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Promise to Marry

Promises, Book 1
Narrated by: Carly Robins
Series: Promises (Wood), Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

USA TODAY best seller

This isn't your cookie-cutter childhood best friend love story.

We were best friends since as early as I could remember. We grew up together. We were next door neighbors. We shared each other's deepest secrets. When I was 13, we made a pact: if we were still single by the time we were 30, we'd marry each other.

Today was my 30th birthday. I was single. I knew he was single, too.

But we were no longer best friends, and a part of me knew that he hated me.

This is book one of a three-book series. Books two and three (Promise to Keep and Promise of Forever) will be full-length novels.

This is a new adult contemporary romance recommended for ages 17+ due to mature language and adult situations.

©2015 Jessica Wood (P)2015 Jessica Wood

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Promise to marry

I hate.... Really REALLY hate cliff-hangers.
Most of the time it's just an excuse to make more money.... And that's what's happening here. The story is okay... Narration likeable...
But that darn ending...or lack thereof..
Irritated me enough that I won't be bothering with the other 2(!) books .
Which is judgement enough....if the book was THAT good I'd be buying them.

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wow!

I have read this series already, but listening to it takes it to a whole different level. Wow!! Carly Robin's narrates perfectly!

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Wow! So disappointed.

I could not identify with the heroine at all. I was pretty much disgusted with the book. Especially the ending. Sorry I stuck with it till the end.

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Rough ending

If you are looking for a love story, this isn't it The surprise ending was a real surprise, and not a good one.

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Disappointed

This is a teaser, to get you to buy the next book. This book doesn’t have a beginning, a middle and an end. Beginning is book 1, book 2 must the middle and book 3 the end. Too bad could have been a good book.

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Fair narrator

The narration is only fair. The story is also only fair. It is a cliffhanger, which I hate.

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Not a stand alone

This book is not a stand alone, make sure you buy all books in the series. Great story, lots of twists and not your usual romance novel

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Friends to Lovers, Remix

In typical New Adult style, this story contains angst, wild behavior, and bad decisions but the trade off is seeing the characters' growth. My only complaint is that the story slips back and forth from childhood to teen years to adulthood. I prefer chronological story-telling.

If you enjoy New Adult romance, you will love this series. Just be ready for the angst.

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Great start to a series

I downloaded the first book for free and added the audio for $1.99. After the first one, I was hooked and devoured the other two books in the series. Promises to Marry series is an extremely fast read since total pages really only equal one full-length novel. That is my main complaint and the main reason I’m giving this 4 Gold Crowns.

Promise to Marry drew me in from the first page. I thoroughly enjoyed following their romance from 1st grade to adulthood. This pair really had a bumpy ride to their happy ending! The first book starts in present day and goes back to their childhood, and I found it fascinating. The second book is mainly what happened to their friendship during their college days, ending back in present day. The third book picks up where the second one ends and is primarily about how they at last resolve all their issues.

Chloe is a very complex character with issues of abandonment because of her mother’s addictions. She’s basically raised by her aunt and uncle in a loving home. I had a bit of a problem understanding why she was so messed up, but it all comes down to loving your mother no matter how bad a parent they are. Also, Chloe feels a lot of guilt for what happens to them when she was in college and that is why she makes bad choices. I didn’t get a clear picture until the third book. I’m glad I kept reading because all is revealed in book 3.

Jackson’s character is complicated as well. His parents had a loveless marriage, so while he had everything money could buy, he didn’t have a close relationship with either parent. He knows his feelings for Chloe go much deeper than friendship–even as a teenager–but he pushes them down, not wanting to damage their relationship. In book 2 and 3, he definitely acts like an ass most of the time and every time Chloe tries to tell him what is going on with her, he doesn’t have the time. That contributed greatly to Chloe’s choices.

This is fairly typical of the New Adult sub-genre, lots of angst, wild behavior, and bad decisions on both characters’ sides. I really enjoyed Ms. Wood’s writing style. Even though she goes back and forth from events in the childhood, teen years and as adults, I found the books easy to follow.

I’m glad I gave this series a chance. It is a riveting read from start to finish. If you enjoy New Adult romance, then you will love this series. I highly recommend it. I’d love to read the follow-up book, but $3.99 is way too much for an 117-page story. Of course, I may not be able to resist because I’m dying to know after reading some of the reviews. Happy reading!

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Yuck

Don't bother this story was stupid and all over the place. Pick a plot and stick to it. Ends in a huge cliffhanger. Probably one of the worst stories ever

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  • ann worsley
  • 11-19-15

AMAZING

OMG I LOVED IT JESS AS ALWAYS . AMAZING THANK YOU SO MUCH XXX XX