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Three Broken Promises (One Week Girlfriend Series #3)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

3.75 stars THREE BROKEN PROMISES is the third storyline in Monic

3.75 stars
THREE BROKEN PROMISES is the third storyline in Monica Murphy’s contemporary, new adult series Drew and Fable. Although this is not the continuing adventures of Drew and Fable it is Jen and Colin’s story-Jen is Fable’s BFF and Colin is their boss. The story i...
3.75 stars
THREE BROKEN PROMISES is the third storyline in Monica Murphy’s contemporary, new adult series Drew and Fable. Although this is not the continuing adventures of Drew and Fable it is Jen and Colin’s story-Jen is Fable’s BFF and Colin is their boss. The story is told from first person POV –alternating between Colin and Jen.
The storyline focuses on two twenty-something people who have more than a difficult time expressing their feelings to one another. Colin is a man possessed by the demons of war where his best friend Danny died leaving Colin the sole protector of Danny’s sister Jen. Jen and Colin’s relationship has always been more like brother and sister although neither want to address the proverbial elephant in the room-their mutual attraction for one another and the sexual tension and heat whenever they are together. Now that Jen lives under the same roof with Colin, she finds herself becoming Colin’s protector whenever the nightmares overpower his ability to sleep and think.
Jen has a backstory that is slowly revealed throughout the storyline and one that is both heartbreaking and shocking to her friends and Colin. Knowing that Colin would never accept her past, Jen gives her notice and prepares to leave the security of her friends, her job and the man with whom she has fallen in love. The secrets they keep from one another weigh heavily with each waking day.
The storyline is rife with angst and anxiety as Jen and Colin push each other at every step of the way. Jen needs and wants Colin to admit he has feelings for her but Colin believes it is his duty to protect Jen from others and men like himself. He wants Jen; he needs Jen; but in the end, his inability to express his love for Jen will push her away one final time. And in this, she walks into another situation even more dangerous than the one she left behind.
The world building and sexual tension continue throughout the storyline but much of the time was spent in ruminations and thoughts about what ifs and whys; Fable’s brother Owen is but a blip on the radar although his storyline is the next to be told; and Drew and Fable play minor secondary roles throughout the story.
But I did have an issue with the quick resolution to the build up of the story. The plot and premise of the final confrontation felt disjointed and disconnected to the storyline; it came out of left field and I was thinking-WTH just happened and where did that come from?
THREE BROKEN PROMISES is a well written storyline but I didn’t feel the connection to the leading couple as I did with Drew and Fable’s story. Although there is plenty of angst and anxiety there was none of the heartbreaking revelations that pulled me into the story where I felt for the characters as I did with Drew and Fable. Perhaps it was Colin and Jen’s personalities or their lack of communication with one another-for two people in their twenties they still had plenty of growing up to do.
Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.

posted by Sandy-thereadingcafe on January 2, 2014

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

First impression: The cover is hot. I can totally picture the gu

First impression:
The cover is hot. I can totally picture the guy and the girl as Colin and Jen. I was interested in learning more about their past and the connection that they had.




The story:
Colin and Jen grew up together. Colin and Jen's brother, Danny, were best...
First impression:
The cover is hot. I can totally picture the guy and the girl as Colin and Jen. I was interested in learning more about their past and the connection that they had.




The story:
Colin and Jen grew up together. Colin and Jen's brother, Danny, were best friends. Danny and Colin were supposed to join the military together, but Colin decided to take a different path. Danny ended up being killed in action and Colin hasn't been able to move past it. He harbors guilt over the fact that he should have been with Danny. Then, there's the situation with Jen. Colin promised Danny that he would look after Jen. But, he lost track of her for a while. When he found her, he was shocked to find out how she had been living. Since then, he's provided her with everything she needs. He's fallen for her too, but he doesn't feel worthy of her.




Jen, on the other hand, wants to move on with her life and she wants Colin to be a part of it. He's long played the protective brother with her, but she needs him to be more. The problem is that they both have secrets and loads of guilt.




The characters:
I'll admit that I've never really been a fan of Colin's. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the fact that he took care of my girl, Fable, when she needed it. And I do feel like Colin has a good heart. I did warm up to him a bit in this book. I liked how he took care of Jen.




Jen...I liked her well enough. I liked the fact that she didn't want to be dependent on anyone and really wanted to move on with her life. Sure, she wanted Colin to stand with her, but she was willing to move on. What bugged me about Jen is that it took her too long to take a stand with Colin. I also felt like she had good intentions, but she made really bad choices. I'm such a planner, so it irritated me that she made plans to move on, but didn't really think it through. Not to mention the choices she made before moving in with Colin. Eek. I know that might sound nit picky, but it bugged me.




What didn't work for me:
I'm all for sex. And...I love how Monica Murphy stages her sex scenes. She knows how to write good sex. There were plenty sexy times between Jen and Colin. For the most part, I enjoyed those particular scenes. I had a bit of trouble feeling the intensity between them though. Maybe it was because they were holding back with each other?




The biggest thing for me though was that I just didn't get all that excited about their story. I like Jen and Colin well enough and I do see their role in the series as a whole, but they aren't my favorites. I could easily put the book down and come back to it when I had time.




Overall: 
I did like it. I appreciated how their story came to a close and was relieved once the truth was out for both of them. I loved to see glimpses of my girl, Fable. She and Jen have a good friendship and I think Fable helps guide Jen. If you love this series as much as I do, I suggest you do read this one, even though it wasn't a favorite for me. It did have moments that I truly enjoyed, so it's worth a go. 




Favorite Quote:
"You banged him, didn't you."
Fable's soft voice breaks through my dirty thoughts and I turn to her, ready to protest, but she shakes her head.
"Don't bother denying it. You two are so obvious. Oh my God, no wonder you're glowing." She steps closer to me, lowering her voice. "You had sex. With Colin. Holy. Sh*t!"-Loc 1746

posted by TheAutumnReview on January 2, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Weak

    I read the first two and fourth before this one. This book about Jen and Colin was just weak. Jen has worked at the restaurant for two years, having no living expenses, buying cheap purses and boots and clothing, and she still doesn't have money to buy a car or live on her own? And they have all these problems but suddenly in the span of a few pages everything is solved, he is okay with his dad and her past, and his commitment issues are totally gone? Ridiculous. The other plots made much more sense and were far less sleazy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Anonymous

    This book left me disappointed. The storyline felt forced and too much filler. Did we really need to see the F bomb so many times? It made the story sleazy instead of romantic, which I was looking for in Jen and Colin's relationship. Hope the next book in this series is better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Dragged on and on and on

    I didn't feel like tension was mounting between the hero and heroine, but a crap load of lost time. Finally just gave up.

    Here's another thing: no one gets interviews for jobs they're not qualified for these days. So unrealistic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Definitely not as good as the first two books. ..

    Hopefully, book 4 will be better!

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    Posted January 16, 2014

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    Posted March 13, 2014

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