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REVIEW – One Broken Promise: A Citadel Series Novella by Deanndra HallOne Broken Promise: A Citadel Series Novella by Deanndra Hall
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Hayden Patterson has a simple rule. 

And he’s never broken it. Sleeping with a woman more than once simply isn’t going to happen. He’s always managed to hang onto his resolve, and so far, no woman’s ever blasted her way through. It’s one and done, with no prospect of ever having anything permanent. His childhood gave him that thinking and he has no plans to ever change. 

Two women alone, and one of them is in more danger than anyone realizes. 

It’s hard being a teenager. Kacey Flournoy knows that all too well. Stuck in a school district full of snobby rich kids, she doesn’t fit in on her single mom’s salary. When she’s cast as a bully, it only gets worse – especially since she’s the one being bullied. And her poor mom, Delaina, doesn’t know what to do. Since Kacey’s dad died while serving in the military, it’s all she can do to put food on the table. 

When Hayden draws his first assignment through Citadel Security, he can’t believe it. No way does he want to follow a poor little rich girl around all day to guard her from a bully. It doesn’t take him long, however, to figure out that something’s terribly wrong. And when he tries to right it, he meets the one woman who just might make him break his long-standing promise. That would mean he’d have to let go of the past, but he’s sure he’s not ready and he never will be. 

A novella nestled between the first and second books in the first spinoff series from the Love Under Construction series, One Broken Promise takes the hunted to the hunter, the oppressor to the oppressed, and one very scared man to a place that will bring him to his knees. If you’ve ever been bullied, you’ll feel the pain. But you’ll also taste the joy of a promise broken. 

This novella is part of a spin-off series from one of my all time favorite series. The Love Under Construction series introduced me to Citadel Security, and I fell in love with the characters. This new series has that same in-depth characters, twists you never see coming, and killer pull-the=heart-strings endings. I loved everything about Hayden’s journey toward his own happiness. This book is a must read for anyone who loves when a book takes you so far in that you forget you are reading.
Hayden has been hired on at Citadel, and his first big job has him shaking his head. He has to babysit/bodyguard an obnoxious, spoiled brat who claims she is being bullied by a girl named Kacey. Everything about this assignment is rubbing Hayden the wrong way.
Hayden has his own issues as well, stemming from his childhood. He has maintained a position that no woman should ever be with him more than once. He is a hit-it-and-quit-it kind of guy, never having found a reason to be any other way. And he shows it when he gets to the school to watch over Evangeline Matthews.
As Hayden begins unraveling Evangeline’s story, his world is turned on its head when he follows the clues. I do not want to give anything away, but this book had me so sucked in, I couldn’t put it down. The author’s story is so suspenseful, and I couldn’t have guessed where it was going. If you love a great romance with tons of twists and suspense, this novella nailed it. I cannot wait to read more!