A Stranger's Game (Bitter Creek Series #7)

A Stranger's Game (Bitter Creek Series #7)

by Joan Johnston
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Stranger's Game (Bitter Creek Series #7) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Granny1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read by Joan Johnston, and I think I am now officially hooked on her books. "A Stranger's Game" is indeed "a dazzling new Bitter Creek novel that features [not only] passion and intrigue . . . [but also] spine-tingling . . . murder," and even a bit of macabre humor-at least I think the scene with the errant raccoon was supposed to be humorous. (Publisher's Synopsis, July, 2009) Merle Raye Finkel, aka Grace Caldwell, was framed for the murder of her parents 8 years ago and spent those 8 years locked up in a juvenile facility. She is now out on parole and determined to find the person who really murdered her parents and set her up for the murders. With that end in mind, Grace/Merle seduces FBI Special Agent Breed Grayhawk in a bar in a hotel in Austin, Texas, hoping that she can somehow get his help. Grace's primary suspect in the murders is Grayhawk's boss, Special Agent Vincent Harkness, but she has no proof. In an effort to find proof, she breaks into Harkness's home and finds a diary that has been kept by Harkness's wife, Stephanie. There is a surprising twist in the story here in regard to who murdered whom that is partially revealed when the diary is found. There are many other twists and turns in this story, including a possible terrorist threat directed at the governor of Texas who will be attending a governors' meeting at the University of Texas at Austin-a meeting that the President of the United States will also attend. The book ends with the capture of the student responsible for the threat, but not before shots are fired and the daughter-in-law of the Texas governor is seriously wounded. The story continues in the sequel, "Shattered," which has recently been published by MIRA Books. This is a terrific story-one you should not miss!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ten years ago Merle Raye Finkel was convicted of killing her abusive father Austin police detective Big Mike something she dreamed of doing many times when he assaulted her or her stepmother or flushed her live turtle down the toilet to punish her, but she never did. When she was freed from an Austin youth facility, she changed her name to Grace Caldwell and began a quest to uncover the identity of the true killer.------------- Her clues begin to point towards FBI Assistant Special Agent Vincent Harkness, whose current assignment is security for the president¿s visit to the University of Texas at Austin. Grace meets FBI Supervisory Special Agent Breed Grayhawk, who she hopes will provide her insider info about his superior. As they fall in love, he hides her when he realizes the Feds are gunning for her especially when he knows she is innocent yet accused of planning to assassinate the president.--------------- This is an interesting Bitter Creek FBI romantic suspense starring an intrepid heroine and the gutsy hero who risks his career and his freedom for the woman he loves and believes in even when the evidence condemns her. The storyline is action-packed and filled with entertaining twists. Although a spin involving a Texas Ranger is more a set up for the next tale and feels out of place in A STRANGER¿S GAME, series fans will appreciate this dynamic entry.---------------- Harriet Klausner
tkl6556 More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. A page turner...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edge of your seat read! Can't put it down if you start reading! Loved it and looking for next book!
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Sparky_Patches More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating:  4.95 Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 4.5 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 2.0 / Suspense: 4.0 // Laughter: 2 / Giggle: 2 // Tears: 1 / Teary: 2 A Stranger's Game: 4.95: This is the kind of Romantic Suspense book that is such a joy to read.  This un-put-down-able book was filled with plenty of action, suspense, and romance and a hero and heroine that melted your heart. Hero: 4.5: Breed Grayhawk:  Love his self-reliance.  His appearance.  His confidence.  His intelligence.  The way he responded to Grace on page 279. Heroine: 4.5: Grace Elizabeth Caldwell / Merle Raye Finkel: Love her strength.  Her intelligence.  Her willingness to correct a grievous wrong.  The way her heart softened towards Breed. Secondary Hero: 4.5: Jack McKinley:  Jack won my heart in The Next Mrs. Blackthorne and won't let it go.  Love his belief in right and wrong.  The way he treats Kate and her twin sons.  That he still takes his mother's call in spite of washing his hands of his father. Secondary Heroine: 4.5: Kate Grayhawk Pendleton:  Kate has finally matured.  She is no longer a happy-go-lucky teen who jumps in with both feet without worrying about the consequences.  Love the way she loves her family, particularly her twin sons. Story Line: 4.5: Johnston did a great job of weaving a lot of different colored threads in the tapestry of this story.  A convicted double murderer pairing up with a FBI agent to prove she was wrongly blamed.  A Texas Ranger and the same FBI agent helping to protect the president and state governors due to a security threat.  A growing romance between Breed and Grace and details about the continuing roadblocks to the romance between Jack and Kate. Action: 4.0: Johnston kept this story moving at a quick pace because it seemed something exciting was always going on.  Grace trying to clear her name.  Breed looking for Grace.  The killer trying to stop them both.  A threat to the politicians at LBJ Auditiorium. Emotion: 4.5: Johnston did a great job of grabbing the reader's emotions, starting with the prologue.  It was impossible not to feel great compassion for little Merle Raye . . . and later Grace.  Breed had already won hearts when he appeared in the previous book of the series.  Johnston's story brought forth laughter and tears. Romance: 4.5: The attraction and awareness between the two couples in this book was always obvious and not overshadowed by the plot. Sensuous: 2.0: Johnston has a way of writing understated love scenes that are very sensual, without being graphically explicit. Suspense: 4.0: The suspense was top-notch, leaving the reader tightly wound, wondering what twist and turn the story was going to take next. Secondary Characters:  4.5: Johnston always inserts interesting and well-developed supporting characters in her books.  In this book the supporting characters that drew great interest (some more than others) included: {1} Vincent "Vince" Harkness; {2} Stephanie Harkness; {3} Craig Westwood; {4} King Grayhawk; {5} Ann Wade Pendleton; {6} J.D. Pendleton; {7} Troy McMahon; {8} Harry Gunderson; {9} Frank McKinley; {10} Steve; {11} Lucky Pendleton; and {12} Chance Pendleton.  Cameo appearances were made by: {1} Jackson "Blackjack" Blackthorne; {2} Lauren "Ren" Creed Blackthorne; {3} Clay Blackthorne; and {4} Libby Blackthorne. A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of *A Stranger's Game* appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Joan Johnston said it took 2 years to write this book. It was worth every day of those 2 years. Great love story (stories), exciting adventure and surprising ending. Loved it. Now I am moving on to Kate's story in Shattered.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
CD/abridged/Romance: What a crock of crap. This review probably contains SPOILERS because I am not recommending it. Weak women and stupid men. The two main characters need to go offensive on the murder case and stop thinking about peter and va-j-j. Then there is a side story of a cousin (?) and her not-so-dead husband. I wanted to punch Kate in the mouth. Such a weak character. That storyline has no ending.
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Highly recommended - You must check it out!!!
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tmc41655 More than 1 year ago
my husband read this book. He says really good.
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I have never read any of Joan Johnston's books. And i must say this book was very good. It kept my attention, i did not want to put it down once i started reading it. It is the 7th book in the Bitter Creek Series, and i did not have to read the first 6 books to follow this one. I would recommend any one that like suspense & romance to read it!! even men will love it ;) i know my husband did!
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