Blake Bentley had a rough upbringing, never fully believing he was good enough for anything or anyone. After being left with a broken heart by his only girlfriend, Blake swore off relationships for good and turned to the only two things that made him feel sufficient - sex and firefighting.
Tessa Collins was brought up in the traditional 'perfect' family - loving parents, great sister, and amazing friends. After falling in love with Jared, her life was perfect - until he betrayed her. She has no idea that his betrayal could end up costing her more than just a shattered heart.
Blake and Tessa have been friends since high school. Never wanting to admit their attraction for each other, the two always remained close friends. Now, three years later, Blake and Tessa find themselves being pulled together by a force much greater than friendship.
Blake and Tessa have promised to be friends forever, but as fate pulls them together, they embark on a roller coaster ride of a lifetime. Will his self doubt and her insecurities keep them apart? Or will they be able to promise each other always?
**content is for +18yrs.**
Sometimes when you love someone you have to let them go. If they come back to you, they were always yours. And if they don't, then they were never yours to begin with.
Once I started reading Promise Me Always, I couldn't put it down!. The book in written in the POV of both Tess and Blake. They met through friends while in high school and he thought that she was breathtakingly beautiful, but they were friends... except for one time when they hooked up in his truck, but neither one made a move to make it more than just that because they were both afraid to lose the friendship.
Tess is getting ready to graduate from college with a degree in photography. When she catches Jared, her boyfriend of two years cheating on her again, she was devastated to have walked in on Jared and his assistant going at it in his bed, she refused to take him back this time.
Blake is a firefighter who was raised by his mother and currently lives with his brother. When Blake was five, his mother pack him and his older brother up and left their abuse household, but the damage Blake's father inflicted has left very deep scars.
Blake and Tess have always had a flirty relationship, but they never acted on it - until they both didn't couldn't stay away from each other anymore.
I knew we were created for each other - there was no denying that. Our bodies were made for each other, molding together like the colors of fire, weaving and blending together to create the flame. I knew her body like it was my own, every curve and crevasse committed to memory. When I pulled her close to me, it fit like a puzzle piece... except the corner of my puzzle piece was chipped, blemished and imperfect to her perfection. It was the depth of my imperfection that would drive us apart; I was un-repairable. - Blake
But the damaged part of Blake keeps telling him that he is not good enough for Tess. He loves her so much that he believes that she is better off without him. He proves this to himself by accidentally hurting her while trying to get a guy away from her in a drunken rage, solidifying his darkest thoughts.
My whole body went numb. I already felt lost without her, but I would rather live my life adrift and lonely than put her through anymore pain. She would eventually get over me and move on to find someone that would care for her the way she deserved, but no one in this world would ever love her more than me. - Blake
It had been two days, fourteen hours and twenty two minutes since he walked away from me. Two days, fourteen hours and twenty two minutes since her tore my heart out. And I was absolutely devastated. I had spent the last two days trying to put the pieces of my fragmented heart back together, but every time I got a section figured out, memories of that night would shatter it all over again. Blake was the only person that would ever be able to put the pieces back together and I didn't know if I would ever see him again. He had made his decision. He didn't want me. - Tess
This book kept me up well into the night because it was so good! I love when a book sucks me in like that. If you like angst - then definitely read this book, because if it is filled with anything, it is angst - with a lot of hot sex mixed in. Blake is a hunk of solid firefighting hotness with those crazy sexy 'fuck me' lines that lead straight to the good stuff!!
This story is about a friendship that turns into a long lasting love that gets torn apart piece by piece because of insecurities and ex lovers. It was a 4 star read and would recommend this to everyone I can! The one thing I loved about this story was number one it wasn't a cliff hanger woohooo BUT I wanted more! You know when you read a book and you fall in love with all the side characters as well even though you don't her there thoughts all the time, yep this happened with more than one character! She left this open for much more from many of the side characters and I am super stoked that we will get more from this author with Cam and Cara's story that will be coming out this year as well. But lets get to the goods of this story!
Blake-- Firefighter ***by the way they are by far my favorite characters*** who doesn't want a sexy man that fights for lives and looks hot as hell in uniform??? OK lost my head for a moment! He grew up in a crappy home environment because his dad left when he was younger, which he is thankful for because he was an abusive ass hat, but in turn his mom had to work long hours and he and his brother took care of themselves. He was in a relationship that turned sour when he was a teenager and he just kept to casual dating after that. But he had one amazing night with his friend Tessa but they both decided to stay friends and not pursue it any further, although secretly he wanted to but he didn't think he was good enough for her and he didn't want to lose her. Years later he realizes she has been the one for a long time, but can he get past not being good enough for her? Will he give in to the blazing chemistry between them? He knows she is in an awful relationship with a man who cheats on her and when she finds out will he finally get his chance or will his own demons hold him back?
"It isn't like that with her, Devin. She's different. I don't want to just fuck her.... If I mess this up with her, If I lose here, it will destroy me." then it finally hit me like a ton of bricks. My heart started beating so fast it felt like it was on fire. I fucking wanted this girl. No, I needed her and I was going to do everything in my power to fucking maker her mine.
"Do you have any idea what you do to me? I have never found a woman this irresistible before. Do you have any clue how fucking gorgeous you are?" "Do you feel that? This is what you do to me, baby girl. Just looking at you, touching you, smelling you..." "you are gong to ruin me Tess."
"I'm no good for her. If I thought for one second I could be everything she deserves, I'd go to her. I'd fight the entire world to be with her. I fucking love her." "And that's why I'm staying away."
Tessa-- She has been with her boyfriend Jared for a while and when he cheated on her the first time she took him back, big mistake she found him once again with another woman in her house when she showed up early one day from work. Her heart was broken and she felt stupid and used and most of all embarrassed. Blake and her have always been friends and she has secretly wanted more with him but pushed it to the back of her mind because of Jared. But now that he is out of the picture can she let her self finally give in to the chemistry and feelings she held for him since the one night many years ago? Or will Jared keep her from that? Or will Blake ruin it for them with his insecurities?
When we were younger, he used to always tell me that I saved him. But, looking back, I know now that he was the one that saved me. Not only did he save me from Jared, he saved me from myself. I was a closed box, never wanting to show my true colors or let my emotions break through the exterior. I was scared to open up and he made me realize that if you don't unlock the doors, then no will ever be able to come in. Not only did he hold the key to my heart, he threw it away once he was inside, leaving it wide open for the world to see.
"I love you, baby girl, more than you'll every know. I'll do whatever it takes
to make you happy, for as long as I live."
Go pick this fabulous story up and be on the look out for more from this author for this series because there is no way you will want to miss out on Cam and Cara's story! Hurry up Spring!