Pre-release Review: A Young Widow’s Promise

This is the first time I’ve ever had a pre-release review for anything. In fact, I’m very bad about soliciting reviews and don’t do it often. But last week, when the publisher sent me the ARC for this novella, I received an e-mail from Amos Lassen literally on the same exact day by coincidence…about something that had nothing to do with A YOUNG WIDOW’S PROMISE. I know he does review all LGBTQ books, but I always thought of him as more literary. And because I’m crossing genres this time with this novella, I’ve been worried about how I’m going to promote it. So I decided to ask Amos if he’d be willing to review A YOUNG WIDOW’S PROMISE, and he graciously agreed.

Though Amos has reviewed a couple of my books over the years, again, I always thought of him as a reviewer who concentrated more on LGBTQ literary fiction rather than m/m erotic romance. And A YOUNG WIDOW’S PROMISE isn’t even considered m/m romance, let alone LGBTQ literary fiction. It’s a pg rated m/f historical romance with a gay subplot that I thought was important to the storyline. I’ve written other m/f pg rated romances in many different sub-genres, but this is the first time I’m doing it without using a pen name. And when Amos agreed to review this, I was thrilled that he’d actually take the time to do it.

Here’s a link to Amos Lassen’s web site, and the review is below.

Field, Ryan. “A Young Widow’s Promise”,, 2011.

The Civil War ala Ryan Field

Amos Lassen

Living in the South, it is hard not to be a Civil War buff and in fact every day I pass a couple of monuments and battle sites. Southerners are proud people and just as they do not forget what some refer to as the Great War; they also erect monuments to battles that they lost. It’s a strange life.

Every once in a while I like a good Civil War book (or as you Yankees call the conflict, The War Between the States). There is something very romantic about the period just as there is something very romantic about the old South. Of course, any novel about the Civil War will be inevitably compared to the great “Gone with the Wind”—well, maybe this one won’t as it is being released only as an ebook for now (on October 29). I must compliment Ryan Field for undertaking such a project because to write a period novel, a lot of research is required and if you have been following Field’s blog, you know that he did his share. He does not disappoint. Ryan Field is one of the most prolific writers around so I am sure it was not easy to take the time to do the research for this book and his research is evident. Life in the 1800’s was very much different than it is today to be sure, but it is the little nuances of life that capture our attention. If an author makes a mistake about the period he is writing about, someone will call him on it. (No Ryan, you on the back and say “Job well done”).

Ryan Field’s extremely readable writing style is evident here and while I cannot say much about the plot, I am going to say that once I sat down to read, I read straight through the day. And since I have used the word straight already, I will say that this is a book about a straight romance between a man and a woman. But do not throw your arms up in despair—there is a gay subplot.

I suppose what I am trying to say is that we see the author’s versatility as a writer here. I knew that he also writes straight novels under another name yet here he brings the two genres together and the result is very satisfying. You notice that I have avoided talking about the plot and the characters but there is a “method to my madness”. Rarely do I give a book an advance rave without talking about the story but that is what I am doing here. I have too often been accused of saying too much about a story so I am saying nothing except you will learn about lawn mowers. Take my word for it—you will enjoy it totally—not just because of the plot and the characters but because Ryan Field is a wonderful writer who never ceases to surprise. I want you to have the same surprises I had. I know some of you will say that this is a cursory review and it is. Let’s wait until some of you have a chance to share the story and then we’ll talk about it. In the meantime, put it on your “To Read” lists and preorder it. You won’t be sorry.

Amazon Reviews, Amos Lassen, and Clicking "Was this Review Helpful?"

Post Update: When I first wrote this short post I was under the impression I’d be helping all amazon reviewers in a small way. It was last August and up until today I completely forgot about it. However, thanks to a few considerate e-mails I received this afternoon, it seems as if the information I was given last August with regards to clicking “Was this review helpful to you?” may have been incorrect. I’m honestly not sure. But I’m sorry if I misguided anyone. I’m not an expert on these things and never claimed to be. I just thought I would be passing on information and helping out all amazon reviewers. Evidently, that’s not the case.

Thanks to 23 informative amazon reviews, I just received this dog grooming kit in the mail today. The set I’ve been using on my two poodles for the past five years have seen better days, and if it hadn’t been for the helpful reviews I read on amazon for the kit I just purchased, I wouldn’t have known what I was getting. I’ll be using them this weekend on my red poodle. And since I mentioned it here, I’ll do an update post and I might even leave a review of my own to let other people know how they worked for me.

January 5, 2011

If you’ve purchased any of my books from amazon and you’ve read any of the reviews by book reviewer, Amos Lassen, please don’t forget to click “Was this review helpful to you?” after you’ve read his reviews. This goes for all the books he’s reviewed, not just mine. And he’s reviewed plenty from what I can see. Here’s a link to his list of reviews on Amazon.

I just learned that if readers click “Was this review helpful to you?” after they read a review, the reviewer gets listed as one of the top 50 reviewers, and some sort of free gift card from amazon.

These reviewers work hard. They don’t get paid to do this. They do this because they love doing it. And as a reader, I find most amazon reviews very helpful…good or bad. I find myself looking for certain popular book reviewers just because I’ve liked their reviews so much. So please support Amos Lassen, and all the other book reviewers on amazon by clicking one little button to show your support.


Usually, I don’t get reviews in this soon for a book that has just been released. And this review, to me, is worth a great deal for two reasons: one, I didn’t solicite the review, and two, I’m a fan of this reviewer, Amos Lassen. When I’m shopping for something to read, I usually check out his reviews first to see what he has to say about the book I’m going to purchase. And I couldn’t be more thrilled about him reviewing ALL ABOUT YVES.

Clever Title, Clever Book, May 7, 2010
Amos Lassen (Little Rock, Arkansas) – See all my reviews
This review is from: All About Yves (Kindle Edition) Field, Ryan. “All About Yves”, Ravenous Romance, 2010. Clever Title, Clever Book Amos Lassen The title of Ryan Field’s new book, “All About Yves”, isn’t the only thing that is clever about it. Field is a good writer and he again builds characters that are well created and totally believable. He also writes excellent erotica. Marco Denny is the hero. He is a male model with an international reputation and has everything a person might want. He has money and he has been in a relationship for fifteen years. What bothers him is that time moves on and he does so with it. At 35, he is still popular and requested but he feels that as he moves into what he calls “middle age” that he may lose his popularity in a culture that is so youth oriented. One night, young Yves Marsiano, 20, appears outside of his dressing room and the time comes for Marco to face what he is so afraid of. Yves worships Marco and he is willing to do whatever it takes to please him. He gives Marco a sad story about the difficulties he has had during growing up and Marco decides to hire him as his personal assistant. Now we see that there is more to this than suspected and Yves turns out to be quite an ambitious young man. He watches Marco and notes every move and this seems to flatter Marco. When some unusual things begin to happen, Marco becomes suspicious and suddenly Marco’s world is turned inside out. His darkest fears come true and his career is about to come tumbling down. This is not a difficult story and it is something that many of us face when we realize that time marches on. Ryan Field makes this into a good read with lots of erotica. It is not a book you have to think about, just sit back and enjoy the read.