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Don't miss Lisa Jackson's New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novel of romantic suspense! From the NYT bestselling author and queen of suspense, Lisa Jackson will have you at the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Lived and Then She Was Gone. The More You Know The envelope delivered to Shelby Cole's Seattle home contains no return Don't miss Lisa Jackson's New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novel of romantic suspense! From the NYT bestselling author and queen of suspense, Lisa Jackson will have you at the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Lived and Then She Was Gone. The More You Know The envelope delivered to Shelby Cole's Seattle home contains no return address, just a photograph of a little girl. Shelby knows at once that this is the daughter she was told died at birth. And in that moment, Shelby knows something else: she needs to go back to Bad Luck, Texas. The More You Tell She's not the only one coming home. A long-ago killing is in the news again following recanted testimony. A violent nightmare from Shelby's past has been set free. And she can't shake a suspicion that someone is baiting her, luring her back here for their own ends. The More There Is To Fear Shelby's search for answers is met with stonewalling and hostility. Her only ally is a figure from her past--someone she has every reason not to trust. And in the midst of dark family revelations she uncovers a terrifying scheme of revenge. Because some secrets, once spoken, can never be forgotten--or forgiven. . .


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Don't miss Lisa Jackson's New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novel of romantic suspense! From the NYT bestselling author and queen of suspense, Lisa Jackson will have you at the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Lived and Then She Was Gone. The More You Know The envelope delivered to Shelby Cole's Seattle home contains no return Don't miss Lisa Jackson's New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novel of romantic suspense! From the NYT bestselling author and queen of suspense, Lisa Jackson will have you at the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Lived and Then She Was Gone. The More You Know The envelope delivered to Shelby Cole's Seattle home contains no return address, just a photograph of a little girl. Shelby knows at once that this is the daughter she was told died at birth. And in that moment, Shelby knows something else: she needs to go back to Bad Luck, Texas. The More You Tell She's not the only one coming home. A long-ago killing is in the news again following recanted testimony. A violent nightmare from Shelby's past has been set free. And she can't shake a suspicion that someone is baiting her, luring her back here for their own ends. The More There Is To Fear Shelby's search for answers is met with stonewalling and hostility. Her only ally is a figure from her past--someone she has every reason not to trust. And in the midst of dark family revelations she uncovers a terrifying scheme of revenge. Because some secrets, once spoken, can never be forgotten--or forgiven. . .

30 review for Unspoken: A Heartbreaking Novel of Suspense

  1. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Okay, I'm still reading this book but there are a few things that are really annoying me: 1: for a book written/published in 2012, I can't figure out why the kids are in the front of the pick up truck with no car seats.... 2: apparently condoms don't exist or weren't invented yet? 3: why a sheriff would leave his six and four-year-old kids by themselves in a truck while he went into a store to shop...not to mention it was 100+ degrees outside and no A/C 4: chewing tobacco-YUCK! And again, the sheri Okay, I'm still reading this book but there are a few things that are really annoying me: 1: for a book written/published in 2012, I can't figure out why the kids are in the front of the pick up truck with no car seats.... 2: apparently condoms don't exist or weren't invented yet? 3: why a sheriff would leave his six and four-year-old kids by themselves in a truck while he went into a store to shop...not to mention it was 100+ degrees outside and no A/C 4: chewing tobacco-YUCK! And again, the sheriff, with the need to spit it everywhere he goes-including in somebody's yard while he's talking to them… If he were in my yard and did that, we would definitely have words! That is disgusting! The descriptiveness of him and his chewing tobacco are vile. These things may not seem like much, but they add up to a lot of Eye rolling so far... *****Just finished the book and when I read the authors notes in the end, I realized that this book was originally written in the 1990s, which explains a lot – however, it is stated that she updated the book..... I would've updated more. All in all, I found the last half of the book super cheesy, and seeing as how I've never really read much of Lisa Jackson, I'm not sure I would be willing to pick up another one very soon, if at all. I'm just glad to be done with it so that I can move on.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Janie Johnson

