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Caden's Vow (Mills & Boon M&B)

Caden's Vow (Mills & Boon M&B) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah McCarty
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His past has haunted him for a lifetime...but one woman could be his salvation

Gunslinger Caden Miller's compadres are becoming a bit too domesticated for his liking. So he’s off to Kansas territory to carve out a living and a space of his own—alone, just the way he likes it. Maddie O'Hare has been drawn to Caden ever since she escaped to the Hell's Eight compound from the brothel where she was born and raised. And she’s not ready to let him go so easily...until she’s captured by his new neighbors.

When Caden discovers that Maddie is being held against her will on a nearby ranch, he demands they release his fiancée. As surprised as Caden is by his own lie, Maddie's grateful kiss holds a fiery promise that’s far more unexpected. But with old enemies catching up with him, Caden and Maddie will face a danger that tests their passion—and will either bind them together forever or break them apart for good.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373776993
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon M&B (1 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A77SAC6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than the last few 13 Jan 2013
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I was a fan of Sarah McCarty and read her Promise series and loved it along with the 1st three books of the Hells Eight series, but I felt they lost their way a bit along the way, I think the main reason being the length of time between books, you forget who is who and when I started Cadens vow I had no idea who Caden was from the other books, as its been so long that they started, but saying this it was a pretty good read, I liked Caden and also Ace who I think the next book will be, and I admired Maddie, she had had such a horriable life untill she went to Hells Eight and to see her start there and end up a happy, strong woman was as great as the hea for her and Caden.

Gunslinger Caden Miller is getting itchy feet his best friends and the rest of Hells Eight (apart from Ace)are married and settled. So he decides to leave and go Kansas to find gold at a mine that was blown up in the last book.
Maddie O'Hare was bought to Hells Eight when Tracker rescued her from a brothel house where she had been since she was eight years old, and she was so damaged in her mind by all she went through she often escaped to a dream world in her head to avoid dealing with her past, but she has been drawn to Caden ever since she came to the Hell's Eight compound from the brothel,she doesn't want to let him go so she follows him on her horse with her dog, she's captured by Hells Eight new neighbors, and begins a short friendship with the owner of the ranch but makes him think Caden is going to marry her, so wehn Caden arrives to save Maddie, he is held at gunpoint to the vows have been read and he and Maddie are married, at first Caden is angry Maddie tricked him into marraige untill Ace points out why, and makes Caden face up to his feelings for Maddie.

this was not a bad read much better than the last two books and I am looking foward to reading Ace's book how ever long that may take.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sarah! What has happened 11 Feb 2014
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I have to agree with other reviewers. Sarah McCarty's books seem to have something missing at the moment. I loved the Promises books. I was so looking forward to the Hells Eight - and have read them all. I am looking forward to Ace's story and hope Sarah comes back onto form!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not That Good 15 Oct 2013
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Wow, what a sexy covers... it is too bad that this book did not live up to that visual message

Since this book is one of the last books in this series, and I hadn't read any of the previous books, I felt adrift - lost at sea. This is a problem since most authors make even series books accessible to a new reader. This book was filled with secondary and tertiary characters that had a relationship with Cade and Maddie but you never really know (except superficially) who they were and what they had to do with the protagonists.

I got past all this, but I found this book to be ultra wordy and NOT in a good way. It took me struggling to get through 50 percent of this novel before things even got a little interesting.

This novel was rambling and repetitive, with the characters - especially Maddie - reliving the past constantly and with an over-abundance of inner dialoguing that quickly became annoying. I felt like yelling at the book to stop beating that damn dead horse already.

The character of Maddie, while being a whore in her past was supposed to be eighteen in this novel and although I realize that the wild west (the 1800's) was a different time and eighteen was considered `old enough' - the author is writing for a modern audience. It was a bit tacky to have a girl as young as this in the lead role. I understood that Maddie was a unique character, with a LOT of experience under her belt - but she was mentally damaged through most of this book. This did NOT make this an erotic read for me.

All in all if I was basing this series on this book - I would NOT read any of the others.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a bummer...... 23 Nov 2012
By M. DM Herazo - Published on
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What happened? Sarah McCarty used to write stories that were so gripping and fantastically, smoking hot! Her characters used to be enthralling and so realistic that you found yourself breathing with them, crying with them, and feeling everything they felt. Caden's Vow, leaves much to be desired. Caden was barely mentioned in the book.....what was this promise that he made to his father? Why did he feel like he needed to leave? He just kept repeating himself along the lines of when I get mad, I'm a jerk. And that was about all he said.

This wasn't really a love story. The chemistry was almost non-existent and seriously.....where was the heat? The conflict felt far-fetched and Maddie went from straight crazy to perfectly normal in one month for no apparent reason. Why exactly did they love one another? And the little plot twist thrown in at the end that supposedly makes her realize her love for Caden...give me a break. I cannot believe I'm saying this because I absolutely LOVE the Promises series and the first 3 books of the Hell's Eight series--but after these last two books, I don't think I can stand waiting two years for the next installment only to be so very disappointed. For the love, Sarah---PLEASE go back to how you used to write--not this watered down gruel.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it should have only been Hell's Five... 12 Dec 2012
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I did wonder what Sarah McCarty would do to continue to engage her readers through the last books in the Hell's Eight series as the big connecting mystery (Desi's missing sister) was resolved with Tracker (#4) and the most angst ridden of the men, Shadow (#5), already had his own book. The answer, unfortunately, is...not much.

