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In the sultry streets of Charleston, one family, ruled by its powerful, take-no-prisoners sons, has risen to the top. But a merciless enemy is out to destroy them…and everyone they hold close…
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SHE SWORE TO KEEP HER PROMISES.
BUT CAN SHE KEEP THEM SAFE…AND PROTECT HER HEART?
Charleston Police Officer Alyssa Adams made a promise years ago to protect innocent women from harm. Now, she won’t rest until she can reunite every lost daughter with her family. Bring closure to every grieving husband. And, most of all, find out what happened the night her own sister disappeared, more than ten years ago…
As the eldest of the Benedict brothers, Kipling will stop at nothing to protect his family from a threat that aims to destroy them once and for all. But when a long-lost sibling is kidnapped by a powerful adversary, Alyssa is the only one he can turn to to get her back.
As Alyssa and Kipling band together to find their lost siblings, a powerful attraction builds between them that they can’t ignore. As the truth comes to light, will one broken promise tear them apart?
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About the Author
Tara Thomas’s love of books and writing started as a child and though she wanted to be an author, she decided a degree in science was more practical. After fifteen years in the pharmaceutical industry, she returned to her first love and hasn’t looked back since.
She writes erotic romance as Tara Sue Me. Her Submissive Series novels have been on both the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists. Her novel THE MASTER earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and was awarded Best Romance of 2016 from Best Book Awards.
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Though he would deny it if asked, Kipling Benedict felt oddly out of place at his younger brother's vow renewal. He chalked it up to both of his younger brothers now being in committed relationships, but that didn't make him feel any better. In fact, as he stood by Knox and listened as he pledged to love, honor, and cherish his wife, Bea, Kipling actually felt worse.
Worse because he was envious of what his brothers had. Though he could pound his fists into something, it wouldn't change anything. He'd accepted a long time ago that his station in life was to be alone. Having fallen in love hard and fast in college, paired with only being seen for his net worth, left him not wanting to try again. Being alone was so much easier.
However, at times such as this, he became acutely aware of the differences between acceptance and contentment. Because while he may have accepted that he would be alone, he was not content.
"You may kiss your bride," the minister said, dragging him back to the small historic chapel Bea had selected for the renewal.
Kipling clapped as his brother took his wife in his arms and dipped her low, snagging a kiss while he did so. They both looked so blissfully in love, he couldn't help but smile at the joy and peace seen in the couple. If anyone deserved a happily ever after, they did. They had originally married in secret, but more than that, they'd both narrowly escaped with their lives after a security guard hired to protect Bea turned out to be the thug who had beat her up and left her for dead months earlier.
Kipling had asked Knox a few days ago if he was ready to give up his bachelor status forever since he was going public with his wedding this time. They'd been outside. Tilly sat at a nearby table in the garden and both Keaton and Bea sat with her. From what Kipling was able to pick up on, they were looking at a map and trying to determine the best location for a public vegetable garden. Bea looked up and winked at Knox.
His brother had only replied, "The wedding won't come soon enough for me."
Kipling felt the truth in his words that day, but now he saw it as the happy couple stood up, and laughed, only having eyes for the other.
Kipling felt his mouth curl up into a smile as the couple walked down the aisle, nodding to the small gathering of friends and family in attendance. Kipling's hands froze when he saw who waited by the chapel doors.
Officer Alyssa Adams.
The corner of his mouth lifted. He hadn't expected her to be here today. It was ridiculous how happy he was to see her. Especially since she made no secret of the fact that she didn't like him, his money, or anything about him. The way Kipling saw it, she presented him with a challenge and he never backed down from a challenge. But it was more than that. It was the way she never backed down from him and how when she sparred verbally with him, it made him feel alive in a way he rarely felt.
He kept his eyes on her as he made his way down the aisle behind his brother. Though he had seen her wear a dress once before at the party announcing Keaton and Tilly's engagement and the new division of Benedict Industries, today she wore a more formal one. It hit above her knee, showing off her long legs and toned calves. He'd always considered himself a leg man. Yes, breasts were great and he had no problem appreciating a woman's backside, but legs ...
There was just something about a woman's legs. Especially when they looked like Alyssa's. Long and lean and strong. It was so easy to imagine them wrapped around his waist while he angled his hips to —
"Stop it." His youngest brother, Keaton, punched his arm. "Seriously, man. What happened to your poker face?"
