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No one knows the secret I’ve buried inside. When the unimaginable happens, the past doesn’t matter. Only the future. Only this baby. The grief and guilt are overwhelming, especially when I find comfort in my late husband’s best friend. Taylor Cain isn’t known for letting others in, but he’s here for me in a way no one else is. Even though I’m playing with fire, his arms are No one knows the secret I’ve buried inside. When the unimaginable happens, the past doesn’t matter. Only the future. Only this baby. The grief and guilt are overwhelming, especially when I find comfort in my late husband’s best friend. Taylor Cain isn’t known for letting others in, but he’s here for me in a way no one else is. Even though I’m playing with fire, his arms are the only place I feel safe. *** Life can change in the blink of an eye. When I lose my best friend, I bury my own grief to be there for his pregnant widow. Somehow between vowing to protect Scarlett Gilbert and her baby to holding her in my arms, I developed feelings for her. Feelings I question are within my right. Having her in my life makes me feel alive for the first time. Between her commitment to his memory and respect for my best friend, we fear judgment for the love we share. Some say promises are made to be broken, but when I promise her my heart, I intend to keep it.


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No one knows the secret I’ve buried inside. When the unimaginable happens, the past doesn’t matter. Only the future. Only this baby. The grief and guilt are overwhelming, especially when I find comfort in my late husband’s best friend. Taylor Cain isn’t known for letting others in, but he’s here for me in a way no one else is. Even though I’m playing with fire, his arms are No one knows the secret I’ve buried inside. When the unimaginable happens, the past doesn’t matter. Only the future. Only this baby. The grief and guilt are overwhelming, especially when I find comfort in my late husband’s best friend. Taylor Cain isn’t known for letting others in, but he’s here for me in a way no one else is. Even though I’m playing with fire, his arms are the only place I feel safe. *** Life can change in the blink of an eye. When I lose my best friend, I bury my own grief to be there for his pregnant widow. Somehow between vowing to protect Scarlett Gilbert and her baby to holding her in my arms, I developed feelings for her. Feelings I question are within my right. Having her in my life makes me feel alive for the first time. Between her commitment to his memory and respect for my best friend, we fear judgment for the love we share. Some say promises are made to be broken, but when I promise her my heart, I intend to keep it.

30 review for Promise Her

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This book is definitely a departure from this author's usual, but I love where Johnston takes us in Promise Her! We've met Taylor before - he and his bar, Country Road, make appearances in the Country Road series. But this book allows us to get to know him up close and personal. And I really liked what I see! Taylor is swoony, we know that. But he's also such a good man and a stand up guy. He's dealing with the loss of Henry, his best friend since childhood, and trying to make sure Henry's widow This book is definitely a departure from this author's usual, but I love where Johnston takes us in Promise Her! We've met Taylor before - he and his bar, Country Road, make appearances in the Country Road series. But this book allows us to get to know him up close and personal. And I really liked what I see! Taylor is swoony, we know that. But he's also such a good man and a stand up guy. He's dealing with the loss of Henry, his best friend since childhood, and trying to make sure Henry's widow and unborn baby have everything they need. Scarlett, pregnant and widowed. But there's so much more to Scarlett & Henry's story that people don't know. We watch her deal with that, with the thought of being a single parent, and with her feelings for Taylor. Sparks fly but they both try so hard to fight any feelings because of Henry. This book has a super slow burn, but anything else would not have been true to the story and their feelings. The anticipation, the "will they" will keep you reading! This book reminds you that everyone deserves happiness and it doesn't always come tied up in a neat little package with a bow. I love a book that hits me hard in my feelings, and this one did just that. I had tears, I laughed, I cheered! Taylor is definitely one of those characters the women are going to love, but I also found myself wanting to wrap Scarlett up in a hug and be friends - she is an amazing woman who, while vulnerable due to her situation, has so much strength and grace despite what life has dealt her! Add in a little mystery/intrigue, and some wonderful minor characters that I hope we see again very soon (hello Grant & Connor!!), and some appearances by some old favorites make this book nothing short of amazing!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    Taylor and Henry joined the military together straight out of high school. Over a decade later, Taylor’s no longer in the service and now owns/runs a bar in Lexington. He’s shocked one day to receive a call that Henry has died—not in the line of duty, but due to a drunk driver. And Henry’s left behind his pregnant wife, Scarlett. Scarlett is shocked to lose Henry, especially while pregnant with their son. Everyone sees her as the grieving widow, but what no one knew was that she and Henry’s marr Taylor and Henry joined the military together straight out of high school. Over a decade later, Taylor’s no longer in the service and now owns/runs a bar in Lexington. He’s shocked one day to receive a call that Henry has died—not in the line of duty, but due to a drunk driver. And Henry’s left behind his pregnant wife, Scarlett. Scarlett is shocked to lose Henry, especially while pregnant with their son. Everyone sees her as the grieving widow, but what no one knew was that she and Henry’s marriage was over and they were planning on getting a divorce as soon as the baby was born. When Taylor shows up for the funeral, he’s a welcoming, calming presence. When Scarlett goes into preterm labor due to excessive stress and a break in at her home, Taylor is by her side. And after Nicholas is born, Taylor opens his home to them both. Even though it’s only been months since Henry’s death, it’s been even longer since there was any love and romance in their marriage. And now Taylor and Scarlett find themselves falling harder for each other by the day. Promise Her by Andrea Johnston is book 1 in the Military Men of Lexington series. This was such a heartfelt and sweet romance between Taylor and Scarlett. I loved how protective of Scarlett Taylor was. The “suspense” element wasn’t my favorite, as it was clear all along who the culprit was, but I can see how the addition of it helped move certain parts of the plot along. I definitely want to continue with the series. 4/5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ally.Always.Reads

