Caine's Reckoning (Hell's Eight #1)
Caine Allen is a hardened Texas Ranger, definitely not the marrying kind. But when he rescues a kidnapped woman and returns her to town, the preacher calls in a favor. One Caine's honor won't let him refuse. From the moment he beds Desi, Caine knows turmoil will foll...more
"Danger lurked around him in an invisible shimmer, so much a part of his presence, she didn’t even think he realized it. She knew he could kill as easily as he changed his socks, and she knew he wouldn’t worry overly much about it when he was done. Survival was a matter of course to him. He was a lot like the land that way—rugged, deadly and uncompromising. Those who understood that and respected it would survive.
Those who didn’t, would die."
Why oh why didn't I read more western books before ...more
And now my review :D:D
Usually I like the second half of a book more than the first. But this was one gave me the opposite feeling. The first half of this book was really great...the setup for the ititial meeting was intense and exciting, the bad guys really bad and the good guys apparently really good. (Except they all have that tangible bad boy streak, which is even more exciting!!)
Maybe I'm too liberal, biased, and unyielding.... but as a romance writer you absolutely must handle the case of rape delicately. You know, Bodice Ripper's just aren't a think anymore...I think....I hope.. ANYWAYS,
You've got Desi, a previously rich girl, who was the unfortunate victim of some indian raids. She lost her family and was brutally raped. She was "saved", I use that word liberally, only to be granted by a crooke ...more
Set in the mid 1800's in the western U.S. (Texas), Caine's Reckoning is a story about a group of men, one in particular, Caine Allen, who've survived hell (the massacre of their town) and a young woman, Desi, whos ...more
I L-O-V-E-D this book and find it interesting that the reviews are so mixed. Caine’s Reckoning is the first book in McCarty’s Hell’s Eight historical western romance/erotica series about a group of Texas Rangers who have banded together after losing their families in a brutal massacre of their town years before. They own thousands of acres in the Texas territory in the late 1850’s (known as Hell’s Eight land) and fight injustice and right wrongs on th ...more
"4.5 stars" In my opinion, many erotic romances have a tendency to suffer from an overabundance of sex and underdevelopment of plot. Fortunately, Caine's Reckoning has no such issues. It has an interesting and engrossing storyline while still maintaining the steamy sexuality that tends to mark erotic romances. The overarching plot of the series, that of eight mostly unrelated but sexy alpha men who have banded together as a “family” to fight evil and injustice, rem ...more
Caine Allen is Hell's Eight and a Texas Ranger, what he isn't is husband material. He finds himself rethinking that when he saves Desi from her kidnappers, her wild spirit calls to him and makes him want her as his own. When he realises the abuse she has been suffering from her guardians, he knows he can't take her back, so he does what he longs for...makes her his. Desi will do anything to avoid going back to chained to that bed and used to service whoever her guardian wants to reward. Her exp ...more
I had several problems with this book. (Just FYI I listened to an audio version.)
First this woman had just been kept tied to a bed as a sex slave for a year. Caine rescues her and marries her and that night (one and a half days later) he has her naked in the kitchen of the farm house where anyone could walk in and starts up some anal play. Really? This girl should have been running screaming from him. He knows about her abuse and still is on her all the time (and not in a gentle careful way mi ...more
My emotions did a rollercoaster ride throughout the whole book. I want to add here that I was glad I chose the ride but can't say I enjoyed the whole thing. :D
We have the classic "abused by men in the Wild West" heroine that is rescued by the "alpha tough cowboy" of the Wild West.
In this case the abused heroine has been severely used by some high dollar citizens. The hero rushes in w ...more
I will say that at times there were 'lulls' in the story. Some times where nothing much was happening and Caine and Desi were just at home. Which after a little while got a little boring (although all the sexy stuff was awesome. lol), but when it picked up, there were some really fantastic scenes of action.
