Blog Tour - Promise Me This (Between Breaths #4) by Christina Lee ~ Ava and Kat's Reviews + #Giveaway
I loved Nate and Jessie. Loved their flirtiness. Loved their chemistry. And definitely loved their sexy times.
Jessie is the fun, outgoing, cool chick. She's covered in tatt's and not afraid to get a little freaky in the bedroom. She and Nate had been friends for a while. Jessie always thought Nate was the rich kid, living off of daddy's money. Friendly, yet perhaps a little boring and a little too plain for her.
Nate was the guy who refused to be too intimate with the ladies. Not because he is a player, but because of a past experience that gave him a taste of whom he didn't want to become. He saw things in himself that scared him enough to not let go and take what he needed. No, he certainly did not want to have even the smallest reminder of the evil that helped give him life. An evil Nate thought he was capable of becoming himself.
As much as I enjoyed the story of Nate and Jessie, I couldn't really get into the story around their story. I found at times I was having difficulty in the book holding my attention just because the aspects I had no interest in. It's not that it was bad, I guess bridges just aren't my thing. Although, that one time, on the bridge... ok, that part got my attention, if you know what I mean.
I liked how Nate's past tied into why he was afraid to be intimate with women. The reasons he had fears of hurting them and perhaps taking his natural instincts a little too far (which by the way, I would have loved to been able to see them get in a little deeper with this). And even though Jessie was totally into what Nate was giving, he didn't understand himself. He was afraid he would go too far and scare her away.
Jessie had to convince him it was good, what she wanted and that he never went too far with her. If anything, she would have wanted more of where he was going, but he wasn't confident enough in who he was, or more importantly, of who he wasn't, to trust himself with the things he craved. That it didn't mean anything like he thought it meant.
Once he realised this problem with his family, which really is the root of his intimacy issues, wasn't going to solve itself, he got help with the encouragement of Jessie. After all, what kind of relationship could you possibly have if you are always going to doubt the person you are?
Even though I didn't attach to this story as strongly as I did to some of the other books in the series, it is still a good read, with great writing and a beautiful addition to the Between Breaths Series.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Promise Me This is the fourth book in the Between Breaths series; there is little crossover so it can be read as a standalone. We briefly me Jessie and Nate in books one and three, so now it is their turn.
Nate may look like the all American boy on the outside but he holds dark secrets on the inside. Due to his tormented childhood at the hands of his father, Nate has issues he hasn’t dealt with. He can’t separate his desire to dominate in the bedroom from the same type of abuse he witnessed with his father. Due to this, Nate doesn’t do relationships. He can’t trust himself around girls. So he keeps it to one night and no repeats. That is until; he takes his friend Jessie on a road trip that neither of them will forget.
“As soon as I got in that beat-up Daisy Duke truck, it was a foregone conclusion.” I lifted my shoulder in a shrug. “That I would belong to you.”
I did like Nate and I could understand his confusion and turmoil. I thought this part of his character was really well written. Nate has never been shown the proper kind of love, so he is confused about his own desires. My only issue was his desires turned out to be not that dark. Perhaps they were in Nate’s eyes because of what he has been through, but when his needs were introduced I thought we were going to see a different side to the author and Nate as a character but unfortunately it was more of a tease than anything. There was some kink towards the end, but the best we got was the summarised version.
“I’d had her in practically every room and position in the house-spread eagle, spanked, tied and positioned against the bedroom wall”
For a little more steam, and to fall head over heels in love with Nate, I would have loved to see him in all his glory ;-)
Jessie has been my favourite female character from Christina Lee to date. I like a girl who is confident in herself and wants the best for others. Jessie had built up a great friendship with Nate, but things were changing and she was confused with her feelings towards him. On the outside, he didn’t seem her type at all but when they spent one-on-one time together, Jessie discovered a whole new side to Nate. She sensed he had forbidden desires but rather than turn him away, Jessie embraced Nate and urged him to give in to his cravings. She was strong enough to explore them with him.
“Stop being afraid, goddamn it,” she blurted. “I’m asking you, begging you, to touch me. Touch me like I know you want to. Own me tonight.”
“Give it all to me,” she murmured in my ear. “The wild and the sweet, the light and the dark. Because I need them both. They make up who you are. And that’s the Nate I want to belong to.”
Christina Lee’s writing never disappoints, we are always given interesting characters who are a little broken and in need of some TLC. I do find myself yearning for more at times, with the book being a quick read, and the issue it covered, I knew we couldn’t get into the nitty gritty in that word count, and I felt this at the end, as Nate’s issue was resolved at a fast pace. To do the serious subject justice, I was looking for a little more closure, rather than it being glossed over to wrap up the story.
In each story, there is always an interest explored by one of the characters, and in Promise Me This it was Jessie’s art project. Nate took her to visit some rundown bridges. It might not sound very exciting but it was really well written in a way that made it interesting and I loved the significance of their trip and Jessie’s tattoo to go along with it. It was a nice addition to the storyline.
Even though each book is a standalone, I feel the transitions from each story could be improved in order to make me want to read on. It isn’t obvious who the next book is about, I’m guessing Emmy and Dex as they have been mentioned a couple of times but when books are part of a series, I like to feel the connection and want to yearn for the couple who will be next. At this point, because it isn’t clear I’m not inclined to read on.
Like the books before it, Promise Me This ended on a sweet note. But it just ended. I am a huge fan of epilogues and it would have been great to get a glimpse into Jessie and Nate’s future. It isn’t necessary I know, I just can’t help it, I’m an epilogue junkie :-)
Promise Me This is a good new adult book; if you are a fan of this genre and have liked the previous books in the series then you will love Nate and Jessie’s story.
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip gloss, salted caramel everything, and believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.
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