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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Nothing in life has ever come easy for the boy from the other side of the tracks.

A mother that left. A father that hit. A brother that protected.

They say everything happens for a reason.

Joss Hess has spent his entire life looking for that reason.

After nearly killing a man and barely avoiding prison, Joss finds himself sentenced to 18 months on Briscoe Ranch, where cert
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published July 29th 2019
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Aug 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-books
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Amanda Steward
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First time author

This was my first time reading this author and it won’t be my last!! I loved this story. When I found out she Ren was 17 almost 18 I wasn’t too sure how it would go. But I was so surprised. These two characters were so mature for their age. There is a lot of heartache on both sides. There was angst and it was a slow burn. I can’t wait to check out more from Kristi. This book is also on kindle unlimited.
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Nicole Patterson
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Such a great love story. Had great angst. Sexy as hell. Great characters.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an emotional rollar coaster. This story goes so emotionally deep, it will break your heart. Joss and Rens story is so tragic but so special and sweet. You will be so emotionally invested in this book within the first couple chapters.

Joss is no stranger to living life in hell and being rough on the edges. His childhood certainly did him no favors. With one action made during a tragic event, it cost him everything he had which was very little. He was given a second chance at freedom but he h
Karen Sedgman
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Convicted was an awesome read, about Joss & Ren! This story will suck you into their journey of sadness, heartbreak and happiness with some secrets on both sides! Fantastic ending! A must read!
Louise  O
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Convicted is a standalone story that is told from several POV’s that I lost count at 4; this story gives you raw emotion heartbreak and the purist of loves and I knew all of this by the end of chapter 7.

Joss is your ultimate bad boy; he has a record and doesn’t hesitate when someone he loves is put in the line of danger which leads him to an 18-month sentence on a farm. When he is pulled into the web that is the owner daughter Ren he can’t stay away; his protective side coming out in full force
CeeJay Daisy
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, let me say, Chase Ketron is one of the hottest book cover models, and I would have bought this book for that reason, alone....Kristi Pelton wrote the book, and I would have bought the book for that reason, alone....But I’m happy to say, the cherry on top of the sundae is that CONVICTED is a really good book!!♥️🌼🔥
This was a different book for me....It has a different storyline, and as many books as I read, that’s saying something...The cha
Renee Entress
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, sadness, secrets, and heartbreak.

This is Ren and Joss’s story. Joss have led a hard life. He almost killed a man and for that he is sent to Briscoe Ranch. He has to work hard for the next 18 month and clean up his act a little. If he fails, he will be sent to the pen. Ren is home on summer vacation. She hates the way Joss is with her, but she can’t get over the pull she has towards him. He’s a man that has not had love in his
Paige Gales
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joss’s little bird Ren sigh....

I absolutely loved Ren. She pushed Joss and brought him into her light. She refused to let him believe that he wasn’t worth the life she knew her deserved. This story is beautiful. It’s about the aftermath of abuse, letting others tear down your walls and help to heal your pain, a true testament that love really does conquer all. Joss is a strong, take no bullshit kind of guy, who will walk to the ends of the earth to protect REN and those he cares about. He’s a sh
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lately has been my good fortune to discover new authors to me with their stories call out to me. It turned out to be a deep emotional one that knows how to pull out all the stops. Joss and Ren are who you follow in this one as the one unfolds. It has its moments with it not having the normal patterns which make for good reading. It follows its own drummer as that saying goes. This is one that you will not be sad you picked up.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book. I stayed up all night to read and couldn’t put it down!

Full review to come
Jessica Roessler
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my very first book I have ever read by Author Kristi Pelton, &it certainly will not be my last!

Convicted is the story of a guy named Joss, and a girl named Ren. There isn't anything that Joss wouldn't do for his family, and because of that, he earned himself an 18 month stay on a farm instead of prison. There he meets the farmers daughter, Ren. The animosity between the two in the beginning is palpable, but as the story progresses, they get closer and closer, to the point where they both
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everything happens for a reason, hooked from this line! You have Joss who's your bad boy, but good intentions. He grew up troubled household with his brothers. He's dating Abby who he is very protective over. It's when an unexpected event lands Joss on a farm to work at. He is there to stay out of trouble but little did he know it would be his paradise. Temptation would appear and her name is Ren, she's the daughter to Mr. Briscoe who Joss works for.

Ren is dating Evan. I'm not a fan of him and
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a huge review person but after this book I knew I was going to do one.
I just finished reading this today. I sent two messages to the author at two different times saying.....WHAT .... JUST
HAPPENED! There were times I was roughing up my kindle where I thought the punches should have given out accordingly. Then to the smiles and sometimes tears with each page turned, where in my mind I was right with them.

