Thursday, September 8, 2016

Release Blitz : Today's Promises by S.R. Grey

Title: Today's Promises
Series: Promises #2
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre: New Adult/Coming of Age Romanc
Release Date: September 8, 2016


Starting over isn’t easy, especially when the past keeps coming back to haunt you.

Flynn O’Neill and Jaynie Cumberland thought life outside the foster care system would be a breeze. Now eighteen and sharing a home in the quaint, little town of Lawrence, West Virginia, their new start should be nothing short of idyllic.

Unfortunately, it is not.

Flynn and Jaynie are discovering that picking up the pieces of their shattered lives and moving forward is far from easy, particularly when the past keeps rearing its ugly head. And then, as if things weren’t tough enough, they are told the evil Allison Lowry, their former foster sister, may be released from prison early.

Committed to not allowing that to happen, Flynn and Jaynie begin to search for ways to keep their former tormentor behind bars. In doing so, dark secrets are uncovered. But instead of setting this young couple back, these new developments allow Jaynie and Flynn to grow closer than ever. As their commitment to one another deepens, these two broken people find new purpose and, more importantly, realize the healing they so deeply desire is finally within reach.

Today’s Promises is the beautiful, stirring conclusion to Flynn and Jaynie’s journey that first began in Tomorrow’s Lies.

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Today's Promises is the conclusion to Jaynie and Flynn's story of loss, love, hope and healing. Their journey starts in Promises #1, Tomorrow's Lies, which needs to be read first.

Sometimes freedom doesn't always mean being free. To find closure and healing you have to fight through the nightmares of your past. Flynn and Jaynie may have found their way back to each other but the evils that brought them together still try to threaten their future. Strong wills and even stronger love guide the couple to true freedom and a happy forever.

Jaynie and Flynn are such loveable, endearing characters. I loved them in Tomorrow's Lies and loved them even more in Today's Promises. Despite all the hardships they have endured and fought to escape from, they always support each other. They always fight for each other. They may stumble when everything they are building is threatened but they keep pushing through. It's admirable how they stick together. And not just Flynn and Jaynie. Mandy and the twins, Callie and Cody, are back, who round out their little family. Mandy is just as amazing in her strength as Flynn and Jaynie. The three are incredible examples of faith, drive and perseverance. They have good days and bad days but no matter what they fight live another day. For me the twins are the heart. They aren't in Today's Promises as much as Tomorrow's Lies but their innocence is that light that shines through everything and bonds Flynn, Jaynie and Mandy even more.

Today's Promises brings all the feels. I laughed, I swooned, I shed some tears, I even got a little anxious trying to figure out how things would play out. S.R. Grey told Flynn and Jaynie's story beautifully. This was a great series that should be absorbed, devoured and felt deeply.


I’m brought back to the present when I hear Jaynie drop something in the bathroom. Scrubbing a hand down my face, I’m torn over how best to help her. It’s hard to help someone when your own life is a freaking mess.

I hear Jaynie tearing open a candy bar and mutter, “Fuck.”

Rolling to my back, I rest my arm over my eyes. I’ve eaten plenty lately, but my stomach, as if on cue, begins to rumble. It’s like all this thinking about starving has reminded me of what it actually feels like to go days without food.

We are still both so fucked-up. Will we ever heal?

“Fuck it.” I throw back the quilt and head toward the bathroom. “Jaynie…” I rap on the door, once, twice, three times. “Let me in. Please.”

The door opens slowly, revealing my broken girl. She stands before me, a half-eaten candy bar in one hand and chocolate smudged all over her chin.

“Busted,” I say.

I’m trying to tease her to lighten the mood, but it sounds lame and pathetic.

“Sorry,” she mumbles.

I reach out and, using my thumb, wipe away evidence of her binge. “Don’t be silly. There’s no need for apologies. I was only kidding around.”

“All right, Flynn.”

When my stomach growls again, there’s no hiding I’m in the same boat as her. We’re like Pavlov’s freaking dogs, I swear.

“Hey,” I say softly, “think you could spare one for me?”

Smiling for the first time since I caught her red-handed—or chocolate-chinned, as it were—her deep green eyes sparkle.

Pulling me into the bathroom, she says, “Just get in here, Flynn.”

We spend the next ten minutes gorging on chocolate. And the reason is simple—when you’ve lived the lives we’ve lived, all within eighteen short years, you don’t take chances. You cover your bases. You live prepared. You eat when you can since you never know when the food might run out, or when it will be withheld from you.

The bottom line is that you absolutely must be ready for things to turn bad, because they always fucking do.

“Hey, can I have another?” I ask as I polish off candy bar number three.

Jaynie hands me five more, and then wisely suggests I look for a spot to hide four of them.

“You know,” she says, shrugging, “in case my stash ever runs out.”

“I’ll find a good place,” I promise her. “And then I’ll let you know where it is.”

“You do that, Flynn,” she replies, her eyes holding mine. “But after you tell me, don’t let anyone else know where you hid them. Like…ever.”

I nod, agreeing to her terms. Hell, it makes perfect sense.
What can I say—old habits die hard.

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Have tissues at the ready because Tomorrow's Lies is an emotional read. Though some have wonderful experiences being placed in good homes that eventually lead to permanent families, not all kids see the better side to fostering in the foster care system. Tomorrow's Lies depicts the uglier side to things when the system fails and the kids suffer for it. A woman and her daughter run a foster home where the kids are worked to exhaustion, penalized for not meeting work quotas, and food is a luxury to be earned. When Jaynie is placed in this home she's already of the mind set that she just has to bide her time before she turns eighteen. Despite the hardships she faces in her new residence, she finds a family in the other foster kids, two teens her own age, Flynn and Mandy, and two small children, twins, Callie and Cody. Under extreme conditions, relationships between the kids flourish along with hope, love and friendship. As the group becomes closer and a different kind of love begins to form between Jaynie and Flynn. The kids must cope with the things that haunt their pasts, the uncertainty of their presents and hopes for their future. Everyday is a challenge in patience. As the older kids approach their eighteenth birthdays their lives begin to get more difficult under the roof of their "prison" and the promises they've made for their future begin to unravel.

I really loved Jaynie, Flynn, Mandy and the twins. They balanced each other out wonderfully. Each playing a roll in the family they created under such extreme circumstances. All of them dealing with their pasts in different ways but helping each other to heal. Watching them mend each other was almost heartbreaking because you didn't know if the dreams they had for their futures would happen, or how they would make them happen but you held on to the same hope they did. There were definitely a lot of moments that were crushing. SR Grey didn't hold back in describing what they had been through, especially Jaynie, or what they were going through in their foster home. At times it was shocking but added to the story and how, as a reader, you connected to it. There were a couple areas I wish had a little more development or clarification and one particular thing wasn't fully addressed that kept nagging at me, possibly to be brought up again in the second book. Overall, Tomorrow's Lies was unexpected, in the best way, it will definitely pull at the heartstrings. So many beautiful moments, even in the some of the darkest. I'm looking forward to seeing the next part of these amazing characters story in Today's Promises.
Author Bio

S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and #1 Barnes & Noble Bestselling author. She is the author of the popular Judge Me Not series, the new Promises series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, and the Laid Bare series of novellas. Ms. Grey’s works have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller lists, including Top 100 multiple times, as well as #1 on Barnes & Noble Bestselling Nook books.

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