Thursday, July 4, 2019

Keeping Promises (Book, #1 of the Promises Series) by C. E. Benson Release Day Review!


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Keeping Promises (Book, #1 of the Promises Series) by C.E. Benson
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I loved Jason. And he loved me back. That should have been enough. But some promises are just too hard to keep.


















Review 
 3 out of 5 stars
I think I’ve said this a thousand times but I love a good emotional read. I’m all about the angst and drama in my romance novels—and this book has it by the droves.

Keeping Promises is a heavy-handed introduction to a romance series that will rattle your emotional cages and take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. What it does so well with writing and portraying an emotionally deep story, it lacked in the plot.

Kamry has been in love with Jason since she could remember. She doesn’t remember a time when they weren’t together. The backstory that explains the way they fell in love is a romance ripped from dreams.
Jason is a dream until he isn’t. Emotions and lack of consideration tear the two apart until they meet again five years later. Emotions are still as high—and the love between the two is just as strong. The only difference is Kamry—who is not the same emotionally dependent teen she once was. And Jason’s smiles and perfectly timed words won’t be enough to convince her anymore.

What I really enjoyed about this story is how the author played on the emotions of the characters and the reader at the same time. She digs deep into the hearts of the characters and shows the dependency and the love the characters share, from such a young age.

The book reads well overall, and the writing is great. However, I would have liked to spend more time with future Kamry and Jason, the people they are now. I wanted to see how they’ve changed, and what becomes of their relationship, now that they’re both adults, as friends and as lovers. I wanted to feel the conflict, but the resolution is swift and complete—leaving this reader wanton. 

I am interested to see where the author takes the story as a series. Hopefully, we’ll get a cameo from Kam and Jason in future books. The second book focuses on the best friends that play a brief but seemingly significant role in Jason and Kam’s story. There’s more to Jason and Kamry’s story and I would like to see it.