Title: The Promise
Since his brother’s death, Benny Bianchi has been nursing his grudge against the woman he thinks led to his brother’s downfall. He does this to bury the feelings he has for Francesca Concetti, his brother’s girl. But when Frankie takes a bullet while on the run with Benny’s cousin’s woman, Benny has to face those feelings.
The problem is Frankie has decided she’s paid her penance. Penance she didn’t deserve to pay. She’s done with Benny and the Bianchi family. She’s starting a new life away from Chicago and her heartbreaking history.
Benny has decided differently.
But Frankie has more demons she’s battling. Demons Benny wants to help her face. But life has landed so many hard knocks on Frankie she’s terrified of believing in the promise of Benny Bianchi and the good life he’s offering.
Frankie’s new life leads her to The ‘Burg, where Benny has ties, and she finds she not only hasn’t succeeded in getting away, she’s doesn’t want to.(
Author: Kristen Ashley
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fire Inside, Deacon
Series: The Burg
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: July 8 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The Promise is book five in the Burg series. While it can be read as a stand alone, the events of this book pick up at the end of book two, At Peace. Frankie and Benny are both introduced in book two so the story flows best if you have read at least book two. That said Ashley does a great job of letting the reader know what is going on with the characters and the plot so then reader isn’t lost but you are thrown straight into the story.
Francesca Concetti has borne the blame of the entire Bianchi family after the death her boyfriend, their son. After seven years she has decided that she is ready for a fresh start so she is moving and starting her life over in a new city. Unforeseen circumstances force the Bianchi family to re-evaluate their actions and they decide they want to heal the breach. Leading the charge is Benito Bianchi, Frankie’s dead boyfriend’s younger brother. But he doesn’t just want to heal the rift between her and his family. He’s thinking that maybe she could be his future.
I loved Frankie and Benny. They had so many obstacles to overcome but that made them so much stronger as a couple. There are so many highs and lows I don’t want to spoil it but I did not want to put this book down. While Frankie and Benny get off to a somewhat rocky start, they eventually find their way to each other and once there, it was awesome to read about. This book has a nice pace to it that made the pages fly by. We get to see quite a bit of Frankie recuperating at Benny’s as they lay the groundwork for their relationship. As with many KA books the stuff hits the fan and we are thrown for a few curves along the way but it was an awesome ride.
One of my favorite things about a KA book is the detail she includes with the characters everyday life. She describes clothes, houses, cars, everything to give the reader a clear picture of the characters. I love getting the chance to really get to know each character and seeing them grow and develop as the story progresses. In this particular story, Frankie grows leaps and bounds. She has had it pretty rough from her family and life in general so when a good thing is in front of her, she doesn’t know if she should grab on or run away. We get to see her struggle to accept her place in everyone’s life and her value as a person. As the story moves along, she grows into an awesome woman who has a huge heart and is willing to put herself out there for those she loves.
I also love that KA doesn’t leave the reader hanging about small details in her books. In this book I had a few times where I wanted a question answered and when it wasn’t immediately there I was worried. But by the end of the story, I don’t have any questions, no threads were left dangling and the plot was neatly tied up with many extra goodies thrown in.
Fans of KA will be thrilled with the slight cameo appearances of certain characters from past books. We are also given a look at the MC’s for the next and last book in the Burg series which I am excited and saddened about at the same time. And as always there is an amazing epilogue that gives us a look into Frankie and Benny’s future. This was another long and amazing book and I enjoyed every word of it. I can’t wait to see what Ashley has in store for us next.