Author: Sarah McCarty
Published: October 1, 2010
Characters: Ari Blake, Tracker Ochoa
WED BY NECESSITY…JOINED BY DESIRE
Before his trade became his name, “Tracker” Ochoa was a scrawny Mestizo runaway. Now as fearsome as he once was frightened, he’s joined the notorious Hell’s Eight...and they have a job for him.
He must rescue kidnapped heiress Ari Blake and deliver her safely to the Hell’s Eight compound—by any means necessary. Turns out that includes marrying her, if he means to escort her and her infant son
across the Texas Territory. Tracker hadn’t bargained on a wife—especially such a fair, blue-eyed beauty. But the erotic pleasures of the marriage bed more than make up for the surprise.
Tracker’s well-muscled bronze skin and dark, dangerous eyes are far more exciting than any of Ari’s former debutante dreams. In the light of day, though, his deep scars and brooding intensity terrify her. But he’s her husband and she’s at his mercy. With the frontier against them and mercenary bandits at their heels, Ari fears she’ll never feel safe again.
Tracker, too, remembers what fear feels like. Though he burns to protect Ari, to keep her for himself always, he knows that money, history—and especially the truth—can tear them apart.
I don't know how to start this letter, except to say thank God you're alive.
This one was a slow starter for me. It starts off with Tracker locating Desi's sister, Ari, living with an older couple raising her child. Upon first seeing Ari she appears to be happy and leading a normal life. But upon further investigation, you realize things are not all that they seem.
I won't get to much into the plot, but when Ari finally does reach Hell's Eight, it isn't the happy reunion everyone hoped for. Ari feels abandoned by Desi and also feels resentment towards Desi. She thinks Desi left her to the men who abused her, all while she had been living the good life with Caine.
Tracker too has issues in the fact that he doesn't think he's good enough for Ari. If Ari chooses to leave Hell's Eight and head back East she would never be accepted for being with him. Also he feels that his Indian heritage will be a constant reminder to her of her attackers.
I have to say, I do like Ari and Tracker together. At first I was unsure of how it would work out given all that she had been through, but Ms. McCarty pulled it off. Ari comes across as this damaged yet strong woman who just needs to find her strength and courage. And with Tracker she can be the women she is meant to be.