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No one said going home would be easy...Black sheep and all around trouble maker, Betty Jo Barker is back home and hoping for a do-over. Things are finally looking up until Beau Simon comes to town. The man pushes every button she owns and manages to awaken long dead emotions she'd rather leave buried. Beneath the surface she knows she's a wreck--her scars run deep--and sheNo one said going home would be easy...Black sheep and all around trouble maker, Betty Jo Barker is back home and hoping for a do-over. Things are finally looking up until Beau Simon comes to town. The man pushes every button she owns and manages to awaken long dead emotions she'd rather leave buried. Beneath the surface she knows she's a wreck--her scars run deep--and she can't help but wonder, is Beau Simon the one who can fix her? Beau Simon, the brightest star in Hollywood has come to New Waterford for one reason only. He's determined to have Betty Jo Barker star in his next film. He knows she's perfect for the part, but a past encounter might prove more than a little difficult to overcome. As Beau turns on the charm, hoping to win over this complicated woman, he realizes it won't be easy.Only time will tell if what lies beneath can ever be overcome. Or if love can heal all......

Title : Conceal
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ISBN : 9780988138551
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Number of Pages : 245 Pages
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Conceal Reviews

  • Staci Curtis
    2019-05-28 20:51

    This book has been a very emotional read for me. I have really enjoyed all three of The Barker Sister books but I have to admit that I was not a fan of Betty-Jo in the first two books, she was so hateful and angry that I thought someone really need to beat her down a notch...well I learned a thing or two in this book. Her story broke my heart and she ended up being my favorite sister. I started to suspect what happened in her past but it still didn't stop me from being knocked on my butt when my suspicions were confirmed. Very very heartbreaking. This book reminded me that we don't know what history each of us have and that we should never, I mean NEVER, judge a person or think that we know someone we just meet. Sometimes the hateful and angry people we meet need someone to believe in them or just give them a chance.This book stuck with me hours after I read it and that doesn't happen often. Read all of the Barker Sister books because they are wonderful but really prepare for this one...it is an emotional ride that will make you cry and make you want to give up reading because the pain is too real and heartbreaking but keep reading cause the ending is well worth it.

  • Alison
    2019-06-09 01:29

    Does anyone know when this will be available ?

  • Amy
    2019-05-28 00:51

    Such a tortured heroine in Betty. *wiping away a tear* When reading romance, we are used to meeting tortured heroes with pasts, memories, and deeds that haunt them and turn their hearts cold until the right woman comes along to save them. Well, in CONCEAL by Juliana Stone, it’s not a tortured hero that brings our emotions to a crest, and tugs at our heartstrings, making us wish we could do something to ease the pain. No, in this final book of the Barker Triplets trilogy, it’s a tortured, haunted, and severely damaged young woman by the name of Betty Jo Barker. She carries the memory of a night that keeps her from opening her heart, and her soul, to real happiness, real love, and even the love of her family. Even before reading CONCEAL, I suspected that Betty carried some deep buried burden but it didn’t lessen the pain I felt for this young woman when I learned what it was. No spoilers here. You’ll have to read CONCEAL for yourself to learn what happens and how Beau wins her over. CONCEAL by Juliana Stone is an emotional and somewhat darker addition to the Barker Triplet series, but I wouldn’t want it any other way since this is Betty’s story. Juliana lightens the darkness by introducing us to some new characters that will surely pique your interest as they have mine. I was very happy to learn that the Simon brothers will be revisited in Juliana’s next series, The Family Simon series with Tucker Simon’s story coming this Fall. WooHoo! You are going to love Tucker Simon. I already do.Whereas, I can’t say that CONCEAL by Juliana Stone is my favorite of the Barker Triplet series - COLLIDE featuring the sexy and unforgettable Shane Gallagher is still my most favorite - but I can say that I have no regrets regarding this one. I knew that Betty was harsh, angry, and unhappy but her story is no less poignant than her sisters’ stories. All three girls had something from their past they each kept hidden, that continued to haunt them, and that eventually is revealed. Betty’s secret is the most damaging, the most hurtful, and the most painful, yet she has the strength to finally reveal it to the two people she knew it would hurt the most. Together these resilient and loving sisters come together and help each other heal. That’s what makes the Barker Triplets series so special and why CONCEAL by Juliana Stone might just be her most incredible and most heartrending of the trilogy. I highly recommend CONCEAL by Juliana Stone to anyone who has ever known heartache, a friend in need, and understands the real healing power of love and compassion. If you’ve read the first three, reading the third is an absolute must to truly understand the Barker Triplets and their men. If you haven’t read this incredible series yet, I can only ask you this – why not? ***Own this one, will reread many times! : )

