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Promise Me Tonight (Weston Family #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  596 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
"Isabella is determined to marry James..."
Isabella Weston has loved James Sheffield for as long as she can remember. Her come-out ball seems the perfect chance to make him see her in a new light.
"James is determined never to marry..."
James is stunned to find that the impish girl he once knew has blossomed into a sensual goddess. And if he remember his lessons correct
ebook, 320 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Signet Book
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♡Karlyn P♡
Feb 15, 2010 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of steamy regency historicals
A great read, especially considering this a debut novel. When I read a regency historical there are three main areas where I want it to excel: the writing, the story, and the steam. This author can write, no questions about it. She has true talent for this. And the steam was smoking hot for a regency read. Passionate, hot, appropriate and never cheesy! well done! However the story was something I felt like I read a hundred times before,(a bit predictable and not much new there), but SL made it r ...more
4 stars – Historical Romance

This is a fun, sexy debut historical romance about the Weston siblings who all have Shakespearean names due to their mother’s obsession with the bard.

Isabella Weston has been in love with her older brother Henry’s best friend James Sheffield since she was a girl. Now that she’s finally having her coming out in society, she’s determined to make James fall head over heels in love with her and marry her using any means necessary, including seduction and trickery. James
Jan 11, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sara Lindsey is being toted as the next Julia Quinn and has some big shoes to fill. I can say with utmost certainty that she can hold her head high and wear those shoes proudly, especially if she continues to write witty and engaging books like she has done with her debut novel, Promise Me Tonight. This is the first book in a series about the seven Weston siblings who all have Shakespearean names.

Isabella Weston has loved her older brother’s best friend, James Sheffield, forever. She has dreams
Después de enterarme de que es la primera novela de la autora, le daría las 4, pero al final me quedaré en 3.5
La novela empieza muy bien. Un toque de humor que siempre de echa de menos ya que es muy complicado de conseguir y, más, cuando hablamos de histórica. Forzado por una heroína valiente, con mucho tesón y que hace cosas que no están bien para la época.
Cada capítulo empieza con un extracto de diversas cartas escritas por la protagonista dirigidas a diferentes personajes secundarios a lo
I admit to skimming the last half of the book, but it didn't make a difference. Why, you ask? Because there's no plot.

Really. I'll sum up the book for you here.

Izzie: James I love you.
James: I'm incapable of love 'cause some bad stuff happened to me.

*love scene* (James runs away)

Izzie: James I love you.
James: I'm incapable of love...

*love scene* (James runs away)

Get it? 300 pages of it. Enough already. James needed to get the hell over it, and Izzie needed to get over him!

I know that historical
Aug 08, 2010 Verity rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lindsey-sara
I don't think SL is for me. The sequel has a silly heroine. The prequel has wimpy & annoying H/H. PMT Heroine is even more bland than the sista', too clingy & WEEPY (ugh !). Some scenes lose the poignancy quota 'cuz they're told repeatedly thru' both POVs. Hard to like a book that tries too hard to be cutesy & angsty @ the same time, w/ same ol' theme, rinse, lather, repeat. Hero's motive for his "U can't save me" act is too dubious, like, wot's da big friggin' deal ? It woulda been ...more
Mar 16, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Promise Me Tonight is the first in a series of Shakespearean name siblings who each find love. In this romantic tale, readers meet Isabella Weston, the oldest daughter of the Weston clan who is madly in love with her older brother’s best friend, the guy next door. Though this is a theme that has been used repeatedly, Sara was able to hold my interest until the very last page. I believe readers will find this funny, heart-wrenching and promising debut a delightful read.

Isabella is a persistent, b
Jan 30, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think there is anything lovelier than a romance that grows out of a life-long friendship. Two people, one who has experienced nothing but loss and abuse, another who is nurtured in a family rich in friendship and love, grow up together for a few years and then re-discover one another as adults. The old hurtful baggage stands between them, while the determination of the heroine to win her lover drives the story. Their relationship is put in danger by old feelings, perceived betrayal (I'm ...more
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May 04, 2010 willaful rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Julia Quinn
Shelves: bye
This isn't really a bad book, but it is pretty derivative. The set-up is obviously an attempt at a Julia Quinn-style family series--in this case, the name gimmick is that all the siblings are named after Shakespearean characters--and there are many echoes of the first in Quinn's Bridgerton series, The Duke and I. Unfortunately, Lindsay doesn't bring anything new to the table in terms of prose or themes; if you read romance, you've read all of these words and all of these scenes before. Worth rea ...more
Jo (My House of Books)
Sep 16, 2010 Jo (My House of Books) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The beginning of a series? Check. Love with best friend's sister trope? Check. Debut author with a good deal of buzz? Check.

One of my favorite romantic tropes is falling in love with BFF's sister/brother. I may like this type of story more than a secret baby plot. Regardless, what I loved about Isabella Weston is her confidence. Confident she loves James; confident that James loves her (especially after her coming out); confident they belong together.

The final third of the book doesn't sit well
Apr 15, 2010 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having heard lots of buzz about Sara Lindsey being "the next Julia Quinn," of course, I was bound to check her out. Julia Quinn is among my favorite authors for good reason; she combines humor, passion, and wit to create brilliantly entertaining romances.

