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Tomorrow's Lies (Promises Book 1) by [Grey, S.R.]
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Top 100 Best Seller in Coming of Age Fiction and New Adult Romance

When today's promises become tomorrow's lies, how can you believe in anything . . . or anyone?

Jaynie Cumberland has no idea how to trust again, so she's given up on trying. Dumped in to the state foster care system at age fourteen, Jaynie spent three years treading water, just trying to get by.

Still, Jaynie always knew she was broken in some way. After all, why did her own mother abandon her? And following a harrowing experience at her first foster home, Jaynie's worst fears are confirmed, leaving her feeling worthless and shattered.

Now Jaynie counts the days till she turns eighteen and can go out on her own. All she wants is to be free of everyone and everything. But before that can happen, she must make it through the next few months at one final foster home. There Jaynie meets a gorgeous, albeit rough-around-the-edges, boy who is dealing with the repercussions of his own turbulent past.

Flynn O'Neill is immediately taken with this new, fragile girl. He becomes determined to show Jaynie there is more to life than hurt and pain. Unfortunately, this new home they live in, one that promised to be a haven for unwanted kids, is more like a living hell.

So what do you do when you're trapped and there's no way out?

What if you fall in love and protecting the other person becomes the most important thing in your life?

What if something unthinkable happens, testing your love, and the stakes are raised higher than ever? Will you come out unscathed? Can today's promises be kept? Or will they simply become more of tomorrow's lies?

Tomorrow's Lies is a beautiful story of an all-consuming love and broken people building a family out of nothing. It's about never giving up, even in the face of adversity.

*mature content and possible triggers*

New Adult/Coming of Age Romance

***2016 RWA RITA entry***

NO cliffhanger!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5491 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: S.R. Grey Publications (27 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book by Grey. 29 October 2015
By T. Zautner - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
“The state can call me anything they want, but the truth is I am one of the unwanted, the discarded. Another kid in the system, another cog in a broken wheel.”

No truer words have been used to describe the millions of kids in the system. S.R. Grey's newest book tackles the underbelly of the foster care system, the damages of sexual/physical/mental abuse, and the ability to learn to trust, heal and love again. She takes us through an eye opening and emotional journey that runs bone deep. One that portrays a myriad of innocent children fractured by the hands of life blended perfectly with pure love. TL is not for the faint of heart. Grey doesn’t hold back when it comes to the brutality these children endure. Do know that these scenes may be very descriptive.

As the author has stated, yes, this is a fictional story but it is also a very real issue. And as someone who is quite acquainted with the system, there is more truth than fiction to Tomorrow’s Lies.

This heart wrenching tale is one that’s very near and dear to my heart. Mandy, Flynn, Jaynie, Cody, and Callie haven’t lived anywhere close to a fairy tale life. Their past and present are what nightmares are made of. And their chances at finding anything resembling healthy definitely doesn’t come with any kind of ease; instead, it comes at extremely high prices.

I fell in love with these kids the moment I met them. They were damaged, shattered to the core, a vulnerable shell of emptiness. By the end though, you won’t view them as victims, but as true survivors and heroes. They will own a special place in your heart; they did mine. I adored them so much, I can’t even bring myself to think of them as characters in a book, they are more than that, they were very much real.

“In this house, the monsters are not in the closet. They exist outside of it.”

The family, deep attachments, loyalty, and affection that was built behind those gates of hell was so stunning. Their downright need for one another anchored this unconventional group, giving them a solidification they have never felt before. Together they offered one another a sense of hope; a feeling of worthiness. The way these five blended together to make a tragic and heart wrenching situation manageable is inspirational. Their caregiver abused the crap out of them (that’s putting it mildly) and the system was so full their social workers abandoned them. These children were left to horrendous conditions and denied the most basic needs. To say it was an atrocity and an injustice is an understatement. Everything surrounding them felt pretty much impossible to see beyond, yet they pushed forward, giving selflessly and overcoming the battles heaved on them.

