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TITLE: CAINE’S RECKONING
AUTHOR: Sarah McCarty

COPYRIGHT: November 2007
PAGES: 473
PUBLISHER: Spice Books

SETTING: Texas Territory
TYPE: Historical Western Romance
SERIES: Hell’s Eight, Book #1

REASON FOR READING: I was one of the lucky ones to win an ARC of the book from a contest Sarah was running at her site. Plus, it’s a McCarty, how could I not read it? She is the author of one of my favorite series: PROMISES LINGER, PROMISES KEEP & PROMISES PREVAIL. Plus, I love (love!!) western historicals. 🙂

Smccarty_3Blurb: The Hell’s Eight is the only family he’s ever needed, until he meets the only woman he’s ever wanted…

Caine Allen is a hardened Texas Ranger, definitely not the marrying kind. But when he rescues a kidnapped woman and returns her to town, the preacher calls in a favor. One Caine’s honor won’t let him refuse.

From the moment he beds Desi, Caine knows turmoil will follow. Desi might have the face of a temptress, but she also has a will of iron and while she needs his protection, she’s determined that no man will control her again. They establish that no man will control her again. They establish an uneasy bond, but it isn’t enough for Caine. He wants all Desi has to offer. He wants her screams, her moans, her demands… everything. Yet there’s still a bounty on Desi’s head, and keeping her sexually satisfied is proving easier than keeping her alive.

MY THOUGHTS: Wow. Where do begin? I knew going in, from reading Sarah’s previous books, that her writing tends to grab me by the throat and doesn’t let go until long after I’ve finished the story. It was the same with CAINE’S RECKONING. I read it as soon as it came in the mail, which was around the beginning of the month, yet I still find myself thinking about it. It was a scorcher like her others were to me but it doesn’t start out that way.

Caine and a couple of his men were sent to save Desi and a few other witches women that had been kidnapped from town. All the ladies wanted to go back home except for Desi. She wanted to go anywhere else but back to town. I’m not going to spoil it and say why she felt that way. Just know that Caine had to be very gentle with her at first, even though that was something he rarely was as a Ranger. He married her because of a favor called in but he planned for it to be a real marriage from the start and had to work at getting Desi to come to terms with what he wanted.

My only quibble with the story was with Desi. Highlight for Spoiler:

After her past experiences with men, I really did not feel that was the true Desi when things got a little frisky in bed (or out of bed) with Caine. I felt like she was playing a part at times. As she was told to from the men Caine saved her from. Just like when they first went to bed together and she told him she would do anything he wanted. Scream the whole time like it hurt her or pretend that she likes it. Or scream like a banshee should he want her to.

End of Spoiler.

Overall though, I was glued to the book from the first page and I really enjoyed their story. I loved everything about Caine. I loved the few peeks we got of the other men in Hell’s Eight but that did not detract from the story of Caine and Desi. Ms. McCarty’s way of telling a story will always have me going back for more. Part of me is thrilled that I got the chance to read this early but the other part of me is silently whining “Summer 2008 until Sam’s book?! Why must you torture me? I can’t wait that long!” 🙂

MY GRADE: B+

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