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JUSTIFIED DECEPTION PREQUEL: DANCING MOON RANCH SERIES Ruth's on a quest to find her daughter who was kidnapped five years before. Ruth's private investigator is all but certain that ranch owner, Matt Kincaid's, adopted daughter is Ruth's child. But even though Ruth lands the job as nanny to Matt's six-year-old daughter, she must tread carefully. Matt's the maverick in a pJUSTIFIED DECEPTION PREQUEL: DANCING MOON RANCH SERIES Ruth's on a quest to find her daughter who was kidnapped five years before. Ruth's private investigator is all but certain that ranch owner, Matt Kincaid's, adopted daughter is Ruth's child. But even though Ruth lands the job as nanny to Matt's six-year-old daughter, she must tread carefully. Matt's the maverick in a powerful family of lawyers and politicians and she can't predict what Matt or his family might do if the adoption's challenged. However, Ruth's carefully laid plans go awry when she finds herself falling in love with the man who might have stolen her child....

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ISBN : 11479118
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Number of Pages : 209 Pages
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Justified Deception Reviews

  • Chryssa
    2019-04-01 07:17

    This is a 3...no wait, a 4! NO!!!! a 2 in some lines? A 4 towards the end? ok...have a 3 at it!I 've decided to pick up this book despite my not being into westerns (too much sand, dirt and horse sh!t imo) and the mediocre/bad reviews I 've read about it. It had something that intrigued me and when this little kitty is curious about something.....Cheesy lines? Oh yeah! A lot and so sooooo funny! Macho cowboy walking and spreading Steve Wayne's attitude? You betcha! A nanny that wants to be prim and ends up the greatest c*ck tease? Ruth be thy name! ...and a 6 year-old objecting to women's greatest weapon against men's insane-in-the-brain genes? You will soon learn the power of boobies, my child!Ok, to be fair in the name of all great books out there this had all the elements I am allergic to as far as books are concerned! Add to this that there were times that some innuendos between the couple to be were exchanged at instances when the child was within possible hearing distance etc (I can certainly find multiple issues around if I dissect the story!) BUT I had so much fun reading this! I didn't get bored at all and it had me wanting to see how the story would develop! Besides, what's the use of a light reading book if not to cheer you up? There are times when such a fun little book with a touch of a little romance is what a reader wants! Live your Myth with a Cowboy!Coud it be that this has made me see westerns in a different light? Because I sure want to continue this series to see if the next books are equally fun....when the mood strikes me!

  • Carrie
    2019-04-11 11:58

    2.5*Grade CI'll admit upfront that I was pulled into the emotions in this short book. The author was successful getting across the dilemma facing both Ruth and Matt. And while Annie was a little precocious for a 6 year old, her character's actions were mostly age appropriate.What I couldn't buy about the book was the set-up. Ruth has come to Matt's Montana ranch in the guise of a nanny for his daughter in hopes that girl is actually her own daughter, who was kidnapped 4 years earlier. Ruth's PI told her "there was a good chance" Annie is her Beth. The problem is we are never told how or why the PI thinks Annie is Beth. There is no evidence presented. In fact, when Ruth arrives, she's not even sure Annie is adopted! Ruth also didn't know if Annie even looked like her daughter. (view spoiler)[At the end of the book they are trying to figure out who the kidnappers/baby-sellers were, so obviously the PI hadn't use that angle of investigation. (hide spoiler)]Then there was Matt's assertion that no one could take Annie away from him. He claims his brother,a custody attorney, and other powerful family members would make sure of it. That doesn't ring true. No court in the land would rule against Ruth if Annie is actually her kidnapped daughter. This isn't a matter of a birth mother changing her mind, this is the loving mother of a kidnapped child. Ruth's fear that Matt could run with Annie was valid, and I understood her caution there. This book has a lot of promise and delivers on some of it. There is genuine angst. But the character development is too shallow, especially for Matt, and the premise is too unbelievable.

