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A heartening romance of friendship, second chances, and the healing power of love… Mackenzie Hart has made a career out of writing about eternal love, so when she finds her perfect match in Hunter Kane, she decides to put it all on the line. Irresistibly charming and drenched in alpha-male swagger, Hunter isn’t just the catch of the town—he’s Mackenzie’s best friend. Only A heartening romance of friendship, second chances, and the healing power of love… Mackenzie Hart has made a career out of writing about eternal love, so when she finds her perfect match in Hunter Kane, she decides to put it all on the line. Irresistibly charming and drenched in alpha-male swagger, Hunter isn’t just the catch of the town—he’s Mackenzie’s best friend. Only someone beats her to the altar. After a fresh start and three years to recover, the last thing Mackenzie expects is for her old life to come knocking…Recently divorced, musician Hunter Kane wants to reconnect with the woman he left behind. Admitting his biggest mistake comes first. What comes next is up to Mackenzie. He hopes she’ll give him a second chance. He may have been the one to break her heart, but he knows he can also be the one to mend it.As a tenuous friendship turns into something more, Hunter’s life on the road beckons once again. Will love be enough to keep them together, or will their wildly different worlds be too much for them to overcome?


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A heartening romance of friendship, second chances, and the healing power of love… Mackenzie Hart has made a career out of writing about eternal love, so when she finds her perfect match in Hunter Kane, she decides to put it all on the line. Irresistibly charming and drenched in alpha-male swagger, Hunter isn’t just the catch of the town—he’s Mackenzie’s best friend. Only A heartening romance of friendship, second chances, and the healing power of love… Mackenzie Hart has made a career out of writing about eternal love, so when she finds her perfect match in Hunter Kane, she decides to put it all on the line. Irresistibly charming and drenched in alpha-male swagger, Hunter isn’t just the catch of the town—he’s Mackenzie’s best friend. Only someone beats her to the altar. After a fresh start and three years to recover, the last thing Mackenzie expects is for her old life to come knocking…Recently divorced, musician Hunter Kane wants to reconnect with the woman he left behind. Admitting his biggest mistake comes first. What comes next is up to Mackenzie. He hopes she’ll give him a second chance. He may have been the one to break her heart, but he knows he can also be the one to mend it.As a tenuous friendship turns into something more, Hunter’s life on the road beckons once again. Will love be enough to keep them together, or will their wildly different worlds be too much for them to overcome?

30 review for Promise Me You

  1. 5 out of 5

    E-Reader Addict

    I had an epiphany while reading Promise Me You. A lot of authors do their best to make a story sexy, when I really wish they’d just stick to telling a story first. I’m all for the sexy parts, but first and foremost I want good storytelling. And this book could have been so much better if there was more to the plot and less about pecs...if there was more discussing heartfelt emotions instead of hardening nipples and, uhm, other things. Anyway… Mackenzie and Hunter met when Mac was hired to work in I had an epiphany while reading Promise Me You. A lot of authors do their best to make a story sexy, when I really wish they’d just stick to telling a story first. I’m all for the sexy parts, but first and foremost I want good storytelling. And this book could have been so much better if there was more to the plot and less about pecs...if there was more discussing heartfelt emotions instead of hardening nipples and, uhm, other things. Anyway… Mackenzie and Hunter met when Mac was hired to work in Hunter’s Uncle’s bar. When Hunter, an up-and-coming musician, discovers she’s a talented musician and songwriter, they begin collaborating and end up with a number one song. Mackenzie had strong feelings for Hunter though, ones that weren’t returned. And when the book opens, Mackenzie is ditching out early from the rehearsal dinner for Hunter’s wedding. She’s heartbroken that Hunter is marrying someone else, and Hunter seems oblivious to her feelings. Fast forward three years, and Hunter is now divorced, and hasn’t heard from Mac since his rehearsal dinner. She completely disappeared on him. And here is where I had the first of many issues with this book. It didn’t appear that Hunter gave all that much thought to Mackenzie once she was gone. He’s a famous musician - if he’d wanted to find her, he had the means to do so. Also, he may have had some stronger feelings for Mackenzie at one point, but didn’t act on them - first because she was young and a lot younger than him, and then because she was dealing with a health issue with her mother that completely consumed her life. But instead of waiting those issues out, he decides to marry someone else??? That’s not very hero-like behavior. For Mackenzie’s part, I actually didn’t have any issue with her reasoning for disappearing. She had recently learned the health issue her mother had was hereditary, and that she too would succumb to the disease. It would cause a complete change of her life - one that was not compatible with life on the road. Rather than risk Hunter sacrificing his career (and that of his band’s), and with Hunter marrying someone else, she decided to start fresh and learn to live on her own two feet. The first several chapters of this book were SO good and I was looking forward to seeing how things would play out. But then Mac and Hunter are reunited. And instead of talking about their thoughts and feelings, all we read about is their chemistry. Don’t get me wrong. Chemistry is great. But this could have been such a heartfelt and compelling story, but all we got was heavy breathing and hot touches. After reading this whole book, I have so many more questions than I have answers. We never learn anything about Hunter and the girl he married - not why they married, not why they divorced. Mackenzie never expresses to Hunter how hurt she was when he asked another woman to marry him, nor does Hunter acknowledge that his actions hurt her. Did he even know Mackenzie loved him? At what point did Hunter decide Mackenzie was the one he was meant to be with, and why? And finally, the big, HUGE missed opportunity here...Mackenzie states she knows Hunter would be a great dad (not sure how she knows this since this is just one of the many things we as readers are told instead of shown), but because of her genetics and the potential for her to pass on this life-altering disease to her children, anyone she gets involved with would need to have lengthy and serious discussions about their future family. This could have been a great, angsty situation for them to deal with. And there’s nothing. So, I started out with great expectations for this book, and things just went downhill fast. I wanted so much more from this story - more plot development, more character development - and it failed to deliver. But the good thing about being disappointed about a book, is that tomorrow is a new day, and the chance for a better story is just a page away. *thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review Want to see what else is feeding my addiction?! Visit my blog: E-Reader Addict

