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Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"Promise Me" by Tara Fox Hall is not your usual sort of paranormal romance. Except for the prologue which is presented in the third person, the story is narrated by Sarelle McGarran, Sar for short, a young widow who lives alone with an assortment of dogs and cats. She is a strong woman, coping with her grief and getting on with her life in a resourceful way. Discovering a wounded vampire, Danial, nearby one evening, she takes him in and very matter-of-factly lets him feed off her to ensure he lives. The two are attracted to each other, and Sar is thus pulled into Danial’s world where he is threatened. So suddenly she is surrounded by werewolf guards (one of which, Theo, is a fascinating character) and meets the menacing Vampire Ruler of the United States, Devlin. But is taking the Oath of Forever with Danial a step too far even for this courageous heroine?
There are plenty of unanswered questions but this is the first of a series and so this technique ensures that we’ll want to read the next book to improve our understanding of people and events. Thoughtful, steady Sar is what makes the book both unusual and very appealing. She takes finding a vampire calmly in her stride and generally copes with everything that is thrown at her now that her simple life has suddenly become complicated in the extreme, however unpleasant it may be. But she is not cold and readers can’t help but like and admire her. This is a cleverly thought-out and well-written book by an imaginative and talented author.