They had made it out of the chapel and were waiting for the remaining guests to leave the church so they could all walk to the reception area.
"I don't know what you're talking about," Kipling told Keaton. In truth, he shouldn't be the least bit interested in the police officer. It seemed as if each time he saw her, she only gave him disturbing news about his family. Or worse yet, arrested him. He didn't understand how he could possibly find her attractive, but he did. Not only that, but he wanted her. Badly.
"You don't know what I'm talking about." His youngest brother snorted. "Yeah, right."
Kipling shot him a look that would have stopped another man in his tracks, but that apparently didn't work on younger brothers. No, the look didn't have any sort of impact on Keaton, who kept right on talking.
"You know," Keaton said, nodding toward Alyssa who was currently chatting with Janie Roberts, her old partner, who would soon become Bea's sister-in-law. "If you wanted, you could, I don't know, ask her out or something."
He thought about playing dumb, pretending he wasn't sure who Keaton was talking about, but he'd never been one to play the fool and he sure as hell wasn't going to start now.
"It's not as simple as that," Kipling told his younger brother. It was a pat answer, but the truth. Looking at Alyssa while she spoke to her friend, he wished things were different. Damn, but he could watch her for hours. Today, there was very little to be seen of the straight-laced investigator she was around him and he found the contrast mesmerizing. She talked with Janie using her entire body. She was so animated and her smile so genuine, he couldn't look away. Not only that, but he'd always seen her with her hair pulled back in a ponytail and today it was free to dance around her shoulders in soft waves. The sunlight made the normal brown a plethora of colors: blond, red, and even hints of black.
Keaton narrowed his eyes and crossed his arms. "Why isn't it that simple?" "I'm not going to stand here and explain myself to you," Kipling said. "You're going to have to take my word for it."
"If this is about that girl in college ..." Keaton started, but stopped when Kipling raised his hand.
"Don't go there," Kipling warned his younger brother. "Not now. Not ever."
He would live his life and never complain if no one ever brought up the girl he dated in college. The one he fell hard for. The one he planned to marry. The one who made a fool out of him.
His stomach twisted and he wondered if he'd ever think of her without wanting to throw up. He reminded himself that at least he'd gotten out of the situation and hadn't been stupid enough to elope. She'd actually suggested they do exactly that before they went to his house for Christmas break.
Even then, it appeared as if Keaton was going to argue with him. Fortunately, Tilly, his fiancée, came up to them and looped her arm through Keaton's.
"Come on, you guys," Tilly said. "The photographer wants to do some family shots."
"Why do I have to get my picture taken?" Kipling mumbled while straightening his tie. "It's not my wedding."
But he followed Keaton and Tilly to the front of the chapel anyway, unable to keep himself from looking over his shoulder at Alyssa one last time.
* * *
"What's the deal with the oldest Benedict brother?" Janie asked Alyssa as they watched the group move off toward the photographer.
"What makes you think there's a deal?" Alyssa asked instead of answering.
Janie flashed her I know what you're trying to do smile. "If I was uncertain as to whether or not there was a deal, that answer just proved there is one."
Alyssa should have known she wouldn't be able to fool Janie. They'd worked together and been friends for too many years for her to think she could pull one over on her. It didn't matter that life would be a lot easier if there wasn't a deal with Kipling; the truth was there was something between the two of them.
Maybe it was nothing but lust. He'd never hid his appreciation for the way she looked. Even when she shot him down and told him off, inside she was secretly thrilled she got a response out of him. The bigger part of her loved that it wasn't only her mind Kipling took notice of. And sure, some small part of herself hated that she'd spent hours in front of the mirror today, trying to decide which dress he'd like, because she told herself she didn't care. But that look of pure animal magnetism he'd given her as he walked out of the chapel?
Worth. Every. Second.
She wasn't about to tell Janie that, though. Not with her already standing there like the cat who just ate the world's biggest canary.
"The deal," Alyssa told her, "is that nothing can ever happen between us. I arrested the man, for crying out loud. Not to mention, it would be a horrible breach of ethics."
But Janie, of course, wasn't going to be defeated that easily. She put a hand on her hip. "You mean like what I did when I started dating Brent?"
That was why Alyssa didn't want to go down the Janie-and-Brent road. Janie had been working undercover at a local gentlemen's club as a bartender, looking into the unsolved mystery of several kidnapped women, many of whom eventually turned out to be murdered.
