Promises Hurt By Elle Brooks
Published August 2, 2014
I wasn't planning on falling for Ethan Jamison, hell I wasn't planning on our paths ever crossing. He’s the most popular guy at school and a complete player. Me; I’m the perpetual good girl, trying to carry out one last request. But when you make a promise, how far do you go to see it through?
It’s a running joke that I’m a terrible liar, if only people knew the truth. My whole life has been spent making excuses and deflecting questions. I was pretty good at it until Blair Thomas entered my world. She saw through the mask that everyone is so willing to accept. She makes me want to tell her all my secrets, but can she promise to keep them?
I look down at my cell and it’s 4:54pm. No sign of Ethan. No text to explain. What a douche. I mean, okay so I needed to be here anyway to collect books, but that’s not the point. He didn't know that. I can’t stand people that make plans and then break them without warning. It takes two seconds to send a text.
I’m packing up my things when Ethan Jamison barges through the library doors. He’s panting like he’s out of breath and his eyes are frantically scanning the almost empty room. Then they land on me. I stand completely frozen, mouth gaping like a total moron. Of freakingcourse it has to be that Ethan. He makes his way over, and the sound of his boots echoing through the otherwise silent room awakens me from my dumbstruck state. Emily’s letter flashes in my mind and I feel instantly embarrassed. Like, somehow he knows about it, which of course, he can’t, but I’m still panicking.
He stops a few feet short of my table and looks a little unsure. This isn't the cocky Ethan Jamison that struts around school thinking he’s god’s gift. It’s thrown me a little.
“Hey, um…I’m Ethan,” he says, looking down at me. He lays his guitar case down at his feet and then adjusts his backpack on his shoulders. “Are you the tutor, I mean, sorry…are you Blair?”
I never realized how tall he actually is up close and personal. I’ve seen him play at a gig for about two seconds once, but he was on a stage, so of course he’s gonna look taller than everyone else. Emily and I have only stalked him at a distance. His blue eyes are boring into mine and I'm just standing there. Staring. Like an idiot. He shifts his weight and I realize he’s asked me a question. I still haven't replied. Shit.
“Er…yeah, I’m Blair, nice to meet you. I was just about to go, I thought you weren't coming. You’re late.” The last part comes out all pissy like I'm mad at him.
An amused grin starts to form; his mouth pulling up slightly at one side and the boy has dimples—real life honest-to-god dimples.
I shake my head and practically bark out, “I’ve been waiting for you for almost a half hour. If you’re gonna be late when we meet, you could at least give me a heads up?” Oh my god, why the hell am I telling him off?
His smile widens and he’s not even trying to look sorry. He drops his backpack on the table and takes a seat.
“Yeah, I had practice and it ran over. Steve has a no phone rule, so it’s kinda hard to let you know when I don't have my cell.”
Steve is the music professor; he’s got the new age hippy vibe going on and makes all his students call him by his first name. I pull my chair back out and take a seat. “Okay. Well, um, let’s just get started then.”
I look up and his eyes are zeroed in on my chest. What a complete douche, he’s already ogling my boobs. I cough twice and raise my eyebrows in a ‘what the hell, my eyes are up here’ stare, and his cheeks immediately redden.
“Shit, no, I wasn't checking you out! I mean…um, I wasn't staring at your…fuck, well I kinda was but I mean, shit; I was just trying to read what your shirt says.”
Holy crap, this guy’s more awkward than I am.
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Elle Brooks has done a phenomenal job with her newest book, Promises Hurt. From the beginning of this book I was so engrossed with the story line that I couldn’t stop reading until the last page! The characters are portrayed as well-rounded and expertly molded individuals. The way the author told her story it was easy to relate to her characters and to remember what it was like to be a teenager in high school. Life during high school seemed some days to be full of promise and yet other times a challenge just to get through a day. Drama was always just around the corner and fun always to be found!
Blair Thomas lost her best friend; the one person in her life that she could share everything and anything with. In reminiscing together, they dreamed about one guy, Ethan Jamison. Never would Blair have predicted that Ethan’s and her paths would not only cross, but intersect and become so entwined to the point that she needed him.
Ethan Jamison is the popular guy at school. He has mad skills-playing the guitar, singing and is on the most wanted list of most of the girls in high school. Ethan holds a dirty little secret that is slowly destroying him little by little, yet no one knows and he holds it tightly to himself. His only option is to get out of town after graduation and leave everything and everyone behind in the past.
This is a story about lose, making choices, and young deep love. The author was flawless in the way she related each characters struggle and their difficulties in life. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next and then…she throws a curve ball and the story ends. I will be impatiently anticipating reading the next book! What a story, Elle!~TSRBR
Hero – Ethan Jamison 4.5 stars
Heroine – Blair Thomas 4.5 stars
Steam Level: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book will takes you to the edge and then strips you down, bare. If you want a good read that will make you laugh, cry and laugh again then read this book!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I like the way that Elle Brooks writes. She uses finesse in her writing and this is revealed through the skilled way she tells her stories. I will definitely be reading more books from her!
***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***