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Tucker's Claim

(Hell's Eight #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,422 ratings  ·  148 reviews
He is everything her body craves...
and everything her faith denies

Tucker McCade has known violence his whole life: orphaned in a massacre, abused as a "half-breed" child, trained as a ruthless Texas Ranger, he's learned the hard way that might makes right.

So even he is shocked when he falls for Sallie Mae Reynolds, a Quaker nurse. Unable to resist Tucker's charm, character
Trade Paperback, 329 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Spice (first published September 15th 2009)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
1.5 Eye rolling Stars


I am sorry but this book had me rolling my eyes so much I'm surprised they didn't roll right outta my head. I'm going to try to keep this rant mini while still getting out everything that didn't work for me. Let me start with Sally Mae the Quaker. She drove me bat shit crazy with all the old English Thy, thou, and thee crap. Sally was a religious Quaker woman, who had only been with her husband in very vanilla ways, it was hard to believe that a couple pages in
Dec 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; Fans of erotic western romance
This third book in Sarah McCarty's Hell's Eight series was a very enjoyable, sweetly erotic, and mildly suspenseful read and moved along at a pretty good pace that made me want to keep turning the pages. Not quite as "wordy" or disturbing as Caine's Reckoning, not quite as erotic as Sam's Creed, but a great effort with two pretty likable leads and the welcome return of a bunch of characters from previous books.

This one picks up a few months after Sam's Creed left off, in Texas around 1859, with
Aug 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hell's 8 series fans
Not at all what I was expecting or anticipating and that can sometimes be a good thing, but not this time. McCarty set this story up really well at the end of Sam’s Creed and had me itching to get my hands on it. Well I was sorely disappointed because I didn’t like Tucker and I didn’t like the BDSM side of the story because it didn’t seem to have its place.

The story starts out with Tucker, who’ part Indian, wishing he could be with the widow Shermerhorn who’s a Quaker. He protects her and admire
I don't recall this being quite so OTT sexual as it really, really is.

Novella fantasy fiction as in this version of the wild Wild West has about as much reality to it as Gidget does to being a teenager in the 50s. Still lots of fun.

Quaker widow woman falls for half-breed hero despite townspeople's white prejudices. First night sex is OTT and more than a little kinky which is hard to believe for a Quaker widow woman's first foray after mourning, but I just went with it.

Lots of manly men saving wo
3.5 stars I think.
I do actually really like this series, and I will continue it. There were some things that bothered me about this one.
There is the typical stuff like the blatant racism, sexism and general ugh-ness of the time period but there was other stuff that bothered me too.
Most annoying: "Thee" and "thy" I wanted to just scream, I tried to train myself to replace the "thee" with you but I couldn't trick my brain. Its awful.
Less annoying but still irritating: Sally Mae's pacifist mentali
Good book, with two storylines. The main one is the romance between Tucker and Sallie Mae, with some inroads into the ongoing mystery of what happened to the Hell's Eight's sister-in-law, Ari. Sallie Mae is a widowed Quaker woman, who has continued her late husband's medical work. The townspeople have no problem using her services, but they also look at her somewhat askance because of her independence. Especially since she has Tucker staying in her barn whenever he's in town. Tucker is a Texas R ...more
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
This was one of those books I'm kind of undecided what I thought of it. It wasn't really bad, but I didn't love it in any way. There were things I liked, and things that annoyed me. So I guess it's a split down the middle between good stuff and bad stuff.

Sally Mae is a widowed Quaker nurse living in a wild western town. When her husband, a doctor, was alive, she assisted him in his duties and learned to help the sick and injured. Now that he's dead, she's been doing what she could for th
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Reread Oct. 2017 - The heroes of Hell's Eight make me wish I lived in the old West! Such alpha males, each toting emotional baggage, each convinced they have nothing to offer a "good" woman, each good-hearted, strong, protective, naughty in the bedroom (& elsewhere!), each willing to die for other members of Hell's Eight. And then there's the women of this series - Sassy, strong, determined to reach for the stars (& one of the Hell's Eight guys) in spite of everything...and each discovering thei ...more
Tucker's Claim
3 Stars

Half-Native American, half-white, Tucker McCade has only ever felt a sense of belonging with Hell’s Eight, the men with whom he came of age in a time of destruction. Now an adult, Tucker is a Texas Ranger at home with violence and danger. Unfortunately, his life is anathema for Sally Mae Schermerhorn, the woman he has come to love and desire. As a Quaker and a nurse, Sally Mae knows that Tucker is the last person she should love, but the heart wants what the heart wants if o
Ivana Azap Feješ
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This third book in Sarah McCarty's Hell's Eight series was a very enjoyable, sweetly erotic, and mildly suspenseful read and moved along at a pretty good pace that made me want to keep turning the pages. I do actually really like this series, and I will continue it.