Mandy, Flynn, Jaynie, Cody, and Callie were a force to be reckoned with, even with being broken and scarred in some of the worst ways. Their stories enough to make your skin crawl. Yet, they were the best kind of protagonists. Their hearts, while not whole, were gentle and filled with an abundance of light and compassion. They were courageous in ways most will never know or need to be. It won't take long for you to see they'd encounter the real meaning of purgatory in their short lives.

“The horrors of life are not always wrapped up in neat little packages. The bad things get intermixed with the good things sometimes, because it’s the good and the bad that makes us who we are.”

Grey’s writing of these characters was poignant and beautiful. It was gritty and it was intense, packing a punch. Each scenario, each emotion, each interaction was tangible and thought provoking. She nailed all of these with such precision. Their pain and anguish, their resilience, their faith, optimism and love evoked vivid and strong emotions.

Even with the topics at hand, I would categorize Tomorrow’s Lies as low angst. The angst didn’t surround the typical lack of communication or the push and pull of our main protagonists. Instead, it came from the outside world, forcing them to explore it together as a family unit. I loved that Susie left out the contrived drama between Flynn and Jaynie. This alone made me love this book so much more. It really showcased how much these two affected each other, allowing us to see deeper inside them. And really their pasts and presents were more than enough to handle without throwing in the unneeded.

I was rather impressed with the amount of attention and detail brought to the table. The steadiness and development with which the plot line and connections were built progressed at a relatable and believable pace. There were a few spots I wanted the author to delve a bit more, but overall there was plenty of rich depth that had me engaged and invested .

Thank you, S.R. Grey, for pouring your heart into a subject that most people turn a blind eye to and doing it justice.

When it comes to her NA books, I am a huge fan of S.R. Grey’s writing. Her characters always end up becoming some of my favorites; they truly move me in ways other characters can’t. Tomorrow's Lies comes as a high recommendation from me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving, intense and beautiful Love Story 27 February 2016
By Léatitia Brière - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Firstly I give 5 stars because I really enjoyed reading this story and discovering these two main characters. Flynn and Jaynie seemed to be so real, so not fictionnal. It was so easy to get to know them through each other's eyes. Understand the almost not understandable. Their voices were strong and moving and I found it was hard not to think about them when I had to close the book.

Something I also liked about this book is the depth of the topics brought to life in this heart breaking and great love story. Sometimes I thought I was reading a YA contemporary romance but beacause these characters were so broken and in need to be fixed, I realized I was in so much more than just a YA or New Adult novel. It truly is a Coming of Age book, the kind that gives the right definition to this genre. S.R Grey got it right by sometimes being both raw and sweet. It needed to be this way : without make up or lies. It was intense, like nothing else I read before.

Because thanks to this novel, you can see how ugly and unfair life can be, you can also get how beautiful, lively and lovely it has to become. Tomorrow's Lies tells a story of fighting demons and getting saved and healed by the one and only. I was moved by the evolution of Jaynie and Flynn's relationship and I adored them together so much. But I also adored the others characters and how everyone and everything have a powerful meaning. In the end, it was also about family and friendship.

I'm happy to know there is going to be a sequel! And I really hope everyone gets to discover Tomorrow's Lies : you'll love the amazing and beautiful writing, you'll feel so much and you'll definitly spend an unforgettable trip by reading this new novel by S.R. Grey.

Happy reading!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new home Jaynie is placed in has a wonderful reputation and though everything appears to be fine 4 January 2016
By RoloPoloBookBlog - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Tomorrow’s Lies by S.R. Grey
Book #1: Promises Series
Source: ARC from author
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Review:

I finished this book in a single sitting, walked out of my bedroom at 12:30 in the morning, looked at my husband and said, “Well that was a soul-crushing read.” In short, a very typical S.R. Grey read 

Jaynie Cumberland sees herself as a victim, a girl broken by a monster. Her seriously selfish mother abandoned her to the foster care system in which she was raped repeatedly while the state spent six weeks getting the paperwork in order to have her removed from the home. Never, ever would she have imagined that the awful is only just beginning for her. The new home Jaynie is placed in has a wonderful reputation and though everything appears to be fine, appearances are often deceptive. Jaynie’s new home is far from fine and she quickly figures out she is a prisoner in what amounts to a labor camp. The days are long, the work is demanding, and if the daily quotas aren’t met then food is withheld.

