Thursday, October 20, 2016

THE WINTER SISTERS by by Joanne Jaytanie #PARANORMAL #ROMANTICSUSPENSE @joannejaytanie




Chasing Victory

SERIES (& Book #) – The Winters Sisters, Book 1
AUTHOR – Joanne Jaytanie
GENRE – Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
PUBLICATION DATE – July 31, 2016
LENGTH (#Pages/# Words) – pg- 322
PUBLISHER – Joanne Jaytanie

NOTE – Books must be read in order.

Everybody’s chasing Victory: a power-hungry scientist, a corrupt conglomerate, and her own government. 

Victory Winters is on the run. A world-renowned geneticist, her mission involves conquering disease and improving quality of life. But a co-worker has been murdered, putting Victory and her mission in danger. Chasing her are all sorts of men who want to recruit and control her, manipulating her genetic secrets and research for their own corrupt purposes. 

Naval officer Tristan Farraday is undercover investigating Biotec, a conglomerate that trumpets a better tomorrow in its bright, shiny annual reports. But Tristan’s bosses suspect that beneath Biotec’s carefully-managed exterior lies more than simple violations of a few experimental protocols. 

Farraday is following a trail of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. The trail leads him to Victory, who has been forced into Biotec’s world. Can Tristan chase down the truth and win the race for Victory? 



Excerpt:
Whenever Victory found herself in an enclosed space or in a crowd of people, she would often get the feeling of being watched. Over the years she realized, it was merely her ability to sense people’s emotions. Coupled with her sharper-than-average hearing and it could make anyone neurotic. Had she not taught herself years ago how to filter out the bombardment of noise and emotion which now encompassed her, she would have fallen to her knees from the deluge of sensations.
Victory felt a whisper of electricity run the length of her spine. She paused. She didn’t hear a specific conversation, and yet she could feel a conversation; this was new—what kind of sensation was this? Slowing her pace, she glanced around, and surveyed her surroundings.
People seemed to be going about their business, grooming dogs or talking with friends or studying the competition. For one brief instant, she saw the back of a massively built man with jet-black hair; her attention had been drawn to him. In the blink of an eye, he disappeared out the door.
“Geez, now I’m really getting jumpy,” she muttered to herself.

My Review:
When you start a new series, you never know what you’ll get and this one was no different. What I got was an interesting premise where genetics were the over-arcing storyline with the romance of Tristan and Victory as a bonus. If I were only planning on reading this series based on that, I might or might not have continued. However, when Tristan and Victory did get together, I totally needed a fan! Their sex scenes were open door so nothing too graphic but plenty of steam for this imaginative girl. ::grin:: 

I enjoyed the mixed narrative as well.  It helped me feel like I was getting inside the characters heads a little. While I took off points for it being so genetics heavy and Tristan and Victory falling in love perhaps a tad too quickly, I added one or two back because I got to add a whole bunch of cool new tech terms to my vocabulary.  So, if you like an interesting story that’s a quick and easy read and you are game to stick with it past this first book, I think you’ll be CHASING VICTORY and quickly fall in love with The Winter Sisters too.

****4 Stars****

I received a copy of this book from a tour promoter in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.

Payton’s Pursuit

SERIES (& Book #) – The Winters Sisters, Book 2
AUTHOR – Joanne Jaytanie
GENRE – Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
PUBLICATION DATE – July 31, 2016
LENGTH (#Pages/# Words) – pg- 344
PUBLISHER – Joanne Jaytanie



Payton Winters is thrust into the position of CEO of The Winters Corporation after the sudden death of her parents. Confronted with the knowledge she was born with special abilities, she finds herself in the dilemma of being a grounding force to people who possess psychic powers. She has unwillingly become the mental anchor to the one man she wants no part of, Collin McBain. While on a routine mission, Collin is drugged, tortured, and injected with wolf DNA. Now believed dead, he is secretly assigned to the Winters Campus. 

Faced with the reality that her life is based on half-truths, Payton is on a pursuit to uncover her mother’s scientific research. She desperately needs to understand why she and her two sisters were genetically altered before birth. Payton’s path to discovery is littered with danger as she finds herself embroiled in a world of secrets, lies, kidnapping, and murder. She struggles to understand the events of the past in order to cope with her future. Will Payton’s pursuit for the truth be her last?

