Review: Caleb by Sarah McCarty

Posted on November 4, 2009


Series: The Shadow Wranglers #1

Hero: Caleb Johnson

Heroine: Allie Sandlers

Allie always desired mysterious, sexy rancher Caleb Johnson, but he never seemed to notice her. Until the night she’s attacked by a vicious animal, and rescued by a shapeshifting vampire that she almost seems to recognize: the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. That’s because her savior is Caleb, and now he has no choice but to bring Allie into the shadows with him-to protect her from a rival werewolf pack, and to finally reveal his true feelings for the woman he’s been afraid to love.

Caleb is a pretty long book but there isn’t much to read as far as storyline. First, the heroine was forced to become a vampire. Caleb was hurt saving Allie from an assault by one of his enemies. Since he was losing blood and only Allie would be able to save him, Caleb’s brothers dragged Allie to Caleb bedside, slit her wrist open, and forced Caleb to drink her blood. Allie had to be turned because of too much blood loss.

Now that Allie is no longer human, she could not go outside and mingle with the humans. Allie was told that she may never return home, never to see her family again. Anyone looking for her would assume that she died. Horrible isn’t it? Allie thought so too – for all of two seconds. Okay, maybe a bit longer but not by much.

Allie’s hunger for blood gets so great that it affects the other Johnson brothers who are single. Each time Allie needs to feed on blood and sex, the brothers also get turned on by her. The brothers even admitted this out loud to the couple. [ick]

It was later theorized that Allie was possibly pregnant. Allie’s pregnancy is uncertain because it was assumed that vampires could not get pregnant and since the Johnson brothers were isolated from the other people of their kind, they had no one to ask. In hopes that there would be answers to her fertility questions, Allie decides to accept an invitation to visit the Sanctuary — an organization of vampires who study vampirism. Knowing the Johnsons’ wouldn’t approve of the meeting, Allie sneaks out of the house but Caleb caught her before she went in alone. No surprise, they walked into a den of bad people and the two were taken captive. Not once during her captivity did Allie think of the baby she might be carrying. In fact, she mentioned several times that she would rather die than give the villain what he wants.

An easy reading but with little plot substance,

Grading: D-

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