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Promises Prevail (Promises #3)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  1,400 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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 so ...more
Trade Paperback, 1st edition, 377 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Ellora's Cave (first published March 2005)
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Jul 23, 2009 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a western protector theme romance
It’s so very rare that I come across a book that has me bawling buckets at the end but this one did the trick and so unexpectedly too. Can this woman ever write. From the first book in the “Promises” series right through to this one every single hero has had me drooling, sighing, swooning and OMG-ing pretty much from the get-go. She writes about rough and tough men, your John Wayne/Clint Eastwood movie in print.

McCarty has this unique talent with the way she writes to make you really feel like y
I really liked the previous books in Sarah McCartys Promises series, but this one didnt work so well for me. I didnt "connect" with either Clint or Jenna, they just didnt have any "spark". Granted, Clint was one sexy cowboy, but I spent the whole book trying - unsuccessfully, I might add - to understand why he thought he was unworthy of Jeanna, only to be given an explanation that didnt make sense. Jenna was a basket case from the start, a true doormat. Considering all the abuse she suffered all ...more
This book gets four stars for great characters, a nice romance and some super hot sex, but loses a star for being a bit lengthy/wordy, focusing a little too much on the heroine (therefore neglecting the hero), and for lacking a little in originality because as I was reading I kept feeling like I'd read this (type of) story before. The lengthy thing should come as no surprise to anyone who has read McCarty before. She's got to be one of the wordiest romance authors I've ever read. And this is one ...more
I was given this series which I'm grateful for because I woulda been upset if I had actually shelled out money for it.

Promises Prevail was a dnf for me although, like the others in the seris, in the beginning I really liked the Hero and Heroine. But, like the previous, the author quickly lost me.

In this one too, I ended up being completely annoyed with the heroine. She questioned her weight all the time. I get enough of that in real life, after the first couple times of Jenna mentioning it, and
I read this book on a quiet night 4 years ago and it has haunted me ever since.

I had forgotten the name of the book, the name of the author and the name of the characters. All I could remember was the story line and how much I loved it.

I can't believe I have found this book again!
Laura V.
Ya entiendo el común denominador de las historias de McCarty. Una chica con un pasado doloroso entre más humillante mejor. Un chico con la posibilidad de cambiar sus circunstancias casándose con ella. No hay trauma que ella no tenga que no pueda él solucionar con un poco mucho sexo.

Increíblemente compro sus historias. No todas las chicas son iguales pero todas empiezan a creer y recuperar la confianza en sí mismas. Los chicos son muy lindos y a su muy terca manera las ayudan.

En esta historia en
I really enjoyed this. It started off a little slow, but it was a beautiful story.
Julie C
I love this series and Clint is awesome. Super steamy.

He takes care of Jenna after her dead first husband abuses her in the worst possible ways. She is broken but Clint is determined to claim her.

He gets his shot when Brianna shows up...

We get to see Asa/Ellie and Cougar/Mara from the previous books too. These guys are all turning out to be an awesome family.
Well, I have mixed reviews about this book. While I really liked some of the emotional elements to this story, the way the hero treated the heroine made me very uncomfortable several times.

The beginning was fantastic and I was pretty excited, thinking I would love this book. But then.....the evening after the hero and heroine get married, something happens which just rubbed me all kinds of wrong. Clint KNOWS that Jenna has been sorely mistreated by her father and husband in the past. He knows sh
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Dec 28, 2011 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of erotic romance
This would be a fantastic book even without the sex scenes. Not for everyone, with some graphic violence as well as anal sex more than once.

Our heroine has a past that has crippled her emotionally. The hero does not feel himself worthy of her, but makes sure to be the one to rescue her when needed; he could not stand the thought of it being anyone else. Each expects the other to tire of the marriage and leave.

She flinches at being touched. How does he propose to cure this? As he tells his brothe
Promises Prevail is a sensuous walk on the dark side, showcasing what one man's tyranny can do to a sweet and truly submissive soul and how another sort of man can throw Sunshine onto the darkest of secrets.

