by Sarah McCarty

October 2008
ISBN: 978-0-425-22419-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

After Evie Washington paints a rather promiscuous and detailed picture of Reverend Brad Swanson, she puts him in a sticky situation. Now he finds himself standing at the altar on the business end of a shotgun, waiting for his bride to arrive. He’d never planned to marry especially since his past isn’t something to be proud of, and he’s not exactly who he’s pretending to be.

Evie hasn’t meant for things to turn out this way. A bit impetuous and totally against the constraints put on women, she took things a bit too far. And now, instead of winning her freedom, she’s about to be shackled to a man who will have all the control. To Evie, marriage is oppressive and smothering, something she’d hoped to avoid forever. Even as she’s forced to marry him, she’s scheming to find a way out of this mess.

Finding himself a married man, Brad plans to take full advantage of the situation. Having a woman to cook his meals and warm his bed is the least he can expect. Evie may have hoped to avoid consummating their marriage, but when Brad begins to seduce her, she’s helpless to resist him.

After an awkard start, both Evie and Brad make an effort to get along. He’s charmed by her, despite her deplorable lack of cooking skills. She’s impressed by his compassion for everyone in the town.

But when a man from Brad’s past threatens his future, Brad and Evie find themselves fighting for not only their marriage, but for their very lives. Brad’s biggest fears are coming true and he has no doubt Evie, not to mention his friends and congregation, will be unable to forgive his past sins.

Characters from the three previous Promise books make frequent appearances and it’s highly entertaining to see how they are each coming along in their own relationships. Making the move from Ellora’s Cave, this is the first book in the series to be published by Berkley. The format is a little shorter, and while I personally didn’t find the book as sexually explicit as the former titles, it’s still plenty steamy enough, and a great compliment to the series.

Reviewed in September 2008 by Jackie.

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