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Shadow's Stand (Hell's Eight #5)

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Shadow Ochoa is lying low in the western 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 seldom-used law, the exotic lady prospector claims Shadow as her husband and rides off with the bridegroom shackled to her buckbo ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by HQN Books (first published October 18th 2011)
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Dec 02, 2011 Auntee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of bordering on the erotic Westerns
Very enjoyable read. Took me a while to remember where the story left off with Shadow's situation (this is not a stand alone read), but once I got up to speed I started remembering why I like this series. Sometimes I find Sarah McCarty's writing a little choppy and her dialogue is not always easy to follow, but she does tell a good story. In this book, Shadow Ochoa (who is wanted by the law for a crime he committed in Tracker's Sin) is minutes away from being hung for stealing a horse, until a b ...more
Jul 05, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5/7 - I returned this to the library back on the 10th of June, but somehow I managed to forget to review it. I will attempt to write a comprehensive review despite the time gap.

3.5 stars, better than the last Hell's Eight book I read, but still not quite up to the level of Caine's story. Fei Yen is my favourite heroine of the whole series. She and Shadow were a great couple and I loved the way she brought out Shadow's softer side. Why do these Hell's Eight men always think they're cold-hearted b
Laura V.
Mis hermosos Fei y Shadow juntos de nuevo, qué corto se me ha hecho, quiero un epílogo, una serie, secuelas, lo que sea, los quiero ver juntos, criando muchachitos medio chinos-medio indios-medio americano-medio mexicanos, quiero que recuperen a Joya, quiero que tengan muchos caballos como Noche, quiero que tengan esa casa con la que Shadow sueña, quiero que Fei se haga amiga de las demás mujeres, quiero que Shadow se reconcilie con Ari y que su relación con Tracker vuelva a ser unida y sin rece ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

I love a hero who thinks he is a cold hearted bastard, when really he is a big fluffy marshmallow on the inside. All he needs is the love of a good woman to bring out all his softer side, soon he will be feeding stray kittens (if he isn't already) and helping elderly women across the street (again, if he isn't already!) Shadow Ochoa is that kind of guy. So when Fei Yen saves him from the gallows and marries him so he will protect her whilst she corrects her crazy father's wrongs, he is a goner.
3.5- 4 Stars
Genre: Historical Adult Romance/ Early American
Heat Barometer: 3 out of 5 flames

I started reading Sarah McCarty many years ago and fell in love with the Early American timeline she writes about in both Hell’s Eight and the Promises series. They seem very realistic from the rough terrain to the rougher times. Both are fantastic series with the kind of heroes I love and crave: all alpha, all possessive, all honorable, all loyal and above all, sexy as hell. They are REAL MEN, strong an
Mar 03, 2016 Keri rated it liked it
I do love the Hell's Eight series. I thought that Shadow and Fei Yen were an intriguing couple. Shadow, who is on the run from the military after the last book is in Kansas. He was caught "horse-stealing" and is set to hang. But pretty Fei Yen has other uses for Shadow and involkes a little used law that she will marry the convict. She needs his help in keeping her gold claim from being jumped. So our story goes on from there. The storyline is kind of all over the place and her usual hot as a fi ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQN Books
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Hell’s Eight
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Hot

While I don’t think I’m a prude (because really, how can one read as much steamy romance as I do and still be a prude?), I was a bit taken aback by the span
As a half-Chinese woman in a white man's world, Fei needs support and can think of only one way to get it -- by saving a man about to be hanged and "marrying" him. She picks Shadow Ochoa because he's a "half-breed" and less likely to look down on her mixed heritage, but when she sees him for the first time, her resolve falters: "Dragon. She had enough dragons on her back. She didn't need another one..." But Fei is desperate: her cousin Lin is in danger, her father is useless, and it's illegal fo ...more
Dec 01, 2011 Darcy rated it really liked it
This is my favorite of the series so far and it is due to Shadow and Fei. These two, both considered half breeds, and used to be looking down upon while going about their business, have a lot in common. They both are so fiercely protective with those they love and will do whatever it takes to get things done.