  2. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    2.5 stars The synopsis of this book lured me in but I had a hard time getting into Promise Me You. A story of unrequited love and big time secrets this book had all the makings of an intriguing story, but for me the romance aspect fizzled. Hunter Kane’s band is on the cusp of breaking out, but his songwriting partner Mackenzie Hart who has loved him from afar can no longer pretend especially as Hunter marries. So she walks away and removes herself totally from his life. Three years later and divor 2.5 stars The synopsis of this book lured me in but I had a hard time getting into Promise Me You. A story of unrequited love and big time secrets this book had all the makings of an intriguing story, but for me the romance aspect fizzled. Hunter Kane’s band is on the cusp of breaking out, but his songwriting partner Mackenzie Hart who has loved him from afar can no longer pretend especially as Hunter marries. So she walks away and removes herself totally from his life. Three years later and divorced with his latest album producing lackluster results Hunter is determined to work with a songwriting duo who has produced one hit after another, but they refuse to meet him face to face. Turns out this “duo” is Mackenzie and her dog and the reason she left was because she was keeping a huge secret about herself from Hunter. I was with the book up until this point and I felt like it was going to be really good, but then it kind of fell apart. While I liked Mackenzie the secret she kept from Hunter became almost the entire focus of the story and I felt like the romance was lacking. I didn’t feel the heat between these two. Mackenzie was a likeable enough character and I admired her strength and determination to live her life to the fullest. Hunter however rubbed me the wrong way over and over and on top of that he gave me whiplash with his “let’s be friends” one minute and then trying to get Mackenzie into bed the next. It was hard to buy his complete turnaround and they never seemed to really work out the issues they had, they just swept them aside until the very end where everything was wrapped up with a neat little bow. While I enjoyed the first third of Promise Me You, the rest of the book left me disappointed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    Nope because: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  4. 4 out of 5

    PointedlyBlunt

    The people on this cover look wayyyy too happy for the BS this story sells.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    Mackenzie and Hunter were friends who also worked together, writing songs for his band. But he put her in the friend-zone because she was nineteen and him, twenty-eight when they met. When Hunter met a woman he wanted to marry, things changed. Mackenzie had to let go and disappear from his life, in the hope of being able to turn the pages. She last saw him three years ago, after saying goodbye at his rehearsal dinner. She didn't say why and he didn't guess either. Hunter became a country singer Mackenzie and Hunter were friends who also worked together, writing songs for his band. But he put her in the friend-zone because she was nineteen and him, twenty-eight when they met. When Hunter met a woman he wanted to marry, things changed. Mackenzie had to let go and disappear from his life, in the hope of being able to turn the pages. She last saw him three years ago, after saying goodbye at his rehearsal dinner. She didn't say why and he didn't guess either. Hunter became a country singer star and he's now divorced. But inspiration left him the day he let Mackenzie walk away. He searched for her, but it's like she disappeared from the face of the earth. The truth is, something major happened with her health that made her become a recluse. They'll cross path again when Hunter's career is at risk of breaking down and he asks his cousin (and agent) to meet with the best team of songwriters that wrote hits but that nobody ever saw before. You guess it, it's Mackenzie. As soon as he see her, Hunter knows it's not just about work anymore. He wants a chance to get to know her again. But nothing is easy and there's so many obstacles for them to overcome. But that's the beauty and strength of true love, it will overcome everything, no matter what. This book is gonna be hard to review because I don't want to give you the spoiler (even if I already gave a clue) but it's such a big part of the book that I don't know if I'll be able to tell everything that I want. Let me tell you first, that I'm a fan of Marina Adair and I read everything she wrote. I adore her writing style, it's usually sweet and funny. She tried something different with this one, because it was more... I don't want to say serious, but it was certainly an heart-wrenching journey, and surprisingly, it totally worked for me. It's what made it so special. It broke my heart and put the pieces back together again and left me with so much love for this heroine who had to overcome so much in her life. Hunter might not be her most charismatic hero and it might appear at first as if he's only there for the music, but that's not how I saw it and the fact that so many men would have run if they were in his shoes speaks for itself about his dedication and feelings for the heroine. Their love story is one who take time to develop, but I couldn't see it any other way. This story really touched me and I think it's the kind of book who make you feel that every word was chosen carefully. "Slowly, God, so slowly, he turned her around and right into those big strong arms of his, then wrapped her up in a hug that was as gentle as it was devastating." "Mackenzie shrugged. "I understand my reality." But I want to believe in the dream." "I didn't want to go with you because I think you need me to hold your hand," he admitted. "But because I want you to want to hold mine." There's not a secondary characters that I didn't like in this story ! I hope Hunter's cousins will have their book and I need at least a novella to read about Brody and Savannah meeting and HEA, please, please, please !!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    My Pink Fairytales

    ”A heartening romance of friendship, second chances, and the healing power of love…” That’s how the blurb starts and it’s the perfect way to describe this story, so I’m using it too. My God, what a ride! I’m emotionally spent after reading this. I didn’t expect it to be so touching, so emotional, so inspiring! EYE-OPENING! There isn’t much I can tell you about the story, because it will be a pity to use any spoilers, but I can tell you this. You have a very famous country singer as a hero and o ”A heartening romance of friendship, second chances, and the healing power of love…” That’s how the blurb starts and it’s the perfect way to describe this story, so I’m using it too. My God, what a ride! I’m emotionally spent after reading this. I didn’t expect it to be so touching, so emotional, so inspiring! EYE-OPENING! There isn’t much I can tell you about the story, because it will be a pity to use any spoilers, but I can tell you this. You have a very famous country singer as a hero and one of the most strong female characters ever, a song writer that has her life in dire straits. Together, they make the perfect team, expect for the fact that she’s in love with him for as long as she can remember, he married someone else and also, since they’re working together, he thought it’s best not to mix business and pleasure. But life can not be always planned. Life happens and you have to deal with everything that comes your way. That’s what make this story so sadly beautiful. The way you have to cope with your pain and manage to survive even the worst nightmares, because there’s no other option. So, there you have it. An emotional roller coaster, but so amazing, it’s definitely worth reading. Mark your calendars for October, 23rd, add it to your TBR shelf and enjoy the ride. "ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    3.5 stars I’ve been a fan of Marina’s books for a while and I was absolutely here for a second chance, BFF to more type of story. I liked Mackenzie and Hunter well enough. They’re both stubborn and loyal, but genuinely good people who always want the best for those they care about. Brody was probably the best part of the story. I love how he handled things and was supportive, even if it meant giving someone a kick in the ass. Plot wise it was okay. The slice of time felt forced and because everyt 3.5 stars I’ve been a fan of Marina’s books for a while and I was absolutely here for a second chance, BFF to more type of story. I liked Mackenzie and Hunter well enough. They’re both stubborn and loyal, but genuinely good people who always want the best for those they care about. Brody was probably the best part of the story. I love how he handled things and was supportive, even if it meant giving someone a kick in the ass. Plot wise it was okay. The slice of time felt forced and because everything was either focused on Hunter’s songs or Mackenzie’s situation {no spoilers}, I didn’t see their relationship grow. The actual conversations felt few and far between and for me, the chemistry was all tell, not show. And I did struggle a bit on believing Hunter wanted anything more than a record from her. Overall, it was interesting enough to keep me reading and I did like this cast of cousins. I’m definitely interested in more books if this becomes a series. **Huge thanks to Montlake for providing the arc free of charge**