  • Neetu
    2019-06-12 22:48

    The best book in this trilogy. The character of the female protagonist, Betty Jo, is extremely well written. I started off hating her but as I turned each page, her true nature was revealed bit by bit, and I can't help but fall in love with her. A character full of angst, despair, hope and love. I cried so many times while reading this book. The way Betty Jo dealt with the experiences in her life is very relatable and true. Loved the way she bloomed and came out of the horrific event. It's true... never judge a book by its cover. She put up a brave front and kept her true nature hidden so as to avoid being hurt. But like everyone else, she has feelings. Which is why Betty Jo Barker will be remembered by me all my life. This book is a tribute to all the women who have gone through hell and back.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-15 19:44

    Wow...just,wow. My heart ached for Betty in the earlier books, but this book broke my heart. So much pain, hurt, and anger is covered up with crazy behavior. She tried to numb herself from the effects of a painful past. I loved that the ending was full of hope and promise.

  • Maria
    2019-06-06 21:28

    Very nice serie. Loved the characters. Keep thinking of Matt... I would like to know his development and what happended to him. Are you with me?

  • Nikki Brandyberry
    2019-06-27 21:31

    I knew two books ago I would love Conceal when Ms. Stone finally wrote it. I’ve been patiently waiting for Betty Jo’s heartbreaking story because I knew it couldn’t be anything less. She had way too much bottled up, often pissed off, emotion seeping out of her at every turn. Her striking outward beauty could only be masking the turmoil she felt especially once she came back to her hometown penniless and trying to climb out of the hell that had become her life.Years ago Betty fled her home and nearly cut all ties with her two sisters, father and grandfather. She was painted as a whore, a drug addict and trouble you wanted nothing to do with. A huge difference from her sports star sister and her sweet, buttoned up sister. She made a name for herself as a model and eventually a budding actress but drugs, alcohol and reckless behavior ruined everything and she found herself heading home once more. This time she found her sisters struggling to take care of their ailing father who had Alzheimers. Living in a small town everyone knew of her rise and subsequent fall from stardom and while most everyone had her best interests at heart, Betty Jo fought them with a nasty attitude and hard exterior.Beau was one of the many reasons her career ended and when he shows up in town she figures he’s just there to stir up trouble. He wants Betty for a part in a movie he’s wrote and he wan’t take no for an answer…even though that’s what she keeps telling him. He knows becoming involved with her can’t lead anywhere good but he’s desperate to crack her tough exterior, even if what is underneath is more complicated and jaded then he ever expected.I loved everything about this book! Betty Jo and Beau were sheer perfection together! Beau’s good intentions when coming into town to enlist Betty Jo for his movie were quickly eclipsed by his need to find out more about why Betty Jo is the way she is. She obviously feels some guilt in not being there more for her sisters in caring for their father, even if he only remembers her as the troubled teen she was and treats her horribly. She’s also extremely troubled about her relationship with her one sister, Billie, and no one but her knows why that is. Betty alternates between hating her family and fiercely defending them when needed. Beau makes it his mission to uncover all her secrets but in the process realizes that the growing feelings for her are bound to be a problem both personally and professionally. He sees something in her that no one else has ever seen. He sees her for who she is, not who she shows the world. Something that completely scares Betty Jo and excites her at the same time. She craves that emotional connection that she sees so many other people enjoying with the ones they love but ultimately feels like she’s not good enough to have happiness of her own.Juliana Stone is one of my favorite authors for a reason. She’s a master storyteller, each books characters emit real emotions that hook me and she usually makes me cry. You’d think crying would be bad because I’m a really ugly crier but it means she makes me feel. Her work is always all consuming and at the end I feel wrung out. Stone will continue to be on the top of my list and Conceal is definitely now one of my favorites!I give Conceal by Juliana Stone 5 stars! READ THIS SERIES!

