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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Sarah McCarty
Released: November 28th 2018
Series: Hell's Eight #8
Published by HQN Books
“Luke’s Cut felt a little Luke warm.”
~ Under the Covers
Luke Bellen is the last bachelor of the infamous and dangerous Hell’s Eight and seeing all the happily married couples around him has made him feel restless. Unlike his friends, he doesn’t feel ready for settling down on the ranch, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel a little lonely when he sees the closeness the other couples have. Josey Kinder has spent most her life for apologising for existing and doing her best to become invisible, however, heading into the rough and beautiful terrain of the West calls to the wilder side of herself that she keeps hidden. Luke also seems to be chasing the mouse out of her as he seems to simultaneously provokes and cares for her. However, as they travel together through dangerous territory Josey realised it isn’t only her heart she is risking, but as bandits continue to pursue them, maybe her life as well.
Three years! Three years I have been waiting for this book, in what I assume to be the final book in the Hell’s Eight series, where we finally see the last lonely bachelor taking down by love. Was it worth the wait? Those long lonely three years? Honestly, I am not sure. I liked this book and as someone who doesn’t like to leave things unfinished I am glad we now have a full and complete set of paired up Hell’s Eight men. However, if I take that sense of tidiness and order away and look at the book in isolation…it was a good read but probably not worth waiting three years for.
Luke’s Cut also felt strangely un-Sarah McCarty like, I am used to her red hot, erotic historical westerns, which is what I was expecting in this book. But, this book definitely dialled down on the sexiness scale, she didn’t even have her customary anal sex (anyone who has read any amount of McCarty will know what I mean, I am pretty sure it happens in EVERY book she has written) and I missed it! Not necessarily the anal sex thing, but I loved how erotic these book were, so in comparison Luke’s Cut felt a little Luke warm – haha did you see what I did there?
Sexiness aside, I did like the romance between Luke and Josey, there was some good back and forth between them and I enjoyed seeing Luke help bring Josey out of her shell. I also liked that Josey wasn’t just a damsel in distress type, despite having no survival skills she some how managed to hold her own and keep Luke on his toes. Which, is exactly what Luke needed, unlike the others in Hell’s Eight Luke doesn’t want to settle down, he hasn’t quenched his thirst for adventure yet and luckily neither has Josey, another reason why they are perfect for one another.
Luke’s Cut although not my favourite book in the series, was a nice end to the Hell’s Eight series. I am keeping my fingers crossed though and hoping that McCarty will start a new spin off series for the Montoya Ranch! That way I can still see my Hell’s Eight honey bunnies AND see some more of the sexy Montoya men.
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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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