  8. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Promise Me You (The Eastons) by Marina Adair     He was her greatest heartbreak. She was his biggest regret. When fate gives them a second chance will they let past mistakes ruin future happiness? Adair is the rarest of authors. She looks at love with a truthful heart and not a jaundiced eye. Promise Me You is not a watered down version of love's power, but a realistic one. Mackenzie waited too long and acted to late, which left her with a broken heart. Hunter is the one that got away. What happen Promise Me You (The Eastons) by Marina Adair     He was her greatest heartbreak. She was his biggest regret. When fate gives them a second chance will they let past mistakes ruin future happiness? Adair is the rarest of authors. She looks at love with a truthful heart and not a jaundiced eye. Promise Me You is not a watered down version of love's power, but a realistic one. Mackenzie waited too long and acted to late, which left her with a broken heart. Hunter is the one that got away. What happens when the boy that broke her heart becomes the man determined to heal it? Hunter and Mackenzie are juicy battle of hearts that left me an emotional wreck in the sweetest of ways.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Book Gannet

    This is a hard book to review without spoilers, because there were things I liked and things I didn’t, and to talk about either would give things away. But I’ll try and be vague. There was a fair bit here to like. Both Mackenzie and Hunter are likeable characters and they are very good together. The physical progress of their relationship is slow, but it works because there’s a lot to deal with and they have great chemistry. I loved the music writing side of things and wished there’d been a bit m This is a hard book to review without spoilers, because there were things I liked and things I didn’t, and to talk about either would give things away. But I’ll try and be vague. There was a fair bit here to like. Both Mackenzie and Hunter are likeable characters and they are very good together. The physical progress of their relationship is slow, but it works because there’s a lot to deal with and they have great chemistry. I loved the music writing side of things and wished there’d been a bit more of it. However, these two don’t talk. Not about the past, not about the present and definitely not about the future. Things between them might advance physically, but emotionally everything is about the now. It’s all surface gloss, leaving me with a HFN impression that left me slightly uneasy. There are some big issues raised in this book, but they never talk about any of it, making the whole romance seem shallow and destined for trouble. It left me disappointed and unsatisfied, because I like these two and want them to have a HEA, but I have no idea how that would work because clearly they don’t either and are just floating along with their fingers crossed. A couple of other momentary events are handled the same way. Big and important at the time, but completely forgotten about in the next chapter. Frustrating. And Hunter should have grovelled a lot more – beginning and end. He gets away with everything. So I’m sad, because the potential in this book was huge and normally I love everything this author does. Not this time. I still liked the characters and enjoyed the overall story, I just wish as much time had been given to emotions and apologies as the chemistry and Hunter’s hotness. (ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jultri