    “I may not be worthy of her or her son, but for the first time in my life I want to live my life with love and no regret.” 4.5 Stars If you’ve read any the Country Road series or Small Town Heart then you’ve met Scarlett and Taylor... Taylor. Bar owner. Former military man. Best friend of Henry Gilbert. Scarlett. Expecting mother. Henry Gilbert’s widow. Y’all. These two. They gave me all the feels! I just recently read (as in two days ago) Small Town Heart and met Scarlett and Henry. They got under my skin “I may not be worthy of her or her son, but for the first time in my life I want to live my life with love and no regret.” 4.5 Stars If you’ve read any the Country Road series or Small Town Heart then you’ve met Scarlett and Taylor... Taylor. Bar owner. Former military man. Best friend of Henry Gilbert. Scarlett. Expecting mother. Henry Gilbert’s widow. Y’all. These two. They gave me all the feels! I just recently read (as in two days ago) Small Town Heart and met Scarlett and Henry. They got under my skin and I wanted to see more them. I honestly didn’t expect what happened. But Scarlett and Taylor are literally perfect together. Her sweet nurturing love paired with his protective alpha love makes this story a must read! I cannot wait to read more about the Military Men of Lexington!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy

    This is the first book in the Military Men of Lexington series. It’s a spin-off series from the Country Road series. It’s a standalone. You do not have to read any other books to enjoy it. I feel like this book was different from anything Andrea has written. The heroine is a pregnant widow. The hero was one of her husband’s best friends. It’s not your typical boy meets girl story. I enjoyed it being different. It checked a lot of boxes. Promise Her sets up this new series. I’m already looking fo This is the first book in the Military Men of Lexington series. It’s a spin-off series from the Country Road series. It’s a standalone. You do not have to read any other books to enjoy it. I feel like this book was different from anything Andrea has written. The heroine is a pregnant widow. The hero was one of her husband’s best friends. It’s not your typical boy meets girl story. I enjoyed it being different. It checked a lot of boxes. Promise Her sets up this new series. I’m already looking forward to the next book. I voluntarily read an early copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Guy

    I have to preface this review by saying, Andrea Johnston is one of my absolute favorite authors. Her books speak to me in a way that many, especially in the romance genre can not, because her characters always feel so real. Promise Her is a little bit different. There are a lot of "feels" in Taylor and Scarlett's story. From the beginning when Scarlett is left a widow and pregnant, to the drama that unfolds at the end. This is a slow burn type story too, as the two of them work to figure out thei I have to preface this review by saying, Andrea Johnston is one of my absolute favorite authors. Her books speak to me in a way that many, especially in the romance genre can not, because her characters always feel so real. Promise Her is a little bit different. There are a lot of "feels" in Taylor and Scarlett's story. From the beginning when Scarlett is left a widow and pregnant, to the drama that unfolds at the end. This is a slow burn type story too, as the two of them work to figure out their feelings and how things will look as Scarlett's hubby was Taylor's best friend. To add another trope to the mix, its a military romance as well, as Henry and Taylor all served together. I have to admit, I'm not usually a fan of military romances, but I've read a few recently and they've all been stellar, and really, in my eyes Andrea Johnston can do no wrong. What makes this story so real and so darned good is how Scarlett, Taylor and all of the support group that surround her after Henry's death, become more than characters on the page. There life plays out just as though you were standing in the room with them. This story takes you through the ups and downs of her pregnancy, while she sorts out her feelings for Taylor and deals with a bit of intrigue in her life as well. I loved that the romance was slow although the chemistry was there from the start and that includes the sex. This story was just superb. It tugs at your heartstrings in all the right places. It makes you cry. It makes you cheer. It makes you have hope for happy endings for everyone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    TheGuideToRomanceNovels

