A Wounded Promise by Ashavan Doyon

Title: Sam’s Café Promises, Book 2: A Wounded Promise
Author: Ashavan Doyon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 99
Characters: Russell Pine, Justin Tesh
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Romance, Series
Kisses: 5


Sam’s Cafe Romances: Book Two

Having survived one nightmare of a relationship, Justin Tesh thought he’d left the worst behind when he put his ex Peter behind bars. But when his new lover, Russell Pine, explodes in a fit of alcohol-fueled rage, Justin finds himself frozen with a fear he thought he’d long since worked through. While older, more experienced Russ is anxious to put the incident behind them, avoiding personal issues never works, and for Justin, his fear is an open doorway to demons both he and Russ need to confront.

Despite their histories of loss and pain, Russ has faith in the promise of their relationship. But if he can’t heal the wound he’s inflicted on his lover’s heart, he risks losing Justin forever to Peter’s legacy of brutality.


I’ve read a couple of books by Ashavan Doyon and I’ve enjoyed them all. The author has an easy style of writing that I enjoy and has a true gift of getting to the heart and soul of his characters. This easily allows this reader to get wrapped up into the lives of the heroes that he’s created.

We meet Justin and Russ in the first book, King’s Mate. I admit, I fell in love with these two characters and was thrilled to see their story continue. They are a sweet and loving couple who really work at fitting each other into their lives. Russ is older than Justin, and even though he’s had more life experiences, his patience and understanding with Justin is beautiful. Justin is more of an old soul, so they really form a lovely relationship together.

Both of these characters have demons they must deal with if they want their relationship to continue to flourish and move onto the next step. Russ still deals with the death of his partner in an unhealthy way and Justin has an abusive past with a former boyfriend he must face if he wants them to continue on their loving journey of trust and love.

As a reader, I really appreciate how Mr. Doyon allows his characters to show their flaws and evolve as their story continues. It is really easy to become invested in these characters and hope their relationship continues to grow and thrive as their story continues.

A Wounded Promise is a very easy book to recommend. I loved every minute I spent reading about these two men and can’t wait to read more! If you are looking for a solid, sweet read with enough angst to keep you wondering what’s going to happen next, this is definitely the book (and series) for you.

Although, A Wounded Promise could be read as a stand-alone book, I HIGHLY recommend reading the series is book order. This way you’ll be able to see how to become as fully invested into Russ and Justin’s relationship as I have!

The Sam’s Café Romances series are:

The King’s Mate
A Wounded Promise

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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