I really liked ...more
So first my confession – I’ve had this book in my TBR pile for almost a year. I bought it at the Borders going-out-of-business sale (the cover might have swayed me) and it went right into the to-be-read pile. I found myself wanting to read something a little different and definitely naughty so I picked it up and kept smacking myself with the book wondering why I waited so long to read it! The story and the characters drew me right in and while a few of th ...more
So Desi, our heroine has been repeatedly raped by just about every man she has known for the past few years...when along comes our hero (nope) Caine. He rescues her and for some obscure reason is told he must marry her. What does he do to our rape victim and his bride of less than 24 hours? Yep, you guessed it...coerces her into anal sex. I'm sure that's EXACTLY what she needed. No prelude. Just butt sex. So, that's about where I left it.
Sometimes, the desperation and sheer grit of the era of the Western Frontier truly grabs me. I used to watch old westerns with my uncle. I was engrossed by stories like the Alamo, Wyatt Earp and Jessie James. I got into TV shows and movies like Deadwood, The Missing, and even the Hallmark channel's Love Comes Softly series (Is it too corny or inappropriate to add I loved Little House on the Prairie, at one point?(The dad in that show was hawt! I don't mean to offend:).
I'm asking myself how come I've missed this series? How? Why didn't I read it before?
But now, I'm very happy to have started it! *wink*
It is very, very well written. The lady does know how to use words!
The story is soooo good! And Caine is to die for! He's so alpha and so bossy, but he's also so gentle and loving. He's also fun and caring. And he's soooo sexy!!!
I loved how the heroine overcome her many wounds and problems... poor ...more
Desi and her twin sister Ari were kidnapped by Indians and raped. Some “respectable” white men paid the Indians for Desi. They kept her naked and chained to a bed as their private sex slave. Somehow a gang of men kidnapped Desi and three ladies. Caine and two of his partners were traveling nearby and heard screams. They saw two men trying to rape Desi. They killed ...more
If I could give a book a rating for 'potential' I'd give this one a higher score. There was the definitely the potential for a better book here. I liked the characters in the story, for the most part. But, I did have a strong objection to some of the behavior of Caine. On one hand, he is supposed to be this strong ethical guy who would never hurt a woman, yet on the other hand, he's completely insensitive and stupid when dealing with Desi on several occasions. It bothered me a ...more
Desi had inner strength especially for a pampered princess so I was impressed that she kept fighting. Caine was a good man despite the hard outer shell. Novels like this were the precursors for modern day biker stories. Just substitute cowboy/Marshalls with motorcycle gangs. Code of honor, brotherhood, and loyalty.
The writing was just okay for me. It wasn't as flowery as I was hoping for. In fact, this story was pretty dark for what I no ...more
I liked reading a western for a change. Loved the crew. All the bit's of the ranch life was awesome.
Desi and Caine were interesting MC. Their romance is different and very sweet. The character building is done well. The villains are mean- but in an multifaceted way. The Hell's Eight, interesting...I want ...more
"He doesn't have money, doesn't have social position and doesn't care a fig about mine, but he is everything I never dreamed big enough to desire when we used to sit under the apple tree imagining the perfect husband. A heart that knows no limits, a sense of honor that can't be compromised and a love for me so rich, I'll never be poor."
I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed Caine's Reckoning as much as I did. I have read the first book in Ms. McCarty's Pomises series and I didn't enjo ...more
Hell's Eight - A group of eight men brought together with a common purpose: To survive the wilds of Texas during the mid 1850's. Caine, Tracker, Sam, Shadow.... just to name a few.
Erotic - The relationship between Caine Allen and Desdemona "Desi" doesn't start off in the usual way. Although, Caine i ...more
(view spoiler)[ The first part of the book was great, the second one dragged a little. The sex scenes were looooong as hell, I found myself skimming and bored with them.
The action in the second part just kinda died all of a sudden, and we get one never-ending sex scene after another. I love sex in my books but these scenes just didn't work for me. I don't think kinky sex was really necessary qui ...more
both characters took time to know each other and were scared to admit they loved each other, but they sure did have some hot scenes a long the way. hehe.
McCarty also introduced other characters that i'd like to read about; Shadow and Tucker the most interesting to me. ...more
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