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Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember - constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life. His rebellious ...
Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember - constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life. His rebellious and sometimes arrogant attitude is known to get him into trouble, especially with the girls who hang on his every move.
Charlie never thought that a trip to pack up her brother's apartment would leave her feeling even more unsettled about the grainy details of her brother's death. Her quest for information leads her straight to his old hangout and into arms of Jhett, who suspiciously knows more about her situation than he ever should.
Only a few questions remain - Can you trust someone based on their word alone? And if you make a promise, how far will you go to keep it?
Posted July 8, 2013
OK I have just finished Promise me this and I loved it!
Charlie and Jhett's relationship was great. From the very first moment they met I loved the way they interacted with each other, even when they weren't getting along...
There was so much emotion poured into this book that it was impossible to stay detached. I literally fell into this book and got carried away with its emotions, to the point there was crying; proper heart ache, throat hurts, voice hitching, tears falling, crying at several points.. And I wont tell you where because I hate spoilers.
This is Jones' first book and all I can say is wow!
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Posted July 1, 2013
A sweet Southern girl and a hot rockabilly boy...LOVE!
Books set in the South make me happy. Especially when they're written by people who actually LIVE in the South. So many times I read books with Southern characters, and they are almost caricatures of how people 'think' Southerners act/speak. This book is set in sunny San Diego, but the main character Charlie is from good 'ole Tennessee. She has a twin brother - Cameron - who recently passed away, and her mother has designated her as the one who has to clean out his apartment. So Charlie travels to San Diego on a mission to clean out her brother's apartment and settle up any outstanding issues. She was just supposed to be there for a few days, a week MAX...but then she meets Jhett, who gets her to promise that she will try to live her life for herself instead of for her controlling parents. What could go wrong?
Charlie - I love her. She is vulnerable and unsure of herself, and yet has a spine that, until this point in her life, she's not had the gumption to use. San Diego brings out the badass in Charlie, and she begins to open herself up to experiences and people that she never could back home in TN. She is feisty and clumsy and makes me laugh out loud.
Jhett - WOW. Just, wow. Jhett has got to be one of my favorite all-time book boyfriends. He is dark and tattooed and snarky, and I think I love him. He introduces Charlie into the rockabilly world, with slicked back hair and 1950's rolled up jeans. He oozes sex and danger, yet he definitely has a soft underbelly.
Both main characters have a depth to them that makes you see them as real people, instead of fictional characters. It only took me a few pages before I was completely hooked into this book. My favorite secondary character was definitely the psycho-sweet Ginger, and I can only hope that we'll get to learn more about her in book 2...which seems like a foregone conclusion with that devastating cliffhanger!
Well played, Sarah Ashley. Well played....
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Posted July 31, 2014
This book began pretty slow for me. I couldn't connect with the characters right away. But as the story moved forward and Charlie and Jhett got closer, the story began to click for me.
Charlie just lost the one person that believed in her, believed that she is more than the southern girl she has grown up to be. So when she goes to California to collect the belongings, she doesn't know what she is going to do with herself, with her life. She can't imagine her life now that he's gone.
Enter Jhett, a man that has come to know Charlie's lost one quite well, almost better than Charlie knew him. With Jhett's key into this beautiful girl's life, he asks her to stay in California, find herself. And against her mother's wishes, she does. And boy does her life change.
Charlie never imagined the life she is living in Califonia. Everything is different now, especially her.
This book is amazing. Jhett and Charlie's relationship in a slow, magical story that worms into your heart and festers until you feel what they are feeling. It's a beautiful love story about growing up, finding yourself, and finding love, but also realizing loss, finding lies, and heartbreak. This book has it all and though the book begins slowly, once you get hooked, there's no way you could wiggle away, you're completely trapped. Yes, this book is a slight cliffhanger, but the second book is out already, so no worries, you can finish this book and then find out what happens next right away.
I recommend this book to everyone. I loved it and am so glad I got the chance to read it. So excited to see what else Sarah has up her sleeve.
Posted July 19, 2014
The story follows Charlie (Charlotte) who is having to deal with the recent passing of her twin brother Cameron. She is sent to California by her overbearing controlling mother to pack up her brother’s belongings and bring them back to Tennessee.
Charlie is a reserved, and naïve girl in the beginning, you watch her blossom and grow into her own person through the course of the story.
Jhett is described as a tattooed musician who likes to cook. He is not your typical bad boy rocker. He is sweet, loving and an all-around great guy. He was Cameron’s best friend and new quite a lot about Charlie before ever meeting her.
Wanting to learn more about her brother’s life in California leads Charlie to meet Jhett simply by accident. Her world is forever changed by this chance meeting. Jhett persuades Charlie to stay for the summer.
This book does have some drama, and ends on a cliff hanger. I can’t wait to read the novella companion to this story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a sweet love story without all the graphic sex.
