Review: Lissa Matthews – Eli’s Promise (The Bar Next Door, Book 2) @lissamatthews


Time and distance have a way of sneaking up on feelings thought long buried.

The Bar Next Door, Book 2

Five years ago, Eli held the hand of his dying lover and made a promise he never intended to keep. Find someone new to love? Be happy? Fat chance. Eli’s happiness died that day. He’s doing well to put one foot in front of the other, much less risk his heart again.

The only thorn in his side is Asa, part-time waiter at The Bar Next Door, who can’t seem to take a hint.

After years of carrying more responsibility on his broad, cowboy shoulders than most people twice his age, Asa knows what he wants when he sees it. Eli. Shadows haunt the gorgeous older bartender, who also happens to be one of Asa’s bosses, but Asa doesn’t care about potential complications. He only wants to banish Eli’s ghosts—and bring Eli back to life.

Persistence, a little impatience, and Asa’s very wicked mouth go to work on Eli’s grumpy, prickly defenses. But Asa may have to block the door to love with his foot—or his heart—before Eli slams it in his face.

Warning: Beware of stubborn cowboys, sticky bar floors and hot sexy showers, eavesdropping cooks and well-meaning friends, Irish whiskey, and a young man who doesn’t understand the word no.

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If you come to my place, you know that sometimes I read some m/m loving books… Well, this is one of them. I am hoping that by now someone has tried to introduce (or has introduced) you to m/m smexy loving. If you know this is not your kind of reading material, you will not hurt my feelings…  but if you are trying to tread in the waters… By all means – come on in, the water is wonderful!
Ms. Lissa is one of those authors that will memorize you with her characters and the stories they have to tell.  She creates worlds filled with passion of raw desire, cocky attitudes and a whole lotta emotions that will drive you to the edge of your seat.  She wields a pen (or keyboard in today’s world) like a knight with his sword and this story is no different. She takes us back the Bar that brought it all to us…
Eli is not living his life to the fullest, he is just doing what he can to get through to make it to the next day. Having lost his partner Thad in a tragic accident has ripped his heart out of his chest and basically left him living like he has passed too. But his best friend refuses to give up on him. Mal knows that Thad would have wanted Eli to live life to the fullest and find someone to love him. And Eli knows that is a fact because he promised Thad that on his death bed. But actually fulfilling that wish is harder than Eli thought because letting his walls down and allowing someone in is not what his mind wants to do but his heart has a different idea….
Asa is a college guy, working at a bar and he loves his job. But what he loves more is one of his boss’s – Eli. He has fallen for him and he is not letting go until he gets what he wants. But not knowing if the feelings are reciprocated is the hardest thing of all… Well, almost the hardest thing of all… 😉 He knows that Eli has walls built, but he is determined to break those walls down and get some love in Eli’s heart….
Ms. Lissa brought in the whole gang for this one… There was even a surprise that I was not even expecting! This is an emotional story of one man learning to love again but not forget! I promise you won’t be disappointed with this one 🙂
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