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Hell to Pay (Emily 3): A What Doesn't Kill You Romantic Mystery (What Doesn't Kill You #7)

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USA Best Book Award-Winning Series, Cross Genre Fiction.
Third book in the Emily series, a spin-off from Katie & Annalise.

Big-haired paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily thinks she’s got her life back on track. Her adoption of Betsy seems like a done deal, her parents have reunited, and she’s engaged to her sexy boss Jack. Then client Phil Escalante’s childhood buddy
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Published March 26th 2016 by Smashwords
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Marcy McKay
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed all of Pamela Fagan Hutchin's novels, but Hell to Pay is my favorite. Everything about it shines: the plot, the characters and the writing. Readers are in for a real treat with this story.
Shree
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Note: This review is up in my blog Book and Ink

Being the 7th book in the series I wondered how this book could be read as a standalone when TBC mailed me about the book. However, the book spoke for itself and I managed to happily finish off the book.

The book starts off with Emily, our protagonist who is a paralegal hanging out in a bar, celebrating the victory of her latest case and client. Just when things seemed fine, a man is murdered and her client is again held responsible for it. Thus fol
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Nimi
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hell to Pay starts with a party to celebrate the engagement of Phil and Nadine. The two are friends of Emily and her boss/fiancé Jack.

This is the second book of this series that I read. The first one was Heaven to Betsy. Heaven to Betsy is when Jack and Emily meet. The chemistry between the two was great, and there was hope of a relationship. I miss a couple of books and the two are engaged to be married.

The party of Hell to Pay has Emily happy, relaxed and 'at home', or so it seems when the boo
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Nancy
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hell to pay is right! What happens when you let your imagination run away from you, and you act on those thoughts, but don't question whether they are true or not...you have Hell to Pay. Emily is once again up to her sky high bangs in trouble. If you haven't already read the other 2 Emily books...what are you waiting for?!? Emily is a character you love and feel for, even when those feelings are fear, embarrassment, and sadness. The rollercoaster ride that is Emily's life is enjoyably told with ...more
Rubina
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
It all started with a party. A party where everyone was celebrating freedom and a new life. At that moment, a life is brutally taken away and the host of the party, Phil Escalante is blamed. The story starts when Emily and Jack land in the middle of the murder mystery.
Professional Life vs Personal life. ..
Being engaged to her sexy boss, Jack, has its perks but when her fiancé introduces Emily as 'Emily is not my wife’. it indicates that all is not well in the relationship. From the beginning, w
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Sundari Venkatraman
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I downloaded a free Kindle version of this book from the link sent by the author via The Book Club, in return for my honest review.

Hell to Pay is #7 in a romantic thriller series by Pamela Fagan Hutchins. I grabbed the opportunity to read and review this one since we are getting a book by a western author after a long interval.

When I read the first few pages, I was kind of confused. There were a slew of characters and way too many things happening, all together. It was difficult to
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Shilpa Garg
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hell to Pay is the What Doesn’t Kill You #7: An Emily Romantic Mystery. This is the first book in the series that I read from the author. I had some inhibitions initially about picking a book which is seventh in the series. I thought that it would be difficult to comprehend what’s going on, but it just takes a couple of chapters and I was sucked in the world of Emily and Jack. Hell to Pay reads like a breeze as a standalone book, but I am keen to read the earlier books in this series now.

Hell to
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Floryie
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the author via The Book Club.

Though this isn't the first book in the series, this is the first book I have read by the author. The only thing I understood ,in the beginning ,was that Emily and Jack were together and they come across a murder during a party and one of their friends is the suspect in it. After that, it was a bit of a confusion with the various number of characters introduced. I had a hard time keeping them straight. I felt that there were too many cramm
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Kavipriya Moorthy
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
First Impression: Interesting title, simple cover design and a blurb that took me three reads to get the glitch. I kick started reading to quench my diction thirst, and yes, it paid off.

Overall Impression: A romantic mystery is indeed one of the hardest, because there are times where I read a few of those sorts where I skipped romance parts and read only the mystery. I always felt that romance in a mystery is speed breakers, but Pamela proved me wrong aligning the scenes on par with excellence.

