I'm excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Promise Me This by Christina Lee because I've adored this series! As part of my tour stop I have my review and a giveaway of a Paperback copy of All of You and Before You Break the first two books in the series. Be sure to scroll down to enter in the giveaway for a chance to win!
Promise Me This (Between Breaths #4) by Christina Lee
Publication Date: October 7th 2014 by InterMix
About the book:
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.
Promise Me This was my favorite in the Between Breaths series. Jessica and Nate’s friends-to-lovers romance was full of heart and fiery hot intensity! Instead of being filled with angst and drama, Promise Me This was filled with realistic emotions and reactions, setting it apart from many New Adult reads out there.
Jess and Nate are friends, first and foremost, and that’s exactly the way Nate wants to keep it. He’s afraid of getting close romantically with any girl because of witnessing the longtime abuse his dad has inflicted on his mother. He’s terrified of becoming him. Nate does hookups only; never with the same girl twice and never with any emotional connection. But things are about to change when Nate and Jess suddenly see each other in a new light. Going on a road trip for Jess’s photo project forces them into close quarters and in the process they each share emotionally while their physical attraction goes from simmering to blazing, and then to irresistible. Soon Nate’s harmless attraction to Jess becomes a full on need to be with her, and he’s terrified.
Jess has never looked at Nate in a sexual way, he’s always seemed to straight laced and “Square” to her, but walking in on him while he’s pushed up against some girl shines a completely different light on him. And she is intrigued! Jess realizes Nate’s been hiding his true self under a calm, carefree façade, when really, there’s a powerful intensity to him. Their road trip brings them closer than ever and Jess can understand why Nate has such issues, but can she ride the storm he’s going through while he confronts his demons? He goes hot and cold struggling with his desire for her, giving in and then regretting it.
I was worried when I read the synopsis that I’d be frustrated with Nate’s constant hot and cold feelings towards Jess, but it wasn’t that way at all. He didn’t completely shut Jess out when he struggled with his feelings, instead he confided in her, and took action by seeking professional help. I love it when there’s reasonable actions and thinking in characters! I get very frustrated when a couple has issues because they shut each other out. Not so here.
Jess is just as reasonable. While some of the guilt and turmoil Nate experiences after being with Jess hurts her, she is patient and understanding. She doesn’t stew over it or give ultimatums, but she’s not a doormat either. Jess was firm without pressuring Nate, assuring him that she’d be there as his friend, but she wasn’t going to nag him to let go and let her in.
Part of the struggle is that Nate wants to be dominant in the bedroom, likes to be in control, likes it a little rough, but then feels completely ashamed and worried those desires doom him to turn out like his farther if he gives into them. Figuring out that what happens by mutual consent is completely different from the abuse his dad heaped on his mother is tough.
In spite of all these struggles, Nate and Jess’ romance was filled with sexual tension and steamy scenes! I think this was the hottest book in the series! Very, very HOT!
I loved the realistic progression of this romance and the fact I could easily put myself in either Jess or Nate’s shoes. Christina Lee’s talented writing shines through in Promise Me This and she did a fabulous job at creating multi-layered characters with true-to-life emotions and struggles.
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip gloss, salted caramel everything, and believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.
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