Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mark My Words Book Publicity Presents Stealing Promises by Brina Courtney Blog Tour Stop

Title: Stealing Promises
Author: Brina Courtney
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance 

Book Description:

Promises are made to be kept, never stolen. But that’s exactly what happened to Victoria Blane and Levi Manor. Tragedy strikes their perfect relationship leaving Victoria struggling to overcome the darkness that threatens to bury her. 

With Victoria’s life in tatters she decides that running away is easier than dealing with her troubles. But when a friend finds her on the floor in her kitchen, she knows it’s time for a change.

Brighton Hanley knows what it’s like to lose someone. He knows what it’s like to be haunted by things that can never change. When he meets Victoria he recognizes the pain she’s trying to bury deep in her eyes. He knows she’s trying to run away, but he also knows that you can’t run forever. 

Victoria is drawn to Brighton in ways she never expected. He becomes her champion, her life line… her sunshine in the darkness. But is Victoria ready to let go of the past and grab on to her future? Or will she run away from Brighton before she can be hurt again?


My Review

5 of 5 Stealing Promises

Can I first say that Stealing Promises was an amazing read for me. As I have lost someone I loved to a tragic accident it broke my heart and pulled back all the memories I keep locked away. My first love died and when he did it just broke something in me and I was never the same. So when I started reading this story it was like reliving my life and the hurt and the pain I endured and no matter what anyone said to me I just COULD NOT GET OVER IT! When people would say that I just wanted to kick their ass because grief is grief and we all handle it in different ways and I spiraled out of control so I was right there with Victoria and her feelings and her reservations she had.

Victoria lost her first love and she is trying to regain some semblance of life and move on but life is hard and Victoria just can't seem to get it together. She tries and she tries and eventually she does get it together and she meets this great guy Brighton. Lord let me tell you that Brighton is such a lovable guy and I needed more of him. Brighton turned Victoria's dark days into light and he kept a smile on her face.

But everyone has a past and both Brighton and Victoria will have to decide if moving forward is worth it or should they stay in the background and remain friends. I don't want to give away to much because this is one hell of an emotional roller coaster that it is a MUST READ! It is short in comparison to some of the books I normally read but Brina did a great job of telling us a story about love, loss, and dealing with grief and moving on. No it is not easy but the best things in life are never easy and they are always worth the fight!


The smell reached her nose before she even opened her eyes and Victoria knew where she was. Back in the hospital, the hellhole. It had the distinct smell of cleaning supplies and death. Victoria couldn't understand why she was back here when she had finally made the decision to take care of the pain herself. Why had Kate arrived when she did? Did she expect something like this to happen? Slowly Victoria tried to move her limbs and felt the scratchy sheets beneath her skin. She looked over at the multiple stitches crisscrossing back and forth over her pale skin. This was her life. This what Victoria had done to herself. Her arm would never be the same again. But would anything else? She wasn't sure.


The landscape began to shift around them allowing Victoria to realize just how far they were going outside of her college campus. “Levi? Where exactly are we going?”

He gave her a devilish grin, “I’m not going to tell you that.”

She smiled back at him, “No really, where is this place? You haven’t told me hardly anything about the weekend! And you know how much I don’t like surprises.” She knew that about herself, the perfect type A personality. It didn’t really matter what was going on, Victoria just needed to be in the loop. Sometimes she felt bad for Levi when he tried to surprise her with things and she always found out, but she knew it was probably for the best, because she would just annoy him until he told her what was really going on anyway.

“It’s up near the ridge. Why, you know somebody up there? Afraid we’re going to run into some crazy ex-boyfriend?” He chuckled to himself. Victoria watched as he started to relax allowing the tension from earlier to fall way. She liked seeing him like this, when he was happiest.

“No,” she said shyly. “I was just wondering, you know, if there would be a lot of people around.”

She noticed as the car accelerated quickly. “Is there a reason that you would like to be alone with me Victoria Blane?”

She smiled broadly. “I think you know the exact reason I want to be alone with you Levi Manor.” Victoria liked teasing him, it was her small power over him. Most of the time Levi was saying things to affect her. It was nice when Victoria could have it the other way around.


“Levi? Are you all right? You’ve been so distracted all night.” She put down her spoon and made a heart shape with her hands. It was their secret message, to say “I love you” in a private way, even in the most public of places.

Levi looked up at her, his eyes gleaming by the candlelight, and he smiled. “Victoria, I have something for you.”

About The Author:

Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs. 


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