19 February 2014

Promise Me Always by Kari March - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Title - Promise Me Always
Author - Kari March
Genre - New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date - Feb 11th 2014
Blake Bentley had a rough upbringing, never fully believing he was good enough for anything or anyone. After being left with a broken heart by his only girlfriend, Blake swore off relationships for good and turned to the only two things that made him feel sufficient - sex and firefighting.

Tessa Collins was brought up in the traditional 'perfect' family - loving parents, great sister, and amazing friends. After falling in love with Jared, her life was perfect - until he betrayed her. She has no idea that his betrayal could end up costing her more than just a shattered heart.

Blake and Tessa have been friends since high school. Never wanting to admit their attraction for each other, the two always remained close friends. Now, three years later, Blake and Tessa find themselves being pulled together by a force much greater than friendship.

Blake and Tessa have promised to be friends forever, but as fate pulls them together, they embark on a roller coaster ride of a lifetime. Will his self doubt and her insecurities keep them apart? Or will they be able to promise each other always?

**content is for +18yrs. **
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my review -

What happens when friends crossed that line?

Blake Bentley had a huge self-esteem problem. No thanks to his younger days where he was made to believe he was good for nothing. Despite his looks, his new job, and all the girls lined up to be with him – he still feel inadequate and not good enough for anyone most especially Tessa.

Tessa came from a perfect upbringing. But it didn’t save her from the heartache her boyfriend caused her when she caught him cheating on her.

Both of them have been friends since high school – they were not best of friends, but they were already crushing on each other back then. However, no one wanted to step across that line. They were dancing around their emotions and their attraction with each other. Three years later, circumstances made them closer to each other, and even though Blake wanted nothing more but to have her in his life, he felt he didn’t deserve her…

I wanted to close my eyes and stop reading when Blake’s insecurities would come up in some pages. 

It was clear that both of them wanted each other – the feeling was already mutual. He was waiting for one of them to f*ck up. Just to prove that he was a messed-up kind of guy… it didn’t help when the ex-boyfriend suddenly decided to go psycho and become a stalker, nor for one of his friends to put his dick a priority rather than friendship.

It was one heck of a ride for these two – they had a lot of issues to address to, one being his self-doubt and insecurities. No matter how much they love each other, it had always come in between them. I was hoping that he’d wake up before Tessa realized that she deserves better than him.

Nevertheless, all ended well. I learned to love Blake when he finally got himself some sense and finally decides that he can’t live without Tessa in his life. As for Tessa – she had been through a lot, and she deserves her HEA ASAP.

I love their friends – except for one of course. Most of them have their relationship dramas, and some issues they need to deal with. I can’t wait to read their stories, most especially Lexi’s.

It was HOT – ah yes, no question about that… I think my Kindle was on fire by the time I was done with the novel… 

It was sweet, coupled with some surprising twist and a whole lot of angst that will leave you turning one page over the other.  

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

excerpt -
Tess headed for the kitchen, so I got up and followed her. As soon as she shut the fridge from getting her beer, she rammed into my chest. She backed away looking all flustered. Color slowly crept into her cheeks as her eyes scanned the length of my body. Damn! She was hotter than I even remembered.

“Hey, baby girl. Can we talk?” I whispered in her ear.

“Sure, Blake. What’s up?”

“Not here. Come with me.” I grabbed her hand and led her out to the balcony. For some reason, I didn’t want an audience for this conversation.

Once we were outside I took her in my arms and gave her the biggest hug. I had wanted to do that since she walked in the door tonight. Fuck, she smelled just like the beach and her scent was enough to make me hard. I needed to talk before my dick got me in trouble. “Are you okay? You deserve so much better than that asshole,” I said softly into her ear.

She took a deep breath and started twirling her hair again. “I'll be alright, Blake. Pretty sure I knew it was coming. It’s not like this is the first time he’s done this. I guess I was just stupid for thinking he really was sorry. I’m just so embarrassed. I mean, how stupid am I?”

“Tess, you’re not stupid. He’s the jackass that fucked up. If he couldn’t see how amazing you are, then that's his loss. Please don’t think that about yourself. You are one of the smartest girls I know and you deserve someone that will treat you like a damn princess.”

With those words she threw herself into my arms and held onto me like she was drowning. She fit perfectly wrapped all around me and I couldn’t help but think back to that afternoon in my truck. I started to feel my pants getting tighter as the memories filled my mind. I pushed her back and held her at arm’s length. Her face fell a little at my gesture and I felt like an ass, but the last thing I wanted her to feel was my dick pressing against her.


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the author -
I am a new adult contemporary author that is currently working on my first novel, Promise Me Always. I am a wife, mother of 2 amazing kiddos, photographer and owner at K23 Photography & Design, graphic designer and cover designer at K23 Designs, as well as an avid reader and blogger at A Book Whores Obsession! I have been married since 2004 to the most amazing man ever and together we have two amazing children.

I was born in Aurora, CO and still reside their today with my amazing family. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world. I have become accustom to bi-polar weather living here and I absolutely love getting all four seasons (although winters could be a bit shorter.)
I have a small obsession with Starbucks and gummy bears! They make the perfect writing snack! Wine helps a lot too especially with the late night writing sessions. I love the summer and everything that goes along with it, camping, swimming, boating, hiking, etc. I love to travel and Disneyland is one of my family's favorite places to visit together. I have a dream of visiting so many places in the world such as Italy, Greece, Australia, Fiji, Bora Bora and New Zealand (just to name a few.)
I have met so many amazing people in this journey so far and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.
Connect with Kari: Facebook  |  Website  | Twitter 
Email - karimarchauthor@gmail.com


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1 comment:

  1. This was a great book! The story and characters were heartfelt. Can't wait for the next great piece of writing from this author.