  • Pam H
    2019-04-22 12:18

    I read this book when it first came out but now I am reading the whole series and wanted to remember the characters as they will come into the story in book 7 of the Dancing Moon Ranch series. Ruth's daughter was kidnapped at the age of 2 and she has been looking for her ever since. Her PI believes she is the daughter of Matt Kincaid living on the Kincaid ranch. Ruth gets hired on as the nanny which allows her to snoop around and see if Annie is really her Beth. A few flimsy details - Matt was paranoid that someone would come along and take Annie away yet he hired Ruth on the spot with no background check. Ruth's PI should have been able to uncover more of the details of the Kincaid, Matt and his ex-wife who was living with him when Annie was adopted. Regardless, I enjoyed the book and look forward to seeing how they are brought into the Dancing Moon crowd

  • Faith Williams
    2019-03-28 11:03

    Justified Deception was an interesting twist on the traditional boy-meets-girl, obstacle-gets-in-the-way, obstacle-gets-removed storyline. Ruth’s struggle with the kidnapping of her two year old daughter would certainly be a difficult situation for any woman and I was impressed with her determination to find her daughter at any cost. It was nice to see that her heart wasn’t too hardened by the way the father of her child treated her and by the experience of overwhelming grief and heartache the kidnapping would have caused her. Matt was a great foil for her; and I suspect he never seriously considered he’d fall in love again (or for the first time, if his reaction to his ex-wife is anything to go by). It was a touching story to read these two people fall in love and truly become a family, both in the legal and practical sense.

  • LadyCalico
    2019-04-26 05:55

    There were a lot of things about this book that just didn't make sense and the story line sending "Ruth" to the Kincaid ranch was really awkward and contrived, but thereafter the writing improved greatly. If you turn off all thought processes and reality contact and know absolutely nothing about law enforcement so that accuracy and realism don't matter then this was a really enjoyable and engrossing book. The ending seemed rushed and unrealistic as well, as if Ruth/Jennifer had suddenly developed bipolar mood swings. I sound like I didn't like this book, but for some reason I really did and couldn't put it down until it was finished. It just needs more polishing to become a gem.

  • Pam
    2019-04-08 13:12

    I wanted to give this four but almost near the end I felt the book just fell apart. I did not like the ending. it did not work for me. the heroine I came to.admire would not have agreed so readily. it was if the author was unsure how to reach closure and took an easy way to end just marry. However I really liked the story and the heroine is awesome a strong woman who took a risk. the hero was a sweet loving cowboy. I think more.about his relationship with his family would have fit. I will.consider the rest series just to see who Annie marries.

  • S.E. Nelson
    2019-04-03 12:54

    This is one of my favorite romance stories this year. I absolutely loved the concept and the story-telling. The development of the romance between Ruth and Matt, and the relationship between Ruth and Annie was appropriate - not too fast and not too slow. I was caught up in the story from beginning to end. Even with a few errors and some shifting POV, I would highly recommend this story. Well done.

  • Deb
    2019-04-12 10:07

    Beautiful love story xoxoxoWon't want to miss it

  • Michelle
    2019-04-20 13:04

    Good bookYou people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so.Shelley MA

  • Lila
    2019-03-27 13:20

    This was an intriguing story about biological and adoptive parents. The setting on a ranch gave many insights to remote living and enjoying those you work with.

  • Jo-Anne
    2019-04-04 06:02

    Ruth is a single mom who has been searching for her kidnapped daughter for 4 years. She would now be 6 years old and could be anywhere in the world. Ruth hired a private investigator who had tracked her to Matt Kincaid who owns Kindaid Ranch. Ruth applied for the job of nanny and got hired. She is thrilled to finally be able to get close enough to the little girl to figure out if she really is her missing daughter.I liked this book right from the start. It did slow down toward the middle but had a really good ending - though unbelievable. I liked the romance between Ruth and Matt. Ruth tried to keep her distance because she planned on taking Annie away with her if she turned out to be her daughter and she knew Matt would suffer.I really liked the characters Matt and Ruth. Annie was a bit of a brat but that added interest to the story. Ruth had thought of nothing else except finding her daughter for the past 4 years so she looked terrible. Matt's first impression of Ruth was that she was a plain, mousy woman which is just what he wanted in a nanny. He is divorced now but his ranch and daughter are the most important things in his life. He doesn't have any idea that Ruth is not a real nanny and had such a tragic secret. Justified Deception had an intriguing story line starting with a young child being kidnapped and her mother searching for her for years. I did find that part amazing. Ruth learning to ride, as well as she apparently did, in one day is not possible so it made me question other events in the book. But I did enjoy it and recommend it.

