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Lucky Shot (The Montana Hamiltons)

by B.J. Daniels

Series: Montana Hamiltons (book 3)

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"When hotshot reporter Max Malone gets a rare shot of Buckmaster Hamilton with a blonde woman near Beartooth, Montana, he chases down one of the senator's daughters to verify that the woman is his supposedly long-dead first wife. But Kat Hamilton won't give him the time of day, let alone any information about her mother." -- Back cover.… (more)

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Another exciting entry in the series. Max is one of the reporters that has been haunting the Hamiltons since Buckmaster Hamilton's first wife returned from the dead. When he snaps a picture of the two of them together, he goes to Kat Hamilton to confirm the identity of the woman in the picture. But Kat isn't cooperating. Kat has had enough of reporters pestering her for information about her mother, and Max especially rubs her the wrong way. But when he tells her of the information he has, she discovers that she wants the answers as much as he does.

I really liked Max. He's an investigative reporter with a sense of honor, not a gossip rag paparazzi. Though he first just wanted to use Kat for information, he soon found himself liking her as a woman. This made his investigation harder in a way, because he doesn't want to hurt Kat, but finding out the truth is important. I also really liked Kat. She is independent and stubborn. She may be one of the "Hamilton Girls" but she lives her life her own way. She knows she should be happy that her mother is alive and well, but she has questions that haven't been getting any answers until Max showed up.

I loved the sparks that flew between them from the beginning. Max really tries to resist because he has a rule about getting involved with someone who's part of a story he is working on, but finds himself too deeply drawn to her. I liked the way that he saw behind the surface toughness that she showed the rest of the world to the woman beneath. He had the patience to bring her out of her shell. He was also protective of her, as the danger of their investigation increased, and he was impressed by her ability to remain focused on their goal in the midst of that danger. Kat doesn't want to feel the things she does around Max. She's spent a lot of years protecting herself from the hurt she experienced before, but Max is working his way past her protective walls. Because he is a reporter, she is also extra wary of him at the beginning, but quickly finds herself trusting him. They get closer as the book goes on, but each is fully aware of their own issues that hold them back from opening up completely. I really loved their honest appraisal of their relationship at the end of the book, and the steps they took to see if it was real.

The mystery of Sarah Hamilton's return continues from the previous two books. The information that Max and Kat uncover indicate that she may have been part of a domestic terrorist group years earlier, but her lack of memory makes it impossible to confront her about it. The more information they uncover, the worse it looks for Sarah. There's also someone out there who doesn't like what they are doing and multiple attempts are made at stopping them. At the same time, local sheriff Frank Curry has been doing some investigating of his own, with his wife's help. The things he discovers, when added to what Max and Kat have found, bring up serious questions about just why Sarah reappeared now. Meanwhile, Buckmaster himself is caught between two women - his current wife, Angelica, and his first wife, Sarah. He has never stopped loving Sarah, but he also cares for Angelica, who has been beside him in his bid for the presidency. He is increasingly frustrated by her focus on digging up whatever dirt she can find on Sarah. Angelica's inquiries are stirring up trouble for her also. Buck can't seem to stay away from Sarah, who has apparently moved on with a neighboring rancher. A confrontation at the end of the book stops those who have been attacking Max and Kat, and though answers are apparently found to some of the questions about Sarah, Max and Kat are still suspicious. The book ends with a twist and a cliffhanger. ( )
  scoutmomskf | Mar 15, 2016 |
4 STARS

I like this series but I want answers. The Montana Hamiltons should be read in the right order because it has a big mystery that covers the story.

Sarah Hamilton 22 years ago drove off into a river and didn't break. She left six daughters behind and a husband that was in politics. Now Senator Buck Hamilton is running for President. Sarah drops back from the sky with no memory of the last 22 years. Why did she do what she did? Where as she been?

There is plenty of drama, relationships in trouble,love scene. danger and mystery. I know I want to find out what happened to Sarah?
Max Malone is a reporter. He is not interested in the love triangle of Senator and his ex-wife or his wife for the last 15 years. He believes that there is more to the story of Sarah before she even married Buck. He also wants a shot of Sarah so far noone has one.

Someone does not want the answers to be found out. In fact some P.I. was scared off and a reporter is missing and Max has been robbed.

Kat Hamilton is getting ready a show of her photographs. She has some run in with Max and then he saves her. Kat is curious about her mother and wants to prove Max wrong.

Soon Max and Kat are trying to put pieces together and make a discovery they think. Now there lives is in danger.

I was given this ebook to read for free by Net Galley and Harlequin. In return I agree to give a honest review. ( )
  rhonda1111 | Dec 26, 2015 |
Twenty-two years ago, a person named Sarah Johnson Hamilton disappeared. It seemed strange that she would leave behind a husband and six daughters. That mystery is about to surface again in an explosive series of events. Buck Hamilton is very ambitious and has decided to run for president. It is funny as soon as someone throws their name out there for office, skeletons from their past suddenly appear. Buck is in for a shock when his wife suddenly shows up out of the blue . She has no memory of her past and the story takes off on a mystery adventure thst doesn't let up.

Max Malone , who is an investigative reporter has taken on the job of trying to find out about Sarah's vanishing for over twenty years . How does one disappear for so long and suddenly appear out of thin air? Does she really have amnesia? Max is soon partnered with Kat, one of the daughters as they join forces trying to uncover this mystery. Get ready for a journey of intrigue and action that will have you guessing who to trust . Is there a secret from the past that could destroy someone? The two main characters will face danger and grow close to each other as they try to unravel this mystery that could impact many. I must warn you that the book ends with a cliffhanger . This will be a story that you want to continue as the author has done a great job of piquing readers curiosity . I look forward to the next book that continues this action packed story. ( )
  Harley0326 | Dec 7, 2015 |
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"When hotshot reporter Max Malone gets a rare shot of Buckmaster Hamilton with a blonde woman near Beartooth, Montana, he chases down one of the senator's daughters to verify that the woman is his supposedly long-dead first wife. But Kat Hamilton won't give him the time of day, let alone any information about her mother." -- Back cover.

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