Ms. Demeanor

Ms. Demeanor

by Danica Winters

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A cold-case Christmas in Mystery, Montana

Yearning to be known as something other than Mystery’s ultimate bad boy, rancher Rainier Fitzgerald isn’t pleased when he stumbles upon the remains of a dead body. Especially when Officer Laura Blade catches him with a gun in his hand.

Spending Christmas chasing down a cold case with a man she’s not supposed to fraternize with isn’t granting any of Laura’s holiday wishes, either. But could her favorite time of the year be working its magic on Laura’s feelings? Or is Rainier truly transforming from a charismatic rogue to a hero worthy of her heart?

Mystery Christmas

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335721419
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Series: Mystery Christmas
Edition description: Original
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic.
When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to hone her skills at various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her areas of expertise). She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

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Ms. Demeanor 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A son loses control, unleashing his anger on his drug addict no good father and ends up in jail, a crime of passion that has the potential to end up with more passion, if he can just manage to stay out of trouble and charm the pencil skirt, tight bun, glasses wearing, sexy Ms. Demeanor. I found Ms. Demeanor, Danica Winters’ fourth book in the Harlequin Intrigue Mystery Christmas series, the most fun to read so far in the series, capturing my interest from the first page and never losing it. It launches right into hot bad boy Ranier, one of the Fitzgerald brothers, and the tantalizing, sassy and sophisticated Laura Blade whose cool attitude may not be enough to douse the spark that ignites between them immediately. She has sworn off relationships, and has a professional duty to help keep him out of trouble, so she resolves to keep things purely professional, which proves challenging to say the least. Laura’s inner monologue, when offered home-baked goods from Eloise, of worrying about the extra pounds she was sure to pack on her hips around the holidays, might as well have been my own, and seeing her work up the courage to approach her unapproachable, controlling father, when she knew he was the only chance the Fitzgerald’s had at saving the Dunrovin Ranch, as well as Ranier’s vulnerability when sharing about his rough upbringing, really brought the characters to life and created an emotional connection for the reader. The Fitzgerald's fourth adopted son, Ranier, is released from prison right before Christmas and meets his parole officer, who hopes to keep him out of trouble. Of course, Ranier finds trouble before the day is done landing him back in front of the deputies, and with the possibility of a parole violation that would land him right back in jail. As Christmas approaches, the Fitzgeralds' continue to be terrorized by the bullying of William Poe, the threat of losing their ranch continues to plague them, and a mysterious dead body is uncovered that could put Ranier back in jail. There was great suspense built up and sustained throughout the book, and it was filled with lots of romantic tension, making it another great read by Ms. Winters.
830618 More than 1 year ago
This continues to be a great series, and I hope there are more books to come. This was an unlikely romance between Rainier who had just been released from jail and his parole officer. This also had a mystery running through the book.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
This series, Mystery Christmas, has won me over from the book one. The dark and tense atmosphere at the ranch with the drama and trouble surrounding it is a great setting for the riveting series. The complex yet charming characters, the pained past of the adopted brothers, the odd and peculiar attacks and crimes against them - it all makes fascinating entertainment that kept me on the edge. Ms. Demeanor is a story that can be read as a standalone novel yet having the information and being on the knowledge of the events from the previous stories in the series will give more foundation for the crimes and characters of this story. The connection between Laura Blade and Rainier Fitzgerald is so natural that it does not surprise me that they bonded immediately, with sparks flying, and ready to swoon from the first accidental touch. Laura was part of the Fitzgerald family as soon as she arrived at the ranch, there was nothing awkward about it or pretentious, they embraced her like she belonged, accepting her as she is. Rainier is the charmer of the brothers, his smile lights up the room, he is the sunshine for his adopted mother. But there is more to his story than that, of course. He is an ex-convict, on a parole with Laura as his parole officer. Rainier has a good, kind heart. He is protective and fierce, he has no ill intentions but he does fight for justice and what is right. He has humbleness and honesty that I admired, the reasons for his imprisonment understandable as the full story is disclosed. Rainier's feelings, the instant attraction towards Laura, had a touch of sweetness and bundle of sincerity. Yes, it all developed fast, but it was believable, it was tangible, and it was adorable. But inappropriate? Umm... A bit of a tabu, even a problem when it came to Rainier breaking the law again... Laura was a hoot. Her love for everything Christmas had me giggling. She might have chosen a career her powerful father pushed her into, she might be the black sheep of her family, but she was capable, tough, and firm when needed. Her heart is bigger than Montana sky, her kindness, consideration towards others, her generous spirit made it so easy for Rainier to fall for her, it was no wonder it took only one look. It's not only that the ranch seems to be in financial trouble, the skeleton of an old murder victim is found on the property, and the problems Mr. Poe is causing to the Fitzgeralds are escalating, there is tension in the family because of Rainier's homecoming, and it all ignite into an explosive and intense Christmas Eve week. If you are looking for an enthralling and compelling romantic suspense series with the rough and tough Montana cowboys who fight for justice and protect their own, Mystery Christmas miniseries will provide you just that with the addition of tight family bonds, steaming romance, and intense scenes with horrid crimes. An arresting and alluring conclusion to the fantastic series! ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Christmas comes to Mystery, Montana! When bad boy Rainier returns home, it seems trouble is brewing before he even gets to say hello to everyone! With the last brother’s story, we get a few answers uncovered in the ongoing mysteries of Dunrovin Ranch. This family has been a pleasure to read about and get to know. Rancher Rainier Fitzgerald just wants to live in peace and enjoy his freedom when he returns to his family ranch, but his pleasure is short lived when he stumbles upon the remains of a dead body on the ranch on his first day back! With an investigation kicking off on top of the rest of the trouble that has been happening while he’s been away, he isn’t looking forward to losing that bad reputation any time soon. Laura Blade knows Rainier is the last man she should be attracted to, but she can’t seem to resist the rugged rancher. Will Christmas bring her a man in her stocking … or will the secrets they uncover make it impossible for her to be with him at all?
fbpsmum More than 1 year ago
Rainier Fitzgerald has spent the last 3+ years in prison for punching his biological father, and he is finally being released from prison. He is expecting his brother Wyatt to pick him up, however he is surprised when Laura Blade appears instead, and she turns out to be his parole agent. Of course there is an instant attraction between them, but it is almost immediately strained when shortly after she returns him to Dunrovin, he finds a bone and a gun buried in the pasture. When Wyatt shows up to investigate, the tension between the brothers is apparent. Laura is sympathetic to his plight, though concerned that Rainier is going to do something that will end up with him behind bars again. To add to this trouble, William Poe is back and causing more trouble. He knows that the ranch is in trouble financially, and that back taxes are owed or the property will go up for auction. Needless to say, this looks like it will be a bad Christmas for the Fitzgeralds, and you can’t help but root for them to overcome the difficulties…and stick one to him, because you really grow to dislike him over the related books. I think Rainier and Laura’s relationship has become my favorite of the four, just because he has had to overcome so much and dang it, he deserves his HEA! Though, Colter does win the ‘best comment’ once again: “Holy crap, I think I just felt my man card rip itself from my wallet.” Though there was one slight change in this book; Wyatt didn’t walk in on Rainier and Laura…but Merle (good dad) did!! At least it wasn’t quite as embarrassing, but I did get a chuckle out of the situation. This was a difficult book for him though, so the levity was needed. All in all, I’d have to say the 3rd and 4th books are tied for my favorites. Colter has the humor and Rainier has the angst, but I highly recommend all the books for romantic suspense fans! (And cross your fingers that there may be more in the future!) ARC provided for review.