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Caden's Vow (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – November 20, 2012
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"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 www.SarahMcCarty.net.
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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!
The main conflict occurs when Caden finds himself marrying Maddie at the end of a shotgun. He feels betrayed by Maddie. He says some pretty hurtful things to her as a result. I thought that the forgivness was glossed over. It was more like they just gave up being hurt rather than having actually talked it over and forgiven each other.
I have really loved all the books in the series up to this point. While I didn't dislike this book, I also didn't like it nearly as much as the others. If I had read this book, without having read the others in the series, I might have given it a four star rating. The others have set such a high standard, however, that this book really pales by comparison.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love this line of books. waiting for the next from this authorPublished 2 months ago by maxine partin
I vote five stars because she's so very good at what she does.Published 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago by J. E. Rogers