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Promise Me This: Between Breaths by [Lee, Christina]
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  • Publisher: InterMix (7 Oct. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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I've had a bit of a Christina Lee fest and the thing I love, is her characters. They are so well developed. I love the way the characters mix through the books. I'm thinking of making a family tree so I can track them all. Hint. Hint Christina put one in the front of the next book. Emile Zola did one when he got so far through his Rougon Macquart series, and he was a pretty special writer.

In Promise Me This we get Nate's story. Please, please don't tell Bennett but I think he is my new favourite Lee-boy.

He is a perfect son, a great friend, sexy and passionate and as you would expect he has issues that he has built into a monster. Talking of monsters, that's what he tells Jessie he keeps in his trousers.

"You're living up to your nickname," she said with a wink. And quite possibly just then, I might have seen a flash of disappointment in her eyes. "Too bad for that monster you say lives in your pants."

Jessie - tattooed, blue haired, photographer.

"There was something raw about Jessie, unrestrained and empowering, so unlike the girls I normally hooked up with. It turned me on - and scared the s4:t out of me at the same time."

She is a perfect role model. She lost her dad but lives her life by the ethics he instilled in her.

"Jessie, promise me this: Explore all the different sides of you. We all have darkness and brightness inside of us. You won't know exactly what you're made of until you embrace all of it, feel it, live it. Only then will you be able to face all that life has to offer, head-on."

The story flows perfectly. Friends, to ignition of feelings, to tempting situation, to resistance, to resolution.
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I gave Promise Me This 3.5 Stars.

Promise Me This is the fourth book in the Between Breaths series; there is little crossover so it can be read as a standalone. We briefly me Jessie and Nate in books one and three, so now it is their turn.

Nate may look like the all American boy on the outside but he holds dark secrets on the inside. Due to his tormented childhood at the hands of his father, Nate has issues he hasn’t dealt with. He can’t separate his desire to dominate in the bedroom from the same type of abuse he witnessed with his father. Due to this, Nate doesn’t do relationships. He can’t trust himself around girls. So he keeps it to one night and no repeats. That is until; he takes his friend Jessie on a road trip that neither of them will forget.

“As soon as I got in that beat-up Daisy Duke truck, it was a foregone conclusion.” I lifted my shoulder in a shrug. “That I would belong to you.”

I did like Nate and I could understand his confusion and turmoil. I thought this part of his character was really well written. Nate has never been shown the proper kind of love, so he is confused about his own desires. My only issue was his desires turned out to be not that dark. Perhaps they were in Nate’s eyes because of what he has been through, but when his needs were introduced I thought we were going to see a different side to the author and Nate as a character but unfortunately it was more of a tease than anything. There was some kink towards the end, but the best we got was the summarised version.
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4.25 stars--PROMISE ME THIS is the fourth installment in Christina Lee’s contemporary, new adult Between Breaths romance series. This is tattoo artist Nate Connors and Jessie Walters storyline. Although this is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone without too much difficulty.

Told from alternating first person points of view (Jessie and Nate) the premise follows the building relationship between Nate-an architectural engineering student/tattoo artist and art major/tattoo shop receptionist Jessie. Nate, a rich kid riding on his daddy’s dollar, has a reputation with the ladies-a one night stand kind of guy. He doesn’t do relationships and the secrets that he carries are heartbreaking and dark.

Jessie struggles with paying the bills. As she pursues a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in photography Jessie has had to cut her studies back to part time. When Nate makes a suggestion for her latest class assignment, Jessie jumps at the opportunity and invites Nate along for the ride.

PROMISE ME THIS is a friends to lovers storyline that is heartbreaking in its presentation of a young man whose family history is abusive and destructive. Nate is not what he appears to be. The emotional aftershock of his mother’s abuse at the hands of his father has left Nate empty and withdrawn. To hide this darkness Nate looks to the many women who offer up a night in bed or a quickie in the bathroom at the local pub. To this, Nate’s reputation as the campus ‘man whore’ finds Jessie at odds with the man she has come to know.