    3.5/5. My first time trying out this author, and it's not a bad one. Heroine, in love with hero but friend-zoned as they wrote beautiful award-winning music together, he being the front man of a band and she a highly talented composer and lyricist. Mackenzie left the day before Hunter's wedding and reappears 3 years later. He is now a divorced man with his band struggling to get itself out of it's current slump after tasting sweet success previously when they had preferential access to Mackenzie 3.5/5. My first time trying out this author, and it's not a bad one. Heroine, in love with hero but friend-zoned as they wrote beautiful award-winning music together, he being the front man of a band and she a highly talented composer and lyricist. Mackenzie left the day before Hunter's wedding and reappears 3 years later. He is now a divorced man with his band struggling to get itself out of it's current slump after tasting sweet success previously when they had preferential access to Mackenzie's songs. She in the meantime has succumbed to the same hereditary blindness as her mother did and is very hesitantly negotiating the challenging and fearsome waters brought about by her visual impairment. The writing was quite nice and the characters quite likeable. There were a few holes in the story, but overall, a very pleasant read. This was an ARC from NetGalley.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A very emotional friends to lovers and second-chance story. Mackenzie is a talented songwriter and has been working with Hunter Kane and his band for a while. She and Hunter are friends and writing partners, but she wants more. Unfortunately, she's waited too long to tell him, and Hunter is about to marry another woman. Unable to handle the pain of seeing him with another woman, Mackenzie walks away from the celebrations and disappears. Three years later, Hunter is divorced and the band is in tro A very emotional friends to lovers and second-chance story. Mackenzie is a talented songwriter and has been working with Hunter Kane and his band for a while. She and Hunter are friends and writing partners, but she wants more. Unfortunately, she's waited too long to tell him, and Hunter is about to marry another woman. Unable to handle the pain of seeing him with another woman, Mackenzie walks away from the celebrations and disappears. Three years later, Hunter is divorced and the band is in trouble. Their last album tanked and Hunter is having trouble getting his songwriting mojo back. Their record label is threatening to drop them if he doesn't accept one of their suggested songwriters to help. The problem is that the songwriting duo that Hunter wants to team up with isn't cooperating. Hunter really irritated me in this scene, as he comes across as very arrogant. He's so certain that he can charm the writers that he wants that he refuses to consider any other option, even blackmailing his cousin into setting up a meeting. What Hunter doesn't know is that the songwriting "duo" of Mack and Muttley is Mackenzie and her Seeing Eye dog. At the time of Hunter's wedding, she had just found out that she suffered from the same hereditary eye disease that her mother had had. The same disease that had made her mother dependent on Mackenzie and derailed her own plans. Mackenzie never wanted to be dependent on someone that way, but finding her way in her new reality has been harder than she expected. Brody works to convince her that it's time to face Hunter again, but Mackenzie is afraid of being caught up in Hunter's take charge personality and losing herself in the process. I ached for Hunter when he found out the truth. He was stunned, confused, and angry. I was a bit angry at him for walking away without a word. His confrontation with Brody opened his eyes to what Mackenzie had been through, and it took him some time to process it. In spite of what Brody told him about her need for privacy, he was determined to get her back with him. I enjoyed the development of the relationship between Hunter and Mackenzie. It started out rough because of the way that Hunter forced himself back into Mackenzie's life. I was pretty irritated with the way that he steam-rollered right over her objections. Some of those objections were just because she was afraid of leaving her comfort zone, but some of them were legitimate concerns. Hunter is one of those guys who has a Superman personality. If he sees something wrong, he wants to fix it. He also tends to assume responsibility for a lot of things, such as the band and everything that makes it a success. Mackenzie is most desperately afraid of being dependent on someone else, the way that her mom was dependent on her. I loved the ease with which they were able to resume their working relationship. Just being with Mackenzie again made Hunter able to get past the writer's block he'd been suffering from, mostly because she was the rudder that steered his thought processes. Seeing Mackenzie again made Hunter finally admit to himself that he'd always had feelings for her. He had buried them before because of their age difference, and that he didn't want to screw up their working relationship. Now he's ready to do something about it, but he realizes that he has to get past all of Mackenzie's walls, especially her refusal to accept help. It was interesting to see his complex run up against her independence. Mackenzie also had a habit of holding herself back, lacking the confidence to believe that she can do it. I liked the confrontation between Mackenzie's sponsor and Hunter, as she laid out for him what Mackenzie's issues and challenges really were. I liked that he saw her point and made changes in his actions that would help Mackenzie the right way. I liked seeing the progress that she made, but it was still painfully slow. Unfortunately, Hunter still has something of a blind spot when it comes to their relationship. He sees the progress they've made with their writing, and that she has made with her independence, in the context of their future as he sees it. The success of their collaboration propels the band to the next level, and he sees Mackenzie at his side through it all. It takes Brody pointing out that she may not see things the same way before Hunter gets a glimmer of the problems. At the same time, Hunter has pushed Mackenzie into an activity that she doesn't feel quite ready for, and it comes back to bite him in the butt. I ached so much for Mackenzie because of the fear she felt, and how overwhelmed she was by what happened around her. Those fears led her to push Hunter away. His pain at her words was intense, as was his anger at the way she refused to give them a chance. It was satisfying to see his misery as he gave her the space she wanted. It was even more satisfying to see Brody point out to Hunter just how selfish he had been. I loved Hunter's "light bulb" moment as he finally saw the light. His timing in going after Mackenzie was perfect. She has spent the last week wallowing in her misery but was finally pulling herself together. Her realization that she had allowed herself to push Hunter away was eye-opening for her. What followed was a terrifying period of time that had my heart in my throat. I loved seeing her use the strength she didn't know she had to get through it, just in time for Hunter to find her. I loved the perfect combination of caring for her and supporting her that he showed. I was thrilled to see that they finally actually talked and listened to each other. The ending was fantastic and showed that they had finally found the balance that they needed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    So. Here’s the thing. I’ve only read four of Marina Adair’s books, but I’ve been utterly consumed by all of them. So I had high expectations for this newest book. And it didn’t meet those expectations. I felt like this book couldn’t decide what it wanted to be. I couldn’t tell if it wanted to be a deeply emotional story of a woman dealing with a life changing disability and finding love with her best friend, or if it wanted to be a story about two best friends finally succumbing to the fact that So. Here’s the thing. I’ve only read four of Marina Adair’s books, but I’ve been utterly consumed by all of them. So I had high expectations for this newest book. And it didn’t meet those expectations. I felt like this book couldn’t decide what it wanted to be. I couldn’t tell if it wanted to be a deeply emotional story of a woman dealing with a life changing disability and finding love with her best friend, or if it wanted to be a story about two best friends finally succumbing to the fact that they both want to rip the clothes off the other person. Not to say that books can’t be both. Some of my favorite books have been proof that they can exist simultaneously. But that didn’t happen in this one for me. There was so much potential in the beginning, which I sped through insanely quickly. But then, I felt like it just turned into a tribute to Hunter’s glorious body and Mackenzie’s penchant for sexy underwear and all the emotion that was there previously disappeared for me. And after that shift, it took eons for me to finish this book. There were conversations that needed to happen, there were emotions that needed to be discussed. And I didn’t feel like the lack of conversation was the characters ignoring their feelings for in-the-moment fun, I felt like it was just Adair feeling like “well, they’ve had sex and they love each other, that’s enough right?” Which didn’t do it for me. We only read about their chemistry, not their emotions, and I needed both to buy into this relationship, especially considering their history as best friends. And because it’s a huge part of the story and something that you learn in the very first chapters of the book, I’m going to talk about what other people seem to think is a spoiler. Mackenzie develops a hereditary blindness in the time between the opening scenes and when we meet her again. This is basically what all of Mackenzie’s story is about and it’s a huge relationship hurdle for her and Hunter. If I’m being honest, I was kind of annoyed that it wasn’t mentioned in the book blurb or anywhere else. Did Adair and/or the writer of the blurb think readers would run away if the heroine wasn’t perfect, if she actually had a disability? Mackenzie’s blindness and the journey she goes through is the most interesting part of the book for me, far more interesting than her relationship with Hunter if I’m being honest. I was never really invested in him, mostly because I found him to be overconfident in a really unattractive way. But I was invested in and fascinated by all the hardships I never considered about losing one’s ability to see and Mackenzie’s personal growth towards living a more full life rather than just the easy and safe life she’d just settled in to. I didn’t totally hate the story, and it probably would have been a low three star rating for me if not for the writing that dropped it lower. I really thought the other Adair books I’ve read previously were incredibly well written and well edited, but I didn’t feel that with this book. I found myself utterly lost at times, totally confused by the timeline and certain details. For example, a huge part of the reason Hunter kept himself from pursuing Mackenzie when they originally met years ago was because he felt like she was far too young for him. But throughout the book, especially because of short flashback/reminiscing scenes, I found myself completely confused as to how old these characters really were. And then there were also a few instances of me having to go back several pages and reread because I was absolutely confused as to where people were or what they were doing or how much time had passed. It just overall fell very flat for me and I’m really disappointed about that.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Zelos