Lush, shy Jenna has been the unnerving focus for Clint McKinley for quite a while. Clint knows that he's a hard man with nothing to offer the deliciously awkward widow. That doesn't stop him from latching onto the first reason he can to bring her brand of sunshine into his life, into his bed
This is book 3 in this McCarty series -- set in the Old West, specifically Cheyenne, WY and embracing a variety of characters. Cousin Clint McKinnely, a former lawman and bounty hunter, needs to move beyond his transcient lifestyle and is on the hunt for a wife. He knows who he wants, but is "playing the courting game" as far as the town residents are concerned. I like this guy!! Tough, cold, calculating when he needs to be, the kind of man that is truly an icon of this era in American history. ...more
Lorraine Lesar
Nearly 800 pages of reading bliss for me. Yes, there were times when I didn't want to continue reading, but Jenna's strength was inspirational and I had to continue. The author handled the abusive scenes in such a way, that when justice was finally served, I wanted to pump-fist the air and shout "Yes!" - that's how involved I was with these characters. Jenna and Clint were meant to be together - Clint always knew, it was just a case of getting Jenna to see it. It was also great to see Ellie and ...more
Feb 22, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Erotica Fans: Western Historical Romance
#3 Promises Historical Western Erotica series

First, the positive: The second half of the book was very good, lots of action and fast moving devlopments. I like the conversations and kidding between Asa, Cougar and Clint.

What I didn't like: Jenna's abuse prior to her life with Clint -- that entire story line. Jenna was fuctional, running Sweet Thyme, her bakery, but so emotionally damaged that it was very hard to read about. I almost quit reading, but am glad I continued, as the second half of th
Ailin Skye
Usualmente no leo las sagas de golpe porque me entra una especia de resaca, y me encanta quedarme con el suspenso, simplemente esta vez no puedo quedarme con ganas de continuar, Sarah McCarty me tiene embobada y realmente adicta a cada historia y bueno, no pude evitarlo y llegué al tercer libro, que además el galán es un personaje que me había atrapado desde el primer libro: Clint. En esta serie Promesas. El día de hoy terminé Promesas que perduran.

Esta vez no voy a hablar primero de él, a pesar
Well this one was hard for me... And it's harder to write the review because I'm not sure how I feel?? So I'm going to list what I liked & disliked.

My dislikes:

1. There was definitely too much sex.
2. It felt like the story was unfinished or maybe wrapped up too quickly?? I just needed more in the ending.
3. For the length of the book it felt like there wasn't enough story.
4. The first 50% of the story was too slow for me.


1. There was a lot of potential here for a great story.
2. I loved
Jenna Reads
K, so read this one kinda on a whim - sorta backed myself into it on an Amazon board and didn't want to put the name of the book out there without honestly having read it, so I did. This is not a deep, intense read, but it is chock full of angst. And as opposed to a tortured hero, we have a tortured heroine. She has a god-awful backstory, but the author brings it together with a believable HEA. When I'm in the mood for something dark, I know now to come to Ms McCarty.
Jun 26, 2010 Stacie added it
Clint has loved Jenna from afar since he first met her but she was married to an abusive husband. When he dies, Clint decides he is not good enough for her but looks after her to protect her and keep other men away. Then Jenna adopts a baby left on her door step and needs a husband so that she can keep the baby. Clint steps up and agrees to marry her. But Clint has to overcome Jenna's fears of abuse and intimidation that she had to endure with her past husband.
I loved books 1 and 2 in the series. This one didn't do it for me. Just couldn't get into the H/h for some reason and found myself skimming through it just so I could say I finished it.
Spoiler Whore says calm your tits people, it's just a book
Didn't think she could outdo her second book in this series but she did!!

