Promises We Meant to Keep by Monica Murphy is now live!
My brother’s best friend.
My dirty little secret.
We fell for each other at Lancaster Prep. Sneaking around. Not wanting anyone to find out. He was my first love, my protector, my knight in shining armor. We were made for each other, and I truly believed he was my forever.
But then I did the unthinkable, and betrayed him in the worst possible way. I thought I lost him for good…
Until I saw him at my brother’s wedding. Now he’s older. Crueler. Unbearably handsome. We’re drawn to each other still, but will Spencer be there for me when I need him the most? Or did I ruin us forever?
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So emotional! This one twisted my heart with the heavy emotion and heartbreak. On the flip side it satisfied my swoony heart with the fabulous romance. Even though Sylvie was a sinker in Things I Wanted to Say I loved her and I knew her story would be something special. I didn’t expect the horrific backstory that seemed never ending with loads of angst. The villain just won’t stop! There were flashbacks that introduced Spence and told the story of his and Sylvie’s relationship from young teens when he was her brother’s best friend to current as they fought for a second chance. What a beautiful love! Spence is a terrific hero and wonderful friend as he supported Sylvie until she went too far. Then comes the chance to revive their love and it’s sweet and sexy and painful especially when Sylvie tells her story. The dark in the story was all about the horrors Sylvie lived through and her fight to overcome the bad influence. I figured out what was going on fairly early and I really wanted the villain to suffer but the end was satisfying. Some of the actions were crazy and I didn’t get why someone wasn’t clued in to what was going on but the author did a good job of explaining why. I did think that Sylvie would have suffered from long lasting physical issues as well as emotional. I loved it when the Lancasters rallied around Sylvie especially big brother Whit. And then there’s younger sister Caroline, the ballerina and her secrets. I look forward to her story. The epilogue was fantastic but seemed to close the door on Spence’s family while I was hoping for more. Maybe a Donato mafia spinoff? This was really dark and emotional and not what I expected for Sylvie’s story. I wanted more sass and crazy chaos but it was still a good read. I love this author’s wonderful characters and intense storytelling. Worth the read!
Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance. She’s also known as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.
A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, two kids, one dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s an assistant coach for her daughter’s high school cheer team, which is a two season sport. Meaning, she’s at practice with a bunch of teenage girls all the time. Or she’s at a football game. Or a basketball game. Maybe someday, she’ll even write about this experience.
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