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Three Broken Promises: A Novel Paperback – Dec 31 2013
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“The heat between these two is explosive. . . . It is the emotion and the shared tragedy between Jen and Colin . . . that takes this book to another level.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Filled with emotion, drama, red-hot sex, intensity, and a love that may as well have been written in the stars, Three Broken Promises is another must read from Monica Murphy.”—Holly’s Hot Reads
“Three Broken Promises is an absolutely out-of-this-world perfect romantic story that swept me off my feet. Once again, I fell in love with Murphy’s easy style of writing, great sense of humor and ideal characters. . . . I felt glued to the pages and there wasn’t a single thing that could make me stop reading.”—Smokin Hot Book Blog
“I fell in love with this series the moment I opened One Week Girlfriend and Three Broken Promises didn’t disappoint. . . . I can say without a doubt that I enjoyed every minute of this book.”—Book Blogger Paradise
“Murphy has done it again. . . . This story will make you smile, it will warm your heart and soul, and it may even have you pulling your hair out as these two amazing people navigate the rollercoaster that is love. I loved everything about it.”—Roxy’s Reviews
“Such a delicious book . . . Monica’s writing is addictive as always, and I’m really looking forward to the next book.”—City of Books
About the Author
Monica Murphy is the New York Times bestselling author of One Week Girlfriend, Second Chance Boyfriend, Three Broken Promises, Four Years Later, and the eBook novella Drew + Fable Forever. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills of Yosemite with her husband and three children.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
From the beginning of the novel I wasn’t a fan of the characters. I found that the primary characters actions and their words in no way matched up. With neither being exceptionally honest, and with very little build up occurring in their relationship, I found I didn’t care how either was feeling, or honestly, how their story worked out. The further I got into the novel, the more frustrated I became with what I perceived as 'and then this happened, and then this happened' story telling. The flow felt disjointed, with very little happening for a while, and then too much being thrown at you all at once. My disinterest in the characters, and my feeling of too little development in their story may have been because I have not read the other books in the series – though it was my understanding that you could read this one without having read the Drew and Fable stories. For whatever reason, I lost interest pretty quickly, and I will not be attempt to pick this one up again.
* I received a copy of the novel from the publisher to read and honestly review. I was in no way compensated.
THREE BROKEN PROMISES is the third storyline in Monica Murphy’s contemporary, new adult series Drew and Fable. Although this is not the continuing adventures of Drew and Fable it is Jen and Colin’s story-Jen is Fable’s BFF and Colin is their boss. The story is told from first person POV –alternating between Colin and Jen.
The storyline focuses on two twenty-something people who have more than a difficult time expressing their feelings to one another. Colin is a man possessed by the demons of war where his best friend Danny died leaving Colin the sole protector of Danny’s sister Jen. Jen and Colin’s relationship has always been more like brother and sister although neither want to address the proverbial elephant in the room-their mutual attraction for one another and the sexual tension and heat whenever they are together. Now that Jen lives under the same roof with Colin, she finds herself becoming Colin’s protector whenever the nightmares overpower his ability to sleep and think.
Jen has a backstory that is slowly revealed throughout the storyline and one that is both heartbreaking and shocking to her friends and Colin. Knowing that Colin would never accept her past, Jen gives her notice and prepares to leave the security of her friends, her job and the man with whom she has fallen in love. The secrets they keep from one another weigh heavily with each waking day.
The storyline is rife with angst and anxiety as Jen and Colin push each other at every step of the way. Jen needs and wants Colin to admit he has feelings for her but Colin believes it is his duty to protect Jen from others and men like himself. He wants Jen; he needs Jen; but in the end, his inability to express his love for Jen will push her away one final time.Read more ›
I loved the first two books, and this third story was a good read as well. I loved both Colin and Jen they were very sympathetic characters. There are some hot scenes as well. I did think they needed to communicate more, at times I felt like banging their heads together. But this is another hit in this series. I'm really looking forward to Owens story.
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Jen has her secrets which make her feel like she's not good enough for Colin. Colin has secrets that cause him to have nightmares. Jen doesn't believe in herself but that's all due to her past.
In order for Jen to succeed she has to believe in herself and move on from her past. Once Colin finds out Jen's secret he has to decide if he loves her enough and if he can forget about what she once did.
I loved that Drew and Fable made little appearances. Fable more than Drew, but it was great that they were in the story. You get to see how different Jen and Fable are. Fable is strong while Jen lets her past control her and drag her down. Jen is like Drew in that she runs just like he did.
I'd highly recommend this story to anyone over 18. Monica Murphy really knows how to tell a story that will make you feel strongly about the characters.
I've read many friends turned lovers stories, but what sets Three Broken Promises apart from the others is the source of the protagonist' friendship. To the casual observer, Jen seems to be more of a responsibility to Colin rather than a prospective love interest. Colin is a handsome and self-made wealthy man, with a bit of a hero complex, especially when it comes to Jen. As much as she claims not to need his help, she constantly finds herself in need of being rescued. Their mutual dependence on each other reveals more about their characters than anything else in the story because, their bond is strengthened by the fact that they are both lost and emotionally damaged.