Posted July 17, 2014
This was a Great Read... So Emotional, Both Charlie and Jhett are meant for each other.. Their attraction is evident from the first moment their eyes meet.. They go through so much in such a short time.. Can't wait to read the next book to see how their story turns out..Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2014
What I liked most of the book was that it was not just about sex and romance, Jhett is great though a definite hotty. Charlie's brother died in a car accident, and went to San Diego to clean out his apartment and found herself and Jhett. This was a romance, and when I read the scene at the bonfire I thought please not another classic scorned woman going to make problems but I was wrong. There are times when an author surprises you and this was definitely a great book, can't wait to read Promise Me Forever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2014
This story starts out tragically with a young girl who has lost someone so essentially close to her that she is beyond devastated. She is a privileged southern girl from Tennessee and is sent by her family to California to pack up the life of the person she lost. She is thrust into a whole new world and her heart that has always wanted to spread it's wings begins to see a life that she never imagined.
Enter the rock star. Well, he was a reluctant rock star, so now he lives a quiet life pursuing his other passion instead. He has some secrets and she finds herself not only attracted to him, but slowly falling for him. This love story will warm your heart as little by little the truth of what happened to the one she lost and how he is connected to the one she lost is revealed. Not all romances have an easy road but each is unique and this one you won't want to miss!
Posted July 9, 2014
I absolutely loved this book!!!!
This book is about a southern girl trying to find herself after the death of her twin brother.
This book takes place in Sunny California.
At the beginning of the book, Charlotte (aka Charlie) has gone to California to clean out her brother’s apartment.
Charlotte comes from a very controlling, ritzy, southern family.
While Charlie is there cleaning out the Apt. she finds a napkin from a girl named Ginger.
On the back of the napkin is the name of a club. So she goes to the club to find out about “Ginger”.
When she gets there, the bartender asks her if she is related to Cameron (her twin brother).
When she is asked that, she breaks down because she is still in the grieving process, and stumbles out the door for fresh air.
When she stumbles out, she runs face first into Jhett, a tattooed hottie (Picture Adam Levine). Jhett is Cameron’s best friend.
He is a rocker/chef. He made a promise to Cameron that if he ever met Charlie that he wouldn’t “put the moves” on her.
He plans to keep his promise, that is until he meets her. Now he wants to get to know her.
So will Jhett keep his promise to Cameron and keep it friendly? Or will he put the moves on her? Click the Buy button and find out!!!
I highly recommend this book <3
Posted July 7, 2014
One word: AWESOME!!!
The characters are awesome and have so much chemistry. While reading you get swept into the story, which I love, making you feel like it is happening right in front of you. I do not cry very often while reading books, but this one made me cry a few times! The plot was very good and believable. There were a few minor grammatical errors and some words that got switched around, but you get so into the book you will overlook them. I recommend this book for anyone to read, and now off to the next book!!!!
Posted July 6, 2014
Was given book honest review,omg absolutely amazing storyline & characters.charlie makes a trip find answers,she goes to her brothers old hang out meets jhett.hes a rock star who's rebellious & arrogant attitude,secrets & lies,can u forgive & forget ? Very emotional scenes & can honestly say book stay in my heart very long time.jhett has been added to my book boyfriends hot tattooed bad boy ! Thanks you so much Sarah given chance to read review amazing book !Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 6, 2014
***Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***
I absolutely loved this book and I wish it didn't have to have end. I can honestly keep reading about Charlie and Jhett all day and never get bored. (I'm excited that their story continues in Promise Me Forever) This couple is just...refreshing. They get on each other's nerves and they like it but at the end of the day, they're laughing and madly in love with each other. The author did an amazing job bringing Charlie and Jhett to life and I have to say that I was a bit glad that Charlie's brother wasn't too involved in the story because I would have been tearing up and a complete mess. The feelings of loss are there and I was already choking up because I kept thinking about what would happen if I lost my twin? He's the only brother I have.
Charlie is a force to be reckoned with. Before coming down to California her parents basically ruled her life and she didn't fight back. That all changed after meeting Jhett. He wanted her to see that she deserves to live and she listened because her brother wanted the same thing. She didn't let anyone tell her what to do and she stuck up for herself. I was freaking proud!
Jhett...oh, man where do I start with Jhett? His appearance alone will make you draw the conclusion that he's trouble. He's tatted, he plays the guitar and he's HOT! But once you truly see the real Jhett, you'll be falling head over heels in love with him because he's sweet, caring and nothing like the stereotypical bad bay.
Both main characters are struggling through the loss of someone important to them but having each other to lean on, helps them. The minor characters are easily lovable and hateable (read this book and you'll find out why) but I still loved them. They made this story have real feelings. Everyone grieves differently and it shows.
I highly recommend this book! You won't be disappointed.
Posted July 5, 2014
Can I just say how pretty the cover is??