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Nikita Jhanglani
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Emily’s is a character that is nuanced and dealt with beautifully. She is strong, weak, charming, and irritating all rolled into one. She can catch rattlesnakes and wears braces-a character detail that left the writer in me completely in awe of Pamela (there is a small story behind why Emily wears braces at 30; read Pamela’s interview here to know about it). Jack is your totally-makes-me-go-weak-in-the-knees kind of guy! The story deals with a lot of characters and lots of twists and turns, some ...more
Shalini
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I am reading by Pamela Fagan Hutchins. When I started reading, I was glassy-eyed, as if the characters were thrown off balance. Of course, all this was because it is the seventh book in the series and so much has already happened. That said, once you read over ten to fifteen pages, you easily get into a groove and begin to get a clearer picture.
Emily and Phil are lovers who plans to get married soon. However, Emily is unsure. As she toils over the proposal, Phil’s best fri
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Marie
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, kindle
This book had me hooked from the first page, and I finished it in one sitting! I have read all the Katie books and LOVE them - they have just the right mix of adventure, suspense and romance. This is my first Emily book, and I am currently downloading all of the others. Pamela Fagan Hutchins just continues to deliver amazing, "unputdownable" stories. Keep them coming, please!
Marsha
I gave this one more star than the other two in the series, but really I should've only been able to give it 3 1/2 stars, because there was still far too much going down on my knees and praying nonsense! But the story was involved in religion, so I can't exactly faulted for being "too religious", although it was. I guess it was trying to emphasize that religion itself, by definition, is not the evil; it's the people who call themselves religious in some cases. The story was annoying. I think I n ...more
Beverly
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Action from beginning to end! Emily helps solves murders while not giving up on her quest to adopt Betsy. And she'll do it with or without the love of her life! Loved it!
Julie
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hell to Pay- An Emily Romantic Mystery -by Pamela Fagan Hutchins is a 2016 SkipJack publishing release. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Pamela has a unique writing voice which never fails to entertain and capture my undivided attention. This story grabbed me right away and before I knew it, I was deeply engrossed in Emily’s life, all her ups and downs, laughing and crying, and cheering her on as she works double time on a murder case, while her personal life
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Julie
Hell to Pay- An Emily Romantic Mystery -by Pamela Fagan Hutchins is a 2016 SkipJack publishing release. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Pamela has a unique writing voice which never fails to entertain and capture my undivided attention. This story grabbed me right away and before I knew it, I was deeply engrossed in Emily’s life, all her ups and downs, laughing and crying, and cheering her on as she works double time on a murder case, while her personal life
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Ridgely
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hell to Pay, (What Doesn’t Kill You #7): An Emily Romantic Mystery, by Pamela Fagan Hutchins sprints out of the gate leaving the reader mesmerized by this story of Texas love and intrigue surrounding the murder and possible connection to a local religious sect. As the 70’s hit “Super Freak” plays in the background, we find main character Emily Bernal and Boss/Fiancé Jack Holden celebrating a recent court victory with client, Phil Escalante. Before another hit can hit the speakers, chaos ensues ...more
Meenakshi
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hell to Pay’ is the 7th book in the ‘What Does Not Kill You’ series. I downloaded a Kindle version of this book through the link sent by TheBookClub in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

The ‘Blurb’ blurts out the suspense to be unearthed across the pages and the burning cross on the book-cover heightens the suspense surrounding the blurb!

What I particularly loved about this book, is the characterisation. Be it Emily, Jack , Wallace or the other characters, each one’s role is definite an
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Kristine Hall
From the sighting of the face of Jesus in a quesadilla to the endearing lingo of the characters, this book is a blast of Texas fun. I jumped in on this 7th book in author Pamela Fagan Hutchins's What Doesn't Kill You series, which is the 3rd book featuring protagonist Emily, without having read any of the others. But oh, I will! It works fine as a stand-alone, but I want to know the backstories now.

The characters in Hell to Pay felt familiar, and it didn't take long for me to care about what was
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Deepali Joshi
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would not be lying if I said that I was hooked on to Hell to Pay from the first chapter itself. Half way through the book, I had already started thinking like Emily. Making the characters seem extremely lively and realistic is just one of the good things about Hell to Pay. I know I am going to pick up more from this author.

