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Peek Inside Sam’s Promise

Julie Rose might be the best waitress in Blackwater, but she has more thorns than a damn porcupine. So why can't Sam Jennings stop thinking about her long legs and sassy mouth?

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Sam Jennings has come home for Thanksgiving to find the family business on the brink of bankruptcy and his mother fighting for her life. As he sets out to put things right with the business, The Blackwater Restaurant, he runs into his first snag—in the form of a curvy brunette. Julie Rose might be the best waitress in Blackwater, but she has more thorns than a damn porcupine. So why can't Sam stop thinking about her long legs and sassy mouth?

Julie isn't about to get mixed up with her boss's son. He might be tall, dark, and handsome, but he's way too arrogant and not at all her type. Sam is as hard as steel and just about as cuddly as a bear. Besides, between her business classes and waitressing, Julie has very little energy left over for playtime. Too bad her libido hasn't gotten the memo.

Each novella in the Blackwater Series is a standalone story and can be enjoyed in any order.
Book 1: Sam’s Promise
Book 2: Vance’s Rules
Book 3: Breaking Brodix
Book 4: Reilly’s Wildcard
Book 5: River’s Redemption

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640632691
Series: Blackwater, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 90
Imprint: scorched
Genre: erotic romance
Tropes: boss and employee

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By Auntee December 20, 2011

Hot, sexy, and sweet! Sam's Promise: Blackwater, Book 1 sets the stage for what looks to be a nice long series about the 5 hunky Jennings brothers. Carpenter/handy-man Sam (the oldest) and his four brothers (brainiac businessman Brodix (yeah, I said Brodix), construction company owner Vance, and you ...more

By Becky December 11, 2011

I loved this book and Ms. Rainey’s style of setting up a story, then following through with intertwining plotlines that mesh smoothly. Her characters are men and women to fall in love with: five tall, muscular, alpha brothers who make “family first” their life motto and the women they care about. I ...more

By MelissaB December 24, 2011

** 3 1/2 stars **

Sweet little story but needed more to it, the ending was too abrupt. ...more

By Tammy April 26, 2012

This is the first book that I have read from this author and I can tell you I will be searching out more of her books.

The book was so sweet and it didn’t hurt that Sam was amazingly HOT and so very nice. Also, Julie was such a nice girl and beautiful inside and out.

Sam and Julie are great character ...more

By JoAnne August 07, 2012

I'm thrilled there are so many Jennings brothers in this first must mean they'll be lots more tales to tell from the Blackwater series. I devoured Sam's Promise quicker than a five guys burger; his talented hands, patience and hot bod had me drooling to the point where I was concerned my e ...more

By Christina February 13, 2012

Wowzers! What a great little book! This is the first book I have read from this author and I can sure tell you I will be searching out more! The book was just lovely and sweet. Sam was amazingly HOT and so very nice. Also Julie was such a great heroin...such a nice girl and beautiful and not at all ...more

By Judy & Marianne from April 21, 2012

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This Thanksgiving dinner is one for the record books.

I know when I open a book by Anne Rainey, I'm in for a treat. Sam's Promise doesn't disappoint. The writing flows and had me from page one. I became invested in the characters and thoug ...more

By Jenn August 15, 2012

This book was free though Smasword and I was drawn in pretty quick. Sam is screaming ALPHA male, he is drawn to Julie the waitress working at his mother diner.They have some pretty steaming sex in the book. This was a pretty quick read of about 93 pages on my Nook. I will finish this series can;t wa ...more

By Pamela December 03, 2011

Review courtesy of Romance Junkies: ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews December 10, 2011

Review to post 12/13 ...more

By Chrisabel September 07, 2012

So good. Really enjoyed this read cant wait to read about all the brothers. This was my 1st read from this author and not my last. ...more

