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Book Review – Promise Me This by Christina Lee

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Promise Me This follows the tried and true NA formula – Good Girl meets Bad Boy. We know what happens in these books. It happens every time, yet we still love them. And THAT is why they remain so popular. 

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.

To be fair, Promise Me This was slightly different to other NA reads. The Good Girl was tattooed and into the kinky stuff. The Bad Boy was from the right side of the tracks but with a mountain of daddy issues and a penchant for kinky f-ckery. We didn’t fully explore ‘that side’ of his personality in this book because I think the story would have descended into something dark and WTFish if that were the case. But we did get to know these characters and exactly what it was that floated their boats, and why.

Their relationship was a pretty good one – also a rarity in an NA. Jessie was a strong, confident young woman and an absolute breath of fresh air. Nate treated Jessie with respect and care at all times throughout the novel. The dynamics of their relationship actually worked well. A lot of this was probably to do with their friends to lovers situation. 

This book was a quick and entertaining read and I was in the exact mood for this type of story so it really buttered my biscuit. I’m glad I gave this one a shot! 


*ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for review


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