My Cowboy Promises
(The Cowboys Series, Book #4)
By Z.A. Maxfield
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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About Dr. Declan Winters - a character profile
The journey that led Declan to Bitterroot, Texas is long and complex. His much younger brother died after a long battle with cancer. This was the genesis of his desire to become a physician. Originally, he planned to specialize in pediatric oncology, but to his everlasting shame, living with that level of day to day suffering was too difficult for him. After he makes the very difficult decision to give up oncology as a specialty he meets Dr. Leon Frazier, who encourages him to take over his old practice in Bitterroot.
Doc Winters’s new practice comes with a house and a small town clientele. But his heart is still in the fight against cancer. He spends at least as much of his time working on his charity foundation, Logan’s Dream, which grants wishes to terminally ill children and funds research into osteosarcoma.
His business depends on the town’s good will, and his charity endeavors rely on donations from people like rich rancher, Sterling Chandler. Despite all this, he falls for Chandler’s son-in-law. Ryder is young, married, and the father of five-year-old Jonas. But Ryder’s eyes don’t lie. He wants Declan very, very badly. And even though Declan tells himself all he wants to do is help a confused gay kid find his footing, the reality is he’s as attracted to Ryder as Ryder is attracted to him.
He understands Ryder’s situation, but worries Ryder and his wife Andi made a terribly naïve bargain without thinking the consequences through. But Ryder is stubborn, and he has a code. Plus he’s determined to keep his promises, even if it costs him a relationship with someone like Declan.
Delcan is lonely and Ryder has promises to keep. Ryder puts his son (rightly, as far as Declan is concerned) first. Ryder is very honest about his life, and what’s important to him. But the things that make a relationship with Ryder difficult are the very reasons Declan want it so badly.
Ryder is a good man. And Declan has waited a lifetime for a guy like him. But Bitterroot is a small, gossipy town. And Logan’s Dream foundation can’t afford to make any enemies, especially not Sterling Chandler. And even if the people of Bitterroot don’t mind having a gay doctor, they’ll definitely go elsewhere if he’s seen to be breaking up someone’s marriage.
Ryder’s marriage isn’t built on romance, but on necessity, and no one wants Ryder to find love more than his wife, Andi does. If Declan only trusts his instincts, he might just be the man Ryder needs.
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About the Author
Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.
If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”
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