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The Hell's Eight is the only family he's ever needed, until he meets the only woman he's ever wantedCaine Allen is a hardened Texas Ranger, definitely n. . Read "Caine's Reckoning" by Sarah McCarty available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. Caine Allen is definitely not the. Compre o livro Caine's Reckoning na confira as ofertas Caine's Reckoning (Hell's Eight Book 1) (English Edition) e mais milhares de eBooks.

The Hell's Eight is the only family he's ever needed, until he meets the only woman he's ever wanted. Why shop with us? Log in for fast checkout. Caine Allen is a hardened Texas Ranger, definitely not the marrying kind. But when he rescues a kidnapped woman and returns her to town, the preacher calls in a favor. One Caine's honor won't let him refuse.

My fave part about the second half of the book: The faithful, loyal hound dog and the crazy ass rooster Boone the hound dog: Cantankerous the rooster: I think I'll read one more book before throwing in the towel on the series. I'm really intrigued by the rest of the guys, especially the Native American brothers This one held such promise and had me so excited for a bit. I'm hoping to get that same loving feeling back.

Buddy read with my British babe Steph ;D Bring on the cowboys!! View all 27 comments. Jul 20, jenjn79 rated it really liked it Shelves: I can see why the reviews for this book are kind of all over the place. It's a good book, one I'm glad I read, but at the same time, there are things about it that are frustrating and annoying. I enjoyed it a lot, but there were just some things that kept it from being a five-star read.

Set in the mid 's in the western U. Texas , Caine's Reckoning is a story about a group of men, one in particular, Caine Allen, who've survived hell the massacre of their town and a young woman, Desi, whos I can see why the reviews for this book are kind of all over the place.

Texas , Caine's Reckoning is a story about a group of men, one in particular, Caine Allen, who've survived hell the massacre of their town and a young woman, Desi, whose life has gone from privileged to hell in the blink of an eye. Once a spoiled rich girl, Desi family was killed by Comancheros and it wasn't long before she ended up in the hands of man who saw her as a sex slave.

Then she's kidnapped and rescued by Caine. She begs him to let her escape, but instead, the two end up married. Caine takes her back to Hell's Eight land where he promises to protect her and cherish her.

But Desi doesn't believe in good things anymore. And she knows her guardian will do anything to get her back. Just as Caine begins to make Desi believe she can trust him, her past comes back to haunt her.

One of the things I heard about this book before reading it was that it was very wordy, had a lot of filler. Which I agree with to a certain extent. The book is long, pages in trade pb format. And there were times where scenes seemed to go on and on and on and I just wanted to say 'get on with it already! That's a lot of pages for a short period of time. So yeah, I agree that things could have been condensed a little bit.

But I wouldn't say it was a huge issue. All the description and whatnot gave this book much more depth than you typically get in a book with an erotic label. Another thing with the writing Though I'm not sure that's the best way to describe it. But I'd be reading and then I'd get to a section that what I was reading didn't make sense according to what I'd just read before it.

And I'd have to go back and reread paragraphs to try and figure out what exactly what going on. Maybe it makes more sense to say the sequencing and logic was off at times.

Whatever it was, it got irritating. I liked all the characters in the book. Desi was an interesting mix of fragile and innocent, and strong and independent. She kept things lively! That battle she had with the rooster was amusing. And Caine He just wasn't very intuitive when it came to what she'd been through and how it affected her. So he was frustrating sometimes. And I wish there had been more on his past, and the Hell's Eight group.

There was some basic explanation, but I wanted to know more about how all eight of them joined up together, why they still stuck together, how close they were or weren't and all that stuff.

For me, there were just some wholes in the whole Hell's Eight concept.

Caine's Reckoning (Hell's Eight, #1) by Sarah McCarty

When it comes to the sex in the book But something about some of the scenes, though, were Though I think it was more that Caine was always pushing and pushing for intimacy and doing really stupid things that just did not work considering Desi's situation. Then near the end, Desi suddenly becomes submissive and accepting of her darker desires and it was such a quick jump it didn't make sense. There needed to be more exploration of Desi accepting and embracing her sexual nature. But like I said in the beginning of this review, the book was good, but it had things about that bugged me.

