The Cowboy (Bitter Creek)

The Cowboy
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There are some traumatic events that take place, and really adds a deep emotional rhythm to the story that keeps you engaged on every page. I tell you, this is the type of book that will keep you up at night, because the vivid detail and the beautiful work that Joan Johnston Creates is touching in its detail. The flow is pretty smooth, and the writing is so compelling, you feel as if you along side them feeling every emotion, and seeing every color and detail.

Cover Now there are two different covers to this book. The first cover, the older one, is of a Texan sunset with a horse galloping across a field. The second and most latest, is the one I decided to put up. What do you think of it? Can you resist a sexy cowboy on a cover? Overall View A riveting romantic tale of passion, personal discovery, and the test of true love…sensitive and powerful!! Read along with Bethany. Blackthornes and Creeds have a long standing family feud. Although at one point, generations in the past, they were related through a marriage of a Creed to a Blackthorne.

However this doesn't matter as the feud is long standing and very strong with the current generation. Trace and Callie, who are 4 years apart, have liked each other from a distance. Once they get to college they date and fall in love. A tragedy strikes and it tears them apart leaving one of them with a major secret that the ot Blackthornes and Creeds have a long standing family feud.

A tragedy strikes and it tears them apart leaving one of them with a major secret that the other doesn't know about. They each do their best and what they have to, to move forward with their lives. Eleven years after being gone from his home in Texas, Trace reappears. Callie has been married and widowed with two children at this point. They both have never gotten over each other but Callie feels so tied to her ranch Tree Oak's that it will be hard to convince her to let her family take care of life on the Ranch and move forward with Trace, as of course he will do anything to win her back.

This book takes us through young love, tragedy more than once, secrets, a murder mystery, ranch sabotaging, lots of hate from one family to the other, finding love again, broken hearts, anger, jealousy, learning to trust your heart again, learning to trust others, and learning to finally get what you want and learning to let others take control of their own lives as they should have many moons ago. Hannah so adorable 3. What Trace does for Callie's family 4. Figuring out the big mystery way early on in the book. View all 7 comments.

Apr 21, Jules rated it did not like it. Wow, this book was absolutely fucking terrible!

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It had everything I loath and detest in romance novels: Oh, and to top it all off don't even get me started on the ridiculous and completely unbelievable story line. And in the end there was no reprieve. The heroine rebuffed the hero until the very bitter end. Thank God there was no epilogue after the abrupt and ridiculous ending, I don't think I could have stomached to reading it.

May 23, Kym McNabney rated it it was amazing. Okay, let me just say if you don't have time to read, don't even open up this book. Why, because you won't be able to put it down!!! I love Joan Johnston's books, and this one was no exception. Right from the very first page I was hooked, and every page after, right to the very last. I zipped though this book in only a few short days, and I'm not a fast reader, have three young kids, work part time, etc.

I had a very hard time doing anything Okay, let me just say if you don't have time to read, don't even open up this book. I had a very hard time doing anything after I started it, and could not stop thinking about the heart gripping characters long after I'd finished it. Now I have to run out and buy the others from this series.

I can't wait to read about the other characters in the stories.

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Jan 04, Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo rated it it was amazing. An excellent read about two Texas families that have hated each other since the Civil War, the wealthy Blackthornes and the struggling Creeds.

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Trace Blackthorne and Callie Creed had dated each other and fallen in love 11 years prior when in college. Callie had known she was pregnant but hadn't told Trace yet when she received a phone call that her brother, Sam, has been paralyzed by a blow by none other than one of Trace's brothers during a football game.

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They had spent all this time hiding the An excellent read about two Texas families that have hated each other since the Civil War, the wealthy Blackthornes and the struggling Creeds. They had spent all this time hiding the fact that they were dating from their families. Callie is needed back home and she knows that what has happened only makes it even more impossible for the two of them to have a future together. She dumps Trace immediately and returns home to help with the care of her brother and to help on the family farm.

Trace had never been home in the 11 years since college. He has now returned to run his father's cattle business and ranch after his father has had a heart attack. Trace wants Callie back and he's determined to get her back because he never stopped loving her. A series of events leads,Trace to make Callie an offer that will help her save her family from financial ruin.

