Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
Six hundred and ninety-five days. That’s how long it’s been since Jude’s fiancé broke off their engagement. With the help of his brother and his all-encompassing love for music, Jude glued the broken pieces of his heart back together, but when his ex shows up on his doorstep late one evening, Jude fears it will fall apart again.
Two years ago, Vincent made a terrible mistake. He left the love of his life for stupid, ill-advised reasons. It took a traumatic event to bring what was truly important in his life into focus. Older and wiser, he’s now ready to do whatever it takes to win Jude back.
Their chemistry is as explosive as ever, but will they be able to work through the real issues? Can trust once broken be rebuilt?
I thought Promise Me We’ll Be Okay by Nell Iris was a sweet contemporary romance. In the trope of lovers reunited and second chance at love that so many people love, myself included, it’s the story of Jude and Vin’s love affair broken off by Vin leaving Jude crushed. Now two years later Vin reappears wanting a second chance, saying he had made a huge mistake. And Jude give it to him. That’s the story in 92 pages.
I liked the premise. Lovers reunited with a second chance at love is always a favorite theme of mine. You have a support system for Jude in his brother and sister in law who helped pick up the pieces when Vin broke it off. There is a nice start of seeing Jude as a teacher which I wish there was more of seeing that it’s his love of teaching and Vin’s inability to recognize it’s importance that leads to the split.
I think the shortness of the story works against it here. It’s a likable story but Jude after being crushed to the point of not functioning and still in recovery mode after 2 years, immediately takes him back. Which I found exceedingly strange without a strong narrative to support it. Also Vin’s excuses for the breakup, while valid, haven’t exactly disappeared nor does he put forth any well thought out ideas of how he will cope in the situation exactly. I don’t know, perhaps his character just needed a little more depth here. And again, you get little of Jude as a teacher, something so central to him as a person and as a part of their breakup. Instead you get music? How did that feed into Jude’s supposed lack of ambition?
No a longer story to help with the holes in the narrative and perhaps flesh out the charactions would have left this a richer story. But as it is, its an immensely likable one.
Cover art is nice and certainly has all the right elements, right down to the long hair on the character of Jude.
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ebook, 1st edition, 92 pages
Published March 3rd 2018 by JMS Books, LLC
Original TitlePromise Me We’ll Be Okay