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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 f
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Published December 19th 2013 (first published December 18th 2013)
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Holly
*I received an eARC of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly don't know where to start with this novel. Oh wait, I guess I should call it a novella because it probably wasn't much more than a 100 pages. (Okay, it's 144, actually. But that changes nothing). And it was in the fact that this had so few pages where I disliked this book. TOO MUCH HAPPENED! Too much happened in this story, so much so that I didn't find any of it believable. The character development was lacki
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
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 t ...more
Kaitlin
Nov 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Source: I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Stealing Promises didn't work for me. It was a really short book, and unfortunately, it was one of those short books that felt too rushed and underdeveloped to enjoy very much. There were some components of a good story, but most of the scenes and a lot of the dialogue made the book seem like a cheap and badly acted movie. The story had some potential, but it wasn't reached. I reserve one-star ratings for books that make littl
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Sarah Vela
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. But then I couldn't put it down. I cried several times in this book. I've never been through anything like the situation in the book but it really makes you think about how your life goes on.
Casey
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Stealing Promises is a novella length New Adult story by Brina Courtney. I really loved the cover of this book, and after reading the blurb knew that I wanted to read it. I love books that get me emotionally invested, and end up showing a hero or heroine who overcomes something. I have mixed feelings about this book after reading it though. There are both things that I really liked, and then some things that I didn't care for. Stealing Promise
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Rach
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of STEALING PROMISES to give an honest review that I will post to Amazon as well as Goodreads. It will be added to my blog for any blog tour going of the book at this time.

Victoria and Levi and known each other since they were younger, but never really felt anything toward each other until they were at a party at Trey’s house. They were trying to make each other jealous of each other. Victoria was sitting with a bunch of guys and Levi was looking at Victoria and she could
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Nerd Alert
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stealing Promises
By Brina Courtney
☆☆☆Given a copy of this book for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love Blog ☆☆☆
At the start of the story you meet Victoria, a college student, a very type A personality, and comes from money. She is studying to be a lawyer and following in her father's footsteps. Her biggest decision right now seems to be deciding between Yale and Harvard.
"...Levi? Do you promise to take care of me?..."
Victoria is in love and dating her long time friend Levi. They met as
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Lorelei
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stealing Promises
By Brina Courtney
☆☆☆Given a copy of this book for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love Blog ☆☆☆
At the start of the story you meet Victoria, a college student, a very type A personality, and comes from money. She is studying to be a lawyer and following in her father's footsteps. Her biggest decision right now seems to be deciding between Yale and Harvard.
"...Levi? Do you promise to take care of me?..."
Victoria is in love and dating her long time friend Levi. They met as
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Dani
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novelfly-reviews
Victoria and Levi are childhood friends turned lovers. They didn't save themselves. They dated other people. Had a life. But they just realized that they were better together. Their relationship is sweet and genuine and you can tell that they really adore each other. However, the happily ever after and the life that Victoria and Levi had planned is shattered when Levi is ripped away from her. This throws her into a depression that she can't make it out of alone.

I have mixed feelings about this
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I received this book after I signed up to be a part of the blog tour. Of course, it doesn’t influence my review.

While I enjoy reading fun and light love stories, my first love is drama. For some unknown reason, I love to read a book in which angst, drama and intensity are a big part of the whole story. When it touches my heart and makes my eyes water, it’s amazing.

Unfortunately, this book missed the mark for me. While I enjoyed it, I
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Elle
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Stealing Promises by Brina Courtney is a book of tragic loss, overwhelming grief, and the struggle to move forward in the present and find one’s self again.

Victoria is dealt a staggering blow when her picture perfect relationship is left in shambles. Despite her family’s attempts at ushering her through the grieving process, she cannot move past the devastation and wants her life to end. Her brush with death spurs a change in her as she realizes she canno
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Missy *Am I alive and a reality, or am I but a dream? *


Actually it's 3.5 stars

***I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

Victoria Blane and Levi Manor have planned their life together.

Levi's found a perfect home to live, and already proposed.Promised he always will love her and never leave her alone...

Promises are made to be kept, never stolen...

A night out to celebrate Victoria's best friend Claire's twenty first birthday, Levi surprised Victoria with keys to their apartment...

Something tragically happened, and he
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Chu
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Victoria Blane and Levi Manor have already planned their lives together. Their relationship might not be perfect, but they knew they were in for the long-haul. Then, a tragedy strikes, promises were broken, Victoria was left alone, consumed with grief and struggling to move on from the horrific event she had experienced.