She'd met Brent there, but unfortunately he had been considered a suspect at the time and her boss had put her on administrative leave after finding out they were involved. Janie felt strongly that Brent wasn't the man they were looking for, but even so, it was at great personal risk that she continued seeing him. Eventually, he'd been cleared by DNA evidence, but Janie had not been able to leave the case alone and was fired when her boss caught her investigating in the club. "I would be remiss if I didn't point out that you were, in fact, fired from that job."
"True, but life has turned out so much better," Janie said without missing a beat. "No offense, but you couldn't pay me enough to work at the Charleston PD again."
She didn't doubt it. Brent had asked Janie to move to Washington, DC, with him as he'd been offered a position in the capital city. The couple now lived in their city penthouse for half of the year and in his multimillion-dollar restored historical home along the Battery in Charleston for the remaining six. Not only that, but they were planning a wedding for the following May. Alyssa was getting ready to say something when Brent came up and interrupted them.
"Ladies." He slid behind Janie and put her arms around her. "Pictures are over. Everyone's heading to the reception."
Since the chapel was centrally located, it was much easier to leave the cars there and walk to the small private ballroom where the small reception was going to be. Already, Alyssa could see Knox and Bea leading the group with the rest of the Benedict family following behind.
"Oh," Janie said. "There's Tilly. I didn't get to speak to her before the ceremony."
Months ago while working undercover, before she got fired, Janie had worked with Tilly and became friends with her. Tilly was now engaged to Keaton Benedict. Honestly, it boggled Alyssa's brain sometimes how interconnected everyone seemed to be. Except her. She felt like an outsider and that realization made her want to leave.
"I think I'll head home," Alyssa said.
"Why?" Janie asked.
"I was only invited because of you and, seriously, what's the point in going?" It all made perfect sense to her, but Janie was standing and shaking her head.
"You're not getting out of it that easy," her friend said. "Come on. People will talk if you leave now."
"And we certainly can't have that," Alyssa mumbled, but allowed herself be led away.
An hour later, she was still trying to plan her escape. Staying had in no way made her feel any less of an outsider. Surely she'd been at the reception long enough to not cause offense if she left. She let her gaze wander to where Kipling stood, talking with his brothers. It occurred to her at that moment that he didn't have a date. The more she thought about it, the odder it seemed.
He was a good-looking and wealthy man. One whom one would think would have his choice of women to date. Why would he show up alone at his brother's renewal ceremony?
Of course, he picked that moment to turn around and in doing so, saw her staring. Caught off guard, she felt her cheeks flush and turned to watch Brent and Janie dancing. They were discussing something very intently, but laughing every so often. If she had to guess, she'd bet it was about their own wedding. The thought made her smile.
"Dance with me."
She jumped. She'd been so intent on watching the couple on the dance floor, she completely missed hearing Kipling walk up behind her.
Without turning around, she replied, "No, that's okay. I'm fine." Because suddenly the thought of being that close to Kipling and having his arms around her, made her skin flush more.
"It wasn't a question."
She turned around to find him smiling and all but laughing at her. She decided to play along and raised an eyebrow. "Really? Don't you know it's not polite to go up and command a woman to dance with you?"
The hint of a smile teased his lips. "I thought you knew me well enough to know I've never been one to be called polite."
She couldn't think of anything to say back so she stood there, feeling flustered. Damn Kipling Benedict. She should have left after the ceremony and not cared about being offensive.
He took a step closer toward her. "I see you standing here, watching the couples dance, and yet you're not dancing. And I realize you didn't come with a date and I don't have a date." He shrugged. "We might as well have a go."
"No, thank you," she said. "I don't want to be anyone's pity dance."
"Let's get one thing straight, why don't we." He leaned down and spoke in a low voice she knew no one else heard. "I do very many things and I do them for all kinds of reasons, but I never do anything out of pity, especially when it comes to a beautiful woman."
Her brain threatened to short circuit. She blinked. "Why would you ..." She trailed off as his hand moved to stroke her shoulder.
"We've both tried to ignore it, but we know there's something between us." His voice grew rougher. "Let's give into it just for today. For one dance."
She looked toward the dancing couples, imagining his arms around her, and licked her lips, on the verge of saying yes. She shook her head. "It's not appropriate. I'm involved in several cases that have ties to your family."
"It's one dance, Alyssa." While he spoke, he still stroked her shoulder. The touch of his fingers made her want to feel his hands everywhere. "At my brother's wedding. There's nothing wrong with two single people enjoying themselves."
