Forgotten Promises: A Novel

Forgotten Promises: A Novel

by Jessica Lemmon

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ISBN-13: 9781101968574
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/19/2016
Series: Lost Boys
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 93,591
File size: 854 KB

About the Author

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing about super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

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Drew drove me tonight, picking up Shayna on the way. I thought he had been running late because he had to work. I now know it’s because he and Shayna had . . . ugh.

Idiot. Idiot. Idiot. Only the last “idiot” is meant for me. Because I was the biggest idiot here. I should have seen Drew’s and Shayna’s lies sooner. I should have recognized the way he’d been pulling away from me lately. The way Shayna didn’t talk to me as often as she used to. I should have held on to the friends who mattered and taken my father’s advice about going away to school.

Tears burn my nose and a fat, warm droplet spills down my cheek. Sure, now I’m crying. And what’s worse is there is no one to comfort me when I need it the most. I take one more look around the parking lot, seriously expecting a tumbleweed to blow by, before sniffling and wiping my tears away with my fingertips. I pull myself out of my pity party and grasp the handle of the door to the 7-Eleven.

Rapid-fire blinks quell another barrage of tears and I vow not to slide all the way into the depression spiral until I buy my gas station wine. I’ll take it home and run a bath and listen to Ed Sheeran, and then I can cry. Cry and sit in the water until I’m pruney and freezing.

My tear ducts comply, and soon I am streak-free and composed enough to go inside. I’m going to have to call a cab, though, because I am not hoofing it from here to my front porch in the middle of the night.

I step over the threshold, narrowly avoiding a wad of bubble gum smashed into the dirt on the floor. Lettering stenciled on the back wall announces wine and beer and soda over corresponding coolers. I walk directly to the wine portion and choose a bottle that meets my needs. This stuff will most definitely make me drunk. I figure it will also plague me with an epic headache in the morning, but whatever. Beggars can’t be . . .

My thoughts stall as I spot the only other patron in the store with me. From my angle behind a rack of potato chips, trail mix, and other snack foods, I can make out only his profile, but his profile is enough. I know him.
You know how you can’t remember things from your past until you do? Until something familiar calls it up? It may be a little thing. An insignificant thing. Then in a perfect moment of symmetry where time stands still, a memory coats your brain like Magic Shell on your favorite vanilla bean ice cream.

I’m in a bubble of time where everything is frozen as my brain catalogs this new information. Admittedly, the cataloging is happening at a sluggish pace given my beverage choices this evening. The guy ahead of me in line is tall, really tall, with shaggy dark brown hair. His jaw is clean-shaven, his lips are full, and his expression is as tortured as it’s ever been.

I tighten my grip on the chilled, cheap bottle of wine and call up a name I haven’t thought about in years.

Tucker Noscalo.

He must feel me staring because he turns, gazing through unkempt locks of hair falling almost seductively over his forehead.

Our eyes lock. Stunning blue, sometimes gray, his narrowed gaze eats into my very soul the longer we stare.
He clenches his jaw—the muscles in his cheek twitch—then he turns away, his hair once again falling over his face. The snack foods and soda fountain and filthy tile vaporize as I recall the first time I ever laid eyes on him. We were in the eighth grade, which would have made me fourteen at the time. Seven years ago.

A lifetime.

He’d clenched his jaw, then, too, viewing me through the veil of thick eyelashes like he did a second ago. It had been the first time I noticed his scars. Several V-shaped marks tracking vertically up his forearm. He was a cutter, I guessed. And the moment he’d stood two lockers down from mine and noticed where my eyes went, he yanked down the sleeve of his hoodie and speared me with an angry glare.

The Noscalo boys were bad seeds. Everyone knew to steer clear of Tucker and his younger brother, Jeremy. But in that moment I felt like I truly saw him—like we saw each other. Then the moment was over, and I was going to class and trying to figure out the cause of the weird hum inside my belly.

