Title: Three Broken Promises
Author: Monica Murphy
Series: One Week Girlfriend #3
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.
I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.
I was elated when I saw that the next book in this series would be about Jen and Colin! We didn’t get too much of Jen in Second Chance Boyfriend, but from what I could tell she was a good friend to Fable and that made her ok in my book. I was really intrigued by Colin. He was such a mystery. I was constantly questioning his behavior and actions in Second Chance Boyfriend and I was dying to know what was going through his head!! When the relationship between Colin and Jen started to emerge in SCB I was left with even more questions about them. I was a little worried that book three wouldn’t meet my expectations because I had fallen in love with Drew and Fable in OWG and SCB, but decided to give it a shot anyways because I needed to figure out Jen and Colin. I’m here to report that I got my answers and was actually really touched by their story.
“This is our shared loss, the strong connection that has kept us together, that made him search me out when I ran.”
Jen and Colin have a past and a shared tragedy but they went down very different paths in dealing (or not dealing) with their grief. Years later they’re back in each others lives but for how long? Could they have a future with the past standing between them? Monica Murphy gave me everything I wanted out of this story and then some. Her inclusion of Drew & Fable throughout the book made me incredibly happy. A lot of follow-up books dealing with secondary characters barely mention the original hero/heroine. It’s like they completely forgot that they were supposed to be best friends to begin with. Plus, seeing the different dynamics between Drew and Fable and Colin and Jen deepened my understanding and appreciation for these beautiful characters. One of the things I love about dual POV books is that you really get to know the characters and we get to see relationships from both sides. We get an intimate look into the characters’ thoughts and feelings and it helps readers to connect with them and understand them. Overall, I loved the storyline and how it was developed over the course of the book, filling in information about Colin and Jen’s current and past relationship to really round out the story.
“This is exactly how I imagined it would be between us. Hot. All-consuming. Overwhelming.”
As always with Monica Murphy, she wins me over every time with her character development. Jen’s character isn’t as independent and fearless as Fable’s, but she wants to be and she makes a genuine effort to find that part of her. Sometimes she succeeds in finding that inner fierceness, but she also fails a little and experiencing that with her made her a character I could relate to. I wanted to be her friend and that is always a great feeling to have about a character. Colin, on the other hand, hides his issues and attempts to live this “perfect” life where he can avoid being hurt/hurting anyone. Being in his head and getting a sense of his struggle finally revealed his motivations for needing to take care of everyone (and why things with Jen aren’t all hearts and butterflies). When I finally figured him out it made me love him a little more. I found myself incredibly invested in these characters, so much so that I was literally face-palming and asking my kindle why they couldn’t get it together! If you’ve met Drew and Fable, you need to read Jen and Colin’s story.
“So scary, but the only time I feel safe, the only time I feel like I am at home, is when I’m with Colin.”
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Check out the rest of the One Week Girlfriend series:
One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend #1)
Second Chance Boyfriend (One Week Girlfriend #2)
Drew + Fable Forever (One Week Girlfriend #3.5)
Four Years Later (One Week Girlfriend #4)
Five Days Until You (One Week Girlfriend #5)