Promises to Keep

Promises to Keep By the book Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse and unpredictable Agent Luke Ludzecky go under cover in a high school which has been flagged by their School Threat Assessment Team as having the potent

  • Title: Promises to Keep
  • Author: Kathryn Shay
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  • Page: 197
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  • By the book Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse and unpredictable Agent Luke Ludzecky go under cover in a high school which has been flagged by their School Threat Assessment Team as having the potential for violence They expect their differences will cause them conflict What they don t expect are the two women who blow their careful plan apart Suzanna Quinn is the prinBy the book Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse and unpredictable Agent Luke Ludzecky go under cover in a high school which has been flagged by their School Threat Assessment Team as having the potential for violence They expect their differences will cause them conflict What they don t expect are the two women who blow their careful plan apart Suzanna Quinn is the principal and hates being attracted to the new school psychologist Worse, thirty year old Social Studies teacher Kelsey Cunningham is horrified by her feelings for Luke, her new student But the very real threat of school violence from than one student forces them to work together and face their feelings for each other Suicide, gang warfare and bullying all play a part as this stunning drama unfolds.

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    About "Kathryn Shay"

    1. Kathryn Shay

      Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer At fifteen, she penned her first romance, a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists and with one hardheaded editor in particular Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring down another path Fully intending to pursue her dream of big city lights and success in the literary world, Kathryn took every creative writing class available at the small private women s college she attended in upstate New York Instead, other dreams took precedence She met and subsequently married a wonderful guy who d attended a neighboring school, then completed her practice teaching, a requirement for the education degree she never intended to use But says Kathryn, I fell in love with teaching the first day I was up in front of a class, and knew I was meant to do that Kathryn went on to build a successful career in the New York state school system, thoroughly enjoying her work with adolescents But by the early 1990s, she d again made room in her life for writing It was then that she submitted her first manuscript to publishers and agents Despite enduring two years of rejections, she persevered And on a snowy December afternoon in 1994, Kathryn Shay sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance Since that first sale, Kathryn has written twenty one books for Harlequin, nine mainstream contemporary romances for the Berkley Publishing Group, and two online novellas, which Berkley then published in traditional print format.Kathryn has become known for her powerful characterizations readers say they feel they know the people in her books and her heart wrenching, emotional writing her favorite comments are that fans cried while reading her books or stayed up late to finish them In testament to her skill, the author has won five RT BookClub Magazine Reviewers Choice Awards, three Holt Medallions, two Desert Quill Awards, the Golden Leaf Award, and several online accolades Even in light of her writing success, that initial love of teaching never wavered for Kathryn She finished out her teaching career in 2004, retiring from the same school where her career began These days, she lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children My life is very full, she reports, but very happy I consider myself fortunate to have been able to pursue and achieve my dreams.

    604 thoughts on “Promises to Keep”

    1. Where have I been??? Engrossed in this Secret Service assignment with Agents Joe & Luke. Sadly, their assignment VERY real playing out in headlines across the Nationhool violence. If only there were a way to NEVER have to hear of such the violence ever again!!!


    2. Loved this book - and i've just read it for the third time. It's one of my favorite Kathryn Shay books, and certainly a keeper!!



    3. Kathryn Shay writes very solid stories - generally pitting a liberal (e.g.) schoolteacher against a more hard-line cop/councillor etc. It's a simple structure with the romance developing even as the lovers' values clash - but Shay works it consistently well.


    4. I enjoyed the book. The writing is very agreeable and the pace agileLoved the cover! In fact it was what caught my eye at first. But the plot caught me since the beginning.


    5. I found this story has a very applicable plot for this day and age, and I was very interested in reading how schools handle the current situations in conjunction with the Secret Service departments. I really appreciated the research the author did in detailing this story of a school where there were a number of students who were "at risk". I think the author did a great job in keeping this story moving to an interesting end in relation to the school at risk. However, I really found it unbelievab [...]


    6. There is three different stories going down simultaneously in this book. There is a LOT of plot and character development, there could be a series of books set in the few months that Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse is implementing his new safe school program with the help of his fellow (very young looking undercover) agent, Luke Ludzecky. They become friends and more with the Principal Suzanna Quinn and the Social Studies teacher Kelsey Cunningham, although some people try to be more profess [...]


    7. I obtained this free e-book from and I am voluntarily writing a review. I have never read a Kathryn Shay book that I did not fall in love with and this is no exception. Her Characters are so real and the situations she writes about are in sync with what is happening in the news now. Suzanna is a widow with a son that is a Senior in the high school she is a principal at. Her school has been targeted by the Secret Service National School Threat Assessment Center due to a recent popular student's [...]


    8. Not only is this book riveting but it touches on subjects that are prominent in teenage society, especially teen depression, bullying and suicide. The characters of Joe, Suzanne, Kelsey and Luke are very strong and decisive, with huge emphasis on truth and mateship within a school environment. The implementation of such a division like STAT is not only a genius idea but also needed unfortunately. Kids today have so many stressors to overcome and can lead to so much tragedy.


    9. The storyline was really great. I love a secret service/spy novel. But there was too much crude innuendos and language and suggestive content for me to enjoy it. I left it and went back to it and left it again. And then it was automatically returned to the library from my kindle and I am not going to look it up again.


    10. With a similar setting to Cop of the Year, I equally liked Promises to Keep and am thinking I might have to continue reading this series. As always, Kathryn Shay generally delivers what I want from an author writing about realistic situations, and this was no different.


