Broken Promises

Rated 4.17/5 based on 6 reviews
After three years in Boston attending college, Mallory Wells has come home to Casper, Maine to care for her father, who is dying from cancer. She left Casper without looking back, leaving her small-town life and everyone in it, behind. Including her sexy high school sweetheart, Luke Bates. More
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About Dawn Pendleton

Dawn is a New Adult genre author currently working on a new series which will be released weekly through the winter...

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Review by: mayna saunders on May 17, 2014 :
A very good book. I am a definitely going to read more from this author.
(review of free book)
Review by: hrhsophia on Jan. 8, 2014 :
A good book that deals with a second chance at love, grief and denial.
(review of free book)
Review by: Casie L on Jan. 8, 2014 :
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!

I picked up this book up for free, and I believe it is permafree. I read it now as a judge for the Author and Reader Convention.

The cover is okay and a pretty girl, but it doesn’t do anything to attract me to the book.

This is not usually the type of book I would read, but I was pleasantly surprised that I really liked it. I am not usually a realistic/contemporary fiction person. This is a new adult book as it does have some steamy sex scenes. Dawn is a fantastic writer and makes it easy to connect with her characters.

This book also deals with cancer and grief just to forewarn you.

I really connected with Mallory who tends to run away from love and possible hurt. Of course, I connect with her because I have my own ‘Luke’ out there that I will always love; unfortunately, he doesn’t feel the same. I don’t know if this connection is why I really liked this book. I really fell in love with all of the characters in this book except Mallory’s roommates. I will definitely be continuing to read this series because I want to see what happens with Mallory and Luke’s friends.

I recommend this book to all those people who believe in second chances, love, and realistic contemporary fiction.
(review of free book)
Review by: Book Nerds Anonymous on Dec. 28, 2013 :
This was my first book by Dawn Pendleton and it was a good story. Mallory couldn’t wait to get out of her small home town and move to Boston. Her mother had felt suffocated in their town and left her and her father when she was only months old. So Mallory came to lean on her Dad for everything. For fear of Mallory sharing her mother’s feeling her dad convinces Mallory to move away and experience life. Of course she is unaware that her father is hiding something. So with Mallory’s sights set on Boston it’s decision time for her boyfriend Luke, does he stay in the small town he wants to grow old in or does he follow his love and live in the city. They do say young love doesn’t last forever so it’s with heavy hearts that they decide to go their separate ways.

Three years later Mallory is forced to return home and face all the things she left behind. Mallory was convince the big city was for her but the longer she stayed at home the more she realised how much she really did miss it and of course there was the reappearance of Luke. It was clear to see early on that both Luke and Mallory had unfinished business. The story was told in dual pov so you got to know Luke as well as Mallory. I have to say I enjoyed Luke’s POV as he was the sweetest guy and really wanted the best for Mallory and it was clear he never stopped loving her.

Mallory reconnected with her best friends Rainey and Gabby, they too had complicated love lives in the form of Baker and Wolfe respectively. It was fun to see the girls catch up and just gossip about their lives and the boys. I could relate to the girls’ easy friendship, it was like no time had passed between them. Unfortunately tragedy was ahead for Mallory and I was glad she had her friends and Luke surrounding her.

I really liked the plot and felt it had a lot of potential, I would have just loved more character depth so I could really connect with Mallory. She did make changes towards the end and I’m glad she started thinking of what Luke wanted as well and what he was giving up for her. Any scene between Mallory and her dad was heart warming and the same can be said of her dad and Luke. The letter Luke received from him was the sweetest (and yes I did tear up ;))

I loved the eclectic group of characters, and I am looking forward to reading their books. Of course we were left hanging at the end as Rainey had a big secret so I can’t wait to find out what it is.

This was a quick, sweet read. Lovers of New Adult will enjoy this in one sitting. It is currently free for the month of July and I say it’s well worth a read!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Jonel Boyko on Oct. 11, 2013 :
What a phenomenal story. You have your romance, along with real world issues all wrapped up in one fantastic package. Everything was laid out in such a vividly realistic and visual manner that I feel like I lived this novel. This is one of those stories that brings tears to your eyes for multiple different reasons. I cried both sad and happy tears throughout. The novel had a very mellow & down to earth pace that fit well with the plot and subject matter while still keeping you interested and caught up in the story.

The characters in this novel were brilliant. I can’t remember the last time that I was so invested in the lives of two characters in a novel, let alone the entire cast. They were all realistic and real people dealing with real world issues. It was great. My only issue with any of the characters was Rainy. Everyone knew something was up with her. Heck, the characters even know what it is. Unfortunately Pendleton doesn’t fill her readers in on this. I’m sure we’ll find out what it is later in the series, but it was talked around so many times in the novel that not knowing is driving me loopy.

Overall, this was a brilliant novel that I definitely read in a single sitting. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone. The author had my emotions tied in knots and had me guessing what would happen next, while taking me on a very spectacular will they won’t they journey. I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with.
(review of free book)
Review by: Mark Stewart on July 9, 2013 :
Broken promises flows smoothly. A well written novel. Dawn Pendleton is an author to watch.
(review of free book)

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