Keeping Promises By: Jodi Payne, BA Tortuga Narrated by: John Solo

Laora listened to Keeping Promises and gives us their thoughts.

From the blurb:

Jeremy M. Dunn III has the single dad thing down, so the last thing he wants to do is call his ex-
husband to ask for help with their two kids. They didn’t part on good terms, and they’ve barely spoken since the divorce. But with a cast on his arm that goes up past his elbow, Jeremy has no choice. He needs a few days to figure out how to bathe their daughter, make school lunches, and parent their son one-armed, and there isn’t anyone else he can ask for help. 

Former rodeo cowboy West Belen was already on his way back to his kids, and to Trey (“the third”, his nickname for Jeremy). He made a promise to try again, and he means to keep it, so when he sees his chance to move back into his family’s life, he grabs it like the brass ring he knows it is. He’s determined to be more than an “every other weekend” dad to his children, and he doesn’t want to keep on living with regret about how he and Trey ended. 

Jeremy still desires West, but he isn’t sure he can trust West to be responsible and available. West still thinks Trey is the hottest thing he’s ever seen, but he has no idea how to convince the man he’s ready to settle down. The two of them have never had trouble butting heads, but now they need to learn to work together to make a home for themselves and their kids where they both belong.

Laora's Review:

Overall, I enjoyed this audiobook. The narration was easily recognizable as a John Solo performance. 🎧  

The story for Keeping Promises was well laid out, and I was happy to learn things worked out in the when the mc's grabbed their second chance. 

I, however, found that Jeremy/Trey was not so sympathetic in my eyes, rather very demanding, and his way or the highway attitude annoyed me at times. 

Also, how the shared custody was arranged irked me he knew he married a cowboy on the rodeo circuit and still made impossible demands.  

I also felt he came across as having not much personal insight as opposed to Wes. Whom made major changes after the divorce, an accident and losing his father figure/ best friend and had gone through tremendous personal growth.  

A major minus for him was that he showed a clear preference for one of his children, it is literally spelled out his favoritism of his bio daughter over his son.

If you can overlook the quirks mention or if they don't bother you, you are in for a well-plotted book with a sweet family who finds their way back to each other. 📚

Rating: 4 Stars

Gabrielle's Review:

This is a wonderfully sweet story about getting a second chance and finding love again. When Jeremy breaks his arm and needs help with his young kids he turns to his ex for that help. 

Jeremy is surprised at the man that comes to help him. Long gone is the free-living rodeo man. As much as Jeremy loves West he wonders if he can truly depend on him. 

I loved seeing these two find their way back to each other. Their story is a beautiful romance. West is a good man and I enjoyed seeing him work and fight to get Jeremy back and Jeremy begins to find out that there is much more to West than he realized.  

The authors have created a world full of great characters that you will fall in love with. Narrator John Solo does a good job of bringing these characters and their emotions to life.

Rating: 4 Stars

Lesetiger's Review:

The book was easy to listen to and there was no angst. Jeremy and West are divorced and when Jeremy is out for health reasons, he asks West to help him with the kids.

I can't quantify exactly why, but Jeremy wasn't that sympathetic to me. I probably didn't always like his attitude. If you take his marriage as an example, he knew about West's job from the beginning.

West, on the other hand, was more sympathetic to me, who after the divorce had to deal not only with the loss of his family, but also the loss of his best friend, who was more like a father to him. And now he is ready to get his family back.

It was beautifully described how the two of them grew closer again.

The writing style is easy-going, the story was good to listen to, and I liked the adorable kids Luke and Ava. However, at one point or another, I wondered why the MCs reacted the way they did, because I didn't always understand their motivation for acting the way they did.

John Solo narrated the audio book, and he did a good job as usual. You could distinguish the protagonists well and he also portrayed the emotions well on the whole. At some points, I thought he spoke a tad too softly.

If you like listening to a sweet family story about second chances, this is the book for you.

🎧Audiobook Review🎧
Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Performance: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

An amazing second chance romance of two men who needed to grow in order for their family to work.  The character development was outstanding, nailing the struggles of being married to a rodeo man to the tee, while also including the faults of their partner. As always, kids in an audiobook allow for the family dynamics stronger and more believable. 

John Solo does an impeccable job of bringing these characters to life. His narrative skills makes the listeners feel every ounce of emotion felt throughout the pages. I especially enjoyed the few smut scenes and the chills he managed to invoke through my body. Remarkable presentation of an outstanding storyline!!

Rating: 5 Stars

Keeping Promises is available to listen to on Audible and is Whispersynced.