    I generally love Lisa Jackson books. I think she is a great writer and one of my faves. She writes great romantic suspense thriller. But this one was just ok for me. The plot was great, but it felt like so much more romance played into this one. And I am not big on romance. It seemed like the book revolved more around a love hate triangle that it did the mystery. I did not really connect to any of the characters. I thought Shelby, the lead character was ridiculously weak in many areas and I did n I generally love Lisa Jackson books. I think she is a great writer and one of my faves. She writes great romantic suspense thriller. But this one was just ok for me. The plot was great, but it felt like so much more romance played into this one. And I am not big on romance. It seemed like the book revolved more around a love hate triangle that it did the mystery. I did not really connect to any of the characters. I thought Shelby, the lead character was ridiculously weak in many areas and I did not care for her because of that. There were some twists in the story, but one of them was never explained which I felt really needed to be. It made the story feel a little sloppy. Either way, it was an ok read, just not great like so many of her others are. It was maybe a little disappointing as well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Agnes (BookBubbe)

    The town of Bad Luck, Texas, is home to all kinds of secrets. Shelby Cole had her share, before she left to start a new life. After almost ten years away, a mysterious package arrives at her Seattle home. There’s no return address, just a photograph of a little girl. Shelby knows immediately that this is the daughter she was told died at birth—and that going back is the only way to discover what really happened. This story centers on Shelby finding her daughter but also at the same time uncoverin The town of Bad Luck, Texas, is home to all kinds of secrets. Shelby Cole had her share, before she left to start a new life. After almost ten years away, a mysterious package arrives at her Seattle home. There’s no return address, just a photograph of a little girl. Shelby knows immediately that this is the daughter she was told died at birth—and that going back is the only way to discover what really happened. This story centers on Shelby finding her daughter but also at the same time uncovering all the secrets in her family that she left behind 10 years earlier. Very twisting and covers emotions like love, hate, anger, surprise, lust and control. A page turner because you need to find out if she finds her daughter and then what? Love Lisa Jackson books. #kindleunlimited

