Forever Only Once: A Contemporary Promise Me Novel

· Promise Me Book 1 · Carrie Ann Ryan
120 reviews

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a sexy new contemporary stand-alone series.

Hazel Noble has survived horrors she wouldn’t inflict on her worst enemy. Since then, she’s healed, found herself, and connected with a group of women she’s proud to call her friends. However, when they make a pact to start looking for love, Hazel finds herself not only up first but also forced to face a past she thought she’d escaped.

Cross Brady has no need for a relationship. As the oldest of five, he’s always been the one his family can rely on. Now, all he wants is to work in peace and live his life. His priorities shift dramatically, though, when Cross finds himself in Hazel’s path.

Though the two initially fight their connection, they soon learn that it’s safer to fall for each other than keep running from what’s holding them back—not to mention, who wants them dead.


Read what others are saying about New York Times bestselling author, Carrie Ann Ryan:

“Count on Carrie Ann Ryan for emotional, sexy, character driven stories that capture your heart!” – Carly Phillips, NY Times bestselling author

“Carrie Ann Ryan’s romances are my newest addiction! The emotion in her books captures me from the very beginning. The hope and healing hold me close until the end. These love stories will simply sweep you away.” ~ NYT Bestselling Author Deveny Perry

“Carrie Ann Ryan writes sexy emotional romances that'll make you cry and fan yourself from the heat, especially because of all that sexy ink.”

–#1 NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely

 “Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop! This is definitely going in my re-read pile!” 

–NYT Bestselling Author Susan Stoker

"Carrie Ann Ryan writes the perfect balance of sweet and heat ensuring every story feeds the soul." - Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“Carrie Ann Ryan never fails to draw readers in with passion, raw sensuality, and characters that pop off the page. Any book by Carrie Ann is an absolute treat.” – New York Times Bestselling Author J. Kenner 

“Carrie Ann Ryan knows how to pull your heartstrings and make your pulse pound! Her wonderful Redwood Pack series will draw you in and keep you reading long into the night. I can’t wait to see what comes next with the new generation, the Talons. Keep them coming, Carrie Ann!” –Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author of CRAVE THE NIGHT

"With snarky humor, sizzling love scenes, and brilliant, imaginative worldbuilding, The Dante's Circle series reads as if Carrie Ann Ryan peeked at my personal wish list!" – NYT Bestselling Author, Larissa Ione

"Carrie Ann Ryan writes sexy shifters in a world full of passionate happily-ever-afters." – New York Times Bestselling Author Vivian Arend

“Carrie Ann’s books are sexy with characters you can’t help but love from page one. They are heat and heart blended to perfection.” New York Times Bestselling Author Jayne Rylon

Carrie Ann Ryan's books are wickedly funny and deliciously hot, with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. They'll keep you up all night!” USA Today Bestselling Author Cari Quinn

"Once again, Carrie Ann Ryan knocks the Dante's Circle series out of the park. The queen of hot, sexy, enthralling paranormal romance, Carrie Ann is an author not to miss!" New York Times bestselling Author Marie Harte

Read the Entire PROMISE ME Series:

Forever Only Once

From That Moment

Far From Destined

From Our First


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120 reviews
Stephanie Smith
June 25, 2020
This is the start of a fabulous new series featuring the Brady brothers, whose little sister married a Montgomery and so we get to spend more time with the extended family - yeah!! Cross Brady is a broody, yet sensitive, bearded hunk. Hazel has had a difficult past, but has made some great friends, and now they have a pact to help each other find mean they deserve! One blind date gets all mixed up... but Hazel meets someone that just might get past her fears after all. This is a fabulous new series and I can’t wait for stories for the rest of the Brady clan. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
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sarah bailey
June 27, 2020
Book one in new Promise Me series by Carrie Ann Ryan Cross is Arden (married a Montgomery) oldest brother who co owns a bespoke furniture art shop. Hazel moved to boulder and after a very traumatic divorce that left her with a lot of baggage but she makes a pack with her friends that she starts to date and in the bargain starts to live her life and be happy. Hazel gets set up for a blind date and waits to meet him in a bar. Cross is ask by his co owner to meet a client about a commission but is only given a name and brief description. When Cross get to bar and assumes that Hazel is the client. I absolutely love the way they meet in beginning of book and how hazel and Cross didn’t contact each other straight away because they didn’t want to ruin a great non date. Carrie Ann Ryan pulls it out of the bag every time but she also has a great ear and pucks perfect narrators for her books. I do live duel narration between a female and male voice but instead of read chapters at a time it would be lovely if the read to corresponding line to there gender but still beautifully read.
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Moon Fox
June 17, 2020
This was such a beautiful, poignant and incredibly moving romance. Hazel and Cross will totally tug on your heartstrings and have you swooning. Both character are complex, compelling and lovable. I felt that these two were simply perfect for each other in every way. The story is well written and quickly grabbed my interest with its cleverly crafted blend of intense emotions, drama, humor, family, friendship, romance, heat and heat. I loved this book and these characters. This was great way to start this new series and I can't wait to read book two! I am electing to post a impartial review.
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