Why did she get the impression he was talking about more than a dance?
She closed her eyes, but doing so did nothing to diminish the way his touch felt. She could get lost in his touch without even thinking twice. To agree to a dance would be one step down a path that offered nothing but heartache and trouble.
"Yes," she said anyway.
His hand slipped off her shoulder and he held it out to her. God, she was actually doing this. She took the offered hand, noting how warm it was and she didn't think she was imagining the strength it contained.
He didn't say anything as he led them to the dance floor. She stared at him, not looking to either side for fear of seeing the other wedding guests' reaction. She didn't realize how stiff and uncomfortable she must look until he whispered, "It's not an execution, you know. A smile wouldn't be remiss."
She smiled, but it felt fake. What didn't feel fake was the way her body reacted when he slipped his arms around her. She lowered her head, hoping to keep to herself the fact that her skin flushed at such close contact with Kipling.
"If I'd known you would feel so good in my arms, I'd have asked you to dance long before now," he said.
She tried to imagine them dancing at any of the previous times they'd been together. The image of them dancing while she arrested him made her chuckle with its ridiculousness.
"There we go," Kipling said. "Now people will think we're having a good time instead of assuming I'm torturing you."
She pulled back to look at him and make a snappy comeback, but instead she found herself caught up in his eyes. They were the most mesmerizing color. A light brown that somehow appeared golden. How had she never noticed his eyes before and why did they seem so familiar?
The corner of his mouth uplifted in a half smile. "Cat got your tongue?"
"You looked like you were going to say something, but then you stopped."
Had she? "I don't remember."
"That's not good," he said. "I don't mind rendering you speechless, but affecting your mental capacity isn't on my agenda."(Continues…)
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4 Star Review Broken Promise (Sons of Broad #3) by Tara Thomas Tara Thomas is a new author to me. I had no idea going into reading Broken Promise that this was book three and the final book in the trilogy. I do believe that this is a series that needs to be read in order as I was a lost whilst reading, not knowing the back story that had occurred in books 1 and 2. I really liked the characters of Alyssa Adams and Kipling Benedict. Running for their lives, whilst trying to track down a missing sibling and a killer bent on revenge, Alyssa and Kipling are drawn together more and more. The chemistry between the two was strong and sizzled. There was certainly intrigue, mystery and suspense and I found the writing to be solid. The characters were likeable and the storyline was gripping.
4 1/2 STARS! An explosive conclusion to the mystery that's been haunting the Benedict family! If you've been following along with the series, you will recognize both of the main characters of this story. Kip has been flirting with sexy cop Alyssa throughout the series and it's finally time for him to make his move. We weave through more mystery and chaos before finally discovering who The Gentleman is and to what lengths he's gone to and why in his quest to ruin the Benedicts. Really enjoyed the series and felt like this was a fitting ending! Charleston police officer Alyssa Adams pledged her life years ago to helping victimized women and to bringing justice for their families, and in this book we find out where her passion came from. She had an older sister she adored that went missing a decade ago and was never heard from again. She's determined to one day find out exactly what happened to her, and the way things are shaking out with the Benedict case, she might be getting closer than she ever though possible! Kipling Benedict can't deny a major attraction to Alyssa every time she's been around during this family trouble of late, so any opportunity to get up close and personal with her is a pleasure ... but this time, he really needs her help! Turns out their long-lost sister that they only recently learned of has now been taking by whoever it is that's torturing their family. He needs Alyssa to help him figure out who it is and track her down before it's too late!
Broken Promises is the third and final book in the romantic suspense Sons of Broad series. This series got better each book and I am really happy how the author finished it. I think the main reason I enjoyed this book more than the previous ones are the characters. They were adults and acted in a way that made sense. Alyssa is a police officer and her behavior reflected her profession. Kipling is the oldest brother and is very protective. The tension between these two was noticeable in the previous books. I loved seeing how these two came together, and wished there were a couple more scenes showing them being intimate. In this book there are a couple of twists and turns, and I was happy I finally found out who was terrorizing this family. I loved how everything eventually fit together and having all the answers to my questions. I am really hoping for a novella showing how all the couples are doing in the future. The suspense was perfect, I was just hoping for a bit more romance. The writing was excellent and I loved the writing style, it was really easy to read. I just wished the book was a bit longer, however I am satisfied with how everything was concluded. I am looking forward to reading more books by Tara Thomas.