Callie once again finds herself having to face the same choice as when she was in college. An impossible choice between the family that desperately needs her and the only man she has ever loved. Great read and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Jul 16, Glenda Kinard rated it it was amazing. Excellent story line that's as Old as Texas itself. The feud over land.

Is a Blackthorn really going as far as murder to get the land that has been coveted from the Creeds for hundreds of years? Can a beautiful Creed lady Callie turn her back on the land and family she loves more than life itself to love Trace a damn Blackthorn? Will her greatest secret she has hidden for years come to the open? I could go on and on asking questions and even give the answers but I wouldn't want to take a great p Excellent story line that's as Old as Texas itself. I could go on and on asking questions and even give the answers but I wouldn't want to take a great pleasure of a wonderful read away from a reader.

One simply has to read this book which is the start of Joan Johnston Bitter Creek series I am literally chomping at the bits to get into the next book to see what lies in store for the two rival families. I simply could not stop reading this book it grabs ones attention on first page and doesn't let go on the last page no it makes you hunger to start the next book! View all 3 comments.

Jul 07, Tonya Lucas rated it it was amazing. Love love this book, can't wait to read more Bitter Creek! This Is the 2nd time I've read this book and if you haven't read it, you need to grab a copy enjoy her exceptional story. Nov 22, Trewen rated it it was ok Shelves: Callie and Trace are two of the most frustrating characters I've come across for a while. She blames him for a choice SHE made long ago and he bullies her into getting his way. And the hate that was fostered in Callie's home was gross. Nov 23, Chris rated it did not like it Shelves: Callie got on my nerves. She kept making bad choices, insisting she was being responsible while not taking responsibility for anything.

And forced sex isn't romantic. We jump straight in2 fam. He nos who his We jump straight in2 fam. He nos who his brother is. She just dint want 2 try. Cant bleve u havnt rushed her 2 the altar. I knew it was gonna be a boy. WTH is up with that?! I almost slammed the dang book down in disgust. The kids were so annoying. It wudve made it better had they both been his. It was so confusing rmbrng every1s names. I had 2 think hard 2 rmbr every1 2 keep straight who was doing wut. Trace had abandoned her.

He had refused 2 wait, even a little while, 2 c if they cud work things out. No, she was the 1 that had broken it off. Wen I read the next thing tho, I thought she was a little justified in marrying sum1 else: She has 2 kids, not 1. So y wud the author hav him say it like that? It made Trace look bad that he imm. Wth is goin on here? Either quit saying it or stick 2 ur guns. Was that rly the best time 2 hav sex? How many times has that line ben used by romance authors? Callie wanted 2 refuse him, but on the spur of the moment, she culdnt think of ne other way 2 get hom.

There was no such thing as cab service in Bitter Creek. Ther we go agin.

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Another run-thru of a list of flimsy excuses y the characters hav 2 b 2gether. But Idw u coming inside. Use him 4 a ride after he helped u. Teach ur kids sum manners 4 the luv of god. The cussing in front of the kids was ridiculous. Wen Trace told him Jesse had ben shot Jackson smiles. Her laughter stopped abruptly.

What do u get out of this? She dint ask wut he ment. She cud ges wut he had in mind. Wut a charming man. We can go ther. It wud b punishment enuf 2 open her body 2 a man who no longer wanted her luv. It only made him hungrier 4 the kill. U can let him go now. Had Sam perhaps taken his own life? Those compassionate words r from Trace. Like, is that a good time 2 insinuate that taking pills or slitting ur wrists is cowardly?

Just wen I thought the author cudnt cram ne mor crap in2 this book, she duz. The kids go missing, bcuz they left the truck aginst orders. Trace dint rly want her. After coming 2 that realization, she says she can wash herself. It was the last quarter of the book, pg. Is that rly this big mystery that u hav 2 keep dragging out 4 almost pgs? He finds out Eli is on pg. It mite hav ben worth it if the big reveal had ben good.

But it was so totally disappointing. It went like this: Mentally, Trace was doin the math, trying 2 fig. If 2day was Oct 22, that ment Callie shudnt hav delivered until mid-Nov. Which ment Callie had conceived on or about. He put that 2gether in like half a sec.

