Review + Giveaway: Promise Me This by Sarah Ashley Jones

Monday, June 17, 2013

Eeeeeppp! Promise Me This by Sarah Ashley Jones releases today! Remember when I revealed its cover a while back? Made by the awesome Okay Creations? Now, it's finally here and you can go get your copy now! If you're not familiar with Promise Me This, check out the blurb and my review below! Plus, there's a giveaway for a *signed* copy open internationally! Salivating right now? You should!

Promise Me This
Title: Promise Me This
Author: Sarah Ashley Jones
Date of Publication: June 17, 2013
Genre: contemporary NA romance

Welcome to the South - where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. This Southern way of life is all Charlie has ever known. It’s not until she loses the only person who pushed her to break free of the Southern Belle mold that she starts living the life she needs and not the life her parents forced on her.

Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember - constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life. His rebellious and sometimes arrogant attitude is known to get him into trouble, especially with the girls who hang on his every move.

Charlie never thought that a trip to pack up her brother’s apartment would leave her feeling even more unsettled about the grainy details of her brother’s death. Her quest for information leads her straight to his old hangout and into arms of Jhett, who suspiciously knows more about her situation than he ever should.

Only a few questions remain - Can you trust someone based on their word alone? And if you make a promise, how far will you go to keep it?

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Excerpt

“Is there something on my face?” I asked, mid-wipe.

“You’ve got a little…frosting…” He chuckled as he brought his hand up to my cheek and ran the gentle pad of his thumb over my now parted lips. He inspected his work and frowned. “I don’t think I got it all…” His voice was a low growl as he leaned in and kissed the corner of my lips; trailing feathery kisses at a teasingly slow place down to the center of my bottom lip, before sucking it all the way into his mouth. He nibbled on it softly while he tangled his hand into my hair and deepened the kiss. I was leaning into him, craving more of his touch with each second that passed.

Jhett brought his other hand up to my cheek, cupped my face with both hands, and broke the kiss. I let out an unexpected whimper as he drew my forehead in to his. “Any more of that, and we won’t make it to the rest of your birthday presents,” he said between breaths.

I sat back and folded my hands into my lap. “Well, if we get to do that again as one of them, I’m all about it,” I smirked at him.

Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for Tess of My Pathway to Books and Sarah Ashley Jones for the eARC! As always, this in now way affected my views of the novel.

Promise Me This first came into my radar when I helped with its cover reveal. It won't win any awards in its originality but the simplicity and the tangible feeling and sense of love it emanates caught me and got me interested in this novel. And hey, musicians in my novels are more than welcome. You could say that's one of my guilty pleasures. So of course, when the chance to read an ARC for its release day launch presented, I grabbed it!

Charlie is the epitome of a Southern belle. The familial daughter to her overbearing and overprotective parents, she stayed in Tennessee for college because of them. Her brother, Cameron, however, rebelled and flew out of town to San Diego to go to college and live his life for himself. That is until he got into a car accident and subsequently died. (Subsequently? Really, Dianne? Someone died and you use 'subsequently'? You can't be more clinical-sounding and unemotional than that?) Charlie comes to San Diego to pack Cameron's apartment up and she meets Jhett, Cameron's tattooed best friend and the guitarist to the band that plays at Cameron's hangout place. Charlie gets to know more about Cameron's life back in San Diego and ultimately, gets to know Jhett as well. (More than know, actually.)

The characters in here were such a delight! Charlie wants more than being stuck in Tennessee, but she isn't as courageous as Cameron to have defied their parents. But upon continual interference of her mother and upon knowing Cameron's imminent plans to get her to San Diego from Jhett, she starts to decide for herself and stays in San Diego for the summer. (Of course Jhett planted that idea but she made the decision all on her own and in memory of Cameron.) She even buys a banana-yellow Jeep to complete her rebellion. It's obvious that Charlie's more like Cameron in so many ways except for she didn't dare follow Cameron then. So the turnaround from the Southern belle that she is was truly believable. Hannah, Charlie's bestfriend is the best friend all girls need to have. She's supportive yet she pushes Hannah to do things she wants to do but is too afraid to go through. Jhett, you tattooed tall and lanky yet kinda broad-shouldered guy! Make no mistake and don't judge a guy by his ink but Jhett is an ultranice guy. He might have girls in and out of his life before but that's it, they're just hook-ups. He hasn't broken someone's heart by leading them on. He's a guitarist in a band that exploded when he was young, touring all around the country. After his stint at that, he studied and graduated in a CULINARY SCHOOL. Jhett is a chef. A heavily tattooed chef. Who still plays sometimes in a band. He's such an irony that I love him just for it. Another character would be Ginger. I wouldn't reveal who she is but I just didn't like her as much. Okay, I get why she's swearing people off and burning bridges with everyone but I also didn't like some of the deeds she did and some of her decisions and reasoning. But I do get where she's coming from so I don't hate her.

As for the romance, it was sort of fast-paced in my opinion. I completely understand it though. Jhett, being bestfriends with Cameron, knew Charlie before he even met her. Cameron kept on telling stories about Charlie that Jhett felt like he already know Charlie. On the other hand, Charlie didn't even know Cameron had a best friend in Jhett before she met him. So her falling in love with Jhett was kind of fast but once again, I get it because they bonded over Cameron's death. And Jhett is so lovable especially when he treats Charlie as if she invented bacon. And blueberry cheesecakes. And spicy spaghetti and tattoo. There's nothing that can make you closer than experiencing the same misery. So while their relationship pretty much goes from nil to explosions, it was still believable. This is a contemporary new adult romance guys so you know how the scenes just bare it all. Needless to say, Promise Me This had steamy scenes and sizzling ones as well and sweet-as-caramel ones too. That seashell necklace? I just about squealed in a restaurant while eating lunch. Jhett is just too sweet and he cares for Charlie so much. So so much. Some might feel like their relationship had no grounds, that maybe this isn't really love but more like commiseration or having just that person around when you were in a pit. Maybe so but still, the romance was still palpable.

As for the plot, Promise Me This is mostly a romance novel. But it also delved into death, guilt, promises, fighting for what you want, following your dreams and living the life you want and not just existing. But be warned that apparently, Promise Me This will have a sequel! Damn that cliffhanger, Sarah! I hate you but I love you more for writing this. Am a proud member of #JhettMafia. I am eagerly awaiting for the continuation of Charlie and Jhett's love story.

With a hot romance as spicy as Jhett's Kill Ya Spaghetti and Meatballs and a plot that will put you in a rollercoaster ride of emotions, Promise Me This is a more-than-promising first book in this series. Sarah Ashley Jones, don't make me strangle you and release the sequel asap! (Kidding, I will never strangle you. More like spam you on Twitter.)

About Sarah Ashley Jones

Sarah Ashley Jones was raised in San Diego, California, but currently wrangles her husband and four dogs in Clarksville, Tennessee. When she's not writing she works in a pottery studio and comes home covered in paint on a daily basis. She has a slightly unhealthy obsession with cupcakes and chapstick. She is an eternal optimist and can often be found dancing and singing to music at any given time. It's rare to see her not smiling or laughing, but if you do, just bring her a cupcake and it will cheer her up.

Promise Me This is her first novel and is a story that weaseled its way into her heart and wouldn't leave her alone until she typed it up on the computer. She already is hard at work on ideas for her next book and hopes that thecharacters never stop coming to her. Her huge imagination was always in overdrive as a child and now she is beyond excited to put it to good use as an adult. She plans to write as long as she has stories that need to be told.


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