I loved how these two argued! Both had valid points and often said things to annoy the other. I thought it was great how everyone around them realized how much they loved each other but the
Mar 15, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Shadow, Shadow, Shadow.... you stubborn man!!! So, sexy, so apprently cold! The mighty Dragon! WOW!
And Fei? I LOVED her!!! She's a perfect mix of demure oriental woman and hell-on-wheels!!! I loved her knowledge of explosives, her smart remarks! Her skipping grammar when upset! Great!!!
She was sooo perfect for Shadow's nature!
The heat in this book is absolutely there, but I LOVED the fact that Shadow was "strait" in his loving. *blush* His loving is just passionate enough that the DSM from the

Très différent des tomes précédents, ce cinquième épisode des Hell’s Eight que j’attendais avec impatience est parfaitement à la hauteur de mes espérances. Depuis le premier tome et surtout avec le quatrième, je suis attirée par le personnage de Shadow par son côté très sombre et (encore) plus solitaire que ses compagnons (autant dire que pour le croiser et entamer une discussion avec lui il faut se lever tôt !).
Un an et demi se sont passés depuis que Shadow s’est sacrifié pour que son frère jum
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Apr 11, 2012 Book Binge rated it really liked it
He's huge and he's gorgeous, bearing the obvious appearance of one of mixed heritage--Native American and Mexican--and a man who has been defamed and insulted on that basis alone. Now he is dangling at the end of a rope for horse theft, when in deed he was retrieving his own horses. His only hope: if a woman wishing to marry him cuts him down. (Only in the American West, eh?) And that's just what happens, when a woman who is half Chinese and half American decides that she needs him to protect he ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Good book. Fei Yen and Shadow were both intriguing characters. Fei is in a bit of a bind. Her father has lost it mentally, leaving her unprotected. He sold her cousin to an unscrupulous man. She needs to get enough gold out of her claim to buy her cousin back. The problem is that Chinese people cannot own a claim, so she needs a man to hold it for her. She finds just such a man in Shadow, who is about to be hanged for horse theft. Invoking an odd law, she claims him as her husband and takes him ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Dabney rated it it was ok
Dear Ms. McCarty,

In general, with the exception of Deadwood, I have never been a fan of the western. I’ve read good things about your Hell’s Eigh t series, however, so I thought I’d see if perhaps your book Shadow’s Stand might be the western that changed my mind. After finishing it, I am open to reading another western. That said, I don’t think it will be one of yours.

My struggle with Shadow’s Stand began with the opening scene. The time is the summer of 1859; the place, the West Kansas territ
Mar 22, 2012 Alisa rated it really liked it
The following review was posted to my blog as today's Thursday Book Review.

Shadow's Stand is a fast-paced, racy romance novel by acclaimed author Sarah McCarty, and I liked it quite a lot.

In this 5th book in the Hell's Eight series, we find our leading man, Shadow Ochoa, about to be hanged after being wrongly accused of being a horse thief in 1800s Kansas. To his great surprise, a pretty woman named Fei Yen intervenes, calling on a little-used law that allows her to take
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
HA! Read this a while ago and forgot to review... Trying to organize my reads! Anyway... this is going on my feed, so hence the commentary...

Well, this was the second book from sarah mccarty I've read & I was seriously trying to give her another chance. But... It didn't fly well for me. Maybe it's the genre. I am not sure.

Sooo... The hero (Shadow) is about to be hung for horse stealing. The heroine (Lei) decides she must save him and calls forth a law that if someone is willing to marry the
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jun 20, 2012 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Shelves: romance, read-in-2012
I wish I'd gotten my hands on an edition from Spice rather than the HQN version. I loved the characters and the plot, but the level of eroticism just isn't there, they cut it back to only four steamy love scenes. Yuk.

I read the first four books in the series as published by Spice. Wow.

The writing is excellent. The plot is great. I love the characters. The setting, where authentic old-time bigotry pushes many of the scenes, works well.

Our heroine is of mixed origins. Her mother is of European anc
Shadow Ochoa is on the run but not beaten just yet by his circumstances, however having been caught in the act of supposedly stealing horses he now finds himself in danger of being hanged.

