Friday, March 23, 2018

Book Brief: Promise Me We’ll Be Okay by Nell Iris

promise me well be okTitle ~ Promise Me We’ll Be Okay

Author ~ Nell Iris

Publisher ~ JMS Books

Published ~ 3rd March 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





What do you do when your past comes knocking?
Six hundred and ninety-five days. That's how long it's been since Jude's fiancé broke off their engagement. With the help of his brother and his all-encompassing love for music, Jude glued the broken pieces of his heart back together, but when his ex shows up on his doorstep late one evening, Jude fears it will fall apart again.
Two years ago, Vincent made a terrible mistake. He left the love of his life for stupid, ill-advised reasons. It took a traumatic event to bring what was truly important in his life into focus. Older and wiser, he's now ready to do whatever it takes to win Jude back.
Their chemistry is as explosive as ever, but will they be able to work through the real issues? Can trust once broken be rebuilt?


Freya’s Book Brief

Two years previous, Vincent broke up with Jude. Realising he made a mistake, Vincent turns up again on Jude’s doorstep wanting him back.

I found this to be an interesting tale of re-evaluating actions along the line of ‘it takes two to make relationship work’ and issues on both sides make it fall apart.

As the story is told in the first person from Jude’s POV, most of the self-questioning comes from Jude. After the breakup, it took Jude a long time to start living again. During that time, the hurt consumed him. Consequently, he couldn’t see things from another side, neither did he try. Vincent takes the blame for the breakup on himself, as it was he who ended it. But, with Vincent wanting him back, Jude evaluates cause and effect of his own actions.

On the technical side, the odd autonomous body part appears. Some of the time this is okay, but without qualifiers such as, ‘without conscious thought’ or ‘as if working on its own’, these actions are frowned upon by many editors. E.g. ‘My fingers played on the countertop’. One has visions of detached fingers playing ring-a-ring-a-roses on the table top.

Promise Me We’ll Be Okay is an everybody deserves a happy ending style story. Within the covers, there’s some second guessing, and those age-old questions of, what went wrong between us? And why? Yes, those awkward questions that one doesn’t want to necessarily know the answers to. Then, what can be learned? Followed by, what aspects can be lived with, what can’t and what needs to be done to regain the trust.

If introspective stories are what you like, then you’ll love this.

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Meet Nell Iris

Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. She’s a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies room), loves music (and singing along but let’s face it, she’s not Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (Make it so). She loves words, poetry, wine, and Sudoku, and absolutely adores elephants!

Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.

Nell is a 40-something bisexual Swedish woman, married to the love of her life, and a proud mama of a grown daughter. She left the Scandinavian cold and darkness for warmer and sunnier Malaysia a few years ago, where she spends her days writing, surfing the Internet, enjoying the heat, and eating good food. One day she decided to chase her life long dream of being a writer, sat down in front of her laptop, and wrote a story about two men falling in love.

Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angsty, and wants to write diverse and different characters.



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