• Like I Promised

  • Heather Bay, Book 1
  • By: Charlie Novak
  • Narrated by: Dan Calley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Like I Promised

By: Charlie Novak
Narrated by: Dan Calley
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Publisher's Summary

Falling for my childhood sweetheart wasn’t part of the plan.

Moving back to Heather Bay wasn’t on Oliver’s agenda for the summer, but after inheriting a cottage in dire need of renovation, he doesn’t have much choice. Supervising the builders should be easy…except the man in charge is Oliver’s childhood best friend and ex-boyfriend.

Lane’s spent nine years desperately trying to forget his first love, but that doesn’t stop him from fantasizing about Oliver in every spare moment once he discovers Oliver’s back in town. Falling into bed together isn’t supposed to mean anything, even if Lane’s emotions feel too big to be ignored.

Being drawn to each other is one thing, but being stuck together after disaster strikes the renovations is another. The pull of the past is strong, but Oliver and Lane have been down this road before. This time they’ll need to learn from their mistakes so they can finally keep their promises.

Like I Promised is a steamy second-chance contemporary MM romance featuring former childhood sweethearts, interfering friends, questionable barbecues, a very lazy Collie, cozy coffee shops, and secret beaches.

©2022 Charlie Novak (P)2022 Charlie Novak

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excellent second chance romance!

Like I Promised was excellent!! Like I Promised is the beginning of Heather Bay series. Oliver has no choice but to move back to Heather Bay to supervise the renovation of a cottage he inherited. Lane is in charge of the renovation and was once Oliver’s childhood best friend and boyfriend. This was a fantastic second chance, low angst with fantastic high heat romance. Dan Calley does a good job with the narrative, but at times he was hard to understand. Overall, fantastic story!! The story is well written, highly recommend!

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Phenomenal

Dan Calley does a truly amazing job of bringing these characters to life. The story is one I enjoyed but hearing it brought to life made me remember the parts I truly loved

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New Series

Welcome to Charlie’s new series in Heather Bay. We got a small taste with a short at the beginning of the year, but I am excited to see a new set of characters. Oliver and Lane are so cute together. I love how they try not to want to be around each other and are so drawn together. I love the slow burn and no angst of this book. Then Lane realizes that Oliver won’t have a kitchen for much longer than he anticipated. He offers his place as somewhere to stay. They find a rhythm that keeps pulling them together. I loved this sweet read and can’t wait for more. The audio was fantastic.

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Love this sweet second chance romance!

Oliver and Lane are just...ugh! I love these two so much together and while the angst leading up to them sorting out their stuff was kinda brutal, I loved seeing them finally happy together! Lane's deep love of his sweet little seaside town was so enduring and I loved that he didn't make excuses for not wanting to leave his home for something bigger and better. Oliver was tense and guarded at the beginning but I loved seeing him open up not only to Lane but also to what he truly wanted out of life, rather than what was "expected" of him to pursue. Second chance romances are so painful in many ways but I loved seeing how Lane and Oliver were able to address those issues that drove them apart in the first place without completely destroying the new relationship they were building. The ending was magical and getting to see a little glimpse of their happy lives together was amazing. The group of friends they have collected is so dynamic and diverse and seem like the kind of friends who will not only tease you until you want to explode but also be there at 3am when you need them. It was sweet to see them all together and building a family together. With so many interesting side characters, I hope there are a lot of future HEA set in Heather Bay! Wonderful writing with just the best characters! As for the narration, Dan Calley has quick become a top narrator for me! I love the timber of his voice and his ability to bring so many different characters to life within a story. I hope Dan will continue to narrate Charlie's book because they are an absolute joy to listen to!

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Second chance

Just like all of Charlies book I loved this one! Amazing book and amazing narrator!

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Like being surrounded by friends

Man I love the Heather Bay gang! I feel like I want to just slip right in to one of their parties and make friends with all of them. Dan Calley did a great job bringing not only Lane and Oliver to life but all the rest of the guys as well. It can be hard when every character has the same accent but he managed to differentiate between 6+ men pretty darn well!

This is such a sweet, low-angst story with some wicked steam hidden in the middle. Classic Charlie Novak awesomeness! I can't wait to see the rest of the characters find their HEAs; the epilogue did a great job of getting Lane and Oliver settled while teasing future stories.

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Love the team of Charlie and Dan!!

Another amazing listen from Charlie Novak and Dan Calley!
This is the story of Oliver and Lane; a second chance romance between two men that never got over each other.
Lane and Oliver were childhood friends growing up in Heather Bay, and as they grew older their feelings turned to attraction, then love. They both thought this was it for them, but when Oliver gets into university and Lane wants to stay to work for his father, things quickly go south for these two.
Then nine years later, Oliver is brought back to Heather Bay when he inherits a cottage, and his mother has already hired a contractor to fix it up. Then he is face to face with his lost love again.
Oliver and Lane are super sweet together (they are also dead sexy together!). They always loved each other but were both hurt in the past, but their reunion is absolutely lovely.
Dan Calley does an amazing job narrating as always!!