Tucker was closed off, quiet, and very bad news. I had assumed Tucker’s habit of bucking authority was because he was a cop’s kid, his behavior akin to a preacher’s daughter sinning because she was expected to be good.
Two years after that, Tucker and a local lowlife robbed a liquor store. Tucker went from “bad news” to certified juvenile delinquent. Dangerous. But he intrigued me as much as he scared me. There was something about him I related to back then, even before he stepped in between me and trouble with a capital T. But I hadn’t known what was coming. Trusting him was a gut call I couldn’t explain.

I blink and the world rushes back, pulling him into sharp focus. His back is to me and he gave no indication of whether he recognized me or not. It’s not like we were friends back then. More, he was a guy I watched from the corner of my eye until he wasn’t there to watch any longer.

The clerk, a short dark-skinned man with great hair, wearing a crisp white button-down shirt, finishes bagging two grocery sacks for Tucker. Seriously, didn’t he know better than to buy his weekly groceries at a place like this? Every item in here is overpriced.

Tucker wraps a hand around the grocery sacks, crinkling the brown paper, and I decide not to let him leave without saying hello. Where he is concerned, my curiosity has always edged out the fear.

“I know you,” I say to his back.

He lets go of the bag and turns to face me fully. My breath catches as I get a good look at the dried blood decorating his white T-shirt, at least on the part I can see beneath his zipped leather jacket. He shoves the receipt and his change into a front pocket and I notice dried blood on his knuckles, too. My face goes cold like I’ve gone into shock from the sum of the evening’s events. Yet I’m more curious than afraid.

“Are you okay?” I ask, my voice quiet.

His blue-gray eyes find mine and my shock is replaced with warmth. Like honey is oozing down my spine. Pooling in my belly.

He’s well over six feet, but not as rangy as I remember. The leather coat does little to hide broad shoulders and his well-defined chest. Interesting. My memory of Tucker doesn’t include ample pecs. Or traps, I think as my gaze trickles down his throat and along the side of his neck.

God, he’s gorgeous. Straight nose, high cheekbones, a sharp, angled jaw. His hair is longer, shaggy, with a bit of curl. His lips are full and enviable. And frozen into a firm line. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Tucker Noscalo smile.
His style hasn’t changed much, either. Worn jeans, Chuck Taylors, white T-shirt. I inspect the blood spatters on the cotton, but other than his knuckles, I spot no signs of injury. I remember suddenly, shockingly, that he’d been to prison and further wonder if he got out or if he busted out. Did people still escape from prison?

I take a step forward rather than back. His eyes snap down to my feet then back, a look of confusion bordering fascination coloring his face.

“Morgan,” I introduce.

He’s a criminal. But he paid for the sundries in the overstuffed bags on the counter. He can’t be all bad.
“Morgan Young,” I sort of repeat. “We shared a chem class a million years ago.”

He’s staring. Not speaking. And he does not look happy. I’m not sure if he’s unhappy because he remembers me, or because he doesn’t. Or if he’s trying to remember who I am, or decide if he should rob the place and take me as a hostage.

To say that I’m a little nervous would be like saying the Arizona desert is a bit warm.

Oddly, I’m not sure what I’m nervous about . . . because I’d once harbored a crush on the guy and am attempting to talk to him, or because I’m in imminent peril and my flight-or-fight response has kicked in.

Damn tequila. I should never drink it. It makes me fuzzy; take risks I shouldn’t. Case in point, I continue my one-sided conversation.

“It’s my birthday. Twenty-one today.” When he doesn’t respond, I run my fingers along the edge of a bag of Cheetos. “Yep. The big two-one.” I leave the Cheetos behind. No sense in buying food to soak up my upcoming alcohol buzz. Because when I get home, I am getting duh-runk.

Closing the gap between us in a few short steps, he moves toward me easily, his lithe gait suggesting he isn’t injured. The blood must belong to someone else. I stand my ground, trying to reflect the confidence of his approach, but it’s for show. I have no confidence tonight.

He sizes me up, his eyes skating over me, and I wonder if he can sense I’m not having the happiest of birthdays. Warm fingers brush mine as he lifts the wine bottle from my hand, I assume to inspect the label. He won’t be very impressed. Even I have my doubts about the label’s claim declaring the gas station wine tastes like “strawberry fields.” Rather than hand it back, he walks the bottle to the counter and drops money onto the counter. The clerk rings him up, casting me an unsure glance.

