Book Review: That’s A Promise (Promises, promises #1) by Victoria Khlar

Name: That’s A Promise (Promises, Promises #1)
Author: Victoria Klahr
Daniela’s rating: 3.5 stars

Daniela’s review:


Pain isn’t new to me. 

I’ve been to hell only to find it never really leaves when you get back. It haunts me through nightmares, unrequited love, lies, broken hearts, and now death. 

A monster almost took my life.
My best friend carries half my soul a world away. 
My boyfriend broke my heart but refuses to let me go. 
And my father is dead.

I don’t believe in fate and I don’t believe in happily-ever-afters, but for some reason, I still hope. 

Live, even with a tainted spirit.
Long for my other half to come back to me. 
Risk another broken heart, just to feel loved again. 
And refuse to let another horror break me. 

In the face of my most recent tragedy, I have to decide whether forgiveness is something I can give. But even if that’s an option, can I be forgiven?

Ok, I’m between giving the book 3.5 stars or 4, because I really liked it but had some issues with it. I’ll explain.

This is the story of Josie Sommers, a girl who’s had a rough life, having to live one traumatic experience by the hands of a monster and being saved by her angel and best friend all in one night. She’s been heartbroken by two guys she loved. She’s been lied to and has lied too. When she starts a new college with her two best friends, after spending one year in community college, she’s hoping to get her degree and keep moving on with her life. Because that’s what she does. She moves on. But things won’t go that easy. She meets Blake. Blake Porter. He’s sweet, he’s different, she feels safe around him. But all that won’t matter when she finds out the truth about him and his family. What can you do when the one you love has been lying to you for years? What can you do when that secret will keep you away from the one you love? I guess, you stay strong and move on.

My thoughts:

First, let me tell you why I liked the book. The way the story is written is really interesting, I really liked the going back and forth writing. It wasn’t confusing at all, which can happen pretty easily with this kind of writing. The characters were all relatable, they felt real, which is always a +1000, because there’s nothing more boring than a book with un realistic characters. This is a story about strength, moving on, discovering yourself, truth, honesty, facing your fears. Not letting life take you down. The story includes several real and difficult situations, situations that can be hard to get over or move on from. But there’s a sense of wanting. I’ve read several books that include these types of situations, but the girl usually tends to just shut down from her family, friends and life in general. This is not the case. And I liked that.

Now my issues with the book. I thought there were soooo many unnecessary scenes. It felt like they were just trying to fill up the blanks that weren’t even there. I have to be honest, at the end, I just skipped a few pages. It got to the point where Jossie and Blake were just doing one thing. I mean, what bothered me was that their conversations got shorter, fewer. It stopped meaning something, you know? The story would’ve felt a lot more  focused on what was really going on if it hadn’t had so many what I thought were meaningless (to the plot) sex scenes.

The characters:

Now the characters. First we have Jossie. She’s one of the strongest characters I’ve read. She believes in herself. Yes, she has her moments of self doubt, anyone can have those, but, she’s been through so much her entire life, that those moments are really very few. She has her mind set, every time something happens to her, she knows she has to get back up. She has to move on, and that’s exactly what she does. She’s a complete survivor, but she doesn’t just survives, she has learned how to deal with abuse, death, heartbreaks. Every kind of loss. I didn’t like some of her decisions, some of them were really all about her, she was being selfish. She was kind of selfish with Blake and with Seth. I believe she made a huge mistake. I think, towards the end, she was just too desperate, but I didn’t like (at all) her rushed decisions. It’s just my opinion though. I totally agree with Blake’s reaction.

Now the boys. Well, this gets kind of confusing for me because.. I wasn’t sure who I liked better. Sometimes I was team Blake, no doubt. But then… I was hoping Seth would have a chance with Jossie, a real chance. (You get my confusion?) I really can’t say who I like better. I know who’s the one for her, that’s very clear. I’ll just keep on wishing…

Blake, he’s the sweet, protective guy. He loves with passion and intensity. He’s strong, he knows how to treat Jossie, how to make her feel special. He’s attentive, considerate. He won’t ask more questions than he should. He just knows exactly what to do to make Jossie feel safe and loved.

Seth on the other hand… He is Jossie’s savior, her best friend, her first love. He’ll do anything for Jossie. But he’s a man whore. The guy can keep it in. Of course, that’s because all he wants to do is forget the best friend he knows he won’t ever have. Not like he wants to anyway. He’s screwed up his chance once. And he’ll probably never get another, but I think he’s the kind of friend that sticks around, because what matters most to him is having Jossie, in any way he can.

So, this story is not a 3 stars kind of story. But, since I had those little problems, it isn’t a 4 stars either. It could’ve been. The story has a new kind of twist. Some things can be seen from the start, yes… but there are other that you don’t expect.  I’m really interested in reading more about this story and these characters. Will Seth have another chance? Will Blake forgive Jossie?


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