Promises Hurt by Elle Brooks



I wasn't planning on falling for Ethan Jamison, hell I wasn't planning on our paths ever crossing. He’s the most popular guy at school and a complete player. Me; I’m the perpetual good girl, trying to carry out one last request. But when you make a promise, how far do you go to see it through? 

~ Blair

It’s a running joke that I’m a terrible liar, if only people knew the truth. My whole life has been spent making excuses and deflecting questions. I was pretty good at it until Blair Thomas entered my world. She saw through the mask that everyone is so willing to accept. She makes me want to tell her all my secrets, but can she promise to keep them?

~ Ethan

Kelly - 5 Crowns



"Beautiful, heartfelt, emotional and immeasurably profound. Promises Hurt took my breath away." ~ Kelly - Perusing Princesses

My heart is in my damn throat right now. Don't you just love it when a book does that? Promises Hurt consumed me; heart, mind, body and soul. This is such a beautiful love story but with a deep and reflective complexity that will have you reaching for the tissues, swooning in desire, screaming in anger and stamping your foot in frustration.

Yes, every myriad of emotion is featured and yet throughout it all Ethan and Blair are that strong, impenetrable comfort blanket that you just want to wrap yourself up in and completely immerse in their perfection. This couple are really special. I connected on such a personal level to both of them thanks to the alternate POV's that the author has gifted us with.


This debut has made my top read list for 2014!

There is light here, but there is also darkness. Love and friendship, fear and trust, laughter and tears...Promises Hurt has the lot!

The synopsis doesn't give much away and I am so thankful of that, because a main part of the story plays its early hand in the prologue and trust me when I say it sets the wheels in motion of what is a compelling and deeply moving tale of a shy, introverted girl and a notorious jock/rock star high school player with a dark secret.

Ethan is counting down the hours to freedom, he just never expected his game changer to come in the form of a loner, a tutor nerd holding onto the ghost of her past.

Blair is trying to fulfil a promise, and at first it seems like a daunting prospect but a touch of fate's hand and a faint whisper of a third voice makes it a little easier than originally anticipated. And...that's all you're getting from me because you have to go in blind with this one and take the journey on your own. 

The flow, the characters, the plot, everything was perfect. I thought I was getting old and coming out the other side of school/college based romances but Elle Brooks threw me back in and I didn't want to leave. She literally shoved me out kicking and screaming at the end because I wasn't ready to let go of these characters and the direction this story took had me gripping my kindle for dear life.

Please hurry with that sequel, it is needed pronto because I'm dangling over that edge and I'm not keen on heights, especially ones of epic proportions. Do you hear me Elle Brooks? I need more and I want it now! :D

Add this book to your August TBR because Promises Hurt is a MUST READ!

Emma - 5 Crowns


So I need to admit something at this point. This arrived on my kindle and as always I read the synopsis straight away. Yes, it sounded interesting but I stacked it into my TBR behind a few others in no immediate hurry to read it. THEN, my fellow Princesses read it, raved about it and so yes you've guessed it, I moved it up to see what all the fuss was about. WOW!! How bloody glad am I that I did!

Promises Hurt is a story about good girl Blair and popular boy Ethan. At first glance you probably think its going to be same old YA/NA story by another average author...(I admit I did)


WRONG! This story is so much more.

As soon as I read the heartbreaking prologue I knew I was already sucked into an emotional, shockingly heartfelt journey between two people who shouldn't fit but just do on so many levels.

I'm not going to give too much away about the storyline; part of this books appeal is that you don't expect the story to head the way it does. The subject matters that are touched will surprise you and the authors writing style makes you feel every emotion that both of these amazing characters are going through. 

These two characters are really special. They are very different, yet connecting jigsaw pieces that fit together so perfectly. Ethan brings out a side of Blair that disappeared when she lost an important part of her identity. Blair on the opposite side, sees through the mask and walls that Ethan has erected to maintain a outward appearance that has been ingrained into his personality from a young age.

This is Elle Brooks debut novel and it is absolutely sublime. It feels well thought out, fast paced but unhurried. It has depth and layers of emotions without unnecessary or overwordy scenes that debut novels are often filled with. You just get the feeling that lots of care, time and attention has been pored into every single word and storyline twist.

I urge anyone reading this review to experience Promises Hurt, it will be time well and truly spent. The ending is left hanging over a cliffs precarious edge and although I am not a usual fan of these types of endings, I have to say it totally works. This is slated for a two-part series and the good news is the sequel is already in the works, so luckily we wont be left on that cliff edge for too long.

An amazing and gut wrenching debut novel from an amazingly talented writer... I highly recommend it!



Elizabeth - 5 Crowns



Wow! With all that is holy, OMG what a book!!!

I normally steer clear of younger romance but my co-Princess Kelly just loved it and urged me to read it, and I have to agree, this debut is absolutely fantastic.


And those last couple of chapters... I just didn't breathe!


Compelling, exceedingly well written and highly emotional, this is one debut worthy of hitting the bestseller list!




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