“I’m twenty-one,” I say, feeling the need to defend myself.

The cash register spits out a receipt and the clerk offers it to Tucker, but Tucker holds up a hand to turn it down. His back to me, he gathers his groceries and walks out a pair of doors opposite the ones I entered.

I’m left standing a few feet from the clerk and my now-paid-for bottle of wine. Do I show him my ID or just take my gift and run? Option B sounds the best, though I won’t be running very far. I still need a cab.

Raising my chin, I walk to the counter, grip the wine by the neck, and head to the front doors. Then I pause to stare through my reflection to the poorly lit parking lot. Tucker exited the other side of the building without speaking a single word. And I didn’t thank him.

You really should thank him.

If I follow him, at least I’ll have company while I call for a cab. What’s the harm?

Twelve answers present themselves instantly. I ignore them all. His silence, his presence, his hotness, have reeled me in like a helpless fish on a lure.

I spin on my heel and march to the other side of the store, the driving force another memory altogether. A time when he stood up for me; protected me. It was a moment where Tucker Noscalo recognized the danger that I, cocooned in my perfect world, had completely overlooked until just then.

That’s why I slip out the door now and go to him. Under the guise of saying thank you, and because I have to know if he remembers me. He’s piling his groceries into the backseat of a black car that has seen better days. It suits him. He spots me and stands slowly, looking taller and broader than he did inside. As our eyes meet over the top of the car, I decide gas station wine shared with a handsome, mysterious criminal is a huge step up from my evening thus far.

I’ve never been so wrong.


