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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm..waited so long for this book, but it didn't quite hit the spot...3.5*, 3 Oct 2009
Roroblu's Mum "ROROBLU'S MUM" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
Sarah McCarty is an autobuy, but I had started to wonder if she was suffering from burnout, as she'd not updated her website (til last week) from last winter, and her books due out this year kept getting put back further and further. Tucker's Claim is the 3rd in her Hells Angels series, and it followed pretty much along the lines of the previous books - needy, lonely females and the rough, tough, Alpha male Texas Rangers who fall for them and end up changing their ways for the loves of their lives. This book had lots of sex scenes, and pretty graphic ones, but I had some trouble believing in Sally Mae, the sheltered Quaker female, who had been brought up under the 'what will people say' rule, and who had married a man years her senior as her foster family had drilled it into her that she should, and yet who, barely a year into her widowhood, falls in lust (out of the blue, seemingly) with Tucker, so much so that she's prepared too forget all the rules she's lived by and have sex with him outdoors in any way that she can get it! And no, she doesn't think she's in love with him til a fair bit into the book, and tells herself it is a one-off, and then when she falls pregnant and he suggests marriage, she kind of just falls into line and goes along with him. Both Tucker and Sally Mae knew that townfolk would never accept an 'Injun' marrying a white woman (he would have been put to death if found out), yet when they do decide to marry, it's all ok (though they do go off to Hells Eight ranch to live, just in case)?? And, on the way to the ranch, they get ambushed, and whilst the men are defending her (and Bella), she suddenly feels that she needs to offer herself as hostage so that the others can go free, so walks straight into the arms and lies of the baddie - and then, compromises her Friends principles and shoots him! Hmmmm. Most annoying, however, was her habit of addressing Tucker (and others) as 'thee', and 'thy', making her speech stilted and awkward (so much so that even a child of 9 accuses her of 'talking funny'), yet every so often, it seemed as if SMc had slipped up, as Sally Mae came out with 'you/yours'! Yes, I will continue to read SMc books, but this was not her best, at least not after a drought of nearly a year. Her next book, book 2 of the Shadow Wranglers series, Jared, is already on preorder, and I hope that provides the feisty, think-for-herself female lead that was missing from this book. I am also awaiting the iminent delivery of Caleb, from the new Shadow Wranglers paranormal series, of which I have high hopes....
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