She had loved Levi all her life, and to live without him – she did not even consider it possible. It took some time, a desperate cry for he
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Suzanne
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Stealing Promises is a book about grief and how you overcome grief. This book was given to me by the author and Paranormal & Romance Authors That Rock for an honest review. Victoria Blane is a pre-law college student in her last year prior to going off to law school at Yale or Harvard. She is a type A personality who doesn't like surprises and likes to plan her life out. Victoria's father is an accomplished lawyer himself and has always provided for the family. Victoria is in love with her b ...more
Melanie
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This book started out sort of iffy for me. It starts out explaining the backstory of Victoria & Levi and all the while I was sorta thinking that would have made a great first book all on its own. There was a lot packed into a short read, roughly under 150 pages, & I felt there could have easily been 3 novellas or 2 novels easily. The overall story is a good one & mid-way through to the end it definitely pulled me in more with the route it went . There are some heavy subjects in the b ...more
Shayna Varadeaux
I loved everything about Victoria Blane and Levi Manor and the dynamic between them and the history, that alone had me swooning and dreading the inevitable tragedy.

It was so very sad when she lost him the desperation and pain was so real. I was taken in by the detail of the depression that I have seen first hand before.

Kate was so instrumental and Claire they were so great with her. It takes time but the baby steps help so much. She finally after some time begins to get back on her feet. Her pr
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Rachel Marks
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stealing Promises by Brina Courtney is one of those emotional heartbreaking tales that sticks with you long after you finish reading. Within the first few pages I became hooked to the story and I couldn't help but love and care for each one of the characters, especially Victoria.

In Stealing Promises, Victoria and Levi are deeply in love. The book starts out with them going on a romantic vacation together that ends with Levi making a promise to Victoria that she is the only one for him. Their rel
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Mellissa
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't sure I was going to like reading this book. It seemed narrated for me and not what I'm used to, but I got over it. This book had me go through so many emotions in a short time. One minute I was smiling, then crying and then I was a little bit angry. I loved reading how in love Victoria and Levi were (there's the smiling emotion). They were such a cute couple, that I couldn't help but smile! Especially with his announcement about the apartment. I was so proud of him at that mome ...more
Kim Walker
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stealing Promises is a book that starts out with the love story of Levi and Victoria. The beginning of the book takes us on their journey of love, and the hope of so much more, a future together, forever. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes leaving Victoria alone, with feelings of guilt.
Her parents try everything to get her to overcome her grieving by hiring a grief counselor who continually pushes Victoria to start living again and after awhile, she is finally able to.
She ends up moving and trying
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Elizabeth Horbaczek
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This was such an emotional book that i was in tears almost three quarters away in this book. There is so much heartbreak in this book that you feel Victoria's pain all the way through this book. I don't know if i could have survived what she did. The details were so overwhelming sometimes, that i had to catch my breath sometimes. The only reason i gave it a four star was because of the abrupt ending. I was upset that it didn't progress farther than it did.

This is not a book that you are g
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Up All Night Book Addict
This is a difficult review for me to write. I have many conflicted feelings about this book. I was back and forth with how to rate this and review it.

This book starts out extremely slow. It took me a really long time to truly get into it. Once I did, it evokes some emotion. There is a large sense of loss and love. A girl trying to move forward.

Once things got going for me, the book took a bit of a dive. It got good, then it was over. It left me feeling like I missed something. I wondered where
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Jessie
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I received an ARC copy of STEALING PROMISES to give an honest review

Stealing Promises is a book about young love and loss. It takes you down the path of a couple who saw forever and are torn apart. Its about finding life again and moving on. While the impact of loss realy hits home for any reader, the storyline still landed a little mellow for me. I hoped to get more into Victoria's future and wished she met Brighton sooner in the book. Having an idea how the story was going to take its turn, I
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Rachael Orman
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Victoria Blane and Levi Manor knew they'd be together forever.. that is until tragedy strikes and things don't go the way it was supposed to. After a grief counselor pushes Victoria to start living again, Victoria moves and attempts to finish college.

When Brighton Hanley comes into her life after having dealt with his own heartache, she likes him but her heart isn't ready to move on from Levi.

Brighton tries to be patient and let her warm up on her own, but only time will tell if she will let d
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Jessica Figueroa
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgally
This was an interesting book about love loss and Victoria trying to save herself. I'm trying to find the words I want to say about this book. I liked it but I feel like the first half of the book was dragging then half way into the book was rushed. The relationship that developed with Victoria and Brighton felt rushed. I did enjoy seeing the relationship between Levi and Victoria. Oh and the ending, it felt like something was missing, like that wasn't it. Although I wish there was more to this b ...more
Rebecca
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I found this book lacked the sufficient detail and emotion in the exposition. I couldn't feel anything at the beginning. But when Levi was killed and Kate's hollowness buried her, I felt it all. The emptiness and sorrow. But I didn't t get the complete effect because I never felt something prior. It just skipped through, leaving me no time to fully embrace what was happening. It didn't make sense for me to feel anything, when I didn't before.
Leeani
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A refreshing YA contemporary... awesome to get this book for a review by the author.. I did have tears reading this story. It usually takes me a while to brave up a tear jerker story. Loved the story and hoping there will be more Victoria and Brighton ;-)
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Jer N
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
Where's the rest of the story? it just ended!!! It started slow, then it was amazing! Then it just ended! There was no finish to the story!!!
Helena Ison
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Review Will Be Up Soon.
Rachel
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
the ending needs more development
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