Three years ago, Layna Blair listened in horror over a telephone line as her parents were murdered. When the killer said she was next, Layna panicked and made a deadly deal—his secret in exchange for her life. She’s paid the price every day since, becoming a prisoner in plain sight.

Marine Sergeant Blaze Johnson offers Layna a way out—her freedom, his rules, no questions asked—and she takes it, despite knowing what her keepers do to people who get too close. She doesn’t know Blaze is fighting his own demons or that beneath his warrior façade is a man on the verge of breaking.

Embarking on a wild revenge mission with Blaze and his smooth-talking best friend, Talon, is not what Layna signed on for. But attempting to run when Blaze has made no secret he intends to make her his is a reckless mistake. With the killer closing in, it’s up to Blaze to save them all—and to Layna to realize that she’s risked the one thing she can’t afford to lose.


I received an ARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s blog tour promotions.

Sometimes, there are books that grab us and make us read it from cover to cover until we finish it in just a few hours. This book is not going to be one of those books. However, it is, in its own right, a book that everybody should at least try to read.

We have a hero who protects the heroine fiercely, even if their chemistry was a bit difficult for me to root for. We have a heroine who has survived tragedy. We even have an amazing secondary character.

This is my first book from this author. I won’t say that I am now a fan of hers. However, if I see other books from her in the future, I’d definitely still pick them up. Impossible Promise is, in fact, a great title to summarize the entire book. It’s not a cheesy romance novel. It has hints of action and suspense that was tastefully incorporated. The book’s premise is not common at all, so as a reader, you will definitely be reading something new with this book.

I am going to give this book three red hearts because even if there were some things and aspects in the book that I questioned, it was an overall good book that was worth reading. Ms. Bartel is an author that’s worth checking out. I’m sure the future only holds bright things for her next books.


I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.
I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about me.

I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband.

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