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He had one need.
She had one hope.
Together they have one chance...

Vampire Jace Johnson was not a family man until he met Miri. But their forbidden relationship ended when she disappeared. After a year of searching, Jace finds Miri in a Sanctuary enclave.

After a year of cruel experimentation by the Sanctuary on her werewolf form, Miri is no longer the passionate wife Jace remembers. She only lives to rescue the daughter Jace never knew they had.

Now, they must overcome the tragedy of their pasts if they are to reclaim the future they both desire...

377 pages, Paperback

First published April 29, 2011

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Sarah McCarty

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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. To fill the void, she bought pencil and paper and sketched out her own story. In the process, Sarah discovered the joy of writing.

Sarah writes what she loves to read; fast paced stories with vivid dialogue, intense emotion and well developed characters. Her attention to detail in her stories has earned her multiple awards and a reserved spot on Keeper shelves everywhere.

Sarah writes for Ellora's Cave, Harlequin HQN, Harlequin SPICE, Berkley HEAT and Berkley SENSATION.

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Profile Image for TINNGG.
1,149 reviews18 followers
April 24, 2014
Well, this one started out on a good foot - the H is at a raid, rescuing his mate, and the were with him is supposed to be around a cave miles away, assisting his brothers with one of them's mate. Ummm… did we forget who was with whom, where?

And then I read the book. I still don't know what it means to be a were. That's ok, because I don't think they do either.

Supposedly only mated pairs can reproduce but… a male won't accept another male's offspring with his mate (like if she gets kidnapped or whatever). (right)
Mating isn't a choice
There are different degrees of mating
(and you're going where with this?)
A mating for reproduction, with parties looking elsewhere for affection
(And elsewhere is ok with the female carrying her mate's kid?)
Full-on mating where she bites him
Alpha status is granted by virtue of being mated to an alpha woman
(but…the head alpha isn't mated…)
If the pack doesn't like the mate, they'll take him out and any female child from the union
Then they'll look to replace him with one of their own choosing
(But you said…)
The female makes the choice
(Aren't you contra…heck, who cares anymore. I'll just read the book for the romance, thankyouverymuch)

And that…inability to keep the laws of their nature straight is why this book, which is otherwise pretty good, rates a mere 3. I don't do inconsistency.
Profile Image for Judith.
1,227 reviews
September 19, 2011
4.5 out of 5. A complicated, engaging story that is a continuation of the Shadow Wranglers series. As I had not read the first two books in the series I was somewhat lost when encountering ideas and happenings and characters that were carry-overs. That being said, it was a delightful read for anyone who likes paranormal romance and who is a Sarah McCarty fan. It might be characterized as a love-lost-love-found kind of story, but there is far more to it than that. Embracing the tensions that have existed between the vampire community and wolf-shifters, this story also deals with the deep wounds caused by unscrupulous scientists who have imprisoned a wolf-shifter in the attempt to use her as a breeder. Now rescued, Miri and her vampire mate have a lot of baggage to wade through as they seek to find their way back to one another while discovering the location of their lost baby daughter--a child daddy didn't even know existed. Add in the tensions between the two communities and you have a multi-layered story that keeps the curiosity of the reader never quite satisfied. As always, this author manages to make a really good story rise to the level of a great one with characters that are compelling and the knack of bringing fictional characters assume life-like quality. Just a truly terrific story!!
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3,970 reviews76 followers
December 10, 2016
This outing picks up as Jared ended. Vampire shifter Jace Johnson and his friend wolf shifter Derek are inside the Sanctuary enclave searching for Jace's secret and forbidden mate, wolf shifter Miri while his family and more friends hold off the sanctuary forces. When they find Miri, she's in a battle for her life Miri sets her sights on the obstacle between them and lets Jace know they have a child to save.

After Sanctuary's team is beaten back, the trio make to escape and Derek's mating instinct kicked in hard for a trapped human on their route. As if being parted a year wasn't issue enough, Jared and Miri's new reality is they're no longer a new secretly mated vampire/were pair with only hope ahead of them. Their 5 month old daughter, Faith's hidden and theoretically defenseless in the human community.