The relationship between Jessie and Nate begins as friends and co-workers but the attraction to one another is immediate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90cd6d44) out of 5 stars A great na couple 13 Oct. 2014
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Promise me This is the fourth book in the Between Breaths series. Each book can be read as a standalone, and I have found with this series that this is really the case. Sometimes you get a mention or a cameo of a character from another one of the books but not very much. They basically all just live in the same city/world, but other than that each book is completely focused on the main characters. Which works out great for people that want to pick and choose which books they want to read or to read them out of order. You won’t be lost at all.

Promise Me This is the story of Nate and Jessie. They both work at the tattoo shop, but on the surface they seem like complete opposites. There were so many things I enjoyed of their dynamic. I liked that at first glance they each didn’t appear to be the kind of person the other would go for. Jessie likes her guys rough around the edges, slim and cut with tats galore. And Nate is anything but that, Jessie thinks that he lives up to her nickname for him after all, which is Square. Nate has always had a crush on Jessie but he keeps people at a distance because he doesn’t trust himself to not turn out like his father. Just the fact that he was so worried about treating women badly made me know that he was nothing like his father. Another thing I liked about the two of them, was that while Nate always kind of had a thing with Jessie, she never thought twice about him that way until she walked in on him with one of his hookups. It was like the veil had been lifted and she saw another side of him.

So much of their boding took place on a short trip they took together. I loved everything about this trip. I loved Jessie’s passion for photography and I really loved how Jessie started to peel back the layers and get to know Nate. It brought me to realize what was my favorite thing about this couple. So much of their connection and communication was nonverbal. She really just got him. It was so clear to see. She could tell when he was getting lost in his head, and she was able to pull him out. I fell in love with their nonverbal dance completely. It made me think- now these two people are perfect for each other.

Just like in Before You Break, Promise Me This deals with a tough issue that may be difficult for some people to read about. It deals with domestic abuse. Nate had a tough childhood, and I really liked that this was address so classily in this book. Therapy was used and Jessie helped Nate along the way too. I loved Jessie and Nate so much. They are each such strong characters on their own and to see them weave themselves into the others life was beautiful. There are no other words for it. Whether you have read all three books or none of them, read Promise Me This. It is a great New Adult Contemporary Romance.

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90fce48c) out of 5 stars Good NA story. Liked Nate and Jessie. 7 Oct. 2014
By Ava and Brianna @ Always Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I gave Promise Me This 3.5 Stars.

Promise Me This is the fourth book in the Between Breaths series; there is little crossover so it can be read as a standalone. We briefly me Jessie and Nate in books one and three, so now it is their turn.

Nate may look like the all American boy on the outside but he holds dark secrets on the inside. Due to his tormented childhood at the hands of his father, Nate has issues he hasn’t dealt with. He can’t separate his desire to dominate in the bedroom from the same type of abuse he witnessed with his father. Due to this, Nate doesn’t do relationships. He can’t trust himself around girls. So he keeps it to one night and no repeats. That is until; he takes his friend Jessie on a road trip that neither of them will forget.

“As soon as I got in that beat-up Daisy Duke truck, it was a foregone conclusion.” I lifted my shoulder in a shrug. “That I would belong to you.”

I did like Nate and I could understand his confusion and turmoil. I thought this part of his character was really well written. Nate has never been shown the proper kind of love, so he is confused about his own desires. My only issue was his desires turned out to be not that dark. Perhaps they were in Nate’s eyes because of what he has been through, but when his needs were introduced I thought we were going to see a different side to the author and Nate as a character but unfortunately it was more of a tease than anything. There was some kink towards the end, but the best we got was the summarised version.

“I’d had her in practically every room and position in the house-spread eagle, tied and positioned against the bedroom wall”

For a little more steam, and to fall head over heels in love with Nate, I would have loved to see him in all his glory ;-)

Jessie has been my favourite female character from Christina Lee to date. I like a girl who is confident in herself and wants the best for others. Jessie had built up a great friendship with Nate, but things were changing and she was confused with her feelings towards him. On the outside, he didn’t seem her type at all but when they spent one-on-one time together, Jessie discovered a whole new side to Nate. She sensed he had forbidden desires but rather than turn him away, Jessie embraced Nate and urged him to give in to his cravings. She was strong enough to explore them with him.

“Stop being afraid, god*amn it,” she blurted. “I’m asking you, begging you, to touch me. Touch me like I know you want to. Own me tonight.”

