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Promises to Keep [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Shay
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Kathryn Shay combines her extensive research on the Secret Service with her vast experience in the high school classroom to create this powerhouse of a novel!

“A wonderful work of contemporary romance, with a plot ripped straight from the headlines. Kathryn Shay never disappoints.” NY Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.

When by-the-book Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse and unpredictable Secret Service Agent Luke Ludzecky go under cover in a high school which has been flagged by their School Threat Assessment Team as having the potential for violence, they expect their differences will cause them conflict. What they don’t expect are the two women who blow their careful plan apart. Suzanna Quinn is the principal and hates being attracted to the new school psychologist, and worse, thirty year old Social Studies teacher Kelsey Cunningham is horrified by her feelings for Luke, her new “student.” But the very real threat of school violence from more than one student forces them to work together and face their feelings for each other. Suicide, gang warfare and bullying all play a part as this stunning drama unfolds.

"Shay does an admirable job with a difficult subject, writing about school violence with sensitivity and realism and without shying away from any of the hard issues, such as the balance between the students' protection and their civil liberties." Shelley Mosley Booklist

“Kathryn Shay’s storytelling grabbed me on page one and her characters held me until the very last word.” Barbara Bretton, USA bestselling author.

“Kathryn Shay is a master of her craft. PROMISES TO KEEP will hold you on the edge of your seat with an ending you’ll remember long after you turn the last page.” USA Today bestselling author Catherine Anderson.

"Kathryn Shay’s first mainstream romantic suspense is a gripping story that will haunt readers with its authenticity. And those who pick up a copy will find not one, but two absorbing romance threads, full of sensuality and fire. If ever the label of “sure thing” were deserved by a book, PROMISES TO KEEP is such a book.” The Romance Reader

“These are all living breathing people you might meet anywhere at any time. The action and suspense balance well with the love, so that neither plot is skimped upon. I eagerly await her next release.” Huntress Reviews


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From Booklist

In one of life's greatest ironies, Joe Stonehouse, secret service agent, the man who'd always protected his family, is away on assignment when a fellow high-school student shoots and kills his beloved niece. Now part of the special School Threat Assessment Team, Joe uses his credentials as a clinical psychologist to help in his role as Fairholm High's school counselor, while youthful-looking agent Luke Ludzecky, masquerading as Joe's rebellious nephew, completes his cover. Principal Suzanna Quinn is furious to find out that the new staff member is actually a secret service agent, but a student's suicide note warns of plans to commit violent acts, so she reluctantly goes along with the charade. As they work together, Suzanna's resentment of Joe evaporates, and mutual respect turns to love. Shay does an admirable job with a difficult subject, writing about school violence with sensitivity and realism and without shying away from any of the hard issues, such as the balance between the students' protection and their civil liberties. Shelley Mosley
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About the Author

Kathryn Shay is the award-winning author of many contemporary romance novels. She currently teaches high school English and was a professor of education for five years. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children. Visit her website at: www.kathrynshay.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425185745
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kathryn Shay; 3 edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045UABT6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Kathryn Shay January 28, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read some of Kathryn Shay's books, but so far this is THE BEST!!! I was a bit reluctant at first to start reading a book where the hero is 47 and the heroine is a 43 year old single mom of a teenage boy. But once I started, I was hooked. I couldn't even put it down until the last page. WOW. The secondary characters Luke and Kelsey are also so likeable and their love story is so touching that I think they deserve their own book.
Kathryn Shay has carefully and precisely brought the reality of high school life into the book. I was a teacher once, and even so I learned a lot more from her book from my own very limited experience. I wished I paid more attention and understanding to my students beyond their scholastic work,then. Aside from the sweet romantic side, the book is very well researched and very informative that any readers can benefit from it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece..... March 16, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Agent Joe Stonehouse has dedicated his life to preventing violence at schools nationwide. His current assignment has sent him to Fairholm High School where he has been hired as a school psychologist. Joe is a man that has had many tragedies in his life, from his horrific childhood to losing the niece that was like his daughter in a school shooting. He has trained himself not to feel anything for anyone but his family, however he had never met anyone like Suzanna Quinn, the principal at Fairholm.
Suzanna Quinn is the widowed principal at Fairholm. When Joe Stonehouse and his partner Luke Ludezky want to come into her school prentending to be uncle and nephew, she is incensed. She has always stressed how important honesty is between her staff and students and she feels like it's a betrayal of all that she thinks is important. The hardest thing Joe asks her to do is keep it from her fellow teacher and surrogate daughter, Kelsey Cunningham. Joe convinces her that it is worth keeping from Kelsey as the lives of many students are at risk.
This is my first Shay novel and I was very impressed. The way she depicts the emotions of the characters is heartbreaking. All the characters have had something happen in their past that they are trying to deal with and they all turn to eachother. The secondary characters of Luke and Kelsey is especially heartbreaking, as Kelsey honestly believes she has feelings for a student that aren't at all teacher-like.
Shay also stresses to the reader how common violence is in schools and how important it is that adults, whether parents or teachers or counselers, be available to talk with them without jugding. I can't wait to pick up another Shay!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2ndary romance was better February 25, 2011
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Widowed principal is disturbed by new & attractive school psychologist's presence in her school. It heightens when she finds out that he is working undercover with a partner who's posing as a somewhat troubled high-school senior in order to stop a deadly student plot to commit violence towards the staff & students.

