Friday, 27 April 2018

Review: Broken Promise by Tara Thomas



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The wait is finally over as the identity of The Gentleman is revealed. I had a hunch about who he was but I'm not too proud to say my presumptive suspicion was way off.

Alyssa Adams became a police officer in the hope she could solve the crime leading to her own sister's death. During her investigations, she constantly crosses paths with the Benedict family and the oldest brother, who she once arrested is becoming more of a distraction as they both become targets of The Gentleman.

Kipling Benedict, the eldest brother with a womanising reputation like his father's. His brothers may have found their true loves, but after a humiliating break-up with a woman he loved, he has sworn off women until officer Adams catches his eye. After a family secret unfolds which connects the two, they work alongside each other as professional lines become blurred.

As I dived into Broken Promise, what surprised me the most was how the author tied up all the loose ends as the crimes in Savannah are solved. The high points in the narrative are the flashbacks giving us information about the motivation fuelling The Gentleman's crimes. These fit perfectly with the clues already identified. The romance between the protagonists is sexy and I enjoyed catching up with the other Benedict men and their women and happy the whole family are reunited with their sister. As in the earlier instalments, both have heart-warming and heartbreaking moments and a satisfying Happy Ever After.

Overall, an enjoyable romantic suspense trilogy. I read the three prequel novellas before starting this series and although it's not necessary to read them before this series, I feel they enhance the series.

***arc generously received courtesy of St Martin's Press via NetGalley***

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In the sultry streets of Charleston, one family, ruled by its powerful, take-no-prisoners sons, has risen to the top. But a merciless enemy is out to destroy them…and everyone they hold close…

SHE SWORE TO KEEP HER PROMISES.
BUT CAN SHE KEEP THEM SAFE…AND PROTECT HER HEART?


Charleston Police Officer Alyssa Adams made a promise years ago to protect innocent women from harm. Now, she won’t rest until she can reunite every lost daughter with her family. Bring closure to every grieving husband. And, most of all, find out what happened the night her own sister disappeared, more than ten years ago…

As the eldest of the Benedict brothers, Kipling will stop at nothing to protect his family from a threat that aims to destroy them once and for all. But when a long-lost sibling is kidnapped by a powerful adversary, Alyssa is the only one he can turn to to get her back.

As Alyssa and Kipling band together to find their lost siblings, a powerful attraction builds between them that they can’t ignore. As the truth comes to light, will one broken promise tear them apart?