Tuesday, March 31, 2015

[Kame's Review]: "Ace's Wild"

Ace's Wild by Sarah McCarty 
Publisher: HQN Books (January 27, 2015)
Series: Hell's Eight, 7
Genre: Historical Romance

When you gamble with desire, be prepared to risk everything…... 

Unlike the rest of the Hell's Eight brotherhood, Ace Parker's home isn't on the range. This restless cowboy craves the hustle of Simple, Texas, a lawless town where he can sate his darker appetites without guilt. At least he did, until Petunia Wayfield arrived. The prickly new teacher is insisting that Ace help her rid the town of drunkenness and card playing. For that kind of miracle, Ace demands a reward the spinster schoolmarm will surely never give. 

But Petunia isn't backing down. Not when the intense passion Ace offers shatters her to the core. As soon as she can afford a ticket home back east, she'll leave Simple behind for good. Until then, she'll match his sensual challenge with her own, daring him to give up his fiercely guarded self-control. And then real danger claims Petunia, forcing Ace to reveal the man he really is—even if it drives her away forever…

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Kame's Review:

Petunia was on her way to California when her funds were stolen. Fortunately she was able to find employment in Simple Texas and the schoolteacher. Sometimes she needs someone to handle things a lady should not, then she turns to the Ace. It is not really proper to be seen with him, he is a gambler, but he is the one whose look makes her skin tingle.

This is the seventh book in a series and I wonder if I would have found out more about Pet or Ace if I had read the others first.  Pet was very close to being considered an old maid, and with her intent on helping others she really didn't see any need for marriage or a man in her life at all. She is from the Northeast and it seems she felt that all proprieties she was held to there must not apply in 1860 Texas. That seemed rather na├»ve to me. Ace was a gambler but he seemed to be a protector of anyone who meant something to him. He was possessive and demanded complete trust and obedience. It was part of his character I just couldn't figure out, and maybe that is what held me back from truly enjoying his character.

The secondary characters were fun. Luke and Hester seem to be the couple of the final book in the series. I found Luke charming and Hester had a lot of spunk.  I would consider reading their story.

3 1/2 STARS! 

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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! 

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