On the way to safety, Jace flexed all his hero muscles to help traumatized, broken and disparate, Miri be strong enough to take their next steps. As family and friends help the parents search it becomes apparent they may be racing the Sanctuary vampires to reach Faith. This installment is the best to date in this reader's opinion with excitement, romance drama and adventure in the read.
Rating: 4.25stars
Profile Image for Lynsey A.
1,753 reviews
August 27, 2012
Well, this one wasn't as good I as I was hoping it was going to be but was still good. Miri got on my nerves for a bit but she got better. She did go through a rough time of things. I'm actually quite surprised that the fact that she was raped again and again by different vampire's wasn't addressed more. I suppose we were supposed to understand that she was a strong woman. Anyway, I wanted more focus on that. Also, when they did finally find their daughter it was the very end and there just wasn't as much emotion as I thought there would be.

I like Sarah McCarty but I wouldn't say I am a die hard fan.
Profile Image for Christie Palmer.
Author 5 books69 followers
August 31, 2012
I'm afraid I'm going to piss some readers off with this review.
I did not like this book, the fact that Miri was rescued where she had been raped and tortured and gods only know what else left a sour taste in my mouth. Jace was the only saving grace for the book, he was a wonderful hero with so muc love in him it broke my heart. He gave up everything for Miri and in the end I just don't think she fully comprehended it, she was a distant and broken herione.
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565 reviews45 followers
May 19, 2011
Finally we get to see Jace's reunion with Miri. The author does a very good job of showing, rather than telling, the reaons for their behavior in the past and during this story. Loved to see the resolution but thought it a bit easy, after all the build-up. It was good to get glimpses of Caleb and Jared, too.

Love this series, the combination of cowboy and vampire does it for me!
Profile Image for Nicole.
740 reviews38 followers
August 2, 2021
⎯» Rating: 3 Stars

⎯» Genre(s): Paranormal Romance

⎯» POV: Dual—Third Person

I discovered this book whilst searching for something to read, and since it could be read as a standalone, I didn’t bother to read the two books that came before it since it was the synopsis for this one that I was interested in. However, there were multiple instances where the author referenced things (for lack of a better word) from the first two books without explaining them for those readers who hadn’t read them. So whilst this can be considered a standalone, the author depends on the fact that readers had read the previous books, and therefore already know and understand certain things. Basically, I was left confused and unable to understand certain plot elements.

As for the actual story, I spent the first 70% of the book severely disliking the heroine. She came across as reckless, insolent, and maybe even tstl. It was only the last 30% of the story that I found to be enjoyable, and the heroine to be likeable.

⎯»Extra Information

❖ Series or Standalone:

Standalone in the Shadow Wranglers Series

❖ HEA:

❖ Cliffhanger:


❖ Relationship:

M-F Romance

❖ Tropes:

➢ Alpha-Couple
➢ Captivity-and-Experimentation
➢ Fated-Mates
➢ Hero-Rescues-Heroine
➢ Insta-Love
➢ Missing-Heroine (1 year)
➢ Search-for-Missing-Baby
➢ Second-Chance
➢ Secret-Child
➢ Tortured-Heroine
➢ Vampires-and-Werewolves

❖ Triggers:

Profile Image for Vicki.
1,587 reviews
March 20, 2017
This book started right were book #2 ended with Jace and the Were's of the Dnally pack break into Sanctuary to rescue Jaces mate Werewolf Alpha female, Miri. She has been held prisoner for a year and has given birth to her and Jace's daughter. All the plans and they don't turn out the way they were meant to. This book was exciting and can't wait to read #4 Slade. If you like Vampire and Werewolf books you will love this one. They should read in order. They stand alone kinda. Enjoy!
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220 reviews1 follower
December 20, 2018
I loved the entire series but the way this one ended made it seem like there was another book in the works. I haven't found anything stating that there is another book, so just be prepared that the series might end without it all being wrapped neatly in a bow.
8 reviews
December 11, 2017
great book. Exciting, vampires and werewolves, you can not wish for more
Profile Image for Jennifer M.
570 reviews12 followers
April 27, 2018
Every woman needs a little Jace in their life, it would make the world a happier place. The main character is swoon worthy in actions, deeds, looks, and love....all I can say is SSSiiiiggghhhh!!
435 reviews5 followers
March 18, 2019

