Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tucker's Claim by Sarah McCarty

Title:  Tucker's Claim
Series:  Hell's Eight #3
Author:  Sarah McCarty
Published:  September 15th 2009 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
Length:  352pgs/11hrs3min
Format:  audio book
Genre:  historical romantic suspense
Shelf:  bought
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Tucker McCade has known violence his whole life: orphaned in a massacre, abused as a half-breed child, trained as a ruthless Texas Ranger, he's learned the hard way that might makes right.

So even he is shocked when he falls for Sally Mae, a Quaker nurse. Unable to resist Tucker's charm, character and chiseled body, she throws herself into their torrid affair, indulging every one of her wildest sexual fantasies. Tucker's occupation, however, is the one thing about him she can't embrace. A staunch pacifist, Sally Mae can't understand how his strong, caressing hand can clench in fury or pull a trigger to take a life.

In this lawless land, Tucker knows you have to fight to survive. But when Sally Mae becomes pregnant, he's willing to do whatever it takes to have his family - including hanging up his guns.
Every night they spend together exploring new heights of ecstasy binds them ever closer, slowly erasing their differences...until the day Tucker's past comes calling, precipitating an explosive showdown between her faith, his promise, and the need for revenge.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

With this instalment in the series McCarty brings together some very different cultures and outlooks on life to create a brilliant, racy, and intriguing tale. In this one Hell’s Eight wasn’t all guns blazing all the time. The audience got to see some compromise and reconciling of differences but it was still a very captivating and racy read. Personally, I loved seeing a bit of a Dom/sub relationship in a historical romance. It took me by surprise as I didn’t see it coming but it fit with the characters perfectly.

There’s lots of character development in the first few chapters of this novel. It slows the story itself down a bit, but allows for a brilliant, exciting story once we get to know the main cast. The shocking contrast between Quakers and the extreme version of the Texas rangers really adds to the intensity of the story. Seeing Tucker and Sally Mae overcome their differences and decide they are stronger together was heart-warming amidst the chaos they found themselves in.

As a whole this was a story that I couldn’t put down. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it and can’t wait to see and read more.

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