Release Day Launch - Three Broken Promises (Drew + Fable #3) by Monica Murphy ~ Excerpt, Derna's Review and Giveaway
“You’re going to turn me away yet again, aren’t you?” she asks when I don’t say anything. The irritation in her voice rings clear as her entire body goes tense. “I can’t believe it. I offer myself up to you with no strings attached and you’re trying to figure out how to let me down easy. God, I am such a moron.”
Unable to hold myself back, I rush toward her, angry that she would insult herself. Panicked that she really is going to walk away and I’m going to lose my chance. Thinking too much sucks. I need to just let it happen. Take this opportunity that she’s presenting me.
And let her go when our time is up.
“You’re not a moron,” I murmur, reaching for her. I cup her face in my hands and position her so she has no choice but to meet my gaze. I skim my thumbs across her cheeks, feel her shudder at my touch. “You make an offer like that and a man needs to process it first.”
The unshed tears still glimmer in her eyes and one escapes, leaving a damp trail across her skin. Leaning in, I stop its descent with my lips, tasting the salt, hearing the catch in her breath. “We do this and it’s not going to be some half-assed thing, you know,” I whisper.
She closes her eyes, her tears tangled in her long, thick lashes. “What’s it going to be, then?”
“A discovery.” I nuzzle her nose with my own, breathing in her scent, her very essence. God, I could devour her! It’s taking everything within me to keep calm and not unleash all over her. “An exploration.”
“That sounds like . . . research.” Her breath hitches in her throat when I drop a tender kiss on the tip of her nose.
Chuckling, I shake my head. “It’s the farthest thing from research.” I drift my lips across her cheek, blazing a hot path on her petal-soft skin. “You’re right when you said I don’t do commitment. The closest thing I’ve ever been to commitment is . . . what I share with you.”
She tentatively places her hands on my hips, her fingers curling into the waistband of my jeans. Having her hands on me sends little darts of fire throughout my insides, making me harden in an instant. She has no idea what sort of effect she has on me. How much restraint I’m using at this very moment not to throw her over my shoulder like an oversexed caveman and cart her off to my bedroom.
“But it can be no more than friendship with added . . . benefits.” I lift my head so I can look into her troubled gaze. She doesn’t like what I have to say and I don’t like it either, but I have to be honest. Stringing her along and making her believe this is something more is a mistake.
The two of us together would never work. I’m too damn selfish. I’d disappoint her. I’d hold her back when she needs her freedom. I’m not worthy of her. She’s everything sweet and good in my life, where there’s little sweet and good remaining.
I’ve kept her—and our relationship—as pure as possible even after all of these years. With the realization that she’s leaving me, that we’ll never be together again, I need to take my opportunities where I can.
Jen bites her lip and drops her gaze. “I can handle that.”
Her body language is more than telling me she doesn’t really want to handle that, but I can’t worry about it now.
I want her too damn much.
*I received an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
I was looking forward to reading Three Broken Promises, I wanted to know more about Jen Cade and Colin Wider, their history, and the relationship they had.
Colin and Jen have known each other since they were younger. Colin and Jen’s brother Danny were best friends but Danny died in Iraq. Both have had a hard time coping with it. Colin feels guilty over Danny’s death, Jen feels guilty about her past and the things she did after Danny’s death, they both have secrets, and are hurting, but all the secrets, the hurt, and guilt is holding them back from being honest with each other about their true feelings.
I liked Colin, I did have mixed feelings about him whilst reading Second Chance Boyfriend as for most of it I thought he was a creeper, so I was pleased that by the end of the book I discovered that he wasn't such a creeper after all. I liked what he wanted, and was trying to do for Jen, but sometimes his actions just made things worse.
I liked Jen, she was sweet, she had a rough time after Danny’s death, she had made some wrong choices, and was worried that her past would affect the future that she wanted with Colin. I liked that she wanted to be independent, but again like Coin some of her actions made thing worse.
I enjoyed the storyline, but it was frustrating also. Told from dual POV, it was about second chances, forgiveness, and redemption. There was plenty of angst, and my heart went out to Jen and Colin at times, but there were many times that I found myself shouting at my kindle as I just wanted to bang their heads together as they had such bad communication.
The Chemistry and passion was intense between Jen and Colin, and when they did get together, it definitely resulted in some very hot sexy steamy scenes. Monica Murphy certainly knows how to write good ones.
I liked that we were able to catch up with Fable and Drew as I have missed those two; it was good to see Owen also. I’m looking forward to reading his story In “Four Years Later"
Overall as frustrating as this book was to read at times, I did enjoy it, but I will say I did like the first two books better. I like Monica’s writing style and I liked how it ended for Jen and Colin. I was at first disappoint that there was no epilogue, but I know that Monica isn’t finished with Fable and Drew and with the "Drew and Fable Forever" novella coming out in January I’m sure we will get a little more Jen and Colin in there too.
“She means the world to me and I keep on letting her go. Keep on pretending what’s happening between us isn’t real. All for her sake, I tell myself. I don’t want to hurt her. Bullshit. More like I don’t want to hurt myself”
“So scary, but the only time I feel safe, the only time I feel like I’m home, is when I’m with Colin.”
“Having Jen means I need to open myself up to her completely. The thought of that is scary. What if she doesn’t like what she sees? What if I disappoint her? It could happen”
"I'm not sure you can handle my secrets. But despite them, I want you, Colin. All of your faults and your strengths, the good and the bad. It doesn't matter. I want it all."
"If you don't want Jen to leave, then you need to find those balls you're so afraid I'm going to demolish, man up, and tell her how you feel." ~ Drew
“It’s easier to pretend she’s only my friend rather than admit I want more. The idea of her rejection scares the hell out of me”
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.
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