Promise Me, Cowboy (Carrigans of the Circle C #1)
by C.J. Carmichael
Sage Carrigan never meant to be the other woman. Unfortunately, bronco rider Dawson O’Dell neglected to mention he was married the night he invited her to his bed after they’d both placed first in their rodeo events. When his wife walked in on them – Sage was deeply hurt and humiliated. After an accident in the ring the next day, Sage decides she’s quitting the rodeo–and cowboys—to become a chocolatier in her hometown ranching community, Marietta, Montana. She’s doing just fine, but then Dawson shows up —five years later, with a little girl in tow. He’s here for the Copper Mountain Rodeo hoping to win big. But he’s also got plans of settling down with his daughter and buying a house—the very same one that Sage has been dreaming about. He says he’s here for her and he’s making lots of promises. But can he keep them?
Sage didn’t expect her ex-lover Dawson to be coming back to Marietta, much more rebuild what was once broken between them. Try as she might, she couldn’t help but fell for him all over again. And Dawson, contrite and remorseful, wanted to gain her trust once more, and open her heart the way it was before.
But Sage wouldn’t be fooled again. How could she ever go back to the arms of the man who had neglected to tell her that he was already married and his wife was pregnant? Oh, by the way, that said pregnant woman also happened to point a gun at them after they were caught doing the deed! Tsk, men!
Well, I had always said that I hate cheating men, always misleading women and letting them fall for them under fall pretenses. But somehow, this story gives the reader some reason to forget and forgive Dawson and give him a second chance. Dawson’s character had transformed for the better, his situation was further explained, and his plea for redemption sounded sincere. Hmm.
This is a second chance at love story that CJ Carmichael had expertly woven and written. And just like Sage’s chocolates, there is a promise of something sweet, a little bitter and a honeyed aftertaste. I think I am going to like this Marietta series. I would love to meet the other Carrigan sisters.