    This is a NEW to me author & books! I was so excited to get a chance to read this, I've heard great things about it already and the author! This was nothing I expected. I assumed and boom was surprised. It's a beautiful story of friends-to-lovers, small town, military romance that will kick it up!! The hero is very strong, swoon worthy and lovable! The heroine is a surprise to me, to be honest. It's just not the traditional sense therefore I hung onto every page and every word. I love when expect This is a NEW to me author & books! I was so excited to get a chance to read this, I've heard great things about it already and the author! This was nothing I expected. I assumed and boom was surprised. It's a beautiful story of friends-to-lovers, small town, military romance that will kick it up!! The hero is very strong, swoon worthy and lovable! The heroine is a surprise to me, to be honest. It's just not the traditional sense therefore I hung onto every page and every word. I love when expect then it hits you differently and now you're hooked. This book was definitely a hook for me! After the outcome of a tragedy, Taylor gets it in his head that he has a duty to do and a promise to uphold. Scarlett may not have known of before but the present is the present and sadly she is the only one out of the two living in it. With being as pregnant as she is at that time, you would think she would be happy (happy to an extent) but she is feeling like she is going to lose Taylor too. She can't understand her feeling or put them together, so what does a very pregnant woman do at that time? Sit on the floor in her bedroom listening to sappy love song, of course, duhh! What breaks my hear tin this is HER family, I mean I can understand maybe to a point but my heart really breaks for her because of them! It's a slow burn for me and the agony of what if...but I loved it because of it! I am rating this book a 5 PLUS PLUS & HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING! H A P P Y - R E A D I N G

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gwen Shafer

    This is the first book I have read from Andrea. This was a gripping heart wrenching a little suspense sweet storyline. Taylor and Henry have been best friends since they were 5 . One tragic event ends that. But Henry leaves someone behind that needs Taylor. But will be able to put aside his guilt and take care of her. I love Scarlett . I loved how even when things are going rough for her she tries to remain strong. She deals with so much but still remains strong for her little one. This was a ve This is the first book I have read from Andrea. This was a gripping heart wrenching a little suspense sweet storyline. Taylor and Henry have been best friends since they were 5 . One tragic event ends that. But Henry leaves someone behind that needs Taylor. But will be able to put aside his guilt and take care of her. I love Scarlett . I loved how even when things are going rough for her she tries to remain strong. She deals with so much but still remains strong for her little one. This was a very sweet enjoyable story about moving on after something tragic. Love Taylor and Scarlett together. These two have some amazing chemistry. I will definitely be reading more from this author. Highly recommend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Johnson

    We've been anxiously awaiting Taylor's story and Andrea did not disappoint! In this story you get more depth with Taylor and his story and what makes him tick with everyday things. Scarlett is amazing and awesome and I just kind of related to her. Being a single pregnant woman is freaking hard! She took it like a champ and I just loved her personality. I absolutely loved the chemistry between these characters and the angst that they went through to get to their happy ever after. Taylor stepped up We've been anxiously awaiting Taylor's story and Andrea did not disappoint! In this story you get more depth with Taylor and his story and what makes him tick with everyday things. Scarlett is amazing and awesome and I just kind of related to her. Being a single pregnant woman is freaking hard! She took it like a champ and I just loved her personality. I absolutely loved the chemistry between these characters and the angst that they went through to get to their happy ever after. Taylor stepped up to the plate and that just made him that much sexier and add in Scarlett's sass and add a ridiculously cute baby, you got yourself a wonderful, outstanding read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    “Life is strange; sometimes, even surrounded by friends and those who care about you the most, loneliness can consume you. I’ve experienced it firsthand and that loneliness is stifling. But actually being alone, with nobody in your daily life, in your corner supporting you, that’s something I’d never experienced.” This book and author got to me in the way that no book has gotten to me before. Maybe it was the mindset that I was in when reading it but I just couldn’t get through most of it withou “Life is strange; sometimes, even surrounded by friends and those who care about you the most, loneliness can consume you. I’ve experienced it firsthand and that loneliness is stifling. But actually being alone, with nobody in your daily life, in your corner supporting you, that’s something I’d never experienced.” This book and author got to me in the way that no book has gotten to me before. Maybe it was the mindset that I was in when reading it but I just couldn’t get through most of it without tearing up. And when a book makes you want to cry that much, you know it’s good. And that quote (above) just sucker punches you where it hurts. Promise Her starts off with Taylor and Scarlett, two people brought together by the grief of losing Henry (Scarlett’s estranged husband/Taylor’s best friend) and though guilt consumes both of them for the development of feelings that neither can control, unexpected circumstances bring them together. Not only does this book contain an adorable couple who just goes through the most to finally get together but also the inclusion of an adorable baby boy, and loosely quoting Scarlett.. men and babies just add up to a bunch aww worthy scenes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This was my first read by Andrea Johnston and it won't be my last. Promise Her was a sweet friends to lovers slow romance. The circumstances surrounding their friendship was wrought with sad history. We get taken along for the ride to experience their gradual slide from friendship to more. This book written from Taylor's point of view and Scarlett's point of view. I normally don't point out this information but, I think, it's vital to the story line to get in both character's heads. There is a c This was my first read by Andrea Johnston and it won't be my last. Promise Her was a sweet friends to lovers slow romance. The circumstances surrounding their friendship was wrought with sad history. We get taken along for the ride to experience their gradual slide from friendship to more. This book written from Taylor's point of view and Scarlett's point of view. I normally don't point out this information but, I think, it's vital to the story line to get in both character's heads. There is a close knit group of friends and you see how important friends are in times of need. Do you like friends to lovers? Check. Do you like romance? Check. Do you like a little mystery? Check. This book has quite a few elements and makes for a very enjoyable read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Reynolds

    Absolutely wonderful and heart wrenching. In my opinion this is one of her best books. Taylor and Scarlett ripped at my heart strings between the tears I had at the love and adoration they saw in one another. This is a story that you read where all of the emotions come off the page, right into your soul. Highly recommended read that will stick with you for a long time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I think this just became my favorite Andrea book. We've met Taylor before but he was a secondary character. I loved finding out who he is and seeing his softer side. Scarlett knows who she is and what she wants. Events of her life recently hold things back a little. They have amazing chemistry and a great foundation of friendship to build on. I think this just became my favorite Andrea book. We've met Taylor before but he was a secondary character. I loved finding out who he is and seeing his softer side. Scarlett knows who she is and what she wants. Events of her life recently hold things back a little. They have amazing chemistry and a great foundation of friendship to build on.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Oh my this series. Yes they can be read independently, but why would you. Taylor Cain has been the glue to Country Road series, in my opinion. Now he broke the mold on swoonworthy for all men to be read.... Scarlett Gilbert overcomes so much, but still is one of the strongest ladies around. She could have easily gave up, but she didn't. She rose high and felt with her whole heart again. I have so many amazing highlights from this book that I want to not ever forget it. live the life we want, Oh my this series. Yes they can be read independently, but why would you. Taylor Cain has been the glue to Country Road series, in my opinion. Now he broke the mold on swoonworthy for all men to be read.... Scarlett Gilbert overcomes so much, but still is one of the strongest ladies around. She could have easily gave up, but she didn't. She rose high and felt with her whole heart again. I have so many amazing highlights from this book that I want to not ever forget it. live the life we want, the one we dream of, and make out reality

  14. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    3.5 Stars I have to admit the first half of this book was a bit slow for my tastes. I enjoy a good slow burn but I didn't get that feeling with this one. I felt Taylor and Scarlett's connection instantly and then things fell flat for me for a bit. But after about 50-60% things picked up again and I was totally engrossed in the story. I love when authors and their characters throw societal expectations out the window and just go for things that make them happy. When this finally happened my tiny h 3.5 Stars I have to admit the first half of this book was a bit slow for my tastes. I enjoy a good slow burn but I didn't get that feeling with this one. I felt Taylor and Scarlett's connection instantly and then things fell flat for me for a bit. But after about 50-60% things picked up again and I was totally engrossed in the story. I love when authors and their characters throw societal expectations out the window and just go for things that make them happy. When this finally happened my tiny heart grew and wanted to explode out of my chest. Much like Scarlett I had tears of joy running down my face. I loved how Taylor, and all the rest of the guys really, stepped up for Scarlett and become her protector and family. All the characters in this book were great for me. I loved seeing some familiar names from other books giving this series the right set up for just all around emotional, easy, feel good stories. This sets up a great intertwined series and I honestly can't wait to read the next one. (Lord please tell me it's Grant)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grisel Arteaga

