With her best friend happily married and now pregnant, Sam Matthews should be overjoyed. Instead, she can only see what is missing in her life. Pushing her emotions aside, she retreats to a piece of her past that she’s kept hidden, something that even her best friend knows nothing about.
Taking a step into her future, Sam moves to North Carolina where she once again encounters Mark Robertson. He is persistent and hard to resist, and little by little, he uses his charms to break through Sam’s walls.
As Sam starts to open her heart to Mark, she convinces herself that the past should stay in the past. But when her past creeps into the present, her secrets could cost her every hope and happiness in her future.
Promise Me is the third book in the Trust Series.
I have to get this out of my system before I tell you why I loved this book… There is a line in the book that immediately brought this series of pictures taken by photographer Ben Watts for GQ Magazine from back in February to mind. I can’t tell you what the line is because I am not giving anything away… but I don’t care what the the character says… these pictures of a professional football player (swoon) and his pregnant wife are HOT!
Ok… that’s out of my system now so on to the book. This book was inspiring as much as it was steamy. It touched a soft spot in my heart and made me smile over and over again. Kristin Mayer did such an amazing job bringing these amazing characters to life and gave this story so much pizzaz. I fell in love with it within the first few pages.
Sam has a hidden past. One she doesn’t want to bring to the surface or let anyone know about. Her past has damanged her making her feel tainted and unloveable. But she is anything but that if she just let’s her guard down enough to let anyone past the tough exterior she fronts. She has always used sex as an escape. It has always been her release from stress and it seems to ground her. Although her ways of getting it are a bit unorthodox, she always manages. Again, no one knows that side of her.
From the outside, she is a beautiful, confident and strong woman. Inside she is shattered and damaged. She doesn’t think anyone could love her unconditionally, so she has never put herself out there to be loved that way. But with her new job, she is determined to say goodbye to a part of her past that has always been her comfort in dark moments. Of course, it’s not just her new job that has her wanting more out of life. It’s her best friend who is now expecting, her best friends over protective husband… and it is Mark.
Sam and Mark had their hook up. She gave him what every guy wants right? Sex, no strings… it’s pretty cut and dry. But there was something there from that first moment in Vegas. There was something there that he couldn’t deny. But getting through to Sam would be something else all together.
When Sam moves to her new home for her job, she instantly becomes overwhelmed with baby talk with her bestie, she needs a release and she needs it now. But she doesn’t have the club to fall back on here. Oh… but she remembers Mark. Mark is amazingly hot, he is kind and he will be just right for what she needs. But when he puts up a little battle and is determined to get more out of this than one more amazing moment together, she knows she has to pull out all the stops. Using a take it or leave it approach she is going to get what she needs. But will Mark?
Can Mark find a way to show Sam that her past is just that? Can he help her see that she is strong, beautiful and everything in his eyes? Or will he fall victim to a broken heart because the one woman he can’t seem to let go of is an expert at running away?
Now, let’s add the rest of the characters to the mix… Mark’s got this crazy all in your face kind of family, but no matter how over the top they are, Mark loves them all and keeps nothing from them. But Sam’s family is so polar opposite from them. Sam loves her parents, but she grew up in a place where saving yourself for marriage and not living in sin were expected. Of course, Sam’s family didn’t know about her past either. She always kept them sheltered from so much surrounding that part of her life. She was always afraid that their view of her would change.
The bestie and her husband, the first two books are their story, so they are just along for the ride on this one, but it is so much fun to have them around. Practicle jokes, inside jokes and all around best friends make up this book. Throw in an exboyfriend who wants Sam back at any cost and an amazing neighborhood baker that Sam quicky forms a tight bond with and you have the mix for the perfect story.
This book touched my heart and made it beat wildly. The steam was off the charts and the story behind Sam and Mark just melted my heart bit by bit. I don’t want to spoil the story by giving away too much but I just adored Sam. Her life wasn’t perfect and hasn’t been for a long time, but the fact that she could see change bit by bit and piece by piece (and cookie by cookie) was inspiring. For anyone that has ever had a dark spot that is hard to over come and has changed who they are, this book just makes watching the change so moving. Sam has a big dark spot that she built walls around to protect herself. But watching those pieces fall away bit by bit just tugged at my emotions.
Kristin Mayer has done a great job making these characters come to life. They captured my heart and showed the greatest gift. The gift of love. This is a must read book and worth every one of the five fabulous stars!
Dance Club Scene
I received a couple of catcalls as my body moved to the music. I knew the best thing was to always ignore them as I let the music take me over. My hips swayed, and my hands went up in the air. The third song started playing, and a light gleam of sweat coated my skin. Some unwanted bodies had tried to get close to me, but I knew how to keep my distance from strangers without losing my rhythm. It was freeing. I was lost in the beat when familiar hands came around my front. I knew it was Mark.
His mouth came to my ear. “Hey. Wanna dance?”
Mark pulled me to him. Our bodies joined, and we began moving together. His head came down and kissed the exposed part of my neck, and I tilted to the side to give him full access. The crowd had thickened and was pressing in on us. The pulse of the music drove us. We moved until we were both a hot mess, and neither one of us had said a word through multiple songs of the most hip-grinding, dirty dancing I had ever done.
After nibbling on my earlobe, Mark said, “Let’s say bye to the boys, and then I’m taking you home. I think all these assholes got the picture of whose bed you belong in.”
Turning to face him, I kissed him hard as his hands stroked my back. His leg went between my legs, and we started moving again. Our hot tongues danced with each as our bodies moved as one. We were both sweaty and hot. We were about to be a sexual explosion out here if we didn’t leave soon.
Pulling back barely, our lips still touching, I responded, “Now, all the girls who were hanging around, hoping for a shot with you, know who you’re taking to bed tonight.”
He grabbed my ass, bringing me closer to him, and it only increased my sexual need for him.
Mark bit my lip and then said, “I like you a little jealous. Let’s go before I lose my remaining bit of self-control.”
Kristin Mayer is a wife, a proud mother, and a full-time Analyst and Import Manager. Since an early age, she has always enjoyed reading and writing. While visiting her father one weekend, he suggested that she should take up writing again. With family and a career, she didn’t give it a lot of thought, until a story entered her mind and wouldn’t leave. It just kept forming and developing over a couple of months. At the beginning of 2013, she decided to sit down and write it all down, but she kept it to herself. One sentence developed into two, and before she knew it, she had the makings of a novel. Kristin tries to live life to the fullest during every moment. She loves to travel and meet new people. She holds a degree in International Business and uses it daily in her job. Kristin now adds “author” on her list of jobs, and feels very blessed and thankful.