Emily, a bright paralegal, is almost in a picture perfect life. About to be married to her gorgeous boss, Jack and adopt a lovely girl, Betsy, she seems to have it all. But
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 Ashwini Gopalkrishnan
Book Review

Hell To Pay by Pamela Fagan Hutchins is a beautiful book to read .It is story Emily and her strength to win situations .The story starts with murder mystery and ends with Emily marrying .What I love about this book is that …Emily tries to find ways to resolve people ′s problem –(she very independent kind ) .

The author Pamela has written each and every emotion in a methodically manner which will make think or feel what next will happen in Emily′s life .Its very interesting to read !.
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Lata Sony
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The blurb is kind of misleading and doesn't do justice to the essentially romantic story that gets intense at times. Emily's yearning about the child she wants to adopt sounds very real so does her love for Jack. On the other hand, at places humor takes out the seriousness of the situation like at Abel's bow and arrow episode. This is not to say that the humor is not spot on at other places.

On the whole, the writing style is unique and often contrary to expectations.

Some descriptions sound unn
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Caren
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Made me laugh, made me cry. Great story!
Inderpreet Uppal
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
When you pick a book to read, which is the seventh book in a series you expect some trouble connecting the dots but not in this one. Hell To Pay works wonderfully and is so full of action, awkward situations, tantrums, suspense that we forget it is a book in a series.
Hell to pay is a standalone book in a series that kept me turning pages’ wondering when is Emily getting busted and on what issues. This book is a rollercoaster of reading as Jack becomes cryptic by the page and Emily goes ballistic
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Jenn
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Lone Star Literary Life.
Check out my other reviews at itsajennworld.blogspot.com

I absolutely loved Hell to Pay! I read Hell To Pay without having read the previous in the series and I was so afraid that I'd miss out on something. Luckily, Pamela gave me just enough to keep me informed as I read about Emily and her world. I quickly got sucked into who killed Dennis. All the while, there's all these other factors going on in Emily's life frustrating her and myself! She's
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Nibha
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
The book is seventh in the series of 'What Doesn't Kill You'. A reader might feel that starting with the seventh one would not be a good idea but if given a try, you won't feel it's the seven installment. As soon as you begin reading and are few chapter into the book, you are engrossed and it's hard to put the book down. Sure, initially everything feels our of place and takes time to bind the things together as if the reader has jumped directly in the middle of the story.
The story is woven with
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Terry Sykes-bradshaw
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
And finally there is --- Hell to Pay! In Pamela Fagan Hutchins third book in her Emily series we learn the answers to questions that have been plaguing us. And are treated to another tale of murder, mayhem and crazy zealots. It’s always fun to take a ride with Hutchins.
In Hell to Pay we meet up with many of the same characters we were introduced to in the first two Emily books – Earth to Emily and Heaven to Betsy. There is the always captivating and often exasperating Emily and her handsome lawy
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Nilima
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Review: Hell to Pay by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Rise & Shine ;) coz there is Hell to Pay to live this Life :D
I completed reading #HTP 3 days ago & the story still keeps running in my head. The phrases Emily uses for cuss words Son of a biscuit... Mother of pearl... Spit in well bucket... I was going ROFL with these :D :) It has crime, mystery, thrilling plots, horse riding + rodeo scenes, religion(extremist), love, court rooms, animals, sports, ... lot of things going on in this one bo
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Ken Oder
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hell to Pay caps the trilogy of the Emily Bernal series. The first two books are great, but this gripping story more than earns its spot on the same shelf with them. Written in the author's unique voice, the fast-paced, action-packed plot grabs you in the first paragraph and launches you on a wild ride through the deserts of New Mexico and West Texas to a satisfying, and truly grand, finale. Mystery and romance, humor and dramatic tension, loss and hope all ride with you along the way as comfort ...more
Judith Baxter
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Right from page one we are engulfed in the world of drama and murder. A client and friend is wrongfully accused of murder, a strange Davidian type sect involving child adoption is operating in the area, and Emily jumps head firs into the melee. Added to this is Emily's relationship with Jack her employer/fiancé, her concerns over the progress of her adoption plans for Betsy, and confusion reigns.
This is another great book in the Emily series. It's hard to put down once you start and I have recom
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What Doesn't Kill You (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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