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Forgotten Promises 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing book!!! Very sad and a lot of crying BUT So Good!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything by Jessica L. before, but will be looking for other books after this read! Loved the story and the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Painful and riviting A touching story of abuse and survival. Will leave you haunted by the crimes against children, done by those who should have loved and protected them. As a mother and grandmother, I find myself feeling capable of a bit of abuse toward those who abuse that sacred trust and duty!
Marie-Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
This story presented a different Jessica Lemmon than I'm used to. It was quite a deviation from her normal MO. Forgotten Promises falls in the new adult genre, and the main characters were younger than what Lemmon usually writes. Additionally, the storyline of Forgotten Promises was grittier and darker than her other works. I was instantly hooked at the beginning, but the book lagged slightly towards the middle and end. Given the scenario that the main characters find themselves in, I had some difficulty liking Tucker. I understand his situation influenced his actions, but even in an impossible situation, I felt like his treatment of Morgan was extremely harsh, and it took me longer to warm up to him than it did her. I also questioned her judgment, and her somewhat quick acceptance of Tucker's explanation of his behavior. The chemistry between the characters seemed to be heavily reliant on mutual attraction from past interaction, that, at least for me, didn't quite translate successfully into their present-day involvement. I did appreciate the moments when Tucker's guard was lowered by Morgan's gentile nature, and Lemmon's quality of writing is still second-to-none, despite my inability to fully connect with the characters/subject matter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Jessica Lemmon, but this one was a bit different for me. The subject matter was intense and dark. For some, it may be hard to deal with. I understand where she was going with this, but I had a harder time connecting to the characters in this one.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Forgotten Promises is such a different voice than Jessica Lemmon’s Second Chance series. And if you are used to her work, you’ll see a whole world of difference in this novel. Gone is the sweet small town or billionaire romance, now comes an intense and dark Story. I’d like to warn you now, this novel touches on physical and emotional abuse, and there is a hint of Stockholm syndrome to the story. So, if that’s something you don’t like, I’ll tell you to stop now and move on. Typically, I don’t like those subject matters, but being that Jessica Lemmon is an author I follow, I jumped at this book. Desperate times calls for desperate measures and Tucker Noscalo is all out options. Fresh out of jail and just about clueless on how to execute his plans to prove his innocence and to save his sister from their abusive father. His only chance is to seek help from a girl he once knew, Morgan Young. Of course, his way of asking her was not necessarily the best of ways. But if you learn more about his past, you’ll understand his desperation. Luckily for him, he received more than what he’d asked for. Tucker’s hardship and the storytelling of his past were detailed, and Lemmon did a good job letting me feel his emotions…I was devastated for him. I’m glad he later connected with Morgan, who provided what he needed and truly deserves. I’m surprised she came through for him, though. The blurb made me expect Morgan to be a spoiled brat; she’s not. She had moments of acting out her young mind, but that just goes with her sheltered life. She’s not my favorite heroine, but she was okay overall. Lemmon’s writing is good, and there’s no question that her story flows. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book as much as the books in her Second Chance series. I wasn’t expecting a dark novel, and that threw me off a bit. Would I have picked it up if I knew? Probably. Like I said, I follow this author and have enjoyed reading her other books. I think going in with open eyes would make the experience better. If you’re in the mood for a dark romance, this would be an enjoyable read.
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Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Random House Publishing Company in return for an honest review* I don't even have words to express how great I think this book is and how much it touched me emotionally. Tucker's story is heartbreaking and even though scaring Morgan the way he did was wrong, I understand why he felt he had no choice. As he little by little tells her the story of what he and his brother endured, she opens her heart to him and places herself at his side. Her compassion and strength give him hope. Her love (and therapy help him heal.) This is a really beautiful love story despite the ugliness of Tucker's past. This well-written book is riveting from the first page to the last and I couldn't put it down.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I didn't really connect with the characters, so that's why my rating isn't higher, but I did still like it. Forgotten Promises deals with some really intense, difficult topics, and there are a lot of gray areas in this book. Morgan is a spoiled rich girl, who has just been dumped by her cheating boyfriend, when she runs into Tucker. Tucker is a guy that went to Morgan's high school, and Morgan always had sort of a crush on him, but Tucker got into a lot of trouble and ended up in prison. Tucker has had a very hard life growing up, and he recently just got out of prison for something that isn't really cut and dry. Tucker's father is a very bad guy, and Tucker has evidence of this fact, but he needs a good lawyer to help him, and that's were Morgan comes in. Morgan's dad is a very good lawyer, so Tucker decides he needs Morgan to help him out, and he will do what he needs to do to make her believe him. Tucker and Morgan end up in a secluded cabin in the