Promise Me Always : Always (March)

  • by Kari March
  • Narrated by Melissa Barr
  • Series: Always (March)
  • 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Blake Bentley had a rough upbringing, never fully believing he was good enough for anything or anyone. After being left with a broken heart by his only girlfriend, Blake swore off relationships for good and turned to the only two things that made him feel sufficient - sex and firefighting.
Tessa Collins was brought up in the traditional "perfect" family - loving parents, great sister, and amazing friends. After falling in love with Jared, her life was perfect - until he betrayed her. She has no idea that his betrayal could end up costing her more than just a shattered heart.
Blake and Tessa have been friends since high school. Never wanting to admit their attraction for each other, the two always remained close friends. Now, three years later, Blake and Tessa find themselves being pulled together by a force much greater than friendship.
Blake and Tessa have promised to be friends forever, but as fate pulls them together, they embark on a roller coaster ride of a lifetime. Will his self-doubt and her insecurities keep them apart? Or will they be able to promise each other always?

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PROMISE ME..... NOT ALWAYS BUT NEVER AGAIN!!!!

I really don't know why I stuck this listen out til the bitter end but I suppose I was ever hopeful that something was going to come along and redeem it.... but sadly that just never happened. Tessa ran away from her cheating boyfriend of 2 yrs and into the arm of her good friend Blake, they were such good friends for 4 yrs that she didn't know he was a Firefighter and had totally and utterly forgotten (until too late) that he'd had a terrible childhood - a childhood that still haunted him. Which maked him the no commitments 'tap it once' type, the Town's handsome bad boy and notorious man-whore. But he'd always been obsessed with Tessa but constantly reminded the listener, and himself, that he wasn't worthy of her, that he was bad news and that he should just walk away.... which he did again and again.

Tessa all too quickly forgot about the boyfriend she was supposed to have loved when she saw Blake again - that was until the ex turned up and started to stalk her and send texts of photos of her and Blake and always with a threatening 'you are mine' caption which she never thought to share with anyone or even worry about as she tra-la-laed through a few Chapters. Lots of immature fist clenching, tears, unspoken words that would've cleared everything up, conclusions that were jumped to and the expected inevitable break-up that left turmoil and heartbreak. More angst, more drama caused by his and her ex's, more unshared feeling, more tears (his and hers) until, thankfully, the HEA which meant I could finally move on from this painful listen.

This book was filled with adults in their 20's who all acted like they were 17 as there were plenty of immature tear-filled meltdowns, hair gripping "I'm not worthy" rages, juvenile behaviour, parties, drinking, best friends calling each other bitches, sluts n hookers and the way too unbelievable, childish and stupid miscommunications. I didn't like the narrator's voice or the H/H, there were glaring word errors, an over-use of his (whatever) eyes and her (whatever) eyes and the constant references to his tattooed muscled body or her beautiful one. Then came the 'perfect' Chapters where romance was eventually bled dry with tender words, constant sex scenes, perfect joy-filled paragraph after paragraph and then the creme de la creme Epilogue..... which finally had me reaching for a very big bucket.

Worth a credit? I think you're gonna know my answer..... NO, unless you like way over the top YA/NA romances..... and even if this was a free listen I'd still be saying NO.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

But For The Sexual Scenes This Is Young Adult


Melissa Barr did a great job performing the mostly, young men and women portrayed in this book. If it hadn't been for her performance and because *I was given this book in exchange for my review. I may have shut it off earlier and been done with it.

I'd suggest a rewrite, clean up the language and the mature scenes and I think this book might fit very well in the Young Adult category. However, this should not be categorized as Contemporary Romance or anything similar. It sounded like a bunch of kids who had been tight for years until a few cracks started to appear in the name of Blake.

If not for the sexual scenes this most certainly should be categorized as Yong Adult. There was no real sub plot, mystery or action to go along with the dialogue.

If you read my other reviews you will see that strong language does not make me turn off a book. I was really turned off by the constant vile language.

I really hate to use terms like average when grading a book. The author has such bravery and self assurance to put a book out, from her heart to the public – something I would never be able to do. So, major kudos to the author.

I want to give potential listeners my experience in listening to this book. It seemed to drag on..... There were also parts where the heroine would explain a set up and how it affected her or how she felt. The next chapter the same scene was described only from the heroe's point of view.

Okay, enough of that.

Notes: mature themes, strong and constant bad language

Rating:R
Stars: 3 stars for the story, 4 for the narration & 3.5 overall


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2015
  • Publisher: Kari March