By Moran December 14, 2011

I really enjoyed the story and I just wish it was longer :(

I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series!! ...more

By Smut Junkie March 07, 2012

Cute and quick story. I HATED how it ended - it just left me wanting MORE MORE MORE! Very likeable characters and the romance was pretty good. Would like to read about the other brothers.... ...more

By Tina April 14, 2018

Sam’s Promise by Anne Rainey is the first book in the Blackwater series. This is a great start to what promises to be an intense and angsty series. I adored this one and want more from the series in the future.
Sam is the oldest, jack of all trades brother. Shier than his other brothers. He hangs bac ...more

By Gabriela February 24, 2020

Cute story, re-read for me. Recommend it if you need a short and sweet story. ...more

By AnnaBanana July 29, 2016

I think I’ve fallen in love with this family! Seriously, these men are HOT!!! This was a great book and just what I needed at the time I read it. Perfect quick, sexy read for you summer readers. I’ve read Anne’s books before but they were only ever good for me, this book however, is fan-freaking-tas ...more

By Cocktails and Books February 02, 2014

3.5 Cocktails

Sam's Promise is the first book in the Blackwater series. A series that will follow all five of the Jennings brothers. Sam and his brothers always have Thanksgiving at their adoptive mom's house. This year their mother, Wanda, has invited a special guest. Julie Rose, her employee, frien ...more

By Stephanie April 24, 2016

So we meet the Jennings brothers! This book is about the older one, Sam. Thanksgiving is different this year in the Jennings house. A new person arrives. Julie Rose. Who captivated Sam heart from the very first instant and viceversa. Wanda, Sam's mom, serves as the matchmaker and the union between a ...more

By Mspink August 21, 2013

Only 4 stars just because I wish it was longer!

Nice start to a sexy series. Love these stories about alpha brothers finding their "one" and loving them to death! Alpha men who have come through tough circumstances and beaten the odds. Men who love each other and their mom and who cherish the female ...more

By Michelle February 05, 2014

This was awesome, perfect, stellar writing, super hot, super alpha and super sweet! I didn't want it to end... Not yet... Not there! I needed more, but otherwise, I loved every minute! I loved that the guy fell first and wasn't too chicken to go for it and the girl was smart and sassy, even though s ...more

By Amanda April 11, 2012

3 1/2 stars. I really liked this sexy contemporary romance. So far Anne Rainey has not led me wrong when it comes to great characters, believe able plots, and hot romance. However, I was unhappy with the ending. I realize that this is going to be a series, but nothing felt very finished and the book ...more

By Debbie August 27, 2013

Good story, a little short but I like the brothers, look forward to reading the rest of their stories. ...more

By Donna May 07, 2013

Good story about the Jennings boys. It was a nice romance between Julie and Sam. Good read ...more

By Sue April 07, 2014

Sometimes you just need a sweet and hot love story, and this book delivered. Loved it! ...more

By Christina November 05, 2017

This is a really good read, only problem the 1st book ended too short....I hope Same & Julie's story is continued on in Vance's story. On to Vance Rules....I really like Anne Rainey. ...more

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Anne Rainey

About the author

Anne Rainey

Anne Rainey creates steamy romance stories with just the right amount of heat. Her books frequent best seller and top pick review lists. Anne is an accomplished author of over thirty titles. Her books can be found in Target stores and other popular online retailers. Canada’s largest newspaper, The Toronto Star, recommends Anne’s books as an alternative read to Fifty Shades of Grey. Anne actively markets her work and sells an average of 133,000+ print and digital copies per year. Anne grew up in a small town in central Ohio the only girl with three rowdy, older brothers. When she wasn’t playing tackle football with them she could be found tucked away in her mother’s book room getting lost in mysterious worlds created by authors such as Martha Grimes and Andrew M. Greeley. She’s had a variety of odd jobs including Chiropractic Assistant, Frame Stylist, Restaurant Hostess, and Nail Technician. Anne now lives with her fabulous husband, two gorgeous teenage daughters, two ornery dogs and three snooty cats.

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