Review: Broken Promise by Tara Thomas

Posted June 26, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 19 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Broken Promise by Tara Thomas
Broken Promise

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Series: Sons of Broad #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on June 26, 2018
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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19 responses to “Review: Broken Promise by Tara Thomas

  1. Debbie Haupt

    Oh man this series is on my pile but do I really want to start something new. hmmmm maybe 😉 Thanks for pushing me toward the yes please pile Sophia Rose

  2. This sounds like a great read! I’m not sure that I’d be up for going back to read books 1 and 2 though. I’m not a big fan of instalove and shallow character development. That said, it’s great the series ends well! 🙂

        • The romance has been building since book one so its more that they are fighting their mutual attraction for their own reasons than that they hate each other. She thinks he’s a rich play boy who just likes to flirt plus she just got burned on her last relationship. He’s been wary of women, particularly when he feels an attraction, since the woman he wanted to marry showed that she could fool him and was only into him for money and position.

          But all that said, they don’t hesitate long. 😉

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