What do you do when you want the one person you can never have?
Get in and get out. That was India Robidoux’s plan for this family visit. But when her brother needs her help with his high-profile political campaign, India has no choice but to stay and face the one man she’s been running from for years—Travis, her sister’s ex-husband. One hot summer night when Travis was still free, they celebrated her birthday with whiskey and an unforgettable kiss. The memory is as strong as ever—and so are the feelings she’s tried so hard to forget.
Travis Strickland owes everything to the Robidoux family. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for them—his divorce could never change that. Still, he has one regret. Impulsive and passionate, India always understood him better than anyone else. And the longer they work together on the campaign, the more torn he is. Coming between her and her sister is out of the question. But how can he let love pass him by a second time?
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating POVs by chapter.
This is the first book in Synithia Williams’ Jackson Falls series. I spotted this on Karen Grey’s goodreads and it has some of my favorite tropes: second-chance, friends-to-lovers, & best friend’s sister/brother’s best friend. It was over the top soap-opera-ey. Secret pregnancies, arranged marriages, controlling patriarchs, political aspirations, attempted murder, affairs*, and more. If there was an angsty theme it was in here or was hinted at and will obviously be in the series at some point.
It was glorious!
I loved India, the baby of the family just trying to get out and get away from her long-time crush on her sister’s ex-husband. Travis, despite not being a Robidoux, still finds his life being manipulated and controlled by the patriarch, Grant. Add in India’s siblings, Byron & Elaina, each with their own grand aspirations and secrets. This is like getting a season’s worth of daytime television in an easy to listen to audiobook.
I’m definitely looking forward to The Promise of a Kiss.
*No cheating by MC’s
I enjoyed Adenrele Ojo’s narration. She did a good job with all the voices and emotions. She captures the southern accent perfectly without feeling overdone.
About the author:
Synithia has loved romance novels since reading her first one at the age of 13. It was only natural she would begin penning her own soon after. It wasn’t until 2010 that she began to actively pursue her dream of becoming a published author. Synithia has also written two books under the pseudonym Nita Brooks. When she isn’t writing, she works on water quality issues for local government while balancing the needs of her husband and two sons.
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About the narrator:
Adenrele Ojo is a native Philadelphian who currently resides in Los Angeles by way of New York. She is a wearer of many creative hats: actress, voice-over artist, producer and photographer.
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My Favorite Quotes
You’re Grant Robidoux’s daughter. You don’t get to live the life you want. – Forbidden Promises by @SynithiaW #Audiobook narrated by @adenreleojo #Drama #Romance #JacksonFalls #SecondChance #BestFriendsSister #BrothersBestFriendTweet
she wished her grandfather was still alive to see all the people playing court at his castle. – Forbidden Promises by @SynithiaW #Audiobook narrated by @adenreleojo #Drama #Romance #JacksonFalls #SecondChance #BestFriendsSister #BrothersBestFriendTweet
They might not always be able to trust each other, but they were certain they couldn’t always trust people outside of their family circle. – Forbidden Promises by @SynithiaW #Audiobook narrated by @adenreleojo #Drama #Romance #JacksonFalls #SecondChance #BestFriendsSister #BrothersBestFriendTweet
I didn’t realize we valued happiness in this family anymore. I thought happiness came second place to the family, our legacy and the business. – Forbidden Promises by @SynithiaW #Audiobook narrated by @adenreleojo #Drama #Romance #JacksonFalls #SecondChance #BestFriendsSister #BrothersBestFriendTweet