Promises Kept

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A woman must face her former lover if she is to attend her best friend’s wedding as promised.

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It should have been a wonderful time in Anna Kenner’s life. Her best friend was marrying the man of her dreams and had asked her to be her maid of honor. If it had been any other friend, she would have been there in a heartbeat.

But there was no way she was going to spend even a fraction of a second in the same room with Remy McMahon. Not in this lifetime.

Remy wasn’t about to let what had happened between them ruin his sister’s big day. He’d make sure that Miss Anna was at the wedding – and whether she walked down the aisle with a sore bottom or not was up to her.

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It was the hardest thing she’d ever done in her life.? As she hung up the phone, there was no way Annalise could squelch the flood of tears she’d been struggling to hold back for one second longer. She honestly didn’t know how she’d managed to do it at all.? Just how does one go about breaking her best friend’s heart?

Libby was more than a best friend.? She might as well have been her sister ? and indeed, Anna thought of her as her "sister from another mother" and she knew Libby felt the same way.? They had been with each other through everything ? school, boys, other girlfriends, family problems and tragedies ? as far back as either of them could remember.

And yet what Libby was asking of her was ? as far as Anna was concerned ? too much.? Not that Lib wanted her to get on a plane.? With Anna’s fear of flying ? the real kind, not the Erica Jong kind ? she knew better than to expect her to do that.? And she wasn’t trying to get her to do anything damgerous or illegal.?

No, Libby had just asked her to do something wonderful, something that should have made Anna feel honored:? Libby wanted her closest friend to be the maid of honor at her wedding.? It was a call that Anna had been both anticipating and dreading.

Libby had been dating Cal, the love of her life for more than two years, and had been certain for quite some time that he was going to pop the question any day now.? Her birthday came and went with no ring, much to her disappointment, which she vented about to Anna on a regular basis. Cal was much like Libby’s older brother in that he hated doing the expected, and, as a successful trial lawyer in San Antonio, he had enough money to pretty much do as he pleased.

So Cal hadn’t proposed to her until a month after her birthday, and right after she got home, of course, her first act was to call her best friend even before she called her beloved older brother.

Anna was almost as happy as Libby was that Cal had finally proposed.? They were so right together.? He was good for Libby, although he brought a whole new meaning to the word stubborn.? He was not the type of guy who could be maniplulated.? In fact, if Libby even tried to coerce him, she would experience rather uncomfortable consequences.? So, she’d had to cool her matrimonial heels until Cal felt the time was just right.

Despite all of the happy dreaming and fantasizing Anna and Libby had done all their lives about what their respective weddings and receptions would be like, as the time had drawn near, Libby had scrupulously avoided the touchy subject of whether or not Anna was even going to attend her wedding, much less function as her maid of honor.? Like the proverbial white elephant, it was a humongeous issue, a burden that might threaten to destroy their friendship, and yet, neither had been willing to bring it up.? Now it could not be put off any longer. ??

Then Libby had pulled such an underhanded trick ? she hadn’t even asked Anna, but instead just went on talking, assuming Anna would follow along. ?"Now that Cal has popped the question, he’s in an all-fired hurry to get me down the aisle for some reason.? It’s going to be at the ranch on the sixteenth of August, and you’re going to be my maid of honor, of course.? I want you to come down a month beforehand to help me with all of the arrangements. You can stay as long as you want, but we’ll be leaving on our honeymoon right after the wedding.? We’re going to France, though, did I tell you that?"

Annalise bit her lip, not wanting to say what she knew she had to.? The silence on her end of the line stretched to an uncomfortable length until she cleared her throat and asked in a tentative whisper, "Is Remy going to be there?"

"Of course he’s going to be there," Libby snapped.? "What with Momma and Daddy gone, he’s going to be giving me away.? You know that."

