Lucky Shot

Lucky Shot

by B. J. Daniels

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ISBN-13: 9780373788552
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Series: The Montana Hamiltons
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 133,606
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(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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Max Malone scratched his shaggy sandy-blond hair and squinted at the sunrise that cast the awe-inspiring Crazy Mountains in a pale pink glow. He'd camped just outside the Hamilton Ranch, sleeping in the back of his pickup and hoping it wouldn't rain.

He needed a haircut and he also had a couple days' growth of beard. All part of the job, he thought as he surveyed the news vans parked outside the Hamilton Ranch gate. There'd been more vans parked here nine months ago when the senator's first wife had returned from the dead. Now only two vehicles remained, along with a few reporters who drove out some mornings after a hot shower, a latte and a night in a warm bed. Like him, they lived in hope of getting something newsworthy on the days they heard the senator was back from Washington.

Max had met the other reporters and photographers the first day he'd shown up here. They would have looked down their noses at him even if he hadn't been driving an old pickup and sleeping in the back of it under the camper shell. He was a freelancing investigative journalist, one of a dying breed.

But he had a reputation that preceded him, so he hoped he made them all nervous as they worried about what he was up to. Anyone who had ever read his articles would know that this wasn't his kind of story.

Which meant he might know something they didn't.

He smiled to himself. Let them wonder. If he was right… Well, he wasn't going to let himself go down that trail of thought, not yet. He didn't want to jinx it.

The only one of the news bunch waiting at the ranch gate who'd given him more than a nod was an old-timer newspaper journalist named Harvey Duncan. It was Harvey he stood with this morning at the fence.

"Is it true there are no photographs of Sarah Hamilton except for her high school yearbook and her driver's license mug shot from years ago?" Max asked about the senator's first wife, Sarah Johnson Hamilton.

"Rumor is the new wife disposed of all the photos, photos of Sarah, including the wedding photos," Harvey said and took a gulp of his coffee from a cup that said Big Timber Java on the side.

Just the smell of the coffee was almost enough to send Max hightailing it into town. He could go without food for several days. But coffee, that was a whole other matter.

"Surely someone's seen her and gotten a recent shot, at least a candid one," he said as if merely passing time.

Harvey shook his head. "No one knows where she is. She couldn't move back in here at the ranch after her unexpected return from the dead, not and live with the senator and his current wife. And after the story came out about her…memory loss…" He pulled a face.

No one believed anyone could forget twenty-two years of her life. "I heard all six daughters have scattered to the wind, as well," Max said.

"So it seems." Harvey took another drink. "Abandoned the ranch as if it was a sinking ship."

Hamilton Ranch was far from a sinking ship. Just as Senator Buckmaster Hamilton's bid for the presidency was a far cry from the disaster everyone had predicted when his dead wife had shown up. He was a front-runner in the polls, and the gracious way he'd handled his first wife's return had only garnered him more popularity.

"I've been struggling to get a bead on Sarah Hamilton. No one seems to know anything about her," Max said. "With a maiden name like Johnson and a married name like Hamilton, it makes it hard to get much background, other than what is already known about her. Not that she was probably using either name in the past twenty-two years. That is, if she was trying to hide and really didn't lose her memory."

Harvey chuckled. If he knew anything, he wasn't giving it up. Max had used all of his resources and had come up empty, but apparently so had everyone else. Not that anyone in the world would care about the woman if she hadn't been married to the future president of the United States—if you could believe the polls and he didn't do anything to screw up before election day.

Still, Max was fascinated by the woman and more than a little curious about what she might be up to. Sarah Johnson had come from a two-parent, affluent home with a squeaky-clean past. She'd been the golden girl, high school cheerleader, valedictorian and had apparently glided through college without making a ripple, coming out with a bachelor of arts degree in literature. She'd married well, had six children and then one winter night, for some unknown reason, she'd driven her car into the Yellowstone River. Her body was never found. Because there were no skid marks on the highway, it had looked like a suicide. Foul play had never been suspected.

That was twenty-two years ago. Now she was back—with no memory of those years or why she'd apparently tried to take her own life.

