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The Rivals (Bitter Creek #5)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  602 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews

New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston brings to life an unforgettable love story between two strong-willed people from different worlds in her thrilling new novel featuring the Blackthornes of Bitter Creek, Texas, and their formidable rivals, the Grayhawks of Wyoming.

Juggling single motherhood and her job as deputy sheriff of Teton County, Sarah Barndollar hasn
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Pocket Books (first published August 31st 2004)
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Glenda Kinard
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Each book into this series gets the reader more and more addicted. One cannot turn the pages fast enough to find out what the Blackthornes will be into or find themselves caught up in next. This time it's Drew DeWitt cousin to the Blackthorne guys from previous books in the series that steals the story. Wonderful story that grabs the reader and holds til the very last page. Never say what you will never do because that very well will be exactly what you end up doing!! Drew DeWitt can confirm tha ...more
Stephanie Jenkins ortiz cerrillo
Everytime I think this series can't get any better I read the next book in the series and find out differently. The Rivals is another great addition about the Blackthorne, Creed and Grayhawk family rivalries in the Bitter Creek series by Joan Johnston.

Deputy Sheriff Sarah Barndollar is working on two coldcases of missing young woman when a third disappears. This young lady is the illegitimate daughter of Clay Blackthorne and his highschool sweetheart Libby. The missing girl is the granddaughter
charmaine White
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better and better

I think I am going to end up reading as much of this series as I can right now. On to next Book
Tonya Lucas
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Rivals heats up the Bitter Creek series with a lightening turn of events. Joan Johnston knows how to write a story filled with greed, animosity, backstabbing murder, and deception. Among some hot and heavy sex and the adventure awaits the reader. So grab The Rivals and hold on for an explosive ride!!! 5 stars!!!!!
Amy Webster-Bo
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
really like the people in it and it was a really easy read, and a good story
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating: 3.95
Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 2.5 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 1.5 / Suspense: 3.5 // Laughter: 0 / Tears: 0

The Rivals: 3.95:
Found this book to be entertaining, intriguing, and enjoyable simply because Joan Johnston's storytelling style holds appeal. The lack of character development for the main hero and heroine was minimal, so the book was not as good as it could have been.

Hero: 2.0:
Drew DeWitt: The only reason a reader would know much about Drew was if they had read The Price first
Miss Kim
Nov 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Miss Kim by: continuation of a series
This is Drew DeWitt's story. He is a first cousin to the Blackthornes. I never warmed to him in the previous book, and I didn't really in this one either. He is a rich playboy who leaves the city to his ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to nurse a broken heart.

Sarah is a recent widow with three kids. She is a cop in the small town investigating the disappearance of a young woman. There is a lot of focus on her children--not one of my favorite things in a romance.

Somehow we are supposed to believe
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
The most glaring problem in this book is close to the beginning. Sarah is in her police vehicle headed to an accident site outside Jackson, WY. It's mentioned that she has a sticker that will take her through the gate of Glacier Natl. Park so she doesn't have to stop. That National Park is in northern Mt. Not WY. Big mistake that thru me right out of the zone in my reading. There are other parts that don't make logical sense too. Parts were exciting. The closure wasn't good at all. And we still ...more
Deputy Sheriff Sarah Barndollar finds herself emersed in turmoil as her husband has been missing for a year and a half, presumed dead, her three children are wanting more of her time, and playboy Drew DeWitt has set his eye on her. As if that weren't enough another girl has gone missing who happens to be from a prominent family and Drew is determined to help Sarah during the investigation.

I thought this was a good book, it had a couple separate plots going on though as Clay and Libby were a big
Mikaela  Bottaro
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Picked this up free at the library. It had a little too much "romance" in it for me. The mytery was somewhat intriguing which kept me reading to the end, but some of the characters were over-the-top in their perfectness and how fast things could happen...and I had to skip over several sex scenes... not my cup of tea.
Tonya Lucas
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Rivals heats up the Bitter Creek series with a lightening turn of events. Joan Johnston knows how to write a story filled with greed, animosity, backstabbing murder, and deception. Among some hot and heavy sex and the adventure awaits the reader. So grab The Rivals and hold on for an explosive ride!!! 5 stars!!!!!
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
First book I red from this author. Not bad, a bit confusing at times on who was who, but i also didn't know there were 4 books before this one. Gave it a 3 because I had to many questions at the end, no story line on why the people who kidnapped all the prior girls were ever really investigated or discussed. So no closure on many of the inner stories at the end of this book. That I didn't like.
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorites from this series. I found myself just reading to find out how it ended. And since one story line didn't come to an end, I will probably read the next one in the series. IF anything this was a good summer, no brain needed, read.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked the stories going on in this one. So interesting and inter-woven they just made sense. I'm grabbing the next one in the series. This series is addicting! Really loved reading more of Drew after getting to know him a little in The Price.
Judy Smith
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the second time I've read this series. This time I got to read it in order and all the books at the same time. A great read both times but I've enjoyed it much better this time around! I'm on the last book!
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ho-hum. Not much to rave about. Seemed like a filler, between the former and the latter books.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I really liked this book. It kept me interested especially towards the end she left cliff hangers at the end of each chapter and wouldn't answer them till the end.
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was Clays story but ended up Drews!
Trish Ruthven
Apr 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
don't waste your time
Jackie Simons
Read 3/08
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good quick story, It has energy and of course a love story. I really didn't figure out who was the culprit of the disappearences until the last couple of chapters. Good Book!
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This was more intense than the earlier books for some reason! Really liked that the sheriff's deputy in the book was a woman!
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: joan-johnston
This one is not my favorite of the series but it was okay. This story is about Drew DeWitt. I just did not care for him from the last book but he sorta redeems himself in this one.
Jan 19, 2010 rated it liked it
a quick easy read.
Mitsy Pickett
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Aug 18, 2015
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Joan Johnston (born Little Rock, Arkansas) is a best-selling American author of over forty contemporary and historical romance novels.

Johnston was the third of seven children born to an Air Force sergeant and his music-teacher wife. She received a B.A. in theatre arts from Jacksonville University in 1970, then earning an M.A. in theatre from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1971. She received
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