Title: Promise Me by Kelly Walker
Publisher: Kelly Walker
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 387 pages
Self-professed Harry Potter addict and math genius River Jacobsen can count on one hand the people who matter in her life. Really, it’s just Dean, the boy who loves her despite her odd habit of counting everything around her when she needs to quiet her mind. When Dean promises her forever she never imagines it will be a lie.
After Marine hacker Ian Maclean is mistakenly declared dead by the US government, he’s happy to correct them the moment he escapes captivity. He wants nothing more than to get home to the wife he left behind. Discovering she’s been cheating on him since the moment he deployed wasn’t in the plan. Devastated, he walks away from everything, even his name.
With the futures they were counting on destroyed, Ian and River find themselves starting over. Ian reminds River of things she’d much rather forget, but pushing him away is harder than she expected. Ian wants a second chance at happily ever after, but the more he gets to know River, the more he worries she isn’t trying to figure out how to live again, she’s figuring out how to die.
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She’s quiet. It isn’t that she isn’t looking at my workstation. She just doesn’t understand the significance. She doesn’t know how I ache for her to know me like I want to know her. I take a deep breath, then dive in. “River, I don’t know your story. I don’t know what you’re running from. There’s so much I don’t know about you, but I know that you matter. You matter to me in a way that caught me completely off-guard, but I don’t regret it even for a moment. I need you to see this, because secrets have a way of festering, and even if they start out innocent, and we think that the only one who will get hurt by them is us, in the end, they affect everything. Like poison.” I never thought being Ian would hurt someone, but every time I hear it from her lips, I feel a little dirtier inside.
I will tell her about Livie. About who I really am, and how I ended up here.
A timer beeps in the kitchen.
River smiles, but a mask has dropped over her face like a shield. “Sounds like that’s our cue to head back downstairs.”
Before I can protest, she’s halfway back to the ladder.
I follow her to the kitchen. I was about to tell her everything, but now it feels like the moment has passed, and I don’t know how to ease back into it again. (pg. 145)
Kelly Walker is a YA and NA author of several romantic titles, including the Souls of the Stones Fantasy Romance series. She has an unhealthy appreciation for chocolate, and a soft spot for rescued animals. Her best lessons on writing came from a lifetime of reading. She loves the fantastical, and the magical, and believes a captivating romance can be the most realistic magic of all. Kelly, her husband and her two children share their Virginia home with three dogs who walk her, and two cats who permit her to occasionally share their couch.