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Caine's Reckoning: Hell's Eight Series, Book 1 | [Sarah McCarty]

Caine's Reckoning: Hell's Eight Series, Book 1

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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

The 19th century. 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. And 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 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.

©2007 Sarah McCarty; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    leslie newhall, CA, United States 11-29-07
    leslie newhall, CA, United States 11-29-07
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    "Explicit fluff"

    This is best described as a sexually-explicit Romance novel. The plot begins promisingly enough, but rapidly sinks to simplistic stereotypes and a lot of pedestrian sex play.

    If you like your erotica on the vanilla side, and your characters simple and uncomplicated, you'll enjoy this read.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Mallorytown Landing, Ontario, Canada 01-24-08
    Jacqueline Mallorytown Landing, Ontario, Canada 01-24-08
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    "I was surpised that I loved these characters"

    Thought that this would be a quick read - but I loved it and can't wait to hear more about the folks at Hells Eight. Audible please don't let us down !!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Priscilla fargo, ND, USA 12-22-07
    Priscilla fargo, ND, USA 12-22-07 Member Since 2014
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    "pathetic... awflu just palin awful"

    I am so terribly tired of reading this genre with un-developed characters, Where do these Authors get thier Inspiration, Man, just one more insipid female/Male whining about if he/she loved me he/she could, might, should, maybe strong enough I don't want to be to strong to weak, helpless, Just plain rediculous, Gswd, enough already!!!!!!, If there was a negative 5 star with neg 0-1, <<<. Was this really written for an adult audience, it reads like something for
    adolescence. I stop reading Harlequin years ago when I was a teen ager now I know why?, just awful, plain awful

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Lithia, FL, USA 01-25-08
    Sandra Lithia, FL, USA 01-25-08
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    "Got Bored"

    Every scene is so long and drawn out that it's boring me. I may not finish it. The 40 minute scene where two characters get comfortable in a sleeping bag was torture. There is a lot of sex in this book (but not until about 3 hours in) but it is in the erotica section...what do people expect?

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 07-22-08
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 07-22-08 Member Since 2015

    avid reader

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    "Left Wanting..."

    This book had the potential to be very good, but there were several gaps that just ended up making it frustrating. I think a lot more attention could have been given to detail if the author had not felt the need to prattle on for four chapters about each passionate encounter. The main characters were very likable, and finding out about the inhumane treatment Desi had to endure prior to meeting Caine really made me have empathy for her. However, the story could have been woven together so much better if really important details hadn't been omitted, particularly toward the end of the story. It ended so abruptly that it left me with several unanswered questions because way too much time was wasted describing their intimacy. It got to the point were I felt like screaming 'THEY WERE HOT FOR EACH OTHER AND THE SEX WAS OFF THE CHARTS -- WE GET THAT! NOW PLEASE JUST GET ON WITH TELLING US THE STORY!'

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-25-15
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "I reckon I'm out money."

    Not sure why I bought this book besides the fact it was on sale back in 2012. I'm not really big on western romance books as you can tell by how long it has taken me to listen to. If you can call this book a romance. Basically this book is about a serial raped victim who was force to marry and the first thing her new husband does is make her have sex so she can get "over" her trauma. I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt, but it was just so unrealistic. There is no way a woman who had that much trauma would be so into sex. Not to mention Caine being a dumb ass, he seemed to think the thing to make her better was to push her in the bedroom. Needless to say I will not be continuing on with this series, I only made it half way through this book before giving up. Narrator was just okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 08-22-14
    Jane 08-22-14
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    "Beautiful story and best narrator for Sarah's book"
    What made the experience of listening to Caine's Reckoning the most enjoyable?

    Listening to all the character's personalities comes to life by Zoe Winslow's masterful voice. Even now, when I read the book on its own, I still hear her interpretation of the characters in my head.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strength in Desi and the patient love in Caine. All the characters were lovable, and watching Desi slowly trust a man again, trust that she had hope for the future, and fall in love with her strong, supportive, and protective husband was great! Not to mention the erotic parts are HOT!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's a book to be savored, but if I had a day all to myself, I wouldn't mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Sarah McCarty is a under-rated author meanly because she's shy around technology. Her books would be more wildly read if more people knew about it. The Hell's Eight was my first series by her, and I devoured each and every book that's currently in the series. Then I went and devoured all the rest of her books. She writes many of the best western heroes I have had the pleasure of reading. An author not to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 05-30-14
    Jim 05-30-14
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    "OMG"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I like sexy books but this pure xxrated prono


    Has Caine's Reckoning turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    more story less poron


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    liked the western setting


    Any additional comments?

    not getting anymore of these books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Creative elbell 04-21-14 Member Since 2014

    creative and artistic

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    "I prefer some kind of story..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I must not have read the other reviews. This is erotica not a story. I tried to listen but it was like an adult film...sex 90% - story 10%. As someone said sex in a variety of orifices and in detail--for chapters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah McCarty again?

    NO. I'm sure the adult film industry could put her to work.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Zoe Winslow’s performances?

    Not right away.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Caine's Reckoning?

    I would have fired the author.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could return this but I waited too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kaufman, TX, United States 05-22-13
    Amazon Customer Kaufman, TX, United States 05-22-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent narration of a super steamy romance"

    Zoe Winslow is good. REALLY GOOD. She was spot on with the pace, rythm, voices, ...everything. This story could/would have rated lower without her interpretation.

    The novel is basically a super steamy romance, with its descriptive language bordering on porn. If someone picked up it's movie rights even men would enjoy this one. hahaha

    I, personally, did not find the plot very believable. But I'm a sucker for a love story so I'm rating it right up there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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