I am a huge fan of Sarah Mccarty but this book was a let down. Not her usual story line. I would tell my friend to maybe skip this one.
The characters lacked depth and the story line was a little boring. So unlike her other books.
I thought the narrator was dry.
The narrator's attempts at male voices was hard to get past. The story needed more action as well.
Glimpses into prior characters ongoing lives was fascinating. The least was the narrators male voices sounded like hillbillies. Sarah's stories are usually so erotic and romantic but it is hard to feel that way when the voices turn you off.
The choice of a female narrator reading a male dominated story is truly unfortunate. Especially when most of the males sound the same and only slightly different from the females. They sounded like they were from hills of Tennessee not Texas.
If it had been read by Jason Adams from Sam's Creed or Zoe Winslow from Caine's Reckoning. They brought the stories to life.
This book was missing something. Not sure what it was but I hoped for more
Sarah McCarty has done better.I love her work but this did nothing for me.
I had to struggle to get through this book, and initially, I thought it was because I lacked an interest in the heroine but nope- it's just not up to the same quality as Sarah's other books. This was not helped by Paula Hoffman. She needs to practise, perhaps take some acting classes-SOMETHING! There is a difference between reading a story and making the listener feel like they are in the story. She physically can't sound like a man( she tried and it was an epic fail) nor is she able to create that place where you know you are listening to a woman speaking as a man but it works anyway. Given how these stories are about strong, sexy men that have had a ton of life experience, there was a lot of short-changing going on. Even her attempt at accents was ridiculous making them sound like they came from 'Nowhere Specific, USA' rather than Texas or even the South. I will purchase the next book in this series if Paula isn't reading it, as I am confident that Sarah will come through with a better book than this one- she had five that were awesome, and every author drops the ball sometimes but I will never again buy a book that Paula Hoffman reads.
I had been wondering about the final 3 characters in the Hell's Eight series as they are very side line mentions in the first novels. Not that engaged with them even now. This felt more like "well, I did say eight so I have to deliver...."
The narrator really did NOT help. Her efforts at doing a male voice = FAIL.
They all sounded terrible. I would have preferred she just read the story as her speaking voice was pleasant.
I hope the next Hell's Eight character gives Ms. McCarty a more catching story to present.
I like the Hell's Eight Series, even though I'm not into some of the sex. Historical Westerns are not that plentiful on Audible. I liked this one and I'll probably listen to it again, I just didn't like it as well as the first few, so I only gave it 3 stars. Still, I would buy it again.
More consistent characters, a more likable heroine, more realistic dialogue, better narration.
The dialogue was rambling. It seemed like the author was just filling space with inane dialogue. The heroine was such a mess that she didn't belon in a romance of any kind. McCarty. Caden is so inconsistent, I didn't believe anything he said or did. Convoluted and silly.
I don't know why McCarty would use anyone but Zoe Winslow, although I'm not sure this book could be saved by ANY narrator. But it really didn't help that the narrator did all the male voices in such a way as to make them sound like podunk morons instead of manly men.
The problems are beyond scene cuts - the characters are inconsistent, their responses disjounted, their dialogue rings false. This seems to be a case of an author fulfilling an obligation without effort or imagination.
I'm done with McCarty. The series was good when it started, but it's clear that McCarty ran out of steam.
No. I was so looking forward to this book and will try again. The story was not as good but could have been ...not as hot either....but the Narrator....horrible little girl voice for Maddie. Yuck. And the Why why why is so grating on my nerves in this book ....develop more dialog and playfulness.
Not her best ...not as hot and not well developed.
Narrator....horrible little girl voice for Maddie
I would definitely buy another Sarah McCarty book, but only because I've read/listened to other books by her and know she can do much better than this. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be eager to purchase another book read by the same narrator... She made the characters sound like children.
This book was all sorts of odd to me. Seems to me Maddie shouldn't be marrying married at all, but instead checking into some western residential facility for those considered'touched' in the head. From the start I had the hardest time figuring out how anyone could get to know her enough to fall in love with her... She barely spends time in reality, constantly 'slipping away'.