Dark Horse

Dark Horse

by B. J. Daniels

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Burdened by family secrets, this cowboy rides alone

For twenty-five years, the case of the McGraw twins kidnapping has remained unsolved. As the eldest son, Cull oversees the McGraw horse ranch, wary of prying eyes. So when true-crime writer Nikki St. James comes forward with new information, Cull can't believe his father invites her onto the compound. His family has suffered enough—he's not about to let St. James snoop and ruin them completely. But Nikki finds the eldest McGraw's protectiveness as endearing as it is aggravating. After all, this case is personal to her, too… And her secrets can set the truth free—if they don't destroy the McGraws first.

Whitehorse, Montana: The McGraw Kidnapping

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ISBN-13: 9781335721136
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Series: Whitehorse, Montana: The McGraw Kidnapping
Edition description: Original
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author B.J. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, and three springer spaniels. When not writing, she quilts, boats and plays tennis. Contact her at www.bjdaniels.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BJ-Daniels/127936587217837 or on twitter at bjdanielsauthor.

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Dark Horse 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. I did not know what to expect going into this book but I was completely blown away. This book has it all. Mystery, romance, and all the twists and turns to keep a reader guessing. This was a great read. There are surprises around every corner and the budding romance between the two main characters was really heartfelt, confusing and real. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a little romance with their mystery. Great read.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this is the first in a trilogy. if you like a suspenseful romantic story, this is for you. no one does it better than b.j.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is the intriguing first book in the trilogy which centres on what happened when twin infants were kidnapped twenty-five years ago. In this story a true-crime writer, Nikki St James, is invited into the McGraw home to investigate what happened to his children - much to the displeasure of others living there! The older siblings of the missing twins resent the annual focus on what happened and usually strive to protect their family, especially their Dad, from any media attention. Cull is the oldest of his sons and he’s particularly protective of his family, including his mother who now rocks in a chair clutching two dolls . . . . Some of the characters are particularly appealing - and others certainly aren’t! The second Mrs McGrath, Patricia, and her daughter, Kitten, are particularly obnoxious IMHO! Nikki, however, has very personal reasons for wanting to discover the truth - preferably without revealing her own family secrets relating to the disappearance. This is an enticing start to the series that had me captivated from the very start. It is a real page turner, a well paced story with so many twists and turns you’re kept guessing and wondering what could happen next. Uncovering secrets from the past can be uncomfortable for some people - and put others in serious danger! This is no cosy investigation, expect trouble round every corner! I have no hesitation in highly recommending this well crafted romantic suspense which has great characters, and an intriguing plot. There are motivations and discoveries galore to be made but don’t anticipate a big reveal with everything resolved in this story. Whilst it does conclude some aspects of the story, it opens up others, making me eager to read the other two books in this enthralling trilogy! I requested and was given a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
When I was in my teens, I was a huge fan of any Harlequin novel and I actually had them delivered to the house. I didn’t start reading Harlequin Intrigue until 1993 or 1994. They became some of my favorite Harlequin books. Unfortunately, I stopped receiving the novels and moved onto other publishers. When I got an email from NetGalley that had Dark Horse as available, I jumped on it. I couldn’t get into this story after the first couple of chapters. There was so much going on in the book that I couldn’t keep things straight in my head. There were too many storylines and I felt that there were plot holes that did not get discussed in the book. Like who Kitten’s father was. It was stressed over and over that Travers wasn’t her father. I would have thought that the father would have been revealed at some point in the book. Or the relationship that Patricia had with the lawyer and/or the ranch foreman. What also bugged me was that Frieda knew who was shooting at her and Nikki and she didn’t tell anyone. Other than Cull seeing a man with a rifle driving away…..nothing was mentioned about it again. Talk about wanting to rip your hair out. Seeing that this is a series, I am sure that my concerns will be answered but it is still