These Dead Promises; A Darling Hill Duet #2
(#2 within a duet)
Publication Date: April 19, 2022
Genre/Tropes: Duet/New Adult/Dark/Enemies-to-Lovers/Sports Romance
Author: L.A. Cotton
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
It’s a beautiful story of strength and love and what love can do with the right person by your side.
I loved how the second half of this duet delved deeper into the emotional ties between Nix and Birdie. Just because Phoenix and Harleigh reconnected at the end of book one didn’t mean everything was fixed and all the emotional mess, future problems, or family issues in their lives were magically fixed.
Don’t get me wrong, I love HEA’s just as much as the next person, but sometimes when I read a book like this, it’s a reminder that love doesn’t instantly solve all your problems. Instead when love is right, with the right person, they will stand by your side through thick and thin while life may still be rocky.
While Phoenix and Harleigh knew they wanted one another, making it happen wasn’t exactly easy. They lived on opposite sides of town where stigmas ran deep, which was just the tip of the iceberg.
Harleigh was still working on her mental health and just because Nix was back in her life didn’t mean she was instantly fixed. Where they lived and who their family was was just another added another layer of complications for both of them.
This book was emotional and touching for so many reasons. I loved that Cotton didn’t shy away from the hard issues while still keeping their love front and center.
Teenagers feel things deeply and super intense and every time Nix and Birdie came together their intensity leapt off the page.
Nix especially couldn’t contain what he felt Birdie, it flowed out of him, but he also was restrained and sweet. His intensity was mesmerizing to read. I loved what these two overcame to be together and in the end only made them stronger.
I’m looking forward to continuing watching their growth in future books as I see their love only growing and getting stronger as the years go by.
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