Monday, October 29, 2012

Caden's Vow-Sarah McCarty

Caden's Vow

Sarah McCarty

Harlequin HQN, Nov 20 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373776993

On the Hell’s Eight Ranch, Caden Miller feels alone with his gunslinger peers marrying (see Shadow’s Stand, Sam's Creed and Tucker's Claim). He decides to leave the spread before he turns soft like his compatriots and work a gold mine in the Kansas Territory.

Now living at Hell’s Eight Maddie O’Hare grew up in a brothel. She loves Caden, but he keeps his distance from her. Encouraged by a friend, she follows him as he prepares to move on. When Caden learns she is being held prisoner at the nearby Fallen C Ranch, he rushes to her rescue. Instead Caden and Maddie wed in a shotgun marriage ceremony that has him reeling and her dancing. Now she must persuade him she is worth keeping before it is too late as his past shows up with guns blazing.

The sixth entertaining Hell's Eight western romance is an engaging pre Civil War thriller though the lead couple is more pitiful than likable as he seems indifferent to her and she is a constant victim. Still, fast-paced, fans of the series will enjoy the tale of the somewhat interchangeable gunslinger (with previous heroes) and the unique woman who lacks the confidence to corral him.

Harriet Klausner

No comments: