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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on June 26, 2018
The third and final installment of the Sons of Broad romantic suspense series was one I was convinced would easily be the best of the series for me. And, it was. Not just because it held all the answers and was the big finale, but because I’ve been anticipating this romance pair since they were introduced and the sparks started flying.
Broken Promise is the third book in a trilogy that is all one story with the limelight going to each of the Benedict Brothers and the ladies in their lives. It is not a good standalone or place to start the series.
Up to this point, the villain known as The Gentleman has pretty much had it all his own way. Keaton and Tilly slipped through as did Knox and Bea, but that didn’t change the fact that he’s still operating in the shadows and the family has no idea from what direction the danger is coming at them.
In this final segment, Kipling and his sassy cop, Alyssa, team up and discover that her family secrets hold the clue that will be the game changer. That said, they have to survive long enough to pursue it. Meanwhile, Jade, the secret Benedict child, is in dire straights and time is running out.
As those who read my reviews might remember, I began this series with a prequel novella trilogy that was less than impressive as were the first two books in this series. The stories were okay with several niggling issues. The villain and his quest for revenge was the most compelling part of the story with the romance and the investigation side being weak and improbable at best. My complaints in the past were improbable plotting, shallow development on the characters and their backstory and instalove with no real development. All gone. This one did it right.
Kipling and Alyssa had good chemistry and they made a good detecting team. They followed the trail through the past that led to some surprising places even as The Gentleman and his people were on their trail, constantly. They worked smart and had some good sizzling moments as they both learned to get past their issues- Kipling trusted that Alyssa wanted him for him and she started shedding her guilt about her sister and her mistake with her ex. I liked how the family of brother and their ladies worked together and I really liked what came of Jade’s story splicing in. The epilogue was sweet and a great finish.
This version came with a bonus novella that was the third of the prequel novellas. It’s actually a good one to have if the reader didn’t already read them before going into the novels since its the one that gives backstory to Alyssa’s ex and some of her work on the case.
So, that leaves me with a dilemma. I loved this book and could definitely recommend it, but.. its book three and I can’t say I’d heartily recommend the first two. They were okay and had some good points and they led into this one. Maybe, I’ll just say give the series a try. Every reader is different so maybe others will do better than I did through the first ones. Slightly spice romantic suspense with a strong premise, family of brothers, and strong ladies are what is on offer.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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