Title: Last Promise
Series: The McBride Brothers, Book 3
Author: Scarlett Dunn
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Genre: Historical, Western, Religious/Inspirational, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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The heart always finds a home . . .
For British heiress Mary Ann Hardwicke, the Wild West is the perfect place to make her own life and escape the stifling privilege of an arranged marriage. Hard at work proving her independence, it's little wonder she has no time for handsome cowboy Luke McBride. No matter that he somehow understands the freedom she so badly needs—how could she trust such a wild spirit, much less find a way to love him?
Like the broncs he busts, Luke doesn’t see himself settling down in one place, let alone with one woman. So at first, Mary Ann is just an intriguing challenge. But her determination and bravery are sparking a longing to prove he can be the truly good man she deserves. Now as their enemies work to separate them, they will take a dangerous gamble on faith to claim an enduring love . . .
Mary Ann and Luke are polar opposites and accurate depictions of the places they're from. She's refined and dignified, prim and proper. Raised in England, how could she be any less as an heiress? He's as wild as the country around him, as unbroken as the broncs are when he first receives them. But like those magnificent animals, there lies a heart of loyalty beneath the rough exterior. It's a matter of finding it.
It was amusing that Luke saw Mary Ann as a challenge simply because she rebuffed him. He hadn't experienced that kind of snubbing ever so the woman who did it? He wanted to know her, who she was, what she was about. In doing so, he realizes he needs to be more than the man she sees. He rises to the challenge but not without stumbling along the way.
I feel like I should say something more about Mary Ann but, truthfully, her character speaks for herself. Luke is the one who held my attention throughout this story. I wanted to know more about him. His love of women was entertaining but I wanted to know if he could--would--become the man I caught glimpses of, if he could turn all of that intensity from other women to just one, if he could allow himself to love just one, if he could see the future he thought he wanted wasn't what his heart wanted.
I haven't read the other books in this series. Reading them might have given a better perspective on Luke given he was probably a secondary character in them. But I did like and enjoy reading this story. It was nice to see a man like Luke could change into the man one woman could love, appreciate, and cherish.
Scarlett Dunn lives in Kentucky surrounded by all manner of wildlife, and enjoys long "God walks" where most inspiration strikes. Possessing an adventurous spirit, and a love of history, particularly the pioneers of the West, she has a special place in her heart for all cowboys, past and present.