by N. Raines
A New Adult Romance
Released January 2016
In high school, Sam Pennywell had a massive crush on Rick Russo. But he was her cousin’s boyfriend and strictly off-limits. Meeting Rick again years, later she can hardly recognize the man he’s become.
As a paramedic, Rick’s career is all about helping others. But in the line of duty, he’s become one of the injured. He’s caught in a dark place he can’t escape on his own. He can’t make Sam any promises of love. Promises are too easily broken.
Sam spends her life taking care of sick and homeless animals. She’s never met a stray she didn’t love, and Rick is the most important rescue she’ll ever make.
No Promises was a pretty straight-forward romance that was fun and sweet with enough emotions to add to depth but not overwhelm.
Sam has put her life on hold in order to take care of her father after he suffered a number of heart attacks. She has done so willingly, but she can’t help but think that she’s missing out on living her life to the fullest. Thankfully, her father is appreciative and she has her cousin to lean on. It is while at a party at her cousin’s that she runs into Rick.
Events in recent months have left Rick in a dark place, so he decides to go back to a place where everything made sense. But to his surprise, nothing is quite as it once was. His girlfriend is not who he thought she was and he ends up befriending Sam. Rick is not in a good place and can’t afford to get involved with anyone. But his attraction to Sam doesn’t let up and soon enough emotions come into play.
I liked the concept behind this story and found it was well executed. Both Rick and Sam wee interesting characters to get to know, which made it a treat to see them connect on the page as the story moved along. I enjoyed their bickering and honest interactions and appreciated the effort the author made in making sure I was a witness to their connection growing as the story progressed.
Rick and Sam both had issues they needed to deal with and I found that their grow throughout the story matched accordingly. I enjoyed how Rick opened up to Sam. At first he was closed off and emotionally unavailable due to the circumstances of his return, which I came to understand easily. Sam helped to draw him out of his mind set offering her friendship, giving as good as she got and ultimately sharing her heart with him. Sam’s main issue was more of her own doing. She was a caretaker at heart and taking care of her father was something she took upon herself without regards to her own life. But when Rick came along, she realized there could be more to life than how she was living. Rick also helped her realize that she was worth more than she thought had given herself credit for. I loved that I got to witness their growth as individuals on the page.
All in all, a fresh sweet romance without the angst I’ve come to expect in the genre.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
About the Author
N. Raines (who also writes as Nona Raines) is a former librarian who lives in upstate New York with her many pets. She’s currently working on her next novel between walking the dog and shooing the cats off the laptop. Her erotic romances are published with The Wild Rose Press and Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was nominated for the 2014 DABWAHA sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs. Her most recent work is the romance novella Write to Me and the transgender romance Her Kind of Man.