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    New Juicy Review: Caleb by Sarah McCarty


    Book:          Caleb (The Shadow Wranglers)

    Author:        Sarah McCarty

    ISBN:           0425230570

    Publisher:    Berkley

    Rating:        Four Stars

     The lure of Sarah McCarty's novels is that they are deliciously sensual, descriptive, and heavy on relationship. By comparison to other urban fantasy/paranormal novels, Caleb might a bit light on plot, but the overwhelming feeling is that McCarty is taking her time to get the story right, unwinding it slowly and making sure that the connection between her two main characters is solid, grounded. In fact it is McCarty's cornerstone. Caleb presents well: feisty, sensual, and feral in some action scenes-everything a paranormal romance should be.

    The relationship and obstacles between Caleb Johnson and Allie Sanders is fraught with frenzy, passion and McCarty draws that thread tautly. What was surprising was the presence of subtle nuances of pure urban fantasy writing. Is McCarty at a crossroads perchance?

    I was deeply curious and hungered for more of the D'Nally wolves (especially clothing-challenged Ian D'Nally), Derek the werewolf, and the McClaren wolves. Caleb was largely missing a backstory of the Johnson brothers. With Calebs' turning aside, how were the Johnson's lives in the Wild West as vampire wranglers? McCarty only provides hints. What tales McCarty could have spun, further lynch pinning her story to her readers. I eagerly look forward to the next in the series and hope that McCarty doesn't play it too close to the vest next time. Readers are dying for Slade and Jared's secrets.

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