Saints and Sinners Book Promotion is proud to host the blog tour for the next book in The Winter Sisters Series by Joanne Jaytanie…
Release Date: Oct 6th
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.
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I’ve read a couple of sweet romance by Jaytanie in the past–novellas that were part of an anthology–and I enjoyed both of them so of course I signed up to review this one.
First thing I’d say about this one, you might want to read the series in order. I haven’t read books 1 & 2 so there were times when I’d get a little lost in the who’s-who and how-do-they-tie-in-with-the-story details. I will probably revisit this one later, after I’ve read the others of course, to see how the series ties together. The story itself is a complete one but I think it probably functions better as part of the series rather than a standalone.
I rate the book as a four-star read. It has an intriguing story. There is a lot going on though (which is why I would recommend reading the series in order). You have the main story arc that encompasses the sisters and their struggles against Kaliedescope Group–past kidnappings, current attempts to manipulate or abduct people in the Winter’s camp, unethical experiments, murder and general mayhem–it’s obvious these guys have been a pain long before book 3. Then there is the mystery surrounding the involvement of Edward Ryker. They know things he did in the past but he’s been missing for fifteen years– is he even alive? If so, is he involved with KG? Then there is a ton of mystery surrounding Willow’s predicament–not going to expand here because I don’t want to give too much away. Lastly there is the romance between Willow and Wyatt, which of course, is building amidst all the chaos. The story has some great elements and I really enjoyed the story-line–it kept me up late reading and then when I got up entirely too early (before 6 am on a Saturday!) it