Fei Yen is a 23-year-old Chinese American who is in need of help to gather her gold from a claim she and her father had been mining, being that she was not a full blooded American and female to boot the law stated she could not own a gold mine so she had devised a plan where she found a husband" to protect her.
The fifth addition to the Hell's Eight series by Sarah McCarty. After being disappointed in the last book I read in this series, I was hesitate to jump back on board and continue the series. But I did and I am glad. This was actually pretty good. Not great, mind you, but good. The hero and heroine are not your typical hero and heroine. Shadow Ochoa is a half breed (Indian/Mexican) man on the run from the law. He ends up in Kansas and is getting ready to be hung for horse thief. Enter Fei Yen, a ...more
Jane Doe
Feb 18, 2012 Jane Doe rated it really liked it
Sarah McCarty is a wonderful writer. The first book in this series is my favorite by far. This one is one of the better ones...I like how she can write about two people that seem very different but fit together perfectly in ways that don't seem apparent at first. Enjoyed seeing people from the past books in this one.

Now for the down side.... I know authors try and have "catch phrases" for characters but if Shadow would have said Son of a bitch one more time I might have screamed (okay I did roll
Michelle the Romance Witch
Feb 09, 2012 Michelle the Romance Witch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print-inventory
4.5 stars another great story in a fantastic series. Shadow is one of those men.. you know the ones you just wanna reach out and slap every time they open their mouths b/c inevitably they're gonna say something stupid? yeah one of those. But thankfully he meets his match in a fiery and determined little woman.
Loved this story and was so thrilled to finally see him beat his demons.
Hope this isn't the end of Hell's Eight as i'm wanting more already!
I liked this book best of the 3 I've read in this series. I needed closure for Shadow's situation. I found it surprising that this book picked up 1.5 years after book 4. It's disappointing not to get a little more face time for Desi and Ari. I really liked Fei.
Carol (Mocha)
Just love these hot cowboys!!!! Sarah McCarty is so creative in her heroines. These are all HEA and are right up my alley. Hot sex, strong alpha men and women who although strong love and respect their men! Thank you Sarah.
Elizabeth (Liz)
Hoping that the book being published under the HQN imprint won't impact the steam level! It would be odd to have this one be much more tame than the previous four. Will wait and see:-)

Revised note 11/22/11
Feb 20, 2012 Tanya rated it it was amazing
I think that this is the best book so far, out of the Hell's Eight Series. I couldn't put it down.
Allison Rotter
Mar 24, 2012 Allison Rotter rated it did not like it
honestly, one of the worst books EVER. Caine's Reckoning was a one hit wonder unfortunately.
I didn't find this book nearly as good as I had hoped it would be.

Series Note:
Fifth book in McCarty's "Hell's Eight" erotic historical western series about a group of 8 orphaned boys who band together and grow up to be feared Texas Rangers. You may be able to read this one as a standalone but there's backstory involved and this book continues something that happened at the end of the last book.

Shadow Ochoa has been on the run and an outlaw for over a year after murdering a man in front o
J. Leigh Hunter
Story and Writing style
Can one submerge oneself in an author’s seemingly spastic or difficult writing style? Can one treat a writing style like a language, something that can be learned and deciphered over time? Because I remember being thoroughly confused by some of the exposition in “Caine”, book #1 of this series, and having to go back and reread it. That was a difficult story to explain, with most of it as description of their physical relationship, as the heroine was a rape victim that had
Jan 03, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
I read the first four books in this series when they first came out. Due to contracts and such, I had to wait a whole year for this book! I thought I might die waiting! So when I saw it on Net Galley I simply had to request it!

A little background on the series; Hell's Eight are a band of Outlaws turned Texas Rangers. The eight men survived an attack of Mexican Army as young boys and once they grew into mean they hunted down the mean who killed their families. Rather than waste energy and men try
Sep 11, 2016 E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, western
4 3/4 stars Sarah McCarty's “Shadow’s Stand” is part of her Hell’s Eight series and tells the intriguing tale of Shadow Ochoa and Fei Yen Tseng. Each of these two unique characters has had to overcome the stigma of being a mixed breed in a society that disdains minorities. Fei has struggled against discrimination in two different countries as she dutifully accompanied her strict Chinese father and complied with his demands. Their somewhat elevated status amongst the rough characters that build t ...more
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