  4. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    Sample prose: Why was it that she always noticed how all-male he was, how raw and rugged and untamed? Like these dry, wind-blown hills, he was earthy and wild and Texan. Did you roll your eyes just reading that short paragraph? Imagine how sore mine were after 400+ pages if that drivel. I would have stopped reading...I WANTED to stop reading...but I was trapped in bed with the flu. When I picked it up at the drugstore along with my prescription, the premise sounded ok: Mysterious envelope arrives Sample prose: Why was it that she always noticed how all-male he was, how raw and rugged and untamed? Like these dry, wind-blown hills, he was earthy and wild and Texan. Did you roll your eyes just reading that short paragraph? Imagine how sore mine were after 400+ pages if that drivel. I would have stopped reading...I WANTED to stop reading...but I was trapped in bed with the flu. When I picked it up at the drugstore along with my prescription, the premise sounded ok: Mysterious envelope arrives at Shelby's door in Seattle containing nothing but a picture of a little girl. Shelby knows at once its the daughter she was told died at birth and heads to Texas to find the child and the truth. The cover stated that the author was a New York Times bestseller, so how bad could it be? Damn near unreadable, that's how bad. Unless you too are trapped with nothing else to read or do, stay far, far away.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Shelby gets a picture of a little girl in the mail and knows it is the daughter she was told died at birth. She knows she has to go home to Texas and try to find her daughter and why her father has lied to her. A man who raped her years ago has been let out of prison for a killing that someone recanted their testimony. She is met with lies and her father refuses to tell her anything about her daughter.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    I have some good things to say about this book. The premise of the story was a great hook for me - a secret from the past suddenly popping up and growing legs. The plot is twisty and unpredictable. There were several "outcomes" that I thought I had guessed, but was wrong. I always enjoy that sort of surprise in a story. There are some strong supporting characters who are well-drawn and whose motivation seems spot-on to me. The author is really good at creating suspense. These parts of the books w I have some good things to say about this book. The premise of the story was a great hook for me - a secret from the past suddenly popping up and growing legs. The plot is twisty and unpredictable. There were several "outcomes" that I thought I had guessed, but was wrong. I always enjoy that sort of surprise in a story. There are some strong supporting characters who are well-drawn and whose motivation seems spot-on to me. The author is really good at creating suspense. These parts of the books were very satisfying for me and kept the action moving. You'll note I did use enough stars on the rating to show I like the book. These elements should add up to a fantastic book. But for me, they did not, and there are a few reasons why. The first is the fact that the pregnancy that started it all happened when Shelby was 17. Nevada was a working police officer so obviously not her age. I personally can't ignore the whole statutory rape thing though I believe the author intends us to ignore it. Certainly nobody in the story makes an issue of it, and the girl's father is a judge, for heaven's sake. I think it's meant to be okay because secretly Nevada loved her? As a side note, apparently all men in Texas drive around in their pickups with walnut-cracking erections at pretty much all times. Certainly everyone in this book did. The next is the endless, angsty, tormented (for no real reason) sexual tension between Shelby and Nevada. It's the same trope in thousands of romance books, which is one reason I don't like them. The character's inner dialogue goes something like this (I'm making this bit up - summarizing, if you will): "Okay, he is super hot and I wanna have sex with him, but I can't. If he comes around, I'll shut him down so fast! Omigod, here he comes. I don't want sex with him, I don't, ooh look at those muscles, okay I do. WHEEEEEEEEEEEE! Omigod, I had sex with him but I didn't mean to. Never again! He's totally hot, but NO! Oh, there is again. I won't have sex, oh his jeans fit so nice, okay, I'll do it. OOOOOOOOOOOH! Dammit. Again!" Repeat at regular intervals. I know I may be in the minority here. Some people seem to like that sort of irritatingly long-winded, overwrought sexual tension. I'm not sure they are the same people who pick up Lisa Jackson's book to read a suspenseful mystery, though. For me, it pretty much destroyed an otherwise good story. I just rolled my eyes and skipped as much of it as I could. The other thing that bothers me is the utterly inane banter between Shelby and Nevada. What on God's Green Earth makes Shelby turn into some tipsy-sounding, Mae-West-wannabe every time Nevada speaks to her? She spouts the most idiotic stuff I have ever heard, such as "whatcha gonna do about me, cowboy?" and "maybe it's trouble I'm lookin' for, am I gonna get it?". Seriously? Is that meant to be sexy? And it's not all her; he is almost as bad. You always know there's a sex scene coming for these two when the cheese factor ramps up. At one point I said "do you know how stupid you sound?" to my book. Yes, out loud. I couldn't help it. The dialogue was so painfully lame. I know I shouldn't, but I couldn't resist ... WHEEEEEE!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I gave it one-star because I finished it, but it was just too "cheesy" for me. Yes, we figured out you were "horny" the first fifty times you appeared in the book for no particular reason. Except that you were the detective investigating the murder ... yet all you thought about was what color bra she was wearing (?) Or if she was wearing panties. Really? And yes, we also figured out that you two were "hot" for each other considering it was mentioned every three or four pages. Strangely I was act I gave it one-star because I finished it, but it was just too "cheesy" for me. Yes, we figured out you were "horny" the first fifty times you appeared in the book for no particular reason. Except that you were the detective investigating the murder ... yet all you thought about was what color bra she was wearing (?) Or if she was wearing panties. Really? And yes, we also figured out that you two were "hot" for each other considering it was mentioned every three or four pages. Strangely I was actually expecting a "suspense novel". My bad.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Quam

    I love the way Lisa Jackson writes. Although I consider this one of my lazy books, where I don't have to think about what's going on, she still finds a way to keep me interested and wanting to find out how the story ends. Some things were predictable, but I would read this again. I love the way Lisa Jackson writes. Although I consider this one of my lazy books, where I don't have to think about what's going on, she still finds a way to keep me interested and wanting to find out how the story ends. Some things were predictable, but I would read this again.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura Erickson