OK, so this is the first book I've read by this author - but apparently the last in a series of books. So, I came to it late and have a lot of earlier books I can now go back to read. I also received an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) and it had LOTS of typos and tiny errors which were annoying. However, all that being said, I still found myself caught up in the story and turning the pages as quickly as I possibly could to see what was going to happen. I really enjoyed the characters - and will have to go back and read all those earlier books/novellas.
In Broken Promise the diabolical Gentleman is revealed and I learned why he is tormenting the Benedict Family. I was stunned by the unexpected twists. This book pulled me in and kept me reading. The action was non-stop. I loved the romance between Kipling Benedict and Police Officer Alyssa Adams. Their attraction has been simmering for some time. I was glad to see them become a couple. I've been waiting for them to act on their chemistry. Tara Thomas has created larger than life characters, a romantic thriller with a deadly adversary and a family that won't stop fighting. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
If you're looking for a truly astounding read this summer. Then you must pick up a copy of Broken Promise a romantic thriller by Tara Thomas. I had the pleasure of reading this book and like the other books in the Sons of Broad series, this book did not fail to entertain. Though I would recommend reading the books in order of publication. Broken Promise was very intense. It carried a steady pace throughout the course of the book. I don’t know what book in the series I enjoyed more, though Broken Promise would have to top the list. Which make this entire series a keeper. With fantastic character building and a flawless plot. Broken Promise was one of my summer guilty pleasures.
In this next novel in the explosive, brand-new romantic suspense Sons of Broad series from Tara Thomas comes a novel of deadly secrets and hidden danger. In the sultry streets of Charleston, one family, ruled by its powerful, take-no-prisoners sons, has risen to the top. But a merciless enemy is out to destroy them…and everyone they hold close… SHE SWORE TO KEEP HER PROMISES. BUT CAN SHE KEEP THEM SAFE…AND PROTECT HER HEART? Charleston Police Officer Alyssa Adams made a promise years ago to protect innocent women from harm. Now, she won’t rest until she can reunite every lost daughter with her family.Bring closure to every grieving husband. And, most of all, find out what happened the night her own sister disappeared, more than ten years ago… As the eldest of the Benedict brothers, Kipling will stop at nothing to protect his family from a threat that aims to destroy them once and for all. But when a long-lost sibling is kidnapped by a powerful adversary, Alyssa is the only one he can turn to to get her back. As Alyssa and Kipling band together to find their lost siblings, a powerful attraction builds between them that they can’t ignore. As the truth comes to light, will one broken promise tear them apart? Review: I very much enjoy reading this series. This book starts out after the ending of the second book. I would recommend reading the books in order because of the mystery/suspense that runs through all the books. Alyssa and Kipling were super likable and had great chemistry. I liked their past interactions and the chemistry running between them during each meeting. One thing I found hard to maneuver in the first book was the amount of characters, but this has gotten much better as the series has come along, it is easy to keep everyone straight and what their motivations are. I don't want to give away too much of the plot so as not to ruin it for others. I will say the wrapping up of some of the storylines was very satisfying. There is a lot of action, but there is romance and some good sexy moments too. The romance and these two lovers coming back together was very well-done and I was rooting for them to be together. Very well-done romantic suspense! 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advancce reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Once again the Bennett Men and Jade are in for a whirl of an adventure. There is plenty of action and intrigue in this the story of Kipling and his frenemy Alyssa. She has been the vane of his existence and even arrested him once. This time the stakes are higher and they will work together to find the killer. There is too much at stake to lose him this time. The author gets our blood roaring with the adventure and intrigue and keeps it there with the passion between these two. There's is no so much a wining and dining affair as a collaboration of sorts because of course like the other women who love these Bennett men she aint a woos. Great story and even enjoyed the extra novella I was treated to. Love this author and her style. She keeps the pace flowing and it makes for good reading. Love this family and all that surrounds them.
What a great story! I have never read Tara Thomas before but I will be looking for her other books. Broken Promise is the story of Kipling Benedict and Alyssa Adams. They meet in a previous book but that is an unimportant detail as this is a stand-alone novel. Alyssa is a Charlotte Police detective and Kipling is the head of the family industry. This book starts at the wedding of one of the Benedict brothers. While both of them feel a mutual attraction, Alyssa is not interested in a relationship. Her life has been focused on finding the person who murdered her sister when Alyssa was a child. But as the plot takes shape, Kipling's half-sister is kidnapped and the 2 main characters team up to find the person behind it. There are many details that begin to come to light and they get closer to both the murderer and the kidnapper. Without giving away any of the plot, this story is full of twists and is well written. The author ties up the loose ends nicely before bringing the novel to its conclusion. A definite 5-star read!
