Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Sordid Promise by Courtney Lane


"The monsters you really should be afraid of, don't need to hide in plain sight. The truly dangerous ones…have no need to hide."

When physical pain allows you to escape your reality; what do you do when the pain is no longer strong enough to quiet the emotional ache?

Diouana “Nikki” returned to her hometown six months ago to tend to her sick mother. She thought she’d left her “baggage” behind her on the opposite coast, only to find that it never left her side. As her self-destructive thoughts begin to consume her, her mother -- realizing Nikki’s torment -- pushes Nikki to complete her last wishes.

Eric Brenton, Nikki’s new neighbor, lives in a dark, chaotic world that is easily hidden behind his model good looks and cocky demeanor. Unapologetic about his dirtier intentions, he sets his sights on Nikki with an offer to help her. But his help comes with very unorthodox conditions and a huge price. 

And Eric...comes with an extensive black box warning label.

Warning: Contains graphic language, frequent graphic sex, and dark themes.

Rachel's 4.5 Star Review

The Sordid Promise is in the dark erotica genre. If you are easily offended, prudish, don't like swearing or only read for a half hour at a time, this book is most likely NOT for you.  I, however, found this novel to be highly addictive to my curious nature.  I don't read a synopsis or others reviews before I begin any novel, to do so would be to ruin it for me.  I prefer to try and figure things out as I go along.  I always ask the basic questions; who, what, when, where, and most importantly the WHY.  The Sordid Promise was fifty shades of FUCKED UP, but I loved it.  This novel had so many twists and turns, I could get partial answers, yet not enough to satisfy, so I had to read on...  I finished this novel in a day.  It was NOT short, but I literally couldn't put it down.  Seriously, I'm not just saying that.  Did it turn me on?  Well, maybe just a little.  I was more in a clinical mode. I wanted, no, NEEDED to figure out WHO Dr. Eric Brenton was, and the HOW/WHY he came to be in Nikki's life the way he did.

Was it Dark?  Most definitely!  Dr. Eric Brenton was a complete mystery to me.  Was he a killer, was he just an Alpha Dom?  Did he feel real love?  Did he only feel indifference to every one around him?   Once I had him pegged, his character showed just enough of a twist or personality change that I had to read on, I had to place him into that mold that I couldn't quite get right yet.
Nikki was another story.  She was mentally screwed up, on prescription meds, with suicidal tendencies ( maybe, we have no idea if she'd really tried to kill herself or was just seeking attention ) and a mother who wanted Nikki to help her die before the cancer kills her.  Nikki was a different kind of character, and Ms. Lane did a remarkable job of bringing her insecurities and her mental acuity into question numerous times.  I was always just out of reach of being able to figure it all out until the end.
Eric and Nikki have a seriously messed up relationship on one hand, yet on the other, they are perfect together.  If only he would answer her questions instead of deterring her with hot, remarkable, orgasm after orgasm.  To put in into Eric's words, "You're going to come SO FUCKING HARD"  and yeah, he made her.
The writing was so smooth and effortless that I didn't have to do a re-read of a single sentence, NOT ONE!  I just became SO engrossed in this novel, I read, to the exclusion of all else.  I NEEDED to finish...and what a fine finish it was.  Everything came around full circle and ALL my questions were finally answered.
The ONLY reason this read didn't get a 5 Star rating from me was because there are so few people I could actually recommend it to, outside of my book-whore facebook friends.  Most of my friends like the light and fluffy, not the deep and dark, and I personally think that they don't know what they are missing.  This novel was so fucking awesome, it struck a chord and I couldn't stop reading had I even wanted to.  Thank you, Courtney Lane for one of the most thought provoking, deep, dark, fucking awesome reads I've had in a while.


“You owe me ten thousand dollars.”
“Do you want that in cash...or check?” I asked.
“Youre not serious.”
“Im very serious about clearing my debts.”
He examined me for a few minutes of silence. “Im having a low-key housewarming party on Saturday.”
“Seems all you do is party.”
“There’s nothing wrong with wanting to celebrate on my downtime.”
“Only if its all the time.”
“Which its not. Stop making statements like we’re best buds who’ve known each other forever. More to the point, watch that mouth around me.”
I cleared my throat, hoping to regain control of the antagonistic tone he nearly succeeded in eliminating. “Were you going to invite me to this party? —because I dont do social gatherings.”
“Nikki. I get it. I know what youre going through. The way you’re behaving is not going to do you well. You can’t close yourself off from everyone. Janet told me that you have no other family or friends to be found anywhere. Im trying to be friendly here. I really don’t want to continuously pull the asshole card to get you out of your bitch mode.”
“Isnt that a conflict of interest?”
“Your mother isn’t my patient. I’m…doing her a favor.”
“Whatever that means. The answer is no.”
“I just shot out a number. The camera was worth more than that. How are you going to pay off a priceless debt?”
“You overpaid.
“Are you always such a bitch? Or am I the lone recipient of this attitude?”
“Are you always a cocky ingrate who answers the door for strangers half-dressed?”

“I’m the ungrateful one?” he asked through an incredulous laughter. “Really, Nikki? I see the way your eyes are glued to what I worked my ass off to achieve. See the  way you’re drooling at the big gift between my legs, too. I know it doesn’t bother you. I think you’re only pissed that I’m not completely naked right now.” Slowly licking his lips, he stepped forward. His feverish form pressed against me as he looked down at me. He added in a sexually charged drawl, “I know I’m making your pussy the wettest it’s ever been. Just wait. I’ll get you wetter than a banana in a women's prison.”



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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Forever grateful. Thank you for reviewing my book (so glad you liked it), and participating in the blog tour.