Review: The Promise by Piper Davenport

Review: The Promise by Piper DavenportThe Promise by Piper Davenport

Series: #1 Dogs of Fire: Wolf Pack
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on November 22, 2017
Pages: 193
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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8+ for language and sexual situations.

A promise is a promise is a promise…

Lily James has two loves outside of her family…Maverick Quinn and ballet. She’s a Dogs of Fire Motorcycle Club princess who has found her prince. But when faced with an agonizing truth, she must decide whether to pursue her dreams or protect the one she loves.

Maverick Quinn knows what he wants in life, and it all starts and ends with Lily James. He’s loved her since he was a boy and his love has only grown with age, but when she walks out of his life without warning, he questions their entire relationship.

When a threat from inside her family comes to light, he makes the ultimate sacrifice, because a promise is a promise is a promise.

Review

The Dogs of Fire series was a captivating blend of heartwarming family and friendship with sexy hot passion so I was thrilled to see the author tackle a next generation style spin-off series with The Dogs of Fire: Wolf Pack.  And who should lead this new series out, but the childhood sweethearts, Maverick and Lily.

The story opens with a tough break for Lily that has her deciding to push away Mav in an effort to spare him from giving up his own dreams.  Fortunately, Maverick is attentive and pushes through her excuses and efforts to hold him at arm’s length.

Under the watchful gazes of their parents and the rest of the Dogs of Fire family, Maverick and Lily begin to live out the early promise of their love.  Adulthood and an adult relationship are not simple as they work to finish university and pursue their chose careers while figuring out a partnership.  Just as things are coming together, an old menace from Lily’s past along with a rising threat from a rival motorcycle club bring a new challenge.  Mav never wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps into the Dogs, but now to protect Lily, he will do anything.  And sassy, independent Lily finds that the hardest thing might be to stand down and wait.

Alright, I ended up enjoying this latest installment in the Dogs of Fire world.  It was fantastic seeing the cute kids grown up and facing their own difficulties while at the same time seeing where all the older couples are at.  The story gets off to some quick hitting opening scenes that eventually smoothed out into the present day story.

I should probably make it clear that though this is a spin-off and new series of stories, it is closely tied to the older series.  New plot and story arc, but strong connection to the broader cast of characters.  So, it could be read standalone or first of series, but I strongly suggest going back for the previous Dogs of Fire books first.

I enjoyed the fact that though much of the romance was easy in the sense that they already know they love each other and have future plans, this doesn’t mean they skated along on easy street, either.  Between their own need to sort out their places in the relationship as adults and the exterior conflict caused by the rival MC, things stayed pretty exciting.  I had to laugh at myself that I had a moment or two when I probably reacted like one of their parents would have when I read the sexy scenes.  It took a bit for me to remind myself that they are all grown up now and it’s okay.

The hints at another romance and other newly introduced characters make me eager to continue with the Wolf Pack series.  Oh, and a fun crossover occurs for those who enjoyed Tracey Jane Jackson’s A Nun Walks Into a Bar mystery story and certain familiar faces cameo here in The Promise.

All in all, this was a ‘promising’ start to a new spin-off series and I can’t wait for more of what I’ve come to love from this author’s stories of biker romances full of heart, family, friendship, and sexy good times.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Other books by Piper Davenport that you may want to check out!

Road to Desire by Piper Davenport Road to Absolution by Piper Davenport 

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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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  • That does sound good. I like romances where the couple already know a bit about each other and get back together. Those covers are great too.

    • Yes, there is something special about a childhood sweetheart story.

      If I have the right of it, her husband did this cover and a few of the others for her which is neat.

  • so is this like a next generation? Or I understood that wrong Glad you loving this author and her characters <3

    • Yes, this book is a spin-off story from her Dogs of Fire MC series telling the next gen stories. 🙂 Yes, I do love her books.

  • it’s always interesting to see the characters growing up and changing like that

    • Yes, it’s been fun because both these two were kids when their parents got their stories earlier and then they grew up during the series.

  • This book is new to me. It’s giving me werewolf vibes, with the whole Wolf pack thing. 😀 The romance sounds really great! That’s funny that the one scene made you feel like you would react like their parent, that’s hilarious. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia! Excellent review!

    Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Haha, yes, Wolf Pack does bring a shifter romance to mind.

      Yeah, I had a weird moment when I was like, no no no can’t look because the kids are downstairs snogging. 🙂

  • I love when authors write next generation type series. Sounds like it has a lot of potential to be a good series.

    • Yes, that was a big draw for me- seeing the kids grow up and fall in love.

  • I haven’t read any books written by Piper Davenport before but this sounds worthwhile. I do kind of like spin off series books. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    • She has a nice balance of heartwarming with spicy. Her books tend to tie-in with other books/series but in a way you can pick one up and not get lost- or maybe too lost is accurate, depending. This one was a cute spin-off that works best after the Dogs of Fire series. I think I’ve got the latest one of those coming up for review next week.

  • I’ve not heard of either of these series although I may have read a review by you in the past. I laughed at what you said about feeling a parent during the sexy scenes. I still haven’t read a motorcycle book although I own a few. Glad you enjoyed this one!

    • She flies below the radar perhaps. I tumbled across her books years ago during a freebie and liked it so kept coming back.

      LOL, yeah, I’ve seen this pair growing up throughout the series so I had a weird moment there before I could read on.

  • Yay for a strong kick off to the spin off series. I’ve not read her before. I might need to, though. Sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

    • Yes, I loved seeing the kids all grown up and getting their happy ever after. Her bestfriend’s story is on my radar and hopefully soon.

      These are mild MC romances, but I enjoy the brother and sister hood camaraderie feel to them.