Broken Promises (Broken #1)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.
by Dawn Pendleton
Published: April 18, 2013
Luke Bates was devastated when Mallory left him for the city life. He managed to pull himself together and move on, even if only just barely. When Mallory shows up in town, Luke vows to stay away from her at all costs. So why does he keep checking in on her and her father, showing up when he's clearly uninvited? Maybe Luke isn't as 'over her' as he thought.
Thoughts: There is something about small towns and high school sweethearts who find love again that just sucks me in, and Broken Promises is just that. After dating for her high school sweetheart for 4 years, Mallory Wells wants nothing more than to move out of the small town of Casper and go to college in Boston. That was the plan all along. That is why Luke, even though he was two years older, was waiting for Mallory to graduate before attending college, so they could go together. When things didn't work out as planned, Mallory left and Luke stayed, both brokenhearted, both angry, both thinking they were right, and each trying their best to move on. It is now 3 years later and Mallory is returning to Casper after finding out her father is dying of cancer - something she only recently found out. She really hasn't been back since she left, because she just couldn't bear to face Luke. Luke's tried to move on. He's dated other girls, but when Mallory shows back up old feelings stir again. Luke's been the one to be there for Mallory's dad since she has been gone and loves him like a father, something that doesn't go unnoticed, especially by Mallory. Can these two get past their anger and stubbornness and find love again, or is it too late to rekindle the flames that once burned bright?
Though this deals with a sad situation, it was still a very enjoyable story. It is not a heavy read, just a lighthearted romance that will make you sigh and smile. I enjoyed watching Mallory and Luke as they rediscover what was lost and explore that which is new, trying to push past promises that were broken and find new promises in the midst of their pain. They are still both stubborn, but at least they are recognizing it. The secondary characters were great also, Baker, Rainey, Gabby, and Wolfe, and their friendships was truly genuine, despite the miles between them, and I love the way they have Mallory's back, even though she hasn't had much to do with them since she went to Boston. Her dad was a really great guy to. If you love a good lighthearted romance, then Broken Promises is something you might want to check out.
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