I did enjoy the book, though. It had a great premise, good characters and a nice romance. At times while I was reading, the book reminded me of a much more erotic Catherine Anderson story. There's a lot of emotion, tortured characters The overall vibe just made me think of a CA book A little cleaner writing, a little better logical flow, and it's be great. I look forward to reading the next book, Sam's Creed , though I can't say I've got a burning desire to start it right way.

I'll probably wait a little bit. For others, I wouldn't really recommend the book to those just wanting to read some erotic romance or erotica, because the book is much more than that. It's more like a historical romance with quite a few erotic scenes. View all 7 comments. Oct 30, Holly rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I just didn't enjoy this one as much as I wanted to. I thought it dragged on far too long. Desi truly has a lot of issues and she has my complete sympathy in regards to the rather horrific year she has endured. Caine was also a good man, he wasn't a lout or a sex crazed maniac. It wasn't just one individual thing, it was the combination of everything that made me unable to enjoy this.

While Desi has had a truly horrible year and has been as sexually abused as a woman could get, she's still eager I just didn't enjoy this one as much as I wanted to. While Desi has had a truly horrible year and has been as sexually abused as a woman could get, she's still eager to be a good wife to Caine.

Caine is just as eager to show her, but every time they make progress, an ugly memory surfaces and he immediately backs off. That got old real fast. It was this endless, "Oooo, I'm going to give it to you, baby. Hard and fast. Just the way you want it. Are you ready? Cause this is it. I'm going to give it to you just the way we both want If he's not holding back, then she is and vice versa and it was so annoying.

This could have been easier to take if I could have read about more interaction between Caine and Desi throughout the day. Instead it seemed to me that Sarah McCarty was just using the day to day activities as filler until she could return to the bedroom. Desi has a lot of problems, and they weren't all sexual. She needed a stronger hand during the day, someone helping her to build up her self confidence again.

Instead, Caine lets her figure things out on her own and that was just unnecessary, and dragged out her poor feelings of self worth, imho.

While the main plot about Caine and Desi's sexual relationship is worked through, there is a secondary plot regarding the men who helped destroy her family and made her life hell.

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I say secondary because the amount of energy that Sarah McCarty put into this wouldn't have powered a nightlite, much less a flashlight strong enough to light our way and I thought it was sooo disappointing. Plus Caine's was always saying how much he was going to put the hurt on the guys who used and abused his wife but when it came down to it, those guys had faaaaar too easy an end. There was another villain that pops up during the end of the book and at that point, I could have cared less.

It was at the very end where I lost it. Desi writes a letter to her sister and in it she says, "hey, remember that guy we knew? Well, he was the bad guy! That's how Sarah wrapped up this story? That just made me mad and after pages, I wanted and deserved more.

It chugged along, depending far too heavily on loosely connected bedroom scenes to fill it out and I just can't recommend this one. I wanted to love it. Heck, I would have settled for just liking it, but this one just rubbed me the wrong way. I kind of went back and forth on what I felt this book deserved and finally I went with 2 stars. I didn't like it.

View all 10 comments. Feb 13, Shawna rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Caine vows vengeance against those who have hurt Desi, and she worries that her past will keep them from having a future together.

Certain aspects of the story reminded me a little of Lonesome Dove with some steamy sex thrown in of course. Some reviews mention the amount of violence in the story and extensive abuse suffered by the female protagonist, but I think both are accurate for a historical western with its time and setting.

Oh yeah, and the cover is seriously H-O-T!! View 2 comments. Feb 04, Jacqueline J rated it did not like it Shelves: I had several problems with this book. Just FYI I listened to an audio version. First this woman had just been kept tied to a bed as a sex slave for a year. Caine rescues her and marries her and that night one and a half days later he has her naked in the kitchen of the farm house where anyone could walk in and starts up some anal play.

