Book Review: Ace’s Wild by Sarah McCarty

Ace's Wild by Sarah McCartyTitle: Ace’s Wild
Series: Hell’s Eight, Book 7
Author: Sarah McCarty
Genre: Historical Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: January 27, 2015 by HQN Books

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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Reviewed by: J9

In a Nutshell: Fun, enjoyable historical romance with enough eroticism to be interesting.

Why I Read This Book: I’ve read all the books in this series, liked them all and loved a few.

The Set Up: Ace doesn’t want to want the town’s do-gooder, Petunia but he can’t help himself. Petunia can’t seem to help but get in trouble and Ace always seems to be there to rescue her. But Petunia and Ace may be too independent and prideful to make a relationship work.

What I Liked: This is just a fun book. It isn’t too heavy or full of angst, just fun characters tearing up the sheets and hollering at each other. Sure, Petunia gets into trouble as she tries to rescue kids from abusive families and help a reformed prostitute but it’s still a light plot to hang the sexy and fun romance on.

The secondary characters are enjoyable here too, especially the reformed prostitute that Pet has working with her. There is a huge story here and I can’t wait to read it, hopefully next in the series!

What I Also Liked: Pet and Ace were charming together. They would fight and make up.  It was fun to watch them snipe at each other and be so irresistibly drawn together. From the opening scene when they collide in the bakery over cinnamon rolls, to the closing scene in a church, Ace and Pet love and sass each other in equal parts.

I really liked Pet’s independence and how Ace loved this part of her. Pet’s quest for self-determination translates to an openness in the bedroom that made for a fun, erotic romance with Ace that was much lighter than the other romances in this series.

What I Didn’t Like: This isn’t a re-read book for me but it was fun and enjoyable this first read through.

IMO: Series fans will be very happy with this latest installment; new readers can pick up this book and enjoy it before going back to read the rest of the series.

J9’s Rating:
4 Frogs

About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


  1. I have a shelf dedicated to her older books, but haven't read any of her work in a while. Sounds like a good one to add to the pile. Hugs...

  2. I've read the first two in this series and I have really loved them. I seriously need to get myself caught up! :) It sounds like this one was a good addition to the series. Thanks for sharing!


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