A Promise Kept Synopsis:
Closing her heart a long time ago, Grace Clark made a promise she’s vowed to keep. Having Hollywood heartthrob Evan Matthews move in next door with his alluring good looks, charisma, wit, and sexy smile is atemptation that runs the risk of compromising the importance of that promise.
Evan is drawn to his new neighbor. Grace is the exact opposite of the women he normally encounters. Enticing, down-to-earth, and confident, she captivates him. She has no problems facing off with Evan, and he soon realizes Grace is much more than just a challenge. He wants to prove himself to her.
Grace can see the man beyond the actor, and with more than just her pride at stake, she needs to hold tight to her promise before Evan breaks through all her walls, exposing her heart.
I thought this was a good debut, the chemistry between the characters is there on both sides, but with the unresolved issues and feelings from Grace's past, that was a major roadblock to their HEA. Plus it didn't help that Evan has dated more than his fair share of women, given what his occupation is. But because of his serial dater status, Grace isn't exactly ready to fall head over heels for him. Overall Evan's a good guy and he really wants to prove to Grace that he is the man she wants and needs, but Grace is still stuck in the past and has to learn to let go. That is what kind of turned me off from her, she was too stubborn to face her fears. Instead of learning to let go and confront the issues, she would negatively react and avoid dealing with her problems. I personally felt that Grace forgave Evan a bit too hasty, but that's just my feelings. I still think this a solid debut and I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Garcia in the future.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
“How many homes do you manage?”
He walked with her across the yard and to her door. “Mine, plus four more. It’s an easy job most of the time. Stephen is a friend of my father’s. He’s always traveling and needed someone to look after all the small things he can’t.”
“Gives you time to write?”
“Yes, definitely. And I get discount on my rent. He and my dad are close, so he didn’t hesitate to help me out.”
“Well, I’m glad I rented this place. And that my pipe leaked.” He watched her body tense up as she turned to unlock her door. “The cast party is on Friday night. I’m renting a small shuttle to come pick us up.”
“A shuttle?” She stepped partially inside before turning.
“Yeah, so everyone can party recklessly but get home reliably. Besides, who wants to find parking and drive in downtown traffic, right?”
“Be sure to wear a sexy costume, Grace.”
“I don’t do sexy.” Grace placed her bag on the hall tree and turned back toward him. “And one date down, one to go.”
“You are sexy. And today was not a date.”
“See? If this was in the old days, we’d define this as a date.”
He laughed and stuffed his hands in his pockets. “It’s not the old days, honey buns.”
She crossed her arms and continued. “So what, in your opinion, defines a date, Mr. Matthews?”
Evan grasped her arm and tugged her forward. Their bodies were so close, and he could feel himself stir as he breathed in her scent. His hand brushed her cheek, and his lips drifted near hers. She didn’t push him away, but he knew if he got any closer she would. “When I get to kiss you at the end of it, Gracie. And I will eventually kiss you, doll.” He winked at her and walked away, letting her settle with that notion and knowing he was getting closer to winning her over.
Anissa Garcia Bio:
Anissa Garcia resides in Austin, Texas and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and English. She held an array of jobs including Public Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble. Wanting achange of pace, she moved to Los Angeles where she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and trained full-time in theatre. After working in Hollywood, she returned to Texas where she has written articles for Cosmopolitan and Lady Couture. When not writing stories, watching movies, or drinking a latte, she loves to daydream about romantic fictional men.