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Caden's Vow (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – November 20, 2012
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*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.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I vote five stars because she's so very good at what she does.Published 3 months ago by J. Sturgess
I've not read any of the previous Hell's Eight books, so I can't say whether this is typical of McCarty's writing or not. I was not impressed by the story-telling. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Delta Stet
Maddie and Caden heat the pages, great story full of excitement, passion and some laughs in between. Recommended reading for those who love a good steamy story!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Hell's Eight series is among my favorites. Seeing these troubled boys mature into honorable men has been a pleasure. Caden and Mattie's story had so much dimension. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. E. Rogers
I have read all of the Hell's Eight series and they are awesome, can't hardly wait for #8 to come out.Published 8 months ago by Sandy
McCarty returns us to the Wild West and the Texas territory with a vengeance! Her vivid descriptions bring this world into sharp focus for readers. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jonel