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Book 6 of 6 in the Hell's Eight Series

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"McCarty is a sparse, minimalistic writer, with a great ear for dialogue. She's a passionate observer of history, and manages to deftly and accurately weave her spicy stories through with important facts and issues of the epoch she invokes. She's also good at capturing that intangible magnetism surrounding dangerous, rugged men...I'm hooked."

"What really sets McCarty's stories apart from simple erotica is the complexity of her characters and conflicts....definitely spicy, but a great love story, too." -RT Book Reviews

About the Author

Before becoming a full-time writer, Sarah McCarty traveled extensively. She would bring a pencil and paper with her to sketch out her stories and, in the process, discovered the joy of writing. Today, Sarah is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the award-winning Hell’s Eight series, and is best known for her historical and paranormal romance novels. You can contact Sarah through her website at

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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776993
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi all,

*waving* Is this a cool time to be a reader or what? So many options for new content can mean only one thing...MORE GREAT BOOKS TO READ! I am an avid reader so Kindle options thrill me to my soul.

I am, of course, an author too. I write big, fast paced books and my intent is to grab your heart in the first paragraph and not let it go until the last sentence of the last page. In between, I want you to laugh, to cry and sometimes just flat out be breathless from the energy between the characters. To me, that's the challenge in writing a good story and every time I read a review or a comment that says I delivered that moment for a reader, my heart skips a beat and my inner muse leaps into the air with a resounding, "Yes!"

2011 was a busy but rewarding year. I released 5 books, hit the New York Times and USA bestseller lists (thud!) with book 5 my Western Historical HELL'S EIGHT series, SHADOW'S STAND, started releasing my back list through the Kindle program, and moved. 2012 will be equally exciting I hope, but just a tad less busy maybe. (Website is being updated. Slated for April.) I have two more books releasing, one in each of the REAPERS (Paranormal Western Historical) and HELL's EIGHT series. I will also be releasing the super anticipated next book in the super hot UNCHAINED series (Contemporary) through Amazon's Kindle program. Yes, those sexy, alpha men from from Round the Bend will finally be getting their own stories!!

For those of you waiting for the next book in the award winning PROMISE series (Western Historical) , it's coming. And yes the WILD series (Paranormal Contemporary) and THE OTHERS (Paranormal Contemporary) series will be continuing I'm just not sure when, but I hope to have at least one written by the end of the year. Which one I can't be sure. It will depend on where the muse takes me. The muse can be a stubborn soul and sometimes must be humored. Smiling.

Thanks so much for all your support and your emails. It makes my day every time someone lets me know they enjoy my novels.

Happy reading,


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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. DM Herazo on November 22, 2012
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What happened? Sarah McCarty used to write stories that were so gripping and fantastically, smoking hot! Her characters used to be enthralling and so realistic that you found yourself breathing with them, crying with them, and feeling everything they felt. Caden's Vow, leaves much to be desired. Caden was barely mentioned in the book.....what was this promise that he made to his father? Why did he feel like he needed to leave? He just kept repeating himself along the lines of when I get mad, I'm a jerk. And that was about all he said.

This wasn't really a love story. The chemistry was almost non-existent and seriously.....where was the heat? The conflict felt far-fetched and Maddie went from straight crazy to perfectly normal in one month for no apparent reason. Why exactly did they love one another? And the little plot twist thrown in at the end that supposedly makes her realize her love for Caden...give me a break. I cannot believe I'm saying this because I absolutely LOVE the Promises series and the first 3 books of the Hell's Eight series--but after these last two books, I don't think I can stand waiting two years for the next installment only to be so very disappointed. For the love, Sarah---PLEASE go back to how you used to write--not this watered down gruel.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I Read Romance on December 12, 2012
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I did wonder what Sarah McCarty would do to continue to engage her readers through the last books in the Hell's Eight series as the big connecting mystery (Desi's missing sister) was resolved with Tracker (#4) and the most angst ridden of the men, Shadow (#5), already had his own book. The answer, unfortunately, is...not much.

Caden, along with the last two members of the group, have been fleeting characters in the prior books, always MIA during some of the pivotal moments so readers never really had an opportunity to connect with them (at least I never did). As a result, this book should have built Caden's background, personality, and motivations. Except what we are given is a paragraph that is supposed to explain the entirety of the book (his father had been someone who sought his own fortune).

It's a book that hints at past events that influence his treatment of the heroine, but never dips deep. There's one brief scene where the heroine is disappointed in something the hero did and it reminds him of his mother and her relationship with his father, but McCarty does not elaborate further. It's the first instance (though the event occurs pretty late in the book) where readers are introduced to the idea that his parents did not have a happy marriage, but you are left wondering why.

The hero's motivation throughout the book is to re-open Fei's (heroine from #5) mine, but you do not know why he wants to do so. Is it for the money? To help out a friend? Just something to do? It's very confusing, and often felt like McCarty just wanted to stick the characters in the middle of hostile Native American territory for the "danger and conflict" part of the story.

The heroine is a complex character.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Howard VINE VOICE on November 22, 2012
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I have enjoyed the Hell's Eight series, and looked forward to reading this latest installment. The principal characters were all introduced in earlier books, and the first pages of this book were promising. Then Caden, who keeps announcing that he never breaks his word, breaks his word throughout the book. It is confusing to me, never mind how it affects Maddie. Speaking of Maddie, I am still unclear about where her fantasy world controls her and where she controls it; I'm not convinced the author knows. I understand her difficult and abusive background, but her actions, inactions, thoughts, and lack of thought do not make a cohesive character to me. The fact that no one ever explains how they feel allows all the misunderstandings to form some kind of plot, but the characters remain so confusingly underdeveloped that the eventual happily-ever-after simply fueled my final, "Huh?"

If I had never read the other books in the series, I would have rated this lower than three stars. The glimmers of familiarity from the other books kept reminding me that I was reading Ms. McCarty, whether this one measured up or not!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms Daisy VINE VOICE on December 16, 2012
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Caden's vow took a lot of pages to say nothing. Caden the tortured driven gunslinger turned out to be a man without a clue in how to deal with a mentally unstable victim of life long abuse. Maddie may not know much living in her world of make believe, but she is inexplicably drawn to Caden. Why these 2 were in love with each other was never clearly explained, I never felt the attraction. A big part of what I enjoy about SM writing was missing, which is the sexual heat between her h/h. The first half of this book spent too much time on Caden breaking down Maddie's defenses to get into her pants, only to leave her in an unfamiliar town the next day. ( I kept thinking what idiot would leave a defenseless woman who was a prostitute all her life in an unknown town.) And the second half was too much time spent on Maddie finding her inner strength while fending for herself in town. A lot of the real action took place off stage which was a big turn off for me.

I wanted a true Western Romance, but all I got was window dressing. Caden's Vow fell victim to what most books in a long series succumb to which is boredom. The author has ran out of steam, her imagination is shot, therefore Caden and Maddie become stick figures with unclear issues. I still don't know what Caden's vow is...something about his father that was never fully explained. This book was so soft the potential villain turned into Maddie's Fairy God-father. Some serious gun play against renegade Indians or murdering outlaws and a few scenes of the H/h facing hardship along the trail would have went a long way in giving this slow story the kick it needed.
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