Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Release Day and Review - Promise Me

Promise Me

by Hilary Wynne

The Alexa Reed Series

Summary - From goodreads.com:

It’s the romance novel you’ve been waiting for.

Promise Me is book three in the Alexa Reed series by Amazon bestselling author Hilary Wynne. 

Alexa Reed finally has it all: a new lease on life, a bright future with the man of her dreams, a job she loves, and a great group of friends. She believes in her own happiness again. 

Is it too good to last? 

Alexa’s bliss is short-lived when an unexpected situation threatens the love she and Julian share. Suddenly, she has to choose whether to STAY and HOLD ON, or run. 

The pain is too much. She runs. She runs away from Julian and from a life she can no longer be a part of. 

But love is never that simple and an unusual twist of fate leads them back to each other ... although everything is different. 

They’ve changed. 

Julian struggles to trust Alexa. She has a secret that threatens to ruin their fragile relationship. Alexa knows she has to tell Julian the truth, even if it destroys any chance of happiness. 

They say love conquers all, but can it conquer betrayal from someone who has promised to love you forever? 


5 out of 5 Stars

Note:  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is book 3 in a 3 book series.  After reading the first 2 books, I was so excited to get my hands on this one!!  I read it in 3 days - I just couldn't put it down!!  

We are back to the story of Alexa Reed and Julian Bauer.  They are back together and all is fine - or is it?  Lexie still has a secret that she has to tell Julian about.  Then she has the dilemma - to tell him or not to tell him.  It is tearing her up inside not to tell him, but she knows that she will lose him forever if she does tell him.  Needless to say, their relationship can't continue as it is until she says something.

Promise Me is a perfect example of how to finish a story, wrap up all the lose ends of the storyline, and take you on an emotional ride all at the same time.  I can honestly say that I laughed and I cried throughout this book.  Hilary Wynne was able to evoke so many emotions and keep me so involved in this book that I just kept on reading to see what was happening next!

My favorite scene would have to be when Julian is by Lexie's side at the hospital, yet allows her to be strong for her family.  We are able to see Lexie's inner strength come through, even though we know she needs the strength of Julian by her side.  I won't go into too much more detail because I don't want to give away too much of the story, but this scene was definitely in the top 5 for this book!

One word can be used to sum up this book for the series:  EPIC!  Well done Hilary Wynne!  You have truly outdone yourself with this one!

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Set against the steamy and sultry world of South Beach, Florida, a modern romance unfolds in Stay. Alexa is beautiful, independent and hard to resist for serially unattached Julian. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but their palpable chemistry and instant emotional connection is too strong to ignore. 

For the first time in years, Julian is interested in more than just sex. He wants a relationship with intoxicating Alexa, but it's not that simple. Not only are Julian and Alexa struggling with the intensity of this new relationship, but they also have to contend with Luke, Alexa's best friend, whose own love for her leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her. 

Luke's determination and Alexa's secret past threaten to tear Julian and Alexa apart as she struggles to open her heart to love. Julian and Alexa embark upon a roller-coaster ride of emotional and physical passion that both pulls them apart and holds them together. 

Despite their affinity for each other, Alexa fears that Julian will leave when he learns about her past and Julian is unsure he can love a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can't decide if she is going to STAY.

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Hold On

The sizzling, second installment in the Alexa Reed series. 

Beautiful and successful Alexa Reed has dark secrets in her past that prevent her from trusting in love. Her fears start to fade when she meets charismatic, South Beach hotel owner, Julian Bauer, who is willing to put his extravagant playboy lifestyle behind him just to be with her. 

He’s a man who likes a challenge. 

Alexa’s newfound bliss is still fragile as she struggles to deal with the trauma of her ex-boyfriend’s death. Is Julian's love for Alexa strong enough to heal her emotional scars and convince her their love is real? 

Alexa is not the only one with secrets and what’s to come threatens to destroy their future together. Now it’s Julian who needs Alexa more than ever. Will she be able to hold on? 

Hold On is book two of the Alexa Reed series and is the follow-up from the hugely popular, Stay.

Amazon Purchase Links:  US/ UK


About the Author:

Have you ever woken up one day and said, “Today’s the day I’m going to do (insert thing here)?” Well, I did, and the result is my first novel, Stay. I always thought of myself as a decent writer, and then a trip down memory lane through my ninth grade book of poetry confirmed it. I realize that I have always had a romantic side and a way with words. With support from my husband and kids (and an unspoken agreement to leave me alone for a few hours every night), I embarked on this incredible writing journey.

I’m originally from sunny Southern California and spent my summers in South Florida. I attended college at FSU and received my Masters in New Mexico. I finally settled in the Washington, DC area. My happy place has always been anywhere near the water.

When I’m not writing, I help run a business with my husband, watch an inordinate amount of sports (my kids play something 365 days a year), indulge my competitive spirit on the tennis court, and spend time with my awesome family and friends.

I am an avid reader, but find my characters feel neglected when I hang out with other author’s characters for too long. When I do read, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, places, and times.

I feel so blessed that my love of books inspired me to finally do something that I forgot I had always dreamed about doing.

My someday has arrived!

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