Hell’s Eight series features Texas Rangers from the time when rangers were more outlaw than law.
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 by Sarah McCarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A final return to the Western Frontier with the last man of the Hell’s Eight to finally find his woman.
Luke Bellen is feeling a bit nostalgic. Both for times past and a little envy that all of the men he went through hell with as children have all now found their mate and are settling down and starting families.
It’s due to this he agrees to accompany the woman that took them in and raised them to the Montoya Ranch to help with the delivering of Sam and Bella first child. As this requires traveling through Comanche territory a team of men are needed for protection. So along with men Sam sent from the Ranch, Tia and her husband Ed, and the surprise addition of photographer Josey Kinder the wagon train sets off.
One thing I’ve always through this author does beautifully is her descriptions of the wild west and a realistic view of how tough it was living in those days. The group encounter a storm and tornado along the way and when you’re out in the middle of the frontier there is no warning or even places to take shelter – you felt like you were experiencing it right along with the characters – intense and scary.
Luke and Josey (as with most of the Hell’s 8 couples) couldn’t be more different. That is another thing that has always set this series apart is how she can take two people from different walks of life – ethnicity, religion, tragic pasts – and make them work together.
I enjoyed this story and also getting to experience the birth (harrowing as it was) of Sam and Bella children.
My only hope as I finished this book – and its a big one – is that the author would do one more book bringing all the Hell’s Eight back together or at least giving us an update on all 8 couples. We got a glimpse of a few through this book but I would love a wrap up book. It’s been an incredible journey since first meeting Caine Allen and the men that make up Hell’s Eight.
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