Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Promise Made - Anissa Garcia (Review)

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Genres: Fiction, Romance
Publication date:
November 3rd 2016

Publisher: AG Romance Reads LLC
Format: ebook, 287 pages
How I got it: Barclay Publishing for an honest review
Buy it: Amazon 
My rating: 3/5

Josh McKenzie may come off as intimidating with his solid build and cold stare, but when trouble calls, Marla quickly learns there is more to the sexy tatted man with the British accent. And if she’s not careful, she can easily lose herself in his gentle touch and soft voice.

A feisty redhead with a mouth that won’t quit, Marla Sullivan knows how to push all of Josh’s buttons, making him want her in the worst way. His biggest hurdle is breaking through her stubborn walls and proving he’s here to stay.

When Marla’s faced with an unknown danger, Josh is forced to reveal his buried past. Promises made and surfaced truths may be the catalyst that brings them together...or pushes them further apart.

My thoughts:

This book follows Marla who works at an ad agency and is really good friends with Grace who happens to be dating Evan.  Evan is best friends with this guy Josh who really likes Marla or as he calls her Red.   Marla and Josh have been introduced before and it seems have hung out in a larger group setting when we get brought into the storyline.  Marla has been hurt in past relationships and really isn’t looking for someone at this moment.  Marla is also really stressed out about her job.  Josh on the other hand is always traveling with Evan as his personal trainer and seems to have the idea of settling down keep popping up. 

I liked Josh as a character.  The author did a great job creating Josh as a strong manly character, but also as a guy who is chivalrous.  Josh came off as very complex in nature and not just someone looking for a hookup.  I enjoyed getting to know Josh in the book and the author did a great job in the portions that showed his point of view.   Josh really knows what he wants and goes after it.    I also like how the author made Josh into a much more complex character then what we first read about.  It was a refreshing male lead in a book. 

I had two larger downfalls with this book.  First I felt the pacing was a little too slow for my taste.   The story was a little repetitive in the idea that Marla didn’t like Josh and had issues with the relationship.   I felt like we really didn’t get a lot of these details filled in to the very end.   Second I felt like all these bad things were happening to Marla and she wasn’t really taking them seriously.   So in turn I had trouble connecting with Marla as a character because I couldn’t really relate to her not taking her own safety into concern.  Also, the author throws a major clue about what is going on pretty early in the book and it is never brought up again.  I felt like I knew what was going to happen, but had to keep reading to see when it was actually going to happen. 

I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  It was easy to follow along with reading and an easy book to take your mind of the day.   

I received a copy of this book from Barclay Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book. 


About the Author

Anissa Garcia resides in Austin, Texas and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and English. She held an array of jobs including Public Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble. Wanting a change of pace, she moved to Los Angeles where she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and trained full-time in theatre. After working in Hollywood, she returned to Texas where she has written articles for Cosmopolitan and Lady Couture. When not writing stories, watching movies, or drinking a latte, she loves to daydream about romantic fictional men.

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