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In an edgy, seductive novel hailed by Rachel Van Dyken as “unique and gripping,” Jessica Lemmon introduces the ultimate bad boy . . . and a love that crosses all boundaries.
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.
Look for Jessica Lemmon’s standalone romances with heartfelt HEAs:
FIGHTING FOR DEVLIN | FORGOTTEN PROMISES | SHUT UP AND KISS ME | EYE CANDY | ARM CANDY | MAN CANDY | RUMOR HAS IT
Praise for Forgotten Promises
“This story will grab you from the very first page and refuse to let go.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
“Forgotten Promises is a sexy, heartbreaking read with a tortured hero and a strong heroine. Tucker and Morgan are definitely a couple to root for.”—New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy
“Uniquely dark and utterly beautiful, the love story of Tucker and Morgan is one that will stay with you. Forgotten Promises is the best New Adult book I’ve ever read.”—New York Times bestselling author Gina L. Maxwell
“Jessica Lemmon has the perfect balance of suspense and emotion in Forgotten Promises. It’s another great read, and I can’t wait for more.”—USA Today bestselling author Chelsea Camaron
“With unique characters and a compelling storyline, Forgotten Promises is a definite must-read! Tucker and Morgan’s story is one of heartache and hope. I was drawn into their lives from the first pages, and it’s a story that has stayed with me long after finishing the book.”—Stacey Lynn, author of His to Love
“An addicting and angsty roller coaster, Forgotten Promises had me hooked from page one and didn’t let go of my heart until the end.”—Gillian Archer, author of the True Brothers MC series
“Intense and emotional; the characters are ingeniously crafted, ensuring empathy to the highest degree.”—Book Angel Booktopia
“A wonderfully written story, though definitely different than your typical cookie-cutter feel-good romance.”—Always YA at Heart
“[Tucker and Morgan’s] story is epically beautiful and a must-read for everyone! It will have you in tears of sorrow and joy.”—FMR Book Grind (five stars)
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Gritty, dark new adult novel
This story presented a different Jessica Lemmon than I'm used to. It was quite a deviation from her normal MO. Forgotten Promises falls in the new adult genre, and the main characters were younger than what Lemmon usually writes. Additionally, the storyline of Forgotten Promises was grittier and darker than her other works.
I was instantly hooked at the beginning, but the book lagged slightly towards the middle and end. Given the scenario that the main characters find themselves in, I had some difficulty liking Tucker. I understand his situation influenced his actions, but even in an impossible situation, I felt like his treatment of Morgan was extremely harsh, and it took me longer to warm up to him than it did her. I also questioned her judgment, and her somewhat quick acceptance of Tucker's explanation of his behavior.
The chemistry between the characters seemed to be heavily reliant on mutual attraction from past interaction, that, at least for me, didn't quite translate successfully into their present-day involvement. I did appreciate the moments when Tucker's guard was lowered by Morgan's gentile nature, and Lemmon's quality of writing is still second-to-none, despite my inability to fully connect with the characters/subject matter.
After having the worst birthday ever, Megan walks to the nearest convenience store to buy wine. After all besides ice cream, isn’t wine a girl’s best medicine after finding out your boyfriend cheated? At the store, she runs into Tucker, a boy she went to school with. Tucker has just been released from prison and is trying to find a place in life. He sees his encounter with Megan as an opportunity. He knows Megan’s father is a highly respected defense attorney so he sees a chance to get his help. So even though he knows it’s wrong, he kidnaps Megan. He wants to prove he is innocent of all the charges that put him in prison and to make the real person pay; his cop father. Over time a friendship begins to grow between Megan and Tucker. He opens up about his past abuse at the hands of his father. As they begin to trust one another, romance blossoms. You don’t want to like Tucker because he is a kidnapper, but you can’t help feel for him. Megan is able to look past his history and see who Tucker really is and understands why he kidnapped her. This book is a little different than some of the other books. It is a little darker, no insta-love, no push/pull where the h/H fight leave/come back and the H is actually the virgin. It is told from alternating POVs. While it took a little bit of time to get into the story, this was a well written romance, touching, and emotional story. Even though the ending was wrapped up, something was missing. It was sort of an open-ended ending. What was their life like after the kidnapping? I think an epilogue would have helped. This is a stand-alone book with HEA.
OMG, I LOVED this book!
OK, in my review of Jessica Lemmon’s first Lost Boys book (Fighting for Devlin) I said “Unfortunately, I think I must not care for “bad boy” stories.” That statement couldn’t be further from the truth in regards to this story. Yes, Tucker would be classified as a bad boy, but the more I read his story the more my heart broke for him and I just couldn’t put the book down. Tucker is one of the most vulnerable, and yet strong, characters I’ve ever read.
I’ve read a lot of stories where the Hero has had a horrible childhood but I don’t think I’ve ever read one that was quite like this. Tucker has suffered horribly – at the hands of his own father. I won’t go into more detail about this; you need to read it.
Morgan has been going along in her life unaware that her boyfriend and BFF were hooking up. On what she thinks is probably the worst day of her life, things go downhill even further when she runs into Tucker at a convenience store. Tucker saved Morgan several years ago in school and she is having trouble reconciling that Tucker with the one she is experiencing today.
The book blurb give a very good picture of what the story is about. What it can’t, of course, reveal is the depth that the actual book contains. I know my review is not doing this story justice. That always happens when I have to review a book that has affected me deeply. While parts of this story are very dark and painful to read, Ms. Lemmon doesn’t skimp on the sexy time so parts of this book are pretty hot.
The story is told in alternating points of view which works perfectly for this book. I’m now a firm fan of Jessica Lemmon’s writing and I can’t wait to read her next book.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.