Book Review – One is a Promise (Tangled Lies #1) by Pam Godwin

 

Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster ride!!!

 

One promise.
One forever.

One look and I knew Cole was mine. My dark rebel in leather. My powerhouse of passion, devastating smiles, and impulsiveness.
When his job sends him overseas, he promises to return to me.
A promise that’s destroyed in the most irrevocable way.

Two years later, an arrogant suit invades my heartbroken loneliness.

Clean-cut and stern, Trace is everything Cole wasn’t.
At first, he’s a job that will rescue my dance company. But as he intrudes on my life, our hostile relationship evolves.
He knows I’m still in love with Cole, but his dedication is my undoing.

Then a catastrophic moment changes everything.

Promises resurface.
Lies entangle.
And an impossible choice shatters my world.

I love two men, and I can only have one.

Release Dates:
Tangled Lies (a trilogy)
One is a Promise: June 6, 2017
Two is a Lie: July 11, 2017
Three is a War: Aug 29, 2017

Wow, this book gutted me!!

One is a Promise evoked so many different feelings – I’m still having trouble adequately describing what this book did to me. My heart is in shreds right now.

First up this book is part ONE in a series of THREE books. It does end in a cliffhanger AND it’s about a triangle situation that might not work for everyone – so be aware of this.

If I’ve known any of these warnings, I would have waited until the last book will be released in August – because the wait is going to drive me nuts. I’m already an emotional basket case.

Saying I was invested in this story is an understatement. I was all in. From the very first page to the unbelievably shocking end. Pam Godwin grabbed my heart, squeezed it and didn’t let go until the very last word. My brain is still in scrambles and my heart hurts so bad, it needs a hug.

How could I have fallen in love with two guys????

It’s all Pam Godwin’s fault!! I’ll blame her completely because this book should have come with a HUGE warning sing – AFTER READING YOUR HEART MIGHT NEVER BE THE SAME!!! That’s how I feel right now. I’m emotionally battered.

It all started with me falling in love with Cole – hook, line and sinker.

Pam Godwin didn’t even give me a choice.

I loved him immediately and unapologetic, first through Danni’s anecdotes and later through flashbacks – which turned out to be my favorites – and I usually HATE flashbacks. Kudos to Pam Godwin for making me love flashbacks.

Cole was my kind of guy. He was the total package.

Tattooed biker with dimples.

Good with tools.

Perverted in the best of ways.

HUGE sexual appetite. 

Possessive, bossy and demanding.

The flashback about their first meeting was my absolute favorite part of the entire book. Honestly that chapter was pure romance. Incredibly romantic, heart-meltingly beautiful and just so swoon worthy. It checked all my boxes.

Now, getting to the triangle part of this story, my darling Cole died in an accident at his job side overseas.

MY HEART BROKE right then and there.

I wanted to scream and throw a tantrum right then and there!!!!

His replacement was the very opposite of him. Trace, suave, and rich, owned a casino and became infatuated with Danni after seeing her perform one of her dance routines. His demeanor was broody, coldly arrogant and distant at times.  He was a man of contradictions. Even so he was aloof and detached, his eyes were filled with a burning hunger and passion for Danni. On top of that he was overpoweringly alluring and overly confident to the point that he always got what and who he wanted. And he had a way with words. When he opened his mouth, my panties literally melted.

When Danni met Trace, she became sexually intrigued. The first time since Cole’s death someone other than Cole excited her. Trace’s cold and hot demeanor drove her nuts. And all the feelings that had been buried for so many years suddenly exploded into a frenzy of sexual awareness.

It might not have been love at first sight, but it was certainly LUST. Everything she had suppressed for so many years came spilling forth.

And here we come to the real issue.

I was conflicted. I loved Cole and missed him terribly, as much as Dannie did. But on the other hand Trace was one compelling specimen and Dannie needed to move on. Her holding on to a ghost was not healthy. But OMG it killed me. 

I had a clear favorite, and there was nothing Trace could do about it. I loved the rugged, tattooed biker more than the suit wearing ultra rich business man.

Getting sucked into this emotional triangle was not something I foresaw. Nevertheless this book was COMPELLING, SPELLBINDING and kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire length of the book.

Writing this review didn’t help my state of mind at all. I still feel like there is this huge whole in my chest and it needs to be filled NOW – not in July or August. I’m going to be heart-broken, crushed, and emotional stunted until I get my answers. WHY????? This is TORTURE!!!

Pam Godwin is one incredibly talented writer. Her prose and writing style is impeccable and exactly what I like. So far, none of her books have ever disappointed me and maybe I’ll forgive her for keeping the suspense to such a high level.:D

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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