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Broken Promises

(Broken #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,985 ratings  ·  170 reviews
After three years in Boston attending college, Mallory Wells has come home to Casper, Maine to care for her father, who is dying from cancer. She left Casper without looking back, leaving her small-town life and everyone in it, behind. Including her sexy high school sweetheart.

Luke Bates was devastated when Mallory left him for the city life. He managed to pull himself
Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published December 29th 2013 (first published April 18th 2013)
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May 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I don't know why I continue to read books that are just not good. This one was...well there was like no character development and the story just went so quickly there wasn't really much development of any kind. I thought Mallory was horrible, Luke seemed like a nice guy and I have no idea why they were ever together. Nothing really happened and it is like Mallory is all I want to live in this small town forever! No waits it has been 2 minutes I love Boston and will go there! No waits, maybe I ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a phenomenal story. You have your romance, along with real world issues all wrapped up in one fantastic package. Everything was laid out in such a vividly realistic and visual manner that I feel like I lived this novel. This is one of those stories that brings tears to your eyes for multiple different reasons. I cried both sad and happy tears throughout. The novel had a very mellow & down to earth pace that fit well with the plot and subject matter while still keeping you interested and ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of the book drew me in and normally I fly right through books, but this book....*sigh*. It's such a struggle for me to want to read it. Mallory is a girl that grew up in a small town and escaped the first chance she got to the city of Boston. After finding out her father has cancer she returns home after 3 years of refusing to ever visit him and making him come to her to pretend to know how to care for him. What she doesn't count on, is running into her ex Luke that she dated all ...more
Tiffany Aleman
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do I say about this book??? This book is absolutely amazing!!! The characters Mallory and Luke captured my heart along with there relationship.

I think that most of us can relate to having that one first love that no matter how hard we try, we just can't let go or forget.

The relationship between Mallory and her father captivated me from the beginning. I refuse to give anything away, but can I just say WOW!

This book had me crying like a baby at certain parts, swooning over others, and
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My god, the female lead is insufferable.
I want him. Actually, I don’t want him. Wait, I do want him. Now I don’t. I do! No, no I don’t. But what if...?
Goddamn it, woman. Make up your mind! (I’m sorry. “Little girl” is more appropriate.)
I liked most of the other characters, more or less, but the plot was just fine.
Just meh.
3 stars!

Edit: I had to change it to 2 stars. I had to. As time goes by I keep getting progressively more and more mad at this book.
The constant nagging from pretty much
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about a girl called Mallory who leaves her small town and never looks back, she leaves her boyfriend Luke of four years, who being two years older than her had put off college so they could go together, she leaves her father who'd raised her from being a baby when her mother ran off, he's also sick but she's too self absorbed to notice and she leaves her friends. She's called back because her father is dying from cancer, once back she's thrown back into small town life. Now this ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't even finish it do to my constant irritation with the heroine! She was annoying, selfish and her mood swings gave me a headache! I really need to start waiting until reviews are available before buying books. My wallet and my temper would be thankful!
Heather andrews
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Been wanting to read this bad boy for awhile now! Mallory is a responsible girl, "dad, relax. I settled everything before I drove up. The bank granted me a leave of absence. You know I would never leave without getting things in order." You can tell there's some s*** going down and on between Ms. Mallory and Mr. Luke, "that's right, princess, not all of us get a free ride to college and a job that pays gobs of money and takes up so much of our time that we don't have time to pay a visit to our ...more
Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)
dnf at 58%

Why I didn't finish...

1. I really tried, but couldn't find anything likable about Mallory Wells or Luke. They both seemed very self centered and very naive.

2. Her dad was dying and this was really sad and yet Mallory seemed more interested in getting annoyed with and then drooling all over Luke than caring for her dad.

3. I didn't understand how she could see her dad while at Uni and not notice that he was slowly going down hill. No matter how oblivious you are that he is ill you
Marking a book as DNF is not something I do very often. I usually try and stick with a book once I've started it. Unfortunately, I couldn't do that with Broken Promises. I made the decision to stop reading it at just 16%, at the start of chapter 4.

The female main character, Mallory, was annoying, selfish, and mean. I didn't like her at all and, therefore, I couldn't bring myself to care about her or what happened to her in the story.

The male main character, Luke, was mocked by Mallory, both in
Jeanne Johnston
Aug 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I finished. Mallory was a ridiculous, self-centered brat who's come home to care for her dying father for the summer, only she's whining after two weeks that it's taken so long.

Not sure why Luke was ever with her in high school, and certainly not now.

The characters were two-dimensional, wish washy, and immature. Certainly not going to waste another couple hours on a sequel.

Most interesting was this was prefaced with a statement this was reedited. I cared so little when the
May 25, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ashley Knapp
3.5 / 5
This book was am interesting read. It is a story about Mallory who returns home after finding out her father is dying of cancer. It is such a sad topic in generally, because unfortunately we all see this all too often.

