Today is the release day launch of A PROMISE KEPT by Anissa Garcia. I am so excited about this fantastic new contemporary romance! Check out the excerpt and enter her giveaway today!
About A Promise Kept:
Closing her heart a long time ago, Grace Clark made a promise she’s vowed to keep. Having Hollywood heartthrob Evan Matthews move in next door with his alluring good looks, charisma, wit, and sexy smile is a temptation that runs the risk of compromising the importance of that promise.
Evan is drawn to his new neighbor. Grace is the exact opposite of the women he normally encounters. Enticing, down-to-earth, and confident, she captivates him. She has no problems facing off with Evan, and he soon realizes Grace is much more than just a challenge. He wants to prove himself to her.
Grace can see the man beyond the actor, and with more than just her pride at stake, she needs to hold tight to her promise before Evan breaks through all her walls, exposing her heart.
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“How many homes do you manage?”
He walked with her across the yard and to her door. “Mine, plus four more. It’s an easy job most of the time. Stephen is a friend of my father’s. He’s always traveling and needed someone to look after all the small things he can’t.”
“Gives you time to write?”
“Yes, definitely. And I get discount on my rent. He and my dad are close, so he didn’t hesitate to help me out.”
“Well, I’m glad I rented this place. And that my pipe leaked.” He watched her body tense up as she turned to unlock her door. “The cast party is on Friday night. I’m renting a small shuttle to come pick us up.”
“A shuttle?” She stepped partially inside before turning.
“Yeah, so everyone can party recklessly but get home reliably. Besides, who wants to find parking and drive in downtown traffic, right?”
“Be sure to wear a sexy costume, Grace.”
“I don’t do sexy.” Grace placed her bag on the hall tree and turned back toward him. “And one date down, one to go.”
“You are sexy. And today was not a date.”
“See? If this was in the old days, we’d define this as a date.”
He laughed and stuffed his hands in his pockets. “It’s not the old days, honey buns.”
She crossed her arms and continued. “So what, in your opinion, defines a date, Mr. Matthews?”
Evan grasped her arm and tugged her forward. Their bodies were so close, and he could feel himself stir as he breathed in her scent. His hand brushed her cheek, and his lips drifted near hers. She didn’t push him away, but he knew if he got any closer she would. “When I get to kiss you at the end of it, Gracie. And I will eventually kiss you, doll.” He winked at her and walked away, letting her settle with that notion and knowing he was getting closer to winning her over.
A Promise Kept by Anissa Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is your first summer read! This should be mandatory reading this summer, involving at the minimum a pool/bubble bath/ or sandy beach in the reading mix. I personally found myself locked away in the bathroom finding the privacy of a luxurious bubble bath and my kindle the perfect beginning to my summer.
If you know me, you know I lean towards the darker reads. Sweet reads don’t tend to hold my interest very long. That being said there are a few authors that can write sweet romance that I pick up in a heart beat. (That’s right ladies…I have a soft side *gsap lol) Now added to that list is author Anissa Garcia her debut novel A Promise Kept is swoon worthy romance that made this girl’s icy heart melt.
Evan Matthews…. I say again…Evan Matthews…. he is … well…He’s perfect! He is every girl’s dream! No games No deep dark tortured past that makes him an a$$. Evan Matthews is every girl’s dream! Good looking, romantic, fun, down to earth guy that makes every girls heart go pitter patter. Grace Clark (our leading lady) walks into his life and he is instantly drawn to her independence, quick wit, and wet t-shirt…what he’s a man you can’t blame him!
Grace is strong. Yes she has some things holding her back (I mean we need something that keeps us turning the page!) But she’s a strong woman. Again if you know me, you know I loath a mousy woman. Grace is what I look for in my books.
Grace fights her attraction to Evan and that’s where the fun begins. Evan fights to spend time with her and what we get is swoon worthy and laugh out load moments. In fact my cheeks hurt from reading because I was smiling the entire time.
Personally I love when you get great friends added to the mix. The secondary characters are wonderful additions to this novel. Grace and Evan’s friends added so much more personality and depth to your reading pleasure, and I can’t wait to see what may come next. (I haven’t seen or heard of a novel staring some of their friends but I do hope it happens *hint hint)
Again, this is you first summer read, and a perfect beginning to Anissa’s writing career and I can’t wait to see what’s next from her!
Anissa Garcia resides in Austin, Texas and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and English. She held an array of jobs including Public Relations 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 stories, watching movies, or drinking a latte, she loves to daydream about romantic fictional men.
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