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Promise Me This

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    Perfect for anyone who appreciates a solid, ┬┐classic┬┐ love story.

    Charlie is devastated when she loses her twin brother in an accident, but somehow the end of his life leads to the beginning of hers. Sent to California by her rather cold mother to pack up Cameron’s things, Charlie finds herself discovering parts of her brother’s life that she never knew existed.

    From a name scribbled on a piece of paper to a strange club to the heavily tattooed guitarist, Charlie follows the clues while following her heart, hoping to uncover more about her twin and his untimely death. But that irresistible guitarist she’s falling for has secrets of his own, secrets that involve Charlie’s brother…

    But...
    I had a bit of an issue with the loss/grief aspect of the plot. Charlie apparently knew her brother better than anyone (though she does learn more about him later), and she’s understandably devastated by his passing. However, Cameron seemed to very quickly become less important and more of a plot device when the romance kicked up with Jhett. If I lost my brother, I’d die a thousand deaths inside, and while I was happy to see Charlie move ahead with her life, I just can’t wrap my head around the absence of any real healing taking place. Perhaps that wasn’t meant to be a big part of the story, but since it started off in full grief mode, I expected there would be a deeper follow-up than simply reminding readers that someone died. That led to my not really relating to Charlie as well as I might have under other circumstances, and while it didn’t ruin the story for me, it certainly took away part of the shine.

    The Verdict...
    While the story does include a lot of what I would normally label cliches (tattooed musician, girl from a privileged background, worst parents in the universe,secrets and secrets and secrets, etc.), it’s still a good read, probably perfect for anyone who appreciates a solid, “classic” love story.

    Charlie may be privileged, but she’s not naive, and she’s quick to speak her mind anytime she feels the need. Many authors go wrong with characters like her, making them too much the damsels in distress, but despite her grief and awful parents, Charlie’s sure of who she is and what she wants — even if she’s been hesitant to start living her life for herself. She’s immediately drawn to Jhett, but she doesn’t just immediately fall for him, and the pace at which their relationship develops is handed out perfectly.

    And Jhett… Well, he’s more than a little awesome. Yes, he’s the tattooed guitarist who secretly sings — the polar opposite of Charlie in many ways — but he rides a bicycle! Oh, so adorable. And he’s a chef, nicely evening out what might otherwise could have led to quite the stereotype. All in all, Jones does a great job of introducing us to two characters who have all the traits and issues that make us love romance novels in the first place, but she’s given them just enough extra personality to keep them fresh.

    The way the story closes (and no, I’m not sharing any spoilers!) was pretty great as well. Despite my distance from Charlie, her actions near at the end impressed me, and while I normally harbor irrational hate for books that end without tying up all the loose ends, Promise Me This does it in a way that didn’t have me throwing a tantrum. Granted, it helps that I already have the next book in hand, but it still goes to show that Jones has a way of delivering a full story while still leaving the door open for more.

    *received a complimentary copy in exchange fo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Typos were annoying the story I loved

    Typos were annoying the story I loved

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