    I'd give it just over 3.5 for entertainment value. It kept me reading. Some scenes were intense. There was a lot going on in this book, almost too much to really get in depth anywhere. I found I wanted more. I loved the chemistry between Shelby and Nevada. I didn't understand the need for Katrina's back story. I didn't like how Ross's story ended. And I didn't see a point to knowing a lot of what was going on in the supporting characters lives. I would have trimmed down the content of this book an I'd give it just over 3.5 for entertainment value. It kept me reading. Some scenes were intense. There was a lot going on in this book, almost too much to really get in depth anywhere. I found I wanted more. I loved the chemistry between Shelby and Nevada. I didn't understand the need for Katrina's back story. I didn't like how Ross's story ended. And I didn't see a point to knowing a lot of what was going on in the supporting characters lives. I would have trimmed down the content of this book and developed the important parts more. In my opinion, she could have written 3 stories. There were a few phrases that got repeated too much, like "pock-marked pavement", which I just noticed and kind of bugged me. All-in-all, I enjoyed it. I'd read Lisa Jackson again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Black Butterfly

    FREE PRIME READ THIS HAD AN OLD FEEL TO IT, LIKE AN OLD TENNESSEE WILLIAMS PLAY, WITH TOUGH GRITTY SWEATY CHARACTERS AND LOTS'O SECRETS. I WAS HOOKED AROUND 14% IN. I COULD SEE SOME OF THE OLD ACTORS WHO HAD REAL STAR QUALITIES A; PAUL NEWMAN, JOANNE WOODWARD, DENNIS HARPER, BRUCE DERN OR STEVE MCQUEEN TYPES. I READ THIS WAS WRITTEN IN THE 90's SO I GUESS THAT EXPLAINS IT. VERY ENJOYABLE. ;D FREE PRIME READ THIS HAD AN OLD FEEL TO IT, LIKE AN OLD TENNESSEE WILLIAMS PLAY, WITH TOUGH GRITTY SWEATY CHARACTERS AND LOTS'O SECRETS. I WAS HOOKED AROUND 14% IN. I COULD SEE SOME OF THE OLD ACTORS WHO HAD REAL STAR QUALITIES A; PAUL NEWMAN, JOANNE WOODWARD, DENNIS HARPER, BRUCE DERN OR STEVE MCQUEEN TYPES. I READ THIS WAS WRITTEN IN THE 90's SO I GUESS THAT EXPLAINS IT. VERY ENJOYABLE. ;D

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marie Christensen

    One of my favorite Lisa Jackson books

  12. 4 out of 5

    Conni Harness

    Excellent thriller! I'm usually not a fan of free standing stories, but this was a good one with some indirect ties to other story lines. Love this author and continue to be amazed at the depth & variations of imgination as well as the story telling ability. More please! I'm always sorry to get to the end!!! Excellent thriller! I'm usually not a fan of free standing stories, but this was a good one with some indirect ties to other story lines. Love this author and continue to be amazed at the depth & variations of imgination as well as the story telling ability. More please! I'm always sorry to get to the end!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Too Harlequin romance-ish for me and the repetitiveness drove me crazy. Gave it one star because I finished it although I wasn't sure I was going to. I wanted to see how it turned out...so, I'll give the author that. Had read several of Lisa Jackson's books and they were okay for being churned out on a regular basis, but this one was just crap! Too Harlequin romance-ish for me and the repetitiveness drove me crazy. Gave it one star because I finished it although I wasn't sure I was going to. I wanted to see how it turned out...so, I'll give the author that. Had read several of Lisa Jackson's books and they were okay for being churned out on a regular basis, but this one was just crap!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Dragged and repetitive, first time I ever skimmed through sections of a book. Glad it was a library loan.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Good story. For some reason, I kept picturing the show Dallas. Lots of twists and turns that you don't see coming. Good story. For some reason, I kept picturing the show Dallas. Lots of twists and turns that you don't see coming.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Loucks

