Friday, May 16, 2014

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Review: Shattered Promises by J.R. Grant

Title: Shattered Promises
Author: J.R. Grant
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: May 3, 2014
Review Source: eARC


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 Lani never realized being happy would cost her years of pain, until tragedy strikes the Foster family, leaving her left hanging by a thread, questioning everything 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 abolishes 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 chance to be happy, it's finding the special one to stand by your side through the rain.

“I have one tiny piece of my heart left,” I whisper as I close my eyes, not believing this is really happening. “One tiny piece, and I’m handing it over to you. Just, please….please be gentle with it. Because if something were to happen between us, God, I’ll be done. I’ll have nothing left. Losing you will destr-….. ” Before I’m able to finish, he leans in, grabbing the back of my neck, and kisses me. 
His teeth softly tug at my bottom lip, forcing my mouth open.
A faint moan escapes my lips the second I feel his tongue invade me.

Gripping my waist, he lifts me up, and his hands move to the back of my thighs, holding me in place. Without breaking contact from our kiss, he carries me into the bedroom and lays me down on the bed, staying directly on top of me.

“I’ve waited a lifetime to hear you say those words. You’re it for me, princess. You’re all I’ll ever need.”  Nibbling on my neck, then back up to my ear, he pushes up on his elbows and hits me with that sexy as hell smile.

“When you’re sad, I’ll be the one to cheer you up. When the world disappoints you, I’ll protect you and hold you close to my heart. I refuse to let anyone hurt you or take advantage of you again.”

Tears slowly drip from the corners of my eyes, except this time, it’s not caused from pain. For once in my life I am happy, pushing the past behind me.

“When you need to cry, it’ll be my arms that hold you. You’ll never feel alone again.” Lifting my shirt, he keeps his eyes trained on mine and continues speaking.

“I’ll worship the ground you walk on, take care of you, and love you until the end of time. You were made for me, Lani Renee’.

The feel of his lips run back across my mouth and I hold him there, refusing to let go. Unclasping my bra, his callused fingers rub over top of my nipple, forcing me to squirm, while his other hand inches underneath my cotton shorts, heading directly to my aching spot.

“I’m going to show you what it feels like to be cherished, to feel loved. And after tonight, you’re mine. I’m never letting you go.”

           I’m scared he’s going to hurt me once this is over. I don’t think I could ever go through another heartache. But instead of running like I’ve always done, I decide not to let fear control me any longer.  Tonight is about new beginnings, it’s about starting over. And tonight, I’m going to see what it feels like to let him love me.

Sometimes you run across a book that will make you stop and reflect and go wow I am really lucky.  On top of that thought it will or can also remind you of things that have happened with you personally with in your life.  This was one of those books for me.

We meet Lani Foster who is happily married to her high school sweetheart Kade.  She has two wonderful boys by him and has stood by him happily making their house a home and holding everything together while he worked.  She chose to overlook Kade's infidelity to ensure that her boys stayed happy.  But for Kade he has continuously wove a web that will eventually eat him from the inside out.

Parker has been Lani's best friend since they were small children.  He has stood by her through thick and thin and always been her rock.  He loves her children as if they were his own and has always done everything possible to ensure Lani's happiness came first before anything else.  When life throws Lani a curve Parker is there to help her pick up the pieces, and hopefully he can finally get the one thing he has always wished for.

As I said earlier this book made me stop and think about how my childhood was.  There were somethings that happen in the story that I could really relate to with the way that Justin reacted.  I truly believe that we each have a soul mate that is made exactly for us, and if we are lucky we find that person to spend the rest of our lives with.  This book also points out that even though we may be scared to take a chance and get hurt, you only truly lose if you choose not to take the leap of faith.  The rewards can trump the fears in the end.  I really enjoyed the way that this story was written and how it ended.  I recommend it to everyone and it will be one of those books that you will want to pick up time and time again.

One of my favorite lines in the book was:"As far back as I can remember, you're all I have ever thought about, from the time I wake up every morning, until I go to be every night. It's always been you, Princess, only you."

J.R. Grant is a thirty something mom of three who resides on the East Coast. When she isn't spending her day relaxing on the beach with a good book in hand, she’s lost in a world of fictional characters, begging to tell their story. She is a hopeless romantic that loves getting sucked into a mushy book anytime of the day. The minute her love of reading was discovered, is the day she became unstoppable. With high hopes and great expectations, she can’t wait to share her stories with the world.


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