  • Mandi Schreiner
    2019-06-27 01:51

    I’ve enjoyed this trilogy by Juliana Stone, and have been waiting to see how the author would handle the wild sister, Betty Jo. Betty isn’t that old and has already had a rough life. Once a popular model and dipping her toes into acting, she is now back in her hometown working as a bartender. Her fall from grace took many hits. She drank too much, did too many drugs, received a bad reputation for sleeping around. Whether that is deserved or not, it is firmly planted in the minds of the town and her family. Betty has a bad attitude, and lashes out to everyone around her. Her attitude gets even darker when Beau Simmons strolls into town.Movie star hottie Beau has a messy history with Betty that you will discover as you read this book. Besides the drama, Beau knows Betty can act, and can act quite well, and he wants her in his next movie. But breaking down Betty’s bad attitude to actually get her to listen to his proposition is going to be much harder for Beau to do than he thought.Betty is a very cold, angry character, and she worked quite well for me. There are reasons she has so much anger inside of her and you will eventually discover them. I think she worked well for me because the author doesn’t hold back. Betty says hurtful things to people. People (the town and her family) say hurtful things back to her. There is nastiness and the author made it feel realistic and sad. Betty has cleaned up her life, but she still needs to work on letting go of the past, something she isn’t ready to do. She is jealous of her sisters who are in love, she feels trapped by a dad who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and stuck in a town with bad memories.Beau has had a privileged life according to Betty. Baseball star turned actor, he can’t do wrong. Because he has a past history with Betty, his willingness and patience to help her worked for me. She lashes out, but he takes it and keeps trying to work his way into her darkness. My niggles with this book would be – it was hard to picture Betty as a once former model and a future actress. It was also hard for me to look past the small town setting and see Betty doing something else.I’ve enjoyed this series and I believe Beau’s brother Tucker (who I adore) is kicking off a new series coming out later this year.Rating: B

  • Talk Supe
    2019-06-19 22:43

    I was just about to mention that I hope JStone makes a spin-off about the Simon's. My prayers have been answered long before I asked! Can't wait to read The Simon Family's series, those brothers are mighty interesting.==============================Braine's Talk Supe reviewI loved how the series wrapped up with Betty's story. Hers is probably the most difficult to read not because of the writing or anything but because Betty's path to rediscovering herself is long and hard because Betty's stubborn as an ox and has too much pride in her to bow down and admit defeat gracefully. And though her story still remains "formula", JStone still managed to give us a wonderful love story with solid HEA's, not just Betty's but her other two sisters as well. I enjoyed the dynamincs of the triplets' sisterhood and each of their struggles and sibling rivalries. Bottomline, if you like classic, lighthearted, romantic love stories, add Juliana Stone to your repertoire, she'll make you feeling giddy with her couples and I promise she won't disappoint.

  • Michele
    2019-06-27 01:47

    I love The Barker Triplets series! I read the first two and really enjoyed them and this one was no exception. I was unclear as to how the author was going to redeem Betty Jo in my eyes because she was pretty damn unlikeable in the first two books, but I have to say, she did it. While I didn't end up loving Betty Jo, after reading this book I can honestly say that I understand why she was the way she was and ended up at least liking her. As with the first two, the hero in Conceal, was smoking hot. Like seriously. After Logan I thought, she cannot top him, but she did. With Shane. And after Shane I thought, no way can she top super sexy, bad boy Shane, but again she managed to do just that with Beau. He melted my heart =)There was the expected super strong chemistry between the Hero and Heroine here and some majorly hot sexy-time too =). Loved getting to see the rest of the Barkers again as well. Am wondering and seriously hoping that the author continues with this series. I NEED a story about Matt!!! This was a really great book. I highly recommend this series.

  • Mikayla DiNatale
    2019-06-13 00:48

    Final MatchBetty Barker crashes into the love of her life one morning, literally. Betty is known for trouble and to be the easy triplet, but as she is trying to turn her life around trouble comes crashing into her again. Beau Simon, the only man she ever connected with, was in town and rammed right into her car. She hated just the thought of him. Beau was the guy who had stole her heart for the night then stomped it on the ground. He was in town for a new motorcycle, and Betty. He had just wanted her for a movie, but it is never that easy when it comes to Betty. She is the most complicated person you will ever meet and Beau gets pulled into a pool of confusion. At first he just felt bad for what he did years ago, but the more he is around Betty the more he wants to protect and claim her as his. It was so easy for her to push his buttons, erything this woman did unleashed such an anger in him. Betty tried so hard to protect herself from this monster who had crushed her heart once before, but can she do it?

  • Carla Cabrera
    2019-06-21 19:22

    This is my fave book of the series. There is some history that is brought to light in this book that I did not see coming but found that it really added an emotional impact. Betty-Jo had past experiences that let her to feel the way she does and react to certain people in the way she does. From the experiences you start to understand why she is the way she is. The relationship between her and Beau is healing for both of them. This is a great book that I highly recommend reading as a part of the full series. Although I think you could read it as a standalone, the impact won’t be the same if you don’t follow the series. This is a must read again for me.

  • Laura Rutherford
    2019-06-10 22:38

    The 3rd and final book in the Barker triplets trilogy was as good as I'd hoped. Finally got to see what makes Betty tick and how she overcame some of her demons. Beau was a great match for her. Bobbi's story is still my fave of the series but this one didn't disappoint. There are so many NA novels out that follow such a cookie cutter pattern that it's boring and frustrating but Juliana Stone managed to make these books fun and memorable. The female characters are strong and independent instead of the shy timid characters that are a dime a dozen nowadays. I will be reading whatever she puts out!

