Series: Drifters #2
Author: Susan Rodgers
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 25th 2013
Published by: Bluemountain Entertainment
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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Promises is the second book in the Drifters series, following A Song For Josh.
Jessie Wheeler's past catches up with her in Promises as an old nemesis settles in Vancouver, threatening to destroy any chance at the singer's newfound happiness. But Jessie is an old hat at acting - at disappearing inside herself and creating characters to help herself survive. Backed into a corner by Deuce McCall, she relies on a tougher version of herself to get her through the dark days while she seeks a solution to free herself of Deuce's clutches. As she tries to gain a foothold in her struggle, one thing becomes clear - she may have to risk everything she has found - friendships, love, a successful career as a singer / songwriter and actor - in order to save the one thing she loves the most.
"Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear." John Lennon
We catch up with Jessie and her friends and once again Josh. Their relationship ended on a sad note in A Song for Josh and thankfully they pick things up once again and all seems happy and the future is looking bright. Until an old enemy from Jessie’s past appears and turns her happy world upside down.
Jessie who is a famous pop star/actress is a likeable character until this old enemy makes a reappearance is her life and then she becomes a shell of herself and does everything she can to protect those whom she loves, even if it means hurting them and herself in the process. I found myself willing this girl to toughen up and seek help as after the life she’s been through she deserves happiness.
This is a very emotional read and what Jessie goes through and has gone through in her past is quite distressing.
It’s told from the 3rd person for most of the story with the occasional 1st person view inserted here and there. It’s well written and is clear albeit the pace being slow for the first half of the book. After this the pace picks up and kept me enthralled.
The story is left open at the end but does feel finished for now, with a sense that Jessie is free and a burden has been lifted. But we also know there is much more to come.
Intense and emotional read.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book.
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