[Review] Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He’s heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she’s almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed M.

All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He’s obnoxious but well-mannered. He’s a gentleman but aloof. He’s passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can’t deny him… or herself.

M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed — and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he’s aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she’ll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession – an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair.

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You can’t imagine how excited I was when I started reading. There were these amazing, hot, seductive vibes that the book was sending me and I loved it. The mystery around Miller at the beginning and his image had me drawn to him. Who was this guy? Why was he acting like that? I had this constant puzzlement and I had to know more about him. The author managed to picture him pretty well as the perfect man all girls would fall for and who am I to say that I differ from them? A man like that always gets attention.

So everytime Livy happened to be around him it was like her brain was giving up on her. People might say that she is a weak, helpless, stupid little girl with no pride, but not me. I’ve been there; I know the feeling and even if it looks horrible on the outside I assure you that it’s not. There was this one guy I used to like so much and when he was around my whole body felt numb to the point I couldn’t move or even think. For me this feeling is something I will never ever ever ever forget because I know that I liked him soooo much and it felt good that I got to experience something so powerful like, I don’t know, maybe love. Maybe this was the reason why I liked the book so much at the beginning; I could relate.

Everything fell apart when Livy showed me that she was actually a weak, helpless, stupid little girl because it’s one thing to like someone that much so that your body betrays you and another thing to be blinded by lust and just stop thinking at all. I accept stupidity because of love but I don’t accept ridicule and humiliation.

Livy couldn’t make a decision but it was easy, trust me. It was either she was sleeping with him (a total stranger) or not. I understand her need for sex, especially when that stranger was so hot but he was still a stranger. Thank god, her friends were rational, thoughtful and caring because I couldn’t stand all characters being stupid. Anyway even though her friends warned her she followed that stranger back to his house and allowed him to be part of her life without actually being part of her life. He selfishly and forcefully invaded her privacy and stalked her (and that was when I stopped liking him), without revealing anything about him and she let him order her around like he owned her. That is just fucking wrong. That man could have been a killer for all I know. Just because he gave her a couple of orgasms, doesn’t make it right. I was ok with one night stand but this was infuriating.

I didn’t get to finish the book because I expected more and all I got was a brainless girl, driven by her lust that allowed a fucking rich, asshole and a complete stranger to have his way with her.

Why the fuck can’t I just read a good contemporary book?


 [Jodi Ellen Malpas]

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

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