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Promise Me

(Promise Me #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  52 reviews
When young widow Sarelle McGarran finds the vampire Danial Racklan unconscious and hurt in her woods, intuitive concern quickly becomes passionate love. Together Danial and Sar work to overcome their own past heartbreaks, their vastly different lifestyles, and Danial's relentless enemies. Yet Danial needs more; an Oath of forever. But can Sar give Danial his greatest desir ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published May 27th 2012 by Melange Books (first published 2012)
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Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

The interesting thing about Tara Fox Hall's Promise Me series is that the story of Danial and Sar points out one of the underlying problems of a relationship between vampires and humans--the power is always unequal.

You know that old saying that "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"? Well, it's true. Think of Eric and Sookie if you need another example.

It's not that things start out badly, it's that these two people have very, very differe
I thought I was going to DNF this one, but then at 15% or so I could not stop reading. I don't really care for any of the characters so I am not sure what it was. I did not know whether I could trust Daniel or not. This is a love triangle, but written well.

I paid $.99 for this one and it was worth it.

The heroine is a widow who lives in the woods. She saves a vampire and from there the story begins.
Jul 25, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Review of a Really BAD Vampire Book
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. — Marcus Tullius Cicero
What must it be like, to be born in 1601, a destitute dirt farmer, desperately trying to feed a wife and child? Completely illiterate, superstitious, held under the thumb of the rich, little more than a slave. Then, to find oneself suddenly immortal, seen as a demon, unclean, a monster in god’s eyes and those of your family. To make connections, fall in love, only to see the o
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Promise Me is a story full of romance, intrigue, mystery and lots of hot Vampires and Weres. Ms. Hall writes an appealing story that has something for everyone. This story had me hooked from the beginning and begging for more once it ended.
Sarelle is a young widow living by herself except for her precious pets. One night she spots something outside and it was an injured and dying Danial. When most women would run and call for help, Sarelle decides to rescue Danial herself. With quick thinking s
Tori Ridgewood
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hold onto your hats -- I’m about to gush.

I loved every minute of Promise Me; I could not put it down. Tara Fox Hall has such a gift for phrasing, dialogue, and character development -- every story I read from her imagination is a real treat. Promise Me is no exception.

Hall delivers a heady, involving mix of sizzle, action, romance, and pragmatism. Her writing is like a good bottle of wine, in which every sip changes ever so slightly after the cork is popped, opening and pleasing your palate with
Jodie Pierce
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Promise Me, the first book by Tara Fox Hall, in the series was excellent. It kept my attention and I hated to put it down when I had other things to do. I really loved this book and can’t wait to read the next books in the series.

Promise Me follows Sarelle McGarran when she meets Danial Racklan and falls in love with him. He is near death, she saves his life but becomes his blood donor and that is her first encounter with him He doesn’t tell her the truth about many things, including his past an
Jenny Twist
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling, Captivating and Utterly Dangerous

Danial, Tara Fox Hall's vampire hero, is every girl's dream lover. Despite being centuries old, he has never lost his human qualities, and Sarelle, recently widowed, is completely enthralled by his charms.
The story opens when Sarelle finds him, badly injured and at the point of death, lying near her house. She is unable to resist helping any wounded creature, so she hides him and nurses him back to life. But loving a vampire is not easy. Danial makes
Tara Hall
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-works
I wrote this book first, before all others. If you like vampires, I strongly recommend you give my vampire world a try.

