Broken Promises

Broken Promises

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by Dawn Pendleton

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After three years in Boston attending college, Mallory Wells has come home to Casper, Maine to care for her father, who is dying from cancer. She left Casper without looking back, leaving her small-town life and everyone in it, behind. Including her sexy high school sweetheart. Luke Bates was devastated when Mallory left him for the city life. He managed to pull


After three years in Boston attending college, Mallory Wells has come home to Casper, Maine to care for her father, who is dying from cancer. She left Casper without looking back, leaving her small-town life and everyone in it, behind. Including her sexy high school sweetheart. Luke Bates was devastated when Mallory left him for the city life. He managed to pull himself together and move on, even if only just barely. When Mallory shows up in town, Luke vows to stay away from her at all costs. So why does he want to spend as much time with her as he can? He knows she's going back to Boston eventually, but he just can't resist the lure of Mallory. Even if it means he's heartbroken again when she leaves.

*Due to adult content, this book is recommended for adults 18+*

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Broken Promises 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Taking another spin on the New Adult roller coaster, I found this book through a book blast. It caught my eye immediately and knew that I wanted to read it. Plot: I really enjoyed this plot. This plot consist of a lot of he said/she said and lots of miss-communication for the sake of not hurting the other persons feelings, yet in the end that’s exactly what they did. Still, I love that throughout the book the reader sees the plot move where the characters discovers what their true intentions were. Towards the end of the book there is build up to major decisions being made. In the end, the choices made reflected their love for one another. Love: There’s nothing like a an old romance blooming. Being married to my high school sweetheart myself, I understand this love. It’s something old that started so young yet it begs for more. If you are a total romantic and sucker for old high school flames, you will enjoy this relationship very much. Drama: The thing with walking away with things left unsaid creates hurt and secrets. There are plenty of small town secrets that everyone knows but you. (Don’t you just love small towns? *Wink*) It does take a while for the characters Mallory and Luke to get their heads out of their butt and see whats in front of them. Don’t worry, they have plenty of high school buddies to push them right where they need to be. Overall, Broken Promises is a pretty enjoyable book. I read it fast and found myself quickly immersed in the story just a short way in. Sparking up old flames affirming the true love does exist, Broken Promises is great.
oklee More than 1 year ago
A good story line could have been told in 1/2 the length of the book, instead it covered the same situation repeatedly. I very much liked the character Luke. But Mallory was the most tedious, whining, jump to conclusions, reactive, exhausting female much so I almost gave up and deleted the book several times. Also left us hanging on the situation with some of the other characters in the book. Assume that means more books about those characters are coming. After all is said and done, it was a free book and an ok short read IF you can tolerate "spoiled brat" Mallory!!
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This was a good read.
t_barber1 More than 1 year ago
Good read, good story, just not my cup of tea.  I don’t have anything negative to say.  It was well written and had an excellent plot.  For me I just got a little bored because of my own personal tastes.  I enjoyed the romance and the strong love/relationships throughout the book.  The struggles and loss that the characters experience are tough.  The cliffhanger isn’t overwhelming, but just hints that there is more to this story.  I would recommend this book and will be reading the next in the series!
jamham2001 More than 1 year ago
A great read.  I instantly fell in love with the characters.  I can't wait to return to Casper!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!! A fathers exceptional love for his daughter and his best wishes for her life.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book for me, and not so easy to review.  I read a lot of reviews before and after I read it and I seem to have a very different view of the main protagonists of Mallory and Luke, as well as several of the supporting characters. The story was an excellent one, not shying away from real world issues and the darker side of love,life, and romance.  For me, I felt like the romance aspect was less in the forefront than the emotional struggles that went on over the course of the story.  And the struggles were real.  Cancer, insecurity, broken promises, judgment.  The book was a bit of emotional roller coaster, with me on the verge of tears one moment and giggling the next. The characters were what made this book.  Whether you loved them and related them or they annoyed you, they had an affect on you as a reader experiencing their stories.  My favorite supporting character was Mallory's dad.  He was full of love, understanding, and acceptance and I loved that about him.  Baker, Wolfe, and Gabby (all supporting characters) were also characters I could like, even if this book didn't delve into their back stories as much. That leaves Gabby, Rainey, Mallory, and Luke.  Most reviews I read didn't mention much about the supporting characters, but seemed to love Luke and be annoyed with Mallory.  I had the completely opposite experience.  My issues with Gabby were with her own story, and how flippant and vague she was with her estranged husband and the impending end of their marriage.  It came off as immature and mean and it totally turned me off.  But she also was one of the few people that seemed to be a truly good friend to Mallory.  Mallory.  Everyone else seems to see her as self-centered, self-absorbed, and bratty, even the author.  I didn't get that at all.  I felt like she got a raw deal from most of the characters in this book.  She isn't perfect, of course, but I felt like a good portion of the story was bashing her, judging her and making assumptions against her.  And that annoyed the hell out of me.  Mallory left town after high school for college, to the detriment of her relationship with Luke.  And she was vilified for that choice.  She needed to get out, to find herself, and learn about herself outside a teeny town and part of a couple.  I'm sorry, but that seems like something that we all have every right to do.  She didn't see her father's illness because he hid it from her, but she was vilified for not noticing.  She didn't come home, instead having her father visit her, because of the memories of her hometown and she was vilified.  She came home to be with her dad when she finally did find out and she was vilified.  There were times when the guy annoyed me so much with his assumptions and judgments and lack of understanding that I wanted to reach through my Kindle and slap him. Then two seconds later, he would be the perfect Book Boyfriend.  