Friday, 27 February 2015


Title: Empty Promises (Promises Series Book #3)
Author: Elle Brooks 
Genre: NA | YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27th 2015
Buy Link: Amazon US


Emily ~

What would you do if you knew when you were going to die? 
Would you will death to come and claim you quickly? 
Or would you pray for more time? 

It wasn’t until I knew that I was about to die, that I decided to really live. 
And it wasn’t until I gave up on love, that I finally found it. 
Just not in any of the places that I’d been searching. 
Sometimes you don’t get the fairytale happily ever after, 
but if you’re lucky, 
you get so much more. 
You get a perfect beginning that you can keep hold of until the end.

“Where’s Dad?” I ask as I watch Mom pull a packet of coffee from the back of the cupboard.
“He’s gone for a run, sweetie,” she says matter-of- factly before throwing me a smile. Mom’s got a great game face. If I’d not overheard her conversation, I’d have no clue she was just upset.
“Okay, I have an idea, and I want you to just trust me, so grab your things and come with me. We’re going out.”
Mom looks a little bewildered by my cryptic request before she shrugs and grins. “Fine, lead the way, Emily.”
We climb into her car and I scroll through my phone until I find the address of the nearest bridal store. I locate one three miles away and begin inputting it into the GPS. Mom looks at the address, and I can see the gears in her head turning as she tries to work out the address and wonders what would have me dragging her out the house for. She’s a good sport and doesn’t seem too put out that I’m refusing to tell her what it is we’re doing as we make the short journey.
A few minutes roll by before we pull up outside Dana’s Bridal Boutique, and the GPS signals that we’ve reached our destination on the left. Mom looks at me questioningly and I give her a rueful smile. There’s only a bakery, coffee shop and the bridal store on this small stretch of road.
“I overheard you and Dad talking this morning.” She still looks confused so I point to the Bridal Boutique. She covers her mouth with her hand as she leans back into her seat, her eyes crinkling as realization dawns. “You were talking about the fact that you should go first, and that you’ll never see me in my wedding dress, or be there with me at the delivery of your first grandchild. Well, there’s little I can do about an immaculate conception,” I shrug, “but this,” I point to the store again. “This I can do.”
I watch as a million different emotions wage war behind her sapphire eyes before she admits defeat, closes them tightly and slumps forward resting her elbows on her knees and her head in her hands. I watch quietly as she holds a finger up to me, signaling she needs a minute. When she finally opens them again, they’re glassy but she seems to have recovered her composure enough to step outside the car. I don’t know what to make of the situation, and honestly, I’m regretting my decision as I climb out and round the car. Maybe this was a stupid idea and is too much for her. Hell, maybe it’s too much for me. I’m about to apologize and tell her so when she finally speaks.
“You really are something kind of wonderful, Emily,” she says before ambushing me in a fiercely tight hug. I sigh and feel a little of the tension drain from my shoulders, like someone’s just turned on an invisible faucet to ease some of the pressure.
“I’m sorry you heard that conversation. I was just having a weak moment. We don’t have to do this,” she whispers into my hair and squeezes before pushing me back to see my face.
“I’m glad I did hear, and I want to do this. Is that weird?” I answer, and it’s the truth. I am glad I overheard their conversation. I hate that she feels like she needs to be strong one hundred percent of the time for me. It’s not healthy.
“It’s not weird at all, Emily.”
“Good. Okay, enough of this.” I square my shoulders. “Let's get in there and go play dress up.”

Empty Promises (Promises, #3)Empty Promises by Elle Brooks
Trish's Review - My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This…. this right here Elle Brooks left me feeling….. everything.

We do not remember days. We remember moments.

My tears were many, my heart was hurting.

This is a beautiful, powerful, heart wrenchingly real story which had me sobbing for a miracle for Emily and Lucas. It made my heart ache and my eyes hurt from the tears I couldn’t keep at bay.

Let me just say that I love HEA’s, but this was something I never expected to ever appreciate or really understand. It felt so real.

Ms Brooks, you really are a master storyteller. Brining the life and the emotions of your characters to the reader – making every moment, every word feel so real that you just want to take their pain away.

I’m still shedding tears thinking about Emily and Lucas while writing my review. That is how good it is.

Lucas & Emily

“So let me show you?” I feel a tear escape as I narrow my eyes in confusion.


“Let me show you, let me make you fall in love with me.”

My tears hit full force and I'm not sure if I’ll be able to make them stop. He crushes my body against his in a tight embrace and I cry a silent torrent of tears into his shirt while he holds me, wordlessly.

Between the hurt and the sadness there were beautiful and remarkable moments of simple happiness that one can not only remember, but cherish for an eternity.

It is never too late to appreciate what you have. It is never too late to live in the moment. It is never too late to fall in love.


“I know that this Ethan guy has your heart Emily, but I want you to know that you have mine. You’ve had it from the second you walked in to the hospital that day in your blue dress,” his lips find mine for the lightest of kisses and then before I can reach up to hold him in place, they're gone.

“I love you Em, I want you to know that. And I don’t mean like a friend, I’m in love with you, and this aching inside my chest… I wouldn’t change it for a second.”

An emotional and heart wrenching story which will really leave your heart hurting and your eyes red and wet with tears.

A remarkable and powerful message to live every minute of every day of your life and it's never too late.....

Just brilliant Ms Brooks, Brilliant.

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NIH - Name / Age / Where are you from?