woods, and as Tucker begins to come clean with Morgan they begin to grow closer. Alright, so I didn't like that Tucker took so long to actually tell Morgan what was going on, and the way he went about gaining her trust was crazy, and I don't get what he was thinking. I guess he really wasn't. Morgan reactions were odd for a lot of things in this book, and I didn't like that she acts on the younger side of her age. When Morgan and Tucker grow closer, I felt that Morgan was sort of taking advantage; especially with what Tucker had to deal with, and I also felt Tucker did a 180 very quickly on how he felt about intimacy. I did like Tucker and Morgan's chemistry, and I thought they had some really sweet moments, and I felt for Tucker. The book did keep me interested till the end, and I thought it was a heartfelt story. I would liked a bit more from the ending; it felt like a lot more needed to be added, but I liked what was there. I've read other Jessica Lemmon books, and so far I've liked all of them, so I will definitely continue to check out more books from her. Good Read!
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
After having the worst birthday ever, Megan walks to the nearest convenience store to buy wine. After all besides ice cream, isn’t wine a girl’s best medicine after finding out your boyfriend cheated? At the store, she runs into Tucker, a boy she went to school with. Tucker has just been released from prison and is trying to find a place in life. He sees his encounter with Megan as an opportunity. He knows Megan’s father is a highly respected defense attorney so he sees a chance to get his help. So even though he knows it’s wrong, he kidnaps Megan. He wants to prove he is innocent of all the charges that put him in prison and to make the real person pay; his cop father. Over time a friendship begins to grow between Megan and Tucker. He opens up about his past abuse at the hands of his father. As they begin to trust one another, romance blossoms. You don’t want to like Tucker because he is a kidnapper, but you can’t help feel for him. Megan is able to look past his history and see who Tucker really is and understands why he kidnapped her. This book is a little different than some of the other books. It is a little darker, no insta-love, no push/pull where the h/H fight leave/come back and the H is actually the virgin. It is told from alternating POVs. While it took a little bit of time to get into the story, this was a well written romance, touching, and emotional story. Even though the ending was wrapped up, something was missing. It was sort of an open-ended ending. What was their life like after the kidnapping? I think an epilogue would have helped. This is a stand-alone book with HEA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow..morgan and Tuckers story can be added to one if my all time favorite couples to have cheered for for their HEA after all they both endured in this emotional well written story,Jessica lemmon knows how to write just about any chadacter & balance the good,bad, ugly and unexpacted to keep you at the edge of your seat waiting to savor her beautiful HEA ENDINGS that seem to come so naturally for her to write! Another must have for any E reader !!!:):) Excellent job! TRACI W south FL!!!
Debby43 More than 1 year ago
Received a copy of this book via NetGalley for my honest review. First off I have to say I love, love, love everything Jessica Lemmon has written. She crafts her characters so well that you always feel their emotions while reading. The highs the lows and all the in between. I had a couple little I’m not so sure how that’s gonna work in this book moments but nothing worth ever putting this book down! It is a New Adult book I believe since the characters are only 21ish. Just because it is new adult should not make anyone shy away. All I can say is poor Tucker.. his story broke me. I’m surprised he’s made it as far as he did. Although he’s had great reasons for not giving up. Once he hatches the plan to get Morgan to listen to him so her dad will be on his side the wheels in motion can’t be stopped. (Trying to do this without spoilers is so hard!!) Morgan seems to have a led a semi pampered life. In the beginning of the story she seems very naive of the world and I mean who wasn’t at 21. Well except maybe Tucker.. she’s having a rough night when she runs into Tucker. Of course she remembers him from school how could she forget him?? (I agree how could she?) Though not in her plans she ends up with Tucker and although he’s not being gentle in his demands to listen to him she can’t help but want to help the guy who helped her once. I think in this book I enjoyed Tucker and his revelations more than Morgan. Only because he’s been through more so he seems to have to grow more. Since this is new adult books there are “adult” scenes nothing to graphic.
AFOX0 More than 1 year ago
One Of The Best Books I've Read 5+ I don’t know how to respond to this story only to say I’m left an emotional mess. From the first page to the last, I was drawn into this mesmerizing story that is dark, painful, sweet, and hopeful. Now I have a book hangover, sucked into that fuzzy head game where the story has hijacked most of my mundane thoughts. Washing dishes, insert Tucker, paying bills, insert pained thoughts, do laundry, story again, and it goes on. I don’t think I can immerse myself into the next book until I have a few days to recover. On one hand, we have the abused and broken hero, Tucker Noscalo, whose traumatic childhood has been spent mollifying a horrible monster who should have been there to protect and cherish Tucker, his brother and mother. Years of torment has led him to break the law just so he could be sent to juvenile detention to escape the abuse waiting for him at home. My heart broke for Tucker as I read how his innocence and chance of normality were harshly taken away from him at tender age. Everyone thinks he’s trouble, the bad guy, the criminal as he’s in and out of prison, but the real monster is his dad, Victor Noscalo, the town’s respected police chief. On the other hand, we have the rich, privileged girl, cherished and beloved daughter, Morgan, whose one bad day is having ordered bad tacos, having chipped