Good book can't wait to read book four of the series. Hope her other books are just as wonderful. Great authors
779 reviews57 followers
April 27, 2011
Jace by Sarah McCarty
Paranormal Western –May 3rd, 2011
4 ½ stars

Jace is the third in the vampire series called the Shadow Wranglers about brothers who are vampires.

Jace is a powerful vampire who longs for his pregnant mate, Mori. She left him and disappeared. Since then he has been searching for her. Now Jace has finally found Mori and is determined to never let her leave him again! But Mori has changed from the carefree werewolf that he knew. When she was kidnapped, she was ‘experimented’ on by vampire in a place known as Sanctuary. These unspeakable horrors haunt her. Mori does not trust Jace and feels that he abandoned her but he may be the only person who can find their lost daughter. Can Mori heal enough that they can ever have a meaningful relationship again? Will they ever recover their daughter or is she dead?

No one write sexy westerns like Sarah McCarty! This is an emotional and steamy romance. Jace is an enthralling character. I loved how he was prepared to do anything to protect his mate. Although he is an alpha male and ready to jump into any battle, with Mori he gives her time and space to find herself again. He is truly a gentle giant. Mori is courageous, she suffered terribly at Sanctuary and I really wanted her to find happiness. As they search for their daughter the story becomes more dramatic and tense. I enjoyed reading about the all the characters in the series and was especially intrigued with the alpha werewolf Derek who helps rescue Mori. He finds a trapped, dying woman and realizes she is his mate. The only way to save her is to convert her into a vampire but a having vampire as a mate is taboo for an alpha. Will he choose his mate or his pack? I hope the author will write a book about Derek. I also would love to read more about the mysterious Enforcer Tobias.

Enthralling, moving and sensual if you don’t love westerns Sarah McCatry’s books will convert you. Especially if you love well-written paranormal romances with appealing alpha heroes!

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
Profile Image for Becky Condit.
2,377 reviews69 followers
October 19, 2011
This is a book about love and heartbreak, about losing oneself and finding oneself again because of the love of one’s mate. It is also an exciting story about what happens if an Alpha female werewolf mates with a vampire and they return to her pack, which has been almost destroyed by the greed of it’s leader who did not care for his pack properly. That leader is now dead so Jace is appointed Alpha of the pack, despite the fact he is a vampire, not a werewolf. There is controversy and tension about this throughout the book.
Jace is my favorite of the three Shadow Wrangler series. I really loved this book and recommend it. I can’t say that it can be read as a stand-alone because to understand the motivations of all of the various werewolf packs, vampire clans and the Johnson family you really need to have read the first two books. I can say it is totally worth it to invest time in reading all three novels, especially since the last brother’s book, Slade, is due out December 6 (and is now available for pre-order).
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1,892 reviews19 followers
January 22, 2012
Third in the Shadow Wranglers series. Jace is one of the Johnson brothers, vampires who are slowly making their their presence known, and who have set themselves apart from the evil vampire scientists at Sanctuary. Jace has mated with Miri but is unaware of all of the rules of pack behavior and does not realize her position within her werewolf pack of Tragallions. Her unwise decision to flee after he leaves her results in her being tortured and their daughter being removed from her care. Jace must prove to Miri that he is worthy of her love even as he seeks to protect her, retrieve their child and deal with the problem of succession in her pack. A great addition to the series although I am still confused about the timing and mission that caused Jace to leave for a year. There are mentions of the civil war but then Miri and Jace are in a house that has an alarm with a keypad, freezer and a ice dispenser? Impressive look at the dynamics of packs as well as the interactions between weres and vampires.
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12.2k reviews419 followers
October 1, 2011
After being kidnapped for over a year Jace gets Miri back. The woman he finds is not the woman he knew, but still one he wants. Jace treads carefully around the new fragile Miri, but still doesn't put up with any crap from her. Miri bucks things with Jace, but slowly sees that she can trust Jace again after seeing him keep one promise after another to her and his family.

