Good read. Historical western setting. Despite numerous action sequences, this is a relationship driven book.
The heroine was raised as a princess with lots of money, lots of training in propriety and expected to be pretty and ladylike in return. Then her father takes the family West [Texas] where they are attacked and her parents and brother killed. She and her twin sister are dragged off. Desi, our heroine, is 'rescued' by supposedly Good People - who enslave her, keep her,torture her and abuse her as their private whore. And all that is before the book starts...
Caine, the hero, is a Texas Ranger and part owner of Hell's Eight - a ranch he and his friends have founded. He ends up married to Desi and takes her back to the ranch. It's obvious to him she's glad to get away from the slime that had her but [for obvious reasons] she has sexual and self-worth issues and is still terrified that her previous 'guardians' will come and get her back. He spends a lot of time trying to convince of two things - she's not responsible for what was done to her and therefore is NOT a whore and that feeling pleasure when he touches her doesn't make her one either.
I enjoyed the book and the plot kept me turning the pages. The sex scenes are well done and actually support the plot. There are fun bits. Desi's battles with the rooster as she tries to gather eggs and her riding lessons are cute and a lot of the dialog is amusing. Desi is a heroine with grit and spunk as she tries to become the person she could be and Caine is caring and has a soul-deep integrity. On the other hand Desi's past is horrific and the reader gets occasional flashbacks when something panics her. If someone has personal issues, this book would be a really uncomfortable read.
Hell's Eight Erotic Adventures
Caine's Reckoning (2007)
Sam's Creed (2008)
Tucker's Claim (2009)
I will put up with a bad book if it's for a challenge and I didn't know what else to read for the category.
Caine is a Texas Ranger and a member of Hell's Eight. Desi is the woman he rescues and marries. Desi was repeatedly a victim of trauma and sexual assault. Does she get time and space to work out her trauma? Yeah, nope. This has the trope of the magic penis that heals. Don't like to be touched? Well, let's get it on! It's not romantic, it's abusive.
Then there was the bad guys. That's it really? It was too easy. And it's not helped that there was still the mystery sadistic evil guy that had no name that didn't get his. He is still free. And the whole issue of the who/why of Desi and her twin sister Ari (who is not in this book and is alive/dead (who knows!) and suffered/is suffering the same fate that Desi did) kidnapping. For the length of the book, it left a lot of unanswered questions. But you know what? I don't really care and would very much like to burn this trash. I won't be reading any more of this series.
It's sad that the best thing about this book was Boone, the loyal dog, and Cantankerous, a randy rooster.
I was very impressed with this book. McCarty is a relatively new author for me and I've only read a few things by her.
The book was very detailed, mostly about Caine and Desi overcoming obstacles to their relationship. For the most part, it was about developing trust and moving on from Desi's horrible abuse. There was a small element of danger and I wished McCarty would have spent a little more time with that. Regardless it was still a very good read.
I'm very interested to see how the series go.
Wow!! Good story, fell in love right away with the characters! The plot is fast moving as is the romance. New author for me..on to the next one from this series, Hell's Eight, "Sam's Creed"