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Promises Keep [Paperback]

Sarah McCarty
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18 Feb 2005
Being kidnapped into a bordello has a way of changing a woman's focus. On the day Mara Kincaid escapes the Pleasure Emporium, she vows to start living for herself. Rebuilding her life isn't easy as the town isn't fond of reformed fallen doves, but she's a Kincaid and Kincaids are known for their stubbornness. She's successful right up until the notorious ex-marshal Cougar McKinnely comes into town. As big as a mountain, dark as sin, and wearing a reputation as deadly as the knife strapped to his thigh, McKinnely is a man who knows what he wants. By rights, Mara should be shaking in her shoes when he approaches her. But when the powerful half-breed turns his dark gold eyes on her, it isn't fear that has Mara trembling, but rather an overwhelming desire to be the kind of woman Cougar needs to satisfy his deepest desires.


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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc (18 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419951572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419951572
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!! 2 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
Cougar McKinnely (or C-ooohh-gar as I've dubbed him) is one of the hottest heroes I've had the extreme pleasure to read.
When Mara Kincaid escaped from the bordello she had been sold to, she vowed that she would live her life on her terms regardless of the fact that she is looked down upon by the townspeople who regard her as a fallen woman.
From the moment Cougar saw Mara in the Pleasure Emporium, he knew that he had to make her his. Added to this is his guilt over the way that he became her first lover, even though Mara does not remember.
Mara is unnerved by the way that Cougar keeps popping up wherever she is, determined to protect her. Why is this big, wild man paying so much attention to her?
Ms McCarty has created a wonderful pair in Mara, with her fragile looks, but steely determination, and Cougar, the oh, so tender tough guy (ultra alpha alert here!), who captures her heart. Mmmmm.
We also got the opportunity to pay visit to old friends, Asa, Elizabeth and Clint.
Promises Keep is the second book in Sarah McCarty's Promises series, and if you thought that Asa from Promises Linger was hot, just wait till you meet Cougar. He'll melt the keys right off your computer and reduce you to a puddle of longing.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys Absolutely Rule 17 Jan 2006
By K. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If Sarah McCarty's Promises series doesn't make you want to lay down and beg for a cowboy, nothing will. McCarty's heroes are to die for sexy, intensly sexual and well developed emotionally. Her second book in the Promises series carries on where the first, "Promises Linger, left off with Cougar McKinnely as our hunky man of the moment. We saw him in the first installment, and thank goodness he gets his own story!

Mara Kincaid is sold into virtual slavery to the Pleasure Emporium, a scum-of-the-earth bordello. After surviving an excrutiating and terrifying experience she escapes and wants nothing more than to begin building the respectable life she's always dreamed of. Barely remebering what has happened, she tries to move on by working as a dishwasher in Cheyenne. Doing her best to avoid all interactions with people , especially men, she nevertheless draws attention with her gentle beauty and, unfortunately, her bad reputation. Rumors have a way of creeping in and the townsfolk are only too ready to believe the worst of her. Cougar McKinnely watches Mara from afar, biding his time, waiting for the chance to confront the small spitfire and make her his own. Guilt and his conscience motivate him to watch over her, keeping her safe from any who would harm her, for he alone knows what really happened to her at the Pleasure Emporium. When the opportunity arises, Cougar rescues Mara from an errant cowboy bent on harming her and takes her to his childhood home, the home of the local doctor and his wife. From there begins their whirlwind relationship in which Cougar takes no chances with the independant and willful Mara, doing everything in his power to make her his to cherish, his to love and his to keep.

Cougar was a wonderful man, wanting only the best for his wife. Sometimes his restrictions for Mara made her understandably stir crazy and the two test eachothers limits and patience more than once. After her awful experiences at the Emporium, Mara must learn to trust again. Cougar is more than willing to do all he can to make up to her what she went through. I loved Mara's determination and spirit, the fact that she never backed down to her domineering husband. Cougar definitely had his hands full, and his heart is severely tested towards the end of the book where he must face how to go on when Mara once again comes into danger. If you love Western romances, heck, even if you don't and are new to them, give this series a try. If you're not dreaming of cowboys and wanting one for you're own by the time you're through, well, there may be something wrong with you. The extra good news too is that there are more stories to come after the third book in the series, "Promises Prevail", a fact which has me smiling. Read these books. You won't be sorry!
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story!! 2 Nov 2005
By Dawn Brookes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Cougar McKinnely (or C-ooohh-gar as I've dubbed him) is one of the hottest heroes I've had the extreme pleasure to read.

When Mara Kincaid escaped from the bordello she had been sold to, she vowed that she would live her life on her terms regardless of the fact that she is looked down upon by the townspeople who regard her as a fallen woman.

From the moment Cougar saw Mara in the Pleasure Emporium, he knew that he had to make her his. Added to this is his guilt over the way that he became her first lover, even though Mara does not remember.

Mara is unnerved by the way that Cougar keeps popping up wherever she is, determined to protect her. Why is this big, wild man paying so much attention to her?