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The Blackthornes and the Creeds. Why, because you won't be able to put it down!!! There was not a great deal of action filling the pages of this book, but there were enough slightly adventurous events occurring within the story to keep the pace moving forward at a strong, steady pace. He gathered her up and felt her soft breath against his throat as he patted her on the back. The Blackthornes Trace's family and the Creeds Callie's family have been involved in a ridiculous feud for generations. Who could not help but admire a man who professed his love for the heroine as he undauntingly pursued her -- and made every effort to take care of her. But now Trace has come home, a ruthless hard-eyed stranger, making her an offer she couldn't refuse:

How do u think I felt! I herd about all the women, Trace. I wanted u 2 care. All the power of Bitter Creek aimed at the destruction of 3 Oaks.

But I want sumthing in return. Now get the hell out of my sight. Wut a classless lowlife. Or at Trace 4 that matter. It was almost 2 pg. Readers luv that stuff. Another trip 2 the hospital is in order. This sudden realization of she felt was unbelievable. Sep 30, Christine rated it it was ok Shelves: The biggest problem with this book: The problem in the prologue is the exact same problem they have in the last chapter, but suddenly, after a bunch of random stuff happens, they can live HEA now.

The characters themselves made no moves towards greater self understanding, they didn't compromise, they didn't even fall in love The second biggest problem with this book: Heroine doesn't tell hero she's pregnant with his child. I almost put i The biggest problem with this book: I almost put it down when I read about this in the prologue. There is almost never a good reason for it, and this wasn't even close to reasonable.

The third biggest problem with this book is that I didn't like Callie. It started when she refused to tell Trace about the baby, but continued through all her stubborn refusals to see reason. And somehow, she blamed Trace for their breakup in the prologue??? She told him to go, but he didn't even try to stick around and see if they could work things out which she had pretty much told them they couldn't do.

Oh, and she got married to someone else like a month later, so of course, he had plenty of opportunity to try to work things out. The fourth biggest problem with this book was that I couldn't believe Eli's easy acceptance that Trace was his father. Aside from that, it was pretty good. It was a quick read, and well-written. I just had serious plot and character issues. Jan 07, Jolene rated it it was ok. I was pretty much stunned and engthralled when I read Comanche Woman, the very first novel I had ever read by Joan Johnston.

You could even say wowed. But then, I also happen to be a sucker for historical romance, so I'm sure that played a part in my being enamored of it. The Cowboy bummed me out. It was a minor build-up with a belly-flop ending. Not to mention that the main character is SO frustrating that I think I sighed in exasperation throughout the story. She can't decide what she wants fo I was pretty much stunned and engthralled when I read Comanche Woman, the very first novel I had ever read by Joan Johnston.

She can't decide what she wants for -the- longest time, but not in that sort of agonizing way that caused me to feel sympathy for her. The romantic bits of it were also shruggers, sort of rushed trysts that the main character handled casually. I suppose I don't share anyone's opinion who would call this a good novel. To her credit, however, Joan Johnston can thread drama together well. The dramatic parts of the story describing relationships did capture me. But overall, this book just didn't cut it for me.

I give it two stars for "it was ok". Nov 10, Heather andrews rated it it was amazing. Trace, I loved him, even in the prologue, "Trace rose, letting the sheet drop. You can come live with me. Mine, Callie, not his. He gathered her up and felt her soft breath against his throat as he patted Trace, I loved him, even in the prologue, "Trace rose, letting the sheet drop. He gathered her up and felt her soft breath against his throat as he patted her on the back. Eli and Luke will take care of cleaning up everything. Jun 27, Tonya Lucas rated it it was amazing.

Apr 25, Christel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Trace Blackthornes and Callie Creed Monroe's story. THis starts the 4 book Bitter Creek Series. The characters are well developed and the story is enthralling. You just have to keep the substories seperated from one another. The author really knows how to weave a tale and keep everything in perspective.

Apr 26, Anna rated it it was ok Shelves: All of the characters in The Cowboy are selfish morons. Trace is a man-slut and Callie is a liar and a coward. The Blackthornes Trace's family and the Creeds Callie's family have been involved in a ridiculous feud for generations. It's never really clear how the feud started, but it might have been about stolen horses or a land grab. In the Old West, losing a horse or a few acres of land could mean the difference between All of the characters in The Cowboy are selfish morons.

