When today's promises become tomorrow's lies, how can you believe in anything . . . or anyone?
Jaynie Cumberland has no idea how to trust again, so she's given up on trying. Dumped in to the state foster care system at age fourteen, Jaynie spent three years treading water, just trying to get by.
Still, Jaynie always knew she was broken in some way. After all, why did her own mother abandon her? And following a harrowing experience at her first foster home, Jaynie's worst fears are confirmed, leaving her feeling worthless and shattered.
Now Jaynie counts the days till she turns eighteen and can go out on her own. All she wants is to be free of everyone and everything. But before that can happen, she must make it through the next few months at one final foster home. There Jaynie meets a gorgeous, albeit rough-around-the-edges, boy who is dealing with the repercussions of his own turbulent past.
Flynn O'Neill is immediately taken with this new, fragile girl. He becomes determined to show Jaynie there is more to life than hurt and pain. Unfortunately, this new home they live in, one that promised to be a haven for unwanted kids, is more like a living hell.
So what do you do when you're trapped and there's no way out?
What if you fall in love and protecting the other person becomes the most important thing in your life?
What if something unthinkable happens, testing your love, and the stakes are raised higher than ever? Will you come out unscathed? Can today's promises be kept? Or will they simply become more of tomorrow's lies?
Tomorrow's Lies is a beautiful story of an all-consuming love and broken people building a family out of nothing. It's about never giving up, even in the face of adversity.
*mature content and possible triggers*
New Adult/Coming of Age Romance
***2016 RWA RITA entry***
|Publisher:||S.R. Grey Publications|
|Series:||Promises , #1|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||2 MB|
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Jaynie has had a rough life and now she's stuck in the foster care system. When the unthinkable happened at her current foster home she is left a broken mess and is moved again. She is promised that this new home will be a good place to stay until she turns eighteen. But when they pull up and she sees the huge gate and barbed wire fence surrounding the property Jaynie has a gut feeling this new place will be anything but good. That is until she meets the four other kids staying there but especially Flynn. He's another messed up foster kid with his own demons to bare but there is something about him and slowly she begins to trust him. After some time she realizes no matter how bad their living situation is they might just make it after all. They just have to make it to eighteen and then they're free. This was a great book! It reeled me in and almost instantly had me attached to the kids living in the foster home. They made my heart hurt with all bad they had to endure. And at the same time I don't think I have ever hated two other characters as much as I did in this book. And I have read a lot of books! The author made them come across so real and so horrible I caught myself flinching a few times and wishing I could punch them right in the eye. This was definitely a rough read in a few spots due to the emotional subject matter but it was totally worth it by the end. I look forward to seeing what life has in store for these characters and hope to see them continue to overcome their sad troubled pasts. In my opinion Tomorrow's Lies is absolutely recommended.
This book grabbed me from the first page. I even wrote to the author and told her I was crying on the train! My heart went out to Jaynie and Flynn and the choices they had to make to move their lives forward. The book moves between present day and five years earlier leading up to present day. The heartache and physical pain that Jaynie and Flynn experienced while being in the system of foster homes made me cringe inside and out. This book is so beautifully written and from what I've read is unfortunately incredibly accurate for what sometimes occurs in the foster homes that children are supposed to be "safe" in. Flynn and Jaynie are each other's solace while their inside this particular home. They experience a lot of what they deem to be fun times with each other and Flynn is Jaynie's protector as well. They made a pact with each other that they would get out come hell or high water. Unfortunately, hell comes knocking on their door one night which sets in motion the basis for the rest of the story. "This is the end - the end of my time with Flynn in this place, the end of easy smiles on warm summer days, the end of the family I cobbled together. But hardest of all to accept is this is the end of Flynn loving me. No one has ever loved me the way he has." Flynn makes a promise to Jaynie that they'll be together again, but this is what needs to happen right now on this blackest of black nights. As we move through the book we see what leads us up to this fateful night. I so loved how all the foster kids in this home that was supposed to be better than the others, came together to be the family they all so desperately hoped and wished for. Which is sometimes the best kind of family don't you think? The chemistry between Flynn and Jaynie was so beautiful to watch as they discovered who they could be in each other's arms. As they explore their growing love for each other and explore what it's like to have a normal physical relationship with someone of the opposite sex... "Keep touching me, Flynn. Please, I need this. I need to know I can be normal." Words like this should NEVER have to pass anyone's lips. My heart broke for Jaynie when she uttered those words. But the fact that it was Flynn that made her feel "normal" was beautiful to watch. You just know these two are meant to be together in the end. But what must they endure both together and separately before they can get to that point? If only it was easy as they thought it would be. Promises are made that one of them doesn't know about leading them to believe they lied about what their future would be like... "Today's promises are nothing but tomorrow's lies." As I got closer to the end of the book, I was feeling anxious because I SO wanted Flynn and Jaynie to have the HEA they so much deserved. I found myself unable to put the book down, no matter if I was going to have a serious book hangover the next day. I HAD to see how this spectacular book ended. And let me tell you, it was well worth how I felt the next morning. You too can have this feeling when you pick up Tomorrow's Lies!
