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Sam's Creed (Hell's Eight #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,119 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Known for making up his own rules of right and wrong, Texas Ranger Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor takes what he wants when he wants it, especially when it comes to women. But seduction is the last thing on his mind when he stumbles across a beauty crouching in fear beside a burned-out wagon.Isabella may look feminine and unassuming, but she's hell in a bodice with gunslinging sk ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by HQN Books (first published 2008)
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jenjn79
This book kinda lumbered along for me. For the first 300 pages, I felt like I was reading the same scenes over and over again. The last 100 pages picked up a bit, but this book just never really hooked me. It wasn't bad in any sense, just rather average.

Sam's Creed is the second book in Sarah McCarty's erotic historical western Hell's Eight series which is about a group of men who banded together after tragedy tore their lives apart as children.

Sam MacGregor is out on a mission searching for a m
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Auntee
Jun 22, 2008 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of erotic westerns
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Christel
Mar 30, 2009 Christel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes somewhat historical, romnce, erotica
Recommended to Christel by: Auntee, Laura who gave me the first book in the series and the r
Shelves: sarah-mccarty
OMG!!! I think I am in love with the men of Hell's 8. I wish there was a time travel machine to go back in time to late 1850's to Texas!! HOLY CANNOLIS BATMAN!!!

How do I describe this one and not give away the story!! Gee I hate this!!
Ok, Isabella has been on the run for 6 months from her intended, Tejala. He is a ruthless, a-hole of a man who is Hell bent in owning Isabella only for her ranch and not her. So Isabella runs and runs smack dab into one of Hell's 8 own, Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor, S
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Eastofoz
Jul 19, 2008 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like not being able to catch their breath during steamy scenes
If you like the strong and silent alpha (not brooding, just not Chatty Charlie) and one firecracker of a heroine then this is a must read! Sam’s Creed is an excellent story whether you like western romances or not –and they’re rarely my first pick.

This is sooo much better than Caine’s Reckoning, the first in the Hell’s Eight series. It’s a lot “gentler” in terms of romance and steam but in no way takes away from the sun blistering sex! Very erotic without being one of those “squash the meat” ick
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Shawna
5+ stars – Western/Historical Romance/Erotica

I L-O-V-E-D this book! McCarty’s Hell’s Eight historical western romance/erotica series is brilliantly written, exciting, gritty, emotionally gripping, sensual, and action-packed and features such strong, realistic, well-developed characters. It is now one of my top favorite series!

The Hell’s Eight are 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 a
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ElaineY
This book went into my 'Purgatory' shelf where I send the books that didn't even get finished. Depending on the 'credits' or good reviews it gets, Sam's Creed may get a second chance sometime in the future.

To be fair, the only reason why I've abandoned Sam's Creed is because I got stuck at the deflowering scene. Sam took so bloody long to do the deed and I didn't have time to read that many pages in one sitting so it was like days and Sam was still at foreplay! Based on what little I've read, Ca
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Julianna
Nov 24, 2008 Julianna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Hell's Eight Series or Sarah McCarty
Recommended to Julianna by: Auntee, Eastofoz, Cristel
Reviewed for www.thcreviews.com

In my opinion, Sam's Creed had a lot of potential, but ended up having enough plot holes to make swiss cheese. First, Bella has supposedly been on the run from the evil bad guy, Tejala, for six months by the time she met Sam. Considering that they were being attacked almost immediately and constantly for the short time span of the story, I cannot fathom how she could have survived, seemingly without any friends or allies, for six days much less six months. Also, as
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Holly
Texas Ranger, Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor was just passing through when he saw the burnt out shells of wagons. Not wanting to check but knowing he couldn't live with himself if he didn't, he moved forward to investigate. Among the carnage and wreckage, he found Isabella Montoya. She's a tiny little lady with more sass than sense and a decidedly regal air about her that made his palms itch at the thought of taming this wildcat. Isabella has been running for six months from Tejala, the man whose been ...more
Jane
Warning! Spoilers and appalling stick-figure drawings (mine) of characters ahead!