I liked this one much better than the previous book which puzzles me because I really liked Bella and Sam in their book. When I picked up Tucker's Claim, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect.

I liked this book, but Tucker's "tastes" i
8/2 - Tucker's Claim is just not clicking for me like Caine's Reckoning and Sam's Creed did. I don't like the language Sally Mae uses, ostensibly because she's a Quaker. I have no idea how Quaker's talk now, let alone 150 years ago, but I can't stand the constant thys, thees, and thous. It's really annoying and distracting from the flow of the narrative, especially during the sex scenes. I don't if I'll DNF this or not. I'm about to go overseas and I'm not sure I want to sacrifice good book spac ...more
Aղցela W.
Spoiler Ahead This was book 3 in the "Hell's Eight" series. Orphaned in a massacre, abused as a "half-breed" child, trained as a ruthless Texas Ranger, Tucker McCade's learned the hard way that you have to fight to survive. Sally Mae throws herself into their torrid affair. Tucker's occupation, however, is the one thing she can't embrace. A staunch pacifist, she can't understand how his gentle hand can clench in fury or pull a trigger to take a life. But when Sally Mae becomes pregnant, Tucker i ...more
Carolyn F.
This was a good solid read, but there were so many scenes that had me wondering if she picked the wrong sort of heroine. This is supposed to be the wild west. Sally Mae is a Quaker widow, speaking with the thee's and thou's. She's known Tucker for awhile and been attracated to him. Okay that's fine. She finally does something about this attraction, this is still okay. But when she starts having sex with Tucker and he not only has anal sex on their first night together (stretching it but okay sti ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Don't get me wrong for the 4 stars... I liked this book, but Tucker's "tastes" in sex a little bit extreme for me... *blush*
I would have liked it better with a softer side of their sexual games.
In the previous books there's also some rough sex, but it is not so DSM as here. I'm not judging, but for me it is not so hot.
I liked better Tucker's softer side, his tenderness, his love.
Sallie Mae was sometimes too stubborn in certain situations, but I liked her convinctions, even if they were a bit to
♥ Beth
Sep 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: cowboys
Tucker’s Claim

Book 3 of the Hell’s Eight series.

Maybe my standards for Sarah McCarty books are set too high based on the Promises series, but I think this is my least favorite of her books so far. I thought it was far too wordy and the sex scenes very un-sexy. The heroine was too strange (she had some really weird ideas) and Tucker was far too dominating. I found their relationship completely un-romantic.

I ♥ Sarah McCarty and if I’d never read the Promises series, I might rate Hell’s Eight hig
Mrs. Elaine
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wow. The sexy bits in this book....I was not prepared. I have never been accused of being a prude, Lord knows I have read kinkier, but I was not prepared the Quaker lady to be into power games and soft core BDSM. To be honest it sort of ruined the book because it didn't fit. Maybe if Tucker had sort of "taught" it to her but I just couldnt get over how unQuaker like her behavior was . Didn't fit for me. The author tried explaining it away by saying she never really fit with the other Quakers but ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
Oct 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
It is probably unfair to give this book only one star, because I only read about 15 pages.

The story MAY have become the best erotic romance in the world after that--for all I know.

But those first 15 pages....ACK! They were entirely filled with exposition. It was all about Sarah thinking about Tucker. What Tucker was like, their past encounters, how she felt about Tucker.

Lordy. I hate that.
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Erotic Westerns
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"4.5 stars" When I picked up Tucker's Claim, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I had loved Caine's Reckoning, the first book in the Hell's Eight series, but the second, Sam's Creed, was in my opinion, a weak installment that left me feeling pretty underwhelmed. In the end, Tucker's Claim definitely put this series back on track for me with a wonderful character-driven narrative that made me fall in love with both its hero and heroine. It was a lovely story of two lon
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Widow Sallie Mae can't help but be attracted to Tucker McCade, his violent and dangerous life is in direct opposition to her Quaker believes. But she offers him an affair, but when she is with him, she knows she is giving him much more than just her body...her heart can't help but fall for the big, dangerous yet protective man as well.