While it took me a couple of weeks to work through this book, it is not the book's fault! I immediately fell in love with Isabella Weston, a spunky and determined young woman. She knows what she wants, and what she really wants is James Sheffiel
Apr 22, 2010 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun historical romance read. It kept me in the story and the fact that the lead male is the lead female’s crush for the whole of her short life is one of those stories that warms your insides. It’s really cute in the beginning when it’s like a close friend relationship. The entire book heats up tremendously when the two characters start to move into a relationship that is a bit for physical. The inclusion of the battle with the Bonaparte ship fleet was incredibly detailed and I r ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a series by new author Sara Lindsey. I really liked the book. There were a few places where I wanted to slap some sense into Izzie and James, but on the whole is was a delightful story. Izzie has loved James for most of her life and one thing I really loved was how the character knew that her love had grown from childish love to adult love. A lot of time in plot lines like this one there isn’t any indicator that the heroine has grown past that “puppy” love she felt for ...more
Dawn Ross
Aug 18, 2010 Dawn Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a hopeless romantic. If you are too you will love this book. I usually get upset when they make the females a little weak, but in this story Izzy is strong, and makes decissions that will in some sense let her keep her dignity.
Sara also talks about other possibly love reltionships here and there which keeps it interesting. this story is based in the 18th century. which makes it even more romantic. If you are looking for a good love story ..this is one of them. Can't wait for Tempting the Ma
This is a "falling for my brother's best friend" novel. I liked it a lot at first, but as the book went on, I realized that both characters were pretty selfish and unwilling to bend. That selfishness is why I lowered a 4-star to a 3-star.

I really enjoyed the family interactions, Isabella's wonderful parents, the sibling relationships. But both Isabella and James spent a lot of time trying to out-manipulate the other.

I did like Lindsey's voice a lot, and a lot of the book was good fun.
Feb 06, 2010 Janga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a sweet, sexy, warm, witty central love story between a hero and heroine who capture the heart and wonderful family dynamics with the Westons, Promise Me Tonight is definitely a winner. Readers who miss Julia Quinn's Bridgertons should rush to the nearest bookstore to buy this book. I loved this book!
It is quite well written with a fun heroine, but I lost interesting about half way through because it felt like the story was over. Even when things picked up I couldn't sink back into it. It's certainly not bad, I rather liked a lot of the secondary characters, but I'm on the fence on if I'll pick up the next book in the series.
The classic man falling in love with his best friends sister plot. I do enjoy these types of stories. Izzy and James are both passionate, stubborn and loving. With that combination there is bound to be fireworks!

I will say Aunt Kate stole this book! Her scenes and one liners are fabulous! I am looking forwarding to reading the next book in the series.
May 03, 2010 Claudine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sara-lindsey
High praise, promising delightful, beautifully descriptive, throughly enjoyable, humorous in the right places. These are some of the things I thought while reading Promise Me Tonight. Sara Lindsey captured my interest in the story with the determined Izzie and the stubborn James in her debut Weston novel. I look forward to reading the Weston's stories.
I believe just about EVERYTHING that happened in this book has already happened in a Julia Quinn novel--The Duke and I and The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever especially, but there is also a wink and a nod to a couple of others. As a result, the book felt unbearably stale.
Apr 11, 2010 Mindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me hooked from the word go! I loved Isabella's fire and James' sense of duty! The dialogue is funny and full of heart. Full of wonderful secondary characters it is a book that leaves you wanting even more and with the second book in the series on the way you are bound to get it!!
J.K. Coi
Feb 17, 2010 J.K. Coi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Both sexy and sweet, this was a beautiful debut book by up and coming author, Sara Lindsey!!
Manda Collins
Wonderful, sexy, funny, charming read.
Jul 14, 2010 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weston-series
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Feb 12, 2014 Arlenis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro fue genial. Sin duda un libro bastante bueno. La trama, los personajes, la narración, en general el libro esta armado bastante bien. La autora utilizo la historia inglesa a su conveniencia de la mejor forma (cabe destacar que tuve una pequeña clase de historia en algunos aspectos). Los personajes están bien presentados y descritos de manera tal que conectas fácilmente con ellos sin mucho esfuerzo. Al principio me parecía que era una versión modificada del primer libro de Julia Quinn d ...more
Mar 30, 2010 Angel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eldest daughter of loving family is persistent about marrying her older bro's BFF who she's been in love with since childhood. She seduces him in his room while he was drunk even though he's told her repeatedly he doesn't ever want to marry or love anybody due to his view that those he loves will die. After he realized what happened, Hero marries heroine speedily then leaves her right after to join the Navy. Heroine later finds out she's pregnant & goes back & forth about loving him & ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Greselley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You. The warrior queen who fought for me when I wouldn't fight for myself. My savior."

The plot of this book is so much like Beverley Kendall's Sinful Surrender and the fact that both books have heroes with the same names, which is James and they're both an earl at that is much more than coincidence. But aside from their similarities, the writer of this book has used a different was to how the story flows. I couldn't decide which is better but I have to say whatever the writer used has truly b
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SARA LINDSEY began writing during her senior year of college. The rest, as they say, is history... or rather, historical romance. A newly minted librarian, Sara lives in sunny Los Angeles. Having read a number of romances featuring librarians, Sara figures this profession bodes well for someday getting her own happily ever after. In the meantime, she plans to turn as many unsuspecting library patr ...more
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