  • Jemeka Edwards
    2019-06-07 00:50

    Wonderful story, and a great end to the series! Looking forward to her new series & Tucker's story. I would really love a story for Matt as well (hint hint) it should be told.I have absolutely enjoyed The Barker Triplets series! Can't wait for more books by Juliana Stone :-)

  • Sunja
    2019-06-12 19:38

    I enjoyed all 3 books in this series but this was my least favorite. My only bad comment about these books would be all the grammar and spelling mistakes. She needs a new editor!

  • Clare
    2019-06-21 21:32

    Loved this book! Can’t wait to see more of the characters in the spin off

  • Victoria
    2019-06-25 02:31

    It is a great book to read

  • ♥Jamie
    2019-06-22 03:38

    The third and final book in The Barker Triplets, Conceal knocked me on my but and glued to my Nook for hours. Conceal is about facing demons, finding oneself and love, and the bond of sisters.Summary:Betty-Jo Barker has been home in New Waterford for several months, now, and it's the same as it's always been. She's always been the black sheep of the triplets, the one always up for a party, the one that would do anything, and the one that opens her legs to anyone. But Betty-Jo knows deep down who she is and she's sick of everyone thinking the worst when they don't know anything about her. Nothing that matters anyway. Sure she plays up her sex kitten side, but that doesn't mean that's who she is or ever wanted to be. She would do anything to get out of town and fly somewhere exotic, but her modeling career is in the toilet, her acting career stalled before it started, and without money, she has no where else to go. On top of that, she fights a daily battle trying to keep the blackness at bay and her demons caged. With the exception of her father's debilitating illness, things are finally starting to look up for her until the man responsible for her downfall rolls into town. Beau Simon is Hollywood's Golden Boy, and that's not even from the famous Simon last name. Beau is a star and there's only one reason he's trudged all the way out to New Waterford, Michigan. Betty-Jo Barker. Beau is well aware that Betty-Jo is known as a junkie model has-been, but he needs her for a movie. His movie. The role could have been written for her, it's so perfect, but their difficult past history isn't exactly conducive to getting Betty-Jo on his side. Too bad for Betty-Jo that Beau Simon is used to getting what he wants, and he's willing to do a lot to get it. Betty-Jo can't believe the man who used her so crudely is in her town turning up the charm. He wants something, but whatever it is, can't be trusted. As Beau settles into the small town and witnesses the Barker triplet experience, he's prepared to charm his way into Betty-Jo's good graces to get what he wants. Quickly, he understands that his mission will be a lot harder than he first thought, if possible at all, because Betty-Jo is an incredibly complicated woman. She has hidden depths that no one has ever bothered to mine, and secrets that threaten to spew forth such blackness as to blot out the sun. With emotions long buried rising to the surface Betty-Jo will hired all of her strength to face her past, her sisters, and the man she's becoming to care about way too much. Can she overcome her tragic history and the resulting behavior she fell into while rebounding with her sisters? Only time will tell if love and Beau Simon can heal what once was broken.I will be the first to tell you that I hated Betty-Jo in the previous two books. Couldn't stand her, but I couldn't not read her book, especially after reading The Family Simon series first and loving her. I had to find out what made her tick, what she was hiding, and how a woman could change so much. Betty-Jo was a grade-A bitch. Not gonna lie. Lol. But she was so incredibly broken, shattered, and not nearly as strong as what she projected. Everyone snickered at her acting aspirations, but in reality she was one hell of an actress since she was able to fool so many people for so long. I cannot imagine how she survived what she went through and I definitely see why she treated Billie so appallingly, now. That and her need for drug and alcohol was her defense mechanism. Her way to cope with an impossible situation. I fell totally madly, irrevocably in love with Betty-Jo Barker. Her scenes with her father broke my heart and the most intense is where I bonded with her because I've seen that, experienced it, and I can say wholeheartedly that it devastates. A debilitating illness takes its toll in so many ways, none of them easy. Beau Simon was the bees-knees. I have to say that after reading what he did to Betty-Jo, I was so disappointed. He didn't seem like that type of man. Luckily, he redeemed himself very quickly, and showed me an alpha man with strength, character, love, and comfort. I love his easy banter with his family, and had I not already been in love with the Simons, I totally would be now. Supporting cast was out of this world. I loved the interaction between the triplets. Watching them bond back together and reaffirm their love and loyalty. There is no love like that of family. Catching up with the couples was good, too, and seeing them all moving on with their relationships gave me happy butterflies. Matt Hawkins has won my attention with his mysteriousness and broken appearance. He has a story and I cannot wait to get it. Maybe he could be paired with Grace, and she could fix what's broken in him and give us a hear trending love story at the same time. I have quickly fallen in love with Juliana Stone's writing, and honestly can't get enough. The characters, emotions, and great plots have hooked me as a fan, and I look forward to reading more. <3