    Lisa Jackson books were suggested to me because I like murder mysteries. This is the first one I read. I really enjoyed it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    I am a Lisa Jackson fan, and I enjoyed this small-town mystery though it’s not as good as her To Die series. In the book’s Prologue, Ross McCallum is on trial for killing Ramón Estevan. With only circumstantial evidence and one witness testimony, he was found guilty. Ross vows to take revenge on everyone who was involved in setting him up. The story then moves ahead ten years, and the witness who was responsible for putting Ross behind bars is dying of cancer and does not want to die with a guilty I am a Lisa Jackson fan, and I enjoyed this small-town mystery though it’s not as good as her To Die series. In the book’s Prologue, Ross McCallum is on trial for killing Ramón Estevan. With only circumstantial evidence and one witness testimony, he was found guilty. Ross vows to take revenge on everyone who was involved in setting him up. The story then moves ahead ten years, and the witness who was responsible for putting Ross behind bars is dying of cancer and does not want to die with a guilty conscience. He recants his testimony and, as a result, Ross is released from jail. Around the same time, a woman from Seattle named Shelby Cole is on her way back to her hometown in Texas. She swore she would never return, but she receives an anonymous letter with a San Antonio postmark which contains a photograph of a young girl who bears a startling resemblance to her. She was only 17 years old when she gave birth, and she went into labour early due to a riding accident. She was unconscious when the baby was born, and she was told that her daughter did not survive. She is going home to confront her father, Judge Jerome Cole. This mystery contained lots of secrets and corruption, and I enjoyed how Jackson put all the pieces together. There is even a second chance romance with Shelby and the man who fathered her child. While I enjoyed the story, I thought that Shelby’s character was a bit lacking. Her mindset at 27 years of age doesn’t seem much different than it was at 17, and I didn’t really connect with her. She kept secrets from someone she claimed to be madly in love with, and it took her a really long time to come to the table. There really was no foundation there between the two of them, so I did find it a bit implausible that they still carried torches for each other ten years later. Towards the end, there is a shocking reveal that Shelby and this man (view spoiler)[ might be half-siblings. There is no mention of this again, and no DNA tests were done to confirm whether or not this was true! (hide spoiler)] So, all in all, I enjoyed the story but there are other Jackson novels that I enjoy more. I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration. This review was posted on my book blog: http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.ca/2...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daisy White

    To tell you the truth, I love this author and her style of writing. She does a fantastic job of producing a novel that fits into the reader's hands. It is well written and easy to get into the following of the characters. But with this novel, it just fell flat. I want to say I started to get into the novel about halfway, and I was enjoying the characters, the plots, and the way it was progressing. The novel fell flat about 3/4 through the novel, my interest just stopped. I think it had to do with To tell you the truth, I love this author and her style of writing. She does a fantastic job of producing a novel that fits into the reader's hands. It is well written and easy to get into the following of the characters. But with this novel, it just fell flat. I want to say I started to get into the novel about halfway, and I was enjoying the characters, the plots, and the way it was progressing. The novel fell flat about 3/4 through the novel, my interest just stopped. I think it had to do with too many characters popping up, and things were not just being place right in the novel. A lot of unanswered questions and some of the book could do without some of the characters. I do know if this was her way of opening up the novel for a series, but the way she left the ending made me think that was it. I did not like that some of the clues did not match up to anything that was revealed later in the novel. One clue was that the mother had slit her wrist in the tub, but the rest of the novel stated that she overdoes on pills. It was little plots that should have been corrected by the editor, but not too big of a deal though. Once again I will state, I am not the author of this book, or do I have the right to say what should go and not go in this novel. That is between the author and her editor. I just felt it was crammed with too many ifs and not enough AH moments. All in all, I will give this novel 3 1/2 stars. She did get me 3/4 of the way before I thought a little more planning could have been used to produce this novel. I also was able to catch on who the killer was before the end of the novel so it lost a star for that.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Stern