“Give it all to me,” she murmured in my ear. “The wild and the sweet, the light and the dark. Because I need them both. They make up who you are. And that’s the Nate I want to belong to.”

Christina Lee’s writing never disappoints, we are always given interesting characters who are a little broken and in need of some TLC. I do find myself yearning for more at times, with the book being a quick read, and the issue it covered, I knew we couldn’t get into the nitty gritty in that word count, and I felt this at the end, as Nate’s issue was resolved at a fast pace. To do the serious subject justice, I was looking for a little more closure, rather than it being glossed over to wrap up the story.

In each story, there is always an interest explored by one of the characters, and in Promise Me This it was Jessie’s art project. Nate took her to visit some rundown bridges. It might not sound very exciting but it was really well written in a way that made it interesting and I loved the significance of their trip and Jessie’s tattoo to go along with it. It was a nice addition to the storyline.

Even though each book is a standalone, I feel the transitions from each story could be improved in order to make me want to read on. It isn’t obvious who the next book is about, I’m guessing Emmy and Dex as they have been mentioned a couple of times but when books are part of a series, I like to feel the connection and want to yearn for the couple who will be next. At this point, because it isn’t clear I’m not inclined to read on.

Like the books before it, Promise Me This ended on a sweet note. But it just ended. I am a huge fan of epilogues and it would have been great to get a glimpse into Jessie and Nate’s future. It isn’t necessary I know, I just can’t help it, I’m an epilogue junkie :-)

Promise Me This is a good new adult book; if you are a fan of this genre and have liked the previous books in the series then you will love Nate and Jessie’s story. ~Ava

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91189c78) out of 5 stars It was ok... 7 Jan. 2015
By michelle ochoa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I had no clue that this book was part of a series. This book is the 4th book in the series. No where does it say it’s the 4th book. I looked it up on Amazon. I requested this book on Netgalley and it didn’t say it either there too. It only says it here… on goodreads.

I don’t know if it says this book could be read as a standalone. I looked everywhere…but, couldn’t find it.

There were characters in this book that I had no clue who they were. I think the book would have been better for me knowing how everyone got to where they were up until this book. It made me feel like I was missing something. So I’m just going to say that I don’t think this book can be read as a standalone.
I didn’t know all the characteristics or attitudes of all these other characters or even the main characters. That put a little damper for me.
So with that all being said. This book for me was ok.

I loved how Nate and Jessie interacted with each other. I loved how they finally let go and came together.
Nate and Jessie’s 1st sexual experience was pretty hot…. But, it was pretty long.(it went on for a couple of pages) And they didn’t even have sex at all.

Nate’s internal struggle was just too much for me. He kept fighting it. That put a damper on things for me.

What he was doing to Jessie wasn’t even bad or hard core. So I don’t even know why he was freaking out so much. He was afraid to turn out like his dad. But.. He was nowhere near like him.

Jessie was ok to me. She didn’t seem to have anything wrong with her. I like how she was really patient with Nate. She gave him all the space he needed.

I loved how this book didn’t have unnecessary drama. The MC’s weren’t running around with other people to make each other jealous.

The abuse that was happening to Nate’s mother was just so sad. Im glad Nate finally stood up to his father. He affected his life in so many ways.

Overall.. This book was ok. I probably would check out the other 3 books in this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90b337c8) out of 5 stars my favorite of the series 10 Oct. 2014
By Jessica Sotelo (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Promise Me This is the fourth installment in the Between Breaths series by Christina Lee and it follows tattooed, photographer, Jessie, and wealthy, pretty boy, Nate, as they navigate their way from friendship to something...more. Promise Me This is probably my favorite in this series, being a reader that loves a slow build, some serious angst, and romance that blossoms between friends.

Much more than just a romance though, Promise Me This follows Nate as he struggles with his painful history of abuse, growing up in a dysfunctional family. He avoids commitment at all costs, never letting anyone get too close for fear that his friends will see through his wall of secrecy, and that any potential girlfriend would be scared away by his proclivities in the bedroom. That is until a game of 'never have I ever' amongst friends enlightens him to the fact that his good friend, Jessie, just might be into the same thing as he is. Nate and Jessie are magnets, though, that can never seem to point the right way. Wrought with sexual tension, a steamy attraction, and layered with pain and sadness, Promise Me This finds Nate and Jessie caving to their attraction but quickly running the other way as soon as Nate's demons close in.

While I did enjoy this book a lot, I craved something deeper. I'm not sure how to describe that, it just felt like I only got to delve into these characters and their story and their problems so far before I was halted. I felt like I should have felt their connection more strongly, the gravity of their loss and their family dynamics and Nate's internal struggle... I wish it had consumed me more. I felt like the author kept me very close to the surface when it's clear she had the ability to pull me down and consume me with her words. The characters were magnetic, their dialogue was strong, the drama present... it was just missing that something more to make it fantastic. With that said, I've no doubt that readers will enjoy this story. If they've enjoyed the other books in this series, this will undoubtedly be a new favorite, as Nate and Jessie's story is mine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91053df8) out of 5 stars Light and dark, tearful and joyful, poignant and uplifting, evocative and fun. 8 Oct. 2014
By Michelle Tikal - Nose Stuck In A Book - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
You know that giddy, can't sit still feeling you get when you are just about to crack open a highly anticipated book or a book by an author that you simply adore, maybe both? This happens to me every time I sit down to read a Christina Lee story and I have never once been disappointed. Promise Me This is yet another affirmation to the true talent of this author. Talent in enrapturing storytelling, the creation of characters that steal your heart long before you get to see the true depths of their souls, and mesmerizing connections between characters that leave you breathless and aching and thirsting for more. Promise Me This makes me want to shout from the rooftops, "I love Christina Lee!"

Nate and Jessie have been mentioned in previous books in the series and had me pretty intrigued from the start especially once we could see the early signs of some feelings brewing in Whisper To Me. I love a girl who doesn't take anything from anyone, speaks her mind, and really doesn't care what anyone thinks about her. Jessie is so that girl. Nate I thought I had pegged, but I was so very wrong. Instead of the frat boy jock who seems to be all about the parties, the one-nighters, and the no-commitment attitude, he turns out to be extremely complex with a painful past, a myriad of problems dealing with that past, and a seldom seen softer side. Long before the meat and potatoes of the story and the revelation of each characters' true nature I was hooked and begging for these two to give their burgeoning feelings a chance.

Promise Me This is a variation on the beloved friends to lovers theme but instead of the usual fears of ruining a great friendship, the possibility of one or both of the parties being commitment phobic for one reason or another, or merely fighting against the inevitable, feelings run much deeper and complications are much more complex. In this instance opposites are extremely attracted which is sometimes an obstacle in and of itself, Nate has some serious daddy issues, he's afraid of opening up to anyone or forming attachments to women, and he has some very real fears that span far beyond the what-ifs of a possible failed relationship.

Of course while this contemplation is taking place, Lee, the master of sexual tension and buildup, swoops in and creates a firestorm of chemistry and attraction. This story was a bit less about the missed opportunities and buildup than the previous books yet it is so jam packed with longing, desire, tension, and anticipation, not just before, but even during the actual acts of intimacy, that there is no room to lament the almosts and near misses. The love scenes, especially the first, were so fraught with back and forth, should I or shouldn't I, making the tension immensely high, the yearning incredibly thick, and the passion all-consuming. Add in Nate's intensity, his commanding nature, his dirty talking, and his alpha tendencies and you have a story that is heart racing and fever inducing.

In the Between Breaths series and especially Promise Me This, Christina Lee tackles some pretty hard and poignant issues yet she still always manages to deliver an entertaining, touching, sexy read in the process. It just goes to show you that dealing with tough topics does not have to beat you over the head with tragedy, it doesn't have to be a total downer, and it doesn't have to be off-putting. Christina Lee has shown us time and again that a story can still be intense and hard-hitting while fun, enchanting, enjoyable, sensual, and uplifting as well.

I was so tangled up in this couple and this story that I started reading slower toward the end because I was dreading having to put this book down for good. When I finally did reach the end I was even a little teary to have to go on without them. Promise Me This could very well be my favorite of the series thus far. It is light and dark, tearful and joyful, poignant and uplifting, evocative and fun.
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