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Mollie *scoutrmom*
Oct 10, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of erotic romance
This is a historical erotic romance. The hero is a gunslinger who has enough honor to choke a horse, which sometimes can be a handicap. The heroine is a feisty young Spanish heiress fleeing for her safety through the Texas wilderness. Her character has him falling in love in spite of himself. She is enthralled by his gentleness with his horse and his dog.

Sparks fly as he is determined that he shall not dishonor her innocence and she is determined that he will take her in every way known to man.
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Katie(babs)
Sam’s Creed is book two in the Hell’s Eight series about Sam “Wildcard” MacGregor, who was first introduced in Caine’s Reckoning, book one. Sam is part of Hell’s Eight, a group of men who uphold the law as Texas Rangers set in Texas during the mid 1850’s. This is the time of the Wild West where men used their guns proudly to defend their honor. The Hell’s Eight have such a scary reputation that you do not want to mess with any of them and who they lay claim to. Sam is on a mission to find the mi ...more
Kathrynn
Funny! I laughed with the antics of the two main characters. It was refreshing, but the "I need you to help me get rid of my...problem" got old for me. Isabella wanted to be deflowered BEFORE she became the property of Tejala (bad guy).

This book had a lot of potential for me, but it was just too much...you know. Got old and boring and the ending was silly. For me, there were many scenes in this one and book #1, "Caine's Reckoning" that didn't make sense. One minute they were doing one thing and
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Mei
This is Sam's story.
Another Hell's Eight hot, sexy, alpha man!
In this story, contrary to Caine's, Sam is the one who struggles with his demons. Bella is the one who know, almost since the beginning, that she wants Sam and she's doing everything she can to get him.
The dialogue is so spakly and fun. Bella is a force to be reckoned with. She knows exactly what to say and what to do to get Sam's attention, even if she's a virgin and inexperienced. Sam is fighting and fighting, but Bella is so dete
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Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
4.5 stars - What a great book! I loved it. This was one of the sexiest historical westerns that I've ever read. The romance was so sweet and yet so bad!! Loved the anticipation and the time the author spends building up to a frenzy of desire, want, and need between this badass hero and sassy heroine. A must read!
Blackbook
Sarah McCarty is a favorite of mine. I really liked Mac's Law and the Promise series.
I LOVED Caine's Reckoning. Her books sent me into a cycle of reading and re-reading Westerns. Books that I thought I'd outgrown, that I thought I didn't like anymore. She helped me remember how much I love books about the West. Most importantly, it was through her writing that I came to understand romance and erotica as genre I could read.
I was very disappointed with Running Wild and Sam's Creed. I never fel
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Spoiler Whore says calm your tits people, it's just a book
My heart is making room for the men of Hell's Eight. Read this series my peeps!
Kit★
Flew through this one. I think I liked it better than Caine's story, though to me Sam was a notch lower on the alpha-intensity it seemed. A small notch, but a notch nonetheless. I liked it though, he didn't come off as quite so... pushy, sexually. Isabella, though, was a delight. She was spunky and knew what she wanted, and wasn't afraid to demand it. She was not a traumatized heroine like Desi was, but she did face dangers of her own. If it weren't for Sam, she would have ended up traumatized, ...more
Elaine
Book 2 in the Hell's Eight series, Western Historical-leaning towards the realistic- series (not pretty erotica romance), but definitely not lacking in heat.

