Jeff is HIV positive and he got it from his last lover and only love, Kevin, who died in Iraq. Jeff is not angry with Kevin, is not regretting the life he will never have as a doctor, he would to that all again if it meant having Kevin back. But it’s not possible and the only thing that Jeff can do is giving back a little of the love he found in real good friends when he needed it. He did so with young Collin, 18 years old and HIV positive as well, helping the boy understanding he was lucky to have a mother who loved him. Collin was scared, and young, and even if it was only 5 minutes comfort time from a stranger it made an impression, and when 5 years later Collin recognize the stranger in Jeff, the nice guy who sometime comes to have lunch at his mother diner, he will do everything possible to make a good impression, this time not for a role of scared kid, but for that of possible lover.
Even if it’s more than 5 years since Kenny’s death, Jeff has not yet given himself permission to be happy again; he is real good in helping and advising other people, but when it comes to himself, he is like a punching ball, very good in cash in the blow and give the back without consequences to his heart. But with Collin is different, Collin is younger true, but he is strong and steady and always there when Jeff needs him. Collin who was the epitome of bad boy is now the poster boy for next door good guy, and everyone is pushing Jeff in Collin’s arms. There is no risky, there is no fear, it’s all comfort, and why not, even passion. Collin is persistent and kind and again, good to the heart. It can sound boring, but it’s not, since in Jeff and Collin’s situation, steady and good is like paradise, and they really need all the comfort they can find around and cling to it.
Living Promises is a very good example of angst romance, there is a little bit of drama, a little bit of passion, a great deal of sweet and romance, all mixed together with good feelings, little kids and even Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
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Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 4, 2011)
1) Keeping Promise Rock: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/13308
2) Making Promises: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1168733.html
3) Living Promises
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Cover Art by Paul Richmond