frustrating. As a reader, I want answers to questions that I have in the book. If there are one or two things left unanswered but you know that they will be in the next book, great. But when many plotlines are left unanswered, it frustrates me to no end. I thought the romance between Cull and Nikki was nonexistent. They didn’t spend any time alone together and he was very resentful of her dredging up old memories. Then bam, he kisses her and bam, they’re in love. Instalove is great in certain situations but in this one…no. What I did like is that there was no sex. Besides one bone-tingling kiss, nothing sexual. It was a refreshing change of pace for me. I did like Nikki but I do feel that she should have been more upfront with Cull and Travers about certain things. If you want to know what, you need to read the book. She was very spunky and she was a go getter. She also set in motion another set of events that was separate from the twins kidnapping. Events that made me cheer when certain characters got what they deserved. Cull had been through a lot with his siblings’ kidnapping. He also had to deal with his mother’s eventual descent into madness. So, I wasn’t surprised when he was very against Nikki staying at the house and doing the book. Like I said above, the romance between him and Nikki was a surprise. It shouldn’t have been because, hello, this is a Harlequin Intrigue novel. The end of the book was interesting. Cull and Nikki’s plotline was wrapped up in a satisfactory way. The kidnapping storyline was kind of wrapped up. I can’t go anymore into that other than to say I was pretty surprised at who the kidnapper turned out to be. It was not who I thought it was. All other plotlines were left as is and I do hope that they are addressed in book 2. Speaking of book 2, I want to read it. I want to find out what happened to the twins and because it is Ledger’s story. My Summary of Dark Horse: 3 stars Dark Horse had the potential to be a gripping romance/mystery/suspense novel. Instead, it has holes in the plot, a nonexistent romance, and underdeveloped characters. I am giving Dark Horse a 3-star rating though because I can see the potential in it. I am looking forward to reading book 2 to see if anything has
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
I love a new series by BJ Daniels but this one is going back to Whitehorse, Montana where she has written a previous series and it was fantastic to be able to go back! I loved the previous series in Whitehorse so I knew I would love this one too. Even though this is the first book, it hooks you from the beginning! There has been a kidnapping of twin babies that happened 25 years ago and it's a cold case. The McGraw family has never been the same and there are still so many secrets. True crime writer, Nikki St. James, wants to write a book about the kidnapping and gets permission from the father of the twins so she moves onto the ranch. Things immediately begin to happen - she is the catalyst! Cull, who is the oldest son, at first doesn't want anything to do with Nikki's book but then he bends to the wishes of his father. This family and the people who live on the ranch are so dysfunctional! Over the years there have been so many secrets kept and accusations made. The author writes great suspense and great characters! I definitely recommend this book. I can hardly wait for the next book to come out!
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
DARK HORSE. by B J Daniels. Travers comes daily to visit his former wife a shell of what she was, clutching two old dolls. Nikki, notebook in hand, with a mantra, "at your own risk" 25 years, a kidnapping happened in Whitehorse, Montana. As a reporter, writing about true crimes, also this case is more personal. Riviating story of how a tragic event, broke a family and 25 years later, they were still hurting. The secrets, that were held, would Nikki find any hope for them. The plot was good, it held you captive to the end. The characters, drew you in, as you met the family. Good read for all to enjoy, and trying to put the pieces of what happened 25 years ago. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
B.J. Daniels takes readers to Whitehorse, Montana to explore the tragic McGraw kidnapping. 25 years ago, Cull McGraw's twin baby siblings were stolen from their home, an event that threw his family into chaos. His mother doesn't speak anymore and is isolated in a psych ward, and his father's health is slowly declining. As the 25th anniversary of the kidnapping approaches, the family is prepared for the media and crazies to bombard their lives once again. Travers McGraw allows Nikki St. James into his home with the hope that the case can be solved. The true-crime writer has a desire to know the truth, too. Everyone is against her poking where she doesn't belong, but the need to exonerate her father is stronger than the danger. This tense drama escalates as Nikki digs deeper into the case and turns up previously unknown information. But the truth of what truly happened to the twins that night remains just out of reach. I was a little surprised that the case wasn't completely solved by the end of the novel. Instead, as the series continues