The Promise of Us

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I really enjoyed this and found it really fast paced and entertaining. Will definately read more by the same author in the future.
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Second in a series, focusing on Claire - victim of an accident and living with a degree of physical disability and emotional anxiety. I think Beck did a terrific job with the character development of Claire and her two friends Steffi and Peyton. Much of the book explores how the relationship broke and the obstacles to completely mending it. Then enter the men. I think Beck was trying to make Logan an alpha male archetype, but he ended up looking like a narcissist half the time. Ben was the “nice” guy - and Beck neglected to develop him like she could’ve.  Maybe that’s for book 3! I do think the guys could have been better written.  Even so, I enjoyed this read.  Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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After a horrible incident and subsequent injury when Claire was young, she is living a very sheltered life due to the fear of being hurt again.  Logan Claire's story is filled with healing, exploration and expansion of horizons to find their happily ever after.  

This is a very touching and heartwarming story filled with great characters and a thought provoking story line. The Promise of us is well worth the read.going to be added to my re-read pile to be sure.
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Claire suffered a teenage trauma when she got shot in a mall shooting. Since then she lives a sheltered safe life with her limited mobility. Cautiously living life on her safe terms she finds a boyfriend and is looking forward to a good future when the boyfriend deserts her for her best friend. Now Peyton's name is anathema to Claire despite the fact that she finds out that Peyton has cancer and their mutual boyfriend has deserted Peyton too. It's only when Logan Peyton's brother comes to town with his sister and tries to get Claire out of her shell in an attempt to make peace between the two girls that Claire realizes how much she's given up. 
Logan's character is pretty manipulative especially as he tries to change Claire's mind about his sister but there is no doubt that Logan loves his sister.  The parents make a very interesting foil to the children but I love how Claire finally stands up for herself to her parents and tells them that they are smothering her. The icing on the cake of course is when she makes a presentation of her ideas to Logan's uber successful father and holds her own.   What Logan has going for him is how he coaxes Claire out of her shell venturing out further and further including the big bad city even if his original motives are flawed. Claire of course has the most character development as she moves beyond her reclusive afraid of her shadow personality tp be able to stand for herself and finally deal with the issue of her friendship with Peyton as an adult. 
Ms. Beck is a new to me author and I love her contemporary stories with heart. Yes while I had no trouble starting with this book I did go back and buy the first book in the series to read.
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3.5 stars

The Promise of Us by Jamie Beck is a well written and heartfelt read.

I enjoyed watching the relationship unfold between all the characters and I was happy Claire and Logan were able to find their happily ever after. 

Overall, The Promise of Us is a good addition to the Sanctuary Sound series.

*Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for the advance copy.*
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo – ☆☆☆☆
Tragedy struck Claire McKenna when she was approaching the top of her tennis game. Not only did it shatter her dreams of a professional career, it shattered the way she moved, the way she walked, and her self-confidence.

Cocooning herself in Sanctuary Sound, she's made a comfortable life for herself. Until one of her best friends steals her boyfriend and once again made her the object of pity.

Then Logan Prescott returns to town along with his boyfriend-stealing sister. He's always admired Claire and now wants nothing more to resolve the pain of betrayal between Claire and his sister. However, once he gets to know Claire again, he likes the woman she's become and he is now determined to break Claire out of her shell.

I really enjoyed this book, the way Claire's feelings were so heartfelt and real leaving the reader knowing exactly what she was going through.

Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in the series – and I would recommend that you read them in order, as you will meet Claire and her troubles in that book too. It will help you understand just how traumatic the split in the friendship between her and Peyton was, and the difficulties faced by Steffi as she is close to them both. Small town life means that she lives in a gold fish bowl but has no prospect of leaving. As the story progresses, it is easy to see how she has been trapped, and how her loving parents have increased the strength of her fears.

Logan, Peyton's brother, has brought Peyton back to their family home to recover from her breast cancer treatment. He has known Claire all her life due to her friendship with Peyton, and he's well aware of her childhood crush on him. But right now, everything is broken and he is doing all he can to make Peyton happy. So it is inevitable that he will have to work on restoring some of the threads that held the friends together. Finding that he finds Claire to be beautiful, talented, and yet clearly closed off from life, he has a second mission – to make her break out of her prison.

You may surmise from this that Logan is driven and determined. He really is, and yet he does it out of love, even if he hasn't worked that bit out yet! It is moving, and also fun watching the two of them come to a position of unexpected mutual happiness. Amazing how both bending a little can make such a positive contribution to a relationship!