3.25 stars. Liked this book, story itself was good, but it DRAGGGED at times. The timing on this one was kinda strange, seemed to move verrry slow, then fast, then sloww again. At times I felt like i was on the ride across the endless desert with them (and I live in desert and know what it's like)! I would have timed it different if i was t
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Felicia (Ferishia)
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Darcy
This was such a fun book to read due to Bella. She is definitely not your typical virginal heroine, she has a backbone and a wild side to her, one that tries Sam "Wild Card" Mac Gregor's control. Some of the best parts of the book were their verbal battles, most of which were heavy with sexual innuendo that had you laughing. The back and forth with them just seemed to crank the chemistry higher and higher, leading to some very hot scenes between them. I also loved the ending of the book the "tal ...more
Carolyn F.
I read a few of this authors short stories and then a few of her regular books and kept putting this book and another to the back burner because the back cover story didn't sound so appealing. Actually, it turned out to be a very good story, very romantic and sweet. Bella is running away from a horrible man who wants to marry her and destroy her. Sam finds her after a bunch of men she would have been traveling with were killed and he came upon the dead bodies. Now he just has to try and keep her ...more
Lynette
Random Thoughts, not a review:

Read the first book in this series, years ago. I remember that it really turned me off. The heroine was abused and the hero was into some rauchy sex. The tone didn't fit for how bad she was abused and how quickly she got over it. Picked this one up not realizing it was same author and second in the series. If I knew, I probably would've passed it up, I was that turned off by the story.

However, I was surprised at how much I liked this one.
Van Do
I wish someone had warned me about the rape scene then even if this is the last book exist on earth, I would never have read it.

Gave this book 1 star because of the rape part. Maybe it's just me but I could not stand reading/witnessing/hearing or anything about rape. It was so horrible and graphic for me. It wasn't just rape, the rapist tore her.

I think this book has just scarred me for life.
PepperP0t (ireadthatbook.com)
Sam MacGregor is searching for Ari (really?) down Mexico way and finds himself possibly detouring to the road to San Antonio to accommodate

This entire review and others can be found at: http://www.ireadthatbook.com
Carol (Mocha)
Excellent story. Love the Hells Eight so far. Hot steamy sex and Alpha men. Strong women characters
Cindy
Good read in the Hell's Eight historical western series. This one has an action plot - Sam rescues Isabella from the site of a massacre. She says she wants to go San Antonio and very little else. Sam knows there is more going on but takes her along with him. [He is actually looking for Desi's sister from the previous book.:] Bit by bit the story comes out - Isabella is in really big trouble. As they travel, they keep running into bands of thugs who want to kill him and take Isabella. Virginal Is ...more
Heather in FL
I listened to this, and this one had a male narrator. I wasn't sure how that was going to work -- I really liked the narrator for Caine's Reckoning -- but ultimately it wasn't very distracting. He did a deep Sam voice really well. His Bella voice was lacking, lol, but it's gotta be hard for a guy with a voice that deep to do a female voice convincingly, lol. Overall, it was a nice listen.

I didn't like this one as much as I enjoyed Caine's Reckoning, but I really liked Sam. I liked how he tried t
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Natasja
Texas Ranger Sam MacGregor is one of the Hell’s Eight members. He and the other Hell’s Eight men are looking for Desi’s missing twin sister before their enemy will. But during his investigation he come across some burnt out shells of wagons and under one of them he finds Isabella Montoya. She is hiding for someone and demands him to take her with him. Sam cannot let a woman in need behind and will take her to the next town. But during their journey he cannot keep his eyes off her and the only th ...more
Marla
19th century American west. Known for making up his own rules of right and wrong, Texas Ranger Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor takes what he wants when he wants it, especially when it comes to women. But seduction is the last thing on his mind the moment he stumbles across an Hispanic beauty crouching in fear beside a burned-out wagon. And it doesn't take long before he realizes the woman the townsfolk call "cursed" is hiding secrets too dangerous to face alone.Isabella may look feminine and unassuming ...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor a Texas Ranger and part of the infamous Hell's Eight has no idea what's hit him when he discovers the beautiful Isabella. Bella has been on the run for 6 months from the mad man she was forced to become betrothed to and when she is rescued by Sam she knows she has found an honorable man to help her. As they travel together their desire heightens and Bella is forced to seduce Sam in to giving into their passion.

I love a Sarah McCarty book! I am guranteed a hot c
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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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