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Promises - Promises Keep Paperback – 25 Jul 2008
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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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He commits sexual battery on his wife every single night, and it's a wonder how the woman is able to walk after being smacked in her private parts all night long, every single night. As one reviewer puts it, the books by Ms McCarty have the same storyline except that the names of the protagonists are different. In this one, the dialogue is awkward; there's no flow and the action is sometimes unbelievable. First of, Cougar is law enforcement, and yet, he didn't realize that the woman was under the influence of something when he first saw her. He's a womanizer who asks for pointers "on how to" with a woman. It is to believe that small and diminutive (emphasis on how small she really was) Mara was able to sneak on Cougar; tie him down and rape him in a quid pro quo kind of retaliation. It was the author feeble attempt to whitewash the fact that Cougar had raped Mara and make him more sympathetic, but the action fell flat on his face. This you rape me; I rape you too, so now we're even doesn't work. It is silly! It is a slap in the face to all the people who have been raped. Rape is a crime and not a joke, and yet, there it is being treated so lightly like you know, little man have been known to kill giants, so why not have the rape victim rape her rapist. Please! Then again, this woman was raped so brutally that she bled profusely when she left the whorehouse. I would say that I don't know how a raped person is supposed to act, but this woman left my head shaking. This woman is to be pitied, for according, to her spouse she like being brutalized for make no mistake about it; she is being brutalized by someone who pretends to love her.
When some drunk touched his wife in a bar, to show his manhood, he took his wife so brutally that right afterwards, she miscarried. All throughout the brutal aggression that Cougar called love-making; his only purpose was that the whole village heard his wife scream loud enough so they would know that the woman was his property. Sick!
The story lacks originality, but, for the fact that this "cougar" was a rapist, a sexual batterer, and a child murderer. All that was missing were the sex toys that Ms. McCarty's heroes seem to be carrying with them where ever they go.
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.
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.
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.
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!