Secret Promises by Jane Anthony

April 4, 2020

 

"You spent your whole life looking through dirty lenses, not even realizing how crisp and bright everything was until the grime was wiped away." Jane Anthony Secret Promises. (Off Limits Duet, #1)

 

GAHHHH, I love this line. This book was filled with perfect lines such as this one. I decided to read this book because I am featuring Jane Anthony in my Author Spotlight this month. Although Jane and I have been Facebook friends for a while, this is the first book I've had a chance to read by her, but it won't be the last. 

 

I really enjoyed reading Jameson and Jill's story. Jane is a master at creating emotion and real life situations that make you think and feel like you are right there with the characters. This is a brother's best friend romance, with a little bit of a bad boy, sexy grease monkey, thrown into the mix. 

 

 

Synopsis: 

I was just his best friend's little sister.
But he was everything to me.

Jameson Tate was the star of all my teenage fantasies. The wannabe guitar player left town when I was just a girl, dragging my heart along with him. I lived in a holding pattern, waiting for him to return. Five years later, he did.

But he wasn't the same.

The sweet boy I knew is now a man, strong and sexy, yet fiercely loyal to my overprotective brother. His sudden reappearance wasn't something I planned for. Nor was his employment at my family's garage. He's all I want and everything I can't have. Now I burn with desire, drowning in lust for a man who's off limits.

A man who's hiding secrets of his own.
*Also featured in the Off Limits Collection, available now.*

 

My Review:

I give Secret Promises four solid stars. I really enjoyed the story and do recommend it for those who like a sweet NA brother's best friend romance.  

 

It took me a while to finish Secret Promises. It wasn't because I wasn't interested in the book, it just takes me a while to finish reading stories sometimes, especially if I'm on a roll writing. 

 

There were a lot of things I like about this book. 

 

First, I enjoyed the secret aspect of Jameson and Jill's relationship. Taboo relationships where people have to remain a secret are some of my favorite books to read. I liked how I could feel the tension between the two characters when they were around Jill's brother AJ, and how their relationship wasn't an insta-love. Insta-love stories are the hardest books for me to get behind. I like stories where characters build relationships and form a bond that is realistic and believable.  

 

I felt that Jameson's character was very well written and that the Dual POV was clearly defined. Jameson's sweetness and his patience when it came to Jill and AJ was really endearing and kept me reading. 

 

The reason I didn't give the book five stars is because I had problems with both Jill and AJ's behavior when it came to Jameson, and how they dealt with the truth of his past history. When Jill basically wrote him off and then used him every chance she got, I really felt bad for Jameson. He did nothing but be there for her, and she kept tossing him away like a towel.

I did like that when the truth came out about what happened with Jameson that AJ was quick to forgive him, and the end scene with how Jameson tried to get Jill to fall even more in love with him gave me goosebumps. 

 

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it to anyone who loves NA books about off limits relationships. I can't wait to read AJ's story, and the rest of the Off Limits Series

 

Other lines that made me go: DAMN THAT'S GOOD!!!!
 

Jill: Sex is not a feeling. 

Also Jill: I had porn star tits and a twelve-year-old's ass. 

 

 

 

 

You can read Secret Promises by clicking HERE.

You can grab all 3 books in the Off Limits Collection by clicking HERE.

 

Reading Challenges:

 

This book fulfilled all three of my challenges!!!!

 

For the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge I picked this book as my book that was published in the month of my birth. Since this book was published on April 28th and my birthday is April Fools Day, it was the perfect book to fit that category. 

 

For my Nerd Daily 2020 Challenge, I chose it as a book told from two prospectives.

 

I finally read another book that could qualify for my NA Goodreads Challenge.I chose it as DOCTOR: A book featuring a doctor or someone in need of medical assistance. (You'll have to read the book to figure out what I mean by that. 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodreads NA CHALLENGE

 

A:
📚AUTHOR: Read a book written by one of your favorite authors
📚ALGORITHM: Read a book that features a smart/geek character (An Abundance of Katherines by John Green)
📚ALPHABET: Read a book written by an author who has your initials

B:
📚BAD-ASS: Read a book that features a strong/independent heroine
📚BROODY: Read a book that features a broody/introvert/serious character
📚BAD BOY: Read a book where the MC is a bad boy

C:
📚CLOTHES: Read a book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover
📚COVER: Read a book you choose solely for the cover
📚CUDDLE: Read a sweet story

D:
📚DOCTOR: Read a book with a character who works in the medical field or a book where someone get hurts and needs medical assistance (Secret Promises by Jane Anthony)
📚DISTANCE: Read a book that features a long distance relationship
📚DIVA: Read a book that features a vain, superficial heroine who acts like a diva

E:
📚ELEMENTS: Read a book with one of the four elements in the title (air/fire/water/earth)
📚ENEMIES: Read an enemies-to-lovers romance
📚EMOTION: Read a book that makes you cry or gives you strong emotions

F:
📚FRATERNITY: Read a book that features characters who are in a fraternity
📚FUTURE: Read a book published in 2020
📚FREEBIE: Read a book that you got for free (it could be a gift, a freebie, an arc, etc.)

G:
📚GEOGRAPHY: Read a book set in a country you would like to visit
📚GULLIBLE: Read a book that features a gullible/naive character
📚GHOST: Read a book that features a ghost

H:
📚HEIST: Read a book where some kind of crime/felony is committed
📚HOLIDAYS: Read a book that features an holiday (it could be any kind of holiday)
📚HERO: Read a book with an hero that makes you fall in love

I:
📚INSTANT-CHEMISTRY: Read a book where the main characters fall in love pretty quickly
📚IRRITABLE: Read a book that features a character you can't stand
📚INFIDELITY: read a book where cheating is involved

J:
📚JOLLY: Read a book that puts a smile on your face
📚JOCK: Read a book that features a jock
📚JAZZ: Read a book set in the music industry

K:
📚KING: Read a book that features royalty
📚KISS: Read a book with a cover that features people kissing and/or hugging
📚KUDOS: Read a book that has either at least 15.000 rating on Goodreads or an average of 4.3 or higher

L:
📚LIQUOR: Read a book where someone gets drunk
📚LOVE: Read a love story
📚LABOR: Read a book that feature a character who is part of the working class

M:
📚MYSTERY: Read a book that is tagged mystery and/or thriller
📚MOTORCYCLE: Read a book that features a motorcycle club or a character who owns a motorcycle
📚MULTIPLE: Read a book told in multiple POVs

N:
📚NOT-MY-CUP-OF-TEA: Read a book that is out of your comfort zone
📚NOVELLA: Read a book that is less that 200 pages
📚NOVELTY: Read a debut novel

O:
📚ORIGINAL: Read a story that has an original/unique plot
📚OSCAR: Read a book that has become (or is going to become) a movie or tv series
📚ONE: Read a book with a number in the title (Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas)

P:
📚PAST: Read a book set in the past
📚POSTPONE: Read