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Shadow Ochoa is lying low in the Kansas Territory, waiting for his fellow Texas Rangers—the Hell's Eight brotherhood—to clear his name. That is, until he's unjustly strung up for horse thieving... and pretty Fei Yen intervenes. Invoking a seldomused law, the exotic lady prospector claims Shadow as her husband and rides off with the bridegroom shackled to her buckboard.

Savvy, fearless Fei is singlemindedly devoted to her hidden claim and all it promises: wealth, security and freedom. A husband is just a necessary inconvenience and a name on paper to hold the claim she cannot.

Shadow isn't a man to take orders from anyone, especially from lovely Fei—except the friction between them ignites into nightly blazes of allconsuming passion. Soon Shadow is dreaming a little himself: of the life they could have if Fei could see past the lure of independence. If bounty hunters weren't closing in on him. If he's left standing when the impending showdown has ended....

©2012 Sarah McCarty (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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I really enjoyed this book.

This story keeps you on your toes all the way through. Shadow is true to form looking good and sporting an attitude. The heroine did not wine or simper like women in similar stories, which was refreshing. In all...good book, good narrator and worth your credit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Best one yet!

I tried the Hell's Eight series, but after the third one, decided i wasn't going to continue. I don't mind steamy, erotic sex scenes, but the obsession with anal sex turned me off.
But when I saw that one of my favorite narrators was reading this one, I couldn't resist and tried it. I'm so glad I did, because it was the most enjoyable one yet.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Kd
  • CLINTON, MS, United States
  • 02-12-12

The thrill has gone away...sorta

Well, nothing good lasts forever. This Hell's 8 story just didn't do it for me like the other previous 4 Hell's 8 stories. It wasn't as sensual and erotic. It didn't make as much sense or have as much depth. I never got how Shadow and Fei Yen fell in love. It was too fast and never explained. Even the attraction--at least to the degree required to want to stay married-- seemed unexplainable. And Shadow's desire to be committed to someone all-of-a-sudden just didn't make sense. Why Fei Yen? Why now? And if I don't hear "son-of-a-b****" again, ever, it'll be too soon! I don't have a problem with the phrase, just the monumental number of times Shadow says it one story. I was disappointed, but McCarty has given me much to enjoy over the previous 4. So she's allowed to not be 100% all of the time. No one is. I also haven't taken to her new Shadow Wrangler series. So I don't think it's me. I think something is changing in her writing, and the shift is making me wonder if I'll continue to be so excited and so quick to jump for her next release. Time will tell.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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The Best of the Hell's Eight Series

I love this series, and enjoyed the fact that all the characters stayed connected throughout the series. What made this audiobook most enjoyable was the narrator, she did a outstanding job

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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I adore this series

Any additional comments?

I listed to audiobooks when I run and the books in this series always make me want to run longer so that I can hear more. Happily

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • J-9
  • Cary, NC, United States
  • 02-23-12

A Good Listen!

Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow's Stand to be better than the print version?

I don't really know. I think they would rate pretty much the same.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow's Stand?

When Tracker confronted Shadow and tried to convince him that his life was worth something. I also liked when Hell's Eight broke Shadow out of jail and they made camp for the night and several of the eight gave Shadow a hard time about how much he had fallen in love. It was nice to see that these hard as hell guys have a good sense of humor.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Fei blew up the house of the man that her cousin was sold too. Shadow was so impressed by her bravery that he was speechless.

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

Ahh - maybe two or three sittings.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was good. There are some inconsistencies between this book and the previous books, but I'm still looking forward to the rest of the Hell's Eight books. I can't believe that it will take 3 more years to finish the series. I wonder if I'll move on and miss the last three books in the series.

Also, the author hasn't brought at least two of the Hell's Eight into any of the books or they've only had a line or two which I think will make it hard to draw them into the series. I'm not so sure that writing a series of 8 books over a period of 8 years is really a smart move because it does lead to inconsistencies and makes tying characters together between books a bit harder.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Love this series

Book 5 in a series. Recommend reading the books in order to avoid spoilers.

Well written. Great story and cast of characters.

Hot, steamy scenes? Yes.

Narration is excellent.

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Loved the heroine

Fei is fantastic. She is brave and competent and smart and kind. She is the real "hero" of this story. It's her competence and courage that stand out most.
Shadow is a bit of an ass. I liked him, but probably the least out of all of the previous Hell's Eight heroes.
The one complaint I have is what some others liked - there wasn't as much sex and it wasn't as explicit or drawn out as in the first three books.
It was still hot, and there were still a few scenes, but the heat level went down a notch.

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Not too Bad

I enjoy it but there was times where the writer did lose me. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would had been. I laugh at the parts when the guys were giving Shadow a hard time for being in love.

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Shadow Dragged Into the Light of Love

After a tiring year on the run, shadow stupidly decides to get drunk, loses his horse, tries to steal it back, and gets caught. Fei Yen needs protection and claims him from the hangman. Before she can prospect for her gold, she must rescue her cousin Lin, and ride to avoid capture. Shadow returns the cousins to their family, but Fei runs away to choose her own life, not knowing that Shadow is thrown in jail. Col Daniels quickly arrives to hold a summary trial and conviction, exposing himself as a collaborator with Amboy in his plots against Desi and Ari. The Eight with Zac arrive in time to break out Shadow, driving home the message that they have the right to protect him, too. In his frustration, Daniels finds Fei and uses her to lure Shadow, but also forces her to take him to her gold claim. Fei uses her skills with dynamite to escape, but barely survives the cave-in to be rescued by the Eight.
Richards does a creditable job with narration.