Saturday, April 5, 2014

BLOG TOUR ~ The Sordid Promise by Courtney Lane (Review)


"The monsters you really should be afraid of, don't need to hide in plain sight. The truly dangerous ones…have no need to hide."

When physical pain allows you to escape your reality; what do you do when the pain is no longer strong enough to quiet the emotional ache?

Diouana “Nikki” returned to her hometown six months ago to tend to her sick mother. She thought she’d left her “baggage” behind her on the opposite coast, only to find that it never left her side. As her self-destructive thoughts begin to consume her, her mother -- realizing Nikki’s torment -- pushes Nikki to complete her last wishes.

Eric Brenton, Nikki’s new neighbor, lives in a dark, chaotic world that is easily hidden behind his model good looks and cocky demeanor. Unapologetic about his dirtier intentions, he sets his sights on Nikki with an offer to help her. But his help comes with very unorthodox conditions and a huge price. 

And Eric...comes with an extensive black box warning label.

Warning: Contains graphic language, frequent graphic sex, and dark themes.


What do you get when you combine a suicidal daughter, a dying mother, and a doctor with a dark, sordid past? You get a great book!  If you are sensitive to reading about mental illness, rape, suicide, or murder this book is not for you. However, the dark and disturbing nature of this book is what makes it so exciting.

Nikki has a dark secret, which has caused her to become a medicated, anti-social, suicidal pain addict.  Her wealthy, work-alcoholic mother is dying and wants to make sure Nikki is taken care of after she’s gone.  Nikki’s mother arranges an “accidental” meeting between Nikki and a mysterious Dr. Eric Brenton, who also has a dark secret.

After her mother’s death, Eric vows to take care of Nikki in his own way.  He introduces her to his world of pain and control.  He shows her that he is the only medication that she will ever need.  Nikki finds a new addiction in Eric.  Eric seems to be the perfect man for Nikki, but his past keeps springing up and causing trouble.  It seems his past lovers also have an addiction…Eric.  They will do whatever it takes to keep his attention away from Nikki. Nikki has her own problems with her family trying to get a piece of the fortune her mother left her.

This is not your typical “everybody falls in love and lives happily ever after” kind of novel.  I couldn’t put this book down.  I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next! What is going to happen to Nikki?  How far is Eric willing to go to keep Nikki under his control? What will happen to Eric’s past lovers? There is only one way to find out…READ THE BOOK!     

This review was prepared by Stephanie, a guest reviewer.       


“You owe me ten thousand dollars.”
“Do you want that in cash...or check?” I asked.
“Youre not serious.”
“Im very serious about clearing my debts.”
He examined me for a few minutes of silence. “Im having a low-key housewarming party on Saturday.”
“Seems all you do is party.”
“There’s nothing wrong with wanting to celebrate on my downtime.”
“Only if itall the time.”
“Which its not. Stop making statements like we’re best buds who’ve known each other forever. More to the point, watch that mouth around me.”
I cleared my throat, hoping to regain control of the antagonistic tone he nearly succeeded in eliminating. “Were you going to invite me to this party? —because I dont do social gatherings.”
“Nikki. I get it. I know what youre going through. The way you’re behaving is not going to do you well. You can’t close yourself off from everyone. Janet told me that you have no other family or friends to be found anywhere. Im trying to be friendly here. I really don’t want to continuously pull the asshole card to get you out of your bitch mode.”
“Isnt that a conflict of interest?”
“Your mother isn’t my patient. I’m…doing her a favor.”
“Whatever that means. The answer is no.”
“I just shot out a number. The camera was worth more than that. How are you going to pay off a priceless debt?”
“You overpaid.
“Are you always such a bitch? Or am I the lone recipient of this attitude?”
“Are you always a cocky ingrate who answers the door for strangers half-dressed?”

“I’m the ungrateful one?” he asked through an incredulous laughter. “Really, Nikki? I see the way your eyes are glued to what I worked my ass off to achieve. See the  way you’re drooling at the big gift between my legs, too. I know it doesn’t bother you. I think you’re only pissed that I’m not completely naked right now.” Slowly licking his lips, he stepped forward. His feverish form pressed against me as he looked down at me. He added in a sexually charged drawl, “I know I’m making your pussy the wettest it’s ever been. Just wait. I’ll get you wetter than a banana in a women's prison.”



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