And below, what a horrible thing to say and it came from Luke.  That's when he truly began to annoy me.           “You’re such a spoiled rotten brat, Mallory. If you cared, even once, for someone besides yourself, you would let Joe die in peace,” he barked. Neither Luke or her BFF Rainey seemed to have any respect for the fact that Mallory was having a rough time adjust to her father's death.  They expected her to be over it immediately, within days.  The quote below, just one of many, is from Rainey, and I just thought it was ill-timed and mean.           “Oh yeah, so rough . You got to spend the last few days with your dad and have a conversation with him. Mine died in a car accident three weeks after I moved to LA. No goodbyes there. The man who loves you only wants you to be happy, even if it’s not with him, you poor thing. Run away to Boston, Mallory. Just like you did after high school,” she sneered, and tore out of the house with Gabby chasing her. These attitudes are what kept me from giving this a four full mugs.  And I am self-aware enough to know that it might not be as objective as I try to be.  The attitudes about Mallory's grieving spoke to me in a personal way and it was hard to separate that from reading.  I have been, and still am, in a position similar to Mallory's.  Being judged and scorned in times of grief is terrible and no one should go through that. My recommendation:  Despite my issues, I did truly enjoy the book.  I just felt that the cruelty to Mallory was off-putting.  But I think that may just be me.  I have already bought the next two books and have started the second, so I would definitely recommend it for lovers of chick lit, contemporary romance, and new adult books.  I gave this 3.5 mugs.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!! I picked up this book up for free, and I believe it is permafree.  I read it now as a judge for the Author and Reader Convention.  The cover is okay and a pretty girl, but it doesn’t do anything to attract me to the book.   This is not usually the type of book I would read, but I was pleasantly surprised that I really liked it.  I am not usually a realistic/contemporary fiction person.  This is a new adult book as it does have some steamy sex scenes.  Dawn is a fantastic writer and makes it easy to connect with her characters. This book also deals with cancer and grief just to forewarn you. I really connected with Mallory who tends to run away from love and possible hurt.  Of course, I connect with her because I have my own ‘Luke’ out there that I will always love; unfortunately, he doesn’t feel the same.  I don’t know if this connection is why I really liked this book.  I really fell in love with all of the characters in this book except Mallory’s roommates.  I will definitely be continuing to read this series because I want to see what happens with Mallory and Luke’s friends. I recommend this book to all those people who believe in second chances, love, and realistic contemporary fiction.
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I am really torn between 2 & 3 stars. But i have to settle with 2 stars. I just didnt understand why Mallory and Luke were even together. Did they ever have a good time? It just seem like they always mad at each other but wanted each other at the same time. I guess I didnt buy they were in love. I do want to know what happens to their friend, so i might continue with this series. *side note. Around page 78, there are about 6-7 pages that are missing from this book. That kinda sucked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review** This was a good fast read about a girl facing a huge crisis in her life – the death of her Father. It is also about life in a small town, first loves, and best friends, growing up, and becoming who we really are. There were some really sad parts but there were also some laughs and some good steamy parts. Mallory has spent the last three years in Boston attending college. When she gets the call that her Dad is dying she returns home and finds that things back in her small hometown aren’t quite as she remembered them. Her relationship with her Dad, the old friends she left behind, and the high school boyfriend she broke up with right before graduation are all about to turn her life upside down. The author has a second book in this series I can’t wait to read. It about two of the characters featured in this one and is called Broken Dreams.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable light read. There is something about small towns and high school sweethearts who find love again that just sucks me in, and Broken Promises is just that.  After dating for her high school sweetheart for 4 years, Mallory Wells wants nothing more than to move out of the small town of Casper and go to college in Boston.  That was the plan all along.  That is why Luke, even though he was two years older, was waiting for Mallory to graduate before attending college, so they could go together.  When things didn't work out as planned, Mallory left and Luke stayed, both brokenhearted, both angry, both thinking they were right, and each trying their best to move on.  It is now 3 years later and Mallory is returning to Casper after finding out her father is dying of cancer - something she only recently found out.  She really hasn't been back since she left, because she just couldn't bear to face Luke.  Luke's tried to move on.  He's dated other girls, but when Mallory shows back up old feelings stir again.  Luke's been the one to be there for Mallory's dad since she has been gone and loves him like a father, something that doesn't go unnoticed, especially by Mallory.  Can these two get past their anger and stubbornness and find love again, or is it too late to rekindle the flames that once burned bright? Though this deals with a sad situation, it was still a very enjoyable story.  It is not a heavy read, just a lighthearted romance that will make you sigh and smile.  I enjoyed watching Mallory and Luke as they rediscover what was lost and explore that which is new, trying to push past promises that were broken and find new promises in the midst of their pain.  They are still both stubborn, but at least they are recognizing it.  The secondary characters were great also, Baker, Rainey, Gabby, and Wolfe, and their friendships was truly genuine, despite the miles between them, and I love the way they have Mallory's back, even though she hasn't had much to do with them since she went to Boston.  Her dad was a really great guy to.  If you love a good lighthearted romance, then Broken Promises is something you might want to check out.   
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great read, highly recommended
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I really enjoyed this book. I think many people could see themselves in the story. Real life reading. Just ordered the 2nd one and hope there's more to come.
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Very good just bought book 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this free book great other, just bought her othrr book about rainys story. Highly recommand this book for others to read.. Great author.