Monday, February 8, 2016
ARC Book review: Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley
Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.
It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.
He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.
This short book starts off off quickly, with that amount of pages it has no choice. You are literally thrown into the story within the first handful of pages. Tucker is fresh out of prison and fresh off a beat down of his criminal father who is actually a cop. Desperate to prove his innocence he kidnaps a woman he had a thing for back in high school with the hope she can get her lawyer father to help him. This is the gist of the story from the beginning. As it goes along the details get filled in. This is really a dark and demented story and when you realize what kind of life Tucker had growing up it really makes you think.We find out who and what Tucker really is. For a seemingly bad ass guy he is whole innocent in some ways and in others whole over educated. You can feel sympathy for him so easily. Morgan on the other hand felt a little self serving and ditsy at times. She didn't seem mature to me most of the time. Granted she is only 21 and seems to have been sheltered by her dad and stepmom i can see why she's that way but it didn't make it any less annoying. I really got into the story at first but her character took away some of that instant neediness I initially felt to read it all in one sitting. Overall i enjoyed the book and Tucker was definitely my favorite character. Morgan redeemed herself quite a bit toward the end of the book. I think the whole situation with Tucker forced her to grow up quickly and that is seen in the end.
Find out more about this book and Jessica Lemmon here www.jessicalemmon.com