Max wanted this story more than he wanted a hot cup of coffee this morning. Even better would be a current photograph. Right now a photo of the back-from-the-grave Sarah Hamilton would be worth…hell, he could name his price.

At movement down at the ranch house, the reporters and photographers in the vans hopped out and got ready. Word was that the senator had flown in last night for a short visit. He'd been gone for months and only returned for quick visits between his job and his campaigning. Unlike some of the others, who hadn't declared their candidacy yet, Hamilton had jumped into the ring early.

"I think I'm going into town for coffee," Max announced, even though that wasn't his plan at all as he walked back to his pickup. While the senator often came and went from the ranch with his current wife, this morning Buckmaster Hamilton was alone as he drove toward the gate.

Max crossed his fingers as he started his pickup. Maybe luck would be with him. He'd tried to follow the man before but had lost him. Buckmaster was a Montana rancher at heart. Being a senator hadn't changed that. Nor had money. He didn't own a private jet, he didn't have a large staff while at the ranch and he certainly didn't have a driver. On top of that, the man drove like a bat out of hell and had the luxury of knowing the roads. If that didn't make it difficult enough to follow him, add the dust that boiled up behind the senator's SUV. Because of that Max hadn't seen where the man had disappeared to during his other attempts to follow him.

This morning, while he would have loved to actually go in to town for coffee, he was determined to outfox the man. On a hunch, Max took off down the road that led to the old mining town of Beartooth, Montana. If he was wrong and the senator headed the other way, then he still had nothing to lose. He'd go have coffee and breakfast at the Branding Iron. Maybe he'd pick up some gossip he could use.

But as he glanced in his mirror, he saw the senator's SUV behind him and grinned. Max drove slowly like many of the local ranchers, his window down, his elbow out. The smells of fall blew in. He breathed deeply. He'd grown up in California, and this kind of fall was new to him. He loved the scents, as well as the spectacular leaf show the aspens and cottonwoods put on this time of year in Montana against the snowcapped Crazy Mountains backdrop.

He'd been a lot of places over the years with this job that he loved. As an investigative journalist, he got to delve into other people's lives. It was like digging through their garbage, which admittedly he'd done a few times when the situation necessitated it. And because he freelanced, he didn't have a boss he had to answer to either.

Max was going slow enough that he knew the senator would eventually pass him to get out of his dust.

Sure enough, Hamilton finally did, blowing past without a sideways glance. Max was betting the man hadn't noticed him or his old truck parked away from where the other reporters hung out by the ranch fence.

A news van came flying up behind Max. He moved to the middle of the road and ignored the driver blasting his horn. The driver was a hotshot newsman who looked down his nose at him. Let him eat some dust.

Meanwhile, Max could see the senator's dust dissipating in the distance. Just a little farther.

He'd followed Buckmaster Hamilton several other times when he'd left about this time of day and headed in this direction. Max was betting the senator was going to the same place he had before. What had thrown him previously was that there hadn't been any ranches or houses near the spot where he'd lost him.

Since then, Max had had plenty of time to explore the area. He had an idea where the senator was going. He moved over and let the news van pass him, knowing the van would never be able to catch up to Hamilton now. The newsman flipped him off as he went by.

Max smiled and slowed, turning at the next dirt road, and hoping his instincts paid off. Sometimes at night, with nothing to do, he would just drive back roads. He'd found this one quite by accident and had been surprised to end up on a tall rocky outcropping. The view had been incredible. He figured teenagers knew about the spot because he'd seen rock fire pits and a lot of smashed, empty beer cans.

Driving up the road, he stopped short of the top of the rocky hill. Getting out, he grabbed his camera case and, closing the door quietly, headed up to the pinnacle. He'd almost reached the top when he heard a vehicle on the narrow dirt road below him. He recognized the senator's SUV as it came to a stop at the edge of the tree-lined creek.

He smiled to himself, pleased that he'd been right as Hamilton got out. Fifty-nine, the senator was a large, distinguished-looking man with thick salt-and-pepper hair. No one had been surprised when he'd thrown his hat in to the ring for the presidency. The Montana rancher was well liked and moderate enough that he had friends on both sides of the aisle.

