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The Promise (deWarenne Dynasty #13)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  917 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
After a record-breaking sail from China, Alexi de Warenne's moment of triumph quickly vanishes. At his welcoming party, his bewitching childhood friend Elysse O'Neill begins flirting with a shipmate, clearly punishing Alexi for his time at sea. But when Alexi finds Elysse desperately struggling in the man's arms, tragedy ensues. Within days, Alexi weds her to save
Paperback, 379 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by HQN Books
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♡Karlyn P♡
My first thought when I finished ‘The Promise’ by Brenda Joyce was that they should have titled it ‘The Fear of Rejection’. Why? While the meaning behind the title ‘The Promise’ does resonate through the book, it is the couple’s utter fear of rejection that hits you over the head in nearly every scene.

The Promise tells the story of childhood friends, Alexi and Elysse, coming to realize that they mean much more to one another than just friends. The prologue begins with a great little scene with
2.5 stars. I don't know what is was about this book, but it did absoulutely nothing for me! It had all the themes I love but still fell short of engrossing me in the story. I think it has alot to do with the way the author writes. Her style is too simple for my taste. It also annoyed me that the hero thought the heroine was cheating when she wasn't. And it was way annoying that she didn't say it was a lie. She just let him think that she had lovers while he treated her horribly and cheated on he ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Bronwyn rated it did not like it
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Feb 22, 2013 Yvette rated it did not like it
This book was so infuriating to read.

The hero was an ass who thought so horribly of his wife. He put all the blame on her for him being trapped into marrying her. He has mistresses all over the damn place, literally, jamaica, singapore, kidding he's a total ass.

The heroine has a reputation of being a seductress in London while her husband is away (she actually is still a virgin despite her husband avoiding her for 6 years), but she never corrects him or anyone else when they think
Eylül Esra
Kütüphanede gördüğümde sırf meraktan alıp okuyayım dedim. Sonuç: Elinize geçerse alıp okuyun. Güzeldi. Ama niye her şey bir anda oldu bitti anlamış değilim.
I would give it a negative rating if it was possible. Seriously, don't bother wasting your time and hard earned money. I am hard-pressed to find something good to say about this book. I spent more time angry at the characters.

The hero spends more than 2.7/3 of the book sleeping with other woman and being really cruel to his virginal wife who he abandoned right after the wedding ceremony. The heroine was a spoiled brat who cared more of what others thought than her happiness and allowed her mind
Glenda Mcalpin
Oct 10, 2011 Glenda Mcalpin rated it did not like it
I regret spending so much time on this one. Where was the real romance? Alexi irratated me so much because he was so cruel throughout the book until the end. The scenes, especially the ones that were supposed to be sensual, just weren't. I was severely dissappointed.
Carinae L'etoile
Sep 30, 2011 Carinae L'etoile rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago in college, I read The Game by Brenda Joyce. It was a great way to escape having to write a huge paper. I always thought historical (I always called them hysterical) romances were not my thing, but The Game held my interest.

That said, when I stumbled across this story, The Promise, I had such fond memories of The Game I thought this book would be close to it.