Broken Promise – Tara Thomas I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Kipling Benedict is the eldest of the three Benedict brothers, whom are the heirs apparent to the large shipping company bequeathed to them by their father. Set in beautiful Charleston, SC, Kipling has seen both of his brothers marry, but after having his heart broken at a young age, he has vowed to remain single, despite his hidden interest in Charleston PD’s Officer Alyssa Adams. Alyssa Adams has an agenda of her own. After losing a sister to murder when she was 15 years old, she has made it her life’s work to avenge her sister and to protect society, a story she shares with Kipling over an impromptu cup of coffee one afternoon. As they talk, they discover a connection between them – a company named ‘Finition Noire’. Soon, a young woman who proclaims to be the Benedict’s sister – Jade - goes missing, and Kipling receives a call from an individual who claims to have her. He joins forces with Alyssa in attempts to find her. As the search for Jade intensifies, we learn of ‘The Gentleman’, and a clue left behind by Alyssa’s sister all those years ago, that ties into the present as Kipling & Alyssa give in to their chemistry and search for answers and for Jade. Just who is ‘The Gentleman’ and why does he have it in for the Benedict family? I absolutely LOVED this book! Non-stop action and suspense, and some great reveals into the motivations and backstories of individual characters and how they became to be. It kept me guessing – and guessing wrong! Great read!! I will be watching for more from Tara Thomas!! perfect beach or rainy day read!
Broken Promise by Tara Thomas, book three in the Sons of Broad series. A great addition to the series. The final book in the series. A romantic suspense. Each book dealt with the storyline of a different brother. I enjoyed the storyline, dialogue and characters. The author knows how to write a great story I look forward to reading more of her books.
This was a really good, satisfying ending to this Trilogy. This is Kipling's story and you really do need to read the first 2 books to have any clue what is going on in this one. Also those books are well worth reading. We finally find out who The Gentleman is and why he is doing this to the family. Kipling and Alyssa pair up to finally take down The Gentleman and of course fall in love. I was happy with the ending. If Tara ever decides to do a book on Jade I hope it's years in the future as the poor girl needs a lot of help first. *I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
Broken Promise by Tara Thomas is Sons of Broad #3. This story picks up where the past two books left off and they really should be read first. Knowing that it is no surprise that this is Kipling Benedict and Officer Alyssa Adams story. This has been a long time coming with hints throughout the previous books. The witty banter and battles between Alyssa and Kipling continue but more has developed between them. We get more of Alyssa's story as we continue to find out about the Benedicts, Jade, and The Gentleman. I liked that Broken Promise had a nice balance. We got the relationship building between Kipling and Alyssa, and we got the continued story arc into all the unanswered questions that have haunted throughout. Alyssa remains her tough self, even as we peel back her layers and reveal emotions and complications. Ms. Thomas does not disappoint in this conclusion and this book was not rushed and even though there were answers that we have been made to wait for since book one, this was the right book for the reveals. Overall I very much enjoyed Broken Promise by Tara Thomas and felt the book brought things full circle in a satisfying way. The Sons of Broad series has been fun, with twists and turns, great characters and amazing romances. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Broken Promise is the third book in the Sons of Broad series. The eldest Benedict brother Kipling is the center of this romantic thriller. Alyssa, Kipling’s partner and would be lover, discovers things about her family and her murdered sister while helping Kipling find his kidnapped half-sister. A connection exists in their separate tragedies, and the couple confronts the threat the Gentleman has been tormenting the Benedict’s with. Kipling and Alyssa were gravitating toward one another in previous novels, and here they develop it. Their attraction matured naturally into love, the compatibility they share obvious. Kipling and Alyssa are entertaining together. I appreciate the dry humor between the two. They are also intelligent enough to defend against the threat from the Gentleman. The background given on the Gentleman reveals his true identity and his supposed slights with the Benedict family. The Gentleman works as the protagonist for me in Broken Promise. Exposing his background gives him more substance in my eyes. Realizing his true motivations increase the anxiety. It is unsettling for the characters, understanding there’s no reasoning with a madman. All and all I was glad to read the conclusion to this series. The romance was engaging. I worried about the leads when their lives were in danger. I became wary of and disgusted by the bad guy and his motivation. I could foresee some of the mystery unravel before the reveal, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Decent tension presents itself, and a few things still surprised me. I'd give it a solid three out of five stars. Worth mentioning, the bonus content is kind of sweet. There is a great speech given at a wedding so check it out if you can. This book was given to me by Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for my honest opinion. I encourage all readers to come to their own conclusions
Third in this series. All the plot twists come to fruition and there are some well kept secrets here. The previous books are not necessary to understand the story, but they would enhance this read. I knew who the bad guy was before starting this and he is a piece of work. There is steam but the story is not overwhelmed with it. A lot of intrigue and just plain crazy. Good read.
