The Promise of Us by Jamie Beck _ Book Review

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They couldn’t be more different…or more completely perfect for each other.

Claire McKenna knows about loss. The bullet wound that ended her promising professional tennis career drove her to make a quiet life for herself working with fabric samples, chatting with her book group, and spending time with her parents in her sleepy coastal Connecticut hometown. Then there was the boyfriend who dumped her to pursue her adventurous childhood friend. Now, Claire’s business has hit a financial snag, but she’s up to the challenge. After all, she can survive anything. At least she thinks so…until her teen crush, Logan, returns to town with his sister, Claire’s traitorous friend.

Photographer Logan Prescott is more playboy than homebody. But his sister’s illness teaches him that there’s more to life than chasing the next thrill. Bent on helping her win Claire’s forgiveness, he turns his charm on Claire and offers her big bucks to renovate his multimillion-dollar New York City condo.

After years of playing it safe, Claire must now take some risks. The payoff could be huge, but if it all falls apart, can her heart recover from another loss?

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[I received a physical copy for an honest review]

“The truth is that we can’t control much of anything, Mom,” Claire said. “Only the choices we make.”

The Promise of Us by Jamie Beck is a wonderful story about overcoming your fears, moving past trauma, and learning to forgive. The series follows three childhood friends who each find their happy, but each can be read as a standalone. This is the first book I have personally read in the series and I’m looking forward to reading the prior book and the next book to come.

<em>”If only pretty words could erase pain and betrayal. If they could undue damage and turn back time to the way things used to be“</em>

Claire has known Logan since she was a child. She, her friend Steffi, and his sister Peyton were the best of friends. That is until after a bullet made her lose the life she knew and Peyton stole her boyfriend. Now Peyton is back in their small town looking for forgiveness, and she is not the same girl Claire remembers. Logan is also back and it seems Claire’s childhood crush on him never went away. When she finds herself working for him and suddenly the focus of his attention she finds it hard to trust his intentions and let go of her insecurities. Even though they live opposite lives, one rooted in adventure and one rooted in familiarity, the time they spend to together changes both of them in ways they hadn’t expected.

Her weakness for him an unsettling, reckless attraction– handed him the power to crush her heart to bits at the same time it made her soar.

A book is nothing without its characters and The Promise of Us had some fantastic ones. Claire is amazingly strong in so many ways. Even when her fears limit her she fights against them in the end. She may be a bit head strong, but she is kind and caring to those she cares for. Logan was a layered character who I slowly fell more in love with as the story progressed. He started out as a play boy but Claire manages to bring out all his best qualities. He is fierce loyalty and support of his sister in her time of need was admirable. The connection between them was real and their story believable. Their love story is one to root for from beginning to end.

The Promise of Us is a love story that’s so much more than just finding the person who makes you complete but also about finding yourself. A lovely contemporary romance and a book that I will be passing on to my friends and family for them to also enjoy.

4-stars

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