The senator exited his vehicle and walked down to the water and paced as if waiting impatiently for someone. Max was betting that someone was Sarah Hamilton, the wife who'd only recently come back from the dead. As he watched the senator, he reminded himself that he could be spying on the next president of the United States. That was, if nothing happened to derail the man's run for the top political seat.

Five minutes later a pickup truck came down the road from the other direction and began to slow to a stop. Max took a photo of the dust trail the truck had left across the canyon and up into the pines of the foothills. It wouldn't be easy, but maybe he could track down where that pickup had come from—and find Sarah Hamilton's hideout.

Excited now, he was betting it all on who would climb out of that truck. It had to be the senator's first wife, the woman who'd left behind six daughters, the youngest twins and only a few months old, to plunge her vehicle into the icy Yellowstone River.

When her body was never found, Buckmaster Hamilton had had her declared dead and had also apparently buried her memory before marrying Angelina Broadwater fifteen years ago. Needless to say, Sarah's return had caused an uproar even before everyone found out about her memory loss.

There wasn't a reporter worth his salt who didn't want her story, which had forced her underground. Even the man she'd been staying with, a rancher named Russell Murdock, refused to say where she was hiding.

As the pickup came to a full stop, Max had his camera ready. Everything about this clandestine meeting in the middle of nowhere told him it was going to be worth the hours he'd spent driving these back roads.

With the telephoto lens, he snapped a shot of the driver behind the wheel, recognizing him as Russell Murdock. Russell, who was about Sarah Johnson Hamilton's age, had been the one who'd found her. The story was that she'd stumbled out into the road a few miles out of Beartooth in the middle of nowhere with no memory of where she'd been the past twenty-two years.

Max quickly focused on the other side of the truck as the passenger side door opened. A blonde woman in her fifties stepped out and he knew he'd hit pay dirt.

Sarah Johnson Hamilton? The only other photos he'd seen of her were from her high school yearbook and her 1993 driver's license mug shot. Strangely enough, there were no photos of her from college that he'd been able to find. Obviously, she'd changed in the years since those photographs were taken. But he told himself this had to be her.

He snapped a half dozen pictures of her as she headed down to the creek. The senator looked up, frowning as she approached him. Snap. Snap. Snap. He took several shots of the two of them. Even through the viewfinder he could read their body language and see the tension between them.

Max wondered what it would be like to think that no time had passed, only to return home to find your children all grown and your husband married to someone else.

The woman looked around as if worried that she was being watched. She glanced in his direction. Although dozens of yards away, Max froze. After a moment, she turned back to the man she'd obviously come here to meet.

What had driven her to leave behind her husband, six daughters, money and a huge ranch? That was the question everyone was asking. That, and why had she returned now—right when Hamilton was making a run for the White House with his current wife, Angelina?

The media had jumped on the lovers' triangle angle. But that was getting old. Everyone was looking for another angle, something more. He wished he could hear what was being said, but they were too far away and talking too softly. He watched them, snapping photos, intrigued by the way they were acting. Not like strangers. They'd known each other too well for that. He could almost feel the chemistry between them. Good or bad, he couldn't quite tell.

Hamilton might have remarried, but there were definitely some old feelings still between these two. Max could see it even through the viewfinder. He couldn't wait to get the photos on to his computer so he could get a good look at them. Maybe the tabloids were right, and the current wife, Angelina Broadwater Hamilton, did have something to worry about.

Everyone wanted to know the real story.

Everyone but Max Monroe. Right now he couldn't care less about why Sarah was back, where she'd been or if she'd end up getting her man back. He was too pleased with himself. If he was right and this woman was indeed Sarah Hamilton, what he had in his camera was money in the bank.