“If someday you fly away Jaynie-bird, can I go with you?” Jaynie Cumberland has been in the foster care system since her early teens. She’s never been wanted. Not until she meets Flynn O’Neill, who is also no stranger to the same foster care system. They both share a past of pain and loneliness. Jaynie is very resistant to get close to Flynn in any way. But slowly, she lets down her walls and Flynn becomes her solace. The bright star in the only dark sky she’s ever known. And Flynn? He’s forever haunted by his past. He merely exists, waiting for the day until he turns eighteen to escape. But Jaynie? She changes things. “Flynn is quickly becoming my brightest star, one that manages to be seen even on the cloudiest of nights.” We are taken on a journey with two broken people that don’t know love. But easily recognize it in the other. Their story is heartbreaking, yet inspirational. Overwhelming, yet breathtaking. This goes beyond the cliche characters with a past. It goes deeper. Jaynie and Flynn face a life of hardship that no person should go through. They bear a cross that no one should endure. But they find hope in each other. But what happens when that hope is tested? When choices are to be made? And the promises are challenged? You simply love deeper. “I promise you, Jaynie Cumberland, I will never forget you. You are burned in my soul.” The writing is so real. Raw in it’s delivery. Emotional with it’s words. You have not read this story before. The author realistically tackles some heavy emotional subjects here. She also exposes the reader to things not usually discussed in books, but is so very relevant to today’s world. You do so much more than read this story. You live and breathe it. The author easily places the characters inside your heart as you experience their highs and lows. Their trials as well as their triumphs. This beautiful and thought provoking story is so much more than I could ever put into words. “You were always the brightness, Jayne. You made my world alive.” Tomorrow’s Lies is a true testament to the power and resiliency of the human spirit. Flynn and Jaynie have never experienced what it is to love or be loved. But they effortlessly found it each other. They loved loudly. Fiercely. Their love transcends. It’s profound. Their love knows no end. Their love faced an adversity that many would not survive. But their love simply endured. “Nothing in this world could ever stop me from loving you. We’re forever, you and me.” Jaynie and Flynn found love in the darkest place. Where love does not go. Where love doesn’t exist. Despite their past and everything they’ve faced, they love from the very depths of their soul. I leave out the plot of this story as it must be experienced by the reader. You are never told of their love. You simply feel it. Their souls are tethered. Their lives forever changed. Tomorrow’s Lies is a touching and heartfelt story about love and hope. About choosing love over the darkness of the world. Although scarred, the hearts of Jaynie and Flynn are so pure. Their love unyielding. They love with courage, and with a confidence that is felt from their very being. I cannot wait to see where their story takes us next.
I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Where to begin? I immediately fell in love with Jaynie and Flynn the 2 main characters. The storyline is flawlessly written and it keeps you engaged from page 1. I am going to throw this out there, I think this may be my favorite book so far from SR Grey. That's a hard thing to imagine because I love all her books I've read, but something about these 2 broken people pulled on my heart strings. It was an emotional book for sure but leaves you with the feeling there is hope for all of us no matter how broken we are. I highly recommend this book!!!!!! 5 stars simply isn't enough for this body of work... Cannot wait to continue on with this series.
I loved this story! It had all the feels, but also dealt with a serious topic. It's clear Ms. Grey did her research on this subject. This is also a story of triumph of the human spirit. Jaynie and Flynn were amazing characters that will stay with me for a long time.