    Promise Me You, Marina Adair Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: General Fiction (Adult) , Romance I love second chance romances, love books about film stars, music stars so I really expected to love this book. It was an OK read, but missed out on that magic spark that makes a book unmissable for me. I felt for Mackenzie, she's had a tough life and now its got a lot worse. I wouldn't say its a second chance romance though, as first time round it was all unrequited love on her side with Hu Promise Me You, Marina Adair Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: General Fiction (Adult) , Romance I love second chance romances, love books about film stars, music stars so I really expected to love this book. It was an OK read, but missed out on that magic spark that makes a book unmissable for me. I felt for Mackenzie, she's had a tough life and now its got a lot worse. I wouldn't say its a second chance romance though, as first time round it was all unrequited love on her side with Hunter being blindly oblivious I thought. Now he's back, single again and shocked to find his one time best friend in the situation she is. He's not seen or heard from her since she fled his wedding celebrations, and feels betrayed in a way by her leaving and that his cousin, manager and close friend Brody has known about her all along. I got the impression Hunter didn't know how she felt from the story and yet he comes back and apparently felt the same? I found that strange, he married someone else. Maybe it was just hindsight that allowed him to see his feelings and understand how Mackenzie felt? Its a story that's not just Hunter and Mackenzie's romance but also covers her other issues. I wasn't entirely convinced by those, thought she'd have to have more adaptions, more help, more training but it could have been this way I guess? Just didn't seem convincing for me, and I would have though Mackenzie's family history would have made her prepare more. I don't know though, I'm guessing along the lines of what if it were me.... Hunter and his band are at the peak of their career, and he has the arrogance about his music that comes with knowing you're the best. He's desperate to write his next make or break album with a writing duo that have made hits for him before, he feels a special connection to their songs, and is shocked when he learns who is behind the names. Its got all the elements I should love but somehow the story just didn't gel with me. Its well written, paced to deliver surprises just right but I just wasn't feeling the romance, the barriers ( and those were huge), and when it all came to a head I wasn't convinced by the ending. Ah well, its perfect for others, everyone wants different things and what I didn't like could be what makes it perfect for you. Stars:Three, a well written book, but a story that just didn't connect closely with me. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers

  14. 4 out of 5

    P.e. lolo

    I have read eight different books from this author and this book was something totally different from all of her other books. Different in the describing of the women and the way her body reacted to her male friend and for some of the other descriptions that had not been in her other books. I must say it did not take away from the story and I think I know why she did it but you must read this story. First it starts out with Mackenzie Hart watching her best friend Hunter Kane go through the all o I have read eight different books from this author and this book was something totally different from all of her other books. Different in the describing of the women and the way her body reacted to her male friend and for some of the other descriptions that had not been in her other books. I must say it did not take away from the story and I think I know why she did it but you must read this story. First it starts out with Mackenzie Hart watching her best friend Hunter Kane go through the all of the steps of getting married except for the wedding. Mack and Hunter have a friendship that includes writing songs and playing music, but now Hunter is marrying a big time female country star and the big label he has signed on with wants him to also drop the band he is with. Mack just can’t tell him that she has been in love with him for years now and leaves that night. Three years later with his marriage over and his career looking like it might also be over. He fights with his manager who also is his cousin to meet with the song writing duo or Mac and Hunter. What he does not know is that Mac is Mackenzie and Mutt is Muttley is her Seeing Eye dog. Now you begin to see really how messed up Hunter is by the way he treats her that night, leaving her. Then not talking to her for days until he realizes his career and that of his band is at stake, he goes to her and her being blind is in a bind because he ends up moving in. they do write songs, and he does get his record but he really does not see or hear her. That is until the end when he is upset when she says no about going on a 16 month world tour. She cannot do it yet for reasons that are explained but he won’t listen. It is not until something happens that he opens his eyes. I think this is a good story from her side but also showing how he just wants a hit record and everything else is secondary until it is not. A good book with good characters. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is a book which will make you think, and consider how you would cope if your world was turned upside down by a diagnosis, and then suddenly changed forever. Mackenzie is doing the best she can with what life has dealt her, although her desire is to hide behind her front door and just get on with her music making. Her one time best friend, and successful musician, Hunter is in need of a songwriter, and really wants t ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is a book which will make you think, and consider how you would cope if your world was turned upside down by a diagnosis, and then suddenly changed forever. Mackenzie is doing the best she can with what life has dealt her, although her desire is to hide behind her front door and just get on with her music making. Her one time best friend, and successful musician, Hunter is in need of a songwriter, and really wants to find Mackenzie again. When his brother admits he knows where she is, the chances that they missed before may just be up for review. But he still has a lot of growing up to do ... I have not read many books with a lead who is blind, and I felt that it was realistic, and portrayed the scariness of being outside and unable to see or feel anything, other than the ground under one's feet. I also liked that it had not stopped her wearing sexy underwear, even if she could not see it, she could enjoy the feel of it. Her sense of smell leads to a couple of funny incidents, which lighten what is at times quite a serious book, due to the context in which it is set. I enjoyed having to think about how I would react, both if I were her, or him. A good read, thank you Marina Adair.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jas