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Lucky Shot 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
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.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
Max is one hot reporter! I love his sensitivity which makes him even more appealing. He hooks up with Kat Hamilton and they have a chemistry that sizzles on the pages. I love this series with each of the Hamilton daughters getting their own story with a HEA. The other part of the story in the series of Senator Buckmaster Hamilton and his back from the dead wife inches a little closer with each book to being solved. Romantic suspense is the theme of "Lucky Shot" and it is one of my favorites so far. I look forward to reading the next one in this series asap. Recommended reading 4.25 Stars!
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S_Leca More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Where do I begin, this was a suspenseful romance that drags you in after the first 50 pages, I will say that the first 50 pages were a little difficult because the timeline was not in chronological order which messed me up a bit. Overall this was a great book that made me never want to stop reading. Kat is the daughter of a senator and a woman who has been missing for the last 22 years. When Kat's mother showed up without warning or memory of what she has been doing since she went missing Kat is a little suspicious, as is the well known reporter Max. When these two team up in order to find the truth there is nothing that stops them. They go all over the place in order to find the truth. This story takes you on a wild ride that you will never want to get off of. P.S there is some sex in this book however only one scene where they go all the way. Also the romance portion of this book is complete however the mystery is not solved in this book it continues in the other books in the series.
HeatherMarie13 More than 1 year ago
In Lucky Shot, we get to dive a little deeper into the Hamilton Girls' lives and the life of their long ago presumed dead mother. This book in the series focuses on Kat Hamilton and her new found friend, Max Malone ( a reporter trying to get the inside story on the Hamilton's). The mysterious return of their mother, thought dead for 20 years, sends Max and Kat on a cross country search for the truth. There are many wild twists and turns that leave you unable to predict what the out come will be, and unable to put the book down!! The ending leaves you in a cliff hanger awaiting the next book in the series to come out
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Lucky Shot is the third book in author B.J. Daniels' Montana Hamilton's series, a series I have loved reading since the very beginning. I was dying for more and once again, Ms. Daniels delivered. This book was fantastic! To say there has been a whole lot of drama surrounding the Hamilton family as of late would be the understatement of the year. And it seems as though there's no end in sight. The mystery surrounding Buckmaster Hamilton's once disappeared/now returned wife isn't one a whole lot of people can resist...especially a reporter like Max Malone. He's out to prove his weight in real reporting and true journalism. Kat Hamilton is also on the path to find the truth about what exactly has happened to her mother all those years ago. But she has more to wade through than just reporting the facts. She's got relationships with her family and step-mother that are proving to be rough waters to navigate. This story proves to be a juicy one and will lead them both not only on a path for the truth but on a path to danger and possibly love... B.J. Hamilton is proving to be one of my all time favorite new authors I've discovered. She always delivers interesting characters, a suspenseful and mysterious plot, and even a bit of romance peppered in. I have grown to love the Hamilton family and have been dying to know where Buckmaster's wife has been all these years and the mystery surrounding her "landing" back into town, which we still have plenty to uncover even after reading this installment. Of course, I just adore that and I'm left looking forward to more from Ms. Daniels! I've fallen in love with the people in this town and look forward to seeing glimpses of each one as they pop in an out of the books. What I loved most about this story was that even though we got a taste of solving a bit more of the mystery surrounding Bushmaster's wife, we still don't have it solved...which means one thing: MORE BOOKS! YAY! While you can read this as a standalone, I have loved each book in the series leading up to Lucky Shot so I highly recommend starting from the beginning to get the true feel of the suspense surrounding the Hamilton family. Thank you, Ms. Daniels, for once again giving us a fantastic story! I cannot wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost too many twists and turns to keep up with can't wait for this come to the final resolution
Book_It_Now More than 1 year ago
