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Promise Me This by Christina Lee

I loved All of You and then all subsequent installments in the Between Breaths series by Christina Lee so much, I can’t even explain.

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A new love will test the boundaries of passion between a privileged boy next door and the tattooed, blue-haired girl who helps him embrace his wild side…

Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It’s not that he doesn’t respect or trust women; he doesn’t trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn’t do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn’t take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.

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This one tells Nate and Jessie’s story. Nate, if you recall is Bennett’s friend from that party where he first laid eyes on Avery. But now, he’s only got eyes for Jessie.

Promise Me This deals with a difficult situation of domestic violence. Growing up in an abusive home, using wealth and charm as the ultimate happy-life facade, Nate has reached a point where he can’t keep quiet anymore. But there’s a difference between that and dealing with the trauma and how it still affects his family. That’s where Jessie comes in to help. Her life has been the exact opposite, which makes her the perfect person to help Nate face the future while dealing with his past.

Jessie grew up in a happy, loving, rather poor home. Her father was her hero, and her inspiration for her chosen profession. Her mother has been her rock and a loving supporter all along, and mostly since her father’s passing. She’s strong, determined, confident and compassionate. Somewhat of a paradox from her physical appearance. She has also been Nate’s friend for a while, complete with silly nicknames and all.

But both have ignored attraction for each other. They deny what lays beneath the surface of their realized emotions for fear of losing each other as friends. But that doesn’t last long. (never does, doesn’t it? Lol)

And that’s where the story begins. They are both dealing with their feelings for each other and with their desire to help and be with each other. Jessie’s special relationship with her mother helps her navigate her budding relationship with Nate.

I loved the extra details around the leading plot, Nate’s relationship with his mother and his brother were fascinating and very real. Nate’s need to deal with his family and what seems like a deteriorating situation turns slightly easier with Jessie at his side.

As always, Christina Lee weaves a beautifully emotional story with genuine real life situation. It’s also sometimes a little scary how well Lee captures a 20 something year old’s voice. Mixing in little bits on the other couples from previous books was fun.

I’m 100% ready for Dakota’s story.

And yes. Nate gets his own hashtag. Didja thing I’d forget? Pffft… #SensatioNATE. Do you not love it?

My rating: 4.5star

* Thank you InterMix and Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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