In the Old West, losing a horse or a few acres of land could mean the difference between surviving and starving to death. This is contemporary fiction though, and the feud is still alive and well. Trace's family is rich and Callie's family is poor, but the Creeds' property is sitting in the middle of Blackthorne land and Trace's dad would like nothing more than to get his hands on it.

He advises Trace to marry Callie so the Blackthornes can gain ownership of the Creed ranch. To his credit, Trace does his best to avoid Callie but when they meet face-to-face at university, sparks fly. They start dating and it soon becomes something more. Their plans for the future are suddenly derailed when the feud flares up again. Callie is forced to choose between her family and the man she loves. She asks Trace to wait, just for a year or two. His response is to install a revolving door figuratively speaking for the women he bangs and leaves, starting two weeks later. Eleven years after that, Trace finally returns to town.

Will the lovers be reunited? Or will the feud bring a bitter end to their hope of happiness? Callie was eighteen and Trace was at least the same age when their relationship began. Both of them make horrible decisions from that point on. She kept it a secret because she didn't want Trace to take her baby away from her, even though Trace had never given her reason to believe that he was violent or that he would not agree to shared custody.

Callie initially rejects Trace because "her family needs her" It would be too hard for her to have a relationship with a man her family hates and she isn't brave enough to try, so she uses that as an excuse to keep him at a distance. To be mercenary about it, marrying Trace would have helped her family a lot more than working her fingers to the bone for them. The Blackthornes were rich and Trace would inherit sooner or later. In exchange for a "loan", he wants her to have sex with him whenever and however he chooses. Again, this is contemporary fiction.

Women today are rarely in a position where sex is their only form of currency. She hunts down the cowboy, seeking permission to have their baby adopted by a loving family. Montana rancher Ryan Sullivan has no intention of giving away his own flesh and blood, and takes their son to raise himself. When a sudden tornado of flame from a raging forest fire snuffs out both engines of the Twin Otter being piloted by Taylor Grayhawk, she locks eyes with the last man on the plane: Injured and starving, Taylor and Brian struggle to survive, yet somehow the threat of imminent death reignites something deep and powerful between them.

A still greater challenge awaits when fate delivers them from harm and puts their rekindled love to its ultimate test: Surrender to each other, or part forever. When the two star-crossed lovers meet again, tensions rise with heart-pounding desire that will burn up the sheets. Chock-full of excitement, intrigue and sensual romance. Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne.

When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Johnston excels at descriptions, peppered with period details that make this book a picturesque reading experience. Drawn into bitter family rivalries and feeling like an interloper in her new home, Pippa rides out into the wilderness and meets an intriguing stranger and his pet wolf. Devon Flynn knows all about going it alone. He lives in an isolated cabin, away from his domineering father and the scandal surrounding his family.

Well, at least for the readers of this ongoing series by Joan Johnston. Johnston reintroduces characters remembered fondly and continues her tale starring the members of two strong, stubborn families. I would definitely recommend Shameless to anyone who loves a good scandal with their romance. Ruthlessly forced from her home by her powerful father, King Grayhawk, Eve needs somewhere to go. Can two lonely people set adrift by fate and haunted by guilt find redemption in the healing embrace of love?

A tense, sensual and conflicted love story set against an epic family drama. Connor and Eve are lovable characters who fight hard for their happily ever after. There are plenty of subplots, family dysfunction, the feud, rescue horses, a ranch for vets, single parenthood. I could go on and on, but the emotion rules them all! Contemporary Western at its best!

Karl smells a rat when a much younger woman than he was expecting arrives with two children who look nothing like her. It was emotional, heartfelt and real. It was simply magic from a master storyteller. After three months in a mail-order marriage, Hannah Wentworth McMurtry is a widow—pregnant, alone, and near death in the Wyoming wilderness.

Though she is saved by a man with a face cut from stone, she still grieves the husband who died on their journey west.

Hannah needs a husband, but does she dare marry another stranger? Flint Creed has also lost someone he loved—when the woman he hoped to marry chose his younger brother instead. Now he must find a ranch wife of his own. But every female in the remote Wyoming Territory is too old, too young, or already married. Though danger surrounds them on the Wyoming frontier, the greatest threats of all are the secrets within—revelations that could destroy the new life Hannah and Flint have begun to cherish. Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride.

Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: