Review: Justice at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels

10th Jan 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Justice at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. DanielsJustice at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels
Series: Cardwell Ranch #2
Published by Harlequin
Pub Date: October 2nd 2012
Pages: 224
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Western
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3.5 Stars

Six years ago, Dana Cardwell found her mother's will in a cookbook and became sole owner of the Cardwell Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Now happily married, Dana is surprised when her siblings, Stacy and Jordan, show up on the ranch…and trouble isn't too far behind.As danger draws closer to the ranch, deputy marshal Liza Turner quickly realizes that Jordan Cardwell isn't the man the town made him out to be.

From the moment I received Justice at Cardwell Ranch, I was totally intrigued. I mean, look at that cover! Hot cowboy? Sign me up!

The story is a murder mystery at its core, but it’s also about family and realizing where home really is. This is actually a sequel of sorts to Crime Scene At Cardwell Ranch. It involves the same family and some of the same characters, but even though I hadn’t read the first one, it did not take away from Justice. It definitely stands very well on its own.

Jordan Cardwell tried very hard to leave his Montana roots behind, and for a while he succeeded, but he’s now a different man than he’d been the last time he was home and things are feeling more right than ever. Especially with Liza Turner around.

Jordan’s childhood best friend committed suicide their senior year, and it has always seemed like such an unbelievable act to Jordan. Considering his best friend was independent, hard working, and very much looking forward to seeing the world after graduation. So when he gets a phone call dredging it all up, he is determined to find out what really happened to him. Except then someone killed his source. So Liza decides to help Jordan while at the same time solving the murder of the source. Right off the bat, Jordan and Liza have great chemistry together. They worked well together too.

As the mystery unravels piece by piece, we get to meet all kinds of interesting characters. We also get to see a lot of Jordan’s family.

I really enjoyed this book, and as hard as I tried to guess who the guilty party was, I never did get it quite right. I’m also going to look up the first book in this duology and learn more about the Cardwell family. :)

 

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Kimberly @ Under the Covers Book Blog – “I loved this book. B.J. Daniels’ awesome sense of storytelling made me continually turn each page until the final one was read. I literally could not put it down.

Tasha @ Book Obsessed – “Although it’s classified as a romantic suspense, there is very little romance. […] But with that being said, it’s still a good read for the suspense aspect.

Molly @ Romancing the Book – “I have to say that this book was awesome! I loved the complexity of the characters and the intensity of the suspense, yet it was fast paced and captivating.

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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