Missed Connections: I Swear to You by Sloan Parker ~ Review by Leisa

First love, regrets, and a second chance … Very good story!

Missed Connections I Swear to YouTitle: Missed Connections: I Swear to You

Author: Sloan Parker

PublisherLoose Id

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

When roommates Grady and Mateo give in to their growing lust, it’s the best sexual experience of their lives. But are they really gay? Is this just sex or something more? It takes time for confused Grady to figure that out, but once he does, he’s determined to have all of Mateo. Too bad tracking down brokenhearted Mateo proves impossible.

So what’s a horny gay virgin who wants only one man to do? Grady posts an ad online to encourage his friend out of hiding and into his bed. Once he gets Mateo between the sheets, he’s sure he can convince him that what they had together was no college experiment. But Mateo’s been hiding from something—or someone. Grady is determined to tear down all Mateo’s walls so he can find out what happened to him and help heal his wounds, and in the process show his best friend that he won’t run. Not this time. He swears.

My View

Grady is a man filled with regret. He regrets running from his first love and best friend, Mateo, after their first sexual experience together as young men. Grady panicked, and even though Mateo pleaded with him not to turn away, he fled leaving Mateo without the support of his best friend, and without the caring of Grady’s family who had pseudo-adopted Mateo when his family tossed him out as a teen. Fresh from his second divorce, Grady now knows he’s gay and that he’s always wanted Mateo. He outs himself on Facebook and asks a missing Mateo to make contact. When he finally sees Mateo at a gay pride parade, he eventually locates him, and is faced with an angry, hurt man who is unwilling to give his trust to Grady freely.

The relationship between Grady and Mateo is fractured, but I just love Grady’s persistence and hopefulness. He determinedly convinces Mateo to spend time with him, and they return to the lake house they shared in their youth. I really like that Sloan Parker doesn’t give a “quick fix” to Grady and Mateo’s relationship. Mateo is still deeply hurt, and he’s wary of trusting Grady, even though he’s always secretly clung to the hope that Grady would some day come for him. Also, I like that Parker doesn’t have the characters immediately jump into bed and resume a sexual relationship; instead, they spend time getting to know each other again, and talking through their anger and painful memories, before they rediscover each other sexually.

Grady and Mateo’s relationship feels so authentic and lovely. Their chemistry is compelling – both to each other and the reader. I sincerely enjoyed reading Missed Connections: I Swear to You – I felt both Grady and Mateo’s pain, rejoiced when they embrace their love, held my breath when they together face serious danger, and smiled when they at last get their happily ever after. Read Missed Connections: I Swear to You … I swear to you that you’ll love it!

Buy Links:

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Amazon US
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I would like to thank Loose Id for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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