Review: The Problem with Promises by Leigh Evans

Posted September 11, 2014 by Leigh in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Review: The Problem with Promises by Leigh Evans
The Problem with Promises
by Leigh Evans

4 Stars


Released: February 25, 2014
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 396
Format: ARC

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“I felt like Evans has finally hit her stride.” ~ Under the Covers

If you’ve been following my reviews for this series, Mystwalker, you know that I enjoy it quite a bit.  Paranormal and urban fantasy are definitely among my favorite genres, and Leigh Evans has created a fantastical world with a pretty kick-ass heroine coming into her own, a sexy alpha, and an excellent supporting cast.

All that said, I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into The Problem with Promises.  I don’t know if I was just not in the right frame of mind, but I found myself struggling to get through the first third of the book.  Some of it was also that I had forgotten details from the previous books, since I read each one almost a year apart, and I had a difficult time trying to remember those minor details and characters that would have been helpful in keeping me interested in the start of the book.

Evans begins The Problem with Promises right where The Thing About Weres left off.  Hedi has sent her brother back to Merenwyn, and now she has to figure out how to save him, get rid of the Black Mage, and protect the Earth realm from any bad Fae ju ju that might leak from Merenwyn.  But before Hedi and her One True Thing can make solid plans about how to do that, they are once again thrown into Were politics and find themselves on the run, on the hunt, hunted, and trying to survive.

Once the book hit almost halfway and lingering questions were getting answered, I found myself hooked.  I wanted to find out what was going to happen next, and how were Hedi, Trowbridge, and their loved ones going to make it to see one more day.  I felt like Evans has finally hit her stride.  I have always said, even from book #1, that Evans writes very well.  She is imaginative, I like her style and her prose, and I love the world she’s created.  Hedi is not “super heroine” from the start, and while that is endearing to me – I love to see character growth and imperfections – she also was repetitive (and a tad annoying) in her “whoa is me” ways.  At least she had been in books #1 and 2.  But in Promises, she finally took the bull by the horns, stopped questioning herself as much as she had done previously, and did what she needed to do to protect herself and those who have become her “hers.”

I enjoyed watching Hedi’s growth and transformation take place page by page.  She truly is coming into her own.  I love that we still see her conflicting selves – her fae and her inner-bitch – but that she is finally starting to accept who she truly is and allowing both sides to shine when they need to.  I do wish we had more page time with her and Trowbridge together, however.  I really like them as a couple, but feel like their lack of page time makes it hard for the reader to connect to them and their relationship like readers generally do with the main characters in a book.  I hope that the next and final book will make up for some of that loss.  There are still a lot of loose ends to resolve in the 4th and final book, but I do look forward to reading it and hopefully see it all pulled together.

*ARC provided by publisher

troublewithfateBook 1 The-Thing-About-WeresBook 2 problemBook 3 thedangerofdestinyBook 4

THE TROUBLE WITH FATE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
THE THING ABOUT WERES: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
THE PROBLEM WITH PROMISES: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
THE DANGER OF DESTINY: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads


About Leigh Evans

I was born in Montreal, Quebec but now live in Southern Ontario with my husband. I’ve raised two kids, mothered three dogs, and herded a few cats. Other than that, my life was fairly routine until I hit the age of 50. Some women get tattoos. I decided to write a book. A little tardy, but then again, Mum always said I was a late bloomer.


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I am a wife and mom of two sassy and fabulous kids, and I have decided I will be forever 39.After college, I became a paralegal and read only legal documents and eventually some baby naming books.Then about six years ago, I needed to check out all the hype of some teenage vampire romance, and that was all she wrote.It didn't take me long to rediscover my love of reading that I had throughout my youth, and I was devouring every paranormal romance and urban fantasy series I could get my grabby hands on.

Through Amazon forums and Goodreads, I met a lot of amazing women with that same passion, including the lovely ladies who started UTC.While those genres will always be two of my favorites, I have discovered that M/M romance is my primary love.That kiss between Qhuinn and Blay in Phury's book (you BDB lovers know what I'm talking about!) sealed the deal for me.I love a story where love is hard fought and hard won.I am also a firm believer that EVERYONE deserves love and a happy ending, and the beauty in achieving that is what keeps me coming back for more.

I have amassed quite a collection of book boyfriends through the years, with the top two being John Matthew and Jamie Fraser.**le sigh**In the M/M genre, my best buddy is Randy Jensen.Two of my favorite tropes are Friends to Lovers and Out for You, and I enjoy just about any subgenre - PNR, UF, contemporary, historical, RomCom, Young Adult, Erotica, Mystery/Thriller - in my M/M romance.As long as it is written well, eventually gives me an HEA, and makes me have all the feels, I am one happy girl.
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Thanks for the review Leigh


I really struggled with the first book in this series.