    This book started off great. I fully expected this to be the exact type of emotional story that I was in the mood for. Unfortunately it never really came together for me. The biggest reason by is that I never felt any real connection between Mackenzie and Hunter. They never talk about anything other the new realities of Mackenzie's life- which is an important topic but not enough to showcase why this couple should be together. I would have loved more about them writing songs together or talking This book started off great. I fully expected this to be the exact type of emotional story that I was in the mood for. Unfortunately it never really came together for me. The biggest reason by is that I never felt any real connection between Mackenzie and Hunter. They never talk about anything other the new realities of Mackenzie's life- which is an important topic but not enough to showcase why this couple should be together. I would have loved more about them writing songs together or talking about the past or why his marriage failed or anything at all. I did not even really understand when Hunter developed feelings for Mackenzie. He finds out that she has been in love with him for years and suddenly he is on board. Then again I really never understood what drew Mackenzie to Hunter to begin with as there is not much there besides his apparently great butt. For me Muttley was the star of the book. I received copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    I had a really hard time rating this book. On the one hand it is super addicting and emotional with characters that jump off the page and wrap themselves around the heart. The beginning of the book was absolutely riveting and promised a 5 star read. As things progressed, however, the questions with no answers given began piling up. And, by the end of the book, many of those threads were left hanging - which, in turn, left me frustrated and unsatisfied. SO many times I yearned for the communicatio I had a really hard time rating this book. On the one hand it is super addicting and emotional with characters that jump off the page and wrap themselves around the heart. The beginning of the book was absolutely riveting and promised a 5 star read. As things progressed, however, the questions with no answers given began piling up. And, by the end of the book, many of those threads were left hanging - which, in turn, left me frustrated and unsatisfied. SO many times I yearned for the communication between Hunter and Mackenzie to open up and deepen our understanding but nothing was said - at all! Topics like if Hunter knew Mac was in love with him, why he married the other woman and why the divorce, when did he realize his feelings for Mac went deeper than friendship - the list goes on. The biggest hole left unfilled, however, was the HUGE fact of how much he had hurt Mackenzie. Did he even realize it? Also, what about the child situation? SO much could have been done if the author would have taken the time to have her characters actually communicate! As it stands, it is a gripping read that so easily could have been an all-time favorite that, unfortunately never hit the depth that would have made it such.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the heartache and heartbreak of the first scene to the love and warmth of the last. Mac has loved Hunter Kane for years. They have been writing songs together and have a bond that is seemingly unshakable. He's been her rock, held her hand when her mother passed away and helped her back from the brink after to losing her. Now, he's marrying the supposed love of his life and she can't be th I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the heartache and heartbreak of the first scene to the love and warmth of the last. Mac has loved Hunter Kane for years. They have been writing songs together and have a bond that is seemingly unshakable. He's been her rock, held her hand when her mother passed away and helped her back from the brink after to losing her. Now, he's marrying the supposed love of his life and she can't be there for that. She's tried but she can't be happy for him. Not when her own life is about to be turned upside down. Three years later, Hunter is back in town, having divorced his wife and lost his muse. He can't find Mac, has no clue where she is and on top of that, the label is about to cut the band loose. He wants to team up with the brilliant writers known as Mac and Muttly but they refuse. Mac is furious that Bryan (Hunter's cousin and agent) outs her and her secrets to Hunter. Giving in to pressure to help him and the band, Mac agrees to write with Hunter. What she didn't' agree to is have Hunter move in with her, but Hunter steamrolls right over her objections. Mac soon realizes that the life she thought she wanted is right in front of her, she just needs to take a leap of faith and grab on. However, she's afraid of the unknown and the what ifs that keep running through her head keep those fears front and center. Hunter knows that in order to persuade Mac to take a chance on him, he must let Mac take the first steps alone and be by her side when she makes her choice. ~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicki K.

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Three years ago, Mackenzie walked away from her writing partner, best friend, and the unrequited love of her life, musician Hunter Kane. Believing it was the only way to save herself from the heartache of seeing Hunter marry, and saving him from her own complicated self, she disappears practically without a trace. So when their mutual friend and manager throws them back together, they find themselves at a bi I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Three years ago, Mackenzie walked away from her writing partner, best friend, and the unrequited love of her life, musician Hunter Kane. Believing it was the only way to save herself from the heartache of seeing Hunter marry, and saving him from her own complicated self, she disappears practically without a trace. So when their mutual friend and manager throws them back together, they find themselves at a bit of a loss. Hunter doesn't understand why his best friend disappeared the night before his wedding, and Mackenzie doesn't know how to explain what she's gone through the last three years. However, the two quickly become just as close as they were three years before, and then some. . . I requested Promise Me You on NetGalley on a bit of a whim. I had never read anything by Marina Adair, and the synopsis seemed a bit vague, but I absolutely loved the cover and thought I'd give it a shot. What I soon found was a sweet, heart-wrenching romance about two complex individuals with a complicated past. Mackenzie was such a realistic and relatable character, and I absolutely adored her character. She totally deserves the world, and I loved that Hunter wanted the best for her. Hunter was a sweet character, and while I did like him, his idealism and expectations were a bit illogical at times, and occasionally irritated me. However, the two had an adorable dynamic, as well as a hell of a lot of chemistry, and I was rooting for them the entire time. My one complaint about this novel, and it's really probably just me being nitpicky, is that for the first half or so of the novel, Hunter sort of comes across as only being interested in Mackenzie for sex. He's supposedly had romantic feelings for Mackenzie in the past, but his actions throughout the book make it seem as though his feelings are purely sexual, and depthless. Despite this, toward the end of the book, this does change, and I did start to believe he cared about Mackenzie as more than a friend, and more than a hook-up. Overall, Promise Me You was a solid, entertaining romance with a new and interesting plot. Fans of second-chance romances will love this new addition to the genre, and fall head over heels with Mackenzie. 4/5

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie

    3.5.stars. I have read a little of Mariana Adair but not much, however, I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in Nashville with the obligatory singer who has made it big with his band. He also had a “best friend” female songwriter who helped him make many hits. However, there is a twist here with the female songwriter and even though she has always loved Hunter ( big time singer), they have a lot of obstacles to overcome. Her obstacle felt very real, and was not easily overcome, and until t 3.5.stars. I have read a little of Mariana Adair but not much, however, I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in Nashville with the obligatory singer who has made it big with his band. He also had a “best friend” female songwriter who helped him make many hits. However, there is a twist here with the female songwriter and even though she has always loved Hunter ( big time singer), they have a lot of obstacles to overcome. Her obstacle felt very real, and was not easily overcome, and until the end of the book, which i felt was a little rushed, I throughly enjoyed her journey. Actually felt sorry at times for Hunter, who just couldn’t seem to understand her dilemma, but of course, a feel good HEA made the book enjoyable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lusie

    This book is about Mackenzie whose life is drastically changed. She turned her back on her old life and just walked away. Now Hunter, who is a famous singer and with who she worked before and who she secretly loved, wants to write an album with her. Will Mackenzie give on or keep running away from all that reminds her of what used to be? This was the first book I read by this author. The pacing was just right and the story flowed well. Overall I thought it was too cheesy and there were severall This book is about Mackenzie whose life is drastically changed. She turned her back on her old life and just walked away. Now Hunter, who is a famous singer and with who she worked before and who she secretly loved, wants to write an album with her. Will Mackenzie give on or keep running away from all that reminds her of what used to be? This was the first book I read by this author. The pacing was just right and the story flowed well. Overall I thought it was too cheesy and there were severall eyerolling moments for me. Yet I still liked and thought it was a cute story about two friends getting to know each other again and about finding love.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ann Vega

