One Last Promise (A Bedford Falls Novel Book 2) by Sydney Bristow

Damon Durant is not your average bad boy; sure, he has a wicked smile that flaunts an unpredictable nature and more than a hint of danger, but if growing up shuffled from one dysfunctional foster family to another has taught him anything it’s that love is hard to come by. So when he flirts with a sexy, young restaurateur named Kelsey Lawford, he can’t help but think that he’s finally found the one.When it comes to romance, Kelsey has always trusted her heart, and it has led to more than a bit of heartache and regret. Now she’s ready to concentrate on what she wants twenty years down the road, instead of twenty minutes into the future. So when she banters with a romance novelist who exudes enough blistering sex appeal to leave her breathless, Kelsey ignores her feelings. Because if her past has taught her anything, it’s that men like Damon can’t be trusted, especially when she learns that this irresistible man has left a trail of broken hearts in his wake.Kelsey wants to trust the longing Damon evokes in his books and the adorable relationship he shares with his cute Beagle, thinking there’s more to the Harley-riding bad boy everyone says is only out for one thing. But will it be enough to convince Kelsey to overlook her past and trust a man that everyone says can’t be trusted?

Kelsey has had her fair share of failed relationships and not just when it comes to men but to her family as well. She has tried to protect her gentle heart and built a wall around herself that no one can penetrate. No one, that is, until Damon. He sparks a panic in Kelsey because for the first time in a long time she is finding herself intrigued by a man. She wants to give him a chance, but is having a hard time letting herself do it. Can Damon break through and find the happiness with Kelsey that he knows is possible?

The things I liked in this book best were the scenes between Kelsey and Damon. Their dialogue is perfect and wonderful and is the exact thing I look for in books of this genre. They made me fall in love with them and really cheer for them to work it out in the end.

There is some sensitive subject matter in this story, but I wouldn’t say it’s something I’ve never read before. The storyline is a bit predictable, but I did appreciate some of the subtleties in the relationship with Kelsey and her family and how it was handled in the book. So, while not the most original storyline, it’s done very well. I give it 4 stars.