Promise Me Always
by Kari March
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. **
Excerpt * Blake POV:
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
“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.
Kari March done a fantastic job at bringing her characters to life. Tess and Blake are one very steamy pair that have one heck of a communication issue. Tess isn't a whiney 'Oh Woh is Me' heroine, I mean this girl is tough and Blake is completely swoon worthy. The supporting characters are hilarious, I do believe Lexi was my favorite though ;).
Promise Me Always is one heck of a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. I peeled through this book with no problem. The end of it was kind of drug out and it did get repetitive in spots but still good.
Overall, Kari's debut novel was a hit and we will definitely check out her next ones. A Book Whore for life!!! Good Job Kari, keep it up!!!
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.
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