    A second chance book usually is only about finding you love each other after a first chance. But since neither told the other there feelings they both suffered. Years later the love has not changed but then there is a new factor she is going blind. One of the things that bound them was writing music so her losing her sight has implications all around. In the end, I have to say it did get slow in places and lots its rhythm. But I still liked it. I was furnished a copy of this book through NetGall A second chance book usually is only about finding you love each other after a first chance. But since neither told the other there feelings they both suffered. Years later the love has not changed but then there is a new factor she is going blind. One of the things that bound them was writing music so her losing her sight has implications all around. In the end, I have to say it did get slow in places and lots its rhythm. But I still liked it. I was furnished a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Hagel-Swinson

    I absolutely loved Mackenzie and Hunter. They had a lot of things to work out, but I loved the delicious slow burn of their story to get to the good stuff. This is definitely a book that will pull at your heart strings. It was so much more than I expected and I love that it caught me off guard. I could really feel the frustration and hardships that Mackenzie had to navigate through. Hunter becoming Mackenzie’s support instead of her hero was the best part. I can’t say enough good things about th I absolutely loved Mackenzie and Hunter. They had a lot of things to work out, but I loved the delicious slow burn of their story to get to the good stuff. This is definitely a book that will pull at your heart strings. It was so much more than I expected and I love that it caught me off guard. I could really feel the frustration and hardships that Mackenzie had to navigate through. Hunter becoming Mackenzie’s support instead of her hero was the best part. I can’t say enough good things about this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    not my 1st read by Marina ever ... i enjoy her writing ... i love when amazon gives u the chance to read or listen ... i love picking to listen. makes me feel like a kid again ... love that. read to me please. great cover. great characters. i see it is book 2 in the series ... i didn't feel that i was missing in not reading book 1 first??! will read more from Marina soon enough!! ( ;

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    Fantastic second chance romance! Mackenzie and Hunter are amazing characters. Their story is an emotional and sometimes painful one. Putting the past behind them and accepting the future as it comes, the good and the bad, won't be easy but being there for each other will make it all worth it. The book is very well written and the story have a nice pace. I definitely recommend it to everyone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim Brewing

    3.5 stars A hard one to rate because I feel the heroine's story was the focus of the book not so much the couple. While I liked both characters I really didn't feel I knew Hunter very well. The pain that Mac felt at the beginning of the book was never really addressed nor was the wife and divorce. I will say I really enjoyed Mac and Muttley and loved watching them both grow.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Avid Reader

    Promise Me You (The Eastons #2) by Marina Adair 4 stars M/F Romance - friends to lovers Triggers: Handicap - blindness I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. Mackenzie Hart is in love with her best friend. The main problem with that is he is marrying someone else. Mackenzie is an amazing song writer and is working with Hunter and his band has been amazing. But, watching her best friend, Hunter, marry someone else is killing her. Mackenzie was always just part of the band and she Promise Me You (The Eastons #2) by Marina Adair 4 stars M/F Romance - friends to lovers Triggers: Handicap - blindness I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. Mackenzie Hart is in love with her best friend. The main problem with that is he is marrying someone else. Mackenzie is an amazing song writer and is working with Hunter and his band has been amazing. But, watching her best friend, Hunter, marry someone else is killing her. Mackenzie was always just part of the band and she was OK with that, until she realized that it meant that Hunter would never see her as anyone other than that. Mackenzie has also had a tough life and it's only going to become more stressful. She knows that she has to let Hunter go so that he can be successful. Hunter is somewhat self centered - what you would expect from a typical lead in a band character. He is also oblivious to those around him at times, which explains how he was able to lose his best friend and his writing mojo all at once. When Hunter sees Mackenzie again after a few years, he's knocked back and taken aback. She's beautiful, talented and just as stubborn as ever. He never knew she was his heart until she was no longer around. This friends to lovers story is sweet and gentle. There is no burning of their romance and they need to relearn each other. Patience, kindness, love and tenderness is what is displayed by Hunter towards his "trouble". It was a sweet story that builds with confidence and love.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ☆Jamie☆

    Promise Me You is my first book by Marina Adair, although I do have her Sugar, Georgia series on my TBR. Summary: Mackenzie Hart finally found a love like she writes about. Hunter Kane is charming, funny, and sweet. He’s also her best friend, an up-and-coming musician, and the catch of the town. Unfortunately, someone caught him before Mackenzie could make her move. Deciding to take some time to get over Hunter, start fresh, and focus on her career, three years pass before Mackenzie gets the shock Promise Me You is my first book by Marina Adair, although I do have her Sugar, Georgia series on my TBR. Summary: Mackenzie Hart finally found a love like she writes about. Hunter Kane is charming, funny, and sweet. He’s also her best friend, an up-and-coming musician, and the catch of the town. Unfortunately, someone caught him before Mackenzie could make her move. Deciding to take some time to get over Hunter, start fresh, and focus on her career, three years pass before Mackenzie gets the shock of her life. She’s a pretty sought-after songwriter, and who should swagger back into her life but successful singer, Hunter Kane. Hunter never forgot the woman he foolishly left behind. He freely admits he made a mistake and is more than a little interested in reconnecting with his best friend and the woman who seems to make all his successes worthwhile. But Hunter broke Mackenzie’s heart, and she’s not the same woman he used to know. Both of their lives have changed drastically in their years apart, just in very different ways. But Hunter is determined to turn their shaky friendship into something much more. Is love enough to hold them together despite their completely different worlds? ************************* Promise Me You was a sweet friends-to-lovers romance between a country singer and a woman with special needs. The story is what caught my attention with this book, but it ended up being different than what I expected going into it. More emotional, and much more than a simple romance between two friends. I liked Mackenzie. My heart broke for her and what she went through with her mom, then turning around and having to go through it herself. She was realistic and likeable. She had a hard road and was terrified of the changes and adjustments she needed to make, but she always pulled through. Even if it was a shaky success, she succeeded. Hunter was just an okay hero. I think he really was a good guy and seemed to really care about Mackenzie, but seemingly only when she was front and center in his life. He also made some poor decisions and was a teensy bit self-centered. A few times, I just wanted to smack him upside the head. Together they shared a sweet romance. I didn’t really feel an overwhelming chemistry, though. I enjoyed a few of their scenes. Especially when Hunter would sit behind Mackenzie and they played together. Overall, it was just an okay book. I think I was hoping to see more romance and for the characters to show more growth. Instead, I felt that the romance took a backseat to Mackenzie’s situation instead of the romance including how she coped, how Hunter coped, and how they compromised together. That’s not to say that I didn’t find the situation interesting, but for a romance, the focus was a bit skewed. As for the growth, Hunter is really the one I wanted more from. There wasn’t a lot on his marriage or divorce or the reasons behind either. That made it hard to gauge just how far he turned around. I also wasn’t completely convinced his need for her songwriting wasn’t a big factor in his interest for Mackenzie. As I said, I enjoyed the blurb and pretty much the first third of the book, and the storyline had potential, but missed the mark a bit for me. I am very intrigued with the cousins, though, and could see this being a series. ♡