    Shelby Cole has returned to Bad Luck, Texas after being gone nearly ten years. When she was told by her father that her daughter died, she left with no intention of ever returning. Then she received an anonymous package with pictures of the daughter that she thought died. Knowing that she'd do anything to get her daughter back, Shelby returns to Bad Luck. Once there, she asks Nevada Smith for help, her one time love and the father of her baby. Although she swore that she would never fall in love Shelby Cole has returned to Bad Luck, Texas after being gone nearly ten years. When she was told by her father that her daughter died, she left with no intention of ever returning. Then she received an anonymous package with pictures of the daughter that she thought died. Knowing that she'd do anything to get her daughter back, Shelby returns to Bad Luck. Once there, she asks Nevada Smith for help, her one time love and the father of her baby. Although she swore that she would never fall in love with Nevada again, she knew that she couldn't stop it. Nevada Smith was always labeled a "no good half breed" by the citizens of Bad Luck. He couldn't stay away from Shelby Cole ten years before, and he knew that he wouldn't be able to stay away now. Even though she was the pampered daughter of Judge Red Cole, something about her drew him. When he's hit with the information that he was a father and never knew it, Nevada vows that he will do anything he can to find their daughter. Then a ten year old murder case resurfaces when the man originally convicted is released. When the man who's testimony sent him to prison says he was wrong about what he saw, Ross McCallum is a free man once again. Tension runs high in this book of greed, evil, jealousy, and love. Everyone has secrets in Bad Luck, secrets that Nevada and Shelby are close to revealing. Not only do they have a daughter to find, but now they have to find out who murdered Ramon Estevan, because Nevada has been arrested for the crime. Don't miss it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Darla Boyle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hate giving Lisa Jackson a bad review for two reasons, I'm a fan and I hate leaving bad reviews. But I have to say, this book was hard to get through. The beginning did pull me in but after that, not much happened. The story line was okay. Girl (Shelby) falls for bad boy (Nevada), sneaks off to have sex with him, then on her way home, gets raped by Ross McCallum, who later is found guilty of murder. He insists he's innocent and vows revenge. She finds out she's pregnant but is told the baby wa I hate giving Lisa Jackson a bad review for two reasons, I'm a fan and I hate leaving bad reviews. But I have to say, this book was hard to get through. The beginning did pull me in but after that, not much happened. The story line was okay. Girl (Shelby) falls for bad boy (Nevada), sneaks off to have sex with him, then on her way home, gets raped by Ross McCallum, who later is found guilty of murder. He insists he's innocent and vows revenge. She finds out she's pregnant but is told the baby was stillborn. Years later, a witness recants his testimony and McCullum is freed. At the same time, Shelby receives a picture of a little girl that she believes is her daughter. She questions her father, the Judge, but he tells her to leave it alone. From there, there's a lot of inner thought and dialing in where her daughter is, is this a prank, who sent the photo and who is the father. The deputy, the Judge, Shelby, Nevada, hell, the entire town is nervous when the big bad, scary McCallum returns. But the only thing he does is make prank calls. Really? That's it. Well, for whatever reason, Lisa Jackson had a mystery killer but not sure why when the only person it could've been was McCallum. The end was okay, when McCallum finally gets his hands on Shelby but he decides to make his get away on foot, carrying her, instead of taking one of their cars, which would've made more sense. All I can say is that this must be been one of her early books because I love her writing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eva Hoffman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay, so I see that some people are hating on this book because it's "too cheesy". I mean honestly, if you disliked it that much why continue reading it and waste your time? I don't understand. Anyways, if you are into "cheesy", light-hearted, romantic, suspense, thriller, and mystery books then this one was pretty f'ckin dope. I enjoyed every bit of it, I could not stop reading it or put it down. I liked it so much I brought it with me everywhere just for the moments that I had where I could ki Okay, so I see that some people are hating on this book because it's "too cheesy". I mean honestly, if you disliked it that much why continue reading it and waste your time? I don't understand. Anyways, if you are into "cheesy", light-hearted, romantic, suspense, thriller, and mystery books then this one was pretty f'ckin dope. I enjoyed every bit of it, I could not stop reading it or put it down. I liked it so much I brought it with me everywhere just for the moments that I had where I could kill time by continuing from where I left off previously. I %100 would recommend this book to you as I have to others. There are so many bookworm friends of mine who enjoyed it as well, including some family members, and they think it was a very captivating read. Sure, you'll run into cliches or situations that are done and used over and over again. But, we all know that goes in the book and movie world. Things will always be put back down and picked back up and used up all over again. To me, what matters is how the writer uses them. The way they place them within the stories and the way they make it unique or different for their story. Within this story, this book, Lisa Jackson made it her own. I was constantly finding myself trying to stop and figure out what happened, who murdered Ramon Estevan? Who sent that photo of Elizabeth to Shelby? and so on.... I was never able to properly pin-point who and what. It wasn't a bad thing for me that this story kept me on my toes. I liked this story so much that I was actually sad to see it end. However, I am so happy that all of the characters in the end got a very happy ending. Nevada Smith is a free man, him and Shelby FINALLY just acknowledge the fact that their attraction to one another isn't just lust, that they actually love one another, Ross McCallum gets what he deserves, Elizabeth is reunited with her rightful parents, and it gave me comfort plus Lisa Jacskon helped me out by giving me some closure that everything was now right in their world.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sue Gosland

