Promises And Lies

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When Sean Murphy meets Jeff Hayes in a park one day, he's charmed by the simple pleasure Jeff finds in walking his dog, and despite Jeff's guardian, Jesse, hovering over them, a friendship is born. Sean realizes there's something different about Jeff, something that would explain his timid nature and fear of disappointing Jesse, and he suspects Jeff has been a victim of abuse.

Sean works hard to earn Jeff's trust, but there are so many challenges to meet: Jeff's unusual ...

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When Sean Murphy meets Jeff Hayes in a park one day, he's charmed by the simple pleasure Jeff finds in walking his dog, and despite Jeff's guardian, Jesse, hovering over them, a friendship is born. Sean realizes there's something different about Jeff, something that would explain his timid nature and fear of disappointing Jesse, and he suspects Jeff has been a victim of abuse.

Sean works hard to earn Jeff's trust, but there are so many challenges to meet: Jeff's unusual dependency upon Jesse, Sean's devil-may-care attitude toward the past, and old nightmares and disabilities that continue to haunt Jeff to this day. Their growing love might not be enough. Jeff will have to find courage from somewhere deep within to take control of his life and decide if he wants Sean to be a part of his future.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781615816415
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    Sweet though simplistic story, could have been better.

    Jeff Hayes is a 23 year old gay man with a history of substance abuse, learning disabilities and abusive relationships, leaving him emotionally and physically dependent on his guardian, who was patronizing and treating Jeff as a child rather than a grown man. When Sean Murphy witnessed this, he made it his mission to make a difference in the young man's life, not out of any "white knight" kind of delusional trip, but simply because he felt himself drawn to him and wanted to help. The two form a tentative relationship, much to Jeff's guardian's displeasure, and learn to celebrate the small milestones in Jeff's progress toward functioning in society and achieving a level of self-respect.

    As they get closer to making a lifetime commitment to each other, and possibly adopting a child, Sean gets cold feet, wondering if his empathy for the young man might be stronger than the love he thought he had. Discussing the matter with his best friend, a physician who has had his own relationship issues, and with an ex who is now his attorney, help Sean put things in perspective, but the uneasiness continues, especially after an emergency proves Jeff still has some unresolved trust issues.

    A light, somewhat simplistic storyline, but rather trite dialogue in places makes the characters seem less than real. The erotic passages also seemed a bit redundant, and detracted somewhat from the pace of the book. Overall, I give this three stars out of five.

    - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

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