Mini-Review: The Promise of Us (Book #2: Sanctuary Sound Series) by Jamie Beck

41725247Claire McKenna knows about loss. The bullet wound that ended her promising professional tennis career drove her to make a quiet life for herself working with fabric samples, chatting with her book group, and spending time with her parents in her sleepy coastal Connecticut hometown. Then there was the boyfriend who dumped her to pursue her adventurous childhood friend. Now, Claire’s business has hit a financial snag, but she’s up to the challenge. After all, she can survive anything. At least she thinks so…until her teen crush, Logan, returns to town with his sister, Claire’s traitorous friend.

Photographer Logan Prescott is more playboy than homebody. But his sister’s illness teaches him that there’s more to life than chasing the next thrill. Bent on helping her win Claire’s forgiveness, he turns his charm on Claire and offers her big bucks to renovate his multimillion-dollar New York City condo.

After years of playing it safe, Claire must now take some risks. The payoff could be huge, but if it all falls apart, can her heart recover from another loss?

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Source: NetGalley and Montlake Romance          Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  It makes me feel truly crappy and like a very bad person when I so aggressively dislike a character who has been through as much as Claire McKenna has in book two of the Sanctuary Sound series. Claire survived a life-altering tragedy and though she has recovered in many ways, she has not in other critical areas.  It is this lack of recovery, refusal to seek helps, and Claire’s truly terrible attitude that had me angry with her from her introduction in book one all the through the end of book two.  Claire has used her tragedy as an excuse for a great deal of bad behavior and cruel words and that I found to be completely off putting.  In fact, even when Claire began to work on her issues, I found I couldn’t overlook her past behaviors as they were so awful and so pronounced. 

With the above having been written, how am I still at a 3-star rating?  Logan!  Logan Prescott may be something of a playboy, but he presents himself as anything but in this read.  Logan is kind, caring, patient, talented, and likely the only man who can break through Claire’s horrifying attitude.  I found Logan to be a wonderful character with a strength of character that was quite refreshing.  I liked his attitude, his actions, his words, and his devotion to his sister.  Hands down and without doubt, Logan saved this read for me and kept me from dropping below three stars. 

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