The Promise

Posted November 9, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

by Kristen Ashley
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The 'Burg
Kristen Ashley
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Since his brother’s death, Benny Bianchi has been nursing his grudge against the woman he thinks led to his brother’s downfall. He does this to bury the feelings he has for Francesca Concetti, his brother’s girl. But when Frankie takes a bullet while on the run with Benny’s cousin’s woman, Benny has to face those feelings.

The problem is Frankie has decided she’s paid her penance. Penance she didn’t deserve to pay. She’s done with Benny and the Bianchi family. She’s starting a new life away from Chicago and her heartbreaking history.

Benny has decided differently.

But Frankie has more demons she’s battling. Demons Benny wants to help her face. But life has landed so many hard knocks on Frankie she’s terrified of believing in the promise of Benny Bianchi and the good life he’s offering.

Frankie’s new life leads her to The ‘Burg, where Benny has ties, and she finds she not only hasn’t succeeded in getting away, she’s doesn’t want to.

“You were mine, even when you were his.”

Ugh. I struggled with this one. I mean, its KA! I love KA! But I did not love this one. I had high hopes for this book. We waited forever!!! And then… meh.

“Every day is a new promise, Ben,” I told him sharply. “Every night I go to sleep knowin’ it’s a promise, every day I wake knowin’ in some way it’s gonna be fulfilled. And repeat. For…hopefully…ever.”

I really didn’t understand the 180 from At Peace to The Promise. They were spewing venom at each other in At Peace and then they were so easy and forgiving in this one. I can dig a girl who can forgive, I really can. Life is short and letting go of anger is a good way to ensure you enjoy more of what life has to offer, but this was a bit much. It happened a bit too quickly for me. I tried to rationalize it by putting myself in Frankie’s shoes and saying that she loved that family and they were the only family she really knew. That she was never angry with them for the way they treated her because she knew they needed an outlet for their pain… blah, blah, blah. In the end, I just couldn’t make it fit.

Frankie was not my favorite KA heroine. She was OK. But as I went back and forth with trying to understand her decisions I found myself seeing her as either a martyr or a victim and then just a PIA. She had redeeming qualities, for sure, but they were over shadowed by my confusion as to what happened after she was shot.
I loved Benny. I really did. Let’s face it, Kit writes a great alpha male. He was sexy and strong and sweet in all the right places. But alas, that did not carry the story for me.

“Now go to sleep with the promise of me, and tomorrow I’ll make certain I do somethin’ to fulfill it.”

Running with the theme of the series, there was excellent action and excitement that took place, but I was bored more often than excited while reading. I hate that I felt this way, but I can’t help it. I just didn’t connect with the book or Frankie and Benny. Not like I usually do.

But we do get some Joe and Luke… and that made the entire book worth reading. 
“I have a question.” Stark looked to me. “Can you kick Chuck Norris’s ass?”
Luke Stark smiled, white and lazy.
My heart thumped.
“I strive to be Chuck Norris,” he replied.”

The ‘Burg is my favorite of all the Kristen Ashley series and I was super sad to find that this one was not doing it for me. It may just be too. There are a lot of great reviews for this book. Maybe I’ll come back to this one and love it after a reread. Who knows?

2.5 Stars and hoping to love the next one! Pair it with your favorite red wine and some mostaccioli.

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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