    Love without Regret!! This book was amazing! Taylor and Scarlett are everything! I loved everything about it! This story is about love, loss and loving without regret! You will not be disappointed!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gianna Santanello

    Promise Her is different than what the author has written in the past but it is just as amazing as the others. This is a book that will pull at your heartstrings. There’s so much to love in this story. Andrea Johnston did such an awesome job that I felt EVERYTHING Scarlett was feeling. If she cried, I cried. She laughed, I did the same. I really felt all of her emotions. Even though she went through a lot of stuff, she was strong as hell. And Taylor...omg. I just love him. He has his own stuff t Promise Her is different than what the author has written in the past but it is just as amazing as the others. This is a book that will pull at your heartstrings. There’s so much to love in this story. Andrea Johnston did such an awesome job that I felt EVERYTHING Scarlett was feeling. If she cried, I cried. She laughed, I did the same. I really felt all of her emotions. Even though she went through a lot of stuff, she was strong as hell. And Taylor...omg. I just love him. He has his own stuff to work through but through it all, he was still able to fall in love even though he didn’t think he could. This is a story that I would recommend over and over again! Can’t wait to see what else is in store!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Spellbound Stories

    Andrea Johnston writes the best small-town romances. Promise Her was a sweet, sexy with light angst. This romance had ALL the feels and I can't recommend it enough!!!! She’s always been my best friend’s wife, my friend, but the moment we kissed everything changed. Being here with her, experiencing these moments as she prepares to welcome her son, means something to me. She means something to me. I know there is nothing I won’t do for her. I will care for her, protect her, and most of all promi Andrea Johnston writes the best small-town romances. Promise Her was a sweet, sexy with light angst. This romance had ALL the feels and I can't recommend it enough!!!! She’s always been my best friend’s wife, my friend, but the moment we kissed everything changed. Being here with her, experiencing these moments as she prepares to welcome her son, means something to me. She means something to me. I know there is nothing I won’t do for her. I will care for her, protect her, and most of all promise her. Promise her safety and love, in whatever form she’ll take it. Wow. Andrea Johnston writes a powerful romance with Promise Her. I have always loved the stories she releases since I discovered her work a year ago and yet, Promise Her has to be one of my very favorites. It’s a passionate, slow burn romance where feelings run deep and death further solidifies the connection between Scarlett and Taylor, friends with one common denominator... one which should put them solidly in the friend zone. Only as forbidden as their relationship is, it’s also a natural and beautiful evolution between two best friends united in grief over the passing of someone they both loved dearly. But appearance can be deceiving as the Promise Her storyline unveils. As the romance blooms between Scarlett and Taylor, so did my emotions with this beautifully written dual POV small-town, military romance. Taylor Cain is the type of man women dream of meeting, one who is unattainable and almost fictitious. Readers will remember Taylor from the Country Road Series, where his bar, Country Road provides a backdrop to much of the series. Yet the Military Men of Lexington is a spin-off and Taylor’s book is the first in this new series—a series I can’t wait to read more of! This book is without a doubt emotional and I was very invested in the story... in the characters and in their much deserved HEA. As emotional as Promise Her is, it's also entertaining as well. Sweet and lightly sexy with characters that you truly want to see achieve that ultimate HEA. Your heart will be invested in this one. It’s a story of the emotional devastation of losing your first love… only to find new love as a result! Having read many of the books in Andrea’s catalog this year, I would say that Taylor is my favorite hero she’s written. Getting into his head and learning more about him has always been on my mind, and I was thrilled when Andrea announced her intention to release his story. So yes, I was totally Gah Gah for Taylor... But I won’t lie, the real draw for this story came after I read Small-Town Heart, which has cameos from Henry and Scarlett. I was dying to know the story behind the happy couple that was introduced in the café… and the woman who becomes Mercy’s best friend. I was also drawn to the connection I have to a story regarding the wife of a service member. As a military spouse myself, I found it easy to identify with Scarlett as the heroine, although we have little in common—yet, Andrea really wrote a woman that we can all see in ourselves. Her skill with creating characters that we find a connection to is something I look forward to in each book I read by Andrea and it's what keeps her on the top of my TBR for the books I have yet to get to read by this author. I won’t tell Taylor that one of the biggest kinks in our armor, in our marriage, was Henry’s never-ending jealousy of his best friend. I cannot recommend this story enough and would tell you to sit with tissues because they will be put to use. I don’t cry easily—and it's rare that a book makes tissues a necessity for me—but I used them while reading Promise Her more than one. Promise Her is without a doubt a solid 5-star read and you're missing out if you're still pursuing reviews and not one-clicking this book immediately!!! Quotes: I’ve loved Henry Gilbert for ten years and for each of those years, I prepared myself for his deployments and the possibility he may not return. What I didn’t know was that one senseless act would completely change everything I had prepared for. Our friendship was tested over the years, but nothing caused a rift between us, brothers by choice at a young age, until Scarlett. Henry’s inability to appreciate the gift he had at home pissed me off. It’s important to be strong for Scarlett. That I’m here for her like Henry would want. These men were brothers in the truest form, and as much as they loved one another, they were also each other’s worst enemy at times. Read and reviewed on behalf of:

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This was the first book I have read by Andrea and I absolutely loved it! I fell in love with the characters ❤️ I would recommend this book to everyone!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aisha

    I love love sighhh my first 5⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Different than my other books, Promise Her is an emotional journey of loss and new love. Scarlett and Taylor find hope and happiness in each other's arms in a time others would expect them to break. Sometimes love comes when you least expect it. Different than my other books, Promise Her is an emotional journey of loss and new love. Scarlett and Taylor find hope and happiness in each other's arms in a time others would expect them to break. Sometimes love comes when you least expect it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruth’s Romances

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 “Trips don’t have to be grand to serve their purpose. Sometimes a new landscape is all we need to reset ourselves.” . If you enjoy: ✔️Military Romance ✔️Slow Burn ✔️Friends to lovers ✔️Splash of Suspense ✔️Dual POV Then this may be the book for you! . Life changes quickly when Scarlett’s husband, who is Taylor’s Best friend, dies. Taylor is determined to be there for his best friends pregnant wife. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings for one another begin to change. But ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 “Trips don’t have to be grand to serve their purpose. Sometimes a new landscape is all we need to reset ourselves.” . If you enjoy: ✔️Military Romance ✔️Slow Burn ✔️Friends to lovers ✔️Splash of Suspense ✔️Dual POV Then this may be the book for you! . Life changes quickly when Scarlett’s husband, who is Taylor’s Best friend, dies. Taylor is determined to be there for his best friends pregnant wife. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings for one another begin to change. But it isn’t a straightforward road to love. . This is my first read by this author and I was not disappointed! This book has a friends to lovers feel. That is definitely a slow burn but the chemistry is there from the start. You feel so much in this story, especially that heartache in the beginning. It feels so real. You felt for Scarlett. But Taylor, gosh he was so swoon worthy. Such a standup guy. I adored him. . There’s a little splash of mystery in this one. And the family connection- the military men that support Scarlett... probably my favourite part of this read! I found it a bit slow at times. But a sweet story about moving on after tragedy. Definitely recommend and I look forward to reading more by this author!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elita

    Promise Her The first book in the Military Men of Lexington series by Andrea Johnston I am looking forward to this series very much. This is the story of Taylor and Scarlett. Scarlett is pregnant when her husband is killed very suddenly when running an everyday job, Henry has survived many overseas deployment with the military but a simple task ends in tragedy, Taylor is Henry best friend and the person who he enrolled with in the military and so he is also Scarlett’s go to when Henry is killed, he Promise Her The first book in the Military Men of Lexington series by Andrea Johnston I am looking forward to this series very much. This is the story of Taylor and Scarlett. Scarlett is pregnant when her husband is killed very suddenly when running an everyday job, Henry has survived many overseas deployment with the military but a simple task ends in tragedy, Taylor is Henry best friend and the person who he enrolled with in the military and so he is also Scarlett’s go to when Henry is killed, he rushes to her side and steps in to do anything to protected her and her unborn child......but things never run the course they are meant too...both Scarlett and Taylor start having feelings for each other.....now time for you to read the book to find out what happens. This is not the normal writing style of Andrea and I am guessing she was completely out of her comfort zone in writing it...and I very much appreciate that....it is a very slow burning friends to lovers book, and being honest a bit too slow burning for me, that does not mean I did not love it. I did...I thought that it was a very beautiful book and I fell in love with Taylor and wanted to be Scarlett and now I can’t wait until the next in the series. If you are a fan of slow burning book with a HEA then I highly recommend this book. 4 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Gunderman-Harris

