Title: Promise Me
Series: Alexa Reed #3
Author: Hilary Wynne
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 17, 2015
It’s the romance novel you’ve been waiting for: Book three in the Alexa Reed series by Amazon bestselling author Hilary Wynne.
Alexa Reed finally has it all: a new lease on life, a bright future with the man of her dreams, a job she loves, and a great group of friends. She believes in her own happiness again.
Is it too good to last?
Alexa’s bliss is short-lived when an unexpected situation threatens the love she and Julian share. Suddenly, she has to choose whether to STAY and HOLD ON, or run.
The pain is too much. She runs. She runs away from Julian and from a life she can no longer be a part of.
But love is never that simple and an unusual twist of fate leads them back to each other … although everything is different.
Julian struggles to trust Alexa. She has a secret that threatens to ruin their fragile relationship. Alexa knows she has to tell Julian the truth, even if it destroys any chance of happiness.
They say love conquers all, but can it conquer betrayal from someone who has promised to love you forever?
Praise for Hold On (Book 2 of the Alexa Reed series)
Sometimes you can be so damaged that nothing can heal the destruction that has been caused your soul. But then sometimes if you are really blessed you will be given a second chance and that is what this installment of Alexa’s life is all about. While reading this book your emotions will run rampant with what ifs and why nots! The feelings that you experience as you read this story make an unforgettable impression on your heart and will not be easily forgotten. – Twin Sisters Rockin’ Book Reviews
Hilary Wynne has completely blown me away yet again! This series has quickly become a favorite of mine. I became emotionally attached to these characters in book 1 “Stay”. This book was no different. In this book I cried a lot, got so frustrated and then said WTF. Hilary hits you with a twist you don’t see coming. – Eye Candy Bookstore
I first fell in love with Julian and Alexa’s story a few months ago after reading both Stay and Hold On so to say I have been anxiously awaiting Promise Me is definitely an understatement. The Alexa Reed series is a really great angst filled series that will have you not wanting to put your kindle down, except for the times you want it to throw it from frustration with these two.
This third and final book in The Alexa Reed series picks up right where we left off in Hold On so if you have not read the first two, stop right now and read no further as this review will contain spoilers. We pick up the morning after Julian had found out he isn’t the father of Caroline’s baby and in his time of pain he turns to the one person he truly loves, Alexa. They have found their way back to each other and have reconciled but after everything that has happened between these two, there is a lot of hurt feelings and it will take time to build back the trust they one had in their love and in each other. Alexa and Julian are different people now with everything that has happened and they must find a way to get back to the love they once shared. But Lexi has a secret from when they were apart that she knows she must tell Julian, but it also may mean the end to them ever being together.
I really loved Alexa’s character in this book. She’s been such a needy person who always ran when things got hard but from the moment she made the decision to go back to Julian, even when the whole baby issue still in play, she became a much stronger character. She was there for Julian when he needed her most and when there were so many times she would have gave up and ran in the past, she stayed, dug her feet in and fought for what she wanted, she fought for Julian. There were still moments that she had her “old Lexi” moments of insecurity but she really came a long way from the Lexi we first met in Stay.
Julian is still very hot, sexy and totally swoon worthy Julian but we see a different side to him, a more vulnerable side. He still loves Alexa but has a hard time letting her back and going back to they once had. She was his everything, his whole world came to revolve around her so when she walked away from him, she hurt him badly. He’s apprehensive about letting her fully back in, he doesn’t trust that she is back for good and she won’t run again when things get hard. I also found we saw a much meaner harsher side of him. He’s always been loving and caring towards Alexa but at times in this book, he was downright mean and cruel to her with his words and actions towards her. I wouldn’t have blamed her for running.
Overall this was a really great conclusion to their story that I really enjoyed. I really like that from the start Alexa knew she had to come clean with Julian for them to move on, that she couldn’t lie to him and keep it a secret, she loved him too much to do that to him. And I really liked that even though it took time for her to finally tell him, he heard the truth from her and didn’t find out from someone else, which always seems to be the norm of how the truth comes to light. I also really enjoyed how when they did reconcile, that things didn’t go back to being perfect and rosy with these two, again which is usually what happens in most books. There was a lot of hurt that happened, things said and even though apologies are made and accepted, it takes time to heal all that hurt. I loved the angst that was going on between these two but I will say at times, the constant tug-a-war between these two tended to drag on for me. I must also add how much I loved the ending, it truly shows why Julian is such an amazing character and perfect BBF. I would have liked to seen an epilogue that would have shown 6 or 12 months at least down the road and not having the book finish right where it did end. I feel like I am not fully satisfied and left wanting to know what came of things, I don’t want to say anything further about what was left up in the air for me or I will spoil the ending. I am hoping that the author has left that out and is planning on giving us more Julian and Alexa but as supporting characters in Danny’s book, I would really love to see his story.
Promise Me – Clean Excerpt © Hilary Wynne 2015
“Ever since you fell onto me in the stairwell, I’ve been unable to get a grip on how I’m feeling. I feel out of control and I fucking hate it.”
I can’t help but laugh even though he’s being serious. I smile down at him. “It’s called falling in love. Or being in love, and I’m glad you feel it too. I’ve been an emotional basket case since I fell on you in the staircase, and am glad it’s not just me. I spend my days feeling a little out of control. It only really gets better when I’m in your arms. That’s where I find my peace, and my balance.”
Julian sits up and turns to face me. He pulls me in for the night’s first kiss, and it’s tender and loving. “You make me feel everything, Alexa Reed. Todo. After Caroline left today, I wanted to call you. When I feel out of control I want to be near you. I stopped needing people a long time ago and you changed that. I need you.”
The kiss that started out tender turns more and more passionate as Julian pours his feelings into it. Somehow I end up under him, his body blanketing mine. We’re holding onto each other as tightly as possible. It’s one of those moments we often share, when we’re both trying to become one. I needed this from him. I need to know he still needs me.
“I love you. So much.”
“I love you too. And I’m sorry I have been giving you such a hard time the last few days. I know I haven’t been very easy to deal with.”
I pull away from his embrace for a minute so I can look him in the eyes. “Please don’t apologize for how you feel, or act. You’re amazing. You have a lot on your plate and it would be very unfair of me to expect you to just act like everything is the same as before. I just want you to love me. That’s all.”
Julian kisses my forehead, then my eyelids, and finishes with a gentle kiss on my lips. “I could never not love you. You’re in my heart, mi amor, para siempre.”
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Have you ever woken up one day and said, “Today’s the day I’m going to do (insert thing here)?” Well, I did, and the result is my first novel, Stay. I always thought of myself as a decent writer, and then a trip down memory lane through my ninth grade book of poetry confirmed it. I realize that I have always had a romantic side and a way with words. With support from my husband and kids (and an unspoken agreement to leave me alone for a few hours every night), I embarked on this incredible writing journey.
I’m originally from sunny Southern California and spent my summers in South Florida. I attended college at FSU and received my Masters in New Mexico. I finally settled in the Washington, DC area. My happy place has always been anywhere near the water.
When I’m not writing, I help run a business with my husband, watch an inordinate amount of sports (my kids play something 365 days a year), indulge my competitive spirit on the tennis court, and spend time with my awesome family and friends.
I am an avid reader, but find my characters feel neglected when I hang out with other author’s characters for too long. When I do read, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, places, and times.
I feel so blessed that my love of books inspired me to finally do something that I forgot I had always dreamed about doing.
My someday has arrived!