Book Review

by Sarah McCarty

Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Erotic Romance

RT Rating

Endlessly repetitive dialogue and a distinct lack of bedroom action weaken what could have been another compelling entry in the Hell’s Eight series. The hero’s ambivalence about the heroine, Maddie, and her constant denigration of herself — and I do mean constant — make this pair difficult to pull for. Readers should also be warned: There is not one, but two, chilling scenes where Maddie is almost raped by outlaws. Unfortunately, it’s tough to feel more than pity for the poor woman. It’s too bad, as McCarty has a real knack for capturing the ruggedness of the era.

Caden Miller’s fellow gunslingers on the Hell’s Eight ranch have all settled down with wives and families. His wandering soul is feeling an itch to hit the road and salvage a gold mine in Kansas territory. But Maddie O’Hare, who was born and raised in a brothel before coming to Hell’s Eight, has come to care for Caden, and she’s convinced by her friend Bella that she shouldn’t give him up without a fight. She follows him and ends up held against her will on the nearby Fallen C ranch — and the only way the ranch’s wily owner will release her is if Caden agrees to marry Maddie. After their shotgun wedding, Maddie has to learn to let go of her past and convince Caden she’s worth settling down for. (HQN, Dec., 347 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Nicole King

Publisher: HQN

Published: December 2012

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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An excellent installment to

Submitted by brenda potter on December 1, 2012 - 12:56pm.

An excellent installment to this series. Ms. King really missed the mark when rating this book and I hope fans of this series won't be put off by her negative review. Maddie was born into a brothel, forced into prostition at the age of eight and not given a chance to escape that life for ten years when she was rescued by Hell's Eight. The way she slipped into her fantasy world to escape the harsh, brutal reality of her life was heartwrenching, the way she fought to deal with her past and over come the awful degradation she suffered as a child was heartwarming. Ms. King complained because the sex in this book didn't start soon enough, however, given Maddie's past and Caden's reluctance to get involved, the timing of them coming together was appropriate, the sex scenes detailed and what readers would expect. Had these two jumped in the sack any sooner would have been a big turn off and would have been totally inappropriate. Maddie's struggle to find herself, to become an independent woman who could cope with her tragic past before she could become the wife she wanted to be to Caden was an inspiring tale and readers won't be disappointed in this lastest book in this series.