This book was a compelling read. I read it in less then a day. It was a good story with a lot of promise. I liked all 7 of the main characters that are involved with the storyline. I thought they was very individual and easy to like.

I relate to our main character,
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, arc

Reading the book description I had great expectations about it. Some were satisfied, others not so much.

The story itself is intriguing. Mallory escapes from the small town in Maine were she were born to attend college in Boston. After three years she returns home to take care of her dad, the only parent she has, who is dying from cancer. But this imminent tragedy isn't the only thing that it's going to upset her life. She has to face her ex boyfriend Luke, her first love, who was devastated

Broken Promises is an emotional roller coaster of a story about sacrifices and heartbreak. Mallory grew up in a small town in Maine where everybody knows everybody and news travels quickly through the grapevine. After spending the last four years of high school consistently with the love of her life, she is forced to break things off so she can pursue her dreams. She's sick of small town life and can't wait to escape to the big city; Boston. She expected her high school sweetheart, Luke, to
Tanya Vought
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book captivated many emotions from me! I was truly a mess while reading!

Dawn takes us into the lives of Mallory and Luke and takes us down an amazing emotional ride!

Mallory is living and going to school in Boston. She finds out that her dad is sick and comes home-- here to find out some troubling news and to find the ex/love of her life Luke working on her and her father's home....

Luke wonderful guy enjoys living in Casper and misses Mallory. He is surprised to see her back in Casper and
Jackie - Fire & Ice Book Reviews
**I recieved a copy of this book in exchange of a honest review by the New Adult Book Club**

Awww!!! I thought this book was so cute. Mallory and Luke were perfect for each other. I finished this book within a few hours, and it was a great read. The reason why this book got four stars and not five was because, Mallory and Luke were confused, and I don't like confused characters that much. Other then that, the book was really good. The author has done a really good job in writing this book, and
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was barely okay for a free download - I'd have been ticked off to have paid money for it. It started out pretty good - I liked the premise. The character of Mallory was my biggest gripe. She was totally annoying. She sees her dad over her college years and never notices he's sick. She must have been blind in addition to self-absorbed. She comes back to Maine from Boston and the relationship with Luke just takes up right where they left off despite the broken hearts on both sides. Then she ...more
Mariely Otero
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I’m giving this book 3 stars, not because I didn’t like it, I did like the story. What I couldn’t stand was Mallory, she was annoying, I didn’t like the way she treated Luke and then made herself a victim when she was the one who always left. She was selfish, mean and a spoiled brat who didn’t know what she wanted. But I guess not all heroines have to be perfect, right? I still feel like she should have been more thoughtful, kind and grateful, especially towards Luke, but she always treated him ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was addicting! Swallowed up in all the small town gossip which I miss dearly! Ms. Dawn tells us about the heart breaking story of death and love that last even when you're apart for three years! Luke is the ex boyfriend of the girl that broke his heart when Mallory left for Boston/college 3 years ago. Mallory comes back into town when she finds out her dad is dying from cancer and the small town sucks her back into her old life with friends plus Luke. I loved this book and characters! ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would actually give this book 3 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed the characters and the story line ! I actually wish the book would have been longer and had more in depth details ! I wasn't finished reading about them when the book ended ! I wanted more !! I would recommend this book to friends :)
Jul 29, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 29, 2013 marked it as my-kindle-freebie-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mixed-reviews
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Rated at 3.49 on GR's and has some mixed reviews.
Christine Kaplan
Cute book. A sweet little romance with likable characters
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Dnf at 11% . Very stilted writing. Unlikeable characters with no empathy.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book for me, and not so easy to review. I read a lot of reviews before and after I read it and I seem to have a very different view of the main protagonists of Mallory and Luke, as well as several of the supporting characters.

The story was an excellent one, not shying away from real world issues and the darker side of love,life, and romance. For me, I felt like the romance aspect was less in the forefront than the emotional struggles that went on over the course of the
** I was given this book (it's also free at the moment, I think) in exchange for a fair and honest review. **
This is one of your classic growing up and learning who you are novels. Our main characters are in their early twenties and still trying to figure out what they want from life. Mallory and Luke broke up when she decided to go to Boston for college and he broke his promise (see what I did there?) to follow her wherever she wants. So off to Boston goes Mallory while Luke stays behind, all
Amanda Peake
Written by: Dawn Pendleton

reviewed by: Amanda Peake

You guys know that in my reviews I always give you a heads about any bias I have currently? So here’s my bias though I don’t know if it’s a real one or not. I have cancer. I’ve had four types and now I’m down to two I have Leukemia and Melanoma. So this books hit home for me. I don’t know if that’s a spoiler so much as a warning!

When Mallory finds out that her father Joe is dying of cancer, She races home as fast as her professors will let her.
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