Jace's frustrations with Miri seem to roll off his back. Her answer for issues that come that he is not a were drive him crazy, as Miri thinks that explaination should explain it all.

Watching Jace win over Miri, along with all the other were's was fun. They all thought a vampire could not possibly be up to the task before him. Being that Jace was a vampire he didn't do things the way were's did and this is just what seemed to help him win the were's over.

I can't wait for the next brother's story!
Profile Image for Angie.
334 reviews4 followers
September 16, 2012
It has been a long time since I last read from this series. Thank goodness the story is written so well, it's as if I just finished the last one yesterday. All the characters are essentially reintroduced, but not in a redundant way...simply as part of the story. Jace and Miri are great. Jace the tough and stubborn vampire and Miri the were-vampire. After a long and horrific kidnapping by the Sanctuary, Jace was finally able to rescue Miri. While that was a great reunion there was another that needed help...their daughter Faith. Miri is suffering from her torture in Sanctuary, her concern that she was mated to a Vampire, their daughter was missing and there was an Enforcer, Tobias,in their mist. She didn't know who she could trust or love. In the end they find a home and a place to raise their family. Fun story...can't wait to read about Slade!
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3,055 reviews34 followers
January 2, 2016
Have will get his mate back from the evil Sanctuary, but his is far from HEA. Miri will have a lot of emotions running through her head and feel like a failure when she tells Jace about their daughter that she had early and had to give up before letting the scientist do unspeakable things to their little girl. Clues are found, leads are empty and frustrations are running high to find Faith. But they do help a baby that is near death and Jace wants Miriam to help the baby survive, she was born deformed and left to die, Miri will have mixed emotions with little Peanut. And would have thought a vampire would be Alpha male to a pack of were's, and catch up with Calab his wife Allie, their son, and Jarad and his mate Rasia.
Profile Image for July.
675 reviews1 follower
December 26, 2011
The third story in this series. Jace and Miri have been separated by a horrible tragedy. Jace left Miri to fight in the civil war and promised to come back. Miri finds herself enslaved and horrible experimentation by the Sanctuary. Now a year later Jace finally rescues her but she has lost hope for their relationship. Now all she wants is for him to find their little girl that Sanctuary has stolen before it is to late for her.
This is the tramatic story of what happens to Miri after Sanctuary. The passionate mate Jace and his resolve to set things right with his family and to re-claim a future.
Profile Image for Reba Dom.
141 reviews
February 16, 2013
Not sure why I'm continuing to read this series. I just looked back and I haven't rated any of them higher than a 3. The story lines are long and drawn out. The passion is luke warm. The plots seem to be repeats over and over. So basically what I think I'm saying is that this is a good series to read when you are caught up on all the really good ones and need something new. But I would never choose this over a Lora Leigh, Jaci Burton, Stephanie Laurens, or Larissa Ione. These books are just too tame for my liking. But I notice everyone else has given them 4 and 5 stars so maybe its just me.
June 17, 2021

Method: paperback

Rating: 4/5 stars

H rating: 4.5/5 - Jace. His complete un-understanding of Miri and her culture really was the thing that hurt their relationship, but he and Penny and everything that happened after his rescue of her really was what won me over to him.

h rating: 5/5 - Miri...you sweet sweet women..

Drama: 5/5 - I LOVE this series and their drama...war and crazy ass vamps.

Thoughts: Cannot wait for Slade's book!
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