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Caleb: Shadow Wranglers, Book 1 | [Sarah McCarty]

Caleb: Shadow Wranglers, Book 1

The loss of control. The fear of desire. Allie always thought that mysteriously sexy rancher Caleb Johnson wanted her as much as she wanted him. But since he never acted on it, she was ready to admit defeat. Until the night she was attacked by a vicious wolf, only to be rescued by another. In the triumphant, bloodied male, there was something Allie recognized---the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. Her savior was Caleb.
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Publisher's Summary

The loss of control. The fear of desire. Allie always thought that mysteriously sexy rancher Caleb Johnson wanted her as much as she wanted him. But since he never acted on it, she was ready to admit defeat. Until the night she was attacked by a vicious wolf, only to be rescued by another. In the triumphant, bloodied male, there was something Allie recognized - the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. Her savior was Caleb.

A rogue vampire living with his three equally rogue brothers and the McClaren werewolf pack, Caleb never wanted to bring the woman he secretly desired into his dark and dangerous world. But when she's targeted by his enemies, his only choice is to protect her. But how can someone as alive, as vulnerable, as human as Allie survive in the shadows with him?

©2009 Sarah McCarty (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A fast-paced story with multifaceted characters, scorching sex, deadpan humor and a spunky heroine who's a perfect match for her alpha hero." (Romantic Times)

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    Michele Northridge, CA, United States 06-19-12
    Michele Northridge, CA, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Wasted a credit!"

    Usually there is a story or plot along with some bedroom activities, just to add a little more exotic interest. But, nearing the end of the first half of the book, I realized there is an abundance of bedroom gymnastics, but a total lack of interesting plot or even an interesting character. I won't be finishing this one.

    The narrator tries to do a good job with her part, but it's not her fault that there is nothing but junk to read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Richards Sudbury, United Kingdom 05-12-12
    Christine Richards Sudbury, United Kingdom 05-12-12 Member Since 2010

    British and addicted to Audible! Hoping my review helps you spend or keep your credits!

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    "Has Sarah gone off the boil?"

    I got sooooooooo excited when I realised there was another Sarah McCarty series to folllow so gladly gave up a credit. I did NOT love this one and it's put me off the rest of the series. While I managed to get through the book at times I was bored with it as I just did not bond with the characters as I had with main charaters of the first 4 Hells Eight guys.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 02-25-12
    Kelley CA, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2006

    I think sometimes people click "unhelpful" when they mean "I disagree". Can there be an agree/ disagree button next to the helpful option?

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    "Who could like this?"

    The reviews were so positive! I was expecting something delicious. I agree that Sarah McCarty has talent, but this book's plot sinks into an unispired circle of Vampire cliches that bored me to distraction.
    "I won't drink blood." "You MUST drink blood."
    Thirty pages later, I couldn't care less. There has to be a difference between conflict and bickering, otherwise, I'm not on board.
    Just bored.
    Read Anne Stuart

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    V San Diego, CA, United States 10-10-11
    V San Diego, CA, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2010

    I'm just here for the laughs!

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    "Surprisingly Disappointed"

    I was excited to see a new vamp series, especially one with such great reviews, but I honestly was disappointed. Tavia Gilbert narrated, and as usual, was amazing, but it just wasn't enough for me. Some parts were dragged out unnecessarily and others, like some of the battle scenes, were run through so quickly it was over before I knew what was what.

    This book might have been better if read, but as an audiobook, it didn't rock my socks.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 05-29-12
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 05-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Really Stupid.."

    Really?? this book was ridiculous. The story was too stupid for words. As much as I love Tavia Gilbert and she is one of my favorite narrators this book was awful. The voice she used for Caleb sounded like a creepy cowboy that you see on TV playing the bad guy. ugh Total waste of time and credits. I will not listen to the rest of this series. I could not even finish this book mostly because of the story itself not the narrator. I did get to chapter 7 before finally deciding I wanted to shoot myself in the face if listened any further. Dont get me wrong I am a huge fantasy vampire fan, but this was just freakin Stupid. Sorry Sarah McCarty.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cami MOSES LAKE, WA, United States 01-24-12
    Cami MOSES LAKE, WA, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This was absolute torcher!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no one should listen to this book.