This was an ok romance-suspense book. There wasn't any big surprises on the suspense-action part. The main romance didn't grab me but I sure did like the 2ndary romance with the 31-yr-old teacher & 26-yr-old Secret Service agent posing as her 19-yr-old student. Unlike the main romance, the 2ndary one was more emotionally-pulling & exciting. It's sexual tension was far better than the main one. I think part of my liking the 2ndary romance is a matter of my taste. I don't find romances with older-aged couples & especially with one who has a teenaged son particularly interesting to read about. A teacher-student romance with both characters under 40 is more of my cup of tea. Shay's writing is good overall. Dialogue, flow, & characterization were fine.

Limited recommendation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timely well written romantic suspense August 18, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For the past five years, widow Suzanna Quinn has diligently worked as the principal of Fairholm High School in New York. Her philosophy is openness and honesty with the faculty, students, and parents. Until recently that has proven quite successful, but popular student Zach Riley changes the climate when he shockingly commits suicide leaving a note behind that warns Suzanna of a threat to her.

Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse pushed the formation of the School Threat Assessment Team after a gunman killed his beloved niece and four other teenagers. Now he believes Fairholm High School could be in jeopardy based on Zach's suicide note and an alleged hit list. He goes underground as a crisis counselor at the school. However, he finds himself very attracted to Suzanna and knows he violates everything she believes in with his covert activity.

With all the incidents in schools over the past decade and the post 9/11 homeland security question, PROMISES TO KEEP is a timely romantic suspense. The story line is well written as Suzanna epitomizes the struggle when community safety tramples on individual rights and the need to know. The romance between the lead protagonists augments the dispute between Joe and Suzanna on what needs to remain cloaked in secrecy. Kathryn Shay provides no easy answers to the safety and security vs. freedom debate, but the audience will feel they have reader a thrilling complete tale.

Harriet Klausner
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun read but too much profanity. I did buy the whole series and enjoyed them.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Frigon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I love discovering new writers that know how to write an excellent book. It would be great if this was a true story and there was an agency that could stop the senseless killing... Read more
Published 13 months ago by kylady
5.0 out of 5 stars A story dear to my heart
Joe and Suzanna's story included kids, education, issues that plague today's youth, school safety, the importance of acknowledging people, and always the power of love. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cobblos8
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart felt
I enjoyed it very much. I have looked for the other books that are related to this one and any other ones she has written. She is a very insightful author.
Published 17 months ago by Carol Borgeson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
A bit predictable , but interesting. Nice characters. Gets you to get interested in the school violence issues but also keeps romance alive.
Published 19 months ago by M. IOANNIDOU
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY good book!
I am in love with Kathryn Shay stories! They are great! So detailed with information keeps you reading with anticipation...never wanting to put it down. Read more
Published 21 months ago by T. Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
This was the first book I read by Kathryn Shay.I enjoyed it very much.I went on to buy several books of hers.I no that I won't be disappointed.Anyone would love her books.
Published 21 months ago by ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Promises to Keep
I love reading Kathryn Shay's novels. They are so heart warming and you really get to characters. I would recommend this book for a good read.
Published 22 months ago by CAROLYN RADEMANN
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a great book
This is one of my very favorite books. I just loved Joe and of course Lucas. I had read Ms Shays books on the O'Neil series and just happened to see that Lucas was a brother to... Read more
Published on November 21, 2012 by Lulularson
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Very repetitive, 22% in and still nothing. Dull and boring. How many times is she going to repeat the same points?
Published on September 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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