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I always know whether a book is good if it makes my heart ache, like, physically ache. It happened to me for the first time when I read Caroline Cooney’s “The Stranger,” a young adult book, back in the 90’s. That story made my heart feel like it was going to squeeze itself to death for basically the entire book. “Promise Me You” by Marina Adair had several such heart squeezing moments. This story is about Hunter and Mackenzie. Hunter is this super famous singer/songwriter. Mackenzie, who was Hun I always know whether a book is good if it makes my heart ache, like, physically ache. It happened to me for the first time when I read Caroline Cooney’s “The Stranger,” a young adult book, back in the 90’s. That story made my heart feel like it was going to squeeze itself to death for basically the entire book. “Promise Me You” by Marina Adair had several such heart squeezing moments. This story is about Hunter and Mackenzie. Hunter is this super famous singer/songwriter. Mackenzie, who was Hunter’s co-writer, has been in love with him for years and years. Hunter is clueless and decides to marry someone else. Mackenzie is heartbroken, skips the wedding, and falls off the face of the earth. Fast forward three years: Hunter is divorced and has a bad case of songwriters’ block. Guess who comes to the rescue? The two of them get reacquainted, and it’s really really sweet even though Hunter is kinda, a lotta, full of himself. Also, there’s been a tragedy that I won’t tell you about, but it is so, so, so, so sad. Mackenzie is trying to navigate her new life after coming to grips with the event that was so so so sad. Can the two of them figure out a way to balance Hunter’s superstardom and Mackenzie’s needs? We have some bumps in the road, but Hunter definitely gets a gold star (or several) for being not only uber sexy, but also thoughtful and intuitive (swoon). The only complaint I have is the first love scene, which finally started happening at about 70% of the book (and it was totally ok for Hunter and Mackenzie to slowly simmer...they had a lot to work through!). There were just too many different puns happening when they finally got down to business. I get that they’re humorous people, but it was distracting. I found myself scratching my head while trying to figure out exactly what “cupcake” was referring to. Then they started with their sexy songwriter talk right as things were getting even steamier. I’m not a songwriter, so I was a little lost. Personally, I would have preferred more making out and less talking. I mean, shouldn’t they be so caught up in their finally requited passion that they lack the ability to come up with analogies while making out? They literally just spent almost 10 years repressing their mutual attraction to each other. I dunno. The puns just made something that EVERYONE had been anticipating with bated breath a little....less... and less significant. I wanted my characters to be so engrossed in each other that neither is able to form one coherent thought, much less a series of corny puns. Other than that, this was a solid 4 Star read. Good writing, good editing, and a happy ending. What more could a girl want? I thoroughly enjoyed it! I received this book as a free ARC and what you just read was my brutally honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Review written: October 16, 2018 Star Rating: ★★★★☆ Heat Rating: ☀☀☼☼☼ An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. Marina Adair is a newer-to-me author but one I have quickly come to enjoy. So, I was pretty excited when I managed to get an early copy of Promise Me You, especially after the way Adair talked about it. I loved it! But there were some things about it that definitely bothered me. Mac... Mac bothered me. Or rather, I hurt a lot for Review written: October 16, 2018 Star Rating: ★★★★☆ Heat Rating: ☀☀☼☼☼ An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. Marina Adair is a newer-to-me author but one I have quickly come to enjoy. So, I was pretty excited when I managed to get an early copy of Promise Me You, especially after the way Adair talked about it. I loved it! But there were some things about it that definitely bothered me. Mac... Mac bothered me. Or rather, I hurt a lot for her and struggled to understand her perspective sometimes. Hunter... Hunter seemed pretty darn clueless a lot of the time and that bothered me. How is a man so savvy also so clueless? But Muttley and the assorted cast of family and friends? Oh, them. Yeah, I loved them all! It's a pretty darn emotional story, really. I mean, the man you love is in love with someone else and just wants you to be happy for him and yeah, OUCH! I have to say I am amazed that Mac stayed with Hunter as long as she did, frankly. She's certainly stronger than me because I couldn't have done it. Add to that, Mac's got a secret... an ugly, horrible, life altering secret and she's seen what it can do already. Mac's choices and her frailties and strengths are really the bulk of this book. She is center and focal point which is why I am so sad that I struggled to really "get" her. Hunter is... an artist. That's probably the best way to look at it because in a lot of ways he's closer to the stereotype of an artist than he probably should have been. He's oblivious to things outside his craft beyond his immediate wants and desires. (view spoiler)[I mean, this is the man who records songs his best friend in the world wrote and doesn't even recognize them as hers - or even entertain the possibility - despite the fact that they wrote songs together for ages! (hide spoiler)] He's oblivious to others' needs and wants, including his bandmates'. The drama and angst of this book are both internal and external. Things happen and lives are changed that end up as issues, yes. But this is also very character-driven and both Hunter and Mac have character arcs. Their shared history also helps cement the relationship and provide drama. Friendships and extended family (I see books!) are part of the drama but also part of the solutions. I liked the strong non-romantic relationships in Promise Me You. While I did love the book, I also struggled to connect with the main characters. Having said that, I know I want to read more about these people and this world. This review is ©October 2018 by Monique N. and has been posted to Netgalley.

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