Silent tears trailed down Anna’s face.? This was the moment she’d been dreading.? Ever since it had happened, ever since that horrible night when she and Remy had been friends, had gone on a date together.? Lib had never asked for the details, she just knew that the only people in her family she had left ? her brother and Anna ? were no longer on speaking terms. Now Anna wished she’d explained it to Libby before? then this horrible moment could have been avoided.? But how did you tell your best friend that her brother was a? a? she couldn’t even come up with a word to define him.

And now he was going to ruin her friendship, for Libby was never going to forgive her.? "I can’t, Libby.? You know I can’t."

Libby’s response was chilly.? "I know nothing of the sort.? All I know is what little I’ve been able to glean over these past years, and that’s precious little.? But you’re the closest thing I have to a sister, and I want you to be my maid of honor. ?I don’t care what problems the two of you have? settle them or not, I don’t give a damn.? But find a way to deal with it! ?It’s my wedding and I want everything to be perfect, and that includes having you there as my maid of honor."

Anna covered the mouthpiece of her phone with her hand, hoping Libby wouldn’t hear her cry.? Why didn’t Libby just get it!? Anna had moved to Maine, for heaven’s sake, just to get as far away from Texas ? and Remy ? as possible!?

It had been challenging to maintain her friendship with Libby, considering she wasn’t willing to step one foot on Texas soil.? Libby had come to Maine a few times to visit. They’d met at a variety of interesting places in between ? D.C., New York, Atlantic City ? they did enjoy a little gambling from time to time.?

Her voice broke as she repeated her refusal, confirming the tears she had tried so hard to hide.? "I can’t do it, Libs.? I’m sorry."

"You have got to be kidding me, Anna."?

Libby wasn’t spoiled, but she also wasn’t much used to being thwarted, especially not about something so important to her.? She wasn’t the angry type ? neither of them were ? but Anna’s refusal had Libby tapping into her inner bridezilla.? "What could my brother possibly have done that would make you refuse to do this for me?"?

Anna’s breath caught on a gasp.? She reached for a tissue and blew her nose.? She so did not want to go down that memory lane.? Not now, not ever.? She was tempted to just hang up, but she couldn’t do that to Libby.

"He didn’t hit you, did he?" Libby’s tone was incredulous.?

Her brother Remy was a big man, but he’d cut off his arm before he hurt a woman.? Their mother had seen to that.? Not that he was anyone’s doormat ? he was too much of a man for that. He would never take his fists to Anna, whom he had known since she was in diapers, and for whom he’d seemed to have a genuine fondness.

Anna was not only crying but blushing furiously as she curled up in the recliner, damned glad that Lib couldn’t see it or she’d be hounded by questions about what exactly that blush meant.? As it was, she had to tell her friend a bit of a white lie, because the truth was much more than Anna thought Libby could handle.? The truth was that he had spanked her that night ? and had been spanking her since they had begun dating.? It wasn’t what he’d done that night, but rather what he’d said that Anna didn’t think she’d ever be able to get over.

"No, of course he didn’t."

Libby’s relief was palpable even thousands of miles away.? "Then what?? Tell me what it is and I’ll make him apologize for it.? You know he will, for me."

"If it were that easy to resolve, I’d already have done it years ago and you know that.? If he’d just done something to offend me, I would have smacked him a good one myself and that would have been that."

"It was more than that, though?"

"Yes.? He-" she’d never really said it out loud to anyone, preferring to keep the pain to herself.? "He hurt me emotionally, Libby.? He said things to me that, even now, make me feel?"

"Honey, you remember how hard things were for us back then.? The ranch wasn’t doing well, and he thought we were going to lose it.? Remy walked around with a perpetual frown on his face all the time.? He lost his sense of humor entirely.? The only bright spot for him was when he started dating you.? He perked right up then.? And he seemed to treat you different ? better ? than the other girls he had dated.? And I was thrilled!? I kept thinking that you’d become my sister-in-law, and I’d keep you in the family forever.?

"I’m not saying that stress and frustration should excuse him for poor behavior, but can’t you cut him some slack?"?

Anna’s only response was to blow her nose.

