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The Next Mrs. Blackthorne (Bitter Creek Series #6)

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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    The Next Mrs. Blackthorne

    This book is the continuing saga of the Bitter Creek Novels. This book is Clay and Libby's story and did not disappoint. Clay is a stubborn Blackthorne through and through. The lies and deceit Libby did in their youth still haunts both of them and Clay is unforgiving as much as he still loves Libby. 20 years later and their 19 year old daughter bring them together. The story takes twist and turns and has you routing for them to finally get it right. I really love this series. The story is heartwarming and touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    Great book couldn't put it down

    This book was a delight to read. I couldn't put it down. Needing to find out who was going to be the next Mrs. Blackthorne. I can't wait for the next in this series comes out

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2005

    have to have it!!!!!

    this is a great book i loved how they finale after 20yrs they became one i am looking forward for the next book on kate and the texas ranger jack......

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    Excellent romance

    Nineteen years old Kate Grayhawk thought that her rescue from a kidnapping would be the catalyst to bring her biological parents together, but one year since her harrowing experience, Libby Grayhawk and Clay Blackthorne remain apart. Though she knows the families feud, she still has hopes until her prayers seem to be forever unanswered when her father announces his engagement to Jocelyn Montrose.................... With the gene pool she carries Kate is not a quitter so continues her efforts to bring her parents together. Surprisingly and serendipitously her Uncle North Grayhawk assists her by buying shares of stock in the Blackthorne Bitter Creek Cattle Company. Meanwhile Jocelyn who always wanted Clay even when he was married to her late sister meets North and is stunned as he sets her heart ablaze like no one else including her fiancé has ever done before. Feeling a need to make things right for Clay and his family she offers herself to North in exchange for the stock not realizing the inferno she and Kate, acting separately, set between the two of them and the fighting families....................... This is a strong entry in the long running feuding Grayhawk- Blackthorne dispute. Fans will appreciate the internal battles of the obstinate cast as no one wants to take the first step for fear of rejection by the significant other they love and the consequent scorn by their family. Though Police Officer Jack hits it on the head that Kate is too spoiled and has pitied herself over the years due to the lack of a two parent home, readers will enjoy the latest in Joan Johnston¿s long running saga.................. Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted December 31, 2014

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    Overall Rating:  4.75 Action: 3.0 / Emotion: 4.75 / Romance: 5.0

    Overall Rating:  4.75
    Action: 3.0 / Emotion: 4.75 / Romance: 5.0 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 3.5 // Laughter: 2 / Giggle: 2 // Tears: 2 / Teary: 1

    The Next Mrs. Blackthorne: 4.75:
    Since Joan Johnston is a favorite author, it was no surprise to find this book to be an enjoyable, easy, entertaining read.  The story contained plenty of romance, action, and suspense to keep one tied to most of the characters from beginning to end.

    Hero One: 4.5:
    North Grayhawk: Although North was portrayed as a man with ice cold blue eyes who showed absolutely no emotion, Johnston did a fantastic job of revealing that underneath that cold facade beat the heart of deeply caring man, who protected those he loved.  Just wished that North had been given more story time.

    Heroine One: 4.5:
    Jocelyn Montrose: What a perfect mate for North.  A beautiful, stunning woman with a kind, compassionate heart, who was willing to make any sacrifice to save the man she loves.  Jocelyn may have been soft and sweet, but she was strong enough to stand up to the arrogant, determined North.  Not enough time was given to North and Jocelyn's story.

    Hero Two: 4.5:
    Jack McKinley: Although Jack was a very under-developed character, you could not help but love this charming rogue.  Johnston gave readers a lot of Jack's history, revealing that this fascinating man has had a lot to overcome to be as successful as he was.  And yet there are still roadblocks in his path he has to overcome every day.  Can't wait to read his story.

    Heroine Two: 4.5:
    Katherine "Kate" Grayhawk: What a fun, spontaneous, open-hearted character.  Kate was, basically, the main character in this story in that she was given the most point of view time in the book.  Loved the way Johnston made Kate feel real and had readers experiencing her love and frustration right along with her.  Can't wait for her to mature so Johnston can tell her story.

    Hero Three: 2.5:
    Clayton "Clay" Blackthorne: Although Clay is perfect hero material -- handsome, successful, strong, determined -- Johnston really failed to reveal his personality because she spent so much time detailing his history as a man groomed to be president and his disastrous love affair with Libby twenty years ago.  Clay was not a fully developed character and that was a major disappointment in what was supposed to be his story.

    Heroine Three: 1.5:
    Libby Grayhawk: The most under-developed main character in the book.  Again, Johnston just revealed that this Jackson Hole, Wyoming wilderness guide regretted the loss of the love of her life and struggled to be reunited with the father of her child.  It was like, I love Clay, I want Clay, I desire Clay, Clay, Clay, and then when Clay came to heel, she wanted "time to think about it."  What!

    Story Line: 4.0:
    Johnston told a fascinating and intriguing tale about a daughter who wanted to find a way to get her estranged father and mother to admit they loved one another and get married.  The story was told against the backdrop of a high-profile, high-security trial of a serial bomber, over which the father presided.  Johnston, again, put too many main characters in the story, which resulted in a lack of deep, rich character development.

    Action: 3.0:
    Plenty of action moved the storyline along at a quick, steady pace.  A high-profile trail, with every effort being made to protect the family of Judge Blackthorne.  An effort by a loving fiancé to save the Blackthornes from a hostile takeover from an enemy buying up Bitter Creek Cattle Company stock.  A suspect protector for Judge Blackthorne's daughter.

    Emotion: 4.75:
    Although several of the main characters were lacking in character development, Johnston did such a great job of emotionally tying the reader to the other main characters that she brought forth laughter and tears.

    Romance: 5.0:
    The romance in this book was front and center as three couples revealed their feelings for the other through action and deed.  The desire and attraction between these three couples was powerful and potent.

    Sensuous: 2.5:
    Johnston displayed her skill at writing incredibly moving love scenes that, while not graphically detailed, were filled with passion, heat and sizzle.  North and Jocelyn's love scenes were particularly sensual.

    Suspense: 3.5:
    Johnston definitely keep the readers guessing when she introduced Jack and the serial bomber's son, young Donnie Brown, into the story.  Although the suspenseful aspect of the story was not kept at an intense level, there was just enough going on to keep the reader intrigued.  And Johnston closed with a thrilling, exciting finale.

    Secondary Characters:  4.0:
    Because she included so many main characters, there were very few secondary characters introduced into this story.  However, when Johnston introduced Breed Grayhawk, she moved readers to tears for this neglected boy.  And even though Donnie Brown was minimally developed, his addition to the cast of characters added more intrigue to the plot.  As expected, Jackson "Blackjack" Blackthorne and Lauren "Ren" Creed Blackthorne made several cameo appearances in this book.

    A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of *The Next Mrs. Blackthorne* appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    North and Jack were the saving grace

    The book did not live up to the expectation of romance for star crossed lovers Clay and Libby. Both characters were so whimpy. Enjoyed seeing North again but wanted more of him. And spoiled rotten Kate---hope she has matured in the next book Stranger's Game.

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    Better and better!

    I have read all of this series, and each one is better than the previous. I would highly recommend this author to anyone. I will be reading her other series as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    highly recommend

    wonderful series...read them all!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Outstanding

    I loved this book can't wait for next book about Kate to see if she gets with Jack

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