Flynn O’Neill has been in the house of horrors for far longer than Jaynie and has learned how to work the system to the best of his abilities. He swipes extra nutrition bars where he can, he does most of the heavy lifting for the girls and smaller kids, he has discovered a place of solitude he rarely shares with others, and he has an escape plan should the situation ever get too hairy. He is friends with Mandy and co-care-taker of the young twins, but Jaynie is a cat of a different color. From the moment Flynn sees Jaynie his life is changed. Flynn is just as damaged as Jaynie and recognizes her hurt but he also sees something more, a survivor. Despite what he has been through, Flynn is patient and kind and knows, without doubt or reservation that Jaynie is worth the wait.

As their days pass by, the older of the three (Mandy, Jaynie, and Flynn) do their best to help the twins and each other to survive the ever-increasing abuse. When Mandy is kicked out just days before her 18th birthday, the only stability the group has known is gone and Flynn and Jaynie become the object of their jailor’s hatred. Though they intended to leave on their respective eighteenth birthdays, the situation becomes so dire that Jaynie and Flynn put their emergency escape plan into action. After insuring Jaynie’s escape, Flynn has every intention of following her to both freedom and safety until the moment his life becomes a whole new level of hell and he is forced to give up Jaynie.

The Bottom Line: S.R. Grey has the unique ability to make me totally OK with soul-crushing angsty, awfulness. From the very beginning, this read is filled with what I am hoping are extreme and totally fictional situations. What these KIDS - and they are kids – have to deal with and overcome is beyond horrifying and a testament to their will to survive. One of the things I like most about S.R. Grey’s books, this one included, is her ability to overwhelm the reader with the bad and then, just when you think you can’t take anymore, there is a brilliant bright spot of joy and happiness. There are some truly beautiful moments in this read but they are few and far between and totally worth the wait. Other than the completely wretched, they had better rot in hell characters I am supposed to hate, I liked everyone for a variety of reasons. Though each of the good characters shares a terrible background as a foster kid, they aren’t defined by this background. Each character is an individual with his or her own story that is wrapped up by the end of the read. As is typical with Grey’s reads, this story does not have a cliffhanger but it also isn’t the end of the road.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ****4 Heartbreaking Stars**** 23 November 2015
By Dee Montoya - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Heartbreakingly beautiful story about a couple who found love in a dark place... Not an easy read but so worth it!!!

Jaynie Cumberland has gone through a very tough childhood. Her mom abandoned her and Jaynie was forced into the foster care system at a young age. She carries a lot of insecurities, after being left behind by every person she's ever loved.

After being hurt yet again, Jaynie feels completely broken and now her only hope is counting down the days until she turns eighteen so she can finally escape the system that's failed her so many times, and start a new life. With only a few months before she becomes of age, Jaynie is placed in a new home that is supposed to be a wonderful place for orphans.

The other kids in this new home are wonderful to Jaynie, especially the beautiful guy that keeps lighting up her days with his gorgeous smile. Unfortunately nothing is what it seems and after the social worker leaves her under the care of her new foster mom, she learns her new reality.This new place turns out to be hell for Jaynie and the other kids, they all have to work very hard to earn meals or any other basic privileges. Being exploited on day to day basis, brings these kids closer and they grow protective of each other, forming a family of their own, because even though they all have been through so much pain, they all have so much love to give.