    When secrets begin to come out, they tend to all come out. Such is the case for Shelby Cole, who gets an envelope with a photo of a little girl, who looks too much like her not to be the child she thought she lost. Coming back to Bad Luck, Texas, she finds herself embroiled with Nevada Smith, the father of that child she thought had died. Throw in the release of Ross McCallum, who had been in prison for the last 10 years and had raped Shelby the same night she had lost her virginity to Nevada. s When secrets begin to come out, they tend to all come out. Such is the case for Shelby Cole, who gets an envelope with a photo of a little girl, who looks too much like her not to be the child she thought she lost. Coming back to Bad Luck, Texas, she finds herself embroiled with Nevada Smith, the father of that child she thought had died. Throw in the release of Ross McCallum, who had been in prison for the last 10 years and had raped Shelby the same night she had lost her virginity to Nevada. so who is the daddy? Who is killing the witnesses? Will Shelby and Nevada ever come to terms with their feelings about each other? And who sent the photo to Shelby, and where is the little girl? I really enjoyed this one, but I think I can safely say this was one of her earlier works. You can see the frame of her later books, but the ending came too soon and was a bit of a letdown. Of course, this won't stop me from reading more of her books!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    There a lot of interesting possibilities in the story but they were rather over written by the love story between Shelby and Nevada. A murder committed 10 years prior comes into the fore when the man convicted of it is released from prison. He vows to get back on everyone that testified against him. But he also is obsessed with Shelby and means to attacked her again. But she is looking for her daughter that she had been told died right after her birth. She gets no help from her father, Judge Red There a lot of interesting possibilities in the story but they were rather over written by the love story between Shelby and Nevada. A murder committed 10 years prior comes into the fore when the man convicted of it is released from prison. He vows to get back on everyone that testified against him. But he also is obsessed with Shelby and means to attacked her again. But she is looking for her daughter that she had been told died right after her birth. She gets no help from her father, Judge Red Cole. And he is hiding secrets also. Nevada is trying to keep her ranch afloat and still yearns for Shelby never having forgotten her when she left the town of Bad Luck, Texas after her baby was born. Lots of things going on but romance does get in the way once in a while.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emilie Davis

    Lots of stuff going on in Bad Luck, Texas. Good Reading!! This was a heartbreaker. After 9 years Shelby finds out that her stillborn baby was alive via a snapshot sent anonymously. She returns to Bad Luck, Texas to find out who sent the photo. A lot has happened since she was last there and mostly none of it was good. From here the story gains momentum and races to the end. Among the people you will meet in Bad Luck includes a freed prisoner who had been convicted of murder that was later rescind Lots of stuff going on in Bad Luck, Texas. Good Reading!! This was a heartbreaker. After 9 years Shelby finds out that her stillborn baby was alive via a snapshot sent anonymously. She returns to Bad Luck, Texas to find out who sent the photo. A lot has happened since she was last there and mostly none of it was good. From here the story gains momentum and races to the end. Among the people you will meet in Bad Luck includes a freed prisoner who had been convicted of murder that was later rescinded, the housekeeper that raised her and ran her father the Judge's house and the man she loved, not to mention a new relative. This book grabs you from the first page and takes you all the way to the end. It is a great book and I think one of Lisa Jackson's best.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Oh my, where do I even begin with this one?! It was extremely hard to read this book but I wanted to finish it. It started off so extremely slow. Nothing suspenseful about this book whatsoever. The love encounter between Shelby and Nevada seemed to take over this whole book. We get it, she was in love with him ten years ago and now the love has come back. It took until about page 300 for the book to take a decent turn and have some unexpected twists. Chapters were far too long in my opinion. It Oh my, where do I even begin with this one?! It was extremely hard to read this book but I wanted to finish it. It started off so extremely slow. Nothing suspenseful about this book whatsoever. The love encounter between Shelby and Nevada seemed to take over this whole book. We get it, she was in love with him ten years ago and now the love has come back. It took until about page 300 for the book to take a decent turn and have some unexpected twists. Chapters were far too long in my opinion. It was taking me sometimes an hour to read one chapter as they were so long and I just couldn’t get into the book. I hope not all Lisa Jackson’s books will be like this as I bought a bunch of them hearing good things.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    This book. Was so lame. I kept waiting for it to get good. And it was just a ton of random drama. And very little resolution. There’s probably a second book to go with this. Because so many things were left out. I hate this guy BAM they’re having sex again. Nope still hate him. BAM. They’re doing it again. Oh. Now they’re in love. I hate my dad he’s conniving. Jk he disappears on a cruise conveniently. No resolution. No real confession just a quick “oh and they solved the murder. The end”. Oh an This book. Was so lame. I kept waiting for it to get good. And it was just a ton of random drama. And very little resolution. There’s probably a second book to go with this. Because so many things were left out. I hate this guy BAM they’re having sex again. Nope still hate him. BAM. They’re doing it again. Oh. Now they’re in love. I hate my dad he’s conniving. Jk he disappears on a cruise conveniently. No resolution. No real confession just a quick “oh and they solved the murder. The end”. Oh and that half sister. 2 chapters and she’s gone. No resolution.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Calvillo