  • Brenda H Seales
    2019-06-17 00:23

    Loved,loved loved this series!!!!I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this series. I loved the story and the characters. If you haven't read it. You must!!! Juliana just moved to one of my top five favorite authors!!!!!

  • ★¸. • * ° *Kathy,Ahmazing Book Faerie*°°*•.¸. ♥★
    2019-05-31 23:22

    I decided that seeing I had the three books in this series, I would read them back to back and do one review covering them all. The series is about the Barker sisters, Bobbi-Jo, Billie-Jo and Betty-Jo, but they aren't just sisters, they're identical triplets, or as Gramps refers to them ,"twins". Identical in looks maybe, but certainly not in personalities, these girls couldn't be further from each other in the way act if they tried. Offside.Billie-Jo BarkerLogan ForestThe first book is Billie's story and I must say to start with I found I had to concentrate to keep track of each of the girls, with the similarity in their names, it was a little confusing to start with, but once each sisters personality came through, it was much easier to distinguish one from the other.Billie is a pro hockey player,and good at, with Olympic medals to her credit. Due to more than one concussion, has been dumped from her team. Ice hockey is her life, and she's struggling to come to terms with not being able to play full-on contact anymore. She has returned home to live, and contemplate her future. Now that she's home, there's a good chance she'll run into the guy who broke her heart (and other things) when she was eighteen. The guy she still loves, and would give almost anything for to have him notice her.Being desperate to play hokey again, Billie signs up for what was supposed to be the men's ice hockey league. This doesn't make her very popular with the locals and they aren't shy in letting her know how they feel. Logan is on the team,so theirs no way for Billie to avoid to the man she has loved for so long. This is not a soppy love story, and the chemistry between Logan and Billie is palpable.This was a great start to what I hope will be a good trio of books. I'm looking forward to reading Bobbi-Jo's story, and seeing where that takes us. Betty-Jo's book... mmmm, wait and see, I don't have high expectations for her.....what will her story be, as to why she is so screwed up?These stories pretty much run on from each other, and are really one story about the three girls' lives. CollideBobbi-Jo BarkerShane GallagherBobbi-Jo and Shane have history, history that Bobbi has kept close to her heart for years. But when Bad boy Shane is released from prison after serving his three year sentence, he returns to small town New Waterford, to pick up his life and put the pieces back together again as best he can. If he has anything to do with it, that repair job wont include Bobbi-Jo Barker. The couple have avoided each other so far, but when Bobbi leaves her fiance at the alter, the arms she ends up in are Shane's. They come to an agreement, that their's will be a sex only relationship, no emotions involved. Yeah, that works well.. Not! The chemistry between the couple is electric,and they can barely keep their hands off each other. But they both have secrets, and although Shane comes clean with Bobbi, she doesn't return the favor straight away. When she eventually does tell him her worst secret, he surprises her by accepting that everyone makes mistakes, and that their love for each other is enough to get them through.Another enjoyable story, only complaint was I felt the ending seemed a bit rushed.And so on to Betty's book, there have been some strange things going on with her.....ConcealBetty-Jo BarkerBeau SimonI don't really know what I expected from this book. I knew Betty-Jo held secrets from her past that she didn't want anyone to know about, secrets she felt she was dealing with. Unfortunately, her way of dealing with her issues had been alcohol and drugs, and cutting everyone who cared for her from her feelings. These actions combined to make her the cold fish she appeared to be in the first two books. In Betty's story she has reformed herself.She is now clean and sober, and has a job. Everything is starting to look up for her, when Beau "Hollywood" Simon appears on the scene. Beau and Betty have had 'dealings' with each other,and she is far from impressed when he turns up in town. But, Beau is only in town on business, but that includes meeting with Betty. What will come of putting these two together, will it work out for the best or not? This is the most emotional story of the three, who would have thought so after the way Betty acted in the first two? Another good story in this trio, but one that left a lot of openings. I was left feeling incomplete about some of the characters, Matt and Tucker mostly, there was considerable time given to these two characters and I felt almost robbed, that we couldn't go more deeply into their lives. I'm glad there are two books dedicated to the Simon boys, maybe on day we'll get one for Matt as well?