    What could Sarah McCarty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    frankly there was so much wrong, i was not salvageable at anytime. i wish she had scrapped it.


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i have never listened to her before but i did enjoy her voice and performance but the story itself was so awful there was nothing she could do to make it better.


    Any additional comments?

    This was sadly my first Sarah Mccarty book. I read such great reviews on amazon for some of her other books. I wish i had checked out the reviews for this one. I was shocked anyone on audible gave this a 5 star. Nothing was likable about it to me, exccept maybe the narrator, she was good i liked her voice and she performed it well but the story was so awful there was really nothing she could do for it. My god the last half of this book was like extracting teeth to get through it. I honestly thought if I could just finish it then maybe the next books in the series would be better. I can say the first quarter of the book was ok, i figured i would grow to like the characters at least a little. Alli had potential but in the end they both were just...there just was such a lack of love and personality for caleb, he was not even likable to me. lust yes but to be honest even the love scenes were just a snoose and seemed unfinished, i assume i felt this because i never did get to the point where i liked the 2 main characters. Also, the author used the word talon or talons i swear hundreds of times in this book more often than the word THE or SHE...god it was just torture.

    The author never really explained anything, why the vampires turn into wolves, where the loyalty from the pack comes from... and frankly, to me a cowboy is some one who runs cattle, grows crops, or breeds horses...do these men even do any of that? i dont remember that even being explained. it seems to me the only qualifying thing allowing her to call them cowboys is that they wear cowboy hats and live on a

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 04-06-12
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2010

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Just plain BLAH!!"

    This was my first Sarah McCarty book and I don't know what all the hullabaloo is about. The story is BORING!! Actually is there a story? No plot whatsoever, just a chick gets chased. Why? Why does the werewolf chase her and want to kill her? After she is changed to a vampire, we go through this whole I won't drink blood....meh....A whole book of her not drinking anyone's blood but her sires. OK!! We got that move on. Tavia is a good reader, but even she can't save this one. I wouldn't waste my time reading this one, even the sex scenes were boring.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ali Bethlehem, PA 01-30-12
    Ali Bethlehem, PA 01-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.

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    "If Audible gave Refunds, this is my 1st Request"

    Ok, first I never bash a book. Check out my reviews and you will see. This book was really really terrible. Its the first book I couldn't finish. Even my husband who is an avid reader and writer came in a time or two and asked me what I was listening to, followed with an astonished "Why". I admit, I waited it out hoping it would get better. I finally turned it off unhappy and unsatisfied. I never understood where the author was taking me. The book seemed focused on a strange love and transformation of the main character, and the sexual relations of the two after that. I love a good love story and am open minded when it comes to sex, this was not good at all. The plot was underdeveloped at best, and the characters lacked depth. I am sorry if this book appeals to you, and would love to hear what people liked about the book. For this was the worst pick of the year. If I could ask for a refund or credit on any book in my library of more then 100 audio books this would be the one I'd pick hands down.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Davida BUFFALO, NY, United States 11-26-12
    Davida BUFFALO, NY, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Book - Sarah McCarty is Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Caleb to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I don't have time to stop and read a print version with my busy life. It is easy to multitask and listen to story when doing things that don't require my full attention but still need to get done. I get lost in my stories and Tavia is by far my favorite narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Caleb?

    How Allie rescued Caleb even though she was scared to death. She is a women of honor even though was she terrified. She never stopped helping the one she loved.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    She is outstanding. The way she moves between characters with ease. She is one of the best narrators there is. Making every story she reads literally come alive!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Caleb


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 05-02-12
    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Dull and Bloody"

    I enjoyed McCarty's Hell's Eight Series. Not classic literature, but most were quite a bit of fun. I was reluctant to try the Shadow Wrangler books. Not a big vampire fan and not into blood and gore. In a moment of weakness though I gave it a shot. Definitely not classic literature and definitely not fun. The scene in the dark in bed after the heroine has turned was confusing, way too long and just plain boring. I couldn't read on after that. Won't read anymore of the series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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