29 December 2013

Title: Three Broken Promises (Drew + Fable #3)
Author: Monica Murphy
Publisher: Bantam, 304 Pages (December 31st, 2013)
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Format: eARC
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: 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.

Review: 3.5 Stars - 3.5 Stars - Three Broken Promises is the third title in the Drew + Fable series by author Monica Murphy. While this reader has yet to read (covers head) the first two books in the series, I was glad to see that this could be read as a standalone. Not to worry for Drew and Fable fans, the two do make a few appearances in Colin and Jen’s story.

So our two main characters as mentioned above are Jen and Colin. They share a history from growing up together and a bond from Jen’s brother Danny who passed away in Iraq. When Jen needed someone the most Colin found her and was there for her when she was at her lowest.

Now these two characters are both dealing with issues, secrets and promises they’ll each do just about anything to keep buried and intact. However as the two become closer to giving in to their attraction and Jen’s past comes back to haunt her things become messy.

These two characters and their story were a bit frustrating to me. I understand and appreciate angst. I’m all for delaying things and drawing things out but this time it felt like it dragged on and on and these two just played with each other’s emotions. Neither of them had the best self-esteem either. No matter the past these two shared there was no believing in the others words and praises without believing there was something more behind it. It was hard to read that over and over again without wondering if there was some kind of point, and me as a reader starting to think that maybe there was something wrong with these two other than their issues.

I wanted to love it. I was really looking forward to reading this one too… but it was just drawn out so much and the characters were more stubborn in a “lets drive this reader nuts” way… I ended up frustrated and groaned more than a couple of times.

With all that frustrated me there was something there that I could see gleaming through that I just had to finish the book. I needed to know where Murphy was leading these to and at the end I sat back and thought many things and one being that I’d love to read more about these two in the future. Yes, while there was many frustrating instances while reading this one turned out to find a way into my heart and mind that I was sad to find my way to the end of the book.

I guess for me this time around I learned a lesson. That sometimes a frustrating set of characters can come out on top. That sometimes it’s when you finish a book you see a much broader part of the story and that it just might take making it to the end to find something that turns out to be a gem.

In the end I liked it. I’m looking forward to going back and reading Drew and Fables story because what I learned about those two has me very intrigued to say the least. I know fans of Murphy’s previous titles will love this one and as mentioned above as this can be read stand alone I have a feeling that those out there who are like this reader and have yet to read the first two titles will also feel the need to go back and read from the beginning of the series. Readers and fans of “New Adult” enjoy!

About the Author: 

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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