Contemporary Romance

Review: Forgotten Promises

Forgotten Promises
Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon

Dali’s review & rating: 4 of 5 stars

A plethora of touching emotions. Forgotten Promises is an intense, poignant and hopeful romance encased in a gritty and captivating story about the quintessential good girl and an unmistakable bad boy.

“She’s light. I’m darkness. I have no way to hide with her near.”

Morgan Young was thrilled and looking forward to celebrating her twenty first birthday with a surprise from her boyfriend. She just wasn’t prepared for it to be of the horribly unpleasant kind. But Morgan’s hellacious night isn’t over yet, and her life after it will never be the same.

Tucker Noscalo wasn’t just deprived of his freedom, he was denied safety, love and ultimately robbed of his childhood which drove him to prefer a criminal life. His time in jail has not changed his sense of justice, and the first and most important task he needs to do now that he’s out is make sure his father pays for what he’s done. Something that is easier said than done given that his father is the town’s respected chief of police.

“Everything about Tucker Noscalo intrigues and beguiles me, even if it isn’t supposed to.”

Set on his course and determined to see it through, Tucker seizes the opportunity when he runs into his high school crush and the daughter of an upstanding layer. She’s the only chance he’s got to convince her father to defend him and set things right. He needs to convince her but without much time to do so he abducts her.

As they fight the mixed feelings they’re forced to face and as Tucker reveals his story, an unexpected connection forms between them, fueled by intrigue and desire their bond grows. When they face reality, neither will come out unscathed nor ever be the same.

“I’m alone in the woods with the man who’s holding me captive. I should fear Tucker, but I don’t. There’s something about him – there has always been something about him – that draws me to him. Especially now that I know his past. His present.”

This story is heartbreakingly beautiful. I can’t recall how it got on my reading list, but I want to thank whoever made me look because it’s wonderful gem. Even though a bit predicable, it hooked me from start to finish with its addictiveness.

Tucker is an amazing anti-hero. He’s a broken and desperate man. He has physical and emotional scars that run deep. But beneath it all he has a good heart and is a protector of the weak. I hurt for him and how he was wronged. It was painful to see how he saw himself as dirty and felt ashamed and unworthy.

Morgan is perfect for Tucker. Even though she was initially held against her will, having been saved and infatuated with him in high school, she sees below the surface which allow her to not only be open to his story but also make her want to help him heal.

“I never thought of home as being a safe and comfortable and loving place, but Morgan is all of those things.”

Their long forgotten connection pushes their captor-hostage situation to a romance which they use to fight the past in order to have a future filled with love, and of course great chemistry.

“Being this close to him is like lightning striking way too near. The air is hot. Sharp. Electric. I want more.”

This was my first Jessica Lemmon book, but it certainly won’t be the last. I enjoyed her writing style, the character development and emotional storyline. Forgotten Promises is book #1.5 in her Lost Boys series. It can be read as a standalone. Told from alternating points of view with a happy ending.

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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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