This girl should have been running screaming from him. He knows about her abuse and still is on her all the time and not in a gentle careful way mi I had several problems with this book. He knows about her abuse and still is on her all the time and not in a gentle careful way mindful of her past and she only barely seems to mind.

Just not realistic and made me pretty uncomfortable. Second the love scenes were way too long and mostly abortive. Where was the actual story? Third there really wasn't much feel of the old west. Like the author said "let's throw in some horses and some six shooters! It'll be a Western! I started to cringe every time I heard it.

Don't waste your time. He finds himself rethinking that when he saves Desi from her kidnappers, her wild spirit calls to him and makes him want her as his own. When he realises the abuse she has been suffering from her guardians, he knows he can't take her back, so he does what he longs for Desi will do anything to avoid going back to chained to that bed and used to service whoever her guardian wants to reward. Her experience with men knows she can expect only pain and humiliation, but although Caine has a deadly reputation he vows to keep her safe and with him she only experiences pleasure, and maybe even love.

Phew, what I need after reading this is a ice cold glass of water and a smoking hot cowboy! Caine's Reckoning is the first in the Hell's Eight series.

Hell's Eight are a group of sexy cowboys whose town was massacred when they were kids. They were the only survivors. They banded together to survive and for vengeance against those who destroyed their families and homes. Years later they have destroyed the men responsible for killing their families and have become Texas Rangers, they are now known as Hell's Eight; the more dangerous and deadliest men around.

What a great start to this series, it has everything I love, gorgeously rugged cowboys, feisty women and lots of hot sex. This is definitely an erotic, slightly BDSM romance, in this book Caine hands out a lot of 'sexual healing' after Desi has spent the last year being raped and humiliated. She expects only the worst from men, and I loved watching her slowly come to trust Caine as he gives her only pleasure and safety, all whilst he is taking total control.

It was hard not to love Caine, he was a tough Texas Ranger who had lead Hell's Eight since he was a child, hardened to the harsh life of the West, but he nevertheless softened towards Desi and offered her only tenderness and acceptance.

This book was full of emotions as we watch Desi heal and watch them both full in love, however, I did find the long drawn out sex scenes a bit boring after a while, towards the end I was skimming through them. But, I did really enjoy this book and I can't wait to see read the next book. View all 5 comments. Aug 21, Julianna rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Erotic or Western Romances. Reviewed for www. Fortunately, Caine's Reckoning has no such issues.

It has an interesting and engrossing storyline while still maintaining the steamy sexuality that tends to mark erotic romances. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Although I have to say that since one features sexy cowboys in the old west and the other sexy vampires in a contemporary urban setting, the similarities for the most part, end there. The individual premise of Caine's Reckoning was interesting as well.

Between the heart-stopping romance, Desi's struggles to overcome her past, some wild west action, and a light mystery surrounding one of Desi's abusers and his motives, I had a hard time putting the book down. After reading several reviews for this book, I was expecting it to be very violent. That's not to say that it would be easy for everyone to read, and for this reason, I would caution sensitive readers about the content. I think that it simply didn't bother me as much, because in my opinion, the author didn't delve quite as deep into the emotional fall-out to Desi's psyche as some other authors with similar characters have done, and Desi was a very strong heroine as well.

I thought that Desi was an admirable heroine, a young woman who had suffered unthinkable abuse, and yet had never truly allowed herself to become a victim. When the story opens with her courageously fighting her captors like a hellcat while the other women sat passively by, I immediately liked her. It wasn't until she started stubbornly holding herself at arms length from Caine's gentle, loving overtures, that I had a bit harder time with her character, but ultimately, her actions were understandable in light of her past.