"I’m sorry, Anna," Libby whispered.

"It’s okay."

"No, it’s not, but that’s neither here nor there."? Libby sighed heavily. "Look.? If I can promise you that you’ll spend as little time with him as I can manage, will you come down here and be my maid of honor?"

Leave it to Libs not to want to give up.? "How are you going to do that ? especially if I’m coming down early?? Are you going to hog tie him and ship him off to a motel for a month?"? Anna would pay real money to see that, regardless of how this situation turned out.

"Yes, and I’ll post the video to youtube.? I’m sure you’d enjoy it."

"Damn straight."

"Will you at least consider it, please? Pretty please, with Brad Pitt on top?"

They had long since dispensed with the usual "cherry on top" and had gone for whoever they thought was the best looking guy at that time.? It had vacillated between Brad Pitt and Gerard Butler for a while.

At least it rated a watery chuckle, and a very slow, extremely reluctant, "Okay."

"Great!"

Anna wondered how Libby was going to hold up her end of the bargain.? How was she going to make her big brother move out of the family home until after the wedding?? Anna wiped her eyes.? It wasn’t her problem.? Libby could be relentless, as the past phone conversation had confirmed.? Libby would get what Libby wanted.

Anna grabbed another tissue and gave in to the sobs that had been building these past seven years.? She had built a new life here? one that she thought she enjoyed.? She taught kindergarten in a small community.? She’d managed to finagle a first-time home buyer’s loan for a miniscule one-bedroom house that was just about perfect for her.? She lived alone, worked alone, and had resigned herself to the fact she would probably remain alone, except for her infrequent visits with Libby, and Topher ? the orange tabby Maine Coon cat that took up half the couch as though it were his rightful throne.

At one time her dreams had been different.? Libby wasn’t the only one who had thought about becoming sisters by marriage.? Anna had had a schoolgirl crush on Libby’s big brother.? He was big and strong, manly and gentlmanly, without being crude or vulgar like so many of the high school boys wading about in the available dating pool.

And now all those feelings came flooding back with tidal force.? Feelings she’d dammed up for too long.? One box of tissues was not going to be enough.

It was Remy’s birthday in the spring the first time he officially asked her out, seven years ago.? She’d been flirting ? well, what was flirting for her, considering she’d done her level best to keep her true feelings for her best friend’s brother locked as far away from him as she could.? She wasn’t sure how well she’d done, though.? Ever since they’d both returned from their sophomore year at college, Remy had been looking at her with a different eye from what she remembered.? And she remembered damned near every detail about him.

Her mom had passed away while she was in college and he had been a rock for her about that, helping her make all the arrangements, even to the point of making sure that the school didn’t ding her for having to take so much time off to be with her mother, who had lung cancer and had been doing fine when she left for the semester, but had taken a turn for the worse not a month later.

They’d both been wonderful to her.? Libby had collected all of her assignments from her professors so that she could do her course work while her mother was sleeping, and was there for her every time she took a moment to call and cry all over Lib’s shoulder, long distance.

Libby had stayed in school until the last possible moment ? which her friend understood – so Remy had been the one who was there throughout it all, even letting her cry all over him whenever she had a mind to, which was alarmingly frequent as far as she was concerned, but he didn’t seem to mind.? He simply drew her close, into the warm, safe circle of his arms, holding her tightly but not too tight and sometimes rocking.? He didn’t bother to murmur useless platitudes to her but then she didn’t expect him to.? There was nothing he could say to make the situation any easier, really.? And he was already going above and beyond the call of duty by simply being there, and he was with her mom Diana nearly as often as she was.

After that, he seemed to pay closer attention to her, and she sometimes felt his eyes on her at odd moments.? Lord knew, she spent every second she could memorizing every long, muscular inch of him, but it was a new experience to have him looking at her in more than a brotherly fashion.