Just when you think all will be revealed… There will be more romance and suspense to come in this series. 4 ½ Stars Yes, I’m one of the lucky ones who got to read an advance copy, for an honest review. I only started reviewing B J Daniels books in the last six months, after I had been reading her books for years. At that point I knew she wouldn’t disappoint me. I really enjoy her writing style, and the way she pulls you into the story line from the beginning. No fluff in her books, you know when an author, writes a hundred words to describe a room, a character is standing in. You just get a straight forward great story to read. In B J Daniels’s latest’s book, “Lucky Shot” a good part of the book revolves around the most distrusting of the Hamilton sisters, Kat. She is the artist in the family, but she doesn’t always have confidence in her abilities as a photographer. Then she meets Max Malone, a freelance report. The Hamilton family isn’t very fond of reports. Reporters were always looking for the dirt on the Hamilton family. They are an easy target, with all the tragedy the family has endured. Eventually Kat realized Max is really on her side, trying to find the truth about her mother Sarah, who disappeared about twenty years ago, and then mysteriously reappeared. Max brings back the spark in Kat’s life, lost by a traumatic event in her life, years ago. While Max and Kat work together to find the truth behind Sarah’s disappearance, Kat and Max develop a strong loving bond. I thought at first, the mystery of the Hamilton sister’s mother was going to be fully resolved. A lot of the piece of the puzzle to Sarah’s disappears were revealed in this book. SURPRISE! there are going to be more books in the Montana Hamilton series. Needless to say, I’m chopping at the bit to read the next book in the series. Each storyline has its own captivating romance and suspense, with twist and turns, leaving you wanting to keep reading. You could read this book as a standalone, because B.J. Daniels gives you enough back ground to the ongoing storylines, for you not to be confused. I suggest though, for you to fully enjoy her books in the series, you need to read them all in order. If you are a fan of Romantic Suspense, I don’t think you would ever be disappointed in any of B.J. Daniels’s Books.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. Kat is a wonderfully strong woman, yet her past has her hiding the real Kat. Max is smart, caring, with a sense of humor. They start off on opposite sides of the fence, literally. He is a reporter researching a story on Kat's family. There are a lot of twists in this suspense story. This is the second in a series, and I look forward to reading the next one. I had a chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Keeps the adrenaline climbing from start to finish with the perfect mix of mystery, danger, suspense and steamy romance. Max was fascinated by the woman and more than a little curious about what she might be up to. Sarah Johnson had come from a two-parent, affluent home with a squeaky-clean past. She'd been the golden girl, high school cheerleader, valedictorian and had apparently glided through college without making a ripple, coming out with a bachelor of arts degree in literature. She'd married well, had six children and then one winter night, for some unknown reason, she'd driven her car into the Yellowstone River. Her body was never found. Because there were no skid marks on the highway, it had looked like a suicide. Foul play had never been suspected. That was twenty-two years ago. Now she was back - with no memory of those years or why she'd apparently tried to take her own life. Max wanted this story more than he wanted a hot cup of coffee this morning. LUCKY SHOT by B.J. Daniels is solid addition to the author's books set in picturesque Beartooth, Montana located at the foothills of the Crazy Mountains. As she has with each installment, the author adroitly weaves multiple storylines together in a masterful way. This story will keep the adrenaline climbing from start to finish with the perfect mix of mystery, danger, suspense and steamy romance. LUCKY SHOT is primarily the story of reporter Max Malone and Kat Hamilton. Also included are many more disclosures concerning the ongoing plotline of Sarah Johnson Hamilton's re-appearance after missing for twenty-two years. In addition, the relationship of Senator Buckmaster Hamilton and his second wife, Angelina, continues its downward spiral. The author's Montana Hamiltons' series is set to consist of six books, each focusing on one of the Hamilton daughters. The stories can be enjoyed as standalones, if that is the reader's preference, as the author fills in the minimum information needed so the reader is not lost. However, I'd recommend that the series be read in order as there are interconnected characters, relationships and evolving plotlines that carry forward to each book and, being acquainted with them in the proper time sequence, will exponentially increase the entertainment value of the stories. I really liked both Max and Kat. Who would have ever thought that the man for her would end up being a reporter? Reporters have not been her family's friends. Max was one of the many reporters who have been camping outside the Senator's ranch hoping to catch a glimpse of his first wife who has returned from the dead. The story was a nail-biter and I loved their steamy scenes. Previous favorite Beartooth residents figure prominently in the tale including the Sheriff and his busybody wife, Nettie. Their relationship continues to positively evolve. The Sheriff's crows, Kate, Livie, and more make appearances. I know it sounds crazy, but I look forward to updates on the Sheriff's crows in B.J.'s books. While Max's and Kat's story ends well, there's a major cliffhanger in LUCKY SHOT. I was contentedly reading the epilogue when it happened - AAAAGH! Because of the cruelty of the unexpected ending, I'm knocking my rating down a half wine glass as I know I will lose sleep over this until the next book comes out. B.J. is one of my very favorite authors and her books are all must-reads for me. They never fail to grab and hold my attention. I highly recommend her books to anyone who