Some stubborn heroines can tend to annoy me, but that wasn't really the case with Desi. I think I just spent most of that part of the story worried that her willfulness would cause her to do something really stupid, but when she exhibited intelligence and ingenuity in the end, she truly earned my respect. I also thought that when Desi was finally able to fully let herself go and surrender to Caine, trusting him completely, their resulting lovemaking was both darkly passionate and thoroughly beautiful and romantic, a heady combination indeed.

Caine was an incredibly appealing hero. Having lost his family at a young age, like all of the Hell's Eight men, he has a dark tortured past too, but it wasn't explored in as much detail as I would have liked.

I suppose that is understandable though, as there shouldn't be too much darkness in one novel, or it would become depressing.

Actually, I thought that Caine had a wry and sometime self-deprecating sense of humor which I enjoyed, and which also helped to lighten things up a bit here and there. He is a very dominating alpha male, but he has a heart of gold and isn't afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve when it comes to Desi.

He also pampers her in the most thoroughly romantic ways, and has some of the most swoon-worthy lines I think I have ever read in a romance novel.

I absolutely loved the way that he is completely committed to their marriage and being faithful to Desi right from the start, even though he had no intentions of getting married anytime soon and basically only agreed to it out of a sense of honor and duty. Even though Caine's every instinct is to dominate, he puts his own needs on hold and shows Desi an unbelievable amount of patience. I liked that Caine was very intelligent and intuitive when it came to Desi's needs.

Time and time again, Caine proves that he is an honorable man who can be trusted with anything and who is the epitome of a true gentleman, a diamond in the rough.

Even though I'm raving about him, Caine did have a few impatient moments when he allowed his desires to get the best of him, but I was still able to admire him because he immediately recognized his mistakes and admitted he was wrong. All in all, I thought he did pretty well for a guy in the old west who didn't have access to a psychotherapist for his wife.

Though Caine's Reckoning was good enough to earn a place on my keeper shelf, it wasn't quite perfect. There were several scenes, a few of the love scenes in particular, that I thought were a little too verbose. I'm all for whispering sweet nothings during lovemaking, but sometimes it seemed like they were carrying on an entire conversation. In my opinion, it made these scenes feel rather forced, like the author was trying too hard to convince me of the character's passion and feelings instead of showing me.

I think a few more descriptive details and a little less chattiness in these scenes would have made them flow a bit more naturally. There were also several scenes involving dialog, especially among multiple characters, where I had a difficult time determining who was speaking.

Going back and reading the passages a second time usually cleared things up, but having to do this multiple times throughout the book was rather distracting. I would have to say that Desi's ability to overcome her past, not only the abuse but the sexually repressive atmosphere in which she was raised, was a little too quick, taking mere weeks instead of the months or even years that any real woman would have likely needed.

However, since this is fiction and it was good otherwise, I can allow for a little creative license. I was also a little disappointed that the mystery surrounding the ringleader of Desi's captors was not fully resolved nor justice fully exacted, but I think this was meant to be something of a cliffhanger ending that is going to carry over into a future book or books.

Overall, though this was a very good novel that I would definitely recommend. Caine's Reckoning is the first book in the Hell's Eight series. It introduces the eight members of the group, some with brief background information and some only by name, but one, Sam, is given a slightly more detailed background and more scenes. He becomes the hero of the next book in the series, Sam's Creed.

The third book, Tucker's Claim , is due out next spring with another, currently untitled, volume to follow by the end of Though she is not directly on the canvas in Caine's Reckoning , Desi's twin sister, Ari, is mentioned and does play a part in the mystery that was left unresolved.

I suspect that she may become the heroine of a future book, possibly paired with Tracker, since he was the first to volunteer to search for her. Unfortunately, if my assumption is correct, it could be a while before readers get to experience their story.

Caine's Reckoning was my first read by Sarah McCarty, but I am really looking forward to continuing the Hell's Eight series and checking out the other books that she has written too.

However, considering the subject matter, everything was handled very tastefully in my opinion. Apr 22, Blackbook rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book. It made me remember how much I love Cowboys and stories about the American West. There were many issues in this book. Issues about sexual assault and physical violence. Issues about "Frontier Justice". Issues about the kind of choices women had in Texas and in the westward expansion during the 19th Century.

