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Romance veteran Johnston makes her hardcover debut with another Bitter Creek novel (The Loner, etc.), in which Houston lawyer Luke Creed tracks down unethical businessmen in between joy rides on his Harley and attempts to woo his old high school sweetheart. Is the wonder drug D-Free a lifesaver for young diabetics or a dangerous cash cow for Hyland Pharmaceuticals? The mother of a child who died while using D-Free is suing Hyland, and Luke is part of the company's defense team. But he has an even greater stake in the case: one of his two daughters, eight-year-old Brynne, is diabetic and takes D-Free. To complicate matters further, his love interest, Amy, is representing the plaintiff. The hale Texan (who has a ranch and still calls his women "baby") is not afraid to face corporate bullies, even when they include his workaholic female boss. On the romantic front, Luke has his work cut out for him when the lonely yet stubbornly independent Amy rebuffs him. Johnston's characters brim with humanity as they navigate law firm politics and drug approval procedures, child-raising and custody battles. The recycled subplots and soap opera dramatics are predictable, but Luke's position as Hyland's defense attorney adds moral complexity. Readers will find themselves turning the pages, if only for more glimpses of a modern cowboy as captivating in the courtroom as he is on his hog.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Back after The Loner, obsessive lawyer Luke Creed is about to pay The Price for serving corporate interests.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I liked the secondary stories and am looking forward to the next book to see how they resolve. I have to agree with someone else who said the romance is lacking, but the drama was... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by mahikahn
This was my first Joan Johnston book, and while I didn't need to read the first 3 or 4 books in the series to understand the plot itself, I felt like I was coming in on an ongoing... Read morePublished on March 8 2004
I forced myself to read the first 100 pages; I could not continue. The main character, Luke, comes across as a belligerent adolescent, with the articulation (read lack of) to... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004
This is Luke's story. Not as much of a romance as some of the others, but it is still very good. Love that Ms. Johnston interacts with other characters that we have already met! Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2003
This is basically the 4th in the Creed/Blackthorne family books. This is Luke's story and picks up 12 years after the last one (Summer's) story ends. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2003 by TSchlaack
Although I am a big fan and avid reader of all Joan Johnston's books, this one seemed to lack the pizzaz of the previous three Blackthorne-Creed novels. Read morePublished on April 17 2003