Jackie_F More than 1 year ago
Lucky Shot is the third book in the Montana Hamiltons series by B. J. Daniels. It is such a great series with a story line that keeps the reader hooked. There is romance, suspense, mystery that makes you want to keep reading to learn more. It is a continuation of Senator Buckmaster Hamilton's run for the Presidency and the mystery of his former wife Sarah Johnson Hamilton with many plot twists and turns. Kat Hamilton is one of Buckmaster and Sarah's six daughters. She is a photographer getting ready for her first gallery show. Reporter Max Malone is a reporter who has taken what he calls a 'lucky shot" picture. He believes it is a photo of Sarah but needs confirmation so he approaches Kat. Max and Kat start looking into the past of her mother in order to learn what she had been doing during the 22 years she has been missing. As they find new possible evidence in her past and who she was associated with, it gets more dangerous. There are multiple attacks and attempts at stopping them. It seems anyone who looks further into Sarah's past isn't safe. That includes Senator Hamilton's current wife Angelina and others who get involved in the search. While they are investigating her mother, Kat and Max find they have feelings for each other and fall in love. I really enjoyed this book! The series is very engaging and as you read, the changes in the story make the reader more interested in what happens next. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it comes out!!!
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
Lucky Shot by B. J. Daniels is the third installment in The Montana Hamiltons series. This is the best one so far. There is so much going on to keep you entertained with all the mystery and danger to pull you in and make you forget all the things you have to do. Just when you think you have it all worked out the author throws a twist into the mix and you are back to guessing again how this series will end. You will find out more about Sarah but will end with more question than answers. There is some heartbreak, a few deaths and some very interesting turns. Kat father is still running for president but with his long lost wife (who was dead) returns it leaves one wondering what she is hiding. With no memory of the last 20 years and the way she returned she leave a lot of unanswered questions. You have Max on the hunt for the story as he takes a picture of Kat's father and a women. He wants Kat to admit it is her mother but she isn't admitting to anything. Max always gets his story he expect no less with this one that is until Kat walks into his life along with someone out to keep him off the story. Just as things heat up with Kat the story takes a turn with him coming out behind. Every turn someone seems to be one step ahead of them. Kat want answers but is Max the one to help her get them, can he be trusted and at what cost. Max might find that it isn't always about the story but about life, love and freedom. These two hit head on from the start, both are stubborn and a little bullhead. Max has his work cut out for him trying to convince Kat that things are not as they seem. Could there be a bigger plan going on and what does it have to do with Kat's mother. As they hunt down the answers things start getting dangerous can Max keep Kat safe? There does seem to be more on the line than his life. This was a very well thought out plot which keeps you head spinning as the author takes you on a hunt for the missing pieces. Just as you put one piece together the piece comes up missing and you find they have to start over again. Each character is full of surprises as each seems to be hiding something. It does seem Sarah is hiding the most. The question is does she remember or is her memory really lost. Who is behind all the people coming up missing and just where was Sarah for the last 20 years. Some of these questions will be answered some will not as the author gives you a compelling read of danger, heartbreak, pain, lose, love, mystery and adventure. This is one book you will not be able to put down, plan on reading it when you have nothing to do. It is a page turner that will leave you thinking OH MY. With all that is going on in the world today the author gives you a very well written believable story of one family who has lost so much and has even more to lose as they find love that will last a lifetime. I have to say I am so hooked on this series. I have to find out what really is going on with Sarah. I hope and pray that I am wrong in what I am thinking but time will tell. I really enjoyed the love/hate going on with Max and Kat. They really do burn up the pages from their hot tempter to their secretes. Their story is one of a very painful past which will touch her heart. Max just might be the man to help Kat overcome her past as they find love in one thrilling mystery which leaves everyone wondering if maybe there is a lot more to Kat family than meets the eye. You are so going to love this addition to this wonderful series.