I know you don't want me to preach, rant and rave on that subject Mostly this is a book about love, trust and keeping your spirit after horrible things happen. The main m I loved this book. The main male character was sensitive, patient and hot. Very hot. This is a tender and lovely story about relationship building, emotional and sexual healing. View 1 comment. Rereading for a buddy read - August First read - Nov. Loved this book and the hero, Caine.

I'm sure men like him were rare for that time period and in fact, may be rare even today. So caring, patient, loving, willing to give so much to earn the heroine's trust. And what a feisty, spunky heroine in Desi with a heartbreaking past. Caine has to win her trust to move forward, and he goes about it the Rereading for a buddy read - August First read - Nov.

Caine has to win her trust to move forward, and he goes about it the same way he'd break a wild horse A Page Burning Must Read! View all 4 comments. Nov 09, jscho rated it did not like it Shelves: Hopefully the rest of the heroes in this series aren't pushy assholes who pressure their sexually abused wives into compromising positions.

Aug 08, Collette rated it really liked it Recommended to Collette by: Pamela AllHoney. Well let me start off by saying I totally understand why this book is all over the map when it comes to reviews. My emotions did a rollercoaster ride throughout the whole book.

I want to add here that I was glad I chose the ride but can't say I enjoyed the whole thing. D We have the classic "abused by men in the Wild West" heroine that is rescued by the "alpha tough cowboy" of the Wild West.

In this case the abused heroine has been severely used by some high dollar citizens. The hero rushes in w Well let me start off by saying I totally understand why this book is all over the map when it comes to reviews. The hero rushes in with his high libido and dominating personality. This was where I got a bit mad. I felt he should have been a bit more sensitive to what she had been through from before.

I was turned way off by a few of the earlier scenes. She became a Barbiedoll to me. I did keep on reading despite my instincts to quit at this point. I was glad I did. The sex scenes were very sensual and hot!!! I won't go on besides this point to ruin it for everyone else but this book will be a test for some.

This book was such a pleasant surprise. I have to admit that I have never been a fan of Historical books, but the synopsis of this one sounded too good to miss, so here I am.

I will say that at times there were 'lulls' in the story. Some times where nothing much was happening and Caine and Desi were just at home. Which after a little while got a little boring although all the sexy stuff was awesome.

I really liked This book was such a pleasant surprise. I really liked how we met Desi. She was fighting her captors with everything she had, she earned the respect from all the Hell's Eight men before she even met them. I knew then that I was going to like her, and I wasn't wrong. I did get a little frustrated with her at times, for pushing Caine so hard when all he wanted was to help her and to love her.

How she always saw anything sexual as being a whore It's not really a surprise that she was acting this way, but I loved seeing her grow and accept herself for who she really is, with Caine's help. Caine is sooo amazing. I loved him from the moment he The fact that he wanted to keep Desi and to make her happy no matter how they may have gotten together, really made me love and admire him.

I'll care for you, protect you and honour you as my wife and the mother of my children. The sex scenes in this book were so powerful and beautifully intense. Desi and Caine had to get to know each other's personalities as well as what they both like in their sexual relationship, and it wasn't always easy. There were times when I wanted to smack Caine for how hard he pushed Desi and what he asked of her, but I always tried to remember that Caine has such a strong personality.

He is fierce and possessive and he wants to give her everything she could ever want in a husband. He's fighting for her, to be with her. But he was facing more issues than he could have ever known. Desi has been through so much in the last year, and the sexual abuse she faced has left them with many things to overcome. Caine has to learn her triggers and how to get her through them. So maybe sometimes he got frustrated and pushed her too hard, or forgot himself and treated her like just any another woman.

