Amanda’s Review – Luke’s Cut (Hell’s Eight #8) by Sarah McCarty

Sarah McCarty’s writing shows the reality of the west in the 1800’s and the conditions for women, all in a historical romance story. ~ Amanda, Guilty Pleasures 

He’s the last bachelor standing among the men of Hell’s Eight, and he’ll settle for nothing less than passion…

Unencumbered by wife or family, Luke Bellen is the obvious member of Hell’s Eight to lead a treacherous trek across Comanche territory. But Luke suspects he will never know another minute’s peace when photographer Josey Kinder joins the wagon train. Whip-smart Josey has a voluptuous figure, a sunny disposition and a knack for getting into dangerous scrapes in pursuit of a perfect shot. She’s beyond maddening. Luke thinks Josey’s too young, too sweet to be despoiled by the rough life and hard-bitten land he loves.

But independent Josey won’t let any man—however commanding—decide what’s best for her. Beneath their playful banter is a powerful current of lust—pure, but not so simple. If only Luke weren’t so damned proper, he’d see that the years between them don’t matter a whit, not when a single touch can set them both ablaze. Josey’s hell-bent on keeping Luke in the picture…if the vengeful bandits on their trail don’t find them first.

Luke’s Cut is the eighth book in the Hell’s Eight series and it is a great addition to the erotic historical romance series. Luke Bellen is the last one who is still single and wonders if he is meant to settle down. He’s seen big changes at Hell’s Eight ranch and can’t put his finger on it but he’s looking for something more. What he can’t figure is why the pretty photographer has caught his eye. Josie Kinder is here to photograph her uncle’s wedding and is so contrary to Luke that every move she makes somehow aggravates him. She senses it too and wonders what she could have done to get under his skin. Things go from prickly to hot and sensuous when they are both trekking across Texas in Comanche territory, and Luke sees there is more to the woman and he likes it.

I like the pairing of Luke with Josie because they were both were what the other needed. They may be opposites in many ways but they both have an artistic side of them and they both appreciated it in the other. He also saw a lusty, passionate in her that was dying to get out and he had no problem bringing it out in her. It might have been rocky in the beginning but she grew on him and he found out that she was stronger than he originally predicted. She’s an easterner and not use to the western ways and the harshness of life in the wilds of Texas. Somehow she showed gumption when faced with the bandits, a tornado and the Indians. What she just needed is a bit of soul searching to see what she wanted in life and if she could have it all. Thankfully Luke showed her it can be easy if you trust another with your heart.

It has been a pleasure reading this series and learning so much in the process. Sarah McCarty’s writing shows the reality of the west in the 1800’s and the conditions for women, all in a historical romance story. It was good to see the other characters from previous stories, and see the big changes happening especially for Sam and Bella. My only regret in this story is that there wasn’t an epilogue. I felt like it left me hanging there in the end. It would have been nice to see a glimpse in the future and how the Hell’s Eight men are doing with life and their loves.

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2 thoughts on “Amanda’s Review – Luke’s Cut (Hell’s Eight #8) by Sarah McCarty

  1. I am so looking forward to reading this last book in the series. But I hate to see it end… This has been a fantastic series. Great review.

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