Book Review: My Cowboy Promises by Z.A. Maxfield

Reviewed by Gyn 

1Title: My Cowboy Promises
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Series: The Cowboys #4
Heroes: Ryder/Declan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 282 Pages
Publisher: Berkley/Intermix
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  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?

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Review: No one does cowboys like Z.A. Maxfield, so when the fourth book of The Cowboy series came out, I was all over it like a hound on the trail. Right away I smelled something different about this book. We’ve stepped away from the ranch setting and the cowboy on cowboy action for starters. Although Ryder Dent does exhibit all of our favorite cowboy attributes, he doesn’t work at the ranch. He’s just married to the ranch owner’s daughter. An arrangement that fulfills many of Ryder’s desires, it was working out just fine for him until the new doctor comes to town.

Declan Winters came to Texas for what he thought was love, but ended up finding the real thing in a big complicated package wrapped up in ass-hugging jeans and a cowboy hat. Their mutual attraction quickly builds sexual tension that rolls along hitting several obstacles along the way to complete satisfaction.

The thing I love the most about Maxfield’s cowboy books are her characters. Ryder Dent may just be my favorite one of all. He’s all of those things we love about cowboys: loyal, honest even when it’s hard to be, a straight shooter, sweats masculinity, and always tries to do what’s right. On top of that, he’s a little lost and a little broken. His marriage to his high school best friend has allowed him to hide from himself, as well as sort of punish himself for being gay. There’s a lot of eye-opening and soul-searching and some very sweet and poignant prose. Speaking of, I just have to say that Maxfield captures ‘cowboy speak’ better than anyone!

Aside from Ryder, we get Declan, who is another testament to strength in personality, even if it is a bit different from Ryder’s. I love how honest and open he is and how willing he is to put it all out there, yet he doesn’t take any crap and refuses to let Ryder get away with treating him as anything less than what he deserves. There’s also Andi, Ryder’s wife and best friend. It was nice that Maxfield didn’t just sweep her existence under the rug and that she made her a strong force throughout the book. I even enjoyed Jonas, their son, when I don’t typically like kids in my books.

Throw all these characters into a small town with some very close-mindedness and some surprising openness and acceptance and you have My Cowboy Promises, another wonderful addition to the series and to the genre!

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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