Every once in a blue moon, words fail me. They are going to today, unfortunately. Because, there realistically aren’t enough words in the human language to adequately describe how much not just A Promise Broken, but how much the entire Promise Series, utterly wrecked me (more about the series later….I promise). A Promise Broken is the story of Hilary and Zach. Don’t know who they are? Well for goodness sake, get off your butt and BUY THE BOOK!!! You definitely want to meet them. Let me start by saying this is a series but you can read each book as a stand alone however in this case you don’t want to. There is no way you want to miss out on any of this goodness! Zach has been a part of Hilary’s family since he was a young boy, brought into the fold by Hilary’s mom when she discovered his heartbreaking living conditions. Raised alongside the Matthews siblings, it’s safe to say that Zach’s feelings towards Hilary haven’t always been brotherly. But, his overwhelming love and respect for the family has kept him firmly in check until that one night….. Well, I will not mix words, I freaking ADORE Zach. He is absolutely droolworthy but more than that, his work ethic is over-the-top sexy. When he commits to anything, he goes full throttle and it makes him so amazing, there aren’t enough words to describe him. He doesn’t say no to anything or anyone and unfortunately this has been the case with women too. His frequent one-night-stands was the one thing about him I didn’t like, yet at the same time, it gave him a bad-boy edge that made him even more attractive, if it was even possible. Enter Hilary. Sweet, kind, uber-smart Hilary, who has lusted over Zach from afar and who, one night, pushes him over the edge. Hilary is my kind of girl. She takes no prisoners and goes after exactly what she wants and when she decides she is going to temporarily have Zach too….ummmm, hello! Can you say “spontaneous panty combustion”? Sure you can boys and girls! If you can’t, practice those words because the chemistry between Zach and Hilary…that’s what it does. Your panties spontaneously combust every single time they are in a room together. It’s phenomenal. I can’t even…GAH!!!! Separately, I loved them but together they are a sexual nirvana with their banter and personalities an exercise in both patience and desperation! I could not get enough. They have their work cut out for them as their family and friends finding out about their relationship could destroy everything they have both worked so hard for. This doesn’t stop them and when the truth of them comes to light…..I’m stopping now. Seriously….not telling you any more. And you don’t want me to. You want to buy this book. Because it has everything! The plot was a beautifully written poem…it pulled your heartstrings and made you long for the love of your life. There was love and sex…mind blowing and erotic sex that was tastefully written and not over done. I adored the Matthews family and loved that I got to revisit all of them. The ending was so wonderful, I hated that the book even had to end. Really, it does not got much better than this! Anissa Garcia is one of the most talented authors I have ever read. She has the ability to suck you into her stories with a few sentences and not only do the stories take over your life, they rearrange your heart and soul.
As promised, I told you I would tell you about the rest of the series. When I started this book, I didn’t even know who Anissa Garcia was. I didn’t even realize there were other books in this series. But, within a few paragraphs I was hooked and I started digging and discovered that there were others. So, I put this book down (yep, down it went) and I started at the beginning! OH MY GOSH!!!! I fell in love. Each time! With each couple! I was so moved. I binge read late into the night for a few days because I could not put these books down. And as I finished each book and dove into the next, I fell harder and harder in love with the writing of Ms. Garcia. I can honestly say that I have NEVER in my life read an entire series where I have rated every single book 5 stars. Not once. Ever! Until now. The Promise Series is the first series every where I rated each book 5 stars. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
So, what was my rating for A Promise Broken? 5 Stars! Would I recommend this book to anyone? Yes…everyone who knows how to read and who loves romance. Because it has everything….love, sex, anger, passion, hate, fighting, forgiveness, angst, family…and a love that will last for the rest of your life.
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In A PROMISE BROKEN, Hilary is in need of a distraction from her wounded heart, and that distraction comes in the form of Zach Collins. The only problem is, he’s her brother’s best friend. Readers will love this standalone contemporary romance, featuring characters seen in A PROMISE KEPT and A PROMISE MADE.
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Title: A Promise Broken
Author: Anissa Garcia
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Publisher: AG Romance Reads LLC
Series: The Promise Series
Format: Digital and Print
Digital ISBN: 978-0-9975430-5-6
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After a relationship gone bad, Hilary Matthews felt unsure about where she belonged or what to do with her life. Cue Zach Collins, a love ‘em and leave ‘em, no strings attached type of guy. The perfect distraction for her wounded heart. Just one problem. Zach isn’t some random stranger. He’s her brother’s best friend, and more than that, he’s practically family. And to complicate matters, just when things start to heat up between them, she learns there’s more to Zach than he let on.
Zach’s job as assistant to an A-list actor allows him the luxury of women, travel, freedom and fun. But things changed the moment Hilary made her move, completely altering his world. Hilary is his fantasy come to life, his dream woman in the flesh…and his best friend’s little sister. Stepping over the line with her would not only ruin his friendship, but possibly alienate him from the only family he’s ever known.
The pressure mounts as truths are exposed. Embroiled in betrayal, lies, guilt, and heartache, Hilary and Zach must decide if the biggest emotion of all is worth the turmoil. With so much at stake, the repercussions from a promise broken would cause the battle of their lives.