Flynn O'Neill hasn't been lucky in life either. After his mother died his father turned into a monster and shattered everything in Flynn's life. His pain and grief took him to the streets for a life of misery and after getting caught committing a crime, he's placed in foster care. Flynn is very protective of the other kids in the house. Acting as a big brother to them but from the moment he meets Jaynie he knows she's going to be very special to him.

Flynn wants to help Jaynie heal and he makes it his mission to put a smile on her face everyday, even though they live in a horrible place. A beautiful friendship will blossom into a fierce love between Flynn and Jaynie and together they start making plans for a future. But unfortunately, hate and jealousy from those with more power than them will threaten to destroy everything they have been fighting for.

From the moment I read the blurb of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. I loved the resilience and beauty of the characters. Jaynie and Flynn fought fiercely for their love and they found a safe haven where only they existed, pushing away all the darkness that threatened to destroy yet again, their most precious things in life, love and family.

All the secondary characters were amazing, bringing a lot of sweetness to the plot and creating the perfect balance between all the sad and happy moments in all of these kids lives. Yes, this is very tough book to read due to all the sensitive subject matter but you'll be mesmerized by the powerful love between all the characters.

I felt satisfied and very hopeful for Jaynie and Flynn at the end of the book and I can't wait to read the next chapter in their story...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a profound and inspirational love story... 5 November 2015
By Bianca - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
“If someday you fly away Jaynie-bird, can I go with you?”

Jaynie Cumberland has been in the foster care system since her early teens. She’s never been wanted. Not until she meets Flynn O’Neill, who is also no stranger to the same foster care system. They both share a past of pain and loneliness. Jaynie is very resistant to get close to Flynn in any way. But slowly, she lets down her walls and Flynn becomes her solace. The bright star in the only dark sky she’s ever known. And Flynn? He’s forever haunted by his past. He merely exists, waiting for the day until he turns eighteen to escape. But Jaynie? She changes things.

“Flynn is quickly becoming my brightest star, one that manages to be seen even on the cloudiest of nights.”

We are taken on a journey with two broken people that don’t know love. But easily recognize it in the other. Their story is heartbreaking, yet inspirational. Overwhelming, yet breathtaking. This goes beyond the cliche characters with a past. It goes deeper. Jaynie and Flynn face a life of hardship that no person should go through. They bear a cross that no one should endure. But they find hope in each other. But what happens when that hope is tested? When choices are to be made? And the promises are challenged? You simply love deeper.

“I promise you, Jaynie Cumberland, I will never forget you. You are burned in my soul.”

The writing is so real. Raw in it’s delivery. Emotional with it’s words. You have not read this story before. The author realistically tackles some heavy emotional subjects here. She also exposes the reader to things not usually discussed in books, but is so very relevant to today’s world. You do so much more than read this story. You live and breathe it. The author easily places the characters inside your heart as you experience their highs and lows. Their trials as well as their triumphs. This beautiful and thought provoking story is so much more than I could ever put into words.

“You were always the brightness, Jayne. You made my world alive.”

Tomorrow’s Lies is a true testament to the power and resiliency of the human spirit. Flynn and Jaynie have never experienced what it is to love or be loved. But they effortlessly found it each other. They loved loudly. Fiercely. Their love transcends. It’s profound. Their love knows no end. Their love faced an adversity that many would not survive. But their love simply endured.

“Nothing in this world could ever stop me from loving you. We’re forever, you and me.”

Jaynie and Flynn found love in the darkest place. Where love does not go. Where love doesn’t exist. Despite their past and everything they’ve faced, they love from the very depths of their soul. I leave out the plot of this story as it must be experienced by the reader. You are never told of their love. You simply feel it. Their souls are tethered. Their lives forever changed. Tomorrow’s Lies is a touching and heartfelt story about love and hope. About choosing love over the darkness of the world. Although scarred, the hearts of Jaynie and Flynn are so pure. Their love unyielding. They love with courage, and with a confidence that is felt from their very being. I cannot wait to see where their story takes us next.