    The Country Road Series introduces us to Country Road the bar who is owned by Taylor, who we get to know in this book. Taylor is swoony, a great man and an amazing stand up guy. Taylor is dealing with the loss of his best childhood friend, Henry. While dealing with the loss of Henry he is now making sure that Henry’s widow and unborn child are being taken care of. Scarlett who is Henry’s widow is pregnant with his child. Scarlett has so much to deal with after losing Henry especially with their The Country Road Series introduces us to Country Road the bar who is owned by Taylor, who we get to know in this book. Taylor is swoony, a great man and an amazing stand up guy. Taylor is dealing with the loss of his best childhood friend, Henry. While dealing with the loss of Henry he is now making sure that Henry’s widow and unborn child are being taken care of. Scarlett who is Henry’s widow is pregnant with his child. Scarlett has so much to deal with after losing Henry especially with their history. She struggled with the thought of being a single parent not to mention the feelings she has for Taylor. Both have feelings for each other and sparks fly but they feel as if they are betraying Henry if they act on those feelings. I absolutely loved that this was a slow burn because it kept me on my toes of Will they just go ahead and kiss or move forward together. BUT I loved every single page. This was definitely a give me all the feels book that shows that everyone deserves to have someone that loves them! I am so excited to see what else Andrea has in store for this series! Thank you so much to Andrea for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joy Novel Thoughts

    Promise Her by Andrea Johnston is an emotional second chance romance, where a widow falls for her husbands best friend. Sounds a little taboo, huh? It's not, although it easily could have been you know if they were hooking up prior to her husbands death, but this isn't that kind of book. Promise Her is a story of two friends who have lost someone very important to them. Two people that were there for each other after the hardest time in their lives. And falling together in the midst of seeking co Promise Her by Andrea Johnston is an emotional second chance romance, where a widow falls for her husbands best friend. Sounds a little taboo, huh? It's not, although it easily could have been you know if they were hooking up prior to her husbands death, but this isn't that kind of book. Promise Her is a story of two friends who have lost someone very important to them. Two people that were there for each other after the hardest time in their lives. And falling together in the midst of seeking comfort. I'm about to tell you something shocking... my favorite part of Promise Her was the suspense element that was weaved within the story. This component took what was overall a simmering, somber tale up a notch and added an exciting someone's watching you element to the story! The slow burning tension between Taylor and Scarlett was perfect, I loved how they did everything they could to resist each other because they felt like they shouldn't be together even though their feelings for each other were obvious. Promise Her is the beginning a spin-off series featuring former military men and I can't wait for more of their stories!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    Promise Her is the beginning of a new series spinning off from Johnston’s Country Road series. While this book is a standalone, anyone who has read the Country Road series will recognize the main characters, Scarlett and Taylor, from previous books and will feel like they are coming home to familiar people. Scarlett is the pregnant recently widowed wife of Taylor’s best friend. As the two deal with the loss of an important man in both their lives, they lean on one another and navigate their new Promise Her is the beginning of a new series spinning off from Johnston’s Country Road series. While this book is a standalone, anyone who has read the Country Road series will recognize the main characters, Scarlett and Taylor, from previous books and will feel like they are coming home to familiar people. Scarlett is the pregnant recently widowed wife of Taylor’s best friend. As the two deal with the loss of an important man in both their lives, they lean on one another and navigate their new realities. Scarlett is a tough as nails heroine who goes after what she wants. Taylor, our hero, is a tough guy who feels a sense of responsibility for Scarlett’s wellbeing. While this book has a different feel than Johnston’s previous books, readers will immediately recognize her highly readable and unputdownable style. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erica |

    Scarlett Gilbert has just lost her husband. Widowed and pregnant, she finds comfort, solace, and friendship with her husband's best friend, Taylor Cain. Taylor and Scarlet's relationship is not an insta-love or immediate attraction. Theirs is more of a slow burn; a connection that builds over time in the most unexpected of ways. Though they both feel it, neither is sure of the other's feelings, and they each fear how their attraction may be perceived by others. "I will care for her, protect her, a Scarlett Gilbert has just lost her husband. Widowed and pregnant, she finds comfort, solace, and friendship with her husband's best friend, Taylor Cain. Taylor and Scarlet's relationship is not an insta-love or immediate attraction. Theirs is more of a slow burn; a connection that builds over time in the most unexpected of ways. Though they both feel it, neither is sure of the other's feelings, and they each fear how their attraction may be perceived by others. "I will care for her, protect her, and most of all promise her." Taylor is a good guy. He is fiercely loyal and protective. As his feelings for Scarlett began to change, I could feel his internal struggle. His guilt. His anger at himself. "Life is strange; sometimes, even surrounded by friends and those who care about you most, loneliness can consume you." Scarlet is funny and sweet, but her heart is broken, for many reasons. And she feels like she is suffocating under the weight of the secret she carries. Promise Her does a really good job of showing how we are never prepared for loss, how we all grieve in different ways, and how even though we may struggle with guilt, it is okay to go on and live after loss. It is okay to laugh; it is okay find beauty in the world, and it is okay to find happiness again. If I took one lesson away from this story, it is this: "Live the life we want, the one we dream of, and make it our reality." I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Linke

