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REVIEW: “Missed Connections: I Swear to You” by Sloan Parker


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.


Hands down the prologue transformed this from an okay story into a good story. It was vital slipping back in time, seeing firsthand how their adventure began. Grady and Mateo were more than best friends, they were a family. Mateo, the miracle baby rivals Harry Potter with his tragic start to life. From his early years he has no one but Grady, and when Grady breaks his promise he truly is alone.

Half a dozen years after their bitter break, they cross paths again. Grady is determined to prove to his former best friend that if given a second chance he’ll make up for lost time. He becomes desperate to find him and declare his love. He has two failed marriages under his belt, but it’s only because he’s certain he gave his heart away a long ago.

But does everyone really deserve a second chance?

What happens when they can’t forget or forgive?

Something has happened to Mateo and its darkness has changed him. Grady cannot even begin to fathom the nightmare’s Teo endured during his absence and it appears they are far from over. It’s going to take more than apologies for them to move forward, that is, if they move forward together at all.

For a short story, the plot was rich and fast paced. At times things were a bit sketchy and tremendously impractical but the emotions ran hot and kept me fascinated. I was as eager as Grady to get to the bottom of Mateo’s mysteries. The terrifying secrets Mateo attempts to outrun catch up to him, and this time he might not walk away from his relentless demons.

Missed Connections was a riveting and intense reunion that left me gasping for breath. Their early ‘watch me’ sessions were hot as hades and after a decade of anticipation, the sex was off the charts.

It was just a bit too exaggerated. If only things would have been scaled back a notch or two I think I would have been knocked off my feet. Ohhh, and did you see the cover? That’s love/hate for sure, but I gotta say, I’m not complaining about all of that skin. ;)



sp_mc_isweartoyouTitle: Missed Connections: I Swear to You
Author: Sloan Parker
Publisher: Loose-ID
Pages: 120
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Purchase Links: Loose-ID, Amazon

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This entry was posted on May 21, 2014 by in Contemporary, Reviewer: Sheri and tagged , , .

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