nail polish, and dumped by her cheating ex-boyfriend. All this changes as fate throws her in the path of Tucker at a late night convenience store, only a day from him getting out of prison. She can’t forget her hero, Tucker rescued her from Luke when he tried to force himself on her after school in the basement. She’s always crushed on Tucker and finds him just as irresistible, now that he’s all grown, rippling muscles with gorgeous good looks. Tucker’s always felt protective over Morgan but never acted on his attraction because he’s dark and broken. Her father, Aaron Young, the town’s upstanding defense lawyer is Tucker’s only chance to exact vengeance on his dad for his brother, Jeremy’s suicide, and the abuse both endured at Victor Noscalo’s hand. The videotape he needs to reclaim from his childhood home is evidence enough to put Victor Noscalo away for good and save other children from his deviant desires. Forgotten Promises is written in alternating, first person POVs, so we feel every gritty emotion and thoughts by our main characters. The story is suspenseful, gripping with sweet romantic elements, as Tucker finds a healing touch with Morgan. The nurturing warmth between them is his healing grace towards normality. I admit I cried and ached for Tucker and Morgan for getting a little lost towards the end. But thank goodness for epilogues, it was such a satisfying and romantic end. Jessica Lemmon can tell one heck of a story and I loved every bit even through the painful parts, and I can’t recommend this book enough. Wonderful job, Ms. Lemmon. Copy provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review My rating: 5
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Tucker just got out of prison and the only thing on his mind is how to take down his father, but he will need proof and a good lawyer to help him. Morgan had the perfect childhood and now she has the perfect boyfriend and perfect future planned out for her. That is until she finds out it is a sham. When Tucker sees Morgan he knows he must convince her to her father to help him. Couldn’t put it down. A very emotional read. The connection between Tucker and Morgan is amazing. Loved it!
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
OMG, I LOVED this book! OK, in my review of Jessica Lemmon’s first Lost Boys book (Fighting for Devlin) I said “Unfortunately, I think I must not care for “bad boy” stories.” That statement couldn’t be further from the truth in regards to this story. Yes, Tucker would be classified as a bad boy, but the more I read his story the more my heart broke for him and I just couldn’t put the book down. Tucker is one of the most vulnerable, and yet strong, characters I’ve ever read. I’ve read a lot of stories where the Hero has had a horrible childhood but I don’t think I’ve ever read one that was quite like this. Tucker has suffered horribly – at the hands of his own father. I won’t go into more detail about this; you need to read it. Morgan has been going along in her life unaware that her boyfriend and BFF were hooking up. On what she thinks is probably the worst day of her life, things go downhill even further when she runs into Tucker at a convenience store. Tucker saved Morgan several years ago in school and she is having trouble reconciling that Tucker with the one she is experiencing today. The book blurb give a very good picture of what the story is about. What it can’t, of course, reveal is the depth that the actual book contains. I know my review is not doing this story justice. That always happens when I have to review a book that has affected me deeply. While parts of this story are very dark and painful to read, Ms. Lemmon doesn’t skimp on the sexy time so parts of this book are pretty hot. The story is told in alternating points of view which works perfectly for this book. I’m now a firm fan of Jessica Lemmon’s writing and I can’t wait to read her next book. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This story kept me reading to the end. Tucker's struggle to be heard, to be 'normal' tore at my heart. He loved Morgan enough to try and straighten out his life. Morgan listened to her gut and to her heart, and I fell in love with her caring, her strength. I don't usually read YA but the premise had me wanted to read, and I am so glad I took a chance. This is a must read. I look forward to more from Jessica Lemmon. I had a chance to read this through Netgalley for an honest review.
CarolOpal More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this review by saying New Adult is not my favorite genre and I’m not a fan of first person narrated stories. That was true until I read Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon. I started reading it and couldn’t put it down! A truly amazing story, Forgotten Promises, is not what I was expecting. It is both heart breaking and yet uplifting, a testament to the human spirit and the healing power of love. The author did not back down when it came to dealing with some very dark issues in this story. I liked the realistic portrayal of these characters and the fact these characters, while getting their happy ending, are not magically healed. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys deep, emotional stories. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Maja_Vo More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this amazing and heartbreaking story, and all I can think of is poor Tucker. What that men went through is simply put horrific and no child should ever experience such betrayal by the one person, who they love the most and look up to! The story is exactly as described in blub. It starts with Tucker just getting out of prison, with the plan to bring down his father, the towns crooked chief of police and get some justice for what's been done to him and his brother. In the meantime, Morgan is getting her heart broken on her twenty-first birthday. To escape the pain and betrayal she walks to a market with the plan to buy a bottle of wine and drown her sorrows. Who would have thought that she'll meet, in a place and night like that, her long lost hero from school, Tucker. But what, if her hero turns out to be the bad guy? I connected to Tucker's character the most. His