will readers be able to see the whole and final truth of the kidnapping. If that means I have to read through two more romances, I'm game! B.J. Daniels makes it so that you almost forget you're reading a romance because there's just as much suspense to keep the story going. I'm eager to get to the bottom of this mystery while I enjoy the scenery on the way there! *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This book if the first one of a series about the McGraw Kidnapping. The kidnapping of a set of twins which occurred almost 25 years ago with no clues , a woman in a mental hospital, an accused man that died on his way to jail and a woman that went from being a nanny to being the second Mrs McGraw. It’s the intent of true-crime writer, Nikki St James to find out what really happened and try to solve the kidnapping. But she does have ulterior motives for her investigation. Cull, the oldest of the three sons that were small children at the time of the kidnapping, is very protective of his father and family and not happy with Nikki’s intervention. The story is filled with lots of suspense, whodunit and suspicious people. As a mystery it was very engaging and well written. But be aware that the romance is minimal and only develops more towards the end. Though not a cliffhanger, the mystery is not totally resolved so future books are in store in this series. All in all, a story for those that enjoy a good mystery. I was gifted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
BJ Daniels starts her new Whitehorse Montana miniseries off with a bang in Dark Horse. The overarching story of trying to find out what happened to the McGraw twins, kidnapped twenty-five years ago drives the action and brings true crime writer Nikki St. James to Whitehorse. The oldest McGraw son Cull distrusts her onsite, but reluctantly agrees to help when he realizes it is the only way to figure out what happened. The kidnapping is the focus of the storyline, the romance between Nikki and Cull somewhat secondary. The who kidnapped the twins portion of the mystery is resolved by the end. However, in true miniseries fashion we are going to have to tune in for the next installments to figure out what happened to the twins. I know I will be tuning in. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
The hair-raising, heart-rending debut in her new suspense-packed trilogy! Dark Horse by B.J. Daniels is the hair-raising, heart-rending debut in her new suspense-packed Whitehorse, Montana: The McGraw Kidnapping trilogy. I’ve been excited to read this book since reading the sneak preview that was previously included in Outlaw’s Honor. That chilling snippet actually gave me goose bumps at the time and the picture in my mind of the woman in the rocker holding those baby dolls has remained with me since. I’m happy to report that this full-length book did not disappoint! As Dark Horse begins, we meet Nikki St. James, a successful true crime author. Nikki is determined that her next case will involve unraveling the heart-breaking disappearance of two babies from their crib twenty-five years ago. Nikki has a close-to-her-own-heart ulterior motive in pursuing this particular story as Nikki’s father was tried and convicted of the twins’ kidnapping. Nikki’s mother still firmly believes that Nikki’s father was innocent. Nikki is bent on both clearing her father’s name and giving the family answers. Nikki has reached out to the twins’ father, Travers McGraw, and he has given Nikki carte blanche in her investigation. She will be staying at the McGraw’s horse ranch and will have full access to whatever she needs. The rest of the family, including Cull McGraw, our hero, are less than impressed. Cull has no patience for dealing with yet another reporter. He’s worried about his ailing father’s health and plum tired of the constant household quarrels. Even so, the desire of the entire family to move on from the ghosts that have haunted them for a quarter of a century is palpable. There is a clean romance included, but it seems superfluous to the who-done-it. There is little build-up to the development of the relationship and it seemingly happens overnight. That said, I liked both the characters and their HEA is warmly satisfying. As with her other books, B.J. simultaneously develops multiple plotlines. In Dark Horse, B.J. has interwoven a subplot centering around Whitehorse’s sheriff. It will be interesting to see where B.J. takes this… I can’t wait to read the rest of this trilogy and to see the mystery finally solved. In addition, the other McGraw’s brother’s stories are begging to be told. One brother, Ledger, is in love with a woman married to an abuser. AND the other brother, Boone, is unhappy and downright ornery; He will need a special woman to grab his attention and fix his attitude. A plethora of tense and downright creepy moments along with the intense desire to discover what happened twenty-five years ago kept me turning the pages into the early morning hours. My primary focus remains on the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question surrounding the kids’ disappearance, and, if they are still alive, where they are today. If you enjoy thrilling western romantic suspense, I would encourage you to check out B.J. Daniels’ books. Each one has been a winner and Dark Horse is no exception. My full review is posted at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
