Title: Three Broken Promises (Drew+Fable #3) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Monica Murphy
Release Date: December 31, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: While I didn’t love this as much as Drew and Fable’s story, it was still good.
About the Book: Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.
I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.
After falling hard for Monica’s other books in this series, I had to give Three Broken Promises a try. While I didn’t love this as much as her previous novels, it was still pretty good. I think what got to me the most was I didn’t really care for Colin. I also didn’t care for the dream sequences that littered the book. It’s rare when an author does them right where I feel like they’re not cheesy, so I’m sad to say I felt that way about them here. Jen, however, was a decent female lead and I loved seeing Drew and Fable every now and then.
What kept me going was definitely Jen and Colin’s dialogue and Jen herself. I think they had great chemistry and they understood each other on a deeper level, as friends and as lovers. I also loved how tough and witty Jen could be at times, but also how caring and trusting she is. I admired her for that, even though it got her in trouble a few times. She had a very difficult past and she’s just trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life.
I didn’t, however, like Colin all that much. I understood his reasons for not going after Jen, but I didn’t believe it. I felt like their feelings for each other were so obvious, to all of the characters and to each other, that I didn’t like how long it took for things to progress. There was a lot of back and forth that I felt was just there to fill space and didn’t do anything for me. I especially don’t like it when a person knows damn well they want the other person, refuses to accept them, yet also refuses to let them go. It’s too much game-playing for me and there also quite a few scenes I could’ve done without, meaning they either annoyed me or I felt like they were necessary.
Overall, I enjoyed the book enough and I like Monica’s writing and characters, for the most part. Even though I couldn’t really connect with Jen and Colin’s story, I’m looking forward to Drew and Fable’s novella and Owen’s story. I’m definitely not done with this series or this author.
About the Author: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.