    11. It could have been five stars It could have been five stars. I would have given it five stars because I really enjoyed the story but I didn't appreciate all the sexual content. Rated R


    12. Could have been written betterThe story felt towards the end. It could have been cut short to end with a happy note. Few descriptions were endless


    13. It was ok for me. I couldnt get over the romance between the teacger and the 'student'. The fact that she lusted after him when she thought he was a young boy just put me off the whole story



    14. This was a thoroughly entertaining read, well-researched, well-written. Susanna is a high school principal. When the superintendent of her school informs her two Secret Service agents are going undercover, posing as a counselor and student respectively, she isn't happy. Joe's niece was killed in a school shooting so he's made it his life's goal to prevent the same thing from happening in other schools. He's part of a special group who study schools, assessing them for risks of violence and poten [...]


    15. 420p By-the-book Secret Service Agent Joe Stonehouse and unpredictable Agent Luke Ludzecky go under cover in a high school which has been flagged by their School Threat Assessment Team as having the potential for violence. They expect their differences will cause them conflict. What they don 19t expect are the two women who blow their careful plan apart. Suzanna Quinn is the principal and hates being attracted to the new school psychologist. Worse, thirty year old Social Studies teacher Kelsey C [...]


    16. There are two romances in this story. The first romance being between an older couple, Joe and secret service agent and the highschool principle who I honestly can't remember her name because she was about that interesting. This romance was predictable and entirely too perfect. The son being understanding and having no problems at all with his mom's new boyfriend? Not beliveable. But it was good and I love the thought of a widow getting a second chance at love with a hot, mature man. The 2nd rom [...]


    17. FascinatingSusanna Quinn is the principal of a high school that was flagged by a secret service program. In comes Joe Stonehouse to go undercover as a counselor. He also brings Luke Ludzecky with him to go undercover as a student. She can't tell anyone they are there. This goes against everything she believes in. While Joe & Suzanna meet to implement programs to help the kids, Luke is getting in with the wrong kids. The only problem is teacher Kelsey Cunningham is good looking and Luke is ha [...]


    18. It had to stopAs I write this review, another school incident is on this evening's news. Fortunately the loss of more young lives was avoided by negotiations with the troubled youth holding his teacher and twenty-eight fellow students hostage and some highly trained officials. Maybe if such secret service operations as in this story are a reality in today's schools, these heartbreaking occurrences can be reduced.I will leave the review of the actual story to others and just write about my reacti [...]


    19. Well done, originally completed in 2002. This is the story of two Secret Service agents who travel to schools undercover to assess and prevent school violence from happening. These two agents, Joe and Luke, do not know what hit them when they meet the principal and a beautiful young teacher.The story unwinds slowly but rings true, dealing with high school suicide, groups and cliques, bullying and teenage sex. Shay strikes a gong or two about liberal teachers, gun rights and First Amendment right [...]


    20. I had my doubts about 2 heroes and 2 heroines, but it turned out to be a rather heartwarming and exciting read. I loved the concept of an adult being undercover in a school and how the ramifications affected so many people. Luke was a very likable character and I like how he was able to learn from a previous mistake and earn respect of his co-worker, Joe. Joe's backstory was sad but not overdone and I like how it impacted his life and personality but he was able to overcome it. And than both Suz [...]


    21. A very hot topic in the times we are living in now. Suzanna has been introduced by her superintendent that a new crisis counselor will be added to her school. She later finds out he is an undercover officer trying to stop a columbine type of situation. In this book its not one but two stories happening. Suzanna best friend and one of her teacher starts being attracted to a new student luke who happens to be an undercover cop. Not a bad storyline but I feel with Shay's books( this being my second [...]


    22. TimelyKathryn Shay's books are timely, informative and loving. I always enjoy her books. Promises to Keep, tackles the subject of school violence, what we as adults and as educators can do to watch for and hopefully percent violence in the schools. We also see two wonderful love stories in this book. We experience how it is possible for two people to fall in love while working closely together and the obstacles they meet. Highly recommended if you like to read stories set in a high school settin [...]


    23. I spent several years working in a school, most rewarding time of my life. I very much enjoyed this book, felt the 'reality' of it in the telling. The romance was full of angst, frustration and the all too well known 'shit happens' parts. Always like happy endings, even if a little predictable, but I can't hold that against Ms. Shay. Learning how to get through to teenagers is very hard, equally as hard as getting through to so many adults. I admire the story line of this book and the obvious re [...]


    24. Promises to KeepRealistic as to what is happening in schools todaytely scary for all of us. As teachers, these characters are right on targetdication and a love of children, keep them motivated to keep their students safe. The Secret Service in high schools? What's going on in this world? The for main characters, all linked romantically, are all heroes in my book. This was a very enjoyable read.


    25. Enjoyed this bookThis is my first book by this author and I've already downloaded another one because I enjoyed this one so much.I think the story moved too slow and that's the reason it wasn't a 5 star.This book is a real standout in the romance genre as it has two love stories and brings to light some problems that are very relevant in today's society; things that need to be spotlighted in our schools.


    26. A plot plucked from the headlines--the Secret Services goes undercover at a school with significant risk factors for school violence. I liked the two romances, but the one in which feelings developed between the couple while the teacher still thought the "boy" she was attracted to was a high school student was more emotional.


    27. Undercover secret service agents fighting violence in schools while finding lasting happinessMs. Shay brings a by-the-book special agent into an environment with a open-book principal and the sparks begin to fly. The material is handled in an informative manner without disrupting the story.


    28. Promises to Keep - (Joe and Suzanna) H.S. violence is overcome , S.S. looses 2 agents who retireA high-school principal resents the new Crisis Counselor assigned to her school. But Joe Stonehouse is really an undercover Secret Service Agent. Will the truth temper the attraction that threatens to set them both on fire?


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