    4.5 Stars I adore everything Andrea Johnston writes, and I'm a huge fan of her Country Road series, so I was incredibly eager to read Taylor's story, as he's a character who features heavily in her previous work. Scarlett and Taylor's story is an emotional, slow burn, friends to lovers romance. Taylor is a former military man and bar owner. He's sweet, protective, caring and has a huge heart. Scarlett is the pregnant widow of Taylor's childhood best friend. She's resilient, kind and determined 4.5 Stars I adore everything Andrea Johnston writes, and I'm a huge fan of her Country Road series, so I was incredibly eager to read Taylor's story, as he's a character who features heavily in her previous work. Scarlett and Taylor's story is an emotional, slow burn, friends to lovers romance. Taylor is a former military man and bar owner. He's sweet, protective, caring and has a huge heart. Scarlett is the pregnant widow of Taylor's childhood best friend. She's resilient, kind and determined to be the best mother she can be. Whilst at times heart breaking and angsty, overall Promise Her is a lovely and heartwarming story of moving on and finding a second chance at love and happiness. There is an element of suspense and intrigue within the plot which only captivated my interest more in their story. I adored the secondary characters, loved that we so many favorites from the Country Road series featured in this title and I will be eagerly awaiting more of the Military Men of Lexington.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Busch

    I read this book a few weeks ago and I cannot stop thinking about this story! Scarlett and Taylor have been friends for years, but a recent loss that leaves them shattered and broken brings them together in a way that they never expected. I loved how supportive they were with one another, I loved the slow progression of their relationship and I loved all the angst in this book! I've never read a book that has pulled so many emotions out of me. I cried, I laughed, I swooned and my heart melted ov I read this book a few weeks ago and I cannot stop thinking about this story! Scarlett and Taylor have been friends for years, but a recent loss that leaves them shattered and broken brings them together in a way that they never expected. I loved how supportive they were with one another, I loved the slow progression of their relationship and I loved all the angst in this book! I've never read a book that has pulled so many emotions out of me. I cried, I laughed, I swooned and my heart melted over the ending. This book will tug on your heartstrings and leave an imprint on your heart. I didn't just fall in love with this story, I fell in love with the characters and their small-town charm. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jan Cassi

    Promise Her by Andrea Johnston was really good, this book intrigued me so much after reading the blurb. This was a book about two people who are both going through the same pain, one if suffering from the loss of a friend, the other from the loss of the father of her child, and because of the secret she is holding. Taylor was amazing; he was so sweet and cared so much. Scarlett was amazing, she deserved the best and to be happy. Being trapped in a lie that she cannot handle, she must decide to le Promise Her by Andrea Johnston was really good, this book intrigued me so much after reading the blurb. This was a book about two people who are both going through the same pain, one if suffering from the loss of a friend, the other from the loss of the father of her child, and because of the secret she is holding. Taylor was amazing; he was so sweet and cared so much. Scarlett was amazing, she deserved the best and to be happy. Being trapped in a lie that she cannot handle, she must decide to let it out and learn to think of herself and be happy. These two were perfect, they deserved to be happy and to find someone they love, this was a book that will make you see just how love can overcome. A must read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melody Grabeel

    Scarlet Gilbert feels like she’s living a lie. She’s creating a life and has only the support of her deceased husband’s former military unit. Taylor Cain has resolved himself to a solitary life. His bar, Country Road, takes up most of his time. The phone call he never expected comes and the first thing he does is run to her side. This is a wonderfully told story about second chances. The feelings I felt while reading this book were indescribable. I was rooting for them as a couple long before th Scarlet Gilbert feels like she’s living a lie. She’s creating a life and has only the support of her deceased husband’s former military unit. Taylor Cain has resolved himself to a solitary life. His bar, Country Road, takes up most of his time. The phone call he never expected comes and the first thing he does is run to her side. This is a wonderfully told story about second chances. The feelings I felt while reading this book were indescribable. I was rooting for them as a couple long before they were one. The heroine is feisty and fierce with a strong determination to do right by everyone but most especially her baby. The hero is easily lovable if a little misguided though he wears his feelings honorably. I loved this story from beginning to end and was eager to get my hands on it. Some of the characters from her other books appear throughout this story and I was happy to see them. I am excited to see what’s next by this author.

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