wanted so hard to love his character and I thought he would be easier to relate to. But it turns out I felt the same disconnect from him and I couldn’t really understand him. His mannerisms, his inner dialogue, all of it was just too hard to connect to a real person. He was almost, in my opinion, better suited for her Blue Moon series than for this one. I expected rough, flawed, broken but this wasn’t it.
It took a bit but I finally put my finger on what made them feel off. It’s a feeling of stiffness that comes from the way Kell speaks and an almost historical vibe I get from the men. They would be perfectly suited for a society in the 1800 or 1900’s. I wanted them to be smoother and natural. Not stilted and overly refined. That combined with the inability to process how Ty, a man who’s been searching for his “Queen” his whole life, could meet Kell and only a few weeks later decide he was meant to find his “Knight” instead.
I adore GFY but I want it to make sense. This while sweet and romantic in its own way, didn’t exactly make sense to me. I want to believe that it is possible, that it’s realistic but I guess I crave more.
Overall, I’m going to have to say that this is not my favorite AE Via story. However, I love her and she has a great way of making me desperately want the next book. I can’t wait to see who joins Duke’s next. Hopefully, I’ll find myself connecting a bit more to them.

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A.E. Via has been a best-selling author in the beautiful gay romance genre for six years now, but she’s no stranger to MM. She’s been an avid reader of gay lit for over fifteen years before she picked up her laptop to place her own kiss on this genre. She’s also the founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books, having published a couple great new up and coming MM authors.

A.E. has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Virginia Wesleyan College that she used to start her own paralegal firm after she graduated in 2008. She spent five years preparing and filing bankruptcy petitions for struggling blue collar workers who couldn’t afford to file with a lawyer. It was a rewarding and satisfying career… but another path called to her.


A.E.’s novels embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

She’s recently celebrated her 20th book anniversary, and is kind of known now for her hardcore, play rough and love hard, bad boy, alphas. However, she does like to push herself to step out of her comfort zone, exploring different tropes, but she won’t push herself into a whole other genre. She’s head over heels for gay romance and she has tons of more hot stories to tell.

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