    This was my first book by Lisa Jackson. It kept me entertained but I wouldn’t classify it as a “page turner.” I think initially it started out suspenseful, but the story kept repeating itself and it got boring. The moment of truth is when Shelby finds her daughter and it’s not that great of an ending. Kinda disappointing actually. The only part I did enjoy was the flashback 10years ago when Nevada & Shelby were together. Overall, I say it’s something to read when you want something simple to fol This was my first book by Lisa Jackson. It kept me entertained but I wouldn’t classify it as a “page turner.” I think initially it started out suspenseful, but the story kept repeating itself and it got boring. The moment of truth is when Shelby finds her daughter and it’s not that great of an ending. Kinda disappointing actually. The only part I did enjoy was the flashback 10years ago when Nevada & Shelby were together. Overall, I say it’s something to read when you want something simple to follow along with. 3/5

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A good story that had plenty of twists and turns. Shelby Cole returns to her home town Bad Luck, Texas which she left at 18 with no intention of returning to because she received an anonymous letter containing a picture and documents of her daughter that she believed died at birth. Who sent the letter; who really killed Ramon Estavan; is Nevada Smith the father of her daughter; what part did her father play in all of this?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Brossart

    I love Lisa Jackson books, but this is the first one I actually hated reading. I trudged through it, but the characters were horrible and undeveloped, the plot was confusing and boring. The multitude of characters just made quick appearances here and there, making it hard to keep track of who they were, just overall a cluster. The ending was so anti-climactic that I was surprised to see the epilogue was on the next page. This is one of her books I definitely wouldn't recommend. I love Lisa Jackson books, but this is the first one I actually hated reading. I trudged through it, but the characters were horrible and undeveloped, the plot was confusing and boring. The multitude of characters just made quick appearances here and there, making it hard to keep track of who they were, just overall a cluster. The ending was so anti-climactic that I was surprised to see the epilogue was on the next page. This is one of her books I definitely wouldn't recommend.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Connie Donnelly

    This is listed as a suspenceful romance but I found it a little heavier on the romance. Not complaining, a perfect beach read since I am on the beach. Shelby leaves her job in Seatle to return to Bad Luck Texas to find the daughter she was told died at birth. Ross McCallum has just gotten out of prison after serving 10 years for a murder he didn't commit. Now everyone in Bad Luck feels that is where he belonged, but he is out for revenge and no one feels safe. This is listed as a suspenceful romance but I found it a little heavier on the romance. Not complaining, a perfect beach read since I am on the beach. Shelby leaves her job in Seatle to return to Bad Luck Texas to find the daughter she was told died at birth. Ross McCallum has just gotten out of prison after serving 10 years for a murder he didn't commit. Now everyone in Bad Luck feels that is where he belonged, but he is out for revenge and no one feels safe.

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