  • Sara
    2019-04-02 13:09

    The plot description was ingenious, but the writing unfortunately didn't live up to it. The story wasn't terribly short but it still seemed rushed, and there were typos and grammatical mistakes all over the place. What's-his-face (see, I can't even remember the hero's name two days after I read the book) didn't have much development at all, although Ruth-Jenny (for some reason the author never referred to the heroine by her real name even in narration, and Ruth-Jenny had absolutely no trouble remembering her assumed name, with no explanation as to why this was no trouble for her) was more relatable and we learned more about her over the course of the story.All in all, not bad but probably not worth reading unless you're desperate for a romance novel and have a kindle. I shouldn't have expected more than that from a free Amazon download. (Although, to give it some credit, it was way better than the horrors it could have been. It wasn't particularly painful to read, or anything. Probably 2-1/2 stars or 2-3/4 stars.)

  • Joy
    2019-04-14 11:59

    Up front, I only read the teaser at the end of Adversaries and Lovers and I won’t be buying Justified Deception any time soon.Most of the time, I will suspend disbelief if the premise is good enough. Truth be told I can be convinced to believe almost anything. But seriously.A mother who cannot recognise her own child in such a short space of time? Beth was twenty months old when she was babynapped and she’s now six when Ruth sets eyes again on the child she suspects is her daughter. How on earth is it even remotely possible that a mother cannot instantly recognise her own genetic mould in such a few short years? Was she blind? Had she not gazed at her miniature self for twenty months and seen similarities or indeed differences subtle or otherwise that only a mother can truly see? My son was barely a year old when his father snatched him and ran. Long story short I wouldn’t see him again until he was eight but his face though rounded out I recognised immediately even in a crowded school. So it’s too difficult to suspend disbelief for this reader at least.

  • Sue Parker
    2019-04-16 12:14

    A mother never gives up hope that she will find her missing child. Ruth thinks she has found her daughter and is now going to be her nanny. Hopefully she can get a DNA test done in secret to be sure. Matt is divorced but he has his ranch and his adopted daughter. He doesn't suspect that his new nanny has such a tragic past nor that his daughter might just be hers. Matt takes a liking to Ruth but she is hesitant to start a relationship because she knows if she takes her daughter away from Matt he would never forgive her. Annie is a little spitfire and I love the antics she gets into. Really enjoyed this story.

  • Sheena Breland
    2019-04-08 08:17

    Justified DeceptionI believe this story was indeed a deception. Justified, not so much. I felt like this story took place in a span of all of two weeks. The storyline was just not realistic at all. I skimmed through the majority of the story, their was a lot of flirtation and romance but the portion about Annie/Beth and her adoption/kidnapping was extremely rushed. I think the story would have progressed better had they focused solely on making it a love story or a story about a mother's quest to find her child. Trying to force the two together left a disjointed stories and a lot of unanswered questions.

  • Will Decker
    2019-04-09 06:06

    Although the story turned predictable shortly after it began, it was a good read with a different plot twist from what you normally find in a romance. Great character development.They came to life and were very believable. I especially liked that it had an eastern Oregon setting that the author was very intimate with. There were a few sentence structure issues and grammar miscues, but nothing that distracted from the story. I probably would have given it another star if not for the simplified ending. Things came together too conveniently, almost as if the author got impatient to move on to the next story in the series and simply wanted to wrap this one up.

  • Laura
    2019-04-01 06:19

    I skipped about 3 quarters of this book.. I don't know what I disliked most, but I guess a bit of everything: the characters, the dialogue, the lack of empathy with the situations, the boring descriptions ... the little girl that acted like a teenager and an old lady at the same time... The mushy ending that was out of character for all involved ... Too much tell and not much show ...I won't go on with the series but I'd try something else from this author.Not right away, thou'...

