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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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    Cami MOSES LAKE, WA, United States 01-24-12
    Cami MOSES LAKE, WA, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2013
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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 10 people found this review helpful
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    bluebelle 11-11-11
    bluebelle 11-11-11 Member Since 2015

    When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!

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    "Cowboys, Yes! Cowboy vampires not so much..."

    I have always loved Sarah McCarty's books, if you want a steamy romance with a good story line, she is a joy to listen to! However, I just can't get into the whole cowboy vampire thing. Yes, I love paranormal and western genres but I'm not sure how I like them together. Also this book seemed to cut from scene to scene, a few times I thought I'd missed something and had to back up just to make sure I hadn't. I don't think I'd purchase it again. She is one of the best western writers but I think I'll stick to JR Ward for my vampires.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer philadelphia 06-29-13
    Amazon Customer philadelphia 06-29-13 Member Since 2013

    qeendee

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    "Shadow Wrangles"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes the story line. The story went on and on before anything happen. I am not sure what was the purpose of the vapires who can shift into werewolves. Any why are there no vampire women its just weird story line and very boring.


    What was most disappointing about Sarah McCarty’s story?

    the entire book was disappointing


    Did Tavia Gilbert do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes she did but it didnt make since becuase all the charcters were boring nothing really happen.


    Was Caleb worth the listening time?

    Yes caleb was interesting but his wife and brother sorry the book lost me there.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not use your credit on this book if you are looking for adventours or funny story line. If you want something boring and laid back than this may be the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 05-21-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 05-21-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Suprise Suprise Suprise Suprise!"

    Ok... Can you say Suprise! OMG! I was not expecting this... No seriously Not at all. I only pick this book because of the narrator. I am becoming a fan of Gilbert/Frost, so I came across this and was like now way... cowboys! ummmm NO! Right... but I took a chance...

    This was sooo good! I don't know if it was because of the the narration...but wow! I ususally tend to stay away from paranormal vamp books because no one can do the right but Frost, and a very few others... but McCarty nailed it... these Cowboy Vamps and their wolf packs were simply hilarous! I loved every single bit of this book. I hardly ever listen to a book without fast fowarding... and I think I only fast fowarded like four time...just because I was so excited to see whats was going to happen... not becauce I was bored... and I did it like at chapter 2, at one pt... when Allie is being chased by the wolves before she gets to the circle J... get this and you will know what I am talking about... then when the brothers use Allie to bring back Caleb... OMG! I was freaking out! Then when .... Omg! I can just keep going... this book was just sooooo goood... I loved it.... Then... Allie gets kidnapped... OMG! Whew!

    Suprise Suprise... I haven't been entertain is a long time.. and the smex! Hottty! Hotty! Right out of the gate too... well worth the credit... I ended up buying all four books in the series... I hope McCarty writes a book about the wolf pack next....

    Narration... well we all know why I got the book orginally... Narration was awesome...

    Good Buy or Credit.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Terry Lunney Calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-04-13
    Ms. Terry Lunney Calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I didn't hate it."

    Wow, I just read the other reviews and have to say "Harsh!' This series( I've read all 4 books and this is the first I've listened to) isn't as hot and kinky as Hell's Eight- not much is(unfortunately)- but this is the book that lays a foundation for the others so you know why who is doing what. It is an odd read if you consider that this is a cowboy/vampire book. The brothers were transformed when they were cowboys and because they have had to segregate themselves from society for everyone's protection they didn't change their attitude much. So you get your Vampire with a Texas drawl, old time honor and manners their momma slapped into them. Do they raise cattle? Who knows? It's not written like they are all hat and no cattle so don't care. Along the way, they have made alliances with a werewolf pack and have picked up the ability to were. Yes, that may be pushing the envelope :) The book I like best of this series is Slade- you get your cowboy yumminess, vampire super powers and super smart sexiness with a great heroine.

    Tavia Gilbert is a wonderful narrator and always brings her A game whatever she reads. Thanks Tavia!

    Would I spend a credit on this book? Perhaps I'd think about it- but definitely would buy it if it was on sale at the $9.69 price that occasionally comes up. There are worse reads out there, I've got a couple.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Cantonment, FL, United States 12-01-12
    Linda Cantonment, FL, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "What a Surprise!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasently surprised by this series. I was not expecting much, but after listening to the first book I bought the rest. It has a very good story line with just a couple of problems. First, the southern accent is a little overdone but tolerable. It gets better in the next books. Second, all the women are a little too much alike in personality. I guess that could be expected as the men are all brothers. Other than that, this series is thoroughly entertaining and very much worth listening to. I hope Sarah continues the series as there is still so much to find out. (Being careful of spoilers here) I like that the series continues the story of all the characters and follows an exciting story. Give it a try!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian 11-09-12
    Gillian 11-09-12
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    "Best sex I ever had without my husband"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Caleb to be better than the print version?

    the audio edition is wonderful and fills every inch of your body with a deep sensual energy


    What did you like best about this story?

    The testertone that oozed thru this audio book was almost to much for this goddess. if you are looking for a book to activate your lower chakras this is worth every penny.


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

    No I wanted to savor every minute of it.....


    Any additional comments?

    My husband may not know this but he should get down on his knees and thank this author for lubriacting his wifes soul. this book could melt ' Lot's wife'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah SANTA YNEZ, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Deborah SANTA YNEZ, CA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the best of Sarah McCarty"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While I found the bood mildly entertaining I would not recommend it. Vampires aren't as sexy as the Hells Eight Cowboys and the story is a bit contrived.


    Has Caleb turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have enjoyed other vampire books such as Twighlight and A Discovery of Witches, but I won"t be reading any more of the Shadow Wrangler series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    one particular scene does not come to mind


    Did Caleb inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Sarah McCarty should stick with her Hell's Eight and leave the vampires to someone else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine Mesa, az, United States 06-23-12
    Kristine Mesa, az, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't finish listening"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am not sure if I know anyone to recommend this to.


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

    Maybe a little more character development. I found I did not care.


    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    I am not convinced that the performance was the bad part.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Indifference. Boredom.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 04-17-12
    Dana 04-17-12
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    "Monotonous and Boring"
    Would you try another book from Sarah McCarty and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    I thought the characters were simpering and flip flopped from trying to be strong to being a whimp. The narrator made the book very hard to listen to. I kept waiting for it to get better, but really spent a lot of time rolling my eyes.


    Has Caleb turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have read other paranormal books that had a great deal more character substance than this. This was a bad harlequin novel


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    Terrible!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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