I enjoyed how there are some fascinating real issues of ethics and morals balanced with real life and love – how do you hate someone who stole your boyfriend, yet is suffering from cancer, and he left her as soon as he found out? Having been shot in a freak accident, how do you ignore the facts about the danger of guns, crowds and traffic, and manage to enjoy yourself in spite of the possibility of another injury? When is place a home – when beautifully decorated or when the person you love is there too?

I am looking forward to the next installment in this lovely series.
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Jamie Becks latest book The Promise of Us is the second book on the series but never fear, it can be enjoyed ad a stand alone.    Ms Beck is a new  favorite author for me.  I  love the style of her writing and the way she draws me into the characters lives.  This story is fulll of emotion and you are glad to be along for the ride.   I recommend this story
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This story had a plot that was fraught with relationship drama. I admit it was a book that I kept putting down as I was easily distracted from the story! I am usually one that can't put a book down. Once I got into the main storyline I enjoyed the book. Takes a little time to grab you, but a decent read! 

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review!
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This was a wonderful story about second chances, forgiveness, healing and over coming your fears.

This is the 2nd book in the Sanctuary Sound series, however, it can be read as a stand alone book.
Claire is working on starting up her own company with her best friend Steffi. Just when she thinks things couldn't get worse, her ex-best friend, Peyton, and Peyton's brother, Logan, move back to town and flip Claire's whole world upside down. 

I genuinely enjoyed Claire and Logan's story. I found the characters very relatable. I was genuinely invested in both if the characters and was eager to see how their lives played out!

I was given an ARC of this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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DNF @ 13%

In the first chapter we learn:
- Claire was involved in a mass shooting as a teen, ending a promising tennis career and leaving her with a limp and cane but don't worry about her living off junk food in her 30s because "her body still melted calories like butter in a frying pan."
- one of Claire's besties stole her boyfriend, but then the boyfriend left the Peyton after learning she had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. 
- the third bestie in their group was the victim of a brutal assault.

The drama continued in chapter two when we learn Claire's parents "had suffered two miscarriages before they had Claire, and one after, which explained why they'd always treated her like she was made of spun glass. Things got worse after the shooting."

I had my heart set on a fun second-chance contemporary, but I couldn't stop the eye-rolling. Everyone so far had to one-up the other with their sob stories.
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I Loved Claire’s story. Watching her face her fears and see where she is holding herself back from moving forward. A emotional journey with a great ending. Logan is searching for the next big story but sees the bigger picture in life when he gets to know Claire again. 
 Love, laughter, friendship and rebuilding of life and friendship. A must read. 
I received a advanced copy in exchange for a honest review.
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The Promise of Us continues the storyline started in the first book, The Memory of You, but focuses on Claire McKenna. Like Steffi in the first book, Claire is struggling to cope with a really traumatic experience, after being shot when she was 15. Effectively ending the life she had imagined for herself. As an adult, Claire clearly still struggles with the mental and physical aftermath of the shooting, she walks with a cane and has debilitating anxiety and PTSD. On top of all that, she feels betrayed by one of her best friends after her boyfriend leaves her for her friend. And who happens to move back to their small coastal Connecticut town than Claire’s former friend, Peyton, who brings her brother, and Claire’s former childhood crush, with her. 

I enjoyed this one quite a bit, but I don’t know if I loved it as much as I did the first book. I’m a sucker for a second-chance love story like the one in the first book, I don’t know if I felt as connected to Claire and Logan’s characters. I found Claire to be a tad frustrating and stubborn at times. I found myself saying “does NO ONE in this town go to therapy?!”  Both Claire and her parents have clear PTSD from her being shot over a decade ago. The social worker in me was mildly horrified these characters were still deeply affected by the trauma, yet didn’t seek help. I can understand why Claire didn’t (my dad lives with PTSD from Vietnam and it took him decades), but her parents not seeking help for their trauma really bothered me for some reason.

Overall I still recommend The Promise of Us, it was a 3.75 star  
read for me (upgraded to 4 on NG and GR)! I am very excited the next book will focus on Peyton, she’s been the character I’m most interested in throughout the first two books.
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I have found another author to add to my list of must read writers: Jamie Beck. The Promise of Us tells the story of Claire, who, as a teenager, was shot in a mall shooting. Not only was Claire’s life irrevocably changed but so were the lives of her parents and friends. The girl who was once known for living the life to its fullest is now a woman who takes very few risks.

When Logan Prescott, the brother of Claire’s former best friend, returns home with his ailing sister, Claire realizes that the crush she’s always had on him still exists. Logan, always a playboy, finds himself attracted to Claire and wants to help her really live her life again.

I enjoyed reading this book. It’s quiet, thoughtful, and the characters react realistically.