Here is also a snippet from Night Owl Reviews' review of Promise Me (4 stars):

Firstly, this is a very engrossing story. The action is nonstop and there's really no good place to pause and put the book down. Danial and Sar's growing passion and romance is only part of the story, but a very steamy part of it. The evolving plot and fascinating secondary characters add quite a punc
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The characters are so 3-dimensional and complex. And not just the main characters, but the side characters are engaging and have depth as well. Whenever a character is missing from the scene, you can’t wait until the next scene where you get to see them again. The story and the characters are slowly built up so you feel like you know them. The vampire and shifter lore are both very cool and different, as we slowly find out things about how things work in their world. I can’t w ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Promise Me by Tara Fox Hall is a standout! An original take on the vampire/human romance genre with lots of killer characters thrown into the mix. I found Sar to be a captivating heroine and Danial equally charming. I love the fact that Sar has a backbone and she's willing to use it. I could definitely feel the heat between Sar and Danial. However, she has equally intriguing relationships with some of the other characters. I look forward to reading what happens next to these fiery characters!! ...more
Tabitha Edson
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's a vampire romance with a twist. It also has other supernatural creatures in it as well. The main character Sar is a down to earth woman that saves a vampire (unknowingly). I found the first person POV to be a great way to tell this story. The descriptions are great and the characters unique. I couldn't put this book down. I would recommend it. ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
looks amazing can't wait 2 read it also the guy is hot so major plus.... ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. The characters have the ability to be real. I can't wait for the next book to be released. ...more
Leslie Ford
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! Anyone know if another book similar to this series??
Casey Cofer
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a fan of stories with strong female characters, I was pleasantly entertained by Promise Me. Tara Fox Hall delivers a significantly strong female protagonist, Sarelle (Sar), in a story that often runs the risk of coming off ridiculous. But Ms. Hall refused to allow Sar to become the traditional Victorian heroine in a typical vampire romance. She defined her protagonist as an independent woman with strong ideals and a gritty determination to face life after tragedy with a penchant for taking ca ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The dangers and benefits of rescuing a wounded vampire

3.75 stars

“Promise Me” by Tara Fox Hall is the first book in the ‘Promise Me’ series and follows widow Sarelle (Sar) McGarran as her life is changed when she elects to rescue an injured male one night. Discovering that Danial is a vampire is her introduction to a world that has were-animals, complicated rules, and rapidly multiplying mysteries, and she is constantly challenged to leave her safe boundaries and put her trust in the male who is
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Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinions.

Rating Clarification: 4 / 5

After reading Lash , a weresnake novel by the same author that I may be referencing throughout the review, I prepared myself for another dark, gritty, and graphic book. To my relief (well, kind of), there wasn’t as much alcohol or vio
2.5 stars - okay plus. Sar rescues dying vampire Danial, who tried to leave a ‘hook’ in Sar as a thank you gift but instead becomes intrigued by the woman whose dreams he can’t feed from and who see him more or less for himself and not for some agenda associated with having a vampire lover.

I had a hard time getting into Promise Me - I put it down three times until finally at about 50% I got more invested in the widowed Sar and the odd turn her life takes when her isolated life suddenly is popul
Kate Wendley
Sexy vampire, interesting world

Sar, a single woman looking for love, happens upon a sexy, unconscious man and decides to keep him safe and sheltered before a rainstorm. She soon realizes he might not be human and instead of running away, decides to help him by giving him what she thinks he needs… blood. When Danial finally heals enough to wake, the attraction between them is palpable.

From here the story strolls along while we learn a lot about Sar and her home life, including the fact that she’s
Stephanie Dagg
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Promise Me by Tara Fox Hall is not your usual sort of paranormal romance. Apart from the prologue which is presented in the third person, the story is narrated by Sarelle McGarran, Sar for short, a young widow who lives alone with an assortment of dogs and cats. She is a strong woman, coping with her grief and getting on with her life in a resourceful way. Discovering a wounded vampire, Danial, nearby one evening, she takes him in and very matter-of-factly lets him feed off her to ensure he live ...more
Victoria Rainey
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Twisted Tale

Promise Me is the first book in the Promise Me series by Tara Fox Hall.