Her mother’s place was a rental where she still had a ton of stuff she didn’t want to bring to their dorm with her, but she also couldn’t afford to pay for the apartment and go to school at the same time.? Remy himself had come up with a solution, and she quickly realized that he wasn’t going to take no for an answer when he had her things moved into their house ? into the bedroom she’d often occupied when she stayed with them, surprising her into a shocked expression when he said that she needed to be closer to family, and that, besides, she needed him to keep an eye out for her just as much as Libby did, maybe more.

Despite the warmth that suffused her when she realized that he, too, thought of her as family, she knew it wouldn’t do to have him thinking that he could snap his fingers and she’d jump, no matter what the altruistic purpose of his autocratic command.? Anna had frowned up at him when he made that pronouncement, standing there like the lord of all he surveyed ? which, unfortunately, he was ? hands on his hips, looking down that patrician nose at her, a no nonsense expression on his face.

"I do not!" she huffed, mirroring his stance and taking a step closer to him, almost immediately wishing she hadn’t when confronted with the broad expanse of him.? If only she were taller so that they were nose to nose instead of nose to second button from the top. As it was, the broad expanse of his chest was the only thing she could see.? The man was too damned big for her own good.

She would never get over the shock at the first feeling of his big hand smacking her bottom.? And it was no love pat he gave her.? If anything, it was hard enough that she thought he might have jarred something loose, especially since ? once the sting had dissipated some – it made a fiery hot tingle race through her to concentrate right where she didn’t want it to.

But what she truly could never have been prepared for was that his hand lingered there, his fingers spreading wide so that he could claim just that much more of her as he pressed her inexorably closer to him with an intimate touch.? And he didn’t stop until they were firmly plastered together, held there by that dominant hand.

"Just in case you didn’t realize already, Annalise, since you’ll be living under my roof, the same rules of behavior apply to you as they always have to my sister."

Her eyes opened wide, her mouth forming a perfect "o" of surprise.? There was no doubt that she knew exactly what he meant when he’d very deliberately informed her in that one innocuous sentence that she was going to be subject to being spanked by him if he thought she’d gotten out of line.

24 reviews for Promises Kept

  1. S.F.

    Loved this story! I love stories about past loves reuniting and this one did not disappoint. I love Carolyn Faulkner, especially her more romantic stories, which this one was.

  2. S.F.

    Loved this story! I love stories about past loves reuniting and this one did not disappoint. I love Carolyn Faulkner, especially her more romantic stories, which this one was.

  3. ScarlettPhoenix

    Carolyn Falkner has a way of weaving a story with domestic discipline and steaming sex which is amazing! Promises Kept is the story of Anna and Remy, a couple who suffers from extreme miscommunication issues. Anna is reluctant to come to her best friend\\\’s wedding because she knows she\\\’ll run into Remy-the guy who tore her heart out 6 years earlier. She still mourns the loss of their relationship and hasn\\\’t moved on. But, neither has Remy and when he hears that Anna won\\\’t come to the wedding because of him, he knows he must finally confront the situation and make it right.
    The story is told partially in flashbacks. I liked this because it gave the story more depth, rather than the characters telling the tale in the present tense. Anna and Remy were believable and you felt for both of them.
    Aside from the ending being a bit hurried, I enjoyed this story very much.

  4. ScarlettPhoenix

    Carolyn Falkner has a way of weaving a story with domestic discipline and steaming sex which is amazing! Promises Kept is the story of Anna and Remy, a couple who suffers from extreme miscommunication issues. Anna is reluctant to come to her best friend’s wedding because she knows she’ll run into Remy-the guy who tore her heart out 6 years earlier. She still mourns the loss of their relationship and hasn’t moved on. But, neither has Remy and when he hears that Anna won’t come to the wedding because of him, he knows he must finally confront the situation and make it right.
    The story is told partially in flashbacks. I liked this because it gave the story more depth, rather than the characters telling the tale in the present tense. Anna and Remy were believable and you felt for both of them.
    Aside from the ending being a bit hurried, I enjoyed this story very much.