Logan might not be the standard male in a romance novel. He’s a bit selfish and manipulative, traits that he acknowledges. In some ways, it was refreshing to see this different type of character as long as, you know, I didn’t have to live with him. On the flipside, he tries to photograph dire humanitarian situations so he is giving back to society and he genuinely cares about his sister and friends, Claire included.

For some readers who can’t put themselves in the shoes of a shooting victim, Claire’s behavior could be hard to tolerate. She lives in physical pain and fear and suffers from anxiety attacks when she’s removed from her comfort zone.

One complaint I have about this novel is that I think Beck waited too long to show us how smothering Claire’s parents are. Now, I completely understand their behavior. When you almost lose a daughter, you do tend to want to shelter them to the extent possible. It seemed that their behavior wasn’t shared with the reader until half-way through or more which felt too late because it gave me a whiplash kind of reaction.

If you are a fan of Susan Wiggs’ stories, you might enjoy The Promise of Us.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Jamie Beck writes a book that contains true and raw emotions that pours from the characters as they try to navigate their stories. In The Promise of Us are three once close friends, one of whom was horribly and painfully hurt by another. Claire was deeply hurt by her friend, Peyton’s, actions and now Peyton is trying to make amends. Peyton’s brother, Logan, is working to ease the way for Peyton with Claire and finds himself enamored by Claire to his surprise. But, can Logan alone crush the impenetrable wall around Claire’s heart when it comes to Peyton?
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I was so excited to read The Promise of Us and return to Sanctuary Sound and the friends that we started getting to know in The Memory of You, this time focusing on Claire’s storyline. I thought this was the perfect follow up and really enjoyed just about every last bit of it.

I loved coming alongside Claire as she began overcoming and moving past some of the struggles she faced due to a past tragedy. It was so great watching her grow through the course of the story and I found myself cheering for her every step of the way. And while I had a particularly difficult time with our other main character Logan who was just so vain, selfish, and flat out unlikable for most of the story, instead of diminishing my overall appreciation for the book, for me it actually added to the depth and realness (especially by way of character growth) that make these the wonderful reads that they are.

Just as with the first book, this isn’t a totally light and fluffy read, as it deals with tough topics like gun violence and cancer. Basically I’ve learned to be prepared for all the emotions with this series. I’d consider this (and the first book) a blend of women’s fiction and romance... all rolled into one touching, heartfelt, and beautifully written story. So if that sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’d definitely recommend giving this series a go!

Thank you NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.
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The Promise of Us is my first Jamie Beck read and I have to say that it is more than I thought it would be.   A sweet romance, with fade to black love scenes, that focuses more on the character's growth and their intertwining lives than on passion.

Claire was a teenage tennis phenom before a bullet during a random shooting took her ability to play along with her trust of the world outside of Sanctuary Sound.  She is now content to stay close to home and build her design business with best friend, Paige.  Logan returns to Sanctuary Sound with his sister, Peyton, for her recovery from breast cancer.  Claire, Peyton, and Paige used to be thick as thieves until Peyton stole Todd, Claire's boyfriend, further eroding Claire's trust of life.    Logan had always admired Claire as a teenager but as an adult, his feelings are growing to be more.  The problem is that Logan is an adventurer who yearns for travel, new places, and excitement that Claire just can't face.

Ms. Beck has taken the cliche of opposites attract and has stretched it to it's furthest point.  Not only are Logan and Claire polar opposites, but they are also both so firmly entrenched in their beliefs that they cannot even think of budging.  Plus they have complications in the form of Peyton's betrayal and Claire's overly protective mother.  The Promise of Us is a very realistic take on the hurdles we must overcome to make the most out of our lives, the compromises me have to make for those we want in our lives, and the strength it takes to face a world that doesn't really care about us.

Claire's a character that you sympathize with from the very start.  She was destined to a larger future that was painfully snatched away with finality.  That sympathy morphs into frustration for and at her along the way as Claire shuts herself off and limits herself to the point of isolation.  Watching her growth, baby steps though they are, will make you cheer her on.   Logan is a little harder to like, at first.   His loyalty to his sister is almost canceled out when he uses it against Claire in his bid to have everyone get along and be harmonious.  He is rigid in his carefree ways, demanding that other's bend to his way.   Logan's greatest growth is in learning compassion and understanding.