  • Gmc
    2019-03-29 06:59

    Justified Deception by Patricia WattersPREQUEL: DANCING MOON RANCH SERIES Issues raised in this story kidnapping, black market children, adoption, parental rights, adoptive parental rights. What is really best for this child?Ruth Crawford's on a quest to find her daughter, who was kidnapped four years before. Ruth's private investigator is all but certain that ranch owner, Matt Kincaid's, adopted daughter, Annie, is Ruth's own little Beth.

  • Tina Ullrich
    2019-03-26 13:57

    Lost and foundIs it impossible to get your lost life back, here is a great heartfelt story of the answer being YES. I was riveted by this story and had a hard time putting it down to work. The plot is well thought out and is a very real occurrence in today's world. You DON'T. See endings like this happen in but it was a very hard fought way to reach this ending that gives everyone what is needed. You won't regret reading or enjoying this book.

  • Tessie
    2019-03-31 06:01

    Believability for this one was really hard for me. Ruth's private investigator finds a lead on her missing daughter and SHE goes to check it out. Not the private investigator, not the police, not a lawyer, SHE goes under-cover as the girl's nanny and falls in love with the dad. Hardly ever was the girl a priority for her despite her claims she was. I just couldn't like any of the characters' personalities and actions either, including the daughter.

  • Karysa Faire
    2019-04-20 13:03

    A quick read I enjoyed. The writing was solid and the romance believable, though the premise was a stretch. The only reason I rated it a 3 instead of a 4 (it really is a 3.5 for me) is because there was absolutely no description of s-e-x. It's absolutely a sweet romance which neither the cover nor the description say.

  • Anita Japp
    2019-04-01 12:54

    Well written and engaging story.Heart wrenching topic well told. Predictable, but a good read. Wrap up was too short with out a satisfying explanation of who did the crime and why but the storyline was solid and clear otherwise. This lack does not really hurt the story but I have to take away one star because of it.

  • Stephen Ashley
    2019-04-06 06:18

    Oh My......My Heart is Beating Fast.This is a wonderful and yet tragic story that begins a kick butt series! I have cheated. I have read books one thru nine already, and have now finished the 'prequel'. I was entertained to say the least. Patricia kept me reading for all this time, and some days was on the edge of my chair pa.ting to the end of a story. Bravo Mrs. Watters!

  • Sherry
    2019-04-16 08:14

    This was a very good idea. It just didn't work for me. We hear Matt's POV on things at times. But, not on the important stuff. So when he said the important things I didn't believe him. He was just saying a bunch of words.

  • Shonnie
    2019-04-01 13:17

    This was a quick and easy read. Because it was quick and easy, the things I didn't like I choose not to dwell on (such as romance during a traumatic situation although the author wraps it with a pretty bow).

  • Joni
    2019-04-23 09:54

    Romantic mystery with a twist -- single mom has her child snatched. Now throw in a handsome divorced dad who definitely loves his adopted daughter, a ranch with wide open spaces--ah, it would be nice if life would always end happily ever after. A nice entertaining read.

  • Mrs. Garen L. Herd
    2019-04-25 07:10

    Good readThis book is really good. The hero is clueless about raising a little girl, so enter the nanny with an agenda.......is the little girl her stolen child? Then there is the very strong sexual attraction between hero and heroine. Funny, sad, sexy. Highly recommend.

  • Mei
    2019-04-04 09:09

    This one snuck up on me! Matt, Ruth and Annie had me at hello! I was pulling for Ruth all the way and hoped there would be a believable "happy" ending. This was a quick read and wasn't a drawn out boring romance like many others I've read so far this year. It was...refreshing.

  • Becky Pierce
    2019-04-03 08:02

    This was an outstanding story of how something bad turned into something beautiful. The twists in the story make you not want to put it down so you can find out what is going to happen! Great read.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-12 12:55

    Not my usual read & not a dirty romance like the cover suggests. .... (A free amazon kindle book I think?)...but kept me entertained & I read it in a couple days.