  • FicCentral
    2019-06-01 19:27

    When Betti Jo Barker left town, she had no intention of ever returning, save for a quick visit to her dad or maybe a tension-filled holiday dinner. But her fast-tracked modeling career crashed and burned, and she had little choice but to return home to a father who didn't remember her and two sisters for whose judgement she had no use.Beau Simon's career couldn't be going better, but when he gets the chance to pick up his new custom bike in New Waterford, he knows he's going there for an entirely different reason. To say they didn't part on amicable terms would be putting it lightly, but there's just something about Betti, the hard as nails woman he hurt in Hollywood, that he can't get out of his mind.But... It says a lot about a story that I'm able to (sort of) ignore all the missing commas and commas thrown in odd places and actually finish the book. Yes, the editing is that bad, but the story is just that good. And an author who can write like this really deserves an editor who can red pen the hell out of a story and get it closer to mistake-free.Judging Covers: You know, if it weren't for that big gray bar across the bottom of every cover in this series, I'd probably say they were perfect. But the odd opaque gray kind of screams self-published, which (as good as a lot of indie books are) doesn't get taken as seriously as those with a bunch of professional graphics people. I'm really hoping everyone else ignores that and just dives in because…damn, Juliana Stone really knows how to tell a story.The Verdict: I really didn't think there was any way I was going to like Betti. In the previous two books, she was just so awful to everyone, so mean-spirited and cruel that I seriously doubted anything could redeem her. And then I started reading.God, Betti's story is just heartbreaking. She ran from home to escape a horrific event, and right as her career seemed destined for something really great, she was brutally brought back down to earth. And when I read about Beau's part in it? Not gonna lie. I kind of hated him for a while. But what really made me feel for Betti was when I got a glimpse of her relationship with Matt. Up until Conceal, I just thought he was some worthless jerk who was using her, and she was beaten down enough to let him. And boy, was I wrong!Conceal is not the lighthearted read that Offside was, and it's a bit darker than Collide, but I'm sure anyone who's read the first two books knows that Betti's story isn't going to be all fluff and daydreams. I still loved it, obviously, and I was really sad to realize that the series was over. I may just have to read all three books again to get my fix! Then again, Beau's brother Tucker's story is starting a whole new series, and I know I won't be able to stay away. But oh, what I wouldn't give to get Matt's story!

  • Sandy S
    2019-06-25 22:27

    3.5 starsCONCEAL is the third and final installment in Juliana Stone's contemporary New Adult series The Barker Triplets based on the lives and loves of three identical sisters Billie-Jo, Bobbi-Jo and Betty-Jo Barker. This is Betty-Jo and Beau Simon's storyline. Betty-Jo has been one of the most unlikable characters in this particular series but like all storylines there were obviously some issues with this character and her relationship with her sisters.Betty-Jo is a burned-out, has been cover model who fell into a life of drugs and alcohol. When she was finally `kicked' out of the business, Betty-Jo returned home to a small town mentality where she became known as the local whore, slut and junkie. Although she tried desperately to straighten out her life, a pattern of drinking and sex with one night stands exacerbated the situation. But like every story there is a history - a history that set the stage for Betty-Jo's life. Drinking and drugs were not the answer, but the love and support of a good man and family would have done miracles for Betty-Jo.The storyline focuses on Betty-Jo and Beau's history together-a past mired in betrayal and pain. When Beau arrives in small town Michigan to offer Betty-Jo the lead in his latest movie, Betty-Jo suspects there is more to the offer than meets the eye. And she is correct. Beau has never forgotten Betty-Jo and blames himself for part of Betty-Jo's failure.The relationship cannot be described as a second-chance or even friends to lovers, as Beau used Betty-Jo in the past. Their history is not pretty and one Betty-Jo considers a form of betrayal. But the truth about Betty-Jo's descent into alcohol and drug abuse will open a few eyes, especially for the family that has treated Betty-Jo like a leper and loser. Knowing what happened on that fateful night so many years before will bring the sisters closer together and tug at your heart knowing what Betty-Jo has had to endure for years.CONCEAL is an emotional storyline of one woman's struggle with alcohol and drugs but it is also a storyline of family and forgiveness. Betty-Jo's low self esteem is masked by revealing clothes and make-up as well as an attitude that would frighten most people. Where once stood a beautiful cover girl model now stands a broken woman with demons that continue to haunt her every waking day.With Conceal, The Barker Triplets saga comes to an end, but Juliana Stone will continue the storylines with Beau Simon's three brothers (Tucker, Jack and Teague) and his sister Grace. Two of the brothers are introduced in Conceal but the entire family is referenced through out.see all of my reviews at : www.thereadingcafe.com

