Author: ZA Maxfield
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/16/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Western
A real man needs a real love…
To become the man he’s meant to be, one cowboy will have to be the man he never wanted anyone to know he was…
Ryder Dent is a true-blue cowboy. A devoted son, husband and father, but one who is living a costly lie. When they were both young, Ryder and his closest female friend Andy thought they’d found the perfect solution to both their problems—she was single and pregnant, and he was secretly gay—so they got married and raised Jonas together.
When Ryder gets hurt at a party, his son’s new pediatrician comes to the rescue. The connection between Ryder and Dr. Declan Winters is sudden, powerful, and undeniable. Ryder loves Andy and the family they’ve created together—but they both need more. Can they pursue their hearts’ desire without destroying the life they’ve built and losing the son they love?
Oh my gosh it has been a while since I read any of Zam’s books and I’d forgotten how much I loved her books and what an amazing storyteller she is. She was talented years ago and she has improved her craft since then.
I absolutely loved reading My Cowboy Promises. It had me hooked from the beginning and I did not want to put my Kindle down at all. Totally engaging characters and a well-crafted plot meant for a romance I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone.
Right away we’re introduced to the three main characters, Ryder Dent, his wife Andi and Dr. Declan Winters. In the very first scene we learn everything we need to know about these characters. Ryder is a dedicated father to his young son Jonas. He’s also gay and deeply closeted. Andi Dent is also a loving parent, but has daddy issues and likes to drink a little too much. And Dr. Declan, he’s intelligent, caring and also gay.
The plot of a gay man marrying a woman and raising a child together isn’t exactly an original plot, but Zam makes it feel new and unique. There was nothing cliché here. Most of the time the wife is a bitch, a cheater, a bad parent or some kind of nag, but not here. Andi is just as fully developed as Ryder and Declan.
I enjoyed Ryder and Andi’s friendship a great deal. There was no bitterness or conflict between each other. They both knew what they wanted when they married each other. It was a marriage in name only, with neither one expecting anything sexual. In fact, when Andi recognized Ryder’s interest in Declan she urged him to act on it.
The antagonist in the book was Andi’s controlling father who went apeshit when he learned Ryder was gay. I was pleasantly surprised when Andi didn’t give in to her father’s demands and instead stood up for what she wanted and believed in.
The ending was perfect in every single way. I won’t say much because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.
Seriously, go buy this book right now!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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