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Promises Linger (Promises #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  2,417 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Wyoming Territory 1868

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 respectability that comes with both. Marrying Elizabeth may have started as a mea
Kindle Edition, 436 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Ellora's Cave (first published March 2004)
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Jul 23, 2009 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Leighton
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
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
Apr 21, 2009 jenjn79 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: series backlist
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
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
Jun 03, 2013 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2009 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 04, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
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
I'm usually not big on historical books but this western kicked ass.

Asa is one hot gunslinger who dreams of getting himself a ranch and a wife. Elizabeth is a single women she has no hope of hanging on to her family ranch. She needs a husband, pronto. Asa is at the right spot at the right time and does not hesitate.

What I loved the most about this story is Asa's sexy dirty mouth. He has a gentle heart and is determined to show Ellie how good sex can be. He just has to break down h
Feb 23, 2011 Allie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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!!!
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
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
Nov 03, 2008 Addicted2Luv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 30, 2014 Vins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 De
Promises Linger
4 Stars

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?

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
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
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
Aug 03, 2010 gert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-sex-scenes
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
Dec 31, 2013 Alisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alisa by: Gladys Turner
This was really sweet and I liked the whole Wild West vibe it had going.

I don't read a lot in this particular genre with historical romance books usually being about the British Ton or, you know, British soldiers and fantastic, brutish Scottish Highlanders (sometimes Lowlanders, sometimes Irish, etc.) If anything, my cowboys or ranchers are usually contemporary ones. Not ones from way back in the day. So yeah, it was a nice change.

I don't really understand why the heroine was the way she was. I
Aug 13, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Val ⚓️ Shameless & Skanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads Mrs. Danvers-Tate-Snow

I REALLY struggled to get through this book. In fact, I ended up skimming roughly the last 20% of it. Asa is a sweet, like-able character, but Elizabeth is just a straight up bitch. She is aggressively contrary without reason. She treats Asa like crap, picks fights with anyone in her vicinity, and acts like an immature teenager who's not getting her way. Between the contrived misunderstandings, the constant miscommunications, and the unrelenting bickering, reading this book became so unpleasant
Aug 22, 2016 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The word 'okay' is a bit of a throwaway word. It doesn't give any flavor to a novel set in the American west in the 19th century. It doesn't belong there. This book has at least 4 million instances of 'okay'.

The dialogue was disconnected to anyone/anything/any story line. Sometimes I couldn't figure out what they were talking about. By the end of the story, I didn't care. I finished the book because I'd paid for it:(

The 'love' scenes were ridiculous--sometimes I was actually laughing. Out loud.
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.


Not my thang.
Ivana Azap
Jan 12, 2015 Ivana Azap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was OK... I was little not-buying the story of virgin that enjoys certain things in sex in 19th century society environment, but OK :)
Great for passing-time-book-collection ;)
Lynsey A
Sweet hero and sweet love story. Nothing too exciting to really blow me away about the book but it was good.
Hero was the saving grace of this book.
Feb 02, 2015 ~V~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and smutty historical cowboy romance...enjoyed!
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