Review: Promised by Olivia Arran

(True Mates #1)
by Olivia Arran
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Sept. 7, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance

She’s fighting for her freedom…she never counted on finding her true mate

Wolf Shifter Kara Smith is on the run from her old pack. Her only goal – to escape the man she has been promised to and live on her own terms. The problem is that her chosen protector – the Alpha of the Colstone Wolf Pack – is sexy as hell, making her wolf sit up and pant, begging for a taste. Definitely not part of her plan.

Alpha James Colstone has given up any hope of finding his true mate, the other half of his soul…until sassy Kara walks through his door. Desperate to claim her, to touch and possess her gorgeous curves, he has to convince her he’s not only good for protection duty…that he can give her so much more. But Kara doesn’t trust easily anymore. What’s more, her intended is hunting her – and he’ll do anything to get her back.
Will James’ dominance scare Kara away…or will she learn that with the right man, true freedom lies in surrender?




Promised has so much potential but it just didn’t do it for me. Maybe it’s because I’m not a novella kind of girl but I just felt like everything was glossed over and I never fully understood the characters or their world… and I’ve read my fair share of shifter books.

The story starts off with Kara in James’ offices asking for asylum and to join his pack. You know something spooked her but you’re not sure what. Then out of nowhere James starts talking about her being his true mate, scares her off, and then BAM she’s in the arms of her betrothed (a mate she does not want). Then all of a sudden James is there defending her. I just, I didn’t understand what was going on. I mean, I got it, two Alphas fighting over the same woman but I just didn’t get it. I knew nothing about any of the characters and that pretty much lasted the entirety of the story. We also meet other characters that pop in that really don’t have any solid form. I was left wondering why things were happening and was never overly drawn to any specific character. I was detached from it all and I felt like if the author had taken time out to do not only some world building but got deep down into who the characters are, I would have enjoyed the story so much more.



3 Thoughts on “Review: Promised by Olivia Arran

  1. I used to read novellas all the time, but it’s been awhile. The guy on the cover must do some serious working out(lol) Despite this, I’m not sure if this one I’d pick up. Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

  2. That’s definitely the problem with some novellas, there’s just not enough time to flesh out the entire story.

  3. Yeah, sometimes novellas leave a lot out, but to not get involved with the characters…not good.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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