ReadingOverTV More than 1 year ago
Dark Horse by B. J. Daniels More mystery / crime solving than romance in this book. Not a complicated plot but the process of asking questions stirs the memories which was a very intriguing way to approach the crime-writing job of the heroine. The sheriff and her family must be from prior books by the author. While I wasn't lost because of the dialog with and about the sheriff, it was obvious that there should have been familiarity with them in the storyline. Overall, I enjoyed this Harlequin Intrigue. Good mystery solving, bad guys caught, and romance satisfaction in the end.
pet1210 More than 1 year ago
Nikki St. James, a successful true-crime writer, arrives in Whitehorse, Montana, to investigate the disappearance of baby twins 25 years ago. Unbeknown to the rest of his family, the twins' father, Travers McGraw, had invited Nikki to stay on the McGraw's horse ranch and have access to any information available and speak to anybody who was around at the time of the twins' kidnapping. Travers' oldest son, Cull, is less than impressed, fearing the renewed attention will have an adverse effect on his ailing father. Facing reluctant witnesses and resistant family members, can Nikki discover whether the twins are dead or alive? This was my first book by B.J. Daniels, and I did enjoy it. I think I might have enjoyed it more had I been familiar with her other Whitehorse Montana series. I didn't think the inclusion of the sheriff's storyline added anything to this plot. But readers familiar with all the recurring Whitehorse characters might see that differently. The mystery itself was really interesting and the desire to find out what had happened to the babies and who was behind their kidnapping kept me reading eagerly. It wasn't completely predictable, which was nice. I didn't find it particularly suspenseful and some of the writing was repetitive, but there were also some really good creepy, atmospheric and tense moments. I believe this is classified as a romantic suspense story, but the romantic aspects didn't convince me at all. Those parts were very bland. I'm also kind of a bit bummed that I hadn't realized this was the first in a new series, so while the end provides the predicted HEA as far as the romance is concerned, the mystery isn't fully resolved. Guess Dead Ringer, book 2, will provide further answers. Overall, a quick, clean, interesting read but nothing that will stay with me for very long. I received an ARC via NetGalley.
S_Leca More than 1 year ago
I received this book through Netgalley and this is my unsolicited honest review. I loved this book. It was an amazing read. It kind of reminded me of the Hamilton series but this one pulled me in a lot more than that series ever managed to. The pull of the family with their desire to move on from ghosts that have haunted them for 25 years is immense. As the mystery begins to unravel the characters pull you in with an intensity you will not want to give up. Nikki is an interesting being. She will take any risks, do anything, in order to get the story and to solve the crime that she is writing about. But she has a problem when it comes to getting emotionally involved in the story. So when she becomes way to involved in the case of the missing twin boys, she will do anything to solve the mystery. Especially since the man who died in jail, the man believed to be the kidnapper, was her father. She wants to prove he did not steal the twins and she wants to bring peace to the family that has not had an answer for 25 years. Cull is tired. He is tired of his father believing that his brothers are still alive. And he is tired of all the squabbles in his household when reporters come to write more about the missing boys. So when the newest reporter, some real life crime writer, comes to his home and brings up the past he will do anything to protect his family. But he never anticipated that she may be able to solve the crime. Or that she may be what the family needs to finally move on. This book is full of suspense, intrigue, heartache and romance. You will not want to miss out on the newest BJ Daniels series. I can not wait for the next book in this series. ~A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining, emotional, gripping, mysterious and danger filled romantic journey. They may have found their personal HEA but the Mystery of the missing twins remains to be solved. Cull McGraw oldest son and all around alpha male cowboy is not happy with the idea of rehashing the mystery of his twin siblings kidnapping 25 years ago and believes that each grain of hope is slowing killing his father. Nikki St. James is a tenacious investigator and true crime writer looking for answers to this kidnapping is since being invited to dig into the past by the twins father. This case is personal to her since her father was accused of the crime but died in transport to the prison many years ago (a fact she keeps to herself while digging). Very intriguing reading.