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Caden's Vow (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – November 20, 2012

3.9 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
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." -USATODAY.com

"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

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776993
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 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 (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Maddie was rescued from a brothel in a previous book. She frequently escapes into a fantasy world. This was more a story about Maddie finding her way back to the real world than anything else. We don't really get to know Caden at all. There isn't a lot of time where Caden and Maddie are together, getting to know one another. Although we know from the very beginning of the book that they each have feelings for the other, I would have liked to have seen the romance between them develop in more detail. The sex scenes are hot but somehow not sensual.

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.
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