But he accepted and apologised for those mistakes and then he learned from them. He's a fantastic hero. Something I felt that was a vital factor in me loving this book was that we got to see things from Desi's point of view, as well as Caine's. Seeing the reasons why she acted the way she did and the fears she had made me understand her so much more. It was the perfect way to keep balance throughout their story. The storyline about the bankers and the awful men that took Desi and her sister, Ari was so though to read.

The fact that these sweet, beautiful women would be targeted like that even when they have done anything wrong was really hard hitting. This was where my only other complaint comes from. I was expecting this huge showdown when Caine and the others went to get their revenge, their justice, but I what we actually get is a really short scene where they kind of get rid of themselves, while Caine and the gang watched from the side-lines.

I was just a bit disappointed with that aspect of the book. I will definitely be continuing with this series. View all 15 comments. May 09, Kate rated it did not like it Shelves: I had to quit. This was just So Desi, our heroine has been repeatedly raped by just about every man she has known for the past few years He rescues her and for some obscure reason is told he must marry her.

What does he do to our rape victim and his bride of less than 24 hours? Yep, you guessed it No prelude. Just butt sex. So, that's about where I left it. May 29, Spoiler Whore-Momoa rated it really liked it Shelves: I really really liked this one. Caine has a special place in my heart. Review posted: I bought it at the Borders going-out-of-business sale the cover might have swayed me and it went right into the to-be-read pile.

I found myself wanting to read something a little different and definitely naughty so I picked it up and kept smacking myself with the book wondering why I waited so long to read it! The story and the characters drew me right in and while a few of th Review posted: The story and the characters drew me right in and while a few of the sex scenes maybe pushed my belief based on Desi and her past, overall it was such an enjoyable read that I have the rest of the books in the series ready to go.

Her wealthy, high-class family was heading west when they were ambushed. Desi was sold to local men and separated from her sister. These Texas Rangers came upon Desi trying to defend herself, wearing next to nothing and having no weapon other than the rocks she could grab. Caine is one the Rangers who helps get Desi out of a bad situation.

The one thing that I was so glad about was the rape that Desi had to endure is not detailed out, much. This story was about her healing with the help of Caine and feeling a sense of security that she lost.

The men she escaped from still play a part in the story and this provides the suspense throughout the book. With Desi and her horrible past, sex plays a huge role. Even though she suffered so much, she starts to feel more and more comfortable around Caine and the sex gets more and more intense, for lack of a better word. It takes Desi a long time to actually let her guard down to enjoy sex and Caine pushes her.

Maybe a little too hard at the start, but when she trusts him and wants more from him their scenes reflected that. She got more adventurous and their sex did as well. What drew me in and kept me into the story was simply Desi. I love reading about a tortured character recovering and rebuilding their life and we meet Desi at her lowest point. I thought this was a satisfying story and a nice start to the series.

View all 9 comments. Updated I used to watch old westerns with my uncle. The dad in that show was hawt! I don't mean to offend: An Updated There's got to be an honorable mention of the era that lends it's credence to the Gold Rush, railroad expansion and lawlessness, while also the age that brought about a melting pot, very unlike the cities of the Midwest and the East, but no less significant.

Native Americans, newly freed Negroes, Mexicans and Chinese, as well as European immigrants and Whites from the East, looking for adventure and new beginnings in the West, lived together, though among extreme prejudice, and worked together to further meld what is the United States. So if you can appreciate all that plus the addition of erotica and romance, then Caine's Reckoning is a good enough read.

The men are of a few ethnicities as well. Caine, the hero of this one, is unapologetic and reminds me of Wyatt Earp or the Seth Bullock of Deadwood. He doesn't give up and makes the right call when needed, a trait that initially made him the leader of this bunch. Caine is not as gentle with Desi as some readers may want[the love scenes bordered on excess], but he does protect her with a fierceness that shines through in this author's writing.

In all, this first book is a great enticement to read on in the series. Sometimes, the plot is too muddled with half-bake notions of the enemy and unfinished conversations. The heroine's awakening is awkward and not exactly smoothly written.

