Title: Ace’s Wild
Series: Hell’s Eight #7
Author: Sarah McCarty
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Level: 2 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
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….
Let me preface this review by saying a few things. I love historical romance. I love western historical romance. I love Sarah McCarty as an author. I love the Hell’s Eight series. This book however, didn’t work for me at all. I was so disappointed especially after coming off of Caden’s Vow that blew me away.
Ace is, of course one of the Hell’s Eight men. Texas Rangers, that all suffered through the slaughter of their hometown, leaving eight boys of different races as the only survivors. These boys bonded and grew up together, eventually calling themselves, Hell’s Eight. Ace is a gambler and what sounded like to me, a land surveyor of sorts. But basically he’s a gambler. He lives at a saloon or brothel. He likes women but he has certain dark tastes that not all women are comfortable with.
Petunia is a schoolteacher and an overall do-gooder. She wants to help all children in the town she lives in to get an education regardless of their parentage. This book takes place in the eighteen hundreds so you can see her wishes might cause an uproar. She wants to start a school where all children can learn. Her plans were never to stay. She’s on her way back East, where people are more understanding about these sorts of things. She’s was robbed when she came to the town she’s at now and has to save money up before she can leave.
These two people couldn’t have been more opposite in their thinking. Ace has to have control in all things and Petunia is a free thinker. She won’t be bossed around. I liked Petunia a lot. Ace? Not at all. He was overbearing, not in a good way, and selfish. His stubbornness literally was the cause of a tragedy. That’s not Hell’s Eight to me. I’ve loved this series for the beginning, even through Shadow’s book which I didn’t like but this one was a total miss for me. Her Heat level was mediocre and a Dom in the old west? Ugh! Get over that crap already. That ship has sailed. I miss the old Sarah McCarty.
Book given in exchange for a honest review by the author via NetGalley.