This book is a twisted tale where you are not really sure who is good and who is bad. The beginning of the story leaves you wanting to know more. At the end of the first chapter, I was excited to see how this book would turn out. The author did a good job of drawing the reader in to her world. She did a great job of making it very realistic. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast is others. T
Who can you really trust?
Sarelle (Sar) finds Daniel, a vampire, unconscious on her property and takes him into her house and saves Daniel from an attempt on his life by an unknown assailant. Despite Daniel’s controlling nature and unascertained past, Sar falls in love with him and all the entanglement that comes with being with a vampire. There are some side characters that are shape-shifters that are in play in this book. There is also a different type of character in the story that I thought w
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Sarelle McGarran, Sar to her friends, is recently widowed. She lives alone in a rural area with her dogs and cats until one night she sees a truck on her neighbor’s property . When she follows the truck, she finds Danial badly wounded and takes him to her house. While there she discovers he is a vampire but she still helps him heal. Once Danial wakes up the sparks start flying and Sar and Danial each test the boundaries of the other as their attraction grows.

While this book did not keep me on t
Dariel Raye
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Promise Me”: Great Start For a Paranormal Vampire Series

I received this book via ReadingAlley. One of the first things I noticed about the first book in this intriguing series was the uniqueness of both main characters. Sar, the heroine, reminded me of a strong, prairie woman living alone on the outskirts of civilization. Her brave, no-nonsense attitude extended to a near self-sacrifice and nearly made identifying with her impossible, but Fox Hall’s mastery of character development kept my eyes
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Promise Me; is a four point five star read. The story line is intriguing from the very first paragraph, to the very end. Daniel is the first character we met and there is something about the way he is described that makes you got to find out more about him. Then we meet Sarelle his savior, so to speak, and you start to think what kind of women would save a vampire knowingly, so the intrigue just got deeper.
The over-all development of the characters is very good and there are holes in there, that
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sarelle, a recently widowed woman, finds Danial, a half-dead man, on the edge of her property. She can't just leave him there, so she brings him into her garage, where she finds out he is a vampire. She nurses him back to life. She wants the storybook vampire romance, but finds out the real deal is much more dangerous.

Wowza! What an exciting story. There was excitement right from the beginning when Danial ends up on Sar's property, and continues all the way up to the end of the book (a cliffhang
Jody Vitek
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tara has written an enchanting story. I stopped reading only when my eyes grew heavy and quickly picked it up to finish reading the book the following day, as the written words were spellbinding. Danial and Sar are a couple you want to see work through their differences, and when they seem to have something new happens. I can't give Tara a five star review but give it a four and a half stars because the story is so well written and captivating. PROMISE ME left me wanting more questions answered ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well-written book, with interesting vampire and were characters.
The human heroine - Sarelle - was likeable, and realistic in her simplicity and common sense. Even when she did questionable things, she came to logical conclusions, which I appreciated. The hero - Danial was a charming enigma, who constantly had me guessing about him to the end.

I really enjoyed 'Promise Me' and am looking forward to reading more of the series. While I'm assuming that the surly but very likeable Theo will
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rollercoaster ride

Very interesting, well written vampire novel. The couple spend more time fighting for their relationship than they do romancing. Sarelle is a very compassionate character and definitely not gun shy but she kept making the same mistake over and over in an effort to remain independent. Danial is a domineering vampire but he shows a lot of patience when dealing with this head-strong woman. His life is a dangerous one and his way of feeding his blood hunger is....odd to say the lea
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Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Her first full-length action-adventure novel, Lash, published in April 2012. Her vampire series begins in ...more

Other books in the series

Promise Me (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Broken Promise (Promise Me, #2)
  • Taken in the Night (Promise Me, #3)
  • Taken For His Own (Promise Me, #4)
  • Immortal Confessions: A Promise Me Origins Tale (Promise Me, #5)
  • Her Secret (Promise Me, #6)
  • Point of No Return (Promise Me, #7)
  • Lost Paradise (Promise Me, #8)
  • Dark Solace (Promise Me Series #9)
  • Eye of the Storm (Promise Me, #10)
  • Tempest of Vengeance (Promise Me, #11)

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