story is so heartbreaking and I just wanted to give him a hug. His youth is not as normal or as pretty as you might think it is. It's filled with sexual abuse and fear for himself and his younger brother. All I can say is that his father deserved exactly what he got in the end. Having read his POV really helped me to understand him better and I adored seeing him getting used to human touch, one that doesn't hurt or bring up unpleasant memories. And as for Morgan, I couldn't quite warm up to her character. At first she was great and I connected with her but as the story went on I found her behaviour too selfish and immature. Near the end, tho, she did come close to redeem herself in my eyes. She was really good for Tucker and I like that she helped him overcome some of his demons. The main reason I didn't rate this book higher is that it has so much unused potential and some scene (like those with his father) could have been exploited more. I felt like the climax of the story wasn't as good as it could have been. Overall, this is a great, short story that you shoud read. :)
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading one of Ms. Lemmon's books. This is not a typical story of romance. Unique. Intense. Poignant. Heartfelt. Tastefully written. Ms. Lemmon does an excellent job writing about a very emotional subject. I loved reading both Tucker and Morgan's point of views. Their actions and reactions felt so real that I was easily able to connect with them. Tucker is the perfect, sexy bad boy with a heart of gold. His story is touching and his HEA is well deserved. Highly recommend this one! ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This is a very dark and emotional story. The pain that is translated through the telling of the story is tangible. The book is very fast-paced and it needs to be. The issues are handled with care and are dealt with in a very appropriate and healing manner. I was touched by the story and the characters.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Intense, heart-wrenching, touching, and at times unbearably sad. This book tells the story of Morgan who is turning 21 and is betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend. Walking home she stops at a convenience store and runs into Tucker who has blood on his shirt and bloody knuckles. What starts as a kidnapping by mistake turns into a healing for both. The few days spent at the cabin brings back memories of high school and reaffirms Tucker is really a good guy caught up in a nightmare. **Received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
repsgoddess More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. What an amazing read that will absolutely pull at your heartstrings. This is not your typical bad boy/good girl story love story at all. So much emotion and handled so wonderfully by the author to put it together just right. Ms. Lemmon did a fantab job of writing the characters; with Tucker and his struggles to cope and grow as an individual after the devastation he has lived through, and Morgan’s strength and willingness to assist Tucker in seeking justice for the wrongs done and to help him overcome his past, as well as her ability to see him for himself. My one and only issue with the story was with just how quickly Tucker began to heal after we find out about his wounds and the cause of them; it did seem super rushed to me. It’s my opinion that this could have been fleshed out more and expanded in order to seem more plausible. The author pans back and forth between Tucker and Morgan’s point of view and when not done right it can make you dizzy and things so confusing and unclear; however with this story Ms. Lemmon was spot on with how she worked her magic. This set-up was absolutely integral to the storyline and completely necessary; without it being done this way we would have been left in the dark on so much.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon is a very emotional well written love story that I could not put down. Oh my the hero Tucker, has went through so much in his childhood and comes out on top trying to protect others. Morgan has a great upbringing and goes through a tough spot in her life at 21. I loved watching these two total opposites develope from friends to lovers. Jessica Lemmons turned a dark ugly story into a emotional beautiful love story that pulls on your heartstrings. I absolutely recommend this book, please read this story you will love it. I was given an ARC of this book by publisher via NetGalley, for my honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Just when Morgan Young thinks everything in her life is falling right into place, she learns that her devoted boyfriend has been sneaking around with her best friend. Now instead of celebrating her birthday surrounded by her friends, she is left to celebrate her special day by herself, drowning her sorrows in a bottle of convenience store wine. But just as she is leaving the convenience store she is kidnapped by a former schoolmate who is in great need of saving and he is sure she is the only one who can help... Tucker Noscalo has been recently released from prison and is ready to seek justice for his brother and himself, and see to it that the man who put him behind bars is punished for his wrong doings. He knows he will be facing quite a challenge, but he hopes he can convince his former crush to help him take down his enemy. He needs a good lawyer and it just so happens that her father is a lawyer, now he just has to find a way to convince Morgan to help... This is definitely one of the most powerful and emotionally charged stories that I have read this year, and I have to say that Ms. Lemmon has totally outdone herself with this one!! Tucker and Morgan instantly pulled me into their world and had me hanging onto their every word. Their story is captivating, full of intensity, and beautifully executed, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading it. It's highly addictive!! I highly recommend this one, Morgan and Tucker's story is sure to tap into your emotions and leave you highly satisfied! ARC requested through NetGalley and kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group in exchange for a honest review.