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Monday, June 5, 2017

Release Blitz: Forbidden Promises by Katee Robert (Review + Playlist)

This series just keeps getting better and better! Jude and Sloan didn't seem like they'd make a good match but they totally do! Also, I love it when there's a playlist or a song that the author feels goes with the story. It's like having a mini soundtrack to go with an already awesome book!

About Katee
Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who learned to tell stories at her grandpa's knee. Her novel The Marriage Contract was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it "a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."

When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

Sloan O'Malley just left her entire world behind-her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she's free. She can live the "normal" life she's always wanted. A life without fear. But there's nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor.

Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he's never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan-who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation-has forbidden written all over her. Only after it's way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as his puts a target on her back.

To protect her, Jude is willing risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.

What’s it About? Sloan O’Malley is trying to escape the violent life she’s always known and with the help of one of her brothers she’s finally free, or so she thinks. When she meets Jude MacNamara she knows he’s anything but trouble free but she still feels an intense attraction to her that he returns. Jude just wants revenge for what was done to his family but Sloan is complicating everything and when their pasts catch up to them they have to work together to survive and decide if they want to risk everything to stay together.

Overall reaction to the story? Katee Robert delivers a yet another top notch mafia romance where there are no good guys and the only way to stay alive is to stay one step ahead of your enemies. I couldn’t get enough of Jude and Sloan. They were a powder keg set to explode from the second they met. From start to finish, Forbidden Promises is one hell of a story and by the end my emotions were upside down, inside out, and ready to go again!

Describe the hero in five words: Dangerous. Bossy. Intelligent. Broody. Complex.
Did you like him? Yes. He was sexy in a “I’ll kill you” kind of way.
Why? Jude is a hardened killer, someone you wouldn’t want to meet in a parking lot in the day much less a dark alley at night. He was dark, deadly, and at the same time he had a rough charm about him that pulled me in from the start. Jude had so many layers to him, each one more complicated than the last. He’s definitely one of the biggest bad asses in the series yet when it came to Sloan he was helpless. I loved the way he developed as a character just because of Sloan’s presence in his life. Did I mention he was sexy? And dangerous? But mostly sexy. In a dangerous sort of way.

Describe the heroine in five words: Wounded. Intelligent. Brave. Complicated. Determined.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? I’ll be honest, I was worried that Sloan was going to be the dullest of the women in this series. Calista was set to lead her own family, Carrigan was the ice queen with a backbone of steel, and Olivia was a tough survivor. Sloan on the other hand was the mouse. The one who ran when things got tough. So she had an uphill battle and more than a few shadows to step out of. I identified right away with Sloan’s need to have control over her own life. Boy did that hit me right in the chest and definitely softened my attitude towards her. I loved how even though she was terrified and had never been on her own she wasn’t going to stop trying to take control of her life. She was quieter in her strength than say her sister Carrigan but that didn’t make her any less formidable. Sloan really grew as a character from the first page to the last and that’s the kind of growth I like to see: The mouse turning into a lioness and taking zero prisoners.

Let’s talk about the romance: Jude and Sloan set everything on fire with their hot-to-the-touch chemistry! I expect a certain amount of heat from Katee Roberts and she has never disappointed me in that regard and in this case, she really set a high standard in sexual chemistry. On first glance Jude and Sloan don’t seem like the ideal anything. He is a bad boy in EVERY sense of the word and when he first meets Sloan she is so out of her depth that it’s almost a forgone conclusion that Jude will run roughshod over her, except he doesn’t. Sloan finds her backbone throughout their story and lays down the law with him making sure he understands they’re in things together. To me that makes a romance more intense, and definitely hotter. Grab some ice water because these two are smokin’ hot!

How about that supporting cast? Not gonna lie, with how Sloan felt about her sister Carrigan’s “betrayal” of the family by running off with the enemy, I didn’t think Carrigan and James (Still my #1 couple) would be seen again but nope, Sloan got the closure she needed. Especially since she found herself in a similar situation with Jude which provided her with more understanding of where Carrigan was coming from. Almost all of the O’Malleys make an appearance and things get a little shaken up when Sloan reveals she wants Jude for her own. It will be interesting to see how that will affect things in the next two books if at all.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. The entire series is amazing but Jude and Sloan definitely kick things up a few notches. Any books that come after Forbidden Promises are going to have high goals to meet.

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