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Promises and Other Broken Things (Amelia and Declan #1)

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Amelia York seems to have it all: a great career, good friends, and she’s married to her high school sweetheart. Starting a promising new job is just another step in the life she has all figured out. The intense connection she develops with a handsome co-worker, however, threatens to derail all her well thought-out plans.

Declan Kavanaugh's whole world revolves around his d
Paperback, 406 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by J.S. Eades (first published October 20th 2014)
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Eva Oktabcova
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I started, I never wanted to stop. The story's so captivating and powerful, I not only fell in love with Amelia and Declan but every single other character, just watching in fascination their particular stories unfolding, mingling, and affecting the main story line. There are no filler chapters or even scenes, and I found myself thinking about it and chewing over every little detail for days even after I finished. I hope I don't have to say good bye for long. I'll be surely re-reading ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a very compelling read. A story of two people unavailable to each other yet somehow find a way to establish something really good between. I felt the gamut of emotions from anticipation to happiness to tears to anger to longing for what may never be.
Unfortunately they are mere mortals who tend to make mistakes, some forced, some unforced. Yet through it all we still root for them to find a way. J.S. Eades weaves a tear jerker with this story.. Thanks for writing this story.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the most realistic, true to life stories I have ever read. It perfectly captures the passionate and sometimes even desperately raw emotions of human weaknesses and desires. Utterly captivating with easily relatable characters who you'll cheer on and yell at in equal measure, Eades draws you in immediately and keeps you hooked till the very last word. ...more
Kayla Williams
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very compelling read that emphasizes how life is all about choices, and how those choices affect your life and the lives of those around you.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me begin by saying that I am the type of reader who has about 5 books started at any given time. Some books stay on the same page for weeks because I tend to lose concentration rather quickly. "Promises and Other Broken Things" got my attention from the very first paragraph. I love the way the author has the two main characters each tell their side of the story. I found that to be unique and something that let me really feel for and sympathize with both of them. I enjoyed reading both perspe ...more
Talena Fuchs
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! I couldn't put it down as I wanted to know what was going to happen between Declan and Mel. The author takes you from the highs to lows of an affair, and makes you feel sympathetic for all of them instead of judging because it all makes sense. Great writing and never got boring. ...more
Dina Bielby
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
J.S. EadesEades.
Those who are true romantics MUST READ THIS BOOK! I consider this a debut masterpiece and find it truly hard to believe this is a 'debut' novel.
As an avid reader, it takes a really great story to capture my attention. Normally, this isn't the genre that I read. There are no Wizards, Nephilim, Vampires or Fantasy Realms here. However, what it does have is a beautifully believable, true to life, tragic, heart wrenching story about the importance of friendship, family and soul mates
Kirsty Madden
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Promises and Other Broken Things is a very honest tale of the complexities of love, relationships and adultery. The story has a unique genuine quality that you don't find very often in stories of infidelity. The writing is very honest and heart felt...and you get to see the story from both sides. You feel as though you are not a reader of someone else's story, but a close confidant of Amelia and Declan, that they are speaking directly to you...looking for your support and advice as they maneuver ...more
Elle Fielding
This book really got to me. Even weeks after reading it, I'm still thinking about it. It took me back to a time when I'd started falling in love with someone who was in a relationship with someone else. It seemed like every thought and feeling I'd felt during that time popped up in this book. It was both painful yet exquisite to read, and I think PaOBT is perhaps one of the most truthful pieces of fiction I've ever read. It's a story about thinking you've found 'the one' and that life is close t ...more
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The characters in this book are so well written that it leaves you almost a little uncomfortable because you can imagine yourself making the same decisions they do - and not all of them are flattering! It's so true to life that you just want everything to turn out OK for them because then surely things must turn out OK for you too? JS Eades paints a realistic picture of life, love and loss that is refreshing in the relationship writing scene. I read this book in less than 72 hours and I have a t ...more
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A majority of readers will find some aspect of this story they will be able to relate to no doubt. I find it quite well documented about human nature, life in general and relationships between couples, family members, friends old and new and even co-workers. A few times I've read passages that felt so real to me; the characters were describing feelings and emotions I related to so much. Well, if I tell more I will be spoiling the story, so the only thing left for me to do is encourage readers to ...more
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely and utterly fell in love with this story. It's one of the most realistic and well-written stories I've ever read. Its amazing from beginning to end, and believe me when I say you won't want to stop reading it. Amelia and Declan have an amazing connection and chemistry you enjoy every chapter. This book will go really far, I know this for sure. ...more
Namratha Rao
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!
The characters were imperfect, realistic and simply lovable! The story itself is very relatable and believable. The writing is quite simple and is a quick read. A must read for angst lovers! Can't wait for the sequel!
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. It exceeded my expectations and I can't wait for a sequel ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Real and raw love story. I couldn't' stop reading and felt every emotion. Story that shows that love is not always enough. Beautifully painful. I'm certainly eager to read the sequel. ...more
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