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Caine's Reckoning (Hell's Eight #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,326 ratings  ·  272 reviews
Caine Allen is definitely not the marrying kind. But when he rescues a kidnapped woman and returns her to town, his honor and his desire for Desi won't allow him to let her go.

From the moment he beds Desi, Caine knows turmoil will follow. Desi might have the face of a temptress, but she also has a will of iron. And while she needs his protection, she's determined that no m
Paperback, 474 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by HQN Books (first published October 31st 2007)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

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"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
Duchess Nicole
Welllllllll....hmm. Here's an obligatory shirtless cowboy...can't pass up the chance for one of those...
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!!)

I can see why the reviews for this book are kind of all over the place. It's a good book, one I'm glad I read, but at the same time, there are things about it that are frustrating and annoying. I enjoyed it a lot, but there were just some things that kept it from being a five-star read.

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
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5+ stars – Western/Historical Romance/Erotica

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
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
Caine's Reckoning: 1 star DNF- Rape Victims: They Need time not more penis

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

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
Sep 01, 2008 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Erotic or Western Romances
Recommended to Julianna by: Cristel, BB, Nikki
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"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
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)

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
Nov 01, 2008 Collette rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Collette by: Pamela(AllHoney)
Shelves: erotica, mccarty
Well let me start off by saying I totally understand why this book is all over the map when it comes to reviews.
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
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This book was such a pleasant surprise. I have to admit that I have never been a fan of Historical books, but the synopsis of this one sounded too good to miss, so here I am.

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
Hopefully the rest of the heroes in this series aren't pushy assholes who pressure their sexually abused wives into compromising positions.
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

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
Updated 11-1-13: 3 stars
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:).

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! This book is SERIOUSLY HOTTT!!! *fanning myslef*
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
I had to quit. This was just...yikes.

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.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2.5/5; 3 stars; B-

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
Jul 22, 2008 Kathrynn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Auntee
This was a dark western romance chalked full of horrible abuse and treatment. I found it to be depressing and sad. The main character, Desi, had some horrific memories and it's a wonder to me that she didn't have some kind of disease. The other main character, Caine, was a good man and did his best to help Desi heal. But, he/they were into dominance "games" and for me with Desi's background, it's a wonder she ever trusted a man again little lone allowed herself to be dominated.
Jane Stewart
2 stars. Intriguing characters. Good first sex scene. Excellent plot, but weak execution - needed more events and action.

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
My first experience reading one of Sarah McCarty’s novels was outstanding! It kept my attention, and I was highly entertained! The men of Hell’s Eight Texas Rangers are sexy and gorgeous, and Caine Allen was no exception to that rule. He was magnificent and just overflowed with intense heat and powerful appeal. He was a very protective and caring man that one knew that they could trust for his honesty and fairness. And when coming upon spirited Desi Blake, who is being held captive against her w ...more
Caine's Reckoning is Book One in Sarah McCarty's Hell's Eight Erotic Adventure Series. When I see those words on a front cover of a book that is what I expect to read, and that, is exactly what I got.

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
Finished. I'm a little conflicted with this one, some parts I liked but others were just meh for me.
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Domino (aka Meme)
first read of McCarty's and i liked it. it had a flawed, spitfire heroine who needed rescuing and just the right hero. a man with a past who doesn't think he deserves something special. these are always good characters for a novel.
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.
I wanted to love Caine's Reckoning. I'd read so many rave reviews I thought for sure I would! I just didn't feel attached to the characters, I wasn't sucked in. The sex scenes were a bit too wordy for me. The writing was a little hard to follow in some places. I found myself having to go back a few pages to figure out what the heck was happening/happened. I'm on the fence about whether or not to move on to Sam's Creed.
I felt a little intimidated when I bought this book. It had a lot of hype and I was expecting greatness. I can honestly say this time I was not disappointed. Definitely steamy but it was a heartfelt romance that made me fall in love with Caine. (Although I fell in lust with the cover).
I really enjoyed this book! It was sweet, hot, and kept me riveted the entire time.
Jonel Boyko (Pure Jonel)
While reading this novel I was immersed in a completely different way of life. I enjoyed this time spent in another time, living a different kind of life alongside these characters. McCarty develops this world in a very vivid and realistic manner. She draws you completely into this world with a story of love and trust. This is mixed amongst action and suspense, heat and spice.

I love the paradox that is Caine. He embodies the ultimate Alpha in the most basic of ways. Paired with Desi, a strong in
Right, first off, I'll confess that if I had to rate this book on EVERYTHING (including its marketing) the star rating would be lower.

The fact that it appears on Amazon's kindle list with the bracketed words (for fans of Fifty Shades by E.L.James) after the title would normally have been an immediate red flag for me. I have a particular bugbear with publishers who lump authors together and attempt to trade off the success of another book/series.

The price was also another 'pause' point for me. It
Cowboys and the American West and living on the edge are the sweet parts of these books by Sarah McCarty. Caine's Reckoning was slowed down by all the inner dialogue by both of the MCs, however. The author really took on a huge task in trying to move Desi from a year of abuse to a happily married woman. That wasn't going to happen without some complex maneuvering and explanations. On the plus side the author did not sacrifice her commitment to show and not tell. But the reader has to work hard t ...more
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Sarah has traveled extensively throughout her life, living in other cultures, sometimes in areas where electricity was a concept awaiting fruition and a book was an extreme luxury. While she could easily adjust to the lack of electricity, living without the comfort of a good book was intolerable
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Other Books in the Series

Hell's Eight (8 books)
  • Sam's Creed (Hell's Eight, #2)
  • Tucker's Claim (Hell's Eight, #3)
  • Tracker's Sin (Hell's Eight, #4)
  • Shadow's Stand (Hell's Eight, #5)
  • Caden's Vow (Hell's Eight #6)
  • Ace's Wild (Hell's Eight, #7)
  • Luke's Cut (Hell's Eight, #8)
Sam's Creed (Hell's Eight, #2) Promises Linger (Promises, #1) Tucker's Claim (Hell's Eight, #3) Tracker's Sin (Hell's Eight, #4) Caleb (Shadow Wranglers, #1)

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