Friday, April 11, 2014

Stealing Promises by Brina Courtney

Promises are made to be kept, never stolen. But that's exactly what happened to Victoria Blane and Levi Manor. Tragedy strikes their perfect relationship leaving Victoria struggling to overcome the darkness that threatens to bury her.

Brighton Hanley knows what it's like to lose someone. He knows what it's like to be haunted by things that can never change. When he meets Victoria he recognizes the pain she's trying to bury deep in her eyes. He knows she's trying to hide, but he also knows that you can't hide forever.

Victoria is drawn to Brighton in ways she never expected. But is she ready to let go of the past and grab on to her future?  Or will she run away from Brighton before she can be hurt again?

The smell reached her nose before she even opened her eyes and Victoria knew where she was. Back in the hospital, the hellhole. It had the distinct smell of cleaning supplies and death. Victoria couldn't understand why she was back here when she had finally made the decision to take care of the pain herself. Why had Kate arrived when she did? Did she expect something like this to happen? Slowly Victoria tried to move her limbs and felt the scratchy sheets beneath her skin. She looked over at the multiple stitches crisscrossing back and forth over her pale skin. This was her life. This what Victoria had done to herself. Her arm would never be the same again. But would anything else? She wasn't sure.

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I was given this book for an honest review.

This book was the most I've cried reading a story in a long time. I felt all the grief and pain and had to take breaks to clear my blurry vision. This author is very good at choosing words to evoke emotions from readers. I did have a couple issues with this book though. The chapters were numbered of course, but when I got to number fifteen it was blank and the next page was chapter sixteen. The story didn't seem to be missing anything though, so I think it was just a numbering issue. Then as I read the author seemed to use both first and third person point of view. The problem is that it became confusing as it bounced back and forth between "I" and "she" or "her", sometimes in the same section. My last problem was the ending. It felt unfinished and unsatisfactory. The story was too short and I felt that the characters deserved to have the rest of their journey told. Besides these issues I felt this was a very good, emotional read. If you like to feel when you read, then this is the book for you!

4 stars overall
2 stars for steaminess 

This was such an emotional book that i was in tears almost three quarters away in this book.  There is so much heartbreak in this book that you feel Victoria's pain all the way through this book.  I don't know if i could have survived what she did.  The details were so overwhelming sometimes, that i had to catch my breath sometimes.  The only reason i gave it a four star was because of the abrupt ending.  I was upset that it didn't progress farther than it did.

This is not a book that you are getting a very happy ending.  You are getting a real book.  Victoria and Levi have been in love forever, and they have been together forever.  One fateful night things change drastically.  When life changes so drastically that you don't know what to do, you have to learn to live again.  That is not the easiest thing to do.  You need to learn to survive again.  

My first time with this author, and i will continue to read more from this author.  Such a great book, I highly recommend it.

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