I loved the the beginning. Then I got extremely irritated by how badly the hero, Alexi, treated the heroine, Elyss
Ceren Ünlü
Jan 17, 2015 Ceren Ünlü rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bir Avuç Aşk'tan sonra en beğendim kitap bu oldu.. Eee biri Cliff'in oğlu, öbürü Devlin'in kızı.. Devlin'in Devlin! *_**_*
Sep 27, 2010 Claudine rated it liked it
Shelves: brenda-joyce
I found the first two parts of Alexi and Elysse's story to be very fustrating with their stubborness and jealousy that kept them apart, it was the third part when Alexi finally admitted to his love for Elysse that made the story OK for me. Brenda Joyce has long been a favorite author of mine but I can say that The Promise wasn't all I was hoping for with Alexi and Elysse. I enjoyed "the promise" of those two from the other deWarenne Dynasty books, their chemistry was right but for the story to t ...more
Aug 21, 2015 Anamaria rated it really liked it
And I thought I had problems with pride and stubbornness...
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Jan 11, 2016 Filomena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penultimo libro della serie e anche questo non delude le aspettative. Quattro stelline e mezzo per quest'altro piccolo capolavoro del genere.
Apr 21, 2015 Suzane rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
4 yildiz verecektim ama hizli biten sonu ve en nefret ettiğim şey olan kadin erkek eşitsizliği yüzünden 3 yildiz veriyorum.
Haley Osborn
Mar 30, 2016 Haley Osborn rated it really liked it
Joyce is back! After a bit of a let down in An Impossible Attraction I wasn't let down for Alexi's story. I've seen other reader reviews for this book that I just don't understand. I found it to be fantastic all around with well built characters and story.
People have complain how the female lead is nothing bu spoiled and the hero just mean...and it leaves me wondering if they actually read the whole book.
First I love the beginning as it sets up the relationship for Elysse and Alexi. I love the
May 02, 2012 Davina rated it it was ok
Due to his own issues regarding events leading to their marriage, Alexi runs off soon after their nuptials. He proceeds to spend the next six years away from his wife. Now what follows upon his return home is nothing short of baffling douchebaggery from Alexi. Elysse has been hurt and spends much of her time with a male friend or family. She’s no longer the spirited young girl who started the ball rolling of a tragic event. She’s matured and has the ability to reflect on her own mistakes quite w ...more
Mar 09, 2011 taita rated it really liked it
This was my first introduction to Brenda Joyce's work and I enjoyed it.

The book was good at keeping me on pins and needles with my insides twisting due to the very real emotional tension I felt between Alexi & Elysse. That, and I was pulling my hair because they were both so stubborn and proud. I couldn't really decide who I liked or disliked more because they were both so flawed. OK, maybe I disliked Elysse a little more because she was so consistently dumb sometimes. I mean really... She w
Nov 11, 2010 Anna rated it liked it
I haven't read many historical romances of late so this Kindle version of The Promise was my way of testing the waters. Brenda Joyce has always been one of my favorite romance authors, her Deadly series about Francesca Cahill is absolutely amazing, but this book just fell a bit short for me. Why? The chemistry between Alexi and Elysse started out scorching hot and full of tension, only as the story progressed I became more and more frustrated by the lack of progress in the romance department. I ...more
Brenda Joyce’s “The Promise” is thick with tension, emotion and betrayal amidst a childhood fairytale gone outrageously wrong that kept me reading to ensure it lived up to its moniker.

Childhood friends Alexi de Warenne and Elysse O’Neill have been friends for decades and as close as brother and sister since he promised to always protect her when as children, he found her terrified and lost in a nearby castle. A budding attraction to and understanding of one another leads both to secretly hope t
Ash Ash
Aug 24, 2012 Ash Ash rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This is another Typical book of Brenda Joyce where the hero is a cheat and the heroine is a doormat.. Elysse O'Neill and Alexi de Warenne are childhood friends.. Elysse has loved Alexi since she is a child.. When Alexi joins his father in their business as merchant seamen and travels all around the world to trade.. He comes back with his friend William Montgomery to visit the family.. Elysse's see's this an opportunity to make Alexi to fall in love with her and starts flirting with William to ma ...more
Aug 17, 2013 Alisia rated it it was ok
Written for: Beyond Reading

Another old late-posted review.

I was intrigued enough to want to read Elysse and Alexi's story, having read previous books in The De Warenne Dynasty series(such as A Dangerous Love) and admiring Alexi, unfortunately, The Promise was dissatisfying and quite disappointing. First of all, every time Elysse is around Alexi, she is humiliated and taunted, I strongly dislike heroines that are walked over, she spends so much thought on Alexi and tries to treat him well while h
Dec 21, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult Women
Recommended to Emily by: Found it at a local thrift store
Simply put...LOVED IT!!!

I started reading this around 930p and finished shortly after 300a in the morning. That is how much I loved this book. It was such a page turner, and I could not put it down.