3.75 stars-entertaining and engaging 3.75 stars--BROKEN PROMISE is the third full-length instalment in Tara Thomas’ contemporary, adult SONS OF BROAD romantic suspense series.This is Charleston Police Officer Alyssa Adams, and billionaire businessman Kipling Benedict’s story line. BROKEN PROMISE can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading the series in order for cohesion and backstory as there is a continuing premise and theme throughout. Told from several third person points of view including Alyssa and Kipling BROKEN PROMISE follows the building but forbidden relationship between Charleston Police Officer Alyssa Adams, and billionaire Kipling Benedict. Weeks earlier Officer Adams arrested Kipling Benedict on suspicion of murder but in the ensuing time Alyssa is all too well aware that there is more going down than meets the eye. With the body count rising, and each successive murder linked back to the Benedict brothers and their significant others, Alyssa’s own family history begins to unravel as threats against our heroine finds Kipling and Alyssa working together to reveal the truth. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Alyssa and Kipling, as they are pulled into a game of cat and mouse wherein Alyssa and Kipling have been targeted by someone from the past. BROKEN PROMISE is the culmination of several story lines including the original three-part serial that focused on deception and revenge; jealousy and envy. The Benedict brothers have been pulled into the ‘Gentleman’s’ game of vengeance, a game that involved murder, torture and the ultimate act of betrayal. The premise is entertaining and engaging; the characters are charismatic; the romance is passionate and fated. I did struggle with the slow progress of events throughout the story; I am hoping the author has plans for Jade.
The third and final book in the Sons of Broad series and it’s really good! This book is a good mix of steamy romance and suspense. Like a puzzle falling into place, it gives the readers all the answers we’ve been looking for. This series is a great read!!
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) I have to say that this book was my favorite of the bunch, we finally finally got some answers. And while I had wondered about this character before, since it was barely mentioned I discarded this individual. What I liked about this book, was the going into the past and why this person did what they did. And I am glad that we got an HEA and everyone and everything was tied neatly in a knot..
I highly recommend that you read the previous book before you read this one. Although each book centers around one couple the books have a main story ARC that connects them all together and this is the conclusion to that ARC. With that being said, this one is about the oldest brother Kipling Benedict and police officer Alyssa Adams. Alyssa became a police officer after the murder of her sister. She doesn't want other families to go through what her went through and chose a path to try to stop that from happening. Kipling will do anything to keep his family safe including the sister neither he nor his brothers ever knew about. When she disappears he goes to Alyssa to get her help to not only find her but to stop the man who has been hounding his family for all this time. This was a great conclusion to this series. Alyssa and Kipling are both such strong characters and once they finally start working together they are perfect. There are so many twists and turns that I definitely had to pay attention and it makes you think! I love how it brought not only the whole story together but it brought the other characters in to help finish it all off. Here's hoping we can have a novella though to show some sort of HEA for Jade, especially after everything she has gone through. All in all, this was a great end to this series. Some of the earlier books were ok for me but when you put them all together it makes the whole story complete and well worth the read.
