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I was given the opportunity to read Shattered Promises in exchange for an honest review. My review will follow but first here is the blurb, the cover (and my cover rating) this is the first official cover I will be rating!
But first…. Here is the blurb so we are all on the same page!
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In a perfect world, Lani Foster had it all; wonderful, supportive parents, two adorable little boys, an amazing husband whom she loved fiercely, and an unbreakable bond with her best friend, Parker, no one can tear apart. But what Lani never realized is that being happy would cost her years of pain, until tragedy strikes the Foster family, leaving her left hanging on by a thread, questioning everyone around her.
Lies are exposed and secrets are brought to surface, destroying the one person who just wanted to feel loved, to be happy.
What do you do when you find out your marriage was nothing but a lie? Do you stand by the one person who destroys your world? Or do you let go, and leave everything behind to start all over again?
Shattered Promises is about learning how to survive after the storm pulls you away. Everyone deserves a second chance a being happy, it’s finding the special one who will stand by your side and hold you in the rain.
Due to graphic nature in some scenes where mental and physcial abuse occur, reader discretion over the age of eighteen advised..
****Standalone Contemporary Romance HEA*****
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Full Sleeve Cover
First of all, I love these covers. The ecover is absolutely beautiful. The full sleeve– UM– I’m in love. Hard core! It’s simple but stunning the couple is gorgeous and I love the added touch of the shattered glass. It really applies to this book my only possible negative comment would be this couple looks younger than the characters are in this book.
However, that is hardly a negative because I seriously hardcore love everything about it.
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From the Prologue we see that a whole lot of shit must have gone down before the story starts up and right away I was drawn in. I wanted to know what could have gone wrong between our leading lady, Lani and her soon-to-be EX husband Kade Foster.
“I thought my husband genuinely loved me, I thought I was his one and only, his pride and joy. Little did I know I was wrong, dead wrong, and now because of my stupidity and my blindness, every ounce of hope I had left within me had been demolished.”
Chapter One takes place 4 years prior to the prologue when a tragic accident took place (putting Kade into a coma). Immediately, I was hooked. JR’s writing filled me with adrenaline and anxiety as I turned page after page to figure out what happened. During the time while we wait to see what has happened the readers receives bits and pieces about the past and current roles. It’s a good time for the reader to learn more but one thing I wanted was to know more about the current situation.
This is one thing I noticed throughout the entire story is there are long periods of times that pass. In the beginning during one instance when reading Parker’s POV (A friend of Kade’s and best friend of Lani) he begins finding out about things that Kade has kept hidden. P.S. Kade is the biggest piece of shit, anyway, I was making a point here… Parker has been keeping tabs on the financial situation for the family while Kade is in a coma and there are many discoveries. Just as the chapter is coming to a close a big “NO WAY” moment takes place but it isn’t talked about again until much further into the book.
This happens many times. A big moment or long awaited one would climb in anticipation and either not be talked about for a long while or would just be summed up in thoughts later. There is a lot of story told in Lani’s monologue and a lot of the time I was extremely frustrated by her.
She wanted the best for her two sons but she endured copious amounts of abuse along the way. Verbally, physically, and emotionally. Lani suffered through it all and continued to say she wanted to stand strong so her boys could have a father. I wanted to understand and in a way I could see why she stayed. I have been in horrible relationships where I knew what was happening was wrong but I was just too weak to walk away. I was hooked, addicted, chained in and I felt that for Lani. The difference is at the time I did not have my daughter so I honestly can’t say how I would have handled it but I so so badly wanted Lani to truly open her eyes and break free.
While I was reading this book I kept trying to figure out how I felt. JR kept me emotionally hooked but the way the story was told isn’t like many that we read today. There weren’t those perfectly timed moments when someone swooped in to save her to create a dramatic effect. Lani’s best friend Parker has been in love with her day one and he continues to love her but it isn’t until you are nearing the end of the book that we see any change or confession about it.
It left me seriously confused. I don’t like not knowing how I feel about something so I honestly tried to figure out what I was missing. Then it hit me– this isn’t just a story of a woman breaking free and falling in love. There was much more about it, we were reading Lani’s life. Every little moment. That was when I decided to look at this book like a memoir of Lani’s life. As if Lani was writing this in a journal (with dialogue added of course).
Once I looked at it as a memoir everything became so much clearer for me.
This isn’t just a book about a broken woman. This isn’t just a book about a second chance at love.
This book is so much more.
If you need action, want a quicker paced story, need a constant love/sex theme throughout- this probably isn’t the book for you.
However, if you want to truly experience the devastating turns life can take. Feel every emotion, see the true struggles of a woman that wants to do what’s right but doesn’t really know what that is. This isn’t an easy road for Lani as she experiences pain and betrayal from the only man she’s loved. She needs to be the backbone for her kids and her family but it isn’t always easy.
Life can be a bitch sometimes and when you read Lani’s story (because yes–I see this as her story) you see just how cruel it can be.
Shattered Promises is a heartbreakingly beautiful tale. This is a complete ride and in the end all I truly wanted was for Lani to see that she deserved happiness.
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I actually have 2 ratings for this book and one combined one.
My first rating is for the book in typical story form. For that I give the book 3.5 STARS solely because I think there were times when I wanted more detail about a scene that I didn’t get. But then other times random scenes had more detail that didn’t add to the story line.
Rating this book as a memoir all of the things that seemed to bother me as just a story–DIDN’T as a memoir. A memoir to me needs those things. The story may not move at a quick pace but it is honest and gritty and so incredibly real.
So as a memoir I would rate this beautiful book at 4.5 STARS!
And YES I would highly recommend this book.
As a whole I would give this book a solid 4 stars!
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J.R. Grant is a mom of three amazing kids who complete her world. Her life is hectic, and on most days, she doesn’t know which direction she’s coming or going, but she wouldn’t change a thing.
When she’s not tending to her kids or at one of their sporting events, you can catch her on the beach with her kindle or notebook in hand, soaking up the sun. She is a hopeless romantic who loves getting her nose stuck in a mushy book.
The day her imagination started running wild, was the day she became unstoppable. With high hopes and great expectations for the future, she cannot wait to share her stories with the world.