Series: Hell's Eight #2
Author: Sarah McCarty
Published: February 1/11 by Harlequin Books (first published 2008)
Genre: historical romance
Back Cover Blurb:
Known for making up his own rules of right and wrong, Texas Ranger Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor takes what he wants when he wants it, especially when it comes to women. But seduction is the last thing on his mind the moment he stumbles across an Hispanic beauty crouching in fear beside a burned out wagon. And it doesn't take long before he realizes the woman the townsfolk call "cursed" is hiding secrets too dangerous to face alone.
Isabella may look feminine and unassuming, but she's hell in a bodice with gunslinging skills to match any man's. But though she knows not to give Sam her heart as readily as she offers him her lush body, Isabella is certain she sees in Sam what he can barely glimpse in himself--a virtuous man dropped deep into a hard country bent on breaking him. A man who, under it all, craves a passionate woman willing to risk everything...
The character accents and drawls really carry through into the dialogue. It flows easily & naturally, drawing you deep into the characters’ conversations. The conflict raging within Sam for most of the novel is palpable. I really felt for him. I also thoroughly liked him as a person. Bella made me laugh. She is such a contradiction and her reasoning was priceless. It was so easy to see why these two were together. Their chemistry is off the charts and their intrinsic beliefs and values mesh together well, even if their personalities may clash from time to time. They made a captivating couple and definitely did this story justice.
As a whole, this was a fantastically unforgettable novel that I had trouble putting down. I hated to see it end but can’t wait to get back with Hell’s Eight for the next novel in the series.