Ms McCarty has created a wonderful pair in Mara, with her fragile looks, but steely determination, and Cougar, the oh, so tender tough guy (ultra alpha alert here!), who captures her heart. Mmmmm.

We also got the opportunity to pay visit to old friends, Asa, Elizabeth and Clint.

Promises Keep is the second book in Sarah McCarty's Promises series, and if you thought that Asa from Promises Linger was hot, just wait till you meet Cougar. He'll melt the keys right off your computer and reduce you to a puddle of longing.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotter than the Old West in the deep summer!!!! 23 Mar 2005
By JoyfullyReviewed.com - Published on Amazon.com
In PROMISES KEEP,Sarah McCarty writes a very emotional tale that captures your attention from Page 1. I felt every emotion Cougar and Mara were going through. PROMISES KEEP wrangles you into the old west that was 1869 Wyoming. Cougar and Mara are well fleshed out characters and Cougar is one of those rare heroes, especially for those times. Cougar is willing to do whatever it takes to convince Mara that she is the only woman for him and his forever, sigh. Cougar wants Mara the old fashioned way; he wants to earn it. Mara is an innocent, but she's a fighter and she definitely gives Cougar a run for his money. When Cougar and Mara do get together, you better have the AC on for their passion is as intense as the story itself. Learning to trust herself and trust Cougar is something that Mara must do for these two to once and for all accept that the love that is being given, is true love indeed. The secondary characters in PROMISES KEEP not only add immensely to the story, they play a big part in helping Cougar and Mara find the path of togetherness. We first met Cougar in PROMISES LINGER, the prequel to PROMISES KEEP. We are treated to see what is happening with Asa and Elizabeth from PROMISES LINGER, as well as many others, especially Cougar's friend, Clint. Clint's story, PROMISES PREVAIL, is next in the continuing saga of Sarah McCarty's men of the west and the women who love them.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Cowboy 21 Mar 2007
By msbooklady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ex-Marshall Cougar McKinnley has had problems "performing" ever since the death of his fiance. In desperation he goes to a seedy bordello where anything goes and when the proprietor fails to get things finished, he is sent to a new girl he is guarteed to enjoy. Cougar is immediately turned on by the tiny, but beautiful woman even though she acts strangely. What Cougar doesn't realize is that the girl, Mara, has been drugged because she is there against her will although her body reacts to him. Cougar believes her behavior is play acting and proceeds to have sex with her. When Cougar overhears the abusive proprietors talking he realizes what happened was almost rape and when the abusers are killed while attempting to rape Mara, he rescues her and takes her to his hometown.

Rumors follow Mara to her new hometown and Cougar offers marriage to protect Mara. Having little choice, Mara asks if he will accept a marriage without physical intimacies and Cougar rejects that offer. He advises her he is a man of demanding sexual appetites and it will be all or nothing so she agrees. Mara does not remember who her "rapist" was, but is terrified of all men. Cougar patiently initiates her sexually, but when he starts falling in love with his new bride is terrified she will remember and reject him. Mara realizes her new husband may appear physically intimidating, he is really tall and big with long dark hair and native American features, but he is a gentleman in all ways but the bedroom. There he is very demanding and soon she is enjoying their sexual relationship. Mara fears that her insecurities will ruin her new marriage and now she is falling in love with her new husband.

This story is very sexual and also at times, very sweet. Cougar is the perfect hero, gorgeous and sexy and understanding, sweet and protective. My problem is it kind of has the same formula as the story preceeding it, Promises Linger. The heroines have abusive fathers and bad histories with abusive men and are terrified of men. I just think the author needs to keep things a little original in each story and she will have a better book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but not enough to spend money on it. However, it might be worth buying for those who want a lot of erotic sex. 15 Oct 2008
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
REVIEWER'S OPINION:
I would normally give this story 2 stars, but because the genre is erotic I'm bumping it up to 3 stars for quality within that genre. The sex scenes were above average, but I prefer more story and emotion. A couple of times I wanted the book to be over. Outside of bed, Mara is headstrong and stubborn. In the bedroom, Cougar gives all the orders and Mara is happy to relinquish control and to do as he says. He makes it worth her while from a pleasure standpoint. There is rear door activity. Cougar is a softy around Mara. He loves her more than anything. He is a former marshall and a tough guy toward any man who threatens to hurt Mara.

STORY BRIEF:
Mara's father sold her to a bordello. On her first night there, she is drugged. She is a virgin. The owner of the bordello convinces Cougar that she has the perfect girl for him, and he pays for a night with Mara. As Mara comes out of the drug, she wants to escape, and Cougar helps her. For the next two months, she avoids all men including Cougar while she works as a washer woman. Cougar tries to convince her to marry him. She is against it.

DATA:
Story length: 424 pages. Sexual language: erotic. Number of sex scenes: 13. Total number of sex scene pages: 116. Setting: 1869 Wyoming. Copyright: 2004. Genre: erotic western historical romance.
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