The Promise

The Promise

by Mariella Starr

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The Promise by Mariella Starr

Darcy Stuart has a reputation for being a rip-snortin', gun-totin', man-hatin' woman and that is fine with her as long as it keeps worthless men off her doorstep. She has a promise to keep, a ranch to run, and a son to raise. She doesn't have time to waste on scoundrels.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks, the defining moment in her life thus far has been the birth of her son. The maternal love she feels for Murphy keeps her going. She has been used and deceived by the men in her life, and she doesn't believe any man is worth sacrificing her hard sought independence. Men's words are cheap and their actions are generally false. She doesn't give a plug nickel for any man who thinks he can seduce or cheat her out of the Circle S.

That is until a man from the past comes back into her life, and she can't shake him. Deep down she's not sure she wants to. He wants her and he won't back down. While her goals are set in stone, Les Brewster seems to be chipping away at her very foundation. He opens her eyes to the powerful lure of sex and passion and melts her resistance under his firm hand and an unfailing determination to win her.

As a young and inexperienced young man, Les had admired his boss's wife from afar. It was an innocent crush and that was as far as it went. She had been incredibly young, innocent and sweet, and he had moved on and away from a temptation that was one-sided. Fifteen years later though, she is a widow and fair game for the pursuing. Except she doesn't want a man in her life, at least not as husband. That sweet peach of girl has turned into a ball-busting rancher who is in desperate need of someone to tame and settle her. He loves her wild spirit and he can see glimpses of the warm-hearted woman he knows is buried under that brittle shell. It's going to take some patience to peel away some layers of hurt and distrust to find the lovely person that is trapped inside a promise she won't break. In the meantime, he needs to discipline a foul mouthed, bad tempered shrew that needs to be reminded of how a lady should behave.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150780972
Publisher: Blushing Books Publications
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 487,035
File size: 316 KB

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The Promise 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad it was a longer book.
Redrabbitt More than 1 year ago
MAKING A DECISION BASED ON PUR LOVE I truly enjoyed this story with its mystery and suspense, strong characters and a mother’s love for her child, one that proves itself over and over again. Darcy Murphy Stuart is strong-willed, determined, loyal, and dangerous if provoked. She has fought for everything she has had in life, and no man is going to take it away from her, she wears split-skirts, is gun toting and can cuss up a storm. Les Brewster returns to the area and buys the neighboring ranch, sparking anger in Darcy. The chemistry between Darcy and Les comes to life on the pages with so many emotions. Their encounters are full of passion whether he is warming her bottom for her mouth and attitude or during the many sizzling but not overly explicit sex scenes. Throw in a mystery of women being raped and murdered and this is a wild ride of excitement and adventure in a wonderful western erotic story of love, loyalty, and passion.
DKT1 More than 1 year ago
Mariella Starr has once again written a great story. Darcy is an independent and determined woman. After losing her husband she focuses her attention on raising her young son and teaching him how to be a successful rancher. What’s most important is that she preserves her son’s claim to the ranch once he becomes of age. Although many have asked for her hand in marriage she knows what their real motives are and declines. That is until Les shows up. This changes everything. Les is a strong, dominant personality. He is a measured man but has his limits to some of Darcy behaviors. He is everything she has ever wanted. He admires her, respects her, and treats her the way a lady should be treated. The man is right but the timing is wrong and Darcy struggles with a way to make it right However, things have a way of working out in the most unexpected ways. I loved everything about this book. The characters are well developed. The plot is well crafted and keeps you turning the page to find out what will happen next. Another great read by Ms. Starr
_SH More than 1 year ago
Absolutely brilliant! I am so not surprised! Another fantastic well written story with a plot you can sink your teeth into. Memorable characters, danger, suspense, romance, some steam and length combine for the perfect read!! Seriously.
MarybethR More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. Darcy is a strong woman who has raised her son on her own since he was 8 and runs a large ranch. While her son Murphy is away on a cattle drive, she meets Les again. Les is determined to have her and to make her into a lady again. There are lots of trials and tribulations along the way, but Darcy gets thru them all to manage a HEA. This was a wonderful book! It was a long story, which I enjoy. Darcy is an independent person and her relationship with Les is a strong one. I highly recommend this book and I give it 5 stars.