Caine's Reckoning by Sarah McCarty

Hell's Eight, Book 1

Harlequin Spice

Erotic Western Historical

ISBN: 978-0-373-60158-7

Reviewed by Nannette



When Desi and three other women are kidnapped by a band of ruthless Comancheros intent on raping them, Texas Ranger Cain Allen and his friends and fellow Rangers, Tracker and Sam save them. Cain's intent to protect Desi takes them back to town where he has to make a hard choice, marry Desi or leave her in the hands of her ruthless guardian. Caine's honor won't allow him to leave her. Desi has to make a choice too, choose the stranger who saved her or the man who brutalizes her. Back on Hell's Eight ranch, Caine and Desi's reluctant marriage slowly becomes more, but Desi's past won't stay buried.  Desi's guardian wants her back and he'll stop at nothing to get her. As far as Cain is concerned, Desi is his now and he'll stop at nothing to keep her by his side.

 It's hard to get a more in depth story than a Sarah McCarty novel. They are intense, erotic, and packed with emotion. Caine's Reckoning is no exception. Desi was raped repeatedly and suffered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Her spunk and fire in the face of such tremendous adversary is amazing. Caine sometimes crosses the line between helping Desi and hurting her, but his intentions are always honorable. The trauma Desi suffered is often too much for her to bear. My heart went out to her as she struggled to cope and heal. Desi does more than battle her demons; she fights the passion within herself. Cain is exactly what she needed. He's commanding, intelligent, and self-assured. He's also determined, and honorable. Caine's Reckoning is not always a feel good story. Even with a very happily ever after it's hard to put Desi's terrible past behind. I wanted to stand up and cheer when she finally turned the corner and turned to Cain.  The last 2 pages of Caine's Reckoning brought tears to my eyes. Tears of happiness for what Desi has found with Cain and tears of longing for what she is still waiting for. If I hadn't been eager enough for the next Hell's Eight book, that would have done it. Caine's Reckoning is extremely well written and poignant and has excellent characterization. It's an incredibly moving and erotic story with some hidden amusing moments laced in. 


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