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Promise Me Paperback – June 5, 2012
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Promise Me is packed with exciting surprises, a villain or two to keeps things exciting, and a cast of characters that you will grow to love, starring the hero Danial and Sarelle, the heroine. Here's hoping the next book in this series, Broken Promise will continue what PM started - to keep me riveted and wanting more (*keeping fingers crossed*). - Reviewed for Risque Reviews by Barbara M
Promise Me is a vampire love story unlike anything else I have read. I like Sar's introspection and hesitation when it comes to letting Danial into her life. The more she learns about him, the more hesitant she becomes but she is forced by circumstances to make some life changing decisions and you feel everything along with her. There are a lot of complications standing in the way of a life together and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Promise Me is a keeper. -- Reviewed for The Romance Studio by Kathy F.
Overall, Promise Me is a quirky romance with interesting and nicely developed characters, bits of action, suspense, and humor, and steamy romance. - Reviewed for Bitten By Books by Lacy
About the Author
Tara Fox Hall's writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
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This series starts with a bit of action as Danial Racklan becomes the target for a hunter who wants him dead for reasons Danial does not even realize and when he ends up collapsing behind Sar's home she brings him in and even though she realizes that he must be a vampire from his teeth she decides to give him blood to save his life (mainly because she finds him so desirable and she actually has a soft heart).
The story evolves into a romance from there with multilayered plots that unfold as the reader goes along in the series, many if not most are quite surprising and add to the enjoyment of the reader.
The only danger of this type of writing is that the reader can become a bit fatigued from constant stress of the life of Sar, who seems to attract angst and tragedy at every turn. I should mention that I read all three novels in 2-3 days back to back so that might not be something that would affect everyone and though stressful at time it is not depressing as many of this type tend to be..
The turning tides of the romance in this novel can be a bit confusing and Sar is continually trying to do the "right thing" but it seems to bring her as much heartbreak and sadness as it does brief periods of happiness.
The human heroine - Sarelle - was likeable, and realistic in her simplicity and common sense. Even when she did questionable things, she came to logical conclusions, which I appreciated. The hero - Danial was a charming enigma, who constantly had me guessing about him to the end.
I really enjoyed 'Promise Me' and am looking forward to reading more of the series. While I'm assuming that the very surly but likeable Theo will have his story told, I'm really hoping to read about Terian - the lonely, misunderstood half-demon, as he was a really fascinating character.
News flash: After reading the synopsis for the rest of the series, it looks like everything devolves into an outrageous soap opera. I won't be reading them.
Sarelle is a young widow living by herself except for her precious pets. One night she spots something outside and it was an injured and dying Danial. When most women would run and call for help, Sarelle decides to rescue Danial herself. With quick thinking she is able to get him into her basement guestroom. When she cleans Danial up she notices that he is Vampire. This should scare Sar but thanks to Vampire movie popularity, which she is a fan of, she is not scared. Instead decides to feed him her blood. I think that this starts the creation of the bond that Sar and Danial latter form. Danial finally wakes up grateful for the help and drawn to the woman who risked her well-being to save him. He wants to pursue this attraction that they both seem to have but he also needs to track down the one who tried to kill him and protect Sar from that person. Sar's life changed from simple to complex the moment she dragged Danial into her basement. Now she has a Vampire lover in her bed and his Were body guards surrounding her house. It becomes too much when a enemy of Danial's holds Sar hostage and fills her head with a warped sense of truth. Sar wants to believe that Danial would never hurt her but the fact that the barely know each other is playing against them. Danial saves her but it is a hard road to save their relationship after all the things she heard and they had some truth to them. The journey has only just begun when Sar meets Devlin the Ruler of The States. He and Danial have a past and he has his sights set on Sar. Danial will do what he has to to protect Sar, even take on his own brother. Sar and Danial realize that there relationship is not perfect but they are meant to be with each other.
Theo is one of my favorite characters. He's a Cougar. He can be a bit annoying and at times you think that he hates Sar but you find out that all that brooding and harshness is because he fears that he will lose his role as BFF to Danial to Sar. I guess you could see how that would happen. He does spend an awful lot of time with Sar instead of Theo. I think that most of his insecurities come from the fact that he was alone in the wild for so long before Danial found him. Towards the end of the book I think Sar and Theo came to an understanding, when he had to save her from being kidnapped.
Devlin is one you love to hate. I know he comes off as the bad guy but anyone who know me knows I have a soft spot for the bad boys. I can't help it. I don't think Devlin is all bad. He and Danial have a complicated past. One that they try to keep hidden to protect Danial. Devlin's feelings toward Danial are because of a woman named Annabelle whom Danial stole away. I think that they are coming to terms with it, or I hope they do. I hope that Devlin is more of the books.
I liked how the author played on the fact that Vampires are so popular now. She wrote it where Sar really was not that scared to have one in her house. How many of us can say that we would not be a little excited to find a Vampire? It is kinda funny because in previous books when the female found out that the man was a Vampire or creature of the night she screamed and ran in the opposite direction. Now it seems that we squeal and run in their direction. :)
Overall I loved the book and author's telling of this story. It was easy to follow and well written. I can't wait for the next in the series to be released because I want to know what will happen next for Sar and Danial.
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