Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Book Review: Promise Her

Title: Promise Her
Author: Andrea Johnston
Series: Military Men of Lexington
Release: 4/28/19
Genre: Contemporary, Slow burn, Friends to Lovers

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No one knows the secret I’ve buried inside.

When the unimaginable happens, the past doesn’t matter. Only the future. Only this baby.

The grief and guilt are overwhelming, especially when I find comfort in my late husband’s best friend. Taylor Cain isn’t known for letting others in, but he’s here for me in a way no one else is.

Even though I’m playing with fire, his arms are the only place I feel safe.

Life can change in the blink of an eye.

When I lose my best friend, I bury my own grief to be there for his pregnant widow.

Somehow between vowing to protect Scarlett Gilbert and her baby to holding her in my arms, I developed feelings for her. Feelings I question are within my right. Having her in my life makes me feel alive for the first time.

Between her commitment to his memory and respect for my best friend, we fear judgment for the love we share.

Some say promises are made to be broken, but when I promise her my heart, I intend to keep it.

Review:  I have to preface this review by saying, Andrea Johnston is one of my absolute favorite authors. Her books speak to me in a way that many, especially in the romance genre can not, because her characters always feel so real.

Promise Her is a little bit different. There are a lot of "feels" in Taylor and Scarlett's story. From the beginning when Scarlett is left a widow and pregnant, to the drama that unfolds at the end.

This is a slow burn type story too, as the two of them work to figure out their feelings and how things will look as Scarlett's hubby was Taylor's best friend.

To add another trope to the mix, its a military romance as well, as Henry and Taylor all served together. I have to admit, I'm not usually a fan of military romances, but I've read a few recently and they've all been stellar, and really, in my eyes Andrea Johnston can do no wrong.

What makes this story so real and so darned good is how Scarlett, Taylor and all of the support group that surround her after Henry's death, become more than characters on the page. There life plays out just as though you were standing in the room with them.

This story takes you through the ups and downs of her pregnancy, while she sorts out her feelings for Taylor and deals with a bit of intrigue in her life as well.

I loved that the romance was slow although the chemistry was there from the start and that includes the sex.

This story was just superb. It tugs at your heartstrings in all the right places. It makes you cry. It makes you cheer. It makes you have hope for happy endings for everyone.

Rating: 5 flowers

Author Bio:

Andrea Johnston spent her childhood with her nose in a book and a pen to paper.
An avid people watcher, her mind is full of stories that yearn to be told.
A fan of angsty romance with a happy ending, super sexy erotica and a good mystery, Andrea can always be found with her Kindle nearby fully charged.
Andrea lives in Idaho with her family and two dogs. When she isn’t spending time with her partner in crime aka her husband, she can be found binge watching all things Bravo and enjoying a cocktail. Nothing makes her happier than the laughter of her children, a good book, her feet in the water, and cocktail in hand all at the same time.

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