  5. Cynthia (verified owner)

    Words said in desperation separate a couple for 6 years. Anna Kenner has always had a crush on her best friend\\\’s brother. As they all grew up together that changed into adult feelings for them both when Anna was in college. As Remy McMahon was raised in a house with domestic discipline he carries on the tradition to his sister and her friend when he becomes the man of the house when they both lose their parents. Remy was Anna\\\’s first everything and she thought they would be together forever. But Remy broke her heart to the point she ran as far away as she could get. Now six years later her best friend is getting married and wants Anna to be her maid of honor but even though she loves her friend she just cant be around Remy.

    Remy has never gotten over Anna and knows he made the biggest mistake of his life pushing her away. He vows he is going to go get her and bring her back not only for the wedding but also in hopes of her forgiving him and wanting to spend the rest of her life with him.

    This was a quick read but still had a great story with plenty of spanking and hot love scenes.

  6. Cynthia (verified owner)

    Words said in desperation separate a couple for 6 years. Anna Kenner has always had a crush on her best friend’s brother. As they all grew up together that changed into adult feelings for them both when Anna was in college. As Remy McMahon was raised in a house with domestic discipline he carries on the tradition to his sister and her friend when he becomes the man of the house when they both lose their parents. Remy was Anna’s first everything and she thought they would be together forever. But Remy broke her heart to the point she ran as far away as she could get. Now six years later her best friend is getting married and wants Anna to be her maid of honor but even though she loves her friend she just cant be around Remy.

    Remy has never gotten over Anna and knows he made the biggest mistake of his life pushing her away. He vows he is going to go get her and bring her back not only for the wedding but also in hopes of her forgiving him and wanting to spend the rest of her life with him.

    This was a quick read but still had a great story with plenty of spanking and hot love scenes.

  7. KArc

    This is a great story that is at first about Libby and Anna. Libby is getting married and wants Anna to be her matron of honor. The conflict is that Anna moved from Texas to Maine to get away from Libby\\\’s brother, Remy and has no intention of ever being anywhere near him again. He broke her heart, though we don\\\’t get the details until the end. Remy can\\\’t stand to see his sister cry so he sets out to bring Anna back. Remy is a good man who made a big mistake; I liked that he could admit to that. Anna has fought hard to put her self back together. She believes Remy coming back into her life is detrimental to her healing (or at least her bottom). Remy has no intention of letting her continue to be her own worst enemy and every intention of taking care of her for the rest of their lives.

  8. KArc

    This is a great story that is at first about Libby and Anna. Libby is getting married and wants Anna to be her matron of honor. The conflict is that Anna moved from Texas to Maine to get away from Libby’s brother, Remy and has no intention of ever being anywhere near him again. He broke her heart, though we don’t get the details until the end. Remy can’t stand to see his sister cry so he sets out to bring Anna back. Remy is a good man who made a big mistake; I liked that he could admit to that. Anna has fought hard to put her self back together. She believes Remy coming back into her life is detrimental to her healing (or at least her bottom). Remy has no intention of letting her continue to be her own worst enemy and every intention of taking care of her for the rest of their lives.

  9. Marybeth

    Annalise has been running from Remy for the last seven years. He had done something unforgivable and Anna left Texas and ran as far as she could from him and still stay in the states, Maine. But, Remy’s little sister and Anna’s best friend, Libby is engaged to be married and she want Anna to come for the wedding. In fact, she wants her to come down and spend the summer before the wedding. Anna just can’t do it. She wants nothing to do with Remy. Remy decides that he is going to Maine to get her. He doesn’t tell her he is coming and Anna is pretty surprised when he shows up. But, she agrees and they start the long car trip to Texas. Along the way, there is a lot of talking and a lot of spanking. And, as with every Carolyn Faulkner book, there is a HEA. I really liked this story. There are lots of spankings and a very dominant man. Also, Anna is not a wimp. She is a strong woman who happens to be submissive. And, she loves Remy even though he was an ass. I highly recommend this book as I do all Carolyn Faulkner’s books.