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Wonderful story

There is just something about a Charlie Novak book that feels like coming home. These characters were so good and I desperately love a good second chance romance. Oliver and Lane have never really gotten over each other in the 10 years they have been apart. Now that Oliver is back in Heather Bay, the two of them get to see if they can figure out what went wrong one maybe find their HEA. This is such a great feel good story and I can’t recommend it enough!! And Dan Calley does a great job as usual bringing her characters to life. Absolutely loved it and it is so worth listening to!!

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Very good!

This is a nice second chance former childhood sweetheart story. It was fun getting to know these two, as they’ll appear in the next books in the series. This book really builds that world, and it’ll be awesome to follow the side characters in this book when they get their HEAs. As for plot, it was enjoyable, with very little angst and a good amount of sexy times.

Dan Calley did a great job performing as usual. His characters have just enough differentiation to know who is talking, but no one has any really weird voices. I do enjoy listening to him!

I did receive a promotional copy of this audiobook and am happy to leave an honest review.

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Love the new Heather Bay series

Great story and fantastic narration! Love how it includes characters from other series Charlie has out. Definite must read!

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  • colleen hewitt
  • 10-02-22

Loved this

I’m a suckers for second chance romances and this certainly hits the spot. It is sweet, spicy and has some great humour. Lane and Oliver are so very clearly not over one another. After 9 years apart they have to face each other as Lane is working on Oliver’s recently inherited cottage. You can see how they have grown as people in their time apart as they both own up to their part in their breakup. I loved them and loved seeing them getting close and rekindling their love.
As always Dan brought Lane and Oliver to life perfectly

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 08-27-22

Returning Home.

MM, Second Chance, Former Childhood Sweethearts, Small Town, Contemporary, Romance. Fantastic first book in the series, brilliantly narrated and thoroughly enjoyed. I really enjoyed listening to their story and watching their relationship rekindle, I can't wait to return to Heather Bay again. Guaranteed HEA.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 08-24-22

Wonderful story and performance.

I loved the world building in Heather Bay and can't wait to come back and learn more about lots of the other characters who live there. In this one, we get a second chance romance as Oliver inherits a run down property and returns to see it restored only to be thrown together with his ex- in charge of the renovations. Oliver may have left and seemingly moved on, but Lane's feelings have never really changed. He's willing to take the risk of enjoying whatever Oliver will give him for as long as he's back knowing full well the pain that awaits when Oliver leaves again. A sudden, unexpected event throws them together in a way where they can no longer dance around how they honestly feel about each other and what they want for the future. A lovely story about growth and emotional honesty. Dan Calley's performance is spot on. We feel the warmth and love between Oliver and Lane but also the pain of their impending loss at their future separation again. The place where they finally open up and put all their cards on the table was wonderful to read but is taken to a while new level hearing it actually voiced by Dan Calley.

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  • C.
  • 08-23-22

Sweet second-chance story

Charlie Novak writes the sweetest stories. This is a book you'll read with a smile on your face.
A sweet, low angst, second-chance love story. Lane & Oliver rekindle after many years apart. They are now older, more mature, and ready to live their love.
Not a lot happens in the book, it's more focused on the couple and their new relationship.

Being more used to listening to audiobooks set in the US, I had some trouble warming up to the narration, but it became easier after a few chapters.

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  • Vania
  • 08-22-22

What a great start to this seaside new series!

I love the setting, in a fictional small town on the coast of Yorkshire. And the trope is the one I love most, second chances. Oliver and Lane have been best friends for all their lives, and each other’s first everything. Then they split at 18 when Oliver was about to go to uno. Fear, teenage impulsiveness and let’s face it, sheer idiocy lead them to push each other away and in the intervening years they have built up their fight and breakup su much they think they hate each other and never want to see the other again. Except, when they finally meet again all the good that was between them comes back. The opportunity of a second chance is there but there are so many things to take into consideration, not last the fear of having their hearts broken again.
A lovely story, well written and with a great setting, and a group of friends I can’t wait to find out more about!

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 08-21-22

Sweet and steamy

A charming second chance at your first love. A bit of kismet and motherly meddling and an epic romance is rekindled after 9 years and it's just so sweet!! I found this one softer and gentler than Charlie's usual wit and charisma but still a wonderful read, a fabulous cast of characters and so much intrigue for all the future stories in this series!

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  • AL
  • 08-19-22

Second chance

Story: A super cute second chance story! High heat, low angst, the story was a great read!
Narration: Great performance! Dan Calley does a great job with these characters and elevates the emotions.

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  • Bronwyn (she/her)
  • 08-17-22

falling for me ex wasn't part of the plan

honestly this was sweet. everything you'd expect from the author. a small town, one bed, and a weird idea that a 'summer fling' would work and that isn't adding their past. It's just a sweet and simple romance with a great narrator