December 23, 2013
You guys, I LOVE THIS SERIES!!
Today is our stop for
Three Broken Promises (Drew + Fable #3)
by Monica Murphy
If you missed it, check out my reviews for
One Week Girlfriend (Drew + Fable #1)
Second Chance Boyfriend (Drew + Fable #2)
Title: Three Broken Promises
Author: Monica Murphy
Publisher: Bantam (Random House)
Publishing Date: December 31, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Synopisis: 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.
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**I received a copy of this book, but that did not influence the review**
First Thoughts: 4 stars I love me some Colin Wilder. This was a great romance and I was so very happy to see these two finally get together.
Plot, Pacing, and Style: I was so excited to read Colin and Jen’s story so that I could get into their heads and learn all their secrets. Some of the secrets were pretty bad, and I mean BAD. Along the way I got to see Colin and Jen both made peace with their own pasts, then love each other in spite of everything. It was told in alternating POVs, but I found that I enjoyed Colin’s POV way more than Jen’s. The entire story actually took place only over a few short weeks, so it felt like it was told in real time and I loved it.
Main Characters: I have to admit it, (as I mentioned in the section above) I totally preferred the chapters from Colin’s POV. While I ultimately liked Jen, I didn’t always connect with her. She made some bad life choices, and still wasn’t making choices that were any better, and honestly, I cringed sometimes. Many times I don’t mind character flaws, but it was hard to accept some of her past. Colin, on the other hand, had the self control of steel. His feelings ran deep but he never indulged himself, and it made him SO HOT.
Romance/Chemistry: I love slow burn, and this was a really delicious slow burn. Colin is also one of my favorite things: a dirty talker. Now, we don’t get to hear all the naughty things, but the preview of what he probably said to Jen is delicious and I love that that is part of his personality. RAWR. And don’t even get me started on the kitchen counter scene. gah!
Title/Cover: The title is cute and fitting. I like how each book in this series is a number. The cover is OK, kind of reminds me of 80s flash dance or something for some reason.
Ending: It was good, nice and happy, but a little too rushed for me. I waited so long for these two to get together that I would have liked to savor every second of it with them.
Gripes/suggestions: The turning point where Jen and Colin finally profess how they feel was clearly set up, and I know something big had to happen, but I just didn’t love it. It was then followed by a huge admission of love that also happened too quickly. I liked it, but would have liked it better if it kept the same pacing as the rest of the novel, it just ended to quickly.
Final Thoughts/Rec it? Oh yes, yes, yes. This is another great installment in the Drew + Fable series and a must on your TBR list!
About Monica Murphy: 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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