  10. Marybeth

    Annalise has been running from Remy for the last seven years. He had done something unforgivable and Anna left Texas and ran as far as she could from him and still stay in the states, Maine. But, Remy??s little sister and Anna??s best friend, Libby is engaged to be married and she want Anna to come for the wedding. In fact, she wants her to come down and spend the summer before the wedding. Anna just can??t do it. She wants nothing to do with Remy. Remy decides that he is going to Maine to get her. He doesn??t tell her he is coming and Anna is pretty surprised when he shows up. But, she agrees and they start the long car trip to Texas. Along the way, there is a lot of talking and a lot of spanking. And, as with every Carolyn Faulkner book, there is a HEA. I really liked this story. There are lots of spankings and a very dominant man. Also, Anna is not a wimp. She is a strong woman who happens to be submissive. And, she loves Remy even though he was an ass. I highly recommend this book as I do all Carolyn Faulkner??s books.

  11. Angel

    This is a awesome sweet hot action filled romance and by action I mean through out the plot our Hero is there to take his women in hand over, the knee and/or to bed when ever she needs it The plot grabs you and keeps you turning the pages This is a must read if you can handle the hot juicy scenes mixed in with the romance and love it is everything you could want in a romance story

  12. Angel

    This is a awesome sweet hot action filled romance and by action I mean through out the plot our Hero is there to take his women in hand over, the knee and/or to bed when ever she needs it The plot grabs you and keeps you turning the pages This is a must read if you can handle the hot juicy scenes mixed in with the romance and love it is everything you could want in a romance story

  13. JK

    This story really does grab you right away! I really felt for both main characters. The back story to why this couple broke up takes a while to come out and it keeps you turning those pages to find out! I couldn\\\’t wait to see how it was going to turn out. I did feel that sometimes Remy goes a bit too alpha male with some spankings, but…a great read just the same!!

  14. JK

    This story really does grab you right away! I really felt for both main characters. The back story to why this couple broke up takes a while to come out and it keeps you turning those pages to find out! I couldn’t wait to see how it was going to turn out. I did feel that sometimes Remy goes a bit too alpha male with some spankings, but…a great read just the same!!

  15. Redrabbitt

    This story was one that we had to start at present day and work back to what life had been 7 years prior. It remained interesting and the interaction between Anna and Remy was a loving one but full of hurt and painful emotions from a breakup, to get us to present day. I liked the story and felt that overall it had just the right amount of domestic discipline and sex.

  16. Redrabbitt

    This story was one that we had to start at present day and work back to what life had been 7 years prior. It remained interesting and the interaction between Anna and Remy was a loving one but full of hurt and painful emotions from a breakup, to get us to present day. I liked the story and felt that overall it had just the right amount of domestic discipline and sex.

  17. SH

    Carolyn Faulkner sure does know how to write a great alpha male. I have said that many times and she just never disappoints! This is a great love story and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I could definitely feel the connection between Remy and Anna. Loved the HEA.

  18. SH

    Carolyn Faulkner sure does know how to write a great alpha male. I have said that many times and she just never disappoints! This is a great love story and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I could definitely feel the connection between Remy and Anna. Loved the HEA.

  19. Meg

    This is a great story about second chances. When Libby calls her best friend, Anna, to ask her to be her maid of honor, Anna really doesn\’t want to accept. Though she loves Libby dearly, she fled Texas years ago when Libby\’s brother, Remy, sends her away – breaking her heart into thousands of pieces. When Remy arrives in Maine on Anna\’s doorstep, demanding she will not miss this wedding, Anna realizes that the chemistry she has always felt for this seriously alpha male has not diminished a bit. Remy has never stopped loving her either and knows that he must tell her the truth and nothing but the truth despite his pride. Ms. Faulkner writes a great love story with steamy scenes. By the end of the book, you find you are hoping for a double wedding!

