Promise Me Nothing by Jillian Liota _ Book Review

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Wyatt Calloway isn’t a good idea. 

I didn’t pick up my life and move to this urban beach city to spend my days swooning over a rich bad boy who rides a motorcycle and seems to always get his way with just a flash of that smile.

I’m here to get to know the brother I’ve never met. Try and create a family when I’ve gone so long without one. Maybe find a place where I belong.

But I can’t seem to get him off my mind.

Hannah Morrison isn’t a good idea. 

I’m back in town just for the summer, and my priorities are to spend time with my little sister, check in with my family, and make sure things aren’t really as bad as they seem.

But somehow, the new girl becomes my focus. She’s got a ton of baggage, and she doesn’t understand why she’s really here. But I’ll do anything to make her feel like she belongs.

Even give her promises I’m not sure I can keep.

Welcome to Hermosa Beach 

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[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Promise Me Nothing the newest release by Jillian Liota brings us the emotional story of a woman trying to find where she belongs.

Hannah Morrison has lost the only family she knew and had it far from easy living in the foster cafe system. She has survived sexual abuse and homelessness but when she discovers she has a half brother she sees it as a sign that its time for a change and maybe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Moving from Arizona to California to get to know her last chance at family she is thrown into a world far different from the one she knew. When she meets Wyatt Calloway and grows a strong connection with him she feels like she finally might belong. But before she knows it, it’s ripped away, by lies and deceit from those around her.

I know there’s a storm coming our way. Something intense and painful and .. I feel helpless to stop it.

Hannah is such a complex and well-developed character. She came to life and I felt all her struggles, fears and hopes. You can’t help but root for her and want her to find a place where she feels she belongs. I loved how down to earth and honest she was in her interactions with the people she meets and with her half brother. Sadly, I didn’t bond as well with Wyatt’s character , he fell a little flat for me, and I had trouble picturing him at times. However, I really enjoyed them together. They built a great friendship, took their relationship slow and you could tell how much they cared for one another. I really appreciated Wyatt’s hesitancy to take the physical aspect of their relationship further because of the secrets he was keeping.

I can’t help myself when it comes to Hannah. I feel drawn to her, on a visceral level. I love when she smiles. I love making her smile.

The story has a setting that comes alive, I am dying to go to the beach after reading it and enjoy the summer with bonfires and days by the pool. It also has a fantastic group of supporting characters, I wouldn’t mind a day spent with friends like Paige and Eleanor. Wyatt’s sister is a sweetheart and Hannah’s brother Lucas’ is fun-loving and means well.

Overall, Promise Me Nothing is a wonderful contemporary romance. A slow burn that focus’ on finding yourself and the relationships we build. I always enjoy Jillian Liota’s stories and can’t wait for her future releases.

 Us meeting here is a meet-cute, but the fact we’re both here is Kismet. Fate. 

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Stay so I can show you how beautiful it can be when someone loves you the way you deserve.

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