Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Promise Me You by Marina Adair

A heartening romance of friendship, second chances, and the healing power of love…

Mackenzie Hart has made a career out of writing about eternal love, so when she finds her perfect match in Hunter Kane, she decides to put it all on the line. Irresistibly charming and drenched in alpha-male swagger, Hunter isn’t just the catch of the town—he’s Mackenzie’s best friend. Only someone beats her to the altar. After a fresh start and three years to recover, the last thing Mackenzie expects is for her old life to come knocking…

Recently divorced, musician Hunter Kane wants to reconnect with the woman he left behind. Admitting his biggest mistake comes first. What comes next is up to Mackenzie. He hopes she’ll give him a second chance. He may have been the one to break her heart, but he knows he can also be the one to mend it.

As a tenuous friendship turns into something more, Hunter’s life on the road beckons once again. Will love be enough to keep them together, or will their wildly different worlds be too much for them to overcome?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance – friends to lovers
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Mackenzie Hart is in love with her best friend. The main problem with that is he is marrying someone else. Mackenzie is an amazing song writer and working with Hunter and his band has been amazing. But watching her best friend, Hunter, marry someone else is killing her. Mackenzie was always just part of the band and she was okay with that, until she realized that it meant that Hunter would never see her as anyone other than that. Mackenzie has also had a tough life and it's only going to become more stressful. She knows that she has to let Hunter go so that he can be successful.

Hunter is somewhat self-centered – what you would expect from a typical lead in a band character. He is also oblivious to those around him at times, which explains how he was able to lose his best friend and his writing mojo all at once.

When Hunter sees Mackenzie again after a few years, he's knocked back and taken aback. She's beautiful, talented, and just as stubborn as ever. He never knew she was his heart until she was no longer around.

This friends-to-lovers story is sweet and gentle. There is no burning of their romance and they need to relearn each other. Patience, kindness, love, and tenderness is what is displayed by Hunter towards his "trouble." It was a sweet story that builds with confidence and love.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the heartache and heartbreak of the first scene to the love and warmth of the last.

Mac has loved Hunter Kane for years. They have been writing songs together and have a bond that is seemingly unshakable. He's been her rock, held her hand when her mother passed away, and helped her back from the brink after to losing her. Now he's marrying the supposed love of his life and she can't be there for that. She's tried but she can't be happy for him. Not when her own life is about to be turned upside down.

Three years later, Hunter is back in town, having divorced his wife and lost his muse. He can't find Mac, has no clue where she is, and on top of that, the label is about to cut the band loose. He wants to team up with the brilliant writers known as Mac and Muttly, but they refuse.

Mac is furious that Bryan (Hunter's cousin and agent) outs her and her secrets to Hunter. Giving in to pressure to help him and the band, Mac agrees to write with Hunter. What she didn't agree to is having Hunter move in with her, but Hunter steamrolls right over her objections.

Mac soon realizes that the life she thought she wanted is right in front of her, she just needs to take a leap of faith and grab on. However, she's afraid of the unknown, and the what ifs that keep running through her head keep those fears front and center. Hunter knows that in order to persuade Mac to take a chance on him, he must let Mac take the first steps alone and be by her side when she makes her choice.

This is a book which will make you think and consider how you would cope if your world was turned upside down by a diagnosis, and then suddenly changed forever. Mackenzie is doing the best she can with what life has dealt her, although her desire is to hide behind her front door and just get on with her music making.

Her one-time best friend and successful musician, Hunter, is in need of a songwriter, and really wants to find Mackenzie again. When his brother admits he knows where she is, the chances that they missed before may just be up for review. But he still has a lot of growing up to do...

I have not read many books with a lead who is blind, and I felt that it was realistic and portrayed the scariness of being outside and unable to see or feel anything, other than the ground under one's feet. I also liked that it had not stopped her wearing sexy underwear, even if she could not see it, she could enjoy the feel of it. Her sense of smell leads to a couple of funny incidents, which lighten what is at times quite a serious book, due to the context in which it is set. I enjoyed having to think about how I would react, both if I were her or him.

A good read; thank you, Marina Adair.

Marina Adair is a #1 national bestselling author and holds a master of fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Kane series, she is also the author of the St. Helena Vineyard series, the Heroes of St. Helena series, and the Sequoia Lake series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California. As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities are large, and the romances are explosive. She also loves to interact with readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Promise Me You (The Eastons #2) by Marina Adair to read and review.

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