Thursday, January 11, 2018

Romance in the Wild West (Review)

He's the last bachelor standing among the men of Hell's Eight, and he'll settle for nothing less than passion… 

Unencumbered by wife or family, Luke Bellen is the obvious member of Hell's Eight to lead a treacherous trek across Comanche territory. But Luke suspects he will never know another minute's peace when photographer Josey Kinder joins the wagon train. Whip-smart Josey has a voluptuous figure, a sunny disposition and a knack for getting into dangerous scrapes in pursuit of a perfect shot. She's beyond maddening. Luke thinks Josey's too young, too sweet to be despoiled by the rough life and hard-bitten land he loves.

But independent Josey won't let any man—however commanding—decide what's best for her. Beneath their playful banter is a powerful current of lust—pure, but not so simple. If only Luke weren't so damned proper, he'd see that the years between them don't matter a whit, not when a single touch can set them both ablaze. Josey's hell-bent on keeping Luke in the picture…if the vengeful bandits on their trail don't find them first.
Luke's Cut
Hell's Eight #8
Sarah McCarty
Pub Date: 11/23
HQN Books
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Rating: 4/5
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Sarah McCarty's Hell's Eight is a series I regret not finding sooner. It's filled with wild adventure, romance, and a cast of colorful characters. The backdrop of Luke's Cut is set in the wild, wild west. A member of Hell's Eight is about to give birth and it is up to Luke Bellen, the last unattached male of the group, to provide an escort for the midwife across dangerous territory. The trail is rough and hard, but that doesn't stop shy photographer Josey Kinder from accompanying the group.

Josey and Luke are immediately attracted to each other, but both have their reasons for resisting each other's charms. Josey has always felt isolated because she was born out of wedlock and her mother constantly pressures her to avoid following the same path. Luke's friends are all settling around him and he doesn't want to give in to the changes around him. Luke and Josey's story is perfect in this setting. The dangers of the land give Luke are chance to play hero and show Josey that he is a man of honor.

Luke's Cut is part of a series that captures the truth of family and love. The secondary characters of this story have a presence that would remind you of sitting around with your own family and friends, recounting fond memories and experiencing the joys of life together. Luke and Josey find their way to a happy ending even though the road there is full of bandits and misunderstandings. Fans of western romance will absolutely love this read!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

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