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
Lucky Shot will grab you from the beginning and leave you speechless at the end because of the cliff hanger on the last page! I can't wait for the next book already!!! I don't know how B.J. continues to write so many fantastic plots but the story of Sarah Johnson Hamilton is amazing. She is the mysterious mother of the Hamilton girls who comes back after supposedly being "dead" for 22 years! This book centers on daughter, Kat and reporter, Max Malone. Max manages to get a photo of Sarah (where all other reporters have failed) and wants Kat to verify it's her mother, Sarah. From that point on, danger follows both of them. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but the things that Max and Kat uncover are beyond what I could ever imagine! The explanation of where Sarah could have been for 22 years is so convoluted and involves so many people that it takes you on a roller coaster ride! Hang on to your seat belt! There is danger at every turn and no one is safe! I also enjoyed Max's treatment of Kat. He is so tender with her. He knows she has had a painful experience in her past and he does everything he can to help her overcome that pain. The whole book is fantastic! Like I said, I can't wait for the next book!
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stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
Wow. Where do I start? I loved everything about this book! It had a great romance that grow throughout the book. There is laughter and sadness and nail biting suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I didn't want to put it down (but I have to work to keep my pets in the comfort they demand.) This is the second book I've read by Ms. Daniels the first was Lone Rider book 2 in this series and I couldn't wait to read the next book. As I said before it did not disappoint. Buck master Hamilton is on his way to being the next president of the United States. His long lost first wife returns from the dead and all hell breaks loose. Car accidents, attempts on the lives of his daughters and possible secrets that will change everything. Max Malone takes a picture of Buck Hamilton with an unknown woman and searches out the help of Buck's daughter Kat to prove that his suspicions are right. Max Malone and Kat Hamilton are two people who should not want each other but are drawn together through a life and death plot that could take away everything they hold dear. I'm going back to read the first book Wild Horses as soon as I can.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Daniels has definitely ramped up the suspense of the series more than a few notches with this one. The secrets and intrigue meld with danger and excitement. I love how Daniels melds it all together with the lives of her characters. The plot kept me guessing throughout, while also allowing me to fall in love with the fantastic locale that Daniels has created as the backdrop for this tale. Once again Daniels has created realistic, loveable characters with an edge. The complete development of their personalities and lives introduces you to new friends rather than simply storybook characters. The antagonism between the main characters was fantastic. The realism drew me in to the story while at the same time completely captivating me. As individuals they were intriguing and complex, and as a couple they were explosive. This is one of those stories you simply can’t put down because you absolutely have to know what happens next. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others or to re-read it time and time again. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Normandy More than 1 year ago
I have to start by saying this isn't my preferred genre. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had everything to make a great read. Max Malone is a hot cowboy freelance journalist and is writing a story on the reappearance of a senator's supposed deceased wife. Things get complicated when Max meets Kat, one of the senator's daughters. I recommend this to anyone that enjoys suspense and sexual tension. I love both.
sarahj2u More than 1 year ago
It felt like coming home, opening this book and starting to read. I feel as though the characters in B.J. Daniels Hamilton series are old friends, and the ongoing subplot of Sarah Johnson Hamilton and her mysterious missing years have me HOOKED! This book focuses on Senator Buckmaster Hamilton's daughter Kat, and her budding relationship with one of the many reporters who has camped outside the family's ranch to cover the story of the Republican Presidential Candidate's long-lost wife returned from the dead. At first, I wasn't sure I saw what Kat saw in Max, but B.J. Daniels does an exceptional job of character development and so the further you read, you can completely understand the attraction that develops. To classify any of Daniels' books as "sappy romances" would be a huge mistake. They fall more neatly into the mystery/suspense category (with just enough romance woven in to make you care what happens to the characters.) Now I just have to wait for the next chapter of the Hamilton saga to be released so I can find out what happens next for Buck and Sarah!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can i say but wow