Excerpt:

He understood the “all hands on deck,” for their team had a limited number of men, and every man had a job. He also figured Tristan wanted him somewhere where an eye could be kept on him. He appreciated the effort, but unfortunately it didn’t make a damn bit of difference. He felt hemmed in and uncomfortable. True, there was only one other person in the room, yet still he felt inundated by people, even if they were only images on a screen. Consequently, it took every bit of focus for him to keep himself together.
The last thing the sisters needed was for him to spiral into a fit of rage in the middle of their important event, ruining the gala and giving Payton one more reason to despise him. Why did it matter what she thought? From what he could see, Payton Winters was just one more spoiled rich girl, totally focused on business and making a profit, and he was their newest asset.
Try as he might, Collin found it more and more difficult to stay in control while being
immersed in people and their thoughts. Their emotions rolled off them and saturated his mind. At this rate, he would have to burrow himself into some deep dark hole or go insane.
He felt more and more agitated, as though his own skin suffocated him. The blackness of rage began to consume him, and he knew he would have to escape soon before he totally lost his grip on sanity and howled like a wolf.

My Review:

Well well well.  My how the p(l)ot thickens in Book 2, PAYTON’S PURSUIT.  I really enjoyed this book, more so than Book 1.  It is still heavy on genetics but you see Payton coming into her powers much more strongly this time. Joanne continues to use the mixed narrative that I enjoy and this book is just really well paced. Based solely on the blurb, you will never guess who Payton’s romantic interest is… and far be it from me to ruin your surprise!  I will say that when their passion heats up, it is just naughty enough…and the bedroom door is left open once again.  This is an exciting and fast read that I did from cover to cover in one sitting.  I can’t wait to see what happens in WILLOW’S DISCOVERY!

*****5 Stars*****


I received a copy of this book from a tour promoter in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.





Willow’s Discovery

SERIES (& Book #) – The Winters Sisters, Book 3
AUTHOR – Joanne Jaytanie
GENRE – Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
PUBLICATION DATE – October 6, 2015
LENGTH (#Pages/# Words) – pg- 362
PUBLISHER – Joanne Jaytanie


Willow's next discovery could get her killed. 

Willow Winters has been safely ensconced in London managing the international division of the Winters Corporation. But the vicious Kaleidoscope Group is relentless in its pursuit of the Winters sisters and their scientific breakthroughs. They've planted a mole in the company ranks, making Willow's paranormal abilities crucial in the search for the traitor. Unearthing this spy will expose Willow as a threat and put her squarely in the sights of the murderous Kaleidoscope Group. Wyatt Farraday is a military liaison to the Winters Corporation. Consumed with keeping Victory and Payton Winters alive, he's had no life of his own. Now the third triplet has returned home and his job just got exponentially harder. Willow outdoes her sisters in the hardheaded department. She's independent and can take care of herself and she doesn't need Wyatt to watch out for her. But Wyatt's determined to watch her in every way he can. 

Willow's Discovery is book three in The Winters Sisters series. Begin your adventure with Book One: Chasing Victory and Book Two: Payton's Pursuit. 

Excerpt:

“What do mean you read company email?”
“Sorry, I forgot how much happened when you were in England. I guess I figured Payton told you. Jack and your brilliant cyber department created a way for him and me to monitor company email. Strictly for security purposes, I assure you.”
“You’ve read every email I’ve sent to Payton and Victory?”
Now she lost every drop of color from her face. He should relish making her squirm; hell, she did it to him all the time. Only he felt terrible. What the hell is going on? he thought.
“They do have a way of making you chase your tail, don’t they bro?” Tristan popped into his head, his booming chuckle resonating though his mind.
“Beat it. I’ve got enough on my plate, trying to keep the peace with Willow. It’s like dancing through a field of land mines.” Wyatt shot back at his brother. Tristan laughed again and faded away.
“No, no. We can’t read your personal emails between the three of you. The way the program’s set up, the system flags employee names and certain words or phrases. Those emails come to our computers.”
“Thank the—” She stopped in mid-sentence.
“You were saying?” Now it was his turn to smirk at her, making her color rise again.
My Review:

WILLOW’S DISCOVERY is the third book in The Winter Sisters Series and it just keeps getting better and better.  The genetics are still an ongoing issue and part of the story plus we have now added a true global conspiracy.  But the girls and their stories are really at the heart of this well-written book.  The characters are strong and drive each part of the story effortlessly. The global conspiracy has added more drama and more excitement to every page.  Once I started reading the book, I was not about to put it down, it was that good.  And thankfully, I didn’t have to wait for the next book to be written either.  Corralling Kenzie has already hit the shelves!

