Promise Me This Blog Tour Stop: Book Review + Excerpts!

Author: Sarah Ashley Jones

Publisher: //

Release date: June 17, 2013

Rating: 3.5 stars – IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD READ!

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Welcome to the South – where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. This Southern way of life is all Charlie has ever known. It’s not until she loses the only person who pushed her to break free of the Southern Belle mold that she starts living the life she needs and not the life her parents forced on her.

Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember – constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life. His rebellious and sometimes arrogant attitude is known to get him into trouble, especially with the girls who hang on his every move.

Charlie never thought that a trip to pack up her brother’s apartment would leave her feeling even more unsettled about the grainy details of her brother’s death. Her quest for information leads her straight to his old hangout and into arms of Jhett, who suspiciously knows more about her situation than he ever should.

Only a few questions remain – Can you trust someone based on their word alone? And if you make a promise, how far will you go to keep it?


This book is intended for readers 17+ due to strong language and sexual situations.

From the occasional NA reads that I have read Promise Me This was a pretty good read and start to a series. The story revolves around Charlie and her trip to San Diego, where she is there to pack up her recently deceased brother’s things at his apartment. It is there that she meets Jett and finds out things that she never knew about her brother, Cam. Charlie is thrust into a journey of self-discovery, truths, and love.

I really liked Jones writing style. It easily flowed and thought that Charlie and Jhett’s character development grew the further the story progressed. I also liked the romance between the two. Charlie is this southern belle while Jhett is this hard, tattooed guy. There are extreme opposites, yet there is something there between them. The chemistry crackled and was really well done. The only thing that annoyed me and caused my inner grammar bee to cringe was the array of typos throughout the story. It’s easily fixed and didn’t take away from the interesting plot line, but it did bother me. Just a wee bit.

Although, the story was good, I particularly didn’t find myself enthralled by it. This in part, had to do with my detachment towards the characters. I didn’t relate to Charlie, though I did sympathized for her. On the other hand, this doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the story. Just that I didn’t love or fall head over heels with it. The story is interesting enough that I read through it with no qualms. Maybe it had to do with the romance. I’m kind of a sucker for romance.

Then there is Jhett who I really did like! He’s this bad boy musician turned chef with a kind heart. I liked his honesty and loyalty to Cam. He made some promises to Cam where Charlie is concerned and he tries to keep them as best he can. That to me, is an A+ in my book! As I’ve said before, their romance is really sweet and gradual. Charlie decides to stay the summer in San Diego where she grows closer to Jhett over dinner and nights out. It all is very swoon worthy. As the reader delves deeper into the story we find out that Jhett may have had something to do with Cam’s accident.

Dun. Dun. Dunnn.

As you’ve guessed it, things kind of go on a rough route for Charlie and Jhett.





Sarah Ashley Jones is a tease. Even though I just liked the book overall, I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. The ending gave me hope that things will work out between Jhett and Charlie even after the harsh truth. I theorize that things aren’t always what they seem and there is more to the mystery to be solved! Also, I just want some more romance between the two! Yeah. I’m greedy. All in all, I think you should check out this series! It wouldn’t hurt and if you’re a fan of romance this is definitely a book worth picking up as a leisure, fluffy read.


Sarah Ashley Jones was raised in San Diego, California, but currently wrangles her husband and four dogs in Clarksville, Tennessee. When she’s not writing she works in a pottery studio and comes home covered in paint on a daily basis. She has a slightly unhealthy obsession with cupcakes and chapstick. She is an eternal optimist and can often be found dancing and singing to music at any given time. It’s rare to see her not smiling or laughing, but if you do, just bring her a cupcake and it will cheer her up.

Promise Me This is her first novel and is a story that weaseled its way into her heart and wouldn’t leave her alone until she typed it up on the computer. She already is hard at work on ideas for her next book and hopes that the characters never stop coming to her. Her huge imagination was always in overdrive as a child and now she is beyond excited to put it to good use as an adult. She plans to write as long as she has stories that need to be told.

Extra! Extra! Extra EXCERPTS !!

Excerpt #1

The faint sound of laughter drifted over me and I stretched my leg up and over Jhett’s. Reflexively, he wrapped me tighter in his arms, tucking me closer into him. I wasn’t ready to get up and have last night officially come to an end. The laughter returned, only this time, it sounded as if it were right next to us. In an attempt to shield my eyes from the sun, I rolled over onto my elbow, using my other hand to block out the light. I saw two pairs of tiny, sandy feet before I looked up and took in the giggling little girls staring down at us. “Holy Hell, Jhett! Wake up!” I flipped around, completely ignoring the girls. I clutched the top of my dress to my chest and tried to quickly tie the back into a messy knot before turning my attention to Jhett, shaking him in a panic. Jhett shot up like a bat out of hell, blinking the sleep from his eyes and startling the two girls, causing them to run away in a continued fit of laughter. What a show we must put on.

Excerpt #2

Music began to trickle through the backyard. Hannah found the outside stereo system and led me out into the grass. The backyard was strung with white lights that draped above us, which illuminated the trees that grew in the corners of the yard. Jhett watched from the porch while Hannah and I jumped around to the beats on the radio. I was fixated on him while I danced; he always seemed to draw me in, no matter how far apart we were. “Thank you,” I mouthed to him. I knew Ginger wasn’t the only reason why Hannah had come. “You love him, don’t you?” she whispered in my ear as our bodies still swayed in time to the beat. Hannah’s question caused a fire to rise through my toes and up into my chest. I never thought about what loving Jhett would be like. I only knew that I didn’t want to find out what life was like without him. “I knew it!” she accused me. My response was a short, knowing smile and nod in her direction. “He loves you, too, you know.” I turned to Hannah and searched her eyes; I wanted to find the truth to her theory. There was a longing in them that told me she was envious, which made me wonder – was she right?

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  1. It sounds like a good read, a bad boy chef, I think I like him too lol 🙂


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