Series: One Week Girlfriend #3
Publisher: Bantam on December 31, 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge, 2014 Rewind Challenge
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Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.
I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.
I loved Drew and Fable and the little glimpse that we got of Colin and Jen so I was very excited to get started with this one!
Jen and Colin have known each other for a long time–Colin was Jen’s brother’s best friend. But Danny died, Jen ran away, and now Colin has taken her in to work at his restaurant and live with him. Both Jen and Colin have their demons to fight and those demons come in the form of Colin’s nightmares. The nightmares that Jen holds him through. There is undeniable attraction but Colin won’t let himself succumb to it. So Jen gives him a month–man up or she’s gone.
This story was a lot different than Drew and Fable’s story. It was a bit darker than Drew and Fables. It was different, but I still enjoyed it all the same. The characters had a really complex background that I loved discovering. Their story was very realistic and very believable–even more so than Drew and Fable’s. The plot did, I admit, get a bit repetitive with the giving in then fighting the attraction bit, but this story did stir up my emotions and left me wanting more.
Jen had demons to fight, although they weren’t as apparent as Colin’s. She was a headstrong character who was tired of being pulled in then pushed away. She wanted more for herself so she went and got it. She was a determined character with a good sense of humor. She was probably my favorite of Fable and Jen. She just felt more real and more relatable than Fable did. I liked her resilience as a character. She was also selfless and caring, especially when it came to Colin.
Colin was closed off for a majority of the novel. He didn’t let anyone but Jen see the demons and the guilt that he was fighting about Danny’s death. And that guilt was totally plausible which surprised me. Often times characters in books feel guilt for a reason that isn’t realistic, but that is not the case in this story. I never would have guessed all the things he was going through from the confident mask we see when reading Fable and Drew’s books. He was an even more well written character than Jen because his story and his feelings were just so complex. It made me want better for him, but the fact that he was pushing away what would make him better made me want to strangle him.
There was an undeniable attraction between Colin and Jen in Drew and Fable’s novel and it was even more pronounced in this one. However, with Colin’s guilt crushing his soul he refused to give in and have a relationship with his dead best friend’s sister. At more than one point did I want to shake some sense into him for this. Jen tried, she did, but she wasn’t the one to be strung along for long periods of time. Colin needed a push and she gave it. And still, it took him so long to succumb to his feelings. I loved the tension that was present in this novel, and I loved seeing Colin slip up the few times it did. And when it all came down to it, the relationship was healing, romantic, and sexy. It was perfect.
We see a bit of Drew and Fable in this novel, more-so Fable than Drew, seeing as Fable is Jen’s best friend. I liked seeing her supportive side, especially because that was Jen’s job in the other novels.
Overall, Three Broken Promises was just as great of a contemporary as the previous novels in the One Week Girlfriend series. The combination of characters with a connection, tragic past, and undeniable chemistry made this one a great read.