Caden, along with the last two members of the group, have been fleeting characters in the prior books, always MIA during some of the pivotal moments so readers never really had an opportunity to connect with them (at least I never did). As a result, this book should have built Caden's background, personality, and motivations. Except what we are given is a paragraph that is supposed to explain the entirety of the book (his father had been someone who sought his own fortune).

It's a book that hints at past events that influence his treatment of the heroine, but never dips deep. There's one brief scene where the heroine is disappointed in something the hero did and it reminds him of his mother and her relationship with his father, but McCarty does not elaborate further. It's the first instance (though the event occurs pretty late in the book) where readers are introduced to the idea that his parents did not have a happy marriage, but you are left wondering why.

The hero's motivation throughout the book is to re-open Fei's (heroine from #5) mine, but you do not know why he wants to do so. Is it for the money? To help out a friend? Just something to do? It's very confusing, and often felt like McCarty just wanted to stick the characters in the middle of hostile Native American territory for the "danger and conflict" part of the story.

The heroine is a complex character. She is someone who has been physically and mentally abused from a very young age and retreats into her mind when things are difficult. I do not remember her, but she is apparently from a prior book, someone Tracker found during his searches for Ari. She is at the very tail end of her mental struggles, where reality starts to overtake any desires to hide away, and draws your sympathy as you watch her try to meld her past with her present; all without the help of a psychiatrist.

The "conflict" should have been focused on emotions as McCarty created two characters suited for that type of story, but sadly she threw in a "save me from the bad guy" scene at the end that was not needed and frankly lessened the impact of the heroine finally conquering her demons.

A mediocre story in what otherwise was one of the more engaging series available in romance. It leaves me leery of what disappointments will be given to us in the last two books.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes me wonder who wrote this one... 23 Nov 2012
By J. Howard - Published on
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I have enjoyed the Hell's Eight series, and looked forward to reading this latest installment. The principal characters were all introduced in earlier books, and the first pages of this book were promising. Then Caden, who keeps announcing that he never breaks his word, breaks his word throughout the book. It is confusing to me, never mind how it affects Maddie. Speaking of Maddie, I am still unclear about where her fantasy world controls her and where she controls it; I'm not convinced the author knows. I understand her difficult and abusive background, but her actions, inactions, thoughts, and lack of thought do not make a cohesive character to me. The fact that no one ever explains how they feel allows all the misunderstandings to form some kind of plot, but the characters remain so confusingly underdeveloped that the eventual happily-ever-after simply fueled my final, "Huh?"

If I had never read the other books in the series, I would have rated this lower than three stars. The glimmers of familiarity from the other books kept reminding me that I was reading Ms. McCarty, whether this one measured up or not!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needed a little giddyup in its giddalong 16 Dec 2012
By Ms Daisy - Published on
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Caden's vow took a lot of pages to say nothing. Caden the tortured driven gunslinger turned out to be a man without a clue in how to deal with a mentally unstable victim of life long abuse. Maddie may not know much living in her world of make believe, but she is inexplicably drawn to Caden. Why these 2 were in love with each other was never clearly explained, I never felt the attraction. A big part of what I enjoy about SM writing was missing, which is the sexual heat between her h/h. The first half of this book spent too much time on Caden breaking down Maddie's defenses to get into her pants, only to leave her in an unfamiliar town the next day. ( I kept thinking what idiot would leave a defenseless woman who was a prostitute all her life in an unknown town.) And the second half was too much time spent on Maddie finding her inner strength while fending for herself in town. A lot of the real action took place off stage which was a big turn off for me.

I wanted a true Western Romance, but all I got was window dressing. Caden's Vow fell victim to what most books in a long series succumb to which is boredom. The author has ran out of steam, her imagination is shot, therefore Caden and Maddie become stick figures with unclear issues. I still don't know what Caden's vow is...something about his father that was never fully explained. This book was so soft the potential villain turned into Maddie's Fairy God-father. Some serious gun play against renegade Indians or murdering outlaws and a few scenes of the H/h facing hardship along the trail would have went a long way in giving this slow story the kick it needed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Than A Bit Disappointing 10 Dec 2012
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I have read all the Hell's Eight series (and quite a few other books by Sarah McCarty) and have to say that this is one of the least satisfying books of hers I've read. I had a difficult time getting interested in this story of Caden and Maddie's after the first half dozen chapters. Pretty much every main female character in this series has lived through a very traumatic experience before meeting one of the Hell's Eight heroes and Ms. McCarty usually does a good (if somewhat quick psyche healing by today's standards) job of navigating through the personal problems attendant with the trauma and still tells a rousing good romance story. However, I just felt bewildered by the way Caden and Maddie so quickly went from one emotional extreme to another. I never knew from chapter to chapter (sometimes page to page) whether they would be feeling affectionate, angry, loving, justified in their behavior or feeling guilty about it....and had a hard time figuring out WHY they felt that way. Maddie lived as a whore in a brothel most of her life and seemed to constantly fluctuate between calling herself a whore and expecting people to think the worst of her and getting angry or hurt when Caden would lose his temper and bring her past up (granted that wasn't very sensitive on his part, but it was human). Caden's character came across as arrogant, insensitive and sometimes downright childish, with a dash of alpha male thrown in now and then. Maddie's habit of "disassociating" herself and inhabiting a mental fantasy world in order to survive the brothel lifestyle just seemed like a forced/contrived part of the story as the book moved on. I certainly won't give up on reading the Hell's Eight series in the future or any other series Ms.McCarty's great storytelling abilities produce. But for me, this particular book was one I found myself walking away from throughout the weekend rather than my usual habit of not being able to tear myself away.
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