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Promises Linger By Sarah McCarty 1868 Wyoming Territory Elizabeth Coyote will do anything, anything at all, to save the ranch she loves, including marrying Asa MacIntyre, a broad shouldered, lean hipped silver eyed gunslinger with a ruthless reputation for getting the job done. Asa dreams of a place of his own, a wife, and the respect that comes with both. Marrying Elizabe...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published July 25th 2008 by Ellora's Cave Publishing (first published March 2004)
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Eastofoz
Jul 23, 2009 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of western romance with lots of steam
Was this ever good! The setting was absolutely phenomenal! McCarty writes a western so exceptionally well you'd think she lived during the time and came back to tell everyone about it. And then there’s the sex! Scorcher, scorcher, burns-right-off-the-paper scorcher and ick-free to boot! She has THE best oral sex scene with Elly on the kitchen table that I've ever read! Good god you have to remember to breathe when all is said and done ;)

Asa, the hero with the weird name, is soooooo beautiful in...more
HankLover
5 plus stars!!

Wow! This book was amazing. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! It was everything I could have hoped for. SUPER steamy and erotic (that one scene in the middle nearly killed me, LOL!), but with a deeply satisfying romance you can really sink your teeth into.

The plot was well rounded, with just enough mystery to keep things interesting without overshadowing the romance.

The sex scenes were appropriately placed and with just the right amount of detail (In other words, a LOT...more
jenjn79
I'm not sure I would have gotten around to reading this one if I hadn't picked up the MMP of the 4th book in the series. And I didn't want to read that one until I caught up on the rest of the series. This was a good book, though. I think I may have enjoyed it more if I'd been able to read it in print or on an e-reader instead of sitting at my desk reading on my desktop. This is a hefty ebook at 280 pages and I couldn't seem to get in the mood to sit here reading for hours, despite enjoying the...more
Colleen (NerdyWoman) Kayter
Even if you don't care for historical novels, if you like a good story, you'll love Sarah McCarty's Promises Linger.

The setting and time in history are irrelevant when you have two characters who are each in awe of the other, and who see themselves as completely unworthy of the other person's trust, loyalty, and affection.

What begins as a 'marriage of convenience' becomes a beautiful and sensuous love affair between Asa and Elizabeth. McCarty's narratives and dialog for sexual scenes is graphic,...more
Kathrynn
I did not care for all the arguing, miscommunication, misunderstanding and verbal sparing from the h/h. Asa's character was sweet, very honest and direct. Elizabeth had a lot of emotional (childhood) issues and her character was annoying as I felt those issues dragged out for the entire length of the book. Sometimes I wished she'd just shut her darn mouth!

There were some portions of the writing that did not make sense to me and once again some dialogue was written in a way that it was hard to de...more
Slavena
What a piece of ______. This book is $10 for kindle and $18 for paperback, you’d think that there is something to like about it. First don’t buy it because its historical romance. It is modern day illiterate people in 19th century environment. The entire book is terrible. I read the whole thing because I wanted to get to the part that costs $10 to read, well I finished it and that part isn’t there. Second do not buy it because it is listed as erotica, unless u just like crude words, there is no...more
Julianna
Jun 03, 2013 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Erotic Historical Romance w/a Hero Too Yummy for Words;-)
Recommended to Julianna by: Eastofoz
Reviewed for THC Reviews
While many erotic romance authors seem to fall into the trap of sacrificing story for sex, Sarah McCarty is one of the few who knows how to balance an engaging plot with great character development and scorching hot love scenes to create a beautiful story that's a pleasure to read. It is because of this deft combination that Ms. McCarty has become my current favorite erotic romance author and one of my overall favorite authors too. I had previously read and enjoyed some o...more
Dina
Apr 20, 2009 Dina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dina by: Melissab
Nice and unexpectedly sweet story! I really loved Asa (regardless of his "strange" name, LOL), but Elizabeth grated on my nerves sometimes - not too much to ruin the book for me, but enough to take notice.
Ladiibbug
#1 Promises Historical Erotic Romance series

Good solid plot, I loved Asa, the main M character ... Elizabeth, the main F character was a BITCH, so argumentative that I kept wishing Asa'd kick her outta the house and send her to the barn till she could be nicer to him!

