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The Sordid Promise

(Breaking Insanity #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,901 ratings  ·  393 reviews
***Warning: Contains graphic language, frequent graphic sex, violence, and very dark themes.
Can be read as a standalone.

When physical pain allows you to escape your reality; what do you do when the pain is no longer strong enough to quiet the emotional ache?

Diouana "Nikki" returned to her hometown six months ago to tend to her sick mother. She thought she'd left her "bagga
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published March 26th 2014 (first published March 23rd 2014)
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JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
**** 4.5 "TALK DIRTY TO ME " STARS *****

***Warning: Contains graphic language, frequent graphic sex, violence, and very dark themes.****

A) Per the warning above , you can clearly see ---> THIS. BOOK. IS .NOT. FOR .EVERYONE. The Sordid Promise is dark,twisted and fucks with your mind.....BIG TIME.

B) If you enjoy dark, smexy and mischievous reads, this IS the book for you.....I hope.......and the less you know about the storyline the better.

After 7 years Diouana "Nikki" returns home to ca
'The Sordid Promise' is the kind of story that will make you scratch your head and wonder WTF just happened. Although it starts off kind of slow and seemingly uneventful, it soon morphs into a mysterious, suspenseful head game. This book kept me guessing all the way to the end.

The hero and heroine were anything but your conventional lead characters. In fact, they were both pretty despicable characters in their own way. However, despite the unlikable characteristics of her two main characters, Ms
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
2.5--OMG...That Was FUCKED Up--Stars!!!

No for reals...that was a total

It's really hard to rate and review this book because honestly this is just not my cuppa. So I think a lot of people will like this one, just not me.

Where to begin...I actually really liked the first half of the book until it took a MAJOR turn for the crazy!

I don't even know what to say about the storyline. I am literally speechless at how fucked up it all was.


Eric is a dirty talker. And let me tell was HOT. Bu
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Sordid Stars!

I just finished this and I am literally like

I haven't read a book like this in a long time. I started reading this because I knew the main character was a dirty talker with a big cock


I didn't read anything about this book before starting it, I was pretty much being a total perv and reading it for the dirty talk...and BOY I was blown away.

We meet Nikki

She is beautiful, but completely fucked up. She is major bitch, LOVED that, and doesn't take shit from anyone. She is very close
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3 stars!

This review will be pretty short, partially because I don't really know what was happening half the time.


First, please heed the warning on the book - this is a psychological thriller. Any romance and erotica here isn't the primary focus, only secondary elements. This is an extremely well written story that I think hit the mark on the psychological part and I truly enjoyed all the messed up, jagged, and twisted parts; however, neither characters were likable, some scenes were just filled
4 **disturbing** STARS

“You may be imperfect according to the world, but you're perfect in my world.”

You would think after this being my third read by Courtney Lane I would have a better grasp on what to expect and how to brace for impact. Well, I am once again completely stumped and at a loss for words. I don't even understand how one can write such devious, complicated and simply fucked up characters and situations. This book is crazy, it's twisted and disturbing. Nevertheless I cou
Carla ☺Did I Say That☺
5 ***HELL YEAH*** Stars!!!
Holy Shit!!!...this was sooooooo good!!!!

***Warning: Contains graphic language, frequent graphic sex, violence, and very dark themes.
Every time a book comes with a warning it instantly peaks my interest and I literally get excited...

this one was no exception!!!
The Sordid Promise tells the story of two individuals that were so wrong but completely right for each other..This was one of the most erotic mind-fucks Ive read in a long time!!!

Diouana..aka a witty..
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen


Book – The Sordid Promise
Author – Courtney Lane
Publication Date – March 26, 2014
Type – Stand Alone/Part of Series
Genre – Dark Romance
Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars

I don’t even know how to start this review because even after a few days of finishing it….my mind is completely fucked up.  I can only say – “Now this is the way a MIND FUCK should be written”. 

I questioned constantly what the hell was going on…..I thought one thing but then it shifted to another scenario and then
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dark Readers, Mind Fu@ck Readers
Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: JaHy *SuGaR LuMpS* HaAARRRRRdy
4 Mind Feckery, Dark, No... Really Fecked Up Dark Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
As I mentioned...I came to this book due to the tantalizing updates from my buds, Jahy, Carla and Carol to name a few...when they start flooding my feed with quotes of hot, graphic dirty talk.... it is like sticking Cheesecake in my face and saying, "come on a little bite won't kill your diet" yeah... tell that to a professional dieter, I gave into my dirty talk urge and began to read.

