By: Sarah McCarty
Wyoming Territory 1870
Widowed and barren, Jenna sees the newborn left on her doorstep as a priceless gift worthy of any sacrifice. She knows she'll need a husband to keep the baby, but nothing prepares her for the man who offers.
Big and dark, simmering with a deadly intensity, Clint McKinnely could put fear into the devil. He certainly strikes fear into her. But Jenna soon discovers that the man behind the reputation is the one man she longs to trust.
A hard man burned out by the choices he's made, Clint is looking for a reason to go on. He finds one in Jenna Hennessy. Lushly plump, sweet and shy, she calls to him on every level. When it looks as though Jenna might lose the daughter she loves for lack of a husband, Clint steps forward. Having Jenna in his home brings Clint a peace he's never known, but even as he ferrets out the secrets that haunt Jenna's nightmares, Clint keeps his own close to his chest, knowing this marriage is temporary because there are some sins a man can't expect his wife to forgive.
Are you in the mood for a fun, hot, historical western romance? Sarah McCarty can write a heck of a story, but what she does absolutely best is writing amazing western romances. The characters are complex and the stories are always interesting, which is already good...but oh my gosh, the romance is Ah-Mazing! “Promises Prevail” is the third book in her Promises series, but trust me, each book is so unique and fun they definitely do not need to be read in order.
The story starts as Clint McKinley is entering a restaurant ran by Jenna Hennessey, our heroine. He has had an attraction to Jenna for quite some time, but decides to take that attraction to the next level when a young baby is left on the doorstep of Jenna’s home. Being single, alone on the wilderness is hard for any woman, but now with a brand new baby she isn’t about to give up on, Jenna needs help; which she accepts in the form of Clint.
So within the first three or four chapters of the book, our hero and heroine are married, have kids to take care of and are living the kind of story most novels end with. What makes this romance special are the characters. Each is damaged, both having pretty horrible pasts, yet working through their problems and overcoming. You root for these people, you want them to succeed. And isn’t that the best compliment you can give an author, loving her characters as if they were part of your family?
She had sense, along with the incredible strength that allowed her to endure and rebuild when other would have given up. Problem was, she was too often done in by her big heart. (McCarty, 11)“Promises Prevail” is an amazing romance on all levels. Excellent characters and fast paced with just the right amount of will they, won’t they to make you continue reading. Easily one of my favorite romances of the year, I highly recommend this one if you like your romance a little hot and a lot western!
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Date of Publication: September 1, 2005
# of Pages: 377