I understand Elizabeth's major issue with being quite competent to run the ranch and make business decisions (in Wyoming Territory, 1868), but since women were not respected or taken seriously at that time, she was continually frust...more
Corrine
While I enjoyed this story, I kind of feel that beyond the sex, there wasn't really anything new or interesting about the plot. It kept me interested enough to finish, but I don't know that I'm interested enough to pick up the next book in the series.

Elizabeth Coyote needs a husband to save her ranch - well, a new husband that is, since the man she was married to for one day turned out to be a thief and a gambler. At the advice of one of her men, she offers her ranch and her obedience to Asa Mac...more
Mitzi
Reread again...really like the 1st 3 books in this series.

Fab Book. Book 1 in Promise Series. The best erotic western novel I've ever read. I've reread this series so many times my books are falling apart!! Edited 1/14/12...This series is now available from Sarah McCarty as "indie" books at $5.99 at Amazon and I'm so happy to have them on my Kindle!!! I'm loving me some Asa...again. What a man!!!
Vallsykes
A daughter of a deceased, renowned and hardened cowboy, with a considerable ranch, walks into a saloon and nearly pistol-whips her husband of about 24hrs. She demands and hustles back the money he stole from her and blatantly renounces him as a husband. Then, knowing she has to make her rejection stick, she boldly proposes to another man, known for his fight and his gun, a man who is considered, by society, unsuitable, a man who can't believe everything he secretly dreamed of is being offered by...more
Kathy
I'm not usually left speechless but, after I picked myself up off the floor, I thought "I can't possibly write a review."

Well, I'll try anyway. Is it hot in here?

Asa is one steamy guy. Whoa. He can call me darlin' any time it so moves him. He's one of those bad boys who are soft on the inside and he sure is possessive with what's his.

Elizabeth annoyed me on occasion but not enough to take off a star. I can't put my finger on what it was because I certainly understood alot of her behavior stemme...more
Allie
After reading all the positive reviews I was looking forward to reading this and at first the first few pages were promising until the hero and "heroine" got together and she opened her mouth. It may be a historical book but her prissy attitude made me want to punch her. There was just something about her I could not stand enough that I couldnt finish the book. She didnt deserve her husband and I dont know how he could stand to deal with her.
Addicted2Luv
Nov 03, 2008 Addicted2Luv rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Erotica Readers
Recommended to Addicted2Luv by: Eastofoz
I buzzed through this one this week end. This was my first book from Elora's Cave and a very hot book. I didn't know if I would enjoy reading erotica, or if I'd be grossed out. It turns out that I enjoyed this, and I'm going to read the next one in the series. The author actually made sex on horseback sound possible as well as fun.
Cherise Sinclair
I learned not to put ratings on books when tired. This is a really good book, especially since there's so few western historicals in the erotic genre. 4.5
Vins
Sep 30, 2014 Vins rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: have
Genre: Western
Standalone/Cliffhanger:; Standalone
Part of a Series/Installment: Yes-BK #1
M/F-M/M-M/M/F-etc: M/F
HEA/HFN/etc Ending: HEA
Contains Cheating: NO!
Multi-Luv'n: No
Contains Children: No
Contains Flashbacks: No
Jealy/Possy/OTT Rating: 4
Angst Level Rating: 2
Feel-Good Level Rating: 3.5
Steam Factor Rating: 4.5
Kink Level Rating: 4.5
Amount of Sex In The Book: Lots
Overall Smex Rating: 4.5
Hero Description: Alpha-4, Rancher, Gunslinger
Hero Likability Rating: 4 , I liked him a lot.
HEROINE:
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Lauren
Promises Linger
4 Stars

Synopsis:
Elizabeth Coyote will lose her ranch and everything she has worked for unless she marries. Asa MacIntyre wants nothing more than land of his own and a lady for his wife. Are they a perfect match or a disaster waiting to happen?

