Review: Shadow’s Stand by Sarah McCarty

Posted January 30, 2012 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: Shadow’s Stand by Sarah McCarty
Shadow's Stand
by Sarah McCarty

4 Stars


Released: January 31, 2012
Series: Hell's Eight #5
Published by HQN Books
Pages: 377
Format: eARC

I love a hero who thinks he is a cold hearted bastard, when really he is a big fluffy marshmallow on the inside. All he needs is the love of a good woman to bring out his softer side, soon he will be feeding stray kittens (if he isn’t already) and helping elderly women across the street (again, if he isn’t already!) Shadow Ochoa is that kind of guy. So when Fei Yen saves him from the gallows and marries him so he will protect her whilst she corrects her crazy father’s wrongs, he is a goner. It would all be a very quick happily ever after, if only there wasn’t such a large bounty on Shadow’s head and Fei’s gold wasn’t wanted by any scavenger who hears about it.

What I love about Romancelandia is that the bigger and tougher the heroes who claim to love nobody are, the more and more they talk/think about their tender feelings and how they couldn’t possible have any. Men *sigh* even in highly romanticized romance they can be dumb as rocks. But, despite that little factor making me smile a little, I did really enjoy this book. I have read Sarah McCarty before, and loved her other historical western series Promises and I thought this was just as good. It had a little more action and adventure in it then her Promises series, which I thought added a lot of excitement to the book but also a very sweet romance.

If you like your heroes, tall, dark, broody and very very sexy which, luckily I do, then Shadow will be the guy for you. There are plenty of his kind of character around so don’t expect anything too original, but that didn’t stop me liking him. Fei was also good, I like a heroine that doesn’t always expect the hero to save her and has a mind of her own, and Fei definitely did, armed with dynamite and a few matches she can pretty much take care of herself!

I haven’t actually read the other titles in the series, but if you have, characters from the previous books pop up, and now I have read a little about them I am definitely intrigued about their own stories and will be reading the rest of Hell’s Eight as soon as I get the funds!

A good historical western, nothing original but the romance is sweet, the sex is hot and the action is exciting, there are worse ways of passing the time!

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Shadow definitely sounds like my kind of hero!!!


Sarah is an auto buy for me. This is a great series. lol payday can’t get here fast enough! 🙂


I’ve read the first in this series and it was wonderful. Need to catch up! Love this cover.

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New to me and sounds really good.

Thanks for sharing the review!