Audible Kristen Ashley’s The Promise narratted by Amanda Brutton
Since his brother’s death, Benny Bianchi has been nursing his grudge against the woman he thinks led to his brother’s downfall. He does this to bury the feelings he has for Francesca Concetti, his brother’s girl. But when Frankie takes a bullet while on the run with Benny’s cousin’s woman, Benny has to face those feelings. The problem is Frankie has decided she’s paid her penance. Penance she didn’t deserve to pay. She’s done with Benny and the Bianchi family. She’s starting a new life away from Chicago and her heartbreaking history.
Benny has decided differently. But Frankie has more demons she’s battling. Demons Benny wants to help her face. But life has landed so many hard knocks on Frankie, she’s terrified of believing in the promise of Benny Bianchi and the good life he’s offering. Frankie’s new life leads her to the ‘Burg, where Benny has ties, and she finds not only has she not succeeded in getting away – she doesn’t want to.
©2014 Kristen Ashley (P)2015 Audible Inc.
My review: 3.5 stars
We are first introduced to Franky and Benny in the end of At Peace. I loved At Peace so I was very excited when we met Benny and Franky and I couldn’t wait to hear their story. I enjoyed the story. I wasn’t head over heals in love with it like I was with At Peace but it’s good.
Franky and Benny have an honest love and overcome many obstacles, mainly being that Benny’s dead brother used to be with Franky and the entire family held a grudge against her. I did at times feel like this didn’t live up to the amazing start in At Peace. I wanted a bit more. More of what I am not quite sure, that umpf I guess. A lot does happen and we get to see one of my favorites, Luke Stark. (Yummy Rock Chick)
The thing about audible books for me is that the narration can really impact the story. Perhaps I would have been in love with this had I not cared for the narration 100%.So the problem with the narration for me was that I could tell when the actress stopped and started again. Sometimes there were weird pauses and then her voice would get loud. She did a god job with Benny, but sometimes Franky’s voice would sound kind of manly. Eeks. Cals voice for me was to feminine. (He’s a tough guy)
I would also have liked this book to move faster for me, and I feel like that is a reoccuring theme for my feelings on this series.