Title – That’s a Promise
Author – Victoria Klahr
Series – Promises, Promises, #1
Pain isn’t new to me.
I’ve been to hell only to find it never really leaves when you get back. It haunts me through nightmares, unrequited love, lies, broken hearts, and now death.
A monster almost took my life.
My best friend carries half my soul a world away.
My boyfriend broke my heart but refuses to let me go.
And my father is dead.
I don’t believe in fate and I don’t believe in happily-ever-afters, but for some reason, I still hope.
Live, even with a tainted spirit.
Long for my other half to come back to me.
Risk another broken heart, just to feel loved again.
And refuse to let another horror break me.
In the face of my most recent tragedy, I have to decide whether forgiveness is something I can give. But even if that’s an option, can I be forgiven?
The synopsis of this book immediately drew me in. I love a second chance romance – one where a love is tested and put through the ringer. However, I don’t know that I expected what I got, and I mean that in a good way. There was a lot of angst and drama but it surprisingly didn’t feel over the top to me. It seemed like these characters had some bad luck thrown their way time and time again, but they felt like real hurdles that people have to get through. We don’t all get our fairy tales.
I admired Josie’s strength in her character. I don’t think many people could overcome her hardships the way that she so strongly did. However, there were also times she drove me crazy because of her fickleness. I wish that she would have shown a tiny bit more strength in her love life, the way she did in her personal life. She was so upset with Blake for lying, but then was lying herself. Not to mention, she really wasn’t ever forthcoming with Seth and always just assumed things; she needed to communicate! Blake was such a sweet, romantic character. I loved all the little things he would do for Josie! I just wished I could have been more inside his head in those moments after his mom helped him put two and two together. I think it would have really helped me to invest in his character a little more. I also loved Seth. His feelings were so obvious and I wanted a lot more of him. I think every girl needs a best guy friend to love her through everything!
There were some minor spelling/grammatical errors but I tend to notice these things more than the average person. The events also were a bit predictable to me; I guessed them very early on. Not that it deterred me from wanting to read it, but they weren’t really twists for me. This is part one of a trilogy so there are definitely plenty of questions left unanswered. I can’t wait to start reading the second book to figure out exactly what Victoria Klahr has in store for us. That ending? YIKES! I think my jaw just about hit the floor! Now I hope that there’s at least a little bit of resolution for these three characters!
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That’s a Lie (Promises, Promises #2)
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Victoria Klahr (pronounced like “Claire”) lives in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Stephen and Alexis. She loves her chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bandit, and three year old to pieces. She loves to stay home and take care of them, even if they do drive her insane at times. She is a huge and proud book nerd who looks at her bookshelf in admiration daily. She has her Associate’s degree in Business Administration, but her passion has always been the stories that talk to her in her head. One day she decided to take a chance and let the voices write her story. She has never felt more certain or comfortable about who she is than when she writes.