  • Cristina
    2019-06-12 19:31

    Il libro soffre di due svantaggi: è il terzo di una serie e non è che si possono inventare tante cose nuove quando la tua ambientazione (familiare e locale) l'hai già definita nei primi due volumi, e il protagonista maschile non convince (almeno me).La Stone si tiene per ultima la più interessante delle tre gemelle Barker, Betty Jo. Sui nomi delle protagoniste mi sono già espressa, quindi non infierisco, ma già dal nome si può notare lo sforzo di dotare la protagonista di caratteristiche da Pin Up / vamp anni quaranta. Betty Jo non potendo essere ne sporty spice ne posh spice si è concentrata sull'essere la classica cattiva ragazza, con troppi uomini attorno e troppa disponibilità. Come da copione Betty non è poi così generosa con le sue doti come sembra, ma viene ugualmente dotata di trauma nel passato.Trauma orribile che viene lasciato un pò tanto correre, limitando i contrasti ai rapporti tra sorelle, mentre sarebbe stato molto ma molto più utile una bella denuncia penale ai colpevoli che purtroppo se la cavano con poco o nulla (almeno nei libri vorrei che i cattivi fossero puniti in maniera esemplare).Dopo l'evento Betty Jo scappa dal paesello per una carriera di modella e poi attrice (mancata). Ma autolesionismo e poca disciplina la obbligano a tornare a casina casetta, con la coda tra le gambe (tipico di questi romanzi ambientati nei piccoli centri, come a dire: tesoro, non essere troppo ambiziosa, che la vera felicità la trovi qui. Chissà perchè gli eroi al paesello ci tornano sempre pieni di soldi e successo, invece).Ed ecco che al paesello arriva il nostro eroe, attore iperfamoso, che Betty Jo l'ha già conosciuta e ovviamente trattata pure male. Ma che ora (pentito) la vuole come protagonista del suo primo film come regista.A trame così ovvie ci sono abituata. Del resto sono romanzetti che si reggono non su trama o capacità di scrittura (che comunque non è male) ma sui personaggi. Impresa che qui viene mancata completamente per l'eroe, slavato imho, mentre Betty Jo ha sufficiente vulnerabilità rispetto alla facciata da cattivona che mette in piedi.Il problema protagonista (che viene abbondantemente naneggiato dai fratelli che qui compaiono in quanto è doveroso fornire già subito gli abbondanti protagonisti degli inevitabili seguiti) abbassa il voto a un misero 2* e 1/2.

  • Vanessa theJeepDiva
    2019-06-22 20:34

    I was so excited when this book popped up in my inbox. I’ve disliked Betty since she let that bombshell drop towards the end of Offside. While I disliked her I knew there had to be something going on that she didn’t share. I just knew there was more to her than what she let people see. Betty was a fascinating read. It makes so much sense why Beau would be interested in her starring in his next movie. Betty is an amazing actress. Beau gets to see just how far her emotions run, how well she hides what she is really feeling, and just how beyond perfect she is for him (his movie) while he is chasing her all over New Waterford just trying to get a conversation out of her. Beau is a bright man, he saw things in Betty that many didn’t. It just took him doing something awful to get that enlightenment.Readers are treated to some page time with the couples from Offside and Collide. As typical Barker triplet behavior they have some good times and of course they have some fights that get your heart racing. These are some passionate ladies. Not one of does anything halfway. They are definitely those that give their all even if it just a sisterly spat.I am happy to know that Juliana will be visiting New Waterford again. She also plans to give Beau’s family their own series starting with Tucker. He is Beau’s brother and he just makes you want to read more of him. Matt Hawkins, Betty’s friend from the previous books makes me curious if that is the reason Ms Stone plans to visit New Waterford again. There is much more to him than I ever thought possible, but I still have no clue what it is that is going on with him. Sad to see the Barker’s and all of their issues end, but looking forward to the things Juliana has planned for her writing future.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-21 03:30

    I love the Barker Triplet series. I have read Bobby Jo and Billie Jo's books, an anxiously awaited this one.I wasn't a big Betty Jo fan in previous books, honestly she made herself hard to like, but now, she just might be my favorite Barker! Betty Jo uses her attitude to protect herself, after her first encounter with Beau years before he told her what he really thought about her... (it was not nice), it broke her, although hell will freeze over before she tells him that... My heart hurt for her in this book. The pain that she has dealt with silently and alone for years is too much for one person to bear. I loved the way the relationship between Betty Jo and Beau developed, and how he realizes that people can/do change and how she realizes it is ok to be yourself.Juliana Stone has the ability to develop characters that you can relate to and relationships that feel real. I am such a fan of this series. I think that Conceal was the perfect ending to the Barker's, although I wouldn't mind a book with a few of the characters from this book the Simon's.. etc and it would be nice to visit with the Barker's again!