The arrangement between Jen and Colin is very push and pull, with Jen needing to assert her independence and Colin needing to assume control. I alternated between laughing and sighing during each new argument, groaning over their pigheadedness, and wanting to shake them by the shoulders for prolonging their inevitable union. The wait is worth it though, with heated spats and stolen kisses adding to the flame of attraction flaring between them. Previous books in the series have proven that Monica Murphy is particularly skilled at penning a blush-inducing romp between the sheets, but the sexual tension that steadily builds throughout the book's first half culminates in several electrifying encounters between Jen and Colin.
The romance between Jen and Colin in Three Broken Promises is sweet, if at times frustrating, but all the hardships that they endure throughout the narrative made me appreciate the ending that much more. What I loved about the story is that it wasn’t just a spinoff of Drew and Fable’s romance, but was a continuation of this fictional world which I already know and love. As Jen’s closest friend and confidant, Fable is a large presence in this story, further reminding me why I fell in love with Monica Murphy’s writing. The introduction to Fable’s brother Owen was especially exciting because it built my anticipation for what’s to come.
Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore...
Beautiful well-written, heart wrenching story. How the two of them fight their own demons and insecurities to find each other. Jen who suffer from her past, the lose of her brother and the way of her living, and Colin who is full of regret, guilt and not good at relationships.
There were moments where I cried sometimes I smiled, but I can't put it down, just devoured the whole book :)
"If you can't let go of the past, let go of everything you've done and everything she's done and focus on the here and now, then I can't save you. She can't save you either.You need to live for the present, You and her together." Danny
I love Fable and Drew part of the story, they try to help Jen and Colin. They have a strong chemistry, they just scared to admit their feelings. (just show each other)
I need to hear him say it doesn't matter. That he won't judge me, I need to hear him say he cares only about me....Jen
And don't wanna give away the story you should read the book, because it's awesome! Not just the story but the way how it's been written...
I loved One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend. I loved getting to know Drew and Fable and their incredible story. Colin and Jen were introduced in SCB, and I was hoping Three Broken Promises would bring me another great romance. But despite how very much I loved the first two books, this book was just okay for me.
What I liked:
* Colin and Jen have an interesting past, and their connection through Jen's brother was touching and honest. It was good to find out more about them.
* The way Colin came to look after and help Jen was sweet, as was the compassion Jen showed Colin. You could feel their love for each other.
* Jen attempting to become more independent was admirable. She may have not made the best choices, but I rooted for her when she wanted to start fresh.
* Drew had a great cameo, as did Owen. I loved seeing those guys again.
* There were several elements that could have made this a great novella.
What didn't work for me:
* We lost the whole "meeting (or re-meeting) for the first time" stuff we normally get, so without that, some of the plot was skipped or skimmed through.
* I never fell in love with Colin and Jen. It's not that I disliked them, I just never connected to them like I did with Drew and Fable.
* Colin and Jen have some of the worst communication I've read. It went from interesting to frustrating to annoying and completely ridiculous. Their issues became repetitive, and I found myself skimming.
* I hated how rude and condescending everyone seemed to be to Jen when she talked about moving away and becoming more independent. Even Fable disappointed me. In the real world, people move away all the time. But they treated Jen like she was an idiot in one breath, then later talk about how amazing she was. They just didn't believe she could do anything on her own. I wanted her to move away from Colin, Fable, and everyone.
* Jen's past was messy for sure, and she made some very unfortunate choices. But she's been living rent-free in Colin's house making money working full-time at Colin's restaurant. I wish she had spent those months taking a class or two at a community college or something. Or even pondering that thought as she pondered independence and realized her skills were limited. But instead she just decided to make some more poorly thought-out decisions.
* I don't normally mind reading about sex, but in Colin and Jen's friends-with-benefits case, their sex scenes did nothing for me. Maybe it's because I had a hard time connecting with their characters. Maybe it's because the scenes felt overly descriptive and redundant. Maybe it's because, even once they broke through that physical barrier, their relationship still lacked so much honesty. Once again I found myself skimming.
* Their "secrets" were so obvious I couldn't figure out why the two of them couldn't figure each other's out on their own. Probably because they are such poor communicators.
* The final plot devise to reunite Colin and Jen was a bit far-fetched. It's not that I don't believe those things can happen. It's just that it became one more glowing neon light that Jen was incompetent at being independent, and clearly was incapable of taking care of herself. And that was so disappointing.
Okay, so this wasn't a favorite of mine. I'm still glad we got Colin and Jen's story. Personally, I think this would have worked better as a novella, cutting out some of the repetitiveness, and I probably would have enjoyed it more. Monica Murphy is still a good writer, just this book in particular didn't work for me. But this will not hinder me in looking forward to reading Owen's story in Four Years Later.