Three Broken Promises by Monica Murphy
Three Broken Promises: A Novel (One Week Girlfriend Quartet)
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 remembered enjoying One Week Boyfriend more than I thought I would. When I realized there were now more books in this series (I read OWB a while ago) I had to check them out. I really enjoyed Three Broken Promises, Colin and Jen's story, up until the end.
Colin holds onto a lot of unnecessary guilt. If anything ever happens to Jen it is his fault. Doesn't matter if it is or not he feels responsible. He has liked Jen forever, but as soon as he realized he liked her as more than a friend he put her in the never going to happen because she is Danny's sister category. He never thought he would be good enough for her. When he doesn't enlist with Danny like they had talked about, and Danny ends up dying, Colin feels incredibly guilt. He feels like he killed Danny. He also promised Danny he would take care of Jen so he does. She lives with him, she works for him, he does everything he can for her. Even though he loves her he tries to stay away. He has bad dreams most nights and wakes to find Jen comforting him. They never talk about it in the morning...they don't seem to talk about much really.
Jen has her own share of self doubt and not feeling like she is good enough for Colin. She worked as a stripper before he found her, and did make extra money in other ways as well. She is so embarrassed and upset with herself for doing this she is incredibly ashamed of herself. For how much she goes on about what she did when you find out I just thought really? That is all? I mean you are in a bad situation. Then she is all everyone will hate me forever if they find out and on and on. I should have hated that. I should have hated Jen and Colin really, but somehow I didn't. Yes they both have issues, if they would just talk and be honest with each other we wouldn't have a book. Somehow they were written in a way that I didn't hate them, I just kept reading as fast as I could.
At the beginning of the story Jen decides she needs to run away as her past is catching up with her. She needs to get out before Colin finds out what she did. Again she should have been really annoying to read, and yet she wasn't. Colin doesn't help matters by pretending to not care. It was ridiculous, but I still liked it. I liked it right up until the end when they finally figure things out. When they do the dialogue and way it happened just felt so unlike these characters I didn't like it. It felt like I jumped into a different book. It was sweet I guess, but not realistic for them. I don't know. So I loved most of the book, but then it ended on a low for me (even though there is the HEA). Unfortunate, but I still can't wait to read the next book.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★