Strongly drawn characters and
plentiful conflict are the most effective aspects of Johnston's newest Bitter Creek novel, and fans of the series
will no doubt devour it. Other readers may find the plot overly complicated,
and some of the scenes a touch
Nine years ago, physical therapist Kate Grayhawk Pendleton walked in on her husband with another woman and fled -- straight into the arms of businessman Wyatt Shaw. Their one night together would have been indelibly stamped into Kate's memory even if it hadn't resulted in her twin sons, Lucky and Chance. The boys and everyone else in Kate's life have always believed that her now supposedly deceased husband, J.D. Pendleton, is their father, but that's about to change.
Wyatt has just learned the children are his and intends to protect them and Kate from the consequences of J.D.'s sins -- which involve Wyatt's own father, mobster Dante D'Amato. Kate's not thrilled about the idea of sharing space with Wyatt, but he's not taking no for an answer. (MIRA, Jan., 432 pp., $7.99)