This story about love and pain and grief for so many in this book to second chances w
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of Joss and Ren was a heartfelt love story. It seems so many of the books are the same thing rewritten by different authors. This book was different. It didn't fit the cookie cutter romance story that seems to happen more and more frequently. There were twist and turns that i didn't see coming and things that i thought were going to happen that didn't. I appreciate that unpredictability. It's funny. SAD. Well written. Braxton Hess-IJS :) ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joss and Ren (Bird)- loved them. loved the story. Joss was so broken. Seeing him open up and love again was beautifully written by Pelton. AND i'd love to read about Brax and Ella. Not sure if there is a series in the making but a Hess Bro series would be fantastic. ...more
Anne Mercier
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes. Kristi Pelton knocked me on my butt with this one! There's nothing better than when you feel like you're in the story with the characters, feeling what they're feeling. Nothing. KP delivers this and so much more! This is a book you don't want to miss! ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow what a story! Such hardship, such struggles, what a love!

Love Joss, what a man, and Ren, what a girl! Their love was swoon worthy!
This is a story about a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, literally. The story starts with the death of then girlfriend, Abby, who is tragically killed while in the trusted care of Joss. Joss has a criminal history, so he is sentenced to 18 months at Briscoe Ranch; ranch labor instead of a prison cell. Joss's home life has always been less than ideal, so he carries all those pains in his walls of protection. He arrives at the sprawling Texas ranch with amazement. He has never seen anything ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Convicted by Kristi Pelton is a standalone contemporary romance told in mostly dual POV between Joss and Ren, with an occasional chapter from secondary characters, this story is emotional, tragic, heartwarming, and sexy.

Joss witnesses the worst thing ever and in protection and reaction does something that has him facing jail time. A stroke of luck places him at a ranch to work off his time versus spending it behind prison walls. It's at the ranch that he meets Ren. The ranch owners daughter and
Susan Anderson
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Ms. Pelton. She has a new fan! Poor Joss - all he needed was someone to believe in him. Someone who cared. After the death of his girlfriend, Joss is sent to a rehab ranch. This is the first place he has felt safe. Enter Ren. She is the daughter of Cal, the owner of the ranch. Ren is someone who knows what she wants and that is Joss. Joss knows that he could lose everything if he gets involved with Ren. Joss tries to keep Ren at arms length, but the more time they spend ...more
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I was immediately intrigued the minute I read the blurb for this book. Then the cover came out and I was even more excited to read Convicted. This was a new-to-me author and I was looking forward to adding her to my TBR.

Unfortunately this book was one of those cases where the blurb is more exciting than the actual book. The beginning started out great. I liked the whole tortured hero vibe Joss had going on. But I absolutely hated the heroine. Not in a TSTL kind of way but she annoyed the crap o
Michelle Rene
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If ever you are looking for the ultimate second chance read, look no further than Convicted.

Joss Hess has been dealt one bad hand after another in life. When unforeseen tragedy strikes, another bad hand is dealt. As Lady Luck finally makes an appearance, Joss not only gets a second chance at life but at love as well.

Kristi Pelton does an amazing job at weaving tragedy and hope throughout the story. Convicted is a beautiful story of love, loss, and redemption that will have you hooked from page
Jenn Gable
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awww!!! This is like ultimate misunderstood badboy and good girl. But it was sweet. And the surprise near the end about Abby and Ren, that was amazing. I love how Joss and Ren's relationship started and how it built up. Love the push and pull of it. And the closeness of Joss with his brother and the life they had lived. (I had tears in my eyes at several different parts). ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great read

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the relationship between Joss and Ren. They both had pain in their pasts and found a connection between each other. The way their lives crossed paths and they didn't even know...or how no matter what they couldn't fight the destiny between them. I can't wait for Kristi's next book!
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hard life, violence, and heartbreak have been what Joss knows. He finally finds himself at Briscoe Ranch where he gets to serve out his sentence. He also finds Ren. Their relationship is complicated by mostly outside forces, plus the fact she is the ranch owner’s daughter. Very emotional.
Spunky N Sassy
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~~

Great Book

This book was action packed and fast paced. It was definitely worth the read. I was hooked from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down.
A.L. Mercier
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes. Kristi Pelton knocked me on my butt with this one! There's nothing better than when you feel like you're in the story with the characters, feeling what they're feeling. Nothing. KP delivers this and so much more! This is a book you don't want to miss! ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Besides Braxton, all the characters in this book annoyed me. The main characters were the worst with all their back and forth. Just didn’t like it.
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