This was a quick read, read it in one sitting. This book is for those who love romance and are not picky in any of the forms they come in. The twist at the end is heartbreaking, so quick that I had to go back a few pages to re-read what actually happened.
I have to say, the MC was a bit frustrating, until I realized why. Then I understood her better. And understood the story better.
Posted July 4, 2014
**Received a copy of book for a HONEST review!**
I received this book because the Author was asking for readers, not bloggers (I am not a blogger), to read the book and please give an honest review. When I received Promise Me This, I decided to start reading it and I am glad I did. This story is about self discovery and healing. The characters in this book, Charlie and Jhett, were amazing and I fell in love with them from the get-go. This is an easier read, so anyone really could read this book. There isn't to much angst or drama and if it weren't for the sex scenes, I would say that a teenager could easily read this. So, if you are looking for a book filled with drama, this probably isn't the book for you. This is also not a stand alone book!
Ok now... Plot: The plot was a great one, one you normally don't read about everyday. It was mainly about dealing with a loss of a loved one and having the strength to do what she wants, and not what everyone else wants her to do. You get to see Charlie, the female main character, become strong and stand on her own two feet with the help of Jhett.
Characters: I loved Charlie!!! She was strong right off the bat, but was always doing what her family wanted her to do, not her. She is a fighter but she is always trying to deal with the loss, so you get to see the emotional side of her. She isn't one of those whiny females, or let's the male lead walk all over her. So you enjoy reading about her growth.
Jhett: Now this is a book boyfriend. He is also dealing with the same loss as Charlie, but he is also a strong lead. He falls for Charlie instantly and becomes her rock, picking her up whenever the grief get's to much for her. He can be an "Alpha" male sometimes, but Charlie put's him in his place. You can tell though that he is caring and loving. What every girl wants from a male lead character.
Ok now flaws: I loved the book, but I think that Charlie and Jhett's relationship happened a little to fast. I wish the author would have dragged it out a bit more and had more of a "OMG FINALLY" moment, before having them sleep together. Also, I wish she would of went into Jhett's grief a more. You really don't get to see it in this book. Maybe next book she will get into it, but I didn't really feel like he was grieving to much.
Overall, it was an amazing read and I personally loved it! Great job Sarah!!!
Posted March 18, 2014
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…
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.
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.
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The Cover: I really love this cover, and I fell in love with it even more as I watched Sarah's amazing YouTube video of it's creation. As a writer and photographer, I really enjoyed how she wanted the book to really showcase her characters as she saw them. The best part--I saw them the same way, too.
The Book: This novel puts you right into Charlie's world where she has learned that her brother has died, under not really mysterious circumstances. We are able to see some of those circumstances that are hinted at when we meet Jhett. I really enjoyed both of their characters, Charlie being the typical Southern Belle, and Jhett being a somewhat typical bad boy. What I mean by this is, I don't really see him as a bad boy in anyway except his tattoos. When we see him playing guitar in a 50's throwback, I just don't get that rocker bad boy feel. I never felt he was a bad boy--he was just too sweet to be, and his, while cute, bicycle basically instantly took away from the bad boy feel for me. This isn't a bad thing, for his character is still believable and loveable. The thing that struck me through out the book was the fact that it felt slightly like The Notebook, and even more so at the end of the book. I liked the tone of the book, and the characters were easy to fall in love with.
Things that Stuck Out To Me: First, these are my opinions and in no way am I saying this book wasn't good, because it was. These things just stuck out to me.
-Charlie talks about painting, but you never really see her painting or understand her love for it, besides fighting her parents over it. This could be the painter in me...
-I don't really know what kind of music Jhett played to make all his money, but it appears he made a boatload of it--and I don't really understand how, because it's never really said that he was famous, etc. Maybe my harping on this point has to do with my own insane obsession with music and being married to a musician who was once offered to be signed.
-Dueling POV happen in this book, and if you've read any of my other reviews you know I'm not a fan of this or 3rd POV in general. This novel is written from both Jhett and Charlie's perspectives, but while I loved Jhett--I felt like the sections in his POV took away from the suspense of the novel. I must admit that I had figured out Jhett's guilt trip at about 50% through the book. Being in his POV gave it away to me, but I felt like Sarah did a great job of showing Charlie noticing he seemed guilty. Thus, I could have done without his POV, especially because it was not prominent through out the book and Sarah did a great job showing it through Charlie's eyes.
Overall, I really did like this book. It did progress in a way that had me skimming over certain things, but I became very invested in the characters. I cared about their lives and what was happening to them. As for what lots are calling a cliff hanger ending--I didn't feel that way. I'd love to see more of Sarah's writing and these characters, but I didn't feel that with the way it ended I really needed it. I felt the Happily Ever After was there either way. I'm super excited to see what this author puts out next.
Posted July 14, 2013