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A Stranger's Game by Joan Johnston
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A Stranger's Game

by Joan Johnston

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Series: Bitter Creek (7)

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Overall Rating: 4.95
Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 4.5 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 2.0 / Suspense: 4.0 // Laughter: 2 / Giggle: 2 // Tears: 1 / Teary: 2

A Stranger's Game: 4.95:
This is the kind of Romantic Suspense book that is such a joy to read. This un-put-down-able book was filled with plenty of action, suspense, and romance and a hero and heroine that melted your heart.

Hero: 4.5:
Breed Grayhawk: Love his self-reliance. His appearance. His confidence. His intelligence. The way he responded to Grace on page 279.

Heroine: 4.5:
Grace Elizabeth Caldwell / Merle Raye Finkel: Love her strength. Her intelligence. Her willingness to correct a grievous wrong. The way her heart softened towards Breed.

Secondary Hero: 4.5:
Jack McKinley: Jack won my heart in The Next Mrs. Blackthorne and won't let it go. Love his belief in right and wrong. The way he treats Kate and her twin sons. That he still takes his mother's call in spite of washing his hands of his father.

Secondary Heroine: 4.5:
Kate Grayhawk Pendleton: Kate has finally matured. She is no longer a happy-go-lucky teen who jumps in with both feet without worrying about the consequences. Love the way she loves her family, particularly her twin sons.

Story Line: 4.5:
Johnston did a great job of weaving a lot of different colored threads in the tapestry of this story. A convicted double murderer pairing up with a FBI agent to prove she was wrongly blamed. A Texas Ranger and the same FBI agent helping to protect the president and state governors due to a security threat. A growing romance between Breed and Grace and details about the continuing roadblocks to the romance between Jack and Kate.

Action: 4.0:
Johnston kept this story moving at a quick pace because it seemed something exciting was always going on. Grace trying to clear her name. Breed looking for Grace. The killer trying to stop them both. A threat to the politicians at LBJ Auditiorium.

Emotion: 4.5:
Johnston did a great job of grabbing the reader's emotions, starting with the prologue. It was impossible not to feel great compassion for little Merle Raye . . . and later Grace. Breed had already won hearts when he appeared in the previous book of the series. Johnston's story brought forth laughter and tears.

Romance: 4.5:
The attraction and awareness between the two couples in this book was always obvious and not overshadowed by the plot.

Sensuous: 2.0:
Johnston has a way of writing understated love scenes that are very sensual, without being graphically explicit.

Suspense: 4.0:
The suspense was top-notch, leaving the reader tightly wound, wondering what twist and turn the story was going to take next.

Secondary Characters: 4.5:
Johnston always inserts interesting and well-developed supporting characters in her books. In this book the supporting characters that drew great interest (some more than others) included: {1} Vincent "Vince" Harkness; {2} Stephanie Harkness; {3} Craig Westwood; {4} King Grayhawk; {5} Ann Wade Pendleton; {6} J.D. Pendleton; {7} Troy McMahon; {8} Harry Gunderson; {9} Frank McKinley; {10} Steve; {11} Lucky Pendleton; and {12} Chance Pendleton. Cameo appearances were made by: {1} Jackson "Blackjack" Blackthorne; {2} Lauren "Ren" Creed Blackthorne; {3} Clay Blackthorne; and {4} Libby Blackthorne.

A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of A Stranger's Game appears at Wolf Bear Does Books (http://goo.gl/mOk7eC). ( )
  Vonda_M_Reid | Jan 3, 2015 |
Another "LT early review book" , I understand that this book is from a series, and it is also the first Joan Johnston book I have read. But with a open mind when starting this novel, I greatly enjoyed it. I liked the way it left you wanting more, with all the dirty little secrets, the murder story, the lies and the betrayel. On that note I will most deffinatly have to catch up on the other books... ( )
  diogo79 | Dec 5, 2010 |
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FBI Special Agent Breed Grayhawk has the hottest sex in his life with a stranger who calls herself Grace Smith, only to discover early the next morning that her real name is Merle Raye Finkel -- and she's a convicted double murderer who broke her parole a year ago and disappeared. Now she's his prime suspect in a terrorist threat against the U.S. president.

Grace Caldwell is determined to find the killer who framed her for the murder of her father and stepmother -- and make him pay. She burgles the home of her #1 suspect and nets a surprising haul: a hot-pink, silk-covered diary -- the record of a sex-addicted wife's adventures -- which suggests that Grace's #1 suspect isa serial killer. But her theft has been caught on tape, and the man she's been chasing becomes the hunter...with Grace as his prey.

With just five days until the president arrives in Austin, Texas, the last thing the FBI needs is a serial killer on the prowl...and a terrorist suspect who will stop at nothing to clear her name. The clock is ticking down, and Agent Grayhawk is racing time to discover the truth about his dangerous lover.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743454391, Mass Market Paperback)

New in paperback from New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston, the thrilling seventh Bitter Creek novel featuring passion and intrigue mixed with an explosive, spine-tingling tale of murder, wrongful imprisonment, and a woman who counts no cost too high to see a killer brought to justice.

FBI Special Agent Breed Grayhawk has the hottest sex in his life with a stranger who calls herself Grace Smith, only to discover early the next morning that her real name is Merle Raye Finkel—and she’s a convicted double murderer who broke her parole a year ago and disappeared. Now she’s his prime suspect in an assassination plot against the U.S. president.

Grace Caldwell is determined to find the killer who framed her for the murder of her father and stepmother—and make him pay. She burgles the home of her #1 suspect and nets a surprising haul: a hot-pink, silk-covered diary—the record of a sex-addicted wife’s adventures—which suggests that Grace’s top suspect is a serial killer. But her theft has been caught on tape, and the man she’s been chasing becomes the hunter...with Grace as his prey.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:31 -0400)

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Picking up a pretty woman, Grace, at his favorite bar, FBI agent Breed Grayhawk is unaware that she has just finished jail time for murdering her parents and is breaking into her late father's colleagues' homes in search of evidence that will clear her name.… (more)

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