Forgotten Promisesby Jessica Lemmon
Published by Random House, Loveswept on January 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.
It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.
He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.
According to Ms. Lemmon’s “Acknowledgements” page at the end of Forgotten Promises, she was asked for a story with an “anti-hero”. I have to say she nailed the anti-hero perfectly when she created the character of Tucker Noscalo. His story and how he changed Morgan Young was not at all what I expected and by the end, it was so much more.
Tucker is just out of jail for assaulting his father, the police chief, and what does he do? He “borrows” a friend’s car after beating up his father, again. Would you believe me if I said Tucker had a good reason?
Well, it’s not up to us to believe Tucker. Tucker makes a quick decision and pins all his future on the hope that a talented defense attorney’s daughter will believe him. And possibly believe the reason why he was sent to jail and juvenile hall in the first place.
Morgan, herself, is having the shittiest 21st birthday ever. If it wasn’t bad enough that her boyfriend dumped her on her birthday, she finds herself in a seedy convenient store buying cheap wine so she can drink her misery away. She must have been a sight when Tucker saw her sad, drunk self and started sizing up his plans to grab her.
I wasn’t expecting the direction the story took. It is intense. My heart broke about a thousand times for Tucker, but he never made it easy to feel sorry for him. On the other hand, Morgan was not exactly lovable as a character but she contrasted Tucker perfectly and grew tremendously by the end of the story. That part I enjoyed reading.
The book is a stand-a-lone and for that I was hugely grateful! It’s not a long read, nor is it short. It’s the perfect length and pace.
I needed this particular story to provide a little bit of healing and happiness by the end. Yes, I bawled. And it was waaaay before the end of the book.
If you’re looking for the light, fun story you may be used to Ms. Lemmon writing, be prepared for something different… a very GOOD something different.
Weirdly enough, one of my favorite songs (an old one!) that’s currently on repeat in GooglePlay reminds me of Morgan and this book… loosely. There’s a line, “I can’t pretend to hate you, Cause I will always love you.”
Spoiler alert, sort of… if you absolutely, positively don’t want anything spoiled for you, DON’T play this video! You’ve been warned 😉