March 19, 2014

Book Review/Blog Tour Post: The Promise series by Bonnie Dee

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The Promise Series

Five best friends scattered by time and distance will soon come together to witness the wedding vows of one. But in the meantime, each woman make pledges of her own and finds unexpected new love waiting just around the corner. Promises will be made and sometimes broken but sisterhood endures in this series about five forever-friends and the men who love them.
Book 1 - The Seduction Vow
Book 2 - The Temporary Promise
Book 3 - The Matchmaking Pact
Book 4 - The New Leaf Pledge
Book 5 - The Wedding Affirmation


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The Seduction Vow
Publication Date: February 7, 2014

After an abruptly ended engagement, Graciela Ramirez is dying of a broken heart and she has to attend her friend’s wedding as the only member of her old group who’s still a virgin. She sets out on a quest to do some things she’s never done, including hooking up with a random stranger. Graci never expects that Neal, the hot musician she literally runs into one night at a bar, might become a man she could truly care for. But love doesn’t arrive on a schedule and that annoying virginity may not be as easy to lose as she’d hoped.

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The Seduction Vow, Book 1 EXCERPT:

Graci pulled against Mike's grip. She overestimated how lightly he was holding her and staggered when he immediately let go. Her head was spinning from the vodka, and her balance sucked. She careened into a person standing behind her and might have fallen if a hand hadn't reached out to steady her.
"Whoa. Look out there. You okay?"
"Yes. I'm f-fine," she stammered and, oh great, now the tears had arrived like an unwelcome rainstorm. They choked her voice and trickled down her cheeks. She looked up at the guy holding her arm and into the bluest pair of eyes she'd ever seen.
His forehead puckered as he looked back and forth between Graci and Mike. "This guy bothering you?"
"Hey!" Mike said.
"No. It's nothing like that," Graci said. "He didn't do anything. It's me."
Those eyes were really blue. Unreal blue, like some actor whose name she couldn't think of right now. For a moment, she was so drunk and confused all she could do was stare into those mesmerizing eyes and wonder if he wore tinted contacts or something.
"Forget this." Mike's voice came from somewhere behind her, but it was already far away. Distant.
The blue-eyed man's frown smoothed, and he smiled. "Sure you're okay? You don't look so good."
She sniffed and wiped her damp cheeks. "I'm fine. I just...haven't drunk in a while and I... Oh." Suddenly, the pleasant swirly feeling inside her turned into churning. Her stomach somersaulted and her ears rang. She was going to puke right there in the middle of a crowded club. She clapped a hand over her mouth.
The man didn't ask again if she felt all right. He took a firmer hold of her arm and dragged her through the throng toward the restroom.

I have been Bonnie Dee's fan since I read her paranormal/fantasy book Beloved Bodyguard. I absolutely loved this book and I am definitely getting the whole series. A little bit Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and a mix of RomCom with plenty of laughter. The story starts with the poor main girl Graci, who was recently cheated on by her longtime boyfriend and what was the main problem between the two? The fact that she didn't want to have sex until marriage. Graci's now-ex-boyfriend said he was cool with waiting, but apparently not. Throughout her relationship with her ex, Graci distances herself from her tight-knit group of friends.  An invitation shows up to announce the marriage of one of the said friends. To mend her heart, Graci gets super drunk (where have I heard this before?). As luck would have it, Graci meets Mr. Blue Eyes. He helps her get to the bathroom when she gets sick from all that booze. And thus starts their journey to a relationship. :D

4.5 stars!

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The Temporary Promise
Publication Date: February 16, 2014

Waitress and struggling actress Tara Rambeaugh has grown used to the idea that her career might not progress beyond an occasional commercial or role in local theater—until her best friend’s brother, Luis lights a fire under her by encouraging her to make a big move.
Soon Tara is taking more than career risks as she plunges headlong into a steamy relationship with the guy she crushed on as a teenager. But war veteran Luis has issues of his own, and Tara doesn’t know if either of them is ready to handle anything serious—even as her heart is falling deeper in love.

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The Matchmaking Pact
Publication Date: March 5, 2014

Corinne Cartright has an agenda: to snap up the office hottie before someone else does. She and her buddy Seth make a pact to each try to land their current crushes and, failing that, to set each other up with the perfect match.

But learning more about her friends’ romantic choices causes Corinne to rethink what she wants from a relationship. Is it possible that the man of her dreams has been right in front of her all this time?
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The New Leaf Pledge
Promise Series, Book 4
Coming Soon!

Adya Parish has been a drifter for too long. She vows to take back control and not rely on any man to keep her. Piecing together a new life requires time spent alone or with friends—not with the sweet man, his adorable daughter and crazy dog that careen into her life.

But with one chance meeting in the park, Adya begins to find the family she has always longed for. It will take real strength of will to refuse to fall for them and continue to stand alone for the first time in her life.

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The Wedding Affirmation
Promise Series, Book 5
Coming Soon!

Bree’s wedding to Tony, the man she truly loves, has almost arrived. But first it’s time for a bachelorette weekend with the best friends from her youth, Graci, Tara, Corinne and Adya.

Considered the wild one of the group back in the day, Bree hardly seems a candidate to be first down the aisle. She feels driven to have one last crazy fling and, as the weekend progresses, she begins to panic about making her wedding vows. It takes the considerable will power and support of her friends to set Bree back on the course to love.
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about author

Bonnie Dee began telling stories as a child. Whenever there was a sleepover, she was the designated ghost tale teller, guaranteed to frighten and thrill with macabre tales. She still has a story printed on yellow legal paper in second grade about a ghost, a witch and a talking cat.

Writing childish stories for her own pleasure led to majoring in English at college. Like most English majors, she dreamed of writing a novel, but didn't have the necessary focus and follow through at that time in her life. A husband, children and work occupied the next twenty years and it was only in 2000 that she began writing again. Bonnie enjoys reading stories about people damaged by life who find healing with a like-minded soul. When she couldn't find enough books to suit her taste, she began to write them.

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