Promises To Keep

Promises To Keep

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by Kathryn Shay
     
 

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay combines her extensive research on the Secret Service with her vast experience in the high school classroom to create this powerhouse of a novel!

"A wonderful work of contemporary romance, with a plot ripped straight from the headlines. Kathryn Shay never disappoints." NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lisa

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay combines her extensive research on the Secret Service with her vast experience in the high school classroom to create this powerhouse of a novel!

"A wonderful work of contemporary romance, with a plot ripped straight from the headlines. Kathryn Shay never disappoints." NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lisa Gardner

By-the-book Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse and unpredictable Agent Luke Ludzecky go under cover in a high school which has been flagged by their School Threat Assessment Team as having the potential for violence. They expect their differences will cause them conflict. What they don't expect are the two women who blow their careful plan apart. Suzanna Quinn is the principal and hates being attracted to the new school psychologist. Worse, thirty year old Social Studies teacher Kelsey Cunningham is horrified by her feelings for Luke, her new "student." But the very real threat of school violence from more than one student forces them to work together and face their feelings for each other. Suicide, gang warfare and bullying all play a part as this stunning drama unfolds.

If you like romance novels about teacher student relationships, teacher romance, as well as single parent romance and opposites attract romance, read more of Kathryn Shay books with an educational theme: A PRICE WORTH PAYING, THE FATHER FACTOR, THE EDUCATORS series and THE BAYVIEW HEIGHTS series.

Special Note: Luke Ludzecky's seven amazing sisters have their own stories: the second O'Neil book, CLOSE TO YOU, and the new series that focuses on the other six: BEGIN AGAIN, PRIMARY COLORS, RISKY BUSINESS, THE WAY WE WERE, HANDLE WITH CARE and LOVE STORY.

Praise for PROMISES TO KEEP:

"Shay does an admirable job with a difficult subject, writing about school violence with sensitivity and realism and without shying away from any of the hard issues, such as the balance between the students' protection and their civil liberties." Shelley Mosley Booklist

"Kathryn Shay's storytelling grabbed me on page one and her characters held me until the very last word." Barbara Bretton, USA TODAY bestselling author.

"Kathryn Shay is a master of her craft. PROMISES TO KEEP will hold you on the edge of your seat with an ending you'll remember long after you turn the last page." USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Anderson.

"Kathryn Shay's first mainstream romantic suspense is a gripping story that will haunt readers with its authenticity. And those who pick up a copy will find not one, but two absorbing romance threads, full of sensuality and fire. If ever the label of "sure thing" were deserved by a book, PROMISES TO KEEP is such a book." The Romance Reader

"These are all living breathing people you might meet anywhere at any time. The action and suspense balance well with the love, so that neither plot is skimped upon. I eagerly await her next release." Huntress Reviews

Editorial Reviews

. - Dave Parker
"This is one of those books - once started - you don't want to put down!"
. - Tracy Vest
"Shay skillfully blends romance and intrigue with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot that she executes flawlessly. She has managed to tell a thought provoking story without shying away from hard issues."
. - Amanda Kilgore
"A timely novel that is easy to identify with due to the relevance contained herein, it is a welcome addition to the shelves. Ms. Shay's talents are always finely displayed in the deep emotion her words evoke and her well thought out characters. These are all living breathing people you might meet anywhere at any time. The action and suspense balance well with the love, so that neither plot is skimped upon. I eagerly await her next release."
. - RT Book Reviews
"Award-wining author Kathryn Shay hits the mainstream genre with this powerful and timely novel."
. - The Romance Reader
"Shay uses her own extensive background as a high-school teacher to create believable teenagers. Not all are sympathetic; not all will be saved. However, by sticking to this reality rather than trying to script an unrealistic happy ending for all, she delivers a drama that carries tremendous emotional impact. You'll care about these kids. PROMISES TO KEEP is top-notch romantic suspense. Kathryn Shay adds another winner to her already impressive list of absorbing tales.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452435251
Publisher:
Kathryn Shay
Publication date:
01/24/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
193,162
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

A NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands downloaded online. Reviewers have call her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”

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Promises To Keep 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three years have passed since Secret Agent Joe Stonehouse's beloved niece was killed in a school shooting. Since then, he has been dedicated to stopping that kind of random violence. His latest assignment has him masquerading as a guidance counselor and the uncle of a troubled youth, who is another agent, in a high school. His mission is complicated when he meets the principal, Suzanna Quinn, an attractive single mom to whom he finds himself drawn, despite the complications such a romance would create. On top of that, his "nephew" has definitely more than student teacher relations in mind when he sees Kelsey, one of his teachers. As the two couples dance along the fine line between business and pleasure, a plot to have another Columbine is forming in their school. Romance could compromise the whole mission, and love between any of them could endanger not only the mission, but their hearts and careers as well. ***** A timely, current novel that is easy to identify with due to the relevance contained herein, it is a welcome addition to the shelves. Ms. Shay should have broken into the full length novel genre long ago. Her talents are always finely displayed in the deep emotion her words evoke and her well thought out characters. These are all living breathing people you might meet anywhere at any time. The action and suspense balance well with the love, so that neither plot is skimped upon. I eagerly await her next release. ***** REVIEWER: Amanda Killgore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Kathryn Shay's books., Haven't read a bad one yet. really held my interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole book from start to finish.It kept me on the edge of my seat and I felt like I really knew the characters.
DivaDeluxe More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. Great story and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katherine Shay has a new fan. I enjoyed her style of writing. She does not disappoint. This book was especially moving in light of the school tragedy in Sandy Hook, CT in Dec 2012. I was very impressed by the information provided.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book however too much detail on the romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this from beginning to end. Good read.
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Geniafl More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest and will read more by this author.
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MommomDi More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.  Has suspense and romance.  The main subjects are all very likable and it was just a fun read.
MarieWillingham More than 1 year ago
Well written and compelling characters. A little dated with contemporary references, but a new and interesting story line. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good storyline with a good happy ending for all Suzanna.Joe.Luke and Kelsey.
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Rudy81 More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable book to read. You wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read to pg 150 and just got bored with it. Nearly every page had some reference to sex, a story as serious as school shootings can be told without "getting hard". Language is rough in places, a few f words. I would give this book at least ages 16 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really helped to understand how hard today is at schools my daughter is a teacher things have sure changed since i was in school but we did have a drug ptoblem
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If you like mystery and romance this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring story of beating the obstacles for love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book; well written.