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Promise Me You

by Marina Adair

A heartening romance of friendship, second chances, and the healing power of love…

Mackenzie Hart has made a career out of writing about eternal love, so when she finds her perfect match in Hunter Kane, she decides to put it all on the line. Irresistibly charming and drenched in alpha-male swagger, Hunter isn’t just the catch of the town—he’s Mackenzie’s best friend. Only someone beats her to the altar. After a fresh start and three years to recover, the last thing Mackenzie expects is for her old life to come knocking…

Recently divorced, musician Hunter Kane wants to reconnect with the woman he left behind. Admitting his biggest mistake comes first. What comes next is up to Mackenzie. He hopes she’ll give him a second chance. He may have been the one to break her heart, but he knows he can also be the one to mend it.

As a tenuous friendship turns into something more, Hunter’s life on the road beckons once again. Will love be enough to keep them together, or will their wildly different worlds be too much for them to overcome?

I felt so bad for Mac as she has to let Hunter go at the beginning.  She has her reasons (the least of them being he’s about to get married) and they totally break my heart.  I’m not sure why he doesn’t try harder to find her, which makes it even more harsh how she chose to walk away.  But now that he’s found her again, he’s not leaving her alone and that makes it even more questionable why he didn’t try harder … kinda makes you wonder if he was a tad bit self-involved.  It’s not the first time I’m gonna think that 🙂

There’s a lot going on in this story but I’m wondering if maybe Adair tried to take on a little too much.  There was so much opportunity to delve deeper into their personal issues – like Mac’s feelings over Hunter’s marriage, their future together, and clearly addressing their past feelings.  I think their relationship is so complicated that maybe there just wasn’t any way to take it all on.  At least not with her specific issues that needed to be addressed and the connecting they needed to do now to make a go of things.

Adair definintely has skills as a writer, and I loved Mac’s strength and stubborness that she needs to keep moving forward, but prepare for some emotional ups and downs.  There isn’t an easy path for these two.