Big, muscled, sexy and misunderstood, it's like Sarah McCarty wrote Tucker just for me, so once again I can't help but fall in love with another member of Hel
Alexis-Morgan Roark
I liked this one much better than the previous book which puzzles me because I really liked Bella and Sam in this book. I think it was because it was an audiobook. Even though I started with audio on this one, I just couldn't finish it. I recognized the narrator's voice from previous books, and I just wasn't buying her characterizations. My fault not hers.

Sexy, touching, and fun. Not a a goodread for serious historical genre buffs because the author does take liberties and a few words seemed a b
Oct 31, 2010 rated it liked it
I really like this series with their very alpha males that fall fast for an unusual woman they encountered. With each book it becomes so much fun to watch each guy fall hard. Tucker is no different than the others, he has the same issues as them along with being a "half breed", something that he thinks makes him less of a man, while it does no such thing. I can only imagine what being a half Indian would mean in this period of time. It is with great surprise that Tucker falls so hard for Sally M ...more
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
I Loved this book! Tucker McCade is a really rough around the edges ranger who is a half-breed. He is one of the Hell's Eight which make him prone to violence and kick ass kind of man. And then there is Sally Mae who is just the opposite. She is a Quaker and the believe no violence. Tucker has been staying in Sally Mae's barn. Her husband invited him to stay there while he was alive. Now that Sally Mae is a widow it doesn't hurt to have Tucker around. Sally Mae was the Nurse to her husband who w ...more
Sarah Winters
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-keepers, western
OMG! I do so love this series! I tore through this book in a day and I swear it never left my presence until I reached the end. The men of Hell's Eight are amazing - strong, honourable and absolutely delicious. Of course, Tucker McCade is no exception to this rule. With his half Native heritage he is an outcast to the rest of society. But Sally Mae, a Quaker nurse with some serious backbone, only see the best in him. The two of them are flawed in their own ways and yet so compatible they fill ea ...more
Michelle the Romance Witch
very interesting continuation to this series. Though you definitely have to have read the previous books to understand all the important parts of the book you could probably catch on pretty quick to the big picture. A bit of a stretch with some historical facts but hey its fiction right?!
Trai Jean
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i absolutely love this series , i find myself for the first time rushing to the book store because i need another Hells 8 fix , i love , love , love these books , well done Sarah , you are a brilliant writer , and i look forward to reading more of your books
Finally going to get around to continuing on with this series, though in my preparation, my trying to remind myself what happened in the previous two books, I noticed that the final book in the series is still not out yet, and no news, and the author's site hasn't been updated at all in like at least a year and what the heck happened!? Where did the author go? Just... really curious, is all. Anyway, here's to hoping I like this book ;p

Whoo! Yea, I liked it! Maybe not quite so much as Sam and
J. Leigh Hunter
Story and Writing Style
A nice little story in the middle of the Hell's Eight Series. Sally Mae lives alone. Tucker has watched her from the beginning, her guardian of sorts. The main premise of this story is more about Sally Mae's attempt at making Tucker more of a pacifist. She doesn't believe in guns and violence, and, well...that's what Hell's Eight is. That's what Hell's Eight was founded on. And while she works on his motives for fighting and living, she informs him that she wishes to take
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
As mentioned before, stories of the West grab by attention, if they "...lend credence to the Gold Rush, railroad expansion and lawlessness, while also displaying a melting pot, very unlike the cities the the Midwest and the East, but no less significant".

“Hell's Eight” saga continues with Tucker's story. Tucker is of mixed ethnicity and he finds love with Sally Mae, a Quaker and a widow. This proves an interesting mix, because they represent strange opposites, and Sally Mae has a little uniquen
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With this instalment in the series McCarty brings together some very different cultures and outlooks on life to create a brilliant, racy, and intriguing tale. In this one Hell’s Eight wasn’t all guns blazing all the time. The audience got to see some compromise and reconciling of differences but it was still a very captivating and racy read. Personally, I loved seeing a bit of a Dom/sub relationship in a historical romance. It took me by surprise as I didn’t see it coming but it fit with the cha ...more
I liked this one, not as much as the first, but it was enjoyable. Tucker McCade, the half-Indian Ranger, falls in love with a Quaker widow and healer named Sallie Mae. Their attraction has been building for months and comes not a head close to the beginning of the novel. Tucker is possessive and dominant, as all of the Hell's Eight men tend to be, and Sallie falls right into it, despite her objections to his violent nature. She's a pacifist, and this is a huge sticking point for her. Still, the ...more
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