Review:
Steamy historical romance (erotica) with an amazingly sexy and stunningly sweet hero and a feisty heroine. The sex scenes are explicit but contribute to the construction of the relationship between the characters and to the overall sto...more
Netanella
Awesome western romance with so many steamy parts that I was almost nervous reading this book on the airplane, as I was seated in the middle seat between two little ol' ladies. Nonetheless, despite my heated face, my seat companions were none the wiser! Promises Linger tells the tale of Elizabeth Coyote, so desperate to save her dead father's ranch, the Rocking C, that she marries the first gunslinger she meets in the local saloon. Asa, the sensitive badass type, has been looking for a home and...more
Jill
I wasn't expecting much from this book, the cover made me think it would be awful. However, that was another lesson for me not to judge a book by it's cover.
Yes this book is an erotic book, so yes it's full of lots of steamy sex. But boy does Sarah McCarty write it well.
Asa, oh boy, I could go on about this man. He could become one of my favourite hero's of all time. Patient, loving, full of humour and just genuinly a hero, a protector, a wonderful husband. I wasn't expecting that quality of cha...more
gert
yes, absolutely good and graphic sex. and yes, there is a bit of a story to separate the sex. but ... I don't know, maybe not enough of a story...?

Asa and elly do find true love in the end, but the cattle rustling and ranch bankruptcy aren't strong enough to make the book interesting. but if you're looking for some alpha (but sometimes tender) erotica without the dirty feeling you may get from a more contemporary framework, then this would be a good book for you.

don't think I'll bother going fur...more
Judith
I am an unabashed Sarah McCarty fan, so was delighted to begin this series. Just a really good book! I liked Elizabeth -- a stalwart Western woman who is charged by her now-departed dad to keep their ranch and to do whatever it takes to retain this family legacy. Along comes Asa McIntyre, a true Western man of many talents and one of those self-made individuals that are so much a part of the legends of the Old West. A man who is looking for his settling place, who wants the presence of "a lady"...more
Maddux
This was an okay read. I enjoy a good western-type romance. Even though I skimmed through it at times.

I've read a few books from this author...I like her characters, her characters like buttsecks. Well, the heroes seem to be enamored of it.

Meh.

Not my thang.
Lindsay
I really wanted to like this story more than I did. I really loved Asa, and I liked the chemistry between the hero and heroine. The book started off with lots of excitement and had me hoping the plot would remain exciting while adding bits of sizzle. By about three-quarters of the way through the book, I was having to force myself to keep reading. I feel like the author spent so much time on some of the last sex scenes that she forgot there was supposed to be a plot. It felt like she suddenly re...more
Karen
Erotic Western

Elizabeth Coyote is smart, strong, skilled & accomplished but is frightened to show any openly except feminine traits as men tend to ignore, brow beat or whip her into a submissive role.
Asa MacIntyre as a bloodied & beaten child dreamed of marrying a lady, owning a ranch & raising a family. It falls into his lap as he witnesses a woman march into a saloon, hold a gun on her husband to inform him of their annulment.

Clash of two strong personalities with a similar goal bu...more
Halcyon
Not a bad book at all.

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Lola
Hero was the saving grace of this book.
Laura V.
3.5/5

Bastante tierno. Es una lectura sencilla. Realmente no sentí que fuera una lectura profunda en ningún sentido. Erótica si se quiere por la cantidad de detalles. Pero en cuánto a ellos, solo puedo decir que Elizabeth resultó ser lo que no pensé que sería.
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Centuries
4.8 stars for this one. This is one of the best romance I ever read. Despite the bunch of sex scenes, this book didn't become a cheep erotic book, which just show you as many as erotic scenes as possible, and that's all. The feeling of both our hero and heroine were beautifully written. The development of their feeling an relationship also can capture my heart. Also how they fought their past so it wouldn't runt their relationship. Off course the sex scenes gave me lots of entreatment here, sinc...more
Robin

Really? for the life of me I can't figure out what all the other reviewers got out of this book giving it 4 and 5 star ratings. I had been anticipating for so long getting my hands on a copy and once I did, was so excited to start reading it. Perhaps my expectations were too high because it is after all, Sarah McCarty! and while I've loved her other works, this one fell flat.

2 stars was rather generous and that was only because I really liked Asa. As heroes go, he's a keeper. The premise to

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