Title: The Promis
Author: Kim Carmichael
Publisher: Hot Ink Press
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours
Demon Dolan Ciar exists on three simple words: desire, denial, and destruction. Every four years, he is allowed one night of earthly passion to punish a deserving female. By the time he is finished, his victims are left as willing receptacles for demons yet to come.
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.
A mistake brought Dolan to Leora. A promise bound him to her. Returning once again to ask for his freedom, he is faced with Leora demanding to be his next conquest. The ultimate retribution would be to take from her the ultimate symbol of her selfishness.
Now, Dolan must decide if he can doom her to life in living hell or face his own set of unearthly consequences, while Leora must choose between her pleasure and her heart.
The Promise blurs the line between good and evil, desire and love, and promises and commitment.
The Promise took me completely by surprise. I was a little unsure of this story at first, but in the end it came together nicely. I would consider this book a coming of age story. We follow Leora at the age of 4 all the way up until she is 24. Dolan saves Leora at the age of 4 and makes a promise that he must keep. As a demon, he can't break that promise. But Leora makes him feel things that he has never felt before. Leora has always wanted Dolan in every possible way. Dolan asks her several times to be released from the promise but Leora will not let hum go. The question is does she in the end? I loved these two characters especially Dolan. Being a demon and all makes him even more sexier. I liked Leora even though at times she was very selfish. Characters grow and change as did she.
This book took me on one emotional roller coaster. I even cried in several spots. The Promise was beautifully written and well thought out. I loved the fact that I could feel the raw emotion from this book. I was able to connect with the characters more becasue of that. I am really hoping that I get to see these characters again. Please Kim!!!! Make a full length novel about Dolan and Leora. This novella is short but fantastic. I was definitely left wanting more so I hope that happens. This novella is a must read everyone!!!
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
Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her need for graphic sex scenes and 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.