Title: My Cowboy Promises
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?
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: My Cowboy Heart, Lost and Found, Home the Hard Way, My Cowboy Homecoming
Published by Intermix Source: Publisher
Published: June 16, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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When a new doctor comes to town Ryder’s lie of a life is threatened. Never before has he found a man that interested him enough to even consider letting someone besides his best friend/wife know his deepest secret. No one would suspect devoted husband, nurturing father Ryder Dent is actually a gay man. The moment Ryder sees Declan he realizes that is the type of man he has always wanted, but can never have. Declan may not wave a rainbow flag, but he doesn’t hide in a closet either. Once he finds out exactly what is going on in the Dent family household he is understanding and willing to give what he a Ryder may have a shot.
Let’s begin with what I liked. Ryder finally exploring his feelings for another man is a sweet torture. He has settled for what he believes is the only thing that he can actually have for so long his emotions are all over the place where Declan is concerned. Declan is understanding of the false marriage and he loves what Ryder has done for Jonas. Declan and Ryder and their initial bumbling interactions make for some entertaining page time.
There were several things that I just didn’t like and they just brought down some of the potential enjoyment for me. Andrea/Andi was one of my biggest dislikes here. There was one place that I actually wished her dead. The opportunity for a tragic accident presented itself and I was disappointed that it was not taken. She was horrible in her treatment of Ryder. He gave up EVERYTHING for her. Granted he feels that that void has been filled with his love of Jonas, thus he is happy with that aspect of his life. Ryder and Declan out as a gay couple created a couple of problems within the Bitterroot community. Those problems were never given any type of solution or closure.
Lucho and Tripp from My Cowboy Homecoming have been randomly tossed in here. I’m guessing they were given tiny roles to tie this book into the Cowboy series. Their roles are so tiny that a reader’s interest would not even be piqued enough to go after their tale.
My Cowboy Promises easily works as a stand-alone.