Jenna "Sunshine(to Clint)" had a very hard life. Abusive father and husband(may he rot in hell). She would pray every day to God to send her an angel and he granted her Clint McKinnely. He does not see himself as an angel rather he saw her as "Mine". I love their relationship. He helped her push past her fears(and there were plenty) and she brought out the love in him for her. So many tender moments between them that had me
S.B. Gabriel
Clint McKinnely is looking for a wife and he takes all the potential candidates to the “Sweet Thyme Bakery”. He doesn’t so much do it for the quality of the food, but for a chance to see the owner, Jenna Hennesey. Several months before he saved her from a burning building because the thought of her death was too much to bear. Her abusive husband died in the fire, but Clint can’t bring himself to think of a future with her, feeling unworthy of her innocence and kindness.

Circumstances render his r
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Ya tenía ganas de que cayera en mis manos una novela romántica adulta (o erótica, según se mire) ambientada en el antiguo Oeste. Y puedo decir que este primer acercamiento ha sido de lo más intenso y satisfactorio. Desde luego, me apunto esta autora y esta saga para seguir haciéndome con el resto de los libros, ya tengo Promesas que cautivan.

Me he encontrado con una historia un tanto atípica dentro del género sobre todo en lo que respe
Re-read review*

My initial impression reading this book was how sweet Clint is, and how good the H/H are for each other, and how heart wrenching Jenna's story is. God, can these two be better for each other.

The story starts off after Jenna has been released from her abused life with her husband upon his death. She's opened up a bakery/restaurant. Everything is going great, except Clint is noticing how hard she pushes herself despite her yet to hear leg. There is a reason behind that, and that re
Ok, despite some ridiculous plot points, and how the hero kept threatening to beat the heroine (it was just weird), I gave this four stars.

Fat heroine? Check
Abused/raped/traumatized heroine? Check
Disabled/scarred heroine? Check
Insecure heroine? Check
Hot sex? Check

A lot of the plot revolves around meek Jenna, who is horribly traumatized from abuse, coming out of her shell and realizing she deserves love. One of my favorite tropes. The hero wasn't terribly good at helping, I actually rolled my eye
I didn't enjoy Promises Prevail as much as Promises Linger, Jenna and Clint were good and interesting characters but they just didn't appeal as much too me.
One of my all time favorite books by Sarah McCarty, I read it over and over and still love it as much now as I did the first time I read it!
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Hot, hot, hot. Loved the hero, enjoyed the storyline. This is the third book in the series and the one I enjoyed the most.

Jenna, the heroine, was so damaged and Clint was just what she needed. I sure wish he were real and he would zero in on me. I'd sure let him! I'm a sucker for damaged heroines and protective but alpha heros and this has that in spades. The heroine is seriously damaged, but Clint is so wonderful to her, I just want one of him! This is erotica, so the sex scenes are full on an
Enjoyable historical western romance featuring a severely abused widow learning to trust again. Although I felt an emotional connection between Jenna and Clint, I thought the addition of an abandoned baby to bring them together was, and remained, thin throughout the story. The highlight of this tale was by far the way Clint earned Jenna's trust, and the revelation of her abuse, which brought much depth to her character. The writing felt a little stilted and certain plot elements and characters l ...more
Paqui Martinez
No ha sido un libro que me haya agradado y mucho menos gustado. La lectura me ha parecido muy lenta y pesada ya que muchas veces una misma escena se alarga durante un capítulo entero, que puede tener perfectamente unas diez o quince páginas, y cuando se termina no se ha dicho nada. Estamos como al principio. Se han introducido muchos sucesos que sobran debido a que no cuentan nada por lo que la historia no avanza, a esto lo llamo yo introducir “paja”.

Cheap and Lazy
Harsh and heart-warming. If you don't like erotic romance, VERY alpha males, tortured (literally) heroines, over-the-top stories in general, or westerns in particular, don't bother with this one. If you enjoy these things in a book, "Promises Prevail" won't let you down. I found it harsher than the previous two books in the series, but that only reinforced the heroine's strength. I enjoyed watching both of the characters face their demons and grow. Sarah McCarty's bad guys are 100% villainous, s ...more
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Sarah has traveled extensively throughout her life, living in other cultures, sometimes in areas where electricity was a concept awaiting fruition and a book was an extreme luxury. While she could easily adjust to the lack of electricity, living without the comfort of a good book was intolerable
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