Please note if you did not read the first book in this series Promises Hurt this review will have spoilers so you may want to look away now. Forgotten Promises picks up right where the first one ended. Blair, Ethan and Ethan’s father are badly hurt in a car accident. I want to say this author did an INCREDIBLE job with this second book. You can feel and see every emotion from each character in this book. I felt every single bit of pain, love, anger, remorse and frustration the author put in this book, and I loved it. I fell in love with Ethan and Blair while I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first one so I was very anxious to find out what was going to happen with their story.
Blair and Ethan’s relationship is strong and intense. You can really feel how much they truly love each other. They are both suffering after the accident and are in for another fight. Ethan wakes up from his coma with amnesia. He does not remember the past few months of his life. Which means he does not remember who Blair is. Blair has suffered from a broken spleen but is healing. Her concern and focus is on Ethan. She wants to see him and to know he is ok. When Ethan cannot remember her she is devastated, but being the tough girl that she is, she does not walk away from the love of her life.
I would say this book is more of Ethan’s story because he goes through so much in this book. Although he can’t remember who Blair is he can feel their connection and knows their relationship is special. The inner dialogue Ethan has with himself shows how much Blair’s presence affects him and for him that is the only thing that is pulling him through his nightmare.
“I kiss her like she should be kissed. The only message I intend to send is that I need this, just like I have to breathe. It’s not a question of wanting, it’s a necessity.”
“I may as well hand her my man car along with my balls, because she just breezed into the room looking like a goddamn porn star, and I can think is how much I want to cuddle. Just give me a moment please. I’m having an internal freak out. The “me” I thought I knew I should be trying to initiate getting back into your pants, but I seem to have grown a vagina and really just want to ask you for a hug!”
Ethan learns that his father was gravely hurt in the accident. In the first book we know that Ethan’s father physically abused him for years and the role he played in the accident. Ethan knows that he should feel sad about his father’s situation but he cannot seem to bring himself to feel sorrow. Ethan is still healing and there are things his mother Moira and doctors do not want Ethan to know. They don’t want him to suffer more stress. Against her better judgment, Blair agrees not to mention the truth Moira told Ethan days before the accident. Together Blair and Ethan find peace and understanding. They try to make sense of everything and move on despite the turmoil going on in Ethan’s life. For Ethan Blair’s presence is the only thing soothes him and makes him happy.
“Princess, you need to tell me to stop.”
“Please don’t stop.”
“I need to take care of you.”
“I need you inside me now, Ethan.”
I want you to promise that we are perfect, that what we have is real, and you feel it too; because I haven’t allowed anyone or anything into my life for so long, I’m kind of terrified that I’ll lose the way I’m feeling right now.”
I love Ethan. My heart broke for him but I was happy he found love, acceptance and something worth holding on to with Blair. While reading this book my love for him just intensified. Even though he did not remember Blair, he loved her fiercely. He goes through an internal battle dealing with his father. Accepting that the abuse was not his fault. The author touches on domestic abuse and its damaging effects. It is raw but depicted wonderfully. Your heart will break but it will also rejoice when Ethan stands up to his father.
This was beautifully written and intense. You will cry, laugh and get angry but it was perfectly written. Will Ethan regain his memory? Will Ethan forgive Blair for keeping the truth from him or is their love strong enough to overcome the odds? Will Ethan forgive his father for years of abuse? I was excited to learn that Ethan and Blair will be getting another book in 2015. I can’t wait to see more of them and what is next for their future.