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.
I love Monica Murphy’s books and was excited to start this one. Three Broken Promises is a follow up to One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend. I was anxious to read Fable’s best friend, Jen’s story and learn more about Colin who was an intriguing character and I was so curious what his story was.
Jen is ready to start her life over. Having lost her brother and drifting from her parents who are so overcome with grief, Jen does the only thing she can think of—she escapes. She starts to strip for money and finds herself homeless. She continues to make awful decisions, ones that she will forever regret.
“I’m ready to break free of this stifling cocoon called my life and find my own way, instead of relying on someone else.”
Colin is suffering from so much guilt after the loss of Danny, Jen’s brother. Colin makes a promise to Danny before he leaves for the military that he’ll take care of his sister. They were supposed to enlist together, but Colin was offered the chance to open his own business. A restaurant offered to him by his Dad.
Colin rescues Jen from her horrific situation. Colin is the only constant in her life. He is always there for her—her night in shining armor. He gives her a home, a job, and takes care of her—yet she feels stifled. She is anxious for freedom. She’s tired of feeling like a burden to him. She has a dark, dirty secret and will do anything to keep it hidden from him.
“I’m not your charity case, okay? …I won’t take your little scraps of help because you feel some sort of twisted guilt over what happened to my brother…”
Both Colin and Jen have intense feelings for each other, but have their own reasons for not giving in to their desires. They grew up together. They’ve had many intimate moments, but it never seemed to progress anywhere.
“The woman I deny myself from ever having. We’re friends, and that’s all it can be. I’m scared I’ll ruin our relationship if I take it further. I need her friendship more than I want her body…Well. Just barely.”
This is where the story fell flat for me. Their connection to each other and their sexual chemistry was explosive—and when they give into it was OMG HOT, but they fought their feelings for each other and it began to drag on for me. The back and forth and round and round with the same feelings repeated made me kind of wish they’d either break up and move on or get over it.
Although this book wasn’t what I’d hoped for, I will continue to read Monica’s books and am really looking forward to Fable’s brother, Owen’s story.
About the Author
I’m a wife, a mom and I live in California.