The Promise of Us is an emotional, sometimes heavy read with lighthearted moments.  A story of overcoming, gaining wisdom, learning to let go of regrets and leaning on others.
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I didn’t think I could love Claire’s story as much as I loved Steffi’s, but of course, I did! I’m loving this Sanctuary Sound series and can’t wait to read Peyton’s story, next!! Beck has such a wonderful way of making these beloved characters authentic and likable, while going through real-life issues. I’m grateful to NetGalley and Jamie Beck for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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It is to appear on the Romance Reviews Today website and am currently checking to see when that will happen. When it does, the review can be found here:,%20Jamie/Beck,%20Jamie.htm
There is already a promo blog post on our blog:

Sanctuary Sound, Book 2
Montlake Romance
ISBN: 978-1503905245
April 9, 2019
Contemporary Romance
Sanctuary Sound, Connecticut – Present Day
Claire McKenna was a survivor of a shooting years ago which then ended her promising tennis career. Not only do the lingering injuries remain with her, but she suffers from PTSD that has her unable to leave the sanctuary of her hometown. A couple of years ago, Claire also lost her boyfriend—not to death, but due to his leaving her for her then best friend, Peyton Prescott. The breakup also destroyed the long-time friendship and Claire has been unable to forgive her former friend. Peyton is now recovering from breast cancer and has returned to Sanctuary Sound—as has Peyton’s brother, Logan, whom Claire has secretly been attracted to all these years. Logan is determined to bring Claire and Peyton back together. Will it also provide Claire and Logan a way to get to know one another better?
Logan is a worldwide journalist who would rather be writing books but his wealthy parents disdain his dreams. Right now, Logan’s first priority is helping Peyton recover, and one of the things they’re doing is working on a journal that they hope will get published. Claire is an interior designer and Logan is looking to get his New York City condo redecorated. She would be the perfect person to hire for the job, but will her being unable to leave Sanctuary Sound hinder the plans? Logan approaches Claire and soon discovers that he likes being around her and wants to get closer to her. Will the wanderlust bachelor find love with Claire?
In THE PROMISE OF US by Jamie Beck, Claire once had it all: the friendship of Peyton and Steffi (another close friend), a promising career in tennis, and an idyllic life. Then, it all was shattered when she got injured in a mall shooting in another city. As Claire has slowly built her life back together, she has been unable to get past the flashbacks and fears of that shooting. This has left her unable to leave her hometown, which is heightened further by her parents overprotectiveness. She once thought she’d found love, but he abandoned her for the (then) vivacious Peyton. But after Peyton was diagnosed with cancer, he abandoned her. Everyone around Claire wants her to forgive Peyton—but can she?
Logan sees the good in Claire and wants to help her, even though she doesn’t want people to feel sorry for her. He uses the redecoration of his condo as an excuse to woo her into forgiving Peyton. But soon, he develops feelings for her that he wants to explore. She continues to resist him, though she doesn’t turn down a chance at a job. Will he be able to convince her to get past her PTSD and see the world beyond Sanctuary Sound? It’s a big task, yet there are serious sparks between them.
THE PROMISE OF US is an emotional tale about recovery and new beginnings as Claire and Logan explore their mutual attraction. But first, there has to be forgiveness and putting the past behind. Will they find a way to a happily-ever-after? While THE PROMISE OF US is related to THE MEMORY OF YOU (Steffi’s story in the first book in the Sanctuary Sound series), this tale can easily be read as a standalone. Don’t miss this absorbing and enjoyable book.
Patti Fischer
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4 1/2 Stars! An emotional journey that will break your heart.

When Claire was at the start of her tennis career, she was the victim of a random shooting and it ended her career and life as she knew it. She is still living in her hometown, barely leaving it because of the fear it will happen again. When her boyfriend Todd leaves her, with one of her best friends Peyton, she decides she will never trust anyone again! Less than a year later, Peyton is back in town and recovering from a double mastectomy. And her brother Logan is with her ... the guy that Claire has had a crush on since they met when they were young. Logan is a carefree globe trotting photographer, but right now he is only interested in helping his sister recover from cancer and help mend Peyton's relationship with Claire. But before Logan can get Peyton and Claire back on speaking terms, he has to get Claire to be friend with him ... again. 

This book has 2 very sensitive stories ... 1-Claire's fear of leaving the safety of her hometown and 2-Peyton's realization of real life after getting cancer. I so wanted them to become friends again, but yet I understood why Claire didn't want to forgive Peyton. And Logan ... what a good guy ... he just wanted to see his sister happy and in trying to make that happen by trying to mend Peyton and Claire's relationship, he ends up seeing Claire in a whole new light. Even though this book is an emotional journey that will break your heart ... it will make you feel good as well. I can't wait for the next book ... Peyton's book! Not only do I highly recommend this book ... but also the first book "Memory of You". You don't have to read it first, but doing so would make this book much more enjoyable.

I received an early copy courtesy of Montlake Romance through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
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A sweet, second chance romance. Clare and Logan are a very sweet couple and I was cheering for them for the whole book. 

Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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