Stealing Promises by Brina Courtney

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Synopsis

Promises are made to be kept, never stolen. But that’s exactly what happened to Victoria Blane and Levi Manor. Tragedy strikes their perfect relationship leaving Victoria struggling to overcome the darkness that threatens to bury her.

Brighton Hanley knows what it’s like to lose someone. He knows what it’s like to be haunted by things that can never change. When he meets Victoria he recognizes the pain she’s trying to bury deep in her eyes. He knows she’s trying to hide, but he also knows that you can’t hide forever.

Victoria is drawn to Brighton in ways she never expected. But is she ready to let go of the past and grab on to her future?  Or will she run away from Brighton before she can be hurt again?

Excerpt

The smell reached her nose before she even opened her eyes and Victoria knew where she was. Back in the hospital, the hellhole. It had the distinct smell of cleaning supplies and death. Victoria couldn’t understand why she was back here when she had finally made the decision to take care of the pain herself. Why had Kate arrived when she did? Did she expect something like this to happen? Slowly Victoria tried to move her limbs and felt the scratchy sheets beneath her skin. She looked over at the multiple stitches crisscrossing back and forth over her pale skin. This was her life. This what Victoria had done to herself. Her arm would never be the same again. But would anything else? She wasn’t sure.

Review by Venture

Victoria and Levi are everything to each other.  When tragedy strikes and Victoria is left lost.  Promises that were made are no longer.  She has always been a planner and never liking surprises.  Now her life is in darkness and she has no plans.  She doesn’t know who she is anymore.  Using people as lifelines to get through the day is how she survives. Victoria meets Brighton and he understands her sorrow. He can see her pain and understands. Victoria might be drawn to Brighton because he makes her think but she just lost Levi.  What promises or any can she make?

I want to state first that I loved this book.  There were parts I thought were a bit stale.  Especially in the beginning.  Victoria’s pain and struggle had me weeping.  I felt what she felt.  I could completely connect with her as she went through baby steps.  Then she met Brighton and it ended.  The struggle she went through was so poignant but the story leading up to and after weren’t.  I think the book needed to be longer.  I felt like it ended to abruptly.  That is why I am only giving it 3 books, however if this got redone and lengthened I could see me giving this book an easy 5.

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