Promises by Adrienne Wilder is the third book in the Darwin's Theory series. Like the two previous books before it, it packs a lot of emotional punch and it leaves this reader wanting more as the novella comes to an end. Ms. Wilder really has a knack of keeping these characters fresh and interesting as the series progresses. Promises is a fast-paced and highly addictive read that kept me enthralled with it from the first word to the last page and I adored every minute of it.

Promises continues the story of lovers and best friends, Peter and Darwin. Both Peter and Darwin are trying to cope with Peter being a "lesser breed" as they try to also have as much of a normal life as possible. Both men are aware that Peter's eating habits and other things about him are changing, but they chose to try to dwell on these subtle changes as they try to live and cope with things as each moment comes.

One night, when Darwin cuts his finger too deeply with a kitchen knife, Peter's unexpected bloodlust causes a highly erotic experience for both of them. But, when Peter loses control and almost takes too much blood from Darwin, Peter flees in fear that his urge to drink blood from his lover will one day cause him to kill Darwin by accident. But, Darwin is convinced that Peter will never hurt him. So when he discovers his lover has fled, he's more determined than ever to find Peter, and work through the changes Peter is going through together, and never be separated from him again.

I loved this book! There was never a moment where I thought that Peter and Darwin didn't love or weren't meant for one another. One thing that I've come to appreciate about this series is the devotion and utter love that these two characters have for one another. They are both very likeable, flawed men that live and breathe off of the written page and I can't wait to read more of them.

This novella is told through Darwin's eyes. Even though first person is not my favorite point of view in romance, there is something endearing about seeing the story through Darwin's eyes. His sarcastic and often witty inner dialog that makes him a uniquely, highly entertaining storyteller throughout the story.

Promises is the third book in the Darwin's Theory series. Although I do think it could be read as a stand-alone book, I believe to be able to fully appreciate the dynamics of Peter and Darwin's relationship it would be best to read these books in series order.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series and I look forward to reading more from this author. The Darwin's Theory books in series order are: Pain, Secrets and Promises.

Book Blurb for Promises

I have come to terms with the idea of Peter becoming Lesser-Bred. See, sometimes I can look at the glass of milk as being half-full instead of close to empty.

Besides, it’s not all that hard. Look at the benefits. More time alone with him, my greedy bastard self, and the bed. Granted, it’s time we could be spending in the Gray Zone. I did promise to take Peter there to find a Lesser-Bred to meet his needs.

But since Peter hasn’t mentioned going, I haven’t bothered to remind him. What can I say, the idea of another man satisfying Pete in a way I can’t doesn’t exactly put me in my happy place.

Maybe, with any luck, Pete won’t kill me.

Kill me and eat me.

Contains: m/m romance 

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 5.00