Tuesday 22 May 2018




Without Promises
Under the Pier #2
By Delancey Stewart
Releasing May 21st
Entangled Publishing

Trent McNeil was a classic trust-fund kid until he watched a team of firefighters save his family home. From that moment on, he rebelled against the path his parents were determined to keep him on. Now a San Diego firefighter, he knows he'll eventually be expected to take over the family empire. But until that day, his only plan is to have fun and enjoy life.

After a childhood of upset and uncertainty, Amy Hodge is going to make something out of herself. She has her future all planned out. She's starting medical school and is going to be busy...far too busy for a relationship. But she does have time for a quick fling before she buckles down and concentrates on her studies.

Amy quickly realizes that playboy Trent is not all he seems to be. Never relinquishing control and sticking to her plans has done well for Amy, but no one has ever made her want to throw caution to the wind like this sexy firefighter.


In Without Promises (Under the Pier #2) by Delancey Stewart, Trent McNeil has never wanted to run his family's company, but he's been groomed to take over for his dad for years, even though he's been enjoying his time as a firefighter. With time getting closer to his father retiring, Trent finds his life taking a turn for the better when he meets Amy Hodge. However, they're complete opposites and his family aren't the easiest to please. Will Trent be able to convince Amy to take a chance on him or will they go their separate ways because they're too different?

This was a fantastic and riveting second book Ms. Stewart has delivered for her Under the Pier series where I absolutely loved the main characters, but with the secondary ones Trent's mother had me cursing her because she's a total witch; and the dialogue drew me in immediately, as the heroine is resilient and brave when it comes to how she meets Trent because she's normally not so outgoing. Will Trent be able to win Amy over, especially when she won’t have time for a relationship once she starts medical school?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the heroine because she's been through so much and she's finally turned her life around to be working her way to becoming a doctor. Moreover, the heroine is resilient and courageous with everything she faces when it comes to Trent's family. I also liked how kind and caring she was towards Trent's sister and how she would do anything to help someone that needs her. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was the close relationship she shared with her sister and that they would do anything for each other, which was proven by what her sister was willing to sacrifice to help Amy achieve her dream of becoming of doctor without having to worry about how she was going to pay for medical school.

While the hero, I felt sorry for him when it comes to expectations and the persistent pressure his parents put on him to settle down and do right by his family. Why doesn't he stand up to his parents, especially his mother? Furthermore, the hero is confident, determined to do what's right by family after things that happen and I liked how tenacious he was to win the heroine over. Will he be able to win her over when his mother is such an interfering witch that thinks she knows what's best for her son?

Overall, Ms. Stewart has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong; the romance was wonderful and had me liking these two together; and the ending had me worried because of what happens, but made me completely happy because there's no way Trent can let Amy get away from him a second time. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, as the hero is determined to not let the heroine go because he wants her forever. I would recommend Without Promises by Delancey Stewart, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope or books by authors Cary Hart, Kennedy Layne, Kelly Jamieson and Gina L. Maxwell.



A sexy smile slid across his face as he looked at me, maybe picturing me with jet-black hair, and then his eyes dropped to my lips, causing a little jolt of energy to dance in my stomach. I didn’t do it on purpose, but I licked my bottom lip, and his eyes widened slightly.

What the hell was that? Now he thinks I’m trying to seduce him or something. God, I’m terrible at this. This. This is why I don’t date.

I stiffened, but Trent’s smile didn’t fade. He was still watching me, and his hand found mine where our thighs touched beneath the edge of the bar. His strong fingers wrapped around mine, and I felt my breath catch at the contact.

“Can I kiss you, Amy?” His voice was sandpaper.

Oh my God. Say yes.

I nodded, and he gently wrapped his other hand around the back of my neck and pulled me toward him, his mouth lingering just centimeters from mine. I closed the distance, curious to feel his mouth on mine, to taste those perfect laughing lips, to press myself into this easygoing playboy and absorb a bit of his light.

Trent’s lips met mine softly, and they stayed pressed gently there for a beat, and then he moved, slanting his mouth against mine, pressure building. We were facing each other fully now, and I let go of his hand and slid my palms up his arms, lingering on those swollen biceps. Trent rose to stand between my knees where I perched on the high stool, deepening the kiss. For what felt like long moments, I was lost in the push and pull. It was like being taken out by a wave, giving myself to the undertow and letting go, being sucked under into sweet, cool, dark water.

When he broke the kiss and pulled back to look at me, a wide smile spread across his face.

“Exactly what I expected,” he murmured. “Fucking perfect.”


“I'm not big on labels, but there are a few that fit me (not necessarily in this order. Or maybe in this order):
- wine drinker (and wine geek)
- mother of small boys
- military spouse
- writer
- chocolate eater
- ice cream addict
I write about emotional connection and intimacy, and love giving readers smart, sexy books to curl up with.”


Delancey Stewart is an award-winning author who writes romantic fiction with humor and heart.

Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She's been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a wineseller.

A wife and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.
Twitter: @DelanceyStewart


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