  • Heidi Dover
    2019-06-02 03:50

    Okay, yeah, still horrible editing, all the same issues, constant and pervasive. Why did I read all three int he series? I got the bundle. And the stories and overall voice is good, I just wish wish wish these were edited better. I'd really enjoy them so incredibly much better if they were, but alas… Stuff like "They 'ooed and awed.'" And something I never quite got a good image or idea of is where these stories took place. I know Michigan, I know a smallish town, but I never got a grip on place or atmosphere. A lot of charity events, dinners, dances, etc. A lot. There was a couple mentions of being near the Porcupine Mountains, which is on northern MI, but I never got small town UP Michigan flavor or feeling, I guess. So not really feeling that, I never could buy into this small town had such two super-famous people running around, one being a home grown daughter, and it wasn't made into a bigger issue. It was touched on, with paps and such running around, but still, it didn't ring true for me - but that is just me, so… Anyway. Was okay. I still want to cry over the editing. Such a shame.

  • Athena
    2019-06-14 22:38

    3.5 StarsThis is the third installment of the Barker triplets. This one was about Betty the SI model who has returned home after hitting rock bottom. Betty is the angry one of the triplets and no one can understand why a beautiful young lady that had such a promising life could throw it all away for drugs and alcohol. Apparently Betty's dark side is because of something tragic that happened in her past. She has a love, hate relationship with her family and everyone in their small town sees her as a whore. With no money, living back home with her dad, and working at the local bar Betty feels like her life is going no where! Then Betty is given the opportunity of a life time. She is offered a part in a movie by a Big shot Hollywood star by the name of Beau Simon. This part could really turn her life around and she could prove to everyone that she is not the washed up model that the tabloids write about. The only problem is Beau and Betty have a history together, and it's not a good one! Can Beau convince Betty to say yes to the part after what he did to her back in LA?

  • Chapparita
    2019-06-14 22:34

    (view spoiler)[I would have rated this book higher had Betty 's repetitive internal monologue not strained my nerves (as well as the constant lump in her throat), and had I better understood Betty holding Billie partially responsible for being gang raped in high school. Betty 's rape was the result of sick and twisted boys using her sexual reputation as an excuse for their predatory behavior. Billie posing as Betty when sleeping with Logan had nothing to do with Betty 's rape, and while I can understand that someone's reaction to such a traumatic event may not be rational, I didn't think the topic was sufficiently handled. Those in the know of what happened seemed to just accept this perspective of blame, as if had Billie not slept with Logan, this wouldn't have happened, and I just don't understand that. I especially don't care for how much of the plot's trajectory, in terms of relationship development hung on this unique perspective of the past, and how so little resolution was reached surrounding this issue, especially in terms of Billie and Betty 's relationship. (hide spoiler)]

  • Catherine
    2019-06-25 01:30

    Juliana Stone is a wonderful writer. Although she pens romantic fiction--she crafts her characters with an uncommon ability. We her characters frequently in the grips of real raw emotional pain. She illustrates extremely well both the complex dynamics of family life and the feelings of home (home town).This last installment in the Barker Triplets trilogy ties together the unresolved story of the most puzzling of the Barker girls--Betty. Betty is the least understood of the three girls (now twenty somethings). This book does an outstanding job of tying together the back stories of the 3 young women. In the other 2 installments (Collide and Offside)--we feel entirely justified in detesting the unlikable young woman. In fact the reader is given plenty of reasons to see Betty as a vain and selfish hedonist. However, we learn that although we have come to see Betty as a narcissist the real truth is hidden far below the surface. I will definitely be looking for more this talented writer.

  • Christina Montminy
    2019-06-27 00:32

    Wow, I have to say that this book was really good & I think my favorite. I didn't like Betty-Jo much in the other 2 books, she was a real bitch to her sisters & the people of her hometown. I thought that her attitude came from her being a celebrity until I really got to learn more about the character. What happened in her life to her at a young age had definitely set the stage for how she led the rest of her life. Beau Simon, famous actor comes to town to get Betty to play the lead role in a movie he wants to make. He & Betty have a history & it's not good. The towns people are all impressed & star struck with Beau especially when he sticks around for a charity game. What no one ever sees coming is the fact that Beau falls head over heels for Betty after secretly learning Betty's reasons behind her attitude & life choices. I definitely recommend this book & advise that when reading this one have some Kleenex on hand because it will be needed.