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A Promise Broken Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Anissa Garcia
I didn’t say anything. Instead my eyes roamed down his body as he approached. His jeans and shirt were perfectly snug. He sat beside me grabbing the remote, and I was hyper aware of his proximity. He smelled like fabric softener and aftershave. It was familiar and comfortable.
“Hilary,” his voice was soft as his eyes met mine. “Stop looking at me like that.”
“Like what?” I blinked at him with innocence.
“Like you want me to make love to you,” he said breathlessly.
My heart skipped a beat. I fumbled with my hands. “Don’t flatter yourself, Collins.” His phone trilled from his pocket. He reached in to check it, looked at the screen and hit the end button. “Who’s Isabella?”
He hesitated. “Uh, my chef.”
I rolled my eyes. “Bullshit. You know I can tell when you’re lying.”
“I’m not lying,” he laughed. “She’s my chef.”
“And your fuck buddy?” His eyes closed. Yup, he slept with her. His whole body tensed. “Do you like her?”
His eyes shot to mine. “No. I mean, yes, but…not in that way.”
The pang of possessiveness that swept through me was familiar to when Graham said he was working late, and that his co-worker was just that. “Is she pretty?” I asked quietly.
He nodded. “Very.”
“Oh.” Ouch, that stung more than I wish it had. I snapped out of my pity party and stood. “Well, then? Why aren’t you answering her call? You could be with her now.”
His bewilderment was obvious as I rushed to the window. It was hot and I needed a draft, and he was right. Drinking around each other wasn’t a good idea. He watched as I yanked on edges of the glass, trying to pry the window open.
“I told you I don’t care for her in that way.”
“So? You don’t have to care for her in that way in order to fuck. You did it already, didn’t you?” I struggled, but it wouldn’t budge. “Dammit, the window won’t open, and it’s so hot in here.”
“Only once,” he mumbled, as if reluctant.
“Spare me the details, Zachary.” I tugged, becoming breathless as I fought against it. My voice pitched higher as I hit the edges with my palms. “Stupid window.”
He drew up behind me, placing his hands over mine. I froze as his body pressed against me. We lingered, my back on his chest. Fast paced breaths escaped him. His mouth was near my ear, the humidity of his breathing caused me to tremble.
“Gently,” he spoke affectionately, drawing the window up. The crisp air didn’t make a difference when his warm body was near mine. His hands wrapped around my waist and he squeezed for only a second as his lips descended between my neck and shoulder. He gave the skin there a sweet kiss. His lips lingered longer than they should’ve. “You’re beautiful,” he whispered. His nose grazed over my neck as he pulled away. “Graham will regret letting you go for the rest of his life.”
Chills ran down my spine, all thoughts of Graham long vanished. My ringing body turned, needing more of Zach’s touch. His warm palms cupped my cheeks. I wanted more of him. All of him. He looked amazing tonight. I loved the way his emerald green eyes anchored on mine, promising me my darkest desires were a whisper away. His thick, dark hair swirled in waves I wanted to run my hands through. His strong touch had me reeling, and when he denied himself being a good man, instead of pushing me away, it only made feelings trickle in through the cracks of my heart.
He backed off, headed to the stairs, escaping me, leaving me in complete need. Bitterness toward my brother was creeping over me. Zach wouldn’t lose his friend, his boss. I was a risk he wasn’t willing to take. I had to remember what Zach said when he left me that day. Hilary, this can’t ever happen. I was sure he’d stick by what he said. He was a good man, after all, and a good man didn’t break his promises, but maybe, just maybe, some promises were meant to be broken.
Praise for The Promise Series
“Fall in love with Evan and Grace in A Promise Kept, an absolutely delicious debut from Anissa Garcia.” – New York Times, USA Today Bestselling Author, J. Kenner on A PROMISE KEPT
“A super sweet, sexy romance that left me with the biggest smile on my face. I totally loved A Promise Kept!” – New York Times, USA Today Bestselling Author, AL Jackson on A PROMISE KEPT
“Anissa Garcia has the unique ability to draw out emotions that I didn’t even know I had.” – Devious Book Blog on A PROMISE KEPT
“This has to be the most beautifully and well written book that I have read this year!” – Danielle, Short and Sassy Reviews on A PROMISE KEPT
“A Promise Made was lovely, sweet, intriguing, and proved that true love can and will prevail. Five star contemporary romance.” – Audrey Carlan,#1 NYT Bestselling Author on A PROMISE MADE
“Anissa Garcia delivers us another sexy romance with strong characters you can’t help but fall in love with. She promises to be an author to watch out for and add to your must click list!” – Love Affair With Fiction on A PROMISE MADE
Other Books in The Promise Series
A PROMISE KEPT
A PROMISE MADE
A PROMISE IGNITED (a short story)
UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION (Coming soon!)
About Anissa Garcia
Anissa Garcia resides in Austin, Texas and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and English. She has held an array of jobs including Public Relationship Manager for Barnes and Noble. Wanting a change of pace, she moved to Los Angeles where she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and trained full-time in theatre. After working in Hollywood, she returned to Texas where she has written articles for Cosmopolitan and Lady Couture. When not writing stores, watching movies, or drinking a latte, she loves to daydream about romantic fictional men. You can find her online at http://www.anissagarcia.com.