I needed a break between Collide and Pulse, by Gail McHugh, after being taken through the emotional wringer so I decided to read two short stories Tuesday before starting something new. The stories I read were ok at best with one of them being a series, The Intern, that I will not discuss until I’ve read them all because as of now, I’m not impressed. However, Wednesday afternoon I decided to turn on my lover (Kindle Fire) and see what he had in store for me.
I happened upon Beautiful Broken Promises by Kimberly Lauren in my “suggested for you” titles. I saw that this was part of a series but it clearly stated that it was a stand alone novel and you need not have read books 1 & 2 to read it. That worked for me because I read the synopsis for the other books and this one stood out more to me than the others. Kind of reminded me of the Fighting Series by J.B. Salsbury (one of my FAVORITE series). Each story is considered a stand alone but the characters were reoccurring as each book picked one character and told their particular story.
Beautiful Broken Promises focuses on the character Lane Parker, a former NY police officer who quit the force and moved West chasing a lead after losing the love of his life, Kate. He’s kept this secret from his friends because of the hurt and resentment he has toward himself for losing Kate not to mention he doesn’t want anyone to try and talk him out of his search for her. He made promises to her that he was unable to keep and that eats at him every day.
“You made me the luckiest man in the world… that is, until you were ripped from my hands so brutally. Those promises I had sworn by were taken from me, and I was never even able to tell you I’m sorry. I never meant for it to be this way. I never wanted to break my promises. They forced me to.”
I absolutely loved everything about this book and the characters were so well written.The story itself is wonderful, every time I thought I had it figured out something else surprising happened and when I say WTF I mean, WHAT. THE. F*%&. Like really, where did that come from? And that is like the first 40-50 pages of the book!! After that the story flows pretty well until the last 20 pages and then it’s another curve ball thrown and you have the GTFOH face all over again. This is definitely worth the time so 5 out of 5 stars for me and I didn’t even read the other books in the series! I think I may go back to them after I’ve read the Bite & Release by Cory Cyr.