Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: Beautiful Broken Promises by Kimberly Lauren

THIS IS A total STAND-ALONE NOVEL. No need to read the first two books in the series to enjoy this book. This is not a dark romance. 

Every day you stay gone
I die a thousand more deaths 

Lane Parker has secrets he hasn’t even told his closest friends. He may have earned their respect but it’s undeserved. He may seem genuine but he’s a total fraud. He may look strong, but on the inside he’s weak and drowning with no chance of catching his breath any time soon.

After four years, Lane finally gets the call he’s been waiting for. Given back a piece of the life he’s been fighting so hard to reclaim, will he be able to handle everything that comes along with it? And if so, can all of his broken promises be redeemed?

So, I don’t give up and I won’t let them win
I will find you and I will make sure that you know
You’re my everything

4.5 Star Review by Jennifer Hagen

I refuse to be held accountable for giving away the huge spoiler that exists within this book.  I want your jaw to drop, your heart to stop beating, and for you to feel that moment of speechlessness just like I did.  I won’t give away the major plot of the story in my review.

We were first introduced to Lane in the second installment of the Beautiful Broken series.  He is a very, very close friend to Audrey and I recall him having an aura of mystique to him during that book.  I knew he had a secret, but we were never given any glimpses into what that could possibly be.  Ms. Lauren was of course not going to give away any clues to take away from the intrigue that was coming in Lane’s book.

Lane grew up in New York City and was a third generation police officer serving alongside his father. He made a promise to protect, but when that promise is tragically broken he moved out to California with the hopes of being able to find a strong lead.  Lane began training for underground boxing with the hopes of infiltrating the gambling circle which would in turn lead him to his target.  Because of his training, Lane is HUGE and HOT.  Lane has recently moved to Texas with a close friend and her husband, since his California quest didn’t turn up any answers.  Lane is now part of the Jace/Jaxon/Cole circle and these guys consider Lane part of their family and would do anything to help him.

After 4 years of waiting, Lane gets a strong lead on the case and his past is finally coming home.  Along with that comes Raegan, a spunky gal who went from being a suspected major player in the case to being the savior.  Lane has spent the past 4 years placing blame on Raegan, but he quickly realizes that if it weren’t for her, the case would still be facing dead ends.  In order to keep continuity between the people involved, Lane and Raegan have no other option but to be in close proximity with each other.  Lane sees firsthand the nightmares that plague Raegan.

“Sleep.  Sleep in my arms, knowing that I’m here.  I’ll never let anyone hurt you again.  Sleep baby, I’ve got you now.” -- Lane

Lane is full of love and he isn’t afraid to show it.  This man brought me to tears on several occasions with his soft heart.  This big muscular man who could squash anybody that gets in his way, is a soft gentle lover.  He protects Raegan from the dark of night and moves her away from the place that gives her the nightmares and panic attacks.  Along the journey towards peace and acceptance, he has discovered another emotion – one of love.

“I love you.  I can’t believe you’re making me tell you this for the first time in a damn bar, but I love you!”

They all thought the case was closed…justice had been served and the man was behind bars.  But when things are going well and your guard is down, the past can still come and hit you hard when you least expect it from the person you never once thought could betray you.

This wasn’t fair.  It answered so many questions, but if given the choices, I think I would have chosen to never know.  Not this – this was too sick.

Can Lane look past the betrayal and move forward with his life?  Will the past be constantly looking him in the eyes and will he see the 4 years that have been missing from his life when he looks into those same eyes?  Is love strong enough to make you forget?  Luckily Lane has wonderful friends to help and support not only him but also Raegan.

This was my family.  Everyone in this room I happily called my family.  We didn’t have the same blood running through our veins, but that didn’t mean we loved each other any less.  Each one of us would go to the ends of the Earth for one another.

I have loved every book in this series, but this one gave me an emotion I wasn’t prepared for – I had tears of joy from the warmth and love that exudes from Lane.  He made my heart swell with his ability to love so strongly and to naturally be able to nurture.   I loved the interaction of the gang – they are all here in small tidbits but when they are all together that’s a lot of hot beef…

“I can’t look at Cole like that because he’s practically my brother…it weirds me out.  I know what Jace looks like because I sleep with his identical twin every night. Lane’s my only mental fantasy.”  Only our previously promiscuous Emerson would be able to get by with this statement.  Jaxon still has his hands full with Emerson, but loves every minute of it.

I have one suggestion for the author… I would like a book called “Beautiful Babies.”  Wouldn’t that be a good story???  There is nothing more becoming than a hot strong male holding babies…lots and lots of babies.  

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