The Promise is the second book that I've read by Brenda Joyce. She has yet to disappoint.

I quickly became totally engrossed by the plot. I loved the characters, but at the same time they were so infuriating. I wanted to reach through the pages and shake them senseless. I was like, "can't you see he l
Feb 09, 2013 Vanessa rated it did not like it
It was interesting at first. I mean it was nice to watch how Elysse developed from a spoiled, ruthless flirt into a 'matured' woman. Of course granting the experience she had six years ago. A man died just because he wanted to kiss her more. And it involved the love of her life Alexi who rescued her from the inevitable, accidentally killing his friend to protect her. Also after that he offered to karry her and then abandoned her for six years. Despite that she remained loyal to him all those yea ...more
THE PROMISE by Brenda Joyce is a wonderful historical romance set in 1824-1833 Adare, Ireland and Askeaton, Ireland. The de Warenne Dynasty. It is well written with details,depth, twists and turns. It has sweet sensuality, mistrust, romance, pride, guilt, adventure, tragedy, a long standing love affair, wit, grace, pretense and realizing the truth and finally acting on their feelings for each other. The hero, Alexi, is handsome, smart, determined, a protector of Elysse, adventurer, a sea captain ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Ns rated it it was amazing
The Promise, like most, if not all of Brenda Joyce's novels, in particular those from the de Warenne Dynasty series, has a love affair that is passionate, intense, and utterly engrossing.

The love affair simmers between lifelong friends, Alexi de Warenne and Elysee O'Neill. They grew up sharing the sort of bond and intimacy that can only exist from the lifetime sharing of a past, of memories and milestones. It is obvious to their families and friends that they are soulmates, and although Alexi an
Jan 30, 2015 Niadk rated it really liked it
I gave it 4 starts because although I ADORED Alexi and I truly liked the plot, I also truly, really despised the "heroine". Elysse was a vain, spoiled, whinny woman who for the 3/4 of the book played with men and their emotions, DISNT know what she wanted, she was always in need for a protector and every man was in love with her well because she was beautiful and that was all! I never saw any kindness or dignity on her and frankly I didn't even think she deserved to be happy.
This is one of those books I really don't want to give a bunch of stars to because I spent 3/4 of the story wanting to snatch the main characters bald-headed for being such poops. Which of course is why it deserves all those stars. If an author can drag me in, almost against my will, to where I care so much about the characters that I want to slap them upside the head, that author is really good at her job.

So. The hero and heroine have known each other since they were children, and loved each ot
May 28, 2012 Regina rated it liked it
A highly emotional tale. Alexi was very angry with Elysse throughout most of the story as he blamed her for death of his best friend. Great story telling at first, but I felt Alexi's anger was drawn out way too long, which became frustrating. He was also deliberately cruel to Elysse. He didn't earn any high points with me by being unfaithful during his marriage especially since Elysse refused to take a lover. Her intense pain and loneliness caused by his abandonment is very apparent. Alexi was t ...more
I consider myself a feminist. I was reluctant to read this because of the summary and the part where Elysse was abandoned but will still fight to get his husband back.

The start is promising two childhood friends who practically grew up together and found themselves falling in love with each other (i assumed they were) but just so proud and young to admit it.

I was angry at Alexi for what hes done with Elysse. and I was infuriated by Elysse for being so loyal to Alexi after being treated like tha
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Brenda Joyce is the bestselling author of forty-one novels and five novellas. She has won many awards, and her debut novel, Innocent Fire, won a Best Western Romance award. She has also won the highly coveted Best Historical Romance award for Splendor and Two Lifetime Achievement Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews. There are over 14 million copies of her novels in print and she is published in ...more
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deWarenne Dynasty (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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“If you are lost, I will find you. If you are in danger, I will protect you," he said seriously. "It's what a gentleman does, Elysse."

~Alexi de Warenne to Elysse O'Neil”
“If I say I will protect you, I will."

~Alexi de Warenne to Elysse O'Neill”
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