Marine's Promise - Elle James

Marine's Promise

By Elle James

  • Release Date: 2019-11-19
  • Genre: Military
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 27 Ratings)


US Marine, Colin McKinnon, fell in love with Emily in high school, but when he elected to join the Marine Corps, Emily chose to marry Colin’s best friend, Alex, preferring a safe and secure life. Brokenhearted but resolute, at their wedding, Colin promised Alex he’d take care of Emily if anything ever happened to Alex. 

Though Emily loved Colin more, she married Alex, one of her best friends. She couldn’t abide the heartache of Colin marching into harm’s way. Alex was the safe choice with a career in accounting. When someone runs their car off the road, Alex is killed, and Emily miscarries their baby. In her search for answers to who would want them dead, Emily realizes Alex was into something deeper than simple accounting. Her search for the truth, lands her in danger. Colin, on leave to search for his missing father, remembers his promise to Alex and is set on keeping Emily safe. Together, they unravel the mystery of who wanted Alex dead. In the process, they rediscover the love they never forgot, and uncover another clue in the quest to find Colin’s missing father. 


  • Fantastic characters!

    By Cheryl SDS
    This is book 3 in the Iron Horse Legacy series and it features Emily and Colin. When they were younger, Emily, Colin and Alex had been the three musketeers. Emily ended up marrying Alex because he was the safer choice since Colin had joined the Marines. Ten years later, Alex is dead and someone is after Emily. Colin is home on leave, searching for his kidnapped father. These two literally run into each other as Emily is trying to escape certain death. Colin wants to help her and show her why they belong together. Emily seems too headstrong. She doesn’t need anybody because she can take care of herself. She’s so adamant about it that it almost takes away a little of her femininity. The story line is good. The romance was fantastic and the characters were great. Ultimately the reasons for the suspense were confusing and a little weak. It played out great In the end but should have been for stronger, more important reasons.
  • Marine’s Promise

    By Jen G F
    ARC for honest review with no compensation Marine’s Promise is book 3 in the Iron Horse Legacy series by Elle James and while each story is a standalone it has an inner twinning story that continue as a cliffhanger but more clues are arising... Colin, Emily and Alex were known as the Three Musketeers, always together but life took Colin McKinnon to the Military and away from the girl he fell in love with, Emily and Alex Tremont to the altar. With Alex asking Colin to watch over Emily should anything ever happen to him. Little do they know that life, circumstances and fate will play a large part in their lives later down the 10 yrs later...Alex is murdered, Emily loses her baby and Colin is back home searching for his missing father...but there is more here than meets the eye... Murder, secrets, mystery, threats, hope for finding the Senior McKinnon and second chances at a HEA...can’t wait for the next book!
  • Choosing Love

    By Agent$$$$
    Colin, Alex, and Emily were best friends in high school. They did EVERYTHING together. When Colin decided to follow in the footsteps of his brothers and enlist, he stepped aside and watched as Alex and Emily married. Emily didn’t marry for love, she married for stability. She lost her dad to death while enlisted and vowed to never love a man who chose military over love. After sharing a secret kiss with Colin before deployment, Emily knew Colin was “the one”. She was just too scared to admit it. Fast forward.....Emily’s husband, Alex, falls in with a bad crowd. Alex secretly skimmed money out of several of his clients accounts to pay for fertility treatments. He and their unborn child are killed and someone is still after Emily. Colin is on leave from the Marines to help his family search for his missing father. When he finds out Emily’s life is in jeopardy, he takes it upon himself to protect her. He believes his dad's disappearance and Alex’s murder are somehow connected. And protecting Emily will allow him the time he needs to prove to Emily they’re meant to be. The only frustrating part of this story is, I still don’t know what happened to McKinnon’s father. I need the next novel ASAP! Otherwise, it’s a well written, action packed, emotional story. Hot topics of fertility struggles and the costs of treatments are very realistic. It was also ironic how Emily’s fear kept her from choosing love. She chose Alex because he wasn’t enlisting, yet he’s the one who dies. Life is NOT guaranteed! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.