Title: Today's Promises
Series: Promises #2
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre: New Adult/Coming of Age Romance
Release Date: September 8, 2016
Starting over isn’t easy, especially when the past keeps coming back to haunt you.
Flynn O’Neill and Jaynie Cumberland thought life outside the foster care system would be a breeze. Now eighteen and sharing a home in the quaint, little town of Lawrence, West Virginia, their new start should be nothing short of idyllic.
Unfortunately, it is not.
Flynn and Jaynie are discovering that picking up the pieces of their shattered lives and moving forward is far from easy, particularly when the past keeps rearing its ugly head. And then, as if things weren’t tough enough, they are told the evil Allison Lowry, their former foster sister, may be released from prison early.
Committed to not allowing that to happen, Flynn and Jaynie begin to search for ways to keep their former tormentor behind bars. In doing so, dark secrets are uncovered. But instead of setting this young couple back, these new developments allow Jaynie and Flynn to grow closer than ever. As their commitment to one another deepens, these two broken people find new purpose and, more importantly, realize the healing they so deeply desire is finally within reach.
Today’s Promises is the beautiful, stirring conclusion to Flynn and Jaynie’s journey that first began in Tomorrow’s Lies.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Flynn and Jaynie escaped a horrifying experience in the foster care system. With determination to move on, they both discover that their past is not that far behind them with the threat of the Allison, their former foster sister being released from prison early. Flynn and Jaynie become relentless in finding ways to stop this from happening. But in doing so, they discover deep and dark secrets. Ones that were never to come to light. This shakes them to their core and they must fight harder to trudge through the darkness of their past. Through it all, their commitment and dedication never wavered. In fact, it grew stronger. Their love for each other unyielding. Perhaps this time their broken pieces can truly begin to heal in a way that is very much warranted.
“And I love your fierceness protecting me.”
I finished this story absolutely breathless. Speechless. In awe. Overwhelmed. The emotions are raw and will have your heart beating. Pounding. Flynn and Jaynie face so much in the first book, but this one truly demonstrates their will to live and love beyond the darkness that shrouds and haunts them everyday. With this compelling story, the author gives a voice to the voiceless. It was done with such grace and humility. She SPEAKS through Jaynie and Flynn loudly and clearly. That there is always good. That light always exists even when it seems impossible. That love overcomes every circumstance. That love knows no time or boundary. The experience of reading this book was unreal. I relished in every single part of this story.
“Your pain is mine, Jaynie.”
Flynn loves Jaynie fiercely. His love is loud. Consuming. His love protects her from the darkness of her past and all the darkness to come. His love is her refuge. Her safe haven. His love simply bears all things. And Jaynie? Her love is powerful and strong. She loves boldly. Her love is brave. She loves through pain and adversity. Her love shatters all shadows that threaten to consume Flynn on a daily basis. Their love triumphs.
“I love you…and only you. It will always be you, Jaynie-bird.”
This book was phenomenally written. It was emotional and heart stopping. You continue to fall for Jaynie and Flynn with every word of their story. The author demonstrates her incomparable talent as she weaves the reader through the devastating beauty of this book about love, hope, and the amazing and unstoppable resilience of the human spirit. Today’s Lies is a poignant and moving story about two of the strongest characters I’ve ever had the privilege of reading. Their strength enthralled me. Inspired me. Their strength pushed and challenged me to believe that love truly conquers. That love? Love always saves.
I’m brought back to the present when I hear Jaynie drop something in the bathroom. Scrubbing a hand down my face, I’m torn over how best to help her. It’s hard to help someone when your own life is a freaking mess.
I hear Jaynie tearing open a candy bar and mutter, “Fuck.”
Rolling to my back, I rest my arm over my eyes. I’ve eaten plenty lately, but my stomach, as if on cue, begins to rumble. It’s like all this thinking about starving has reminded me of what it actually feels like to go days without food.
We are still both so fucked-up. Will we ever heal?
“Fuck it.” I throw back the quilt and head toward the bathroom. “Jaynie…” I rap on the door, once, twice, three times. “Let me in. Please.”
The door opens slowly, revealing my broken girl. She stands before me, a half-eaten candy bar in one hand and chocolate smudged all over her chin.
“Busted,” I say.
I’m trying to tease her to lighten the mood, but it sounds lame and pathetic.
“Sorry,” she mumbles.
I reach out and, using my thumb, wipe away evidence of her binge. “Don’t be silly. There’s no need for apologies. I was only kidding around.”
“All right, Flynn.”
When my stomach growls again, there’s no hiding I’m in the same boat as her. We’re like Pavlov’s freaking dogs, I swear.
“Hey,” I say softly, “think you could spare one for me?”
Smiling for the first time since I caught her red-handed—or chocolate-chinned, as it were—her deep green eyes sparkle.
Pulling me into the bathroom, she says, “Just get in here, Flynn.”
We spend the next ten minutes gorging on chocolate. And the reason is simple—when you’ve lived the lives we’ve lived, all within eighteen short years, you don’t take chances. You cover your bases. You live prepared. You eat when you can since you never know when the food might run out, or when it will be withheld from you.
The bottom line is that you absolutely must be ready for things to turn bad, because they always fucking do.
“Hey, can I have another?” I ask as I polish off candy bar number three.
Jaynie hands me five more, and then wisely suggests I look for a spot to hide four of them.
“You know,” she says, shrugging, “in case my stash ever runs out.”
“I’ll find a good place,” I promise her. “And then I’ll let you know where it is.”
“You do that, Flynn,” she replies, her eyes holding mine. “But after you tell me, don’t let anyone else know where you hid them. Like…ever.”
I nod, agreeing to her terms. Hell, it makes perfect sense.
What can I say—old habits die hard.
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S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and #1 Barnes & Noble Bestselling author. She is the author of the popular Judge Me Not series, the new Promises series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, and the Laid Bare series of novellas. Ms. Grey’s works have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller lists, including Top 100 multiple times, as well as #1 on Barnes & Noble Bestselling Nook books.
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