Series: Fly Creek #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Three years ago, artist Emily White’s grief and survivor’s guilt sent her to the small Wyoming town of Fly Creek. Since then, she’s kept her emotions safely tucked away—until she meets the new rancher at Sky Lake Dude Ranch. Stetson in hand, the gorgeous cowboy’s arrival in her store immediately shakes up her world.
Adam Conley is only in Fly Creek for as long as it takes to fulfill his promise to his late cousin. The small town brings up too many memories of the life he left behind years ago. He knows his task won’t be easy, but the last thing he expects is the instant attraction to the reason he’s in town. Emily is beautiful, vibrant, and completely off-limits. He’s there to keep his promise—not fall in love.
But Adam’s secret will crumble everything Emily’s life has revolved around.
Survivors guilt and a cousin’s promise are the premise of Her Cowboy’s Promise. Emily lost her love in an accident years ago and has basically put her life on hold. She moved to a tiny Wyoming town and lives an isolated life as an artist. Adam made a promise to his cousin (Emily’s dead lover) and he has come back to Fly Creek Wyoming to see it through. However, cracking Emily’s hardened exterior is going to be more challenging than he expected.
Emily’s grief is understandable. She certainly has survivor’s guilt and feels bad because she is forgetting her lovers smile. She has no problem remembering the horrible accident. Stuck in a rut of simply existing, she certainly isn’t living a fulfilling life. My struggle with Emily is that she has been isolating herself for years, and after meeting Adam twice, she is ready to sleep with him. It felt disingenuous to me.
Adam has no plans to say in Wyoming and only came back because he promised. He doesn’t want to be attracted to Emily because he knows she was in love with his cousin (and, you know, he is leaving town ASAP). He keeps his secret for a bit too long and this ultimately causes the tension and climax of the story.
Her Cowboy’s Promise is a sweet, emotional contemporary romance; while predictable, the emotions are well written and easy to empathize with so you can understand the characters. The book is poignant and heart felt so be prepared for some heavy emotions. The townspeople are enjoyable and add a touch of levity, but overall the book is more of the emotional type.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: dead lover, secret
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
The Mistaken Billionaire by Lexxie Couper, Lost Rider by Harper Sloan, Claiming Grace by Susan Stoker…then you will probably like Her Cowboy’s Promise!
Hmm, this sounds like something I might be interested in so thanks for sharing your thoughts, Samantha. Great review!
That cover is lovely! I’m not sure if it’s for me, because it sounds a little too emotional for me. Plus, a dead-ex can be tricky for me sometimes. It has to be done well. I’m glad you enjoyed it overall!
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