*****5 Stars*****


I received a copy of this book from a tour promoter in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.



Corralling Kenzie
SERIES (& Book #) – The Winters Sisters, Book 4
AUTHOR – Joanne Jaytanie
GENRE – Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
PUBLICATION DATE –April 10, 2016
LENGTH (#Pages/# Words) – pg- 258
PUBLISHER – Joanne Jaytanie

Will Kenzie ever find peace and security inside the corrals of her ranch again?

Kenzie Vaughn is lucky to have a big-city, big-paycheck position. But her great job serves as nothing more than the path to her dream: a horse boarding and training ranch outside the big city. Kenzie is a horsewoman who loves Dobermans and peaceful country living. Now she’s found the perfect ranch, right next door to a lovely campus that houses the Winters Corporation. Her luck is holding, for the Corporation is run by the Winters’ sisters, wonderful women who could easily grow to become great friends.

One night her peace was shattered by a gunshot that wounded her horse, Boone. Good thing for Kenzie, Victory Winters is a veterinarian. Still the gunshot was no accident, and Kenzie’s past and the Winters’ present are dangerously intertwined. Kenzie is sucked into a vortex of rogue scientists who only want her for her DNA. Fortunately, the Winters Corporation can help. Even better, a Special Ops team member, Logan Mendoza, is assigned to watch her ranch. He isn’t interested in Kenzie’s DNA; he wants her for much more. Logan takes Kenzie’s personal security personally.

Will corralling Kenzie become Logan’s full-time mission?

Excerpt:

He backed out slowly, walked to the stairs, and listening carefully, crept up the stairs. The first room looked like an office, and it was a disaster. It seemed the intruder spent most of the time there. Logan couldn’t even walk into the room without stepping on something. He heard a soft creak and whipped around, gun aimed dead ahead. He held his body rigid and listened. A pop rang out, followed by a knocking sound. He ran out of the room and down the hall. As he got close to the doorway of the last room he was hit with a blast of frigid air.
In one smooth, swift motion he entered the room, scanning it wall-to-wall. The window stood wide open, the shade bouncing off the window. He stepped to one side as he approached the open window. Logan saw the boot print in the snow on the exterior window sill. He inhaled and stepped squarely in front of the open window. No one was there and there were no boot prints on the roof of the first floor. He looked out over the blanket of fresh snow and saw no signs of boot prints anywhere. Then he saw something at the far edge of the illuminated ground.
He jumped on to the roof and then down to the ground. He ran to find out what he’d seen. The intruder had landed on all fours on the snowy ground and disappeared into the night.
“What the hell?” he said as he walked in a circle, making sure he hadn’t missed any boot prints between there and the house.
My Review:
Oh my goodness!  I could fall in love with Kenzie myself.  Anyone who loves the country, horses and dogs is my kind of person.  And can I just say location, location, location!?! Location is everything in tying her into this interesting and exciting storyline as well.  Logan can come keep watch over me anytime. ;) While Kenzie sometimes gives him a shoulder as cold as the image on the cover, they actually have a fantastic chemistry between them and that smolder keeps things hoppin’.  Seriously, this book is action from the word Go!  I had planned to read just this book and while it would have been okay, I have gotten so much more out of reading all four books in order. I love Suspense-filled Romances and both Corralling Kenzie and the previous three books have that in spades.  So if that’s your type book, pick up a set and get to reading today!
*****5 Stars*****
I received a copy of this book from a tour promoter in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.

AUTHOR BIO

Joanne was born and raised in Sherburne, New York, a quaint village surrounded by dairy farms and rolling hills. From the moment she could read she wanted to explore the world. During her college years she slowly crept across the country, stopping along the way in Oklahoma, California, and finally Washington State, which she now proudly calls home. She lives with her husband and Dobermans, in their home located on the Olympic Peninsula with a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains.
Joanne writes romantic suspense, paranormal, supernatural suspense, and contemporary romance. She loves to submerge herself in the world of her characters, to live and breathe their lives and marvel at their decisions and predicaments. She enjoys a wide variety of books including paranormal, suspense, thriller, and of course romance.
Joanne is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America, (RWA), Kiss of Death, (KOD), Greater Seattle Romance Writers Chapter, (GSRWA), Sisters In Crime, and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, (FFPRWA). She served as President of Peninsula Romance Writers, which was Debbie Macomber’s home chapter.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you, Cowboy 'n Country for your awesome reviews of The Winters Sisters. I appreciate you supporting the book tour!

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful reviews and for participating in the tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

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