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Ms. Calculation (Mystery Christmas) Mass Market Paperback – August 22, 2017
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About the Author
Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic.
When she's not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to hone her skills at various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her areas of expertise). She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.
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The plot development of the story lays heavily on the development of the relationship between Wyatt Fitzgerald and Gwen Johansen as they are trying to solve the puzzling recent crimes in Mystery, Montana.
The hurt from the past, the years being separated, the history between the two families, and the tragedies with the Johansen family are all hurdles Wyatt and Gwen have to resolve and learn to move forward from.
The little town of Montana has all the same problems that big cities, with domestic violence, alcoholism, cheating, and so on, but here the problems are highlighted as everyone knows each other, and the list of suspects is much shorter, people you interact daily with.
Both Wyatt and Gwen are likable, charismatic characters that were easy to like and relate to. The emotions they were battling with were raw and real, the attraction between them sizzling hot even after all the years apart.
The rural life with its challenges and demands was fascinating while realistic and sound. I enjoyed the author's voice, her way of telling the story, and weave the plot.
The mystery and crimes were sort of solved to a point - I'm hoping this will continue on to a more conclusive conclusion as the series continue.
Ms. Calculation had engaging storytelling, with intriguing criminal puzzles to be solved and compelling, tender romance to be enjoyed
~ Four Spoons
Gwen Johansen broke Wyatt’s heart back in school, and she’s never quite got over him. When they’re thrust together to try and find her sister’s killer, old sparks fly and she wonders if she made the right choice back then to end things. When the killer targets her mother and a friend from town, Gwen knows she and Wyatt are close to finding the killer. When the killer targets Gwen, Wyatt is prepared to drop everything he’s ever worked for to keep her safe, but will it be enough?
I really enjoyed this story. Gwen and Wyatt have a lot of chemistry, but old hurt feelings and the fear of being hurt again kept putting the stops on their newfound relationship. They both have family problems, especially Gwen with her mother, and trust issues when it comes to relationships. They’re both strong, stubborn characters and their personalities meshed.
For readers who like sweet but sensual stories, you should pick this one up. The language is clean and the sex is tame. There’s a plot line not tied up, but it carries over into the next book. This story ends with a HEA. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Danica Winters, for sending me a print copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.
Gwen and Wyatt were a hot item; until the death of Gwen's father at Wyatt's family's ranch. The resulting storm splits the lovers, driving Wyatt away. Now he's back in town, a sheriff's deputy who still wants her. When Gwen's sister is found murdered at Wyatt's family's ranch, the old feelings come back to haunt them as well as a killer. Is Gwen the next victim and will Wyatt be able to protect her and his heart?
Ms. Calculation is one of those books that you can just pick up and read. I enjoy reading mysteries, but I've never been comfortable having to think too hard about the plot and whodunit. I tend to be more of a cozy mystery type of person. And while not a cozy mystery, Ms. Calculation has enough of the elements of one to make it easy to read and very enjoyable.
The characters are well written and very believable. There's enough conflict to keep the story moving and the reader guessing. And of course the romance is great, very believable and real. It's a great read for the beach or a cold afternoon.
Rating: 4 stars
Gwen Johansen is floored when lawman Wyatt Fitzgerald shows up at her family ranch to make the notification that her sister is dead. Was it an accident, did she die naturally, was she murdered? At first the answers are up in the air as things appear different than they actually are, but Gwen will stop at nothing to find out the truth.
Wyatt was her high school sweetheart and they had a bright future planned before it all fell apart in the aftermath of one accident. He's never forgotten her, but she's never forgiven him. Will close proximity force them to confront the past and lay it to rest once and for all?
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