Promise Me You by Marina Adair Release Date: October 23, 2018 Publisher: Montlake Romance Standalone Number of Pages: 254 Kindle Source: Amazon Pre-Order Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 11/1/18 to 11/2/18
Mackenzie Hart has made a career out of writing about eternal love, so when she finds her perfect match in Hunter Kane, she decides to put it all on the line. Irresistibly charming and drenched in alpha-male swagger, Hunter isn’t just the catch of the town—he’s Mackenzie’s best friend. Only someone beats her to the altar. After a fresh start and three years to recover, the last thing Mackenzie expects is for her old life to come knocking…
Recently divorced, musician Hunter Kane wants to reconnect with the woman he left behind. Admitting his biggest mistake comes first. What comes next is up to Mackenzie. He hopes she’ll give him a second chance. He may have been the one to break her heart, but he knows he can also be the one to mend it.
As a tenuous friendship turns into something more, Hunter’s life on the road beckons once again. Will love be enough to keep them together, or will their wildly different worlds be too much for them to overcome?
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been anxiously awaiting the next book in this author’s The Eastons series. Initially, this was supposed to be that book. (Unfortunately, I cannot find the heartfelt and informative e-newsletter in which the author explains that last sentence.) As of right now, this book seems to be a standalone. I wouldn’t be surprised if the author later makes it into a series, though. There are some interesting characters that she can work with. Not that this story doesn’t have a finite ending…it does. But I think Hunter’s single cousins deserve some HEA themselves.
From the way this book started off, I really thought it was going to take a lot for me to like Hunter. He did absolutely nothing wrong, but I was making assumptions on his character. Then we get to see pushy Hunter that seems a bit entitled, and I was still not sure about him. Once the story gets going and all parties are thrown together, I realized I had Hunter all wrong. The man may have a bit of an ego and be a bit like a steamroller when he sets his sights on something, but he’s all heart. And you can’t blame the guy for the ego. By all rights his ego should be even bigger than it is already. Plus, when he’s steamrolling over things it’s always because he’s trying to do things to help others.
Mackenzie is frustrating. She’s also a wonderful person with a heart of gold, but she really holds herself back. I enjoy her friend/mentor/sponsor Tia calling her out on that. Because Mackenzie is such a sweetheart, nobody else is tough with her. Not that she’s let a lot of people into her bubble in the last few years. But those that are in that bubble tend to cater to her rather than finding a way to help her cater to herself.
The story of Mackenzie and Hunter is the story of them finding that balance of tough love and romantic love. The story of Hunter realizing he doesn’t have to take care of everyone, whether it’s Mackenzie or his band or his crew. The story of Mackenzie finding her independence while also accepting help when it’s needed. Not just on her terms, but on the mutual terms. Mackenzie always had a backbone, she just needed to find it again.
I know I’m being a bit vague about what Mackenzie’s issues are, but I hate spoilers. It’s revealed quite quickly in the story, but it’s not my place to ruin that for you. I want to say that I don’t believe I read a book that deals with her particular problem though. What I really appreciated is the problem isn’t something she has had throughout her life, it’s something Mackenzie is learning to navigate as the story unfolds. So the reader really gets an education on this issues she has. I think of myself as a pretty empathetic person, but this story really opened my eyes to issues I didn’t fully realize before. When a book can entertain you, give you all the feels, and educate you at the same time…I’d say that’s a winner.