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Peek Inside Eli's Promise

Hard-headed cowboys, sticky bar floors, and hot, sexy showers combine to break one man’s resolve to live his life alone and to keep his heart locked away.

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Just before Eli’s lover died, he made Eli promise he’d find love again. Five years have passed, but Eli’s no closer to fulfilling that promise. He doesn’t think he’ll ever find love and that kind of happiness again. If only he didn’t have to face a part-time employee and full-time pain the ass by the name of Asa at work…

Asa knows what he wants when he sees it. And what he wants is to banish the ghosts lurking in Eli’s haunted gaze and drag his sinfully handsome boss back to life. This young cowboy has the persistence and the mouth to get his man. Eli’s grumpy, prickly defenses don’t stand a chance.

Each book in The Bar Next Door series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.
Series order:
Book #1: Malachi’s Word
Book #2: Eli’s Promise

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633179
Series: The Bar Next Door, Book 2
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 100
Imprint: scorched
Genre: contemporary, lgbtq
Tropes: boss and employee, second chance

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By Gigi March 04, 2015

Read this one during my Hawaiian vacation in 2013. Remember really enjoying it, but don't remember enough to review.

Guess I'll just have to re-read at a later date! :) ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews January 12, 2014

Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Review copy provided for an honest review


I’m happy to be back in The Bar Next Door and found myself smiling a lot while reading this book. The subject matter isn’t funny, but the overwhelming resistance to a new relationship and the fac... ...more

By Joyfully December 31, 2013

This review was originally written for Joyfully Jay Reviews.

3.5 stars

Eli’s Promise is the second book in Lissa Matthews’ Bar Next Door series. I like this series. It’s good. Nothing incredible stands out in its pages. There’s nothing startling or original in its content. Yet it keeps me intereste... ...more

By GayListBookReviews February 09, 2014

A fast and dirty ride full of emotion, friendship and lots of steamy sex.

Eli is still healing from the shattering of losing his long time lover. He doesn’t believe that he can allow himself to feel for another that way again, never risk that kind of damage. Unfortunately, for his plans of staying... ...more

By Cathy January 26, 2014

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This is book two of the Bar Next Door series. I did feel this one stands alone pretty well.
Eli is still pining over the death of his lover and does not intend to keep the promise he made on Thad’s deathbed, to find someone else to love. He... ...more

By Eve March 29, 2014

Great short with some unexpected surprises. Glad Eli got his story. Wish it would've been a little longer. :) ...more

By Ann June 11, 2016

3.5 Stars ...more

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Lissa Matthews

About the author

Lissa Matthews

Coffee drinker extraordinaire, author Lissa Matthews lives and writes in North Carolina. When not at the keyboard with blue collar bad boys, race car drivers, cowboys, shifters, or any other hero type that tickles her fancy, she can be found in the backyard on the swing, in the kitchen trying a new recipe she found on Pinterest, watching sports with her family, or perfecting her nap ninja skills. You can learn more about her and her books on her website, follow her on social media, and/or sign up for her newsletter. You can also contact her through email at [email protected] She’d love to hear from you!

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