February 2. 2014
Promised (Promised Series #1)
4.5 Stars ★★★★☆
Blurb ~ Linc knows Wyn is the girl for him.
Wyn knows Linc is the boy for her.
But she’s promised to another.
Lincoln “Linc” Tatman had been at his new school for months and he thought he’d met all the girls it had to offer. Until one day, he spied Wyn sitting against a tree and realized this new place had been hiding the girl of his dreams. He goes out of his way to get to know her, even though he’s warned that it’s a hopeless case. But he’s determined to win her, even if she can only be his for a short time.
Arwyn “Wyn” Scott is the black sheep of her big gypsy family. When most of the girls her age are dropping out to start their own families, she begs her parents to stay. She doesn’t fit in with the gypsy teens and the regular teens are too afraid of her five older brothers to get close. Then Linc comes into her life, showing her a new life she never thought she could have. She can’t stop herself from falling head first for the boy.
Can Wyn leave behind her family and their traditions to follow her heart, or will she become a young gypsy wife?
ARC provided by Author for Honest Review
This was a really Sweet read. When I got this book, I honestly didn’t know what to think. Sure it sounds like a typical YA/NA romance but throw in the gypsies and everything normal is challenged. Most heroines don’t drop out of school at fourteen to get married and have babies as part of their beliefs. Hell, most can barely function because they are so boy-crazy. Being boy-crazy is practically against the law in Wyn’s life. But Wyn is not your average gypsy teen. Wyn has hopes, dreams and aspires to be more than just another gypsy wife.
As unusual as it is for her people, Wyn convinces her father to let her stay in school and graduate. She even hopes to be a nurse one day. But all her plans and hopes are thrown to the way-side when Wyn is told an old friend of hers has asked her father for her hand, her hand in marriage. Wyn is at a loss. In her family not only is this tradition but it’s worthy of dismissal and disownment if she disagrees.
Giving up on her family and best friend is not something Wyn wants to do. Sure she wants to live her life at her choice more, but what’s she to do when turning down this proposal will make her an outcast and leave her all alone.
Linc is a sorta-new student when he spots Wyn. He instantly recognizes her as his soul-mate and vows to do whatever he can to get to know her and make her his. Even when Wyn’s background is brought up, Linc will not be deterred.
When a lucky moment in the guidance counselor’s office aligns Linc and Wyn, Linc makes his move, well moves. Obviously Wyn is hesitant to even know Linc, anyone not a gypsy is looked down upon in her family and thus she has not a single friend at her school. Linc doesn’t let anything stop him, even when he finds out Wyn is promised to another, Linc will take anything and everything from Wyn that he can.
Overall I really enjoyed this story. It was a unique twist to an otherwise contemporary YA/NA romance. Both Wyn and Linc were admirable characters with goals, plans and a strong devotion to family. I enjoyed reading about the struggles these two faced and how each step of the way was a challenge for them, but in the end, they fought for what was really important, one another.