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I Belong


Review: Promise Me This by Christina Lee

Promise Me ThisTitle: Promise Me This

Author: Christina Lee

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Between Breaths (Book #4)

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Format: eBook, 246 Pages

ASIN: B00K0U6MGQ  (Penguin)

IBSN-13: 978-0698183940 (Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

A new love will test the boundaries of passion between a privileged boy next door and the tattooed, blue-haired girl who helps him embrace his wild side… 

Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It’s not that he doesn’t respect or trust women; he doesn’t trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn’t do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn’t take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.

Quick & Dirty: Very steamy romance that will pull at your heartstrings. I have really enjoyed this entire series and would recommend it to all New Adult contemporary fans!

Opening Sentence: I backed the brunette against the wall, my lips at her neck.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Nate is quite the player when it comes to beautiful women. It’s not that he wouldn’t like to be in a relationship, but he doesn’t trust himself in one. His father was very abusive to his mother and Nate recognizes some of the same demons in himself. The only time he ever had a girlfriend was in high school and there was one night where things got a little out of control. Ever sense, Nate has always held certain parts of himself in check and that means never letting anyone get too close. But there is one girl he can’t seem to help but want to get close to and her name is Jessie.

Jessie is a beautiful girl who works in a tattoo parlor. She has crazy colored hair and tattoos all over her body. She has always dated a certain type of guy that is similar to her, but that hasn’t really worked out so well for her. Her and Nate have been friends for a while now and they always have a good time teasing each other. Jessie knows that Nate is not her type because he comes from a wealthy family and wears polo shirts. But one night Jessie walks in on Nate with another girl and it sparks an interest inside Jessie that she never expected. She knows that Nate is a player, but she can’t help being attracted him. They may be polar opposites in many ways, but there is no denying there is something between them that could be really great if they would both give it a chance.

Jessie was such a great character. She has a witty personality and she doesn’t care what other people think about her. She does what she wants and she is always very honest about how she feels. She currently works at a tattoo parlor, but she is also going to school so she can become a photographer like her father. She grew up in a very loving family, but her father passed away suddenly a few years ago and that has been really hard for her to deal with. I loved how open she was with Nate about her past and she never judges him. She is one of those people that is easy to talk to and it’s pretty much impossible not to love her.

Nate is such a great guy and I really felt for him and the situation he found himself in. Growing up in an abusive home affects everyone differently and it always leaves some type of scar. Watching as he struggled with all of his personal demons was really hard, but also inspiring. He doesn’t deal with everything perfectly, but at least he tries to do the right thing to the best of his ability. He wants to be a better person then his father even though he feels that he has a lot of the same weaknesses, and I really respected that about him. His relationship with Jessie is very hot, but they also complement each other extremely well. I loved how they could talk about anything and make each other laugh. It was a sweet romance and developed at a great pace. Overall, I thought that Nate was a great character and I enjoyed reading his story.

Promise Me This is a sexy story that tugs at your heartstrings. The character development was great and the pacing was perfect, but the story was a little forgettable. I read this about a week ago and I am having a hard time remembering everything that happened, but I do remember enjoying it while I was reading it. The romance was very steamy and well written. I was surprised by the fact that this was slightly more erotic then the rest of the books in the series, but it worked really well with the issues that were covered. I would actually recommend this to anyone that wants to try erotic romance, but doesn’t want to jump right into a full blown erotic book. This story just slightly scratched the surface of that genre and gives you a little taste of what you can expect from that type of book. I have read all the books in this series and I have enjoyed each one of them immensely. I think that Lee does a wonderful job writing stories that are full of raw emotions and lots of steamy moments. Overall, this was an entertaining, quick read that all new adult contemporary romance fans will really enjoy!

Notable Scene:

Nate laughed and clapped Bennett on the back, reminding me of how alive and unreserved he was in every other way. With his friends and his sense of humor he lived out in the open—even with his daredevil antics, how he always talked about his next rock-climbing or snowboarding adventure—but there was that one area in his life that was most cryptic.

I’d just figured he was immature, given too much too early from his wealthy family. But tonight in the bathroom, I saw a flash of something different. Something that resembled a deep ache—an unfulfilled longing in his face—a split second before he’d pushed that girl away. It was there. I knew I hadn’t imagined it.

Regardless, Nate was way too straight-laced for me with his perfectly tailored jeans and buttondown shirts, even if they did hug his muscles in all the right places. And the girls he spent his time with probably all looked the same—privileged and gorgeous.

I liked at least a little gravity to the guys I dated, so I never paid Nate much attention beyond our easy and playful friendship. But tonight I’d admit it was the first time I could picture myself up against that sink, with his hot lips against my neck.

Between Breaths Series:

1. All of You

2. Before You Break

3. Whisper to Me

4. Promise Me This

5. There You Stand (April 21, 2015)

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FTC Advisory:  Intermix/Penguin provided me with a copy of Promise Me This.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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