  20. Meg

    This is a great story about second chances. When Libby calls her best friend, Anna, to ask her to be her maid of honor, Anna really doesn’t want to accept. Though she loves Libby dearly, she fled Texas years ago when Libby’s brother, Remy, sends her away – breaking her heart into thousands of pieces. When Remy arrives in Maine on Anna’s doorstep, demanding she will not miss this wedding, Anna realizes that the chemistry she has always felt for this seriously alpha male has not diminished a bit. Remy has never stopped loving her either and knows that he must tell her the truth and nothing but the truth despite his pride. Ms. Faulkner writes a great love story with steamy scenes. By the end of the book, you find you are hoping for a double wedding!

  21. A Hopkins

    This book is a great example of what a domestic discipline story should be. I really enjoyed how the layers of Anna and Remy\’s relationship are shown while we also get glimpses of their past that lead them to where they are today. Plus the chemistry between them is amazing, and the spankings are done in just the right way so that they just add to the heat even when they\’re for discipline. I really enjoyed this book, however if you\’re a fan of Ms Faulkner\’s be warned that this is definitely on her milder end but still a book I would highly recommend.

  22. A Hopkins

    This book is a great example of what a domestic discipline story should be. I really enjoyed how the layers of Anna and Remy’s relationship are shown while we also get glimpses of their past that lead them to where they are today. Plus the chemistry between them is amazing, and the spankings are done in just the right way so that they just add to the heat even when they’re for discipline. I really enjoyed this book, however if you’re a fan of Ms Faulkner’s be warned that this is definitely on her milder end but still a book I would highly recommend.

  23. Jaycee (verified owner)

    Carolyn Faulkner\’s romantic stories are ones that I always greatly enjoy. Her writing is so detailed and she is able to capture the emotions of her characters so well. Promises Kept is another such romantic story – but told in a different way. There are many flashbacks that help explain the background of the 2 main characters – Remy and Anna. These flashbacks were effective for the most part, but a bit too drawn out for my liking. I kept waiting for the \”present\” story to get going. I think this aspect caused me not to feel as involved as I have with other stories. I also couldn\’t quite come to like and respect Remy. I thought he was too hard-handed many times, but especially when they were driving back to Texas. Remy had cast Anna out of his life – he had no right to be telling her what to do, much less disciplining her for it. I found that difficult to accept. I also wished for a longer journey and more opportunity for Anna to vent her emotions. She would have had serious trust issues with Remy – she hadn\’t even dated after him – it seemed utterly unreasonable that she would welcome him back into her bed within 3 days on the road. Remy caused both physical and emotional heartache to Anna. I was glad that he acknowledged that to himself and to Anna, but he really never made up for it as the story ended too quickly for me.
    That being said, I would love to read another story about this couple, or perhaps one about Remy\’s sister.

  24. Jaycee (verified owner)

    “Carolyn Faulkner’s romantic stories are ones that I always greatly enjoy. Her writing is so detailed and she is able to capture the emotions of her characters so well. Promises Kept is another such romantic story – but told in a different way. There are many flashbacks that help explain the background of the 2 main characters – Remy and Anna. These flashbacks were effective for the most part, but a bit too drawn out for my liking. I kept waiting for the “”present”” story to get going. I think this aspect caused me not to feel as involved as I have with other stories. I also couldn’t quite come to like and respect Remy. I thought he was too hard-handed many times, but especially when they were driving back to Texas. Remy had cast Anna out of his life – he had no right to be telling her what to do, much less disciplining her for it. I found that difficult to accept. I also wished for a longer journey and more opportunity for Anna to vent her emotions. She would have had serious trust issues with Remy – she hadn’t even dated after him – it seemed utterly unreasonable that she would welcome him back into her bed within 3 days on the road. Remy caused both physical and emotional heartache to Anna. I was glad that he acknowledged that to himself and to Anna, but he really never made up for it as the story ended too quickly for me.
    That being said, I would love to read another story about this couple, or perhaps one about Remy’s sister.”

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