Title: One is a Promise (Tangled Lies #1)
Author: Pam Godwin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.25 Stars!
Danni Angelo is a free spirited dancer who found the love of her life in Cole Hartman until everything changed. Three years later and still feeling lonely, Danni finally tries to date and put the past behind her. By attempting to move forward, Danni meets a man that simultaneously ignites her libido and infuriates her sensibility.
“This is dialogue without words. Absorption without expression. Foreplay without so much as a twitch of a finger. I feel him in places that haven’t been touched by a man in years.”
Trace Savoy is a wealthy businessman whose mere presence exerts influence and dominance. Upon watching Danni dance, he becomes infatuated and insists that she work for him. While Trace is clear about his professional intent, he is reticent about pursuing Danni on a personal level as she appears to be emotionally taken.
“You, my tiny dancer, are an erotic dream dipped in the sweetest honey. A man only needs to look at you to become fiercely protective of your smile.”
What ensues between Trace and Danni is turbulent with a sexually charged push and pull creating combustible tension. With Danni’s outgoing nature and non-existent filter, she is daring and tells Trace exactly what she would like to happen. While Trace is obviously attracted to Danni on many levels, he is looking for certain obstacles to be overcome.
“I need to know if you are mine or his.”
With such different personalities at play, it isn’t easy for Danni and Trace but when they succumb to their feelings, it further pushes them in a certain direction. For Danni, it signifies her commitment to “empty her cup” and for Trace it confirms what he has felt from the beginning. However, neither anticipated they would be facing a certain situation.
“Love isn’t a choice, you know… You can’t control it. It just … happens, and you better hold on for dear life, because you never know when you’ll lose it.”
Told from Danni’s POV, getting into her head is fairly easy but not always understanding her decisions is part of her quirky charm. Feeling her pain for Cole adds depth to what they shared while together. Of course, Cole being a girl’s wet dream adds to his appeal. With Trace, he is sexy in his own right, and while he has his own vulnerabilities, the reasons for his behavior becomes apparent. Knowing this series is a love triangle, trying to switch alliances while Trace earns his place in Danni’s life adds some angst to the plot, especially intuiting what is to come.
As always, Pam Godwin’s writing is spot on and her ability to create realistic characters is present in this book. I certainly look forward to reading the second book in this series and for the roller coaster of angst and emotions that are bound to come.
*An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*