This book is the third installment in the Sons of Broad series, but despite that fact it can be read as standalone. I haven't read the previous installments (I'm planning to, tho) but I didn't need it in order to understand the story. The author explain briefly previous situations to keep the reader updated and develop a plot full of suspense and passion. The lead characters, Alyssa and Kipling, had a rocky start but since the very first page you can feel the tension and the chemistry between them. The way the story is constructed let you spy in their minds, to explore what are they thinking every moment, and it was cool to experiment through them the fear and insecurities, but also the heat and the longing, the passion and the discovery of love. But this story isn't about romance. Or isn't just about romance. It's also a thriller. Alyssa's sister disappeared and was killed over a decade ago, and she has dedicated her life to bring justice to families in the same situation as hers. She has some clues about her sister's case but that murder wasn't solved. But then she find the connection between her sister's case and a new one, and the hope to discover what happened blooms again. Kipling discover, soon after his brother's wedding, that his recently found sister has been kidnapped so he'll ask Alyssa's help to find her. But the case is more complicated that they imagined, and the connection between Jade's disappearance and Alyssa's sister will put both of them in danger. The thrilling situations Kipling and Alyssa will be involved in will lit the fire between them. Even if they try to deny their attraction, that fire will be hot enough to burn their defenses and make them surrender to a passion like no other. There were a few moments in Broken Promise were I felt the author could have feed the suspense a little more, but the book was pretty cool. I liked the buildup between Kipling and Alyssa, not just the romance between them but how they teamed up to find Kipling's sister and solve Alyssa's case. The villain in the story, The Gentleman, was creepy AF and he had some impressive moments in the book while we discover what drive him to act the way he did. Maybe it was just me, but I kinda wanted more at the ending with him. I felt it was missing something. But that's probably because I didn't read the other books, so don't mind me. Broken Promise was a fast-paced romance filled with suspense and will engage you in the story from the beginning. It was a great read and can't wait for you to read it.
Broken Promise by Tara Thomas is the third and final book in the romantic suspense Sons of Broad Trilogy set in Charleston, South Carolina. This book highlights Kipling, the oldest brother, and police detective Alyssa Adams. They have history, not really that pleasant history, but there is an undeniable attraction as well. Alyssa is the only one he can turn to when his half-sister is kidnapped. What follows is another gritty, suspenseful, fast-paced story in a gritty, suspenseful, fast-paced series. "The Gentleman," who has been targeting and terrorizing the Benedict family for so long, is back, as evil as ever. Charleston is back, too. You feel as if you are there, enveloped in the atmosphere. As the eldest of the Benedict brothers, Kipling will stop at nothing to protect his family from a threat that aims to destroy them once and for all. Broken Promise is a well-written, fast-paced book with lots of twists and turns. Even if you haven’t read the first two books in the series, the flashbacks Tara Thomas provides are enough to help you understand, and feel, the danger. I recommend you read the entire series to fully enjoy and appreciate all the backstory and the tales of the other brothers, but Broken Promise ably stands on its own, with good character development and well-thought out plot and scenes. And while this story focuses on Kipling and Alyssa and the current danger, it answers all your questions about “The Gentleman” and very nicely wraps up all the storylines. I enjoyed Broken Promise. The atmosphere is lush, the danger seems real, and the attraction between Kipling and Alyssa is steamy. But the best thing, the thread that runs throughout the entire series, is family – just how important family, and those brought into the family circle – is and what lengths they will go to to protect and care for each other. Note I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
3 1/2 stars. This author is new to me and I like her style. I did not read the other 2 books in this series but it ended up being okay to not have, although I will probably go back and read so I do get the backstory I was missing because it sounds awesome. This was a good storyline and I found it kept me interested throughout to get to the bottom of things. There is a romantic element with Alyssa and Kipling of course as this is romantic suspense, but it was not the main focal point of the story.
This is the third and final book in the Sons of Broad series and the conclusion to the mystery that has been building throughout the entire series. The author does a good job of getting us up to date but I do recommend you read these books in order to get the full effect of the mystery build up. The identity of "The Gentleman" is finally revealed as is his motivating factors for the things he does. Jade's circumstances are also fully explained so everything gets wrapped up nicely. We also get caught up on all our favorite characters from the previous books. This is definitely a book and series I recommend.
I haven't read anything by this author before, but I will be reading the other books in this series. I really enjoyed this story. I liked Alyssa and Kipling. As Kipling helps Alyssa go after the man who murdered her sister, they become closer and realize they are more connected than they thought. Both of their families have big secrets and they have to uncover them if they want to save their family. The Gentleman has been at it for many years and needs to be stopped. Can they do it?
OOH the Gentleman was definitely no gentleman!!! Kiplinger has had a thing for Alyssa for quite a while now and when she decides to work with him the heat ratchets up. When they're following leads they find more than they bargained for. Will they be able to save Jade and figure out what happened to Alyssa's sister? I was literally wanting to punch the Gentleman in the face. What an evil man!!! You definitely want to read the first two books in the series so you know what it happening up until this point.