Author: Kim Carmichael
Release Date: 24th February 2013
Publisher: Hot Ink Press
Source: Received from Nevermore PR for an honest review
Since she was four, a demon has been the only constant in Leora Desmond's life. He taught her how to seize control, to never give up, and to take whatever she wanted. At twenty-four, her self-centered existence is focused on one thing. She wants Dolan, and she won't be dissuaded.
Set over the space of twenty years, The Promise follows the interactions between Dolan, a demon, and Leora, a sad and tragic child starved of love and affection.
Over the course of their four yearly meetings Dolan teaches Leora how to fend for herself and take what she wants from life, but in doing so has he created a monster, or a strong independent woman.
He tilted his head. "You look older."
She forced herself to blink and to remember her goal. "Then I assume I am at last old enough to be a fit for a demon." She stepped forward, stopping less than a foot away from him. The back of her throat dried out, and she swallowed.
He put his hand to his chin, his gaze taking her in. "This old song and dance. When will you use the brains you have and leave it alone?"
His words hit her, but rather than retreating, she moved closer. The energy, the tingle, the wafts of spice encompassed her and lured her toward him. "Never."
"You were smart last time. Why don't you release me so I can do what I came here for." He glanced down at her and then shifted his focus beyond her. "I have needs as well."
"Tonight I am the one you came here for." The mention of his last visit stung, but she willed herself to keep going. She ran her fingers up the buttons of his shirt. "You always told me to take control."
He shook his head. "A lesson you learned well."
She reached up and clenched his collar in her fist. "I let you go last time, but tonight I am the one you need."
He grabbed her wrist. "I spared you before. Never forget that."
She stared right into his eyes. No weakness was allowed tonight. "It's me, Dolan. Me, or you can be celibate until the decade I do you the favor of dying. I don't care about your pain." She tensed, preparing herself for his retaliation.
"I thought I taught you better than to make demands of a demon." He pressed his palm to the side of her face.
Heat radiated through her body, sending a warning to every one of her nerve endings. "A demon who comforts a child is a failure of a demon in my book." His jaw tightened. "That was a mistake. An oversight."
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this short story, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how much detail and feeling the author was able to bleed in to her characters; I definitely felt their pain, confusion and frustration. Dolan and Leora are both looking for something that is missing from their lives and they inadvertently find it in each other, but whether or not that's enough to satisfy their needs - well, you'll have to read The Promise to find out!
I found The Promise to be an easy and rather satisfying read, and I'd love to read more from this author, 4 stars ;]
Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.
Purchase Link: Amazon US