Published by Montlake Romance
Publication Date: September 24th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Playing it Safe
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sabrina Chandler has had a rough go at love: just before her high school graduation, she found her boyfriend in the arms of her so-called best friend.
Tyler Anderson, the town’s sexy bad boy, stepped out of the shadows then to save her pride. Drawing strength from him, she left everything behind and sought a new life for herself, far away from the pain and shame.
Fast forward ten years: Sabrina is settled in Miami, happy at last—until her best friend urges her to attend her high school reunion and face her painful past once and for all.
And…maybe meet the mysterious Tyler once again.
Can Sabrina find the courage to face the demons in her past, let go of the pain, and move forward into happiness? Or will insecurity and self-doubt ruin her one chance to get the love she’s not sure she even deserves?
When high school senior, Sabrina Chandler, sneaks out of her house to surprise her boyfriend at a party, she didn’t expect to be the one surprised. Not only did she find her boyfriend in a compromising situation with her best friend, but local bad boy, Tyler Anderson, became her own personal savior in her darkest hour.
Flash forward 10 years and Sabrina is living in Miami with her best friend, Julia. When Sabrina finds an invitation to her upcoming 10 year reunion she is hesitant about facing the people of her past that hardened her heart. At the insistence of her best friend, and with a little hope of seeing Tyler after all this time, Sabrina is ready to face her demons.
Sabrina’s homecoming is full of drama. Not only is her return the talk of the town, but her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend are lurking around every corner forcing Sabrina to face her past head on. But things for Sabrina start looking up once she comes face to face with Tyler again. Tyler is sexy, successful, and has been waiting for Sabrina all these years.
Over the course of a weekend, Sabrina and Tyler spend time with one another and start a relationship. This continues once Sabrina heads back home to Miami, and things are looking great so far. But one night changes the course of their new relationship and Sabrina is left reliving a familiar betrayal. Can Sabrina forgive a second time around, or will she be a prisoner to her past?
The debut novel by Barbie Bohrman was so much more than a love story. While there is plenty of romance and some swooning over Tyler, as well as her boss Adam, the romance I think is secondary to the story.
First, the friendship between Sabrina and Julia is just incredible. While Sabrina is more closed off, Julia is loud, hilarious and forces her friend to open her eyes to all the possibilities in front of her. Julia encourages Sabrina to take caution with the wind and live. I adore Julia and REALLY looking forward to her story.
Second, the journey that Sabrina takes to open her heart after the unforgivable is really touching. For anyone that has been betrayed, it is so hard to not let past doubts and insecurities cloud your judgement. Those moments in your life change you and how you handle future relationships. To see Sabrina move on from the chains that bound her, into a woman that takes chances, was really inspirational and left me feeling a sense of hope.
Lastly, the power of forgiveness really resonated with me long after I finished this book. Forgiveness often feels like a defeat, but there is power in letting go and moving on. But is Sabrina strong enough to forgive? Well you will have to read to find out!
Between the powerful emotions, the pop culture references, and the relationships between friends, family, and lovers, Promise Me is a book that you do not want to miss out on this summer. It made me laugh, cry (damn pms!) and left me with hope.