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The Choice – Book 2 of the Promise Series by Kate Benson


The Choice – The Promise Series Book 2

the choice cover

April 7, 2014

Blurb from Amazon:

“What fate would you choose?”
Just when it seems she’s finally moved on from one of the most difficult times in her life, devastation rocks Sophie Ryan’s world again.
When long buried demons from her troubled past resurface, Sophie is forced to face her darkest fears, questioning everything she once thought was real.
Will she be able to return to the path she once traveled? Will she turn back on the promises she’s made in the past? Or will she be confronted with the harsh truth that every decision, every choice, has a consequence?
When life thrusts a path in your direction, what fate will you choose?

My Review:

At the end of The Promise, Ana and Drake are on the outs as is Sophie and Chase except for a brief phone call.

This book opens with Drake telling Sophie his cousin Chase has been in an accident and “they don’t know if he is going to make it.”  Sophie flashes back to when Ana and her were notified of Jack’s death and collapses.   Drake supports her and she they both head for the hospital.

Seventeen hours later Chase wakes up.  Considering the trauma and surgery he has undergone he appears very lucid.  Sophie and Chase have a brief talk before he is taken for more testing.

In the meantime Ana and Drake get back together as well so everything seems back on track.  But let’s not get hasty here, this is the beginning of the book.

Here in the hospital when the doctor is evaluating Chase for discharge is one of my favorite scenes. Sophie comes out of the bathroom after changing her clothes while the doctor is speaking.

“Well my boy, if you’re feeling good enough for that I’d say you’re good to go home,” I hear him chuckle as my eyes meet Chase’s.

“Oh my God, Chase! You told them we had sex in here?” I blurt out loud enough for everyone in the room to hear before thinking, clamping my hand over my mouth seconds too late.”

Ana has decided to move in with Drake and Sophie makes her decision to move in with Chase although she won’t say yes to his marriage proposal.

Emily (Chase’s sister) is getting married right after Thanksgiving so before they all head to Florida the girls decide to have a night out. When Drake sees how Ana has dressed for the evening he protests until she changes. Funny how when they arrive at Chase and Sophie’s, Chase is having the same problem with Sophie.  By the time Heather arrives it is a full blown battle of wills between those two. I was chuckling the whole time.

That evening doesn’t end well.

The wedding goes off with only a slight musical issue and Chase surprises Sophie with a side trip before they head home.

A fight with Sophie’s boss, then with Drake and Ana. Total Chaos. Drake and Chase are fine but Ana and Sophie aren’t talking.  Next up is trip to Lucy’s (Ana’s cousin) for her son (Sophie’s Godson) JT’s birthday party. Where another major surprise awaits.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but these two couples sizzle off the page, the sex is passionate and downright steamy.  I still don’t like the whole cliff hanger endings but I will deal since the story line is good.

I give 4 contented purrs for this book, but once again the editing gets a hiss.

Here are some of the editing errors that made me crazy.

“I had the CD player lying next to me on the cot the nurses had brought me in.”

“Her freshly painted toes were peeking out of strappy black hills that made her legs look a mile long.”

” I can’t help but notice when my heart skipping a beat.”

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The Promise Series by Kate Benson – My Review of The Promise – Books 1


The Promise Series by Kate Benson

Just a little note here.  I started this series with the latest one The Commitment and that was a big mistake.  I am rectifying that error now.  I purchased the first three from Amazon for my Kindle and I am reviewing them here and revising my review of that latest installment in the series, based on reading order.

I will be putting these up one at a time because these books flow into one another and I don’t want to spoil one.

The Promise – Book 1 of the Promise Series

the promise cover

December 5, 2013

Blurb from Amazon:

Devastated by circumstances beyond her control, Sophie Ryan’s life rips her from the arms of her first love, Jack. With only memories of their lost love, she’s forced to start over in a new town; surviving on her own for the first time since he left. Trying to begin her new life, fate decides a different direction for her, causing her to make a choice she never thought she’d have to.
Unsure of commitment after his failed engagement, Chase Mitchell finds himself stuck on a path of failed conquests and late nights at the bar. That is until he finds a pair of mesmerizing green eyes sitting in his usual spot. Something about this quiet girl forces him to question everything he has ever thought about love.
As Sophie looks down at the fork that’s presented in her path, will she choose the right direction? Will she be able to move towards the arms of the man who stands in front of her? Or will she choose to keep her promise to the one life forced her to leave behind?

My Review:

Ana and Sophie have reached the decision to leave their hometown and Ana’s childhood home.  This is an attempt at moving on after Ana’s brother and Sophie’s fiancé Jack died in Afghanistan.  That doesn’t mean that saying goodbye is going to be easy. I started sniffling as Sophie visits all the special spots she and Jack had around town and downright sobbed when she reached the cemetery.   When she screams in her sleep, I continued to sob even as I read Ana waking her up.

We learn a lot about Jack through memory & dream sequences from Sophie, throughout the book.

Ana meets Drake Mitchell by bumping into him literally (not with her car) at a gas station, and Chase Mitchell (his cousin) sees the woman of his dreams singing in a pickup truck shortly after this encounter.

When Chase and Drake get off work they head to their favorite bar for a couple of beers before heading home.  Imagine Chase’s surprise when he gets to save the “woman of his dreams” (Sophie)from being hit on by a nasty drunk and Drake’s surprise to find that Ana is the new bartender.

Getting to know Sophie isn’t an easy thing to do. The walls she has erected are hard to penetrate but Chase is determined.  Drake and Ana have hit it off well and since Sophie is Ana’s roommate the possibility of meeting up frequently is definitely in the cards.

Ana and Drake get off to a very steamy start, with panty melting scenes almost from the start.  Chase on the other hand has to go slow with Sophie.

One of my favorite scenes is the morning after Chase and Sophie’s first date which ended with just a kiss.  Drake has spent the night with Ana and the three of them are in the kitchen. Ana and Sophie in robes and Drake in just a towel.

Sophie’s POV

“Knock, knock!”  I hear Chase’s booming voice traveling through the apartment.  “Sorry, the door was open so I just let ,,,” He stops dead in his racks when he sees the three of us in the kitchen, all of us silent and gripping our coffee mugs.  I turn to see his eyes on Drake’s towel.  “Why is everyone naked in your kitchen, Sophie?”

Chase and Sophie have a rough time of becoming a couple, first by her not being open about Jack and then with Lauren ( Chase’s ex )doing as much as she can to break them up.

I laughed a lot and cried a lot. Wanted to smack all the characters at least once during this read. Although it is a cliff-hanger I don’t mind so much since I already have the next three books.

Aside from some editing errors, wrong tense, the occasional letter just hanging out by itself and what may be format conversion issues, really enjoyed this read.

I give this book 5 contented purrs for content and 1 hiss for editing.

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