Yet, the emotions of the characters are given some relevance that read, at times, poignantly. I liked the second book more in this series because the chemistry of the couple was more infectious, but the setting and meeting of Caine and Desi in this story is memorable.

Overall book rating

Why oh why didn't I read more western books before???????? In my opinion, many erotic romances have a tendency to suffer from an overabundance of sex and underdevelopment of plot.

But this book is not one of them! I felt a little intimidated when I received this book as a gift. I was in the impre Why oh why didn't I read more western books before???????? I was in the impression that it will be just the sex and crudeness and nothing more - boy, I was wrong!

I really enjoyed this book! Why oh why don't women stay put when everyone is telling them to Desi is just plain loco? I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed Caine's Reckoning as much as I did. So, without further argument - great recommendations!

Jul 01, Ezinwanyi rated it liked it Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: I did like the story though. Desi had inner strength especially for a pampered princess so I was impressed that she kept fighting. Caine was a good man despite the hard outer shell.

Caine's Reckoning

Something was not quite right about it. I am going to read the second in the series, Sam's Creed, and hope this will be a better read. While reading this novel I was immersed in a completely different way of life.

I enjoyed this time spent in another time, living a different kind of life alongside these characters. McCarty develops this world in a very vivid and realistic manner. She draws you completely into this world with a story of love and trust.

This is mixed amongst action and suspense, heat and spice. I love the paradox that is Caine. He embodies the ultimate Alpha in the most basic of ways. Paired with Desi, a strong individual who is determined to rise above what came before you have a brilliant lead couple. McCarty developed them in the present, as well as giving us an in-depth look at where they came from, providing very well rounded character development.

Intriguing characters. Good first sex scene. Excellent plot, but weak execution - needed more events and action. Desi and her twin sister Ari were kidnapped by Indians and raped.

Some "respectable" white men paid the Indians for Desi. They kept her naked and chained to a bed as their private sex slave. Somehow a gang of men kidnapped Desi and three ladies. Caine and two of his partners were traveling nearby and heard screams. They saw two men trying to rape Desi.

They killed the men and took the women back to town. Caine learns that the territories' crookedest judge gave Desi to James a gambler as her guardian. Caine decides to take her to his ranch for safety, but the local priest says Caine can't take her from her legal guardian unless he marries her.

So Caine marries her on the spot. Caine and his seven partners own the ranch called Hell's Eight. They are also Texas Rangers, giving them license to kill bad guys. The white men are unhappy at losing Desi. They put out a reward for anyone returning her. Bad guys come to the ranch to try and take her. Meanwhile there are many long sex scenes between Caine and Desi. They are mostly about Caine bringing pleasure to Desi, and Desi being reluctant due to her year of being repeatedly raped.

The sex scenes include spanking, rear door activity, torture, and rape. There was a lot of potential. Intriguing characters - good and bad. Excellent overall plot, but weak execution. Not enough happened. It needed more events and action. At the end, there was an unfinished feel. Some readers will be uncomfortable due to torture, rape and other sexual acts. The first sex scene between Caine and Desi was intoxicating and memorable.

He was giving her a bath, washing her hair and then slowly, methodically massaging her body. Some of the other sex scenes were less interesting and too long. Many of them felt cutoff, leaving you wondering. A couple of times I was tired of Desi's nervousness and reluctance. I didn't like her logic on page As she started liking Caine, she decided she was not going to experience sexual pleasure with him because "if she let go she'd lose herself in him and nothing would be the same again" - whatever that means.

Several days later she just changes her mind and decides "she wanted to give herself the way he needed her to, but for her pleasure, not his" page Why did she change her mind? I don't know. The author didn't do a good job justifying this conflict or resolution. I did not like the heroine doing something stupid for the sake of the plot.

She knows bad guys are coming to the ranch to try and take her. Sam is her current guard. When he goes to the outhouse for a few minutes, he tells her to stay inside the house. She doesn't. She decides she wants to gather some eggs to bake a cake.

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