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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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Pretty good continuation of series

I agree with most of the other reviewers' comments about the story line itself, so won't go into that aspect of the book.

The Narrator did a fairly decent job in general as there were several different characters all talking during a couple of the scenes. That said, shifting between voices was definitely a challenge for her. Many times I couldn't tell the difference between Tracker, Tucker, Sam and Shadow. Back at the beginning books of the series Tracker and Shadow both spoke in a deep, soft and sultry voices (which would be expected of brothers). Here, they just sound as normal as the others. Shadow's voice lacked any real depth of emotion especially when the scene was intimate between him and Fey. And he 'spoke' way too fast all the time.

I totally agree with another reviewer's comment about wishing the Narrators throughout the series had remained the same. I understand that these books were written over a long period of time, so perhaps the original Narrators were not available ... very sad as the story line lost something due to those changes over time.

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Okay

The narrator was fine for women’s voices and narrating, good actually. But the men’s voices were awful, awful. The previous narrators of the series all gave Shadow a husky shadowy voice, and the one narrator that couldn’t do his voice is the one they chose for this book. It sometimes was downright goofy sounding and singsongy. Reminded me a little of Keanu Reeves’ character in Parenthood. Ack. Hated it.

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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.