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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Gabrielle Wells was everything Danny Anderson shouldn’t want. She was his opposite in every way, but he couldn’t keep his distance, and fate seemed to push them together at every turn. She consumed him, and the more he learned about her, the more he realized she was exactly what he didn’t know he needed. But then past mistakes forced him to walk away and never look back, b ...more
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Published February 26th 2018
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Born To Read
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
'I'm gonna be watching you. Very closely. And when you finally have something you can't live without, something you want more than f##### life itself, I'm gonna be there and I'm gonna take it'
This threat will be the key in Danny and Gabrielle's love story. A really, really, REALLY fantastic story. I loved this book.I couldn't put it down. And when I was forced to stop reading, I couldn't think about anything else.
I love the c
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Tanya Vought
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery
Wow. What an emotional story this was!

Your heart will hurt, soar and hope for the best for these amazing characters..... they are dealt with a bunch of heartache... and so much more than a normal couple should endure. But can it work out in the end?

I loved and adored D and Gabrielle. They were intense and no matter how long it's been they are still in love..... I adored D as a father and loved the story from start to finish!!!

4 stars from me.

Recv'd a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest
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Karen
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I tried but I just couldn't get into this story.
I DNF so I'm encouraging the author to have more editing. The going back and forth in time and between POV was confusing.
Heather 123
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Eh....this book was just okay.

I found Gabrielle to be incredible immature; actually I thought her character as a teenager was more mature than her older character was. The constant whining, complaining and apologizing was incredibly annoying. Danny was trying over and over again to do the right thing for both her and Dani (having them both by the same name was annoying as hell too), but all Gabrielle did was see fault in what he did. She complained about the world he was now in yet had no probl
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Lisa Mueller
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gabrielle and Danny met six years prior to present day when Gabrielle moved to a new neighborhood and new high school. During their relationship previously, they started out as, well, basically nothing. After a while a friendship developed, which quickly turned into something more. This is a classic story of boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets good girl and the two fall in love. The story would have been good if it ended there.

Six years later we get bits and pieces of what caused the two
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Margaux
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just read my first five-star rating book for this year.

There are stories I skip words, phrases, sentences, or an entire paragraph; not this one. I read every word in this book and went back to some a couple of times. I even re-read the entire book the night after. I have other books on my list that needs to be read but I’m thinking of re-reading it again tonight hahaha

Chapters of the book alternate on the present day and the past. In each chapter, sections are divided between Gabrielle and Dan
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Anie
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Received from Expresso Book Tours

Promise Me Always is love story of Gabrielle and Danny. It's told from two perspective (Gabrielle's and Danny's) and in two different times, present and six years ago. In story line set six years ago, we see how they meet and fall in love, it goes from good to bad, when they part ways in horrible way. In the present time it's exact opposite, they meet again, under very different circumstances and slowly grew close again (it goes from bad to amazing, with few unex
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Angel Hatfield
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Danny’s nickname was D and his rap persona was DOA. He was famous rap star now. But as a young man he had accepted help from Terrell and thought of joining his gang but he would have to kill a rival gang member and Danny wouldn’t do it. Terrell let him walk away but told him he would be watching real close and one day when Danny really cared about something he couldn’t live without Terrell would be there and take it. Danny was now in rehab he had almost died when he OD'd on Xanax. And Dollar who ...more
Brigitte
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This first love and second chance romance is spellbinding and an emotional rollercoaster.

Danny lives with his father in undesirable conditions. He has the talent to become a hip hop artist and lives for that dream.

Gabrielle had a good life until there was a drastic change in the family. She is quiet and dresses conservatively. She has a dream too!

After being forced to uproot, Gabrielle finds herself in an unpleasant surrounding and sticks out in the crowd. Her first day at her new school starts
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Terry
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Danny lives in the hood and has never had a home life because his mother left when he was little and his father is a junkie and alcoholic . All he's trying to do is avoid joining a gang because he wants to make it big as a rapper. Gabrielle's from the rich side of town until her father commits suicide because he has wracked up all kinds of debt, so then with her mother and sister, they move into Danny's neighborhood. All Gabrielle wants to do is go to Julliard to study ballet. It doesn't take lo ...more
Maxine Robinson
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
I recieved a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an ok book, but there are a lot of ok romance books out there. I don't want just ok.

I want an intriguing plot
I want complex characters who develop and learn from their mistakes
I want some emotion
I want to be entertained

I don't want plot holes
I don't want repetitive writing
I don't want author wish fullfillment

I do not want a Twilight / 8 Mile love child

It's not terrible, but the relationship was so freaking unhe
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Ree
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Danny has big dreams of being a famous rapper. The new girl at school - no matter how intriguingly beautiful - shouldn't be on his radar, except she is. Now, Danny wants both the girl and the dream, but his past keeps interfering. Can he really have the best of both worlds?

This is a sweet second chance romance. Danny & Gabrielle's story is an emotional ride, though you'll find yourself hoping throughout that they sort out their issues and get back together in spite of every obstacle thrown i
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Helen Beasley
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well where do I begin this book was absolutely flawless

The characters all went well together and I was hooked from the first page

The things that people will do to get there own way is unbelievable especially when you get into a bad crowd like Danny did he had a rough upbringing with his mother not being around and his dad making him feel worthless all the time he wanted to fit in so he got into a gang but to be in this “ family” he had to show that he was loyal to them and do something that he
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Denise Anderson
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Let me start by saying this is my 1st read by Ms. Shaw. I read the blurb and said ok lets see what she's got and I did not regret it one bit. I would recommend her books to my friends any day, I actually have already this one. PMA was an emotional book it wasn't your typical book where it shows the prologue at the beginning no she reverts back thru out the book and I think that is great. You also get an in depth view of both Gabby and Danny's POV. In PMA you will see what its like to live i ...more
Becky Wise
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful second chance romance that may just leave you a little misty eyed. Promise Me Always is an amazing read. It takes you on a journey of Gabrielle and D "Danny". Young love can sometimes lead to stupid things. And that is what happens with Danny listening to his friends. The love they share is evident that you can't help but see that he was just trying to protect Gabrielle. A chance meeting brings this young love back together years later. It is so beautiful to see the changes in Danny ...more
Mireille
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let me be honest, the first few chapters were a struggle to get through... not sure if it was me getting to know and understand the writers style, or if it just didn't flow too well... but stick with it people... because from the moment Danny met Dani I couldn't put the book down, I was hooked & loved every minute from that point on. I felt the love and agony, the pushing & pulling of emotions as D & G found their way back to one another. This was my first Rhonda Shaw novel, but it w ...more
Jo
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a decent story.  And although it hit most of the expected points for a story in this trope, the delivery  was well handled.

The characters were strong and three dimensional and I particularly liked the simmering thread of attraction between Gabrielle and Danny which ratchets up as the story goes on.

The threat is palpable too, and the climax is satisfyingly dramatic.

Some loose ends for me, but overall, a good read.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
poppy
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, you are going to need the tissues for this one it had me bawling like a baby. This is a really good yet emotional second chance romance. Once I started reading I was just hooked on this one and ended up reading it one sitting. I just loved the characters you just cannot help but like them and want them to get their HEA a really great read and I highly recommend it
Tami
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second chance romance. He's a successful rap music artist. Some potential triggers: scenes of violence and attempted rape.

This review is based on the ARC received from the author and/ or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.
Pam Curran
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rockstar-romance
Rhonda is a new author for me, but as this book is in the music genre I am glad that I chose to read the ARC. It was an incredible story which will stay with me for a while. The characters were so realistic it was like seeing their lives unfold on the pages. This is a gritty story of life on the bad side of town.
Due to a tragedy in her family Gabrielle is living in a rough area of town where being bullied by gangs is part of life. She dreams of being a dancer and going to Juilliard and is thrill
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This was a great bad boy meets good girl and they fall in love, but it didn't start out that simple. Gabrielle and Danny met 6 years ago but nothing become of it, now they develop a friendship first and soon more but life threw them into different directions only to bring them together 6 years later and people change , things happen but one thing that didn't was the feelings between these two but will they or can they move from the past to work on the future?
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Rhonda owes her love of reading to her mother who would read to her each night before bed and sometimes give into her pleads for more than one chapter. These days, if Rhonda doesn't have a book in her hands, it feels like something is missing. While romance is her true passion, Rhonda enjoys reading multiple genres.

Born in California, but transplanted to the Midwest, Rhonda is warm weather girl to
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