This book lives up to i
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

"Y-you're cruel and slightly sadistic."
"...and you love it, my twisted angel, don't you?"

The Sordid Promise by Courtney Lane, was sordid INDEED. The level of mind fuckery in this book was off the charts, I can't begin to tell you how dysfunctional the characters in this book were and I mean all of them. Our main character, Nikki, is a self harmer, she cuts and the only way she can control the urge to harm herself is by staying medicated. She's also socially awkward and incr
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Akanksha❤ Søren♰ by: ~Savannah~
So, I finally found the second book, though it wasn't linked on GR to the first edition.

Sometimes I second guess my mental stability when I love such dark books.

5 days later, I'm yet thinking about this book. Loved it.



One more book added to my favorite pile.

I loved this book.




*sigh* A good dark book makes my soul happy.

I am not going to give anything out about this book, because you guys have to read it. Its amazing.. crazy mental and fab!
This book is twists and
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Barbara by: JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
Shelves: wow, br, hot, dark
BR with my girls ❤❤

So my BBC girl Barbara choose this for a BR and was rec by Jahy… I thought … what I´m going to put myself in to again… LOL

But when I read the blur ...

***Warning: Contains graphic language, frequent graphic sex, violence, and very dark themes. First and foremost, The Sordid Promise is a psychological thriller***

I was sucked in because I love a mindfuckery!

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For me the story is all about mind manipulation … and trough it I have a lot "WTF is going on?!"

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Sex manipulation
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 *SORDID* Stars

This is a cleverly crafted, intensely dark read. I was questioning everyone’s sanity and even my own for picking this book up but the ride was thrilling!

Nikki struggles with cutting and mental illness. She is on the brink of losing her mother to cancer when the story begins. The hot new neighbor/doctor in town is all up in her business…

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Eric at first seems forward but readers just you wait! He’s got a group of odd girls around him who all know more, he’s got SECRET
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't even know where to start.
This was a crazy story.
My mind is all fucked up.


Diouana returns home to look after her dying mother. She has some problems, extreme social anxiety, suicidal tendencies, but she is intelligent and strong willed.


She meets her new mother's new neighbor, Dr. Eric Brenton. He is gorgeous, arrogant and seems to have a special interest in Nikki. But something feels off about him...


Jump on the crazy train...
My mind was constantly spinning.
What the FUCK is going on?!
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2.5 Stars

First of all I want to say that this book isn't badly written. Its written pretty well. And it's def a good mind fuck story. I'm pretty sure there will be a lot of people who will enjoy. But I didn't enjoy it. Not the whole book anyway.

I really liked the first half. If I had to rate the first half I would give it 4 stars. But after 50% this book was just too disturbing for me. I didn't like the direction it took. I knew it would be a darker read but still..

There were too many no-gos f
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dirty-talker, dark, cutter
4.5 What a Sick Fucking Ride Stars!!!!!

Blog Review Here...

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So the blurb drew me in and let me tell you I ALMOST called out sick cause I could NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!!!!!!!

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Started off with Nikki flawed beyond possible repair.. She's a cutter on anti depressants and anti anxiety meds. She's basically bidding her time and moving through daily motions just to get by.. You CAN'T help but want to reach out to her and guide her... But she's SOOO strong in her own understated ways she just doesn't know it...
Kelli C
Preface: This is a Psychological Thriller to extremes. It is a dark twisted mindf*** and crazy train romance. I am still not 100% certain as to what I read, all I do know is that Dr. Eric Brenton...

has to be one of the craziest mo-fo's I have had the pleasure of reading ever!
He is sexy as sin, confident beyond reason, and dominant to the extreme...he is also without a doubt NUTS!...

Poor Nikki Givens! This girl is a mess in her own mind. A recluse barely living. Existing under the guide of her dy
"Trust me, I'm batsh*t crazy" 4 stars
Since it took too long for author to decide will it be book 2 or not, I am not going to read it.!!!

cry no gif
I had to make up a new category for this read too!!!:) It's called "batsh*t crazy"! This is the craziest, most unconventional book I've read so far!And the craziest I had to review! So far from any typical, sweet romance.

I had a hard time actually deciding on the stars for this!! Cause, it brought me, from almost quitting it in one moment, to gripping tablet h
3...but still not sure...stars!

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Well, it's been well over 36 hours since I finished this book, and I still have no clue what to say or what I even think about it. So bear with me.

As your typical mindfuck read, there's not too much that can be said, but I'll try to give the basics without spoiling anything.

Let's see...
The depressed, socially inept, and reserved Nikki has moved back into her childhood home. Her mother has been stricken with cancer and is dying in a nearby hospital. She canno
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

An unstable heroine, a controlling hero, supporting characters with hardly any redeeming qualities, add many unexpected twists and turns and you get ‘The sordid Promise’

The Sordid Promise=== an engaging, addictive and dark novel that I couldn’t put down.

This book is one giant head trip- It’s not a book that is intended to make you believe in the power of love, love which can conquer all and bring on the redemption of flawed characters, however it is one of the most thought-provoking books I have
*** 1 star for the potential it had ***

I read warning and sort of knew what I was getting myself into. I love me some dark read now and then, but this book was too gross and disgusting for me. Not my cup of tea at all.

Here are some key points that ruined the story for me:

- The male MC came on too strong from the very beginning and didn't ease up, but got worse, as the story progressed. I think the psychological aspect of the story would have been much more interesting if his approach was more su
Lise *friends don't flag*
This one caught me totally off guard and made my head spin in pure craziness...


“Yeah, fucking hook, line, and sinker”

I simply devoured this deliciously disturbing mindfuck of a book. I can’t even recap the story. I will tell you that the actions of some of the characters were most definitely-
sleazy, dirty, seedy, seamy, unsavory, tawdry, cheap, debased, degenerate, dishonorable, disreputable, discreditable, contemptible, ignominious, shameful, abhorrent

But I loved every twist, turn, WTF

BR with Barbara! <3



Nikki ღ Navareus
I enjoyed the hell out of this story. I was very sad when it ended. That being said; Best Ending EVER! Loved the story, loved the psycho mind fuckery of it all, loved the sex, loved the dirty talk, loved the twists and turns, the unpredictability, and I absolutely loved the ending. Just found out there will be a sequel too, so I AM STOKED! :)

WHAT DID I READ ???????????????

Genius !
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Twisted Stars
This was an intriguing little tale thats for sure.

When Nikki comes home to spend time with her ailing mother, little did she think that she would be drawn to and into her next door neighbours Eric's twisted world.
The thing is that Nikki has mental health issues, so meeting someone like Eric is maybe not the best thing for her to do.
But thats ok.... Eric is a doctor so he wants to help Nikki get back on track again.
This story will keep you guessing right up to the end.
Eric is man
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
3 StArS

How was it, you might well was a total mind fuck...that's what it damn well was!!

I really should have hated this, but for some reason I just kept turning the pages as I was curious as to what was going to unfold.

Diouana "Nikki" agree's to her dying mothers last wishes. This included going round to her new neighbours house for a dinner party and getting to know her new neighbour.

Dr Eric Brenton, Nikki's new neighbour. He's cocky, good looking and unapologetic about his dirti
5 My Mind Is A Mess Stars!!
“No one’s sane. That’s just shit you know. We’re all crazy. Some of us just hide it better than others. Some of us go crazy because we see the crazy in everybody else."
This is my first read by Courtney Lane and will not be my last. This woman had me up all night drinking coffee because I did NOT want to stop reading. I loved every fucking page!!
This book...was a total mess! Wait! Maybe I was a total mess while reading it. lol It fucked with my mind! I seriously could
Genre: Romance
Overall likability of lead characters: 4/5
Erotica component: 5/5
Writing style: 4/5
Ex/OW foolery: (view spoiler)
Triggers: Yes. (view spoiler)

Nikki Givens is the girl next door. The very uncouth girl next door. Eric Brenton is the new addition to the neighborhood and also the new thorn in Nikki's side. They get into a heated argumen
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Carolina by: Barbara
BR with my girls!! xD (Thank you two for understanding me... I know i can be a pain in the ass :P)

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I'll go straight to the point...
This book didn't work as much as I wished, for some reasons... but here's the main for me:

- the fact that Eric was (view spoiler) didn't suprised me, AT ALL... was too obvious for me... and what i'm about to say, maybe is a bit mean... but please, seriously? Who wouldn't notice?;

"I hated th
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COURTNEY LANE has been creating her own little world since she was very young.

While many of her works touch several different genres, she has an archetype when it comes to the female protagonists in her stories.

Currently, Courtney can be found either working on her next book, playing the latest role-playing game on her X-Box (preferably a game by BioWare), or spending time with her family.


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