Christie's Reviews

~ REVIEW: The Promise by S.L. Jayne ~

20447583SynopsisHow far would you go to help your best friend?

Do you remember when you were young, and made pinky promises with your best friend about living together, dating movie stars, being famous and double weddings?

Ava and Rylee had the same plans. Knowing the home life Rylee had, Ava knew that all of those dreams of fun and freedom would always be just that. Dreams. That was until one night, Rylee asked Ava to pinky promise they would move away as soon as they were old enough and able to.

Ava’s advice to Rylee is to have fun and have faith, but most of all believe in herself and learn to trust that not all guys can’t be trusted… But can Ava learn to take herself own advice when it comes to her own heart?

This book is intended for age 17+ due to sexual content, violence and strong language.

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christie review 4 stars


~I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.~

The Promise is a love story of sorts. There is romance and a bit of angst between Ava and her boyfriend, Ryan. However, their story takes a back seat to the true love story…the story of the undying friendship between Ava and Rylee. It opens with a pinky promise made between two girls when they were still children. The promise to leave their lives behind in Boston for a better place not because of Ava’s childhood but because of Rylee’s. Ava kept her promise to Rylee, and the two leave for sunny California with new jobs and new beginnings after college.

This book was quite different than what I was expecting. I was expecting two young, beautiful girls moving to California and all their partying and men. There were some partying scenes, hangovers, hot guys, hot dates, and guys who turned out to be jerks. But, the gist of this story was the beautiful friendship between them. Ava was there for Rylee as she journeyed out of her comfort zone and gave a guy her number and developed a friendship and possibly more with hot, sexy Matt. Rylee was there for Ava when she found out one of the guys she was dating was a class A jerk, and when a guy from Ava’s past returns and wants to make a go of the relationship.

I have to say I enjoyed The Promise. It was a nice break from the normal New Adult genre (which I love). Book One was told from Ava’s POV, and Book Two looks like it’s going to be from Rylee’s POV. The author did a great job of setting that up as Book One does leave off on a bit of a cliffhanger and a real twist in the last few chapters about Rylee’s mother’s past. I didn’t see that one coming!  I can’t wait to read about Rylee and Matt and how her past will affect their future together.  It looks like it’s going to be really good.