Title: Tomorrow’s Lies
Series: Promises #1
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre: New Adult/Coming of Age Romance
Release Date: October 28, 2015
Jaynie Cumberland has no idea how to trust again, so she’s given up on trying. Dumped in to the state foster care system at age fourteen, Jaynie spent three years treading water, just trying to get by.
Still, Jaynie always knew she was broken in some way. After all, why did her own mother abandon her? And following a harrowing experience at her first foster home, Jaynie’s worst fears are confirmed, leaving her feeling worthless and shattered.
Now Jaynie counts the days till she turns eighteen and can go out on her own. All she wants is to be free of everyone and everything. But before that can happen, she must make it through the next few months at one final foster home. There Jaynie meets a gorgeous, albeit rough-around-the-edges, boy who is dealing with the repercussions of his own turbulent past.
Flynn O’Neill is immediately taken with this new, fragile girl. He becomes determined to show Jaynie there is more to life than hurt and pain. Unfortunately, this new home they live in, one that promised to be a haven for unwanted kids, is more like a living hell.
So what do you do when you’re trapped and there’s no way out?
What if you fall in love and protecting the other person becomes the most important thing in your life?
What if something unthinkable happens, testing your love, and the stakes are raised higher than ever? Will you come out unscathed? Can today’s promises be kept? Or will they simply become more of tomorrow’s lies?
Tomorrow’s Lies is a beautiful story of an all-consuming love and broken people building a family out of nothing. It’s about never giving up, even in the face of adversity. Note: NO cliffhanger!
**mature content and possible triggers**
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~ 3.5 Stars ~
I have to be honest….I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters a lot, but there was just something with this book that didn’t click for me.
I have read most of S.R. Grey’s books and I have to say this wasn’t my favorite of hers. I like the overall storyline, but I felt it dragged on in spots and that some of the information we got that slowed the pace of the books down seemed kind of repetitive. What I did like a lot about this book, was how well this story was researched. You can tell S.R. put a lot of effort into this story to give us an accurate portrayal of the subject matter that was covered in this novel. I will warn you though that this does cover the very sensitive subject child abuse and the foster care system. To be honest the first chapter in this book was extremely hard for me to read. This book will definitely be a trigger for some readers and please go forward with caution. If child abuse is a touchy subject for you, then this might not be the book for you.
Tomorrow’s Lies is the first book in this new series. No it doesn’t have a cliffhanger for an ending but it does leave you with a to be continued ending. To be honest I don’t think this series needs to be two books. From what I gather the next book is going to be about their life after the foster care home they just left. I would’ve actually liked to see that more in this book. I think it would’ve lightened the mood of the story a little. This book really is a somber story. Don’t get me wrong this book ends with Flynn and Jaynie in a very happy place, but I felt like that should’ve come sooner in the book.
This book is told in two parts and I thought the first part could’ve been shortened just a little bit. By making part one so long it really made the ending feel rushed. Now with that said I know that there is another book coming, so I am guessing that is where I will get a lot of the HEA for Flynn and Jaynie. In this book we see what it is like for kids in the foster care system. I have to say this book really opened my eyes. I know not every case is like this one was but it scares me to think that there are these types of situations out there.
I did like watching the journey both Flynn and Jaynie went on together. Jaynie is a severely broken girl when she is sent to the foster home that Flynn is staying at. But over the course of the book we watch her blossom into more of the girl she used to be. She learns to trust others, especially men, and also learns to love, not only Flynn but Mandy, Cody and Callie too. Flynn was amazing too. He had a horrible upbringing and my heart broke for him many times. But he was such a pillar of strength for not only Jaynie, but also Mandy, Cody and Callie.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for that emotional coming of age romance story. Just because this didn’t WOW me, doesn’t mean it won’t be a 5 star read for others. Just remember that this has some seriously tough subject matter and can be tough to read at times.
I open my eyes, and he smiles at me. I smile back at him. He’s as excited by this development as I am. And, damn, it feels good. A million unsaid things are expressed as we gaze into each other’s eyes. Maybe not a million, but many, and all of them point to two things—I like Flynn, and he likes me. We are more than friends, more than pretend siblings.
Time freezes, and I revel in the magic of the moment. But alas, when he moves his fingers away from my face, the moment is lost.
“We should go in,” Flynn says, clearing his throat.
“Yeah, we should.”
In the house, neither of us mentions a word about what happened out on the porch. There’s no need for discussion; we both know this is huge. Flynn—a guy—touched me, and I didn’t have a meltdown.
Maybe there is hope for me, after all. Like real hope that I can have a normal relationship. I feel more like myself now than I have in a long time. So maybe this is the family I needed all along to help me reach this point.
And then there are my feelings for Flynn. Maybe Flynn is more than just the here and now. Maybe he’s my future.