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Review: Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon


In this edgy, seductive novel, Jessica Lemmon (“An author to keep your eye on!”—Katee Robert) introduces the ultimate bad boy . . . and a love that crosses all boundaries.

Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.

It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.

He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.

My Review

So, I think this is going to be one of those books that you’re either going to love or you’re going to hate. For me, I thought that it was just an ok read. The story started off really promising. When we first meet Morgan, it’s her 21st birthday and her boyfriend has dumped her. If that doesn’t sound bad enough, she finds out that he’s been cheating on her with her best friend. She doesn’t think the day could possibly get any worse. Well, she’s about to find out how much more worse her day can get….Tucker has had a rough life. He’s been in and out of trouble for as long as he can remember. So, of course, when he gets out of jail and tries to seek justice for himself, no one believes him. So, when he runs into Morgan at the gas station, he feels like his luck has finally changed. He makes a terrible, spur of the moment decision. He needs Morgan’s help and will do whatever he has to to not only get her to listen, but to get her to help him. But, with Tucker’s past, will he be able to get Morgan to listen to him; yet alone believe him?

So, I really liked the idea of the story. It was a quick and easy read for me; definitely one that you can finish in one sitting. It was fast paced and told from dual points of view.The synopsis intrigued me, so I thought “Sure, I’ll check this book out”. I thought that the characters were interesting. I felt terrible for Morgan and wanted to slap her ex and ex-best friend. I was curious about Tucker. I wanted to know more about his past and why he was always getting into so much trouble. I was intrigued by the connection between Morgan and Tucker.

Here’s where things went wrong…..Now, normally, I loved when a book is fast paced and just hits the ground running. However, to me, this book felt like it was on a constant fast forward. I didn’t agree with some of the decisions that Tucker made and his treatment of Morgan in the beginning of the story. It made the progression of their relationship seem unrealistic. I had a hard time rationalizing how Morgan could change her tune so quickly. I would have liked to have seen the story move at more of a steady pace; have the characters build more of their relationship. I think I just had a hard time connecting with them. I also would have liked a little more from the ending. Once again, it felt very rushed. I wanted more groveling from Tucker. I just wanted more.

Overall, Forgotten Promises was just an ok read. It was neither a hit or miss for me. I gave it three stars because I did see the potential in the story and even though I did have some issues problems with the story, it still kept my interest. And even though I felt that the romance between Tucker and Morgan was rushed, there still was some sweet and sexy moments. This story does have a bit of angst/drama and of course a few interesting twists along the way. Like I said, I think this is one of those books that is going to be a hit for some and not so much for others. For me, it was just ok.

*I was provided with an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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