EB - Elle Brooks, 31, Yorkshire – England. I’m 5ft 6, brunette and also like long walks on the beach, intimate candlelit dinners and socializing. Oh and I have a GSOH ;)

NIH - Is Elle Brooks your pen name or real name?  Explain why you have a pen name if so?

EB - What? And kill the mystery – Nope! >>Insert evil laugh here<<

NIH - Where did the idea for the Promises Series come from?  What inspired you to write this story/series?

EB - This question always panics me… here goes: It wasn’t one particular thing; it was a culmination of events, ideas and timing that allowed me to write this series. I had an idea for the story, and yes, in part it was inspired by an event. My beautiful daughter was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011 at three years old. Throughout her treatment, I witnessed things that I never expected to in a million years. I watched some pretty amazing children, my own included; beat the dreadful disease that is cancer. On the flip side, I also observed the most heroic children anyone could ever have the absolute pleasure of meeting, make the most of each and every day, with poise and grace, knowing that they were dying. It took a long time for me to be in a place where I could write my series, and whether people love it, hate it, or are indifferent. I couldn’t be more proud.  

NIH - Have you always wanted to bring your readers to tears with your stories?  Because I was a sobbing mess reading Empty Promises.  #PoorLucas

EB - Poor Lucas! I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t want to make my readers feel. Whether that’s through happiness, laughter, frustration, sadness or tears. My favorite books are those that elicit a strong reaction, so I guess that’s what I aim to achieve with mine.  

NIH - Is Empty Promises the last in the Promises Series?  Will Lucas get his own book and HEA?

EB - You know, I’ve been asked if Lucas will get his own book a lot by my Beta readers. It was never the intention to write a book for him, but I kind of have a Lucas hangover now, so I won’t say no just yet.

NIH - How much of your storylines are real and how much is fictional?

EB - There are a lot of real life inspired events in my books. The diagnosis scene in Promises Hurt was taken from my own experiences. And on a lighter note, the dressing room scene with the ass projection also happened to me too!

NIH - How much research goes into your writing?

EB - On the cancer side of the series, I’ve drawn from experience, so very little needed to be researched. It’s all firmly seared into my mind. Other aspects, such as domestic abuse needed to be researched.  

NIH - Who is your favourite character from this series?

EB - I can’t pick! I love them all for their unique qualities. Sorry.

NIH - Do you believe in insta-love?  If so why?

EB - Yes! I know you’re probably rolling your eyes right now, but I truly do. I’ve experienced it. I loved a boy within the first twenty-four hours of meeting him in a pub when I was 15 years old. (I looked much older than I was. Back then, when trying to buy alcohol, I thought it was a great thing. Now, not so much!) He was cocky, charming and far too self-assured. Sixteen years later, he’s still cocky, charming and far too self-assured, but he has me to keep him grounded.

NIH - Who is your biggest supporter outside of your family?

EB - Author Kathryn Andrews. She keep’s me motivated when I'm stressing out at silly little things, that when you’re too close to a project, seem like huge problems. She’s a fantastic friend. She calls it like she see’s it, and I admire that in a person.

NIH - Is writing a full time career for you?

EB - It is, and I’m so lucky that I get to live out my dream.

NIH - If you weren't a writer, what would you be?

EB - Bored. All joking aside, I have a degree in Business Finance and Marketing. I’d more than likely still be working in marketing. I love to be creative.  

NIH - Why do you write?  What does it bring you?

EB - The same reason I breath, because I have to. I get to live in my make-believe bubble, and live out fantasies. How could it bring anything other than enjoyment?  

NIH - Do you have a mantra that you live by?

EB - Don’t eat yellow snow! And, if you must live this life with regrets, it’s better to do so regretting the things you HAVE done, rather than the things you haven’t.  

NIH - Do you have any obsessive behaviours/habbits?

EB - Yep! Nothing in my home is set to an odd number. I can’t bear it. If I use the oven, when I'm finished, I have to turn all of the nobs to make sure they are in the off position. Every single one of them, irrespective of they have been used or not.

NIH - What's your latest news/project?  What can we look forward to next from you?

EB - I’m currently working on a new standalone novel. It will be a little sexier than the Promises series, but hopefully just as entertaining. It’s top secret at the moment, but I can tell you that I am LOVING writing it.

NIH - What are you reading right now?

EB - I just downloaded Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens. Tonight I’ll be taking Kellan Kyle to bed. :D

NIH - I would love to meet you one day - do you think you may travel to Australia?  If you do, we will need to have a glass of wine together.

EB - I will definitely be coming to Australia at some point in the near future. It’s on my bucket list! And forget the glass, lady. There’s a vineyard somewhere with our names on it. xoxo

NIH - What is the one thing you love most about writing?  Do you find it easy or hard to write?

EB - I find it easy to dream up the story, transitioning it from my warped mind, to the page is a whole different ball game. It’s definitely challenging, but I’m the most competitive person I know. I love the whole process… except Blurbs. Blurbs suck.


I'm a little neurotic; I function on a tiny amount of sleep and a huge amount of caffeine. I love green skittles and have an irrational fear of stormy weather. When I’m not writing about super hot college guys, you can generally find me googling them...All in the name of research of course. I can be persuaded to do just about anything with the promise of a good book or a bottle of bubbles. Oh, and I also love to write. 

Elle is the author of the Promises Series including:

Book #1 is "Promises Hurt" released in August 2014. 

Book #2 is "Forgotten Promises" released November 2014.
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