May 29, 2014

Promise Me by Kristin Mayer - BLOG TOUR Review & Excerpt


With her best friend happily married and now pregnant, Sam Matthews should be overjoyed. Instead, she can only see what is missing in her life. Pushing her emotions aside, she retreats to a piece of her past that she’s kept hidden, something that even her best friend knows nothing about.

Taking a step into her future, Sam moves to North Carolina where she once again encounters Mark Robertson. He is persistent and hard to resist, and little by little, he uses his charms to break through Sam’s walls.

As Sam starts to open her heart to Mark, she convinces herself that the past should stay in the past. But when her past creeps into the present, her secrets could cost her every hope and happiness in her future.

Promise Me is the third book in the Trust Series.


I'd love Kristen Mayer to Promise Me that she'll keep writing books for the series!
Sam just moved to Atlanta to work for her best friend's husband, Damien. Sam and Allison are BFFs so it is natural for Sam to want to be close to Allison since they just found out Allison is pregnant, right?  Wrong.  Sam can't help but be excited for her BFF but the news threw her for a loop.  Sam's past comes tearing up through the walls she thought she had built and she is having trouble coping.  

Sam's normal coping mechanism is sex.  Sam doesn't date people, doesn't do romance, she likes to have a night with no strings attached.  Since she just moved to town, she is feeling the stress of not having had sex for a while.  Enter Mark, one of the players on Damien's team.  Sam and Mark have hooked up twice in the past for a night of hot steamy sex - when I say hot I mean HOT!  

Ever since Mark met Sam, he has been interested in more than one night but he'll take Sam any way he can get her.  Mark's ultimate goal is to get Sam to try for a real relationship with him.  The more Sam hooks up with Mark, the more she starts wanting more.  She sees the loving relationship that Allison and Damien have and she starts to want that too - with Mark.  Once Sam gets the courage to approach the topic with Mark, of course, he agrees to give it a real go.  

Promise Me is more than just the tale of Sam and Mark's romance.  Promise Me is really about the promises you make to yourself - whether it be to be true to yourself or keep a secret to protect a friend; the promises you make to your friends to always be there for them; the promises you make to your significant other to always talk about your feelings, what's bothering you, to never leave and love one another.  Promise Me is about opening yourself up to love whether it is scary or not, whether you may be hurt or not, and love healing the scars of your past.  

Promise Me was very well written.  I can't wait to read more from Kristin.  I loved the zany cast of characters who deserve to live on in other books!  From page one I was engrossed in the book, I laughed a ton, cried a little, and was so sad to see Promise Me end - I wanted it to keep going on.  Kudos to Kristin for the great read!  

Review by Carmie


I received a couple of catcalls as my body moved to the music. I knew the best thing was to always ignore them as I let the music take me over. My hips swayed, and my hands went up in the air. The third song started playing, and a light gleam of sweat coated my skin. Some unwanted bodies had tried to get close to me, but I knew how to keep my distance from strangers without losing my rhythm. It was freeing. I was lost in the beat when familiar hands came around my front. I knew it was Mark.

His mouth came to my ear. “Hey. Wanna dance?”

Mark pulled me to him. Our bodies joined, and we began moving together. His head came down and kissed the exposed part of my neck, and I tilted to the side to give him full access. The crowd had thickened and was pressing in on us. The pulse of the music drove us. We moved until we were both a hot mess, and neither one of us had said a word through multiple songs of the most hip-grinding, dirty dancing I had ever done.

After nibbling on my earlobe, Mark said, “Let’s say bye to the boys, and then I’m taking you home. I think all these assholes got the picture of whose bed you belong in.”

Turning to face him, I kissed him hard as his hands stroked my back. His leg went between my legs, and we started moving again. Our hot tongues danced with each as our bodies moved as one. We were both sweaty and hot. We were about to be a sexual explosion out here if we didn’t leave soon.

Pulling back barely, our lips still touching, I responded, “Now, all the girls who were hanging around, hoping for a shot with you, know who you’re taking to bed tonight.”

He grabbed my ass, bringing me closer to him, and it only increased my sexual need for him.

Mark bit my lip and then said, “I like you a little jealous. Let’s go before I lose my remaining bit of self-control.”

About the Author:

Kristin Mayer is a wife, a proud mother, and a full-time Analyst and Import Manager. Since an early age, she has always enjoyed reading and writing. While visiting her father one weekend, he suggested that she should take up writing again. With family and a career, she didn’t give it a lot of thought, until a story entered her mind and wouldn’t leave. It just kept forming and developing over a couple of months.

At the beginning of 2013, she decided to sit down and write it all down, but she kept it to herself. One sentence developed into two, and before she knew it, she had the makings of a novel.

Kristin tries to live life to the fullest during every moment. She loves to travel and meet new people. She holds a degree in International Business and uses it daily in her job. Kristin now adds “author” on her list of jobs, and feels very blessed and thankful.

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