This was the first book I'd read by this author, and while this book had its moments, overall I felt the plot was very thin at best. The author seemed to repeat herself over and over about how Sally Mae was too pious and good for Tucker, and how Tucker was just too "Indian" for Sally Mae. If you cut out all the paragraphs she put in about that, the book would have been about 100 pages shorter.
I also felt that Sally Mae was an extremely hypocritical character. One minute, she is talking about her faith and how she can't be with Tucker because he's "just too violent", and the next, she's having down and dirty sex with him (& a bunch of "toys") and becoming pregnant outside of marriage. Huh? I also found the author's use of "thee" and "thou" in Sally Mae's vocabulary to be cumbersome to the story- I found myself having to re-read things because of that. I guess it was supposed to have made her seem more Puritan or something, but I just found it to be irritating.
I guess if you're into this series, this one would get you into the next one. Not sure if I'd bother with this series again, though.
The story line seemed forced. Sally Mae was portrayed as too proper to become involved in an "inappropriate" (For the time and setting) relationship. While Tucker is a likable character he seemed to give up his "violent ways" a little too easily.
It certainly isn't horrible and if you are looking for a spicy story without putting much thought into the plot, it is a good read. This is just not one of Sarah's better stories. I have read several of her others stories, but the plot seemed thin and the dialog was too forced due to Sally Mae's unique speech.
I enjoy the Hell's Eight series. The first book in this series Caine's Reckoning is one of my favorite books. Tucker's Claim just was not as good. It certainly had potential. I love the idea of a pacifist falling in love with a Texas Ranger. The fact that he is an Indian adds even more conflict to the story. Placing it in in the Wild West where might makes right is even better. Put all these things together an you have the making of a great story. The problem is Sally Mae. The heroine is a Quaker and speaks in the most annoying way. Thee and Thy all over the place including when the couple is getting romantic. It is very distracting. Additionally the conflict never really materialized. I never really felt like they were fighting for or against anything.
I would still recommend this if you are a fan of the series. It just is not her best work.
Sally Mae's speech was annoying. I think it didn't seem real because in her thoughts, she doesn't really talk like that.
The book was okay, not horrible but not great. I don't mind the S&M stuff but Sally Mae's "wild side" seemed forced and didn't suit her character at all. Just not believeable. On top of that I'm not sure the use of toys, clamps, body piercings, and plugs really fit into the old west theme. McCarthy should have stuck with bondage and spankings. The S&M stuff came kind of suddenly. With Sally Mae being so sexually innocent, I'm not sure she would be willing to jump into that so quickly and abruptly.
Tucker was cool though.
A little disappointed but will continue to read the series.
The third in the Hell's Eight series and another good one! I liked the storyline to this romance and liked the two main characters very much. The bringing back of people from previous stories made it more interesting and the ending was pure pleasure!It did although have quite afew religious references throughout but this did not hurt the story for me.