Series: Between Breaths #4
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
A new love will test the boundaries of passion between a privileged boy next door and the tattooed, blue-haired girl who helps him embrace his wild side...
Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It's not that he doesn't respect or trust women; he doesn't trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn't do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…
Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn't take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.
With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.
A story about balancing darkness and light, Promise Me This is a sweetly sexy, yet poignant novel about being true to who you are without fearing the different facets of yourself – the good and the bad.
I’ve wanted to read a Christina Lee book for a while now, because her work is pretty prevalent in my world amongst my book friends. In fact, I’ve had All of You, the first book in this series, for months, but with my never ending TBR list, I never got around to reading it. Thankfully, that didn’t affect this story for me. This book is definitely a standalone, and although characters from previous books are mentioned, it was more of a passing glance, since this story was all about Nate and Jessie.
The two protagonists in this love story are about as opposite as two leads can be. On the one hand, you have this preppy, rich boy from a perfect family. On the other hand, you have a down-to-earth, saucy chick with colorful tattoos, who was raised on pennies and lives in a basement. They’re from two different worlds…but not in the way you think. There’s a richness to Jessie, a light and joy that she exudes that no amount of money can buy. And Nate knows first hand that appearances don’t mean anything. This was more than just a story of opposites attract, it’s more like opposites complement.
Nate finds in Jessie a person who wants to see all of him, someone who isn’t afraid of his shadows. Jessie finds in Nate more than what meets the eye. After a day trip spent together, these two realized that the tension that’s been underlying their friendship can’t be ignored. It sizzled and sparked. I must say that I loved the sexy scenes between these two. It was hot, raunchy, raw, and sweet, without being cheesy. Christina Lee wrote those scenes in a way that I felt the two characters connecting, I felt their need for each other, as well as their fears.
As Nate and Jessie grow closer, Nate struggles even more with his past, since he knows he has to come to grips with his fears if he has any hope of moving on. The subject matter in this book is heavy, but the way it is dealt with is light. Personally, I felt like the issues Nate and his family face were glossed over, and I would’ve appreciated more scenes where I was shown the ugliness and angst, so that I could feel everything that Nate was experiencing. I wouldn’t have minded a longer, more in depth story, but I think readers who appreciate a dash of reality in their make-believe will love this book.
Although I was left wanting, I am intrigued. I want to read the other books in this series. As I mentioned before, this is a true standalone – a complete story, but I still want to read about the other couples, if only to experience some more of those sexy scenes. 🙂 They’re hot!
Bottom line: If you love NA, then you’ll love this book. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a fast, steamy read with enough angst to pinch, but not bruise.