Title: Three Broken Promises
Author: Monica Murphy
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Breakout New Adult sensation Monica Murphy returns with a hot new contemporary romance—a heartfelt story of second chances, forgiveness, and redemption.
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.
Going into Three Broken Promises I had to remind myself, “Jen and Colin are NOT Drew and Fable Holly, so don’t compare and contrast!” I admit I was a little worried I’d compare them to my beloved D+F…but I didn’t. I couldn’t, they were absolutely their own characters with their own sets of troubles and issues. I didn’t want to love them, for I felt that I would be cheating, but I couldn’t help it. A few chapters in, it happened…I fell in love with Jen and Colin. It’s a different kind of love, but I loved them none the less *sigh*
After feeling like her unsavory past has caught up with her, Jen decides it’s time to leave before Colin catches wind of all the details. He knows some things about her past but not all. Jen is worried about his reaction and how he’d treat her if he knew. I mean, granted, what she did wasn’t ideal but, a girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do to survive. She was young and dumb. I don’t judge her. I liked her feisty-ness, I like how she told Colin she was leaving and that was that. I also respected her honesty when she told him how she felt about him.
I found Colin to be delightfully frustrating! As sweet and caring as he was he was also made me want to bang my head against a wall. I loved that feeling! I wasn’t blinded by his good looks and sexy charm. I wanted to scream at him “crap or get off the pot already and tell her how you really feel!” I wanted him to pull on his big boy pants and stop thinking he wasn’t good enough for Jen. He felt he had failed her so many times in the past that he didn’t deserve her. I loved that Monica was able to make me love him and want to throttle him all at the same time 🙂
Monica gives us a story of two people linked together as a result of a terrible loss they both suffered. Seeing how they each helped each other made me happy sigh. No matter if they were mad at each other or not they still comforted one another when they needed it, no questions asked. Even though it took a while for Colin to pull his head out of the sand and admit his feelings for Jen, the wait was worth it. The angst and frustration I felt at times was worth it. There’s a reason Monica is one of my must read authors, her characters are fun and life like and her stories make me laugh, cry and get frustrated. Sometimes all at the same time. I love that she’s able to make me feel what her characters feel.
Three Broken Promises gets 4.5 stars
*I received a copy of from the publisher via NetGalley*
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.
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