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His past has haunted him for a lifetime…but one woman could be his salvation

Gunslinger Caden Miller's compadres are becoming a bit too domesticated for his liking. So he's off to Kansas territory to carve out a living and a space of his own - alone, just the way he likes it.

Maddie O'Hare has been drawn to Caden ever since she escaped to the Hell's Eight compound from the brothel where she was born and raised. And she's not ready to let him go so easily…until she's captured by his new neighbors.

When Caden discovers that Maddie is being held by a rival at a nearby ranch, his plan to rescue her backfires, and he finds himself the groom in what's literally a shotgun wedding. As shocked as Caden is by the bizarre turn of events, Maddie's grateful kiss holds a fiery promise that's far more unexpected. But with old enemies catching up with him, Caden and Maddie will face a danger that tests their passion - and will either bind them together forever or break them apart for good.

©2012 Sarah McCarty (P)2012 Audible, Inc

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Disappointed Sarah McCarty Fan

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The characters lacked depth and the story line was a little boring. So unlike her other books.

How could the performance have been better?

I thought the narrator was dry.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Poor narrator ruins mediocre story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator's attempts at male voices was hard to get past. The story needed more action as well.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointing

Not the quality of the prior books
Weak plot, weak writing, drawn out and only fair narrator.
Hate to see it go down.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • Laguna Niguel, CA, United States
  • 12-10-12

Frist Book Was Better

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This book was missing something. Not sure what it was but I hoped for more

If you’ve listened to books by Sarah McCarty before, how does this one compare?

Sarah McCarty has done better.I love her work but this did nothing for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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dry as dust.

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Eleanor
  • Trail, British Columbia, Canada
  • 01-17-13

Not up to the mark

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Pretty Good Overall

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • ANN ARBOR, MI, United States
  • 12-27-12

McCarty is going through the motions...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More consistent characters, a more likable heroine, more realistic dialogue, better narration.

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

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.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paula Hoffman?

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.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

I'm done with McCarty. The series was good when it started, but it's clear that McCarty ran out of steam.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Why why why so on my nerves!!!!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

If you’ve listened to books by Sarah McCarty before, how does this one compare?

Not her best ...not as hot and not well developed.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator....horrible little girl voice for Maddie

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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odd...

Would you try another book from Sarah McCarty and/or Paula Hoffman?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah McCarty again?

Yes

Any additional comments?

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'.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful