Review: Break Me Like a Promise (Once Upon a Crime Family #2) by Tiffany Schmidt
No one is unbreakable.
All Magnolia Vickers has ever wanted was to follow father’s path as head of the Family Business. But new legislation is poised to destroy the Family’s operations in the black-market organ trade and Maggie’s recent behavior has wrecked the business-savvy reputation she’s worked her whole life to build.
She’s given an ultimatum: shape up or step aside.
Then Maggie messes up: she downloads a virus onto her father’s computer, and must sneak it off-estate for repair. When Alex, a tech whiz, uncovers the type of information on the machine, he offers Maggie a choice: her Family can give him a kidney, or he’ll irreparably scramble the data. Maggie agrees, but has no intention of keeping her promise or ever seeing him again. That night Alex shows up at her Family estate with copies of confidential Family files and a shocking revelation—the kidney is for him.
The Vickers aren’t willing to let Alex out of their sight, so he moves onto their estate and Maggie is assigned to be his keeper. A task she resents and he enjoys making as challenging as possible. But procuring black market organs is becoming increasingly difficult, and as Alex’s health declines, she’s surprised to find herself falling for him.
Like it or not, Maggie must accept that if she wants to save Alex’s life and carve out a place in the new legalized organ business, she’s going to have to fight for both.
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Another-World, Romance, Teen-
Magnolia shattered after her boyfriend’s murder and does not know how to put the pieces back together. Her family does not understand, since they did not even know about the secret relationship. When an important decision is up for debate with the government, Magnolia realizes the outcome could change the entire organ industry and her way of life. Unfortunately, her view is not popular and her actions have consequences.
I read the first book in the series and thought the world the author created was interesting with the organ mafia, but I was not a fan of the main character’s personality. This book is set in the same world but dealing with another family and main characters. I actually really liked this story and I rooted for Magnolia. This book was less to do with the danger and mystery that the first book revolved around and it read more like a teen romance to me, but that is not a complaint. The things I liked about the first book were missing here (mystery, action, danger) yet the things I did not like in the first book (a strong relatable main character) were present.
Magnolia was such a hot, broken mess when the story began, getting out of bed was too much work. I liked watching her become herself again; maybe even a better more well rounded and understanding version of herself actually. The book showed a lot of personal growth and maturity from her, and focused on the fact that she could move on and find love again regardless of past feelings. Alex was the complete opposite of Carter in almost every way, be it personality, looks or upbringing. It was interesting that the author made him so unappealing at the start of the story and as he was given better care and his personality came forward, he turned into a good looking love interest (regardless of Magnolia fighting it). I also liked how fiercely loyal Magnolia was to Penny and that she learned to understand her mother better.
I enjoyed this book because of the personal growth (as well as the medical issues and settings) and less this time because the world. I would love another book in this series because there is a LOT of secrets and build-up between Char and Penny that I would love to delve more into.
I received this title from the publisher in return for my honest review.