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Promises to Keep by [Shay, Kathryn]
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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.


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  • File Size: 1548 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kathryn Shay; 3 edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045UABT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I have read many books from this author, so I was excited about this book. The plot had promise and it seemed very relevant to what is going on in schools today, but some of the characters just didn't gel with me. The taboo topic of teacher-student relationships could have been done better, Kelsey the supposed teacher seemed more immature and with issues like her students. The other characters were OK, the story developed kind of slow for me, and the end was predictable.
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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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Joe and Luke are undercover agents for the Secret Service who have gone undercover at a high school that is at real risk for either a school shooting or some other kind of violence. Suzanne knows about what is going on from nearly the beginning but Kelsey remains in the dark. What happens when Kelsey finds herself developing feelings for a student? And will Luke and Joe be able to figure where the real threat lies and prevent a disaster like Columbine? This was a very well written romance that also dealt with a very serious subject. I have not been disappointed yet by the books I have read by this author.
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A very hot topic in the times we are living in now. Suzanna has been introduced by her superintendent that a new crisis counselor will be added to her school. She later finds out he is an undercover officer trying to stop a columbine type of situation. In this book its not one but two stories happening. Suzanna best friend and one of her teacher starts being attracted to a new student luke who happens to be an undercover cop. Not a bad storyline but I feel with Shay's books( this being my second) she gives an extreme amount of details and this felt less of a romance book and in my opinion it was too long I felt it dragged on. Great storyline just wished it wrapped up sooner.
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It was an OK effort, but a few things bothered me:

1. They let the subplot with the teacher feeling like she had feelings for a student go on too long for comfort. As the reader, you know he is not actually a student, but it is drug out too long for comfort in a romance, even for one that is trying to also deal with a serious subject.
2. The violence part was too drawn out.
3. I didn't buy into the chemistry with the "main couple" as much as I did with the other couple...which increased the discomfort as a reader.

The book, IMO was too long. And that gave the author a little more time in the narrative to drag things out a little longer than they needed to be.
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I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I liked the whole premise of the story, and even all the characters involved. The suspense was also the "sit on the edge of your" kind, but I thought the story seemed to drag on a bit too long. There were times when I couldn't take anymore of the same kind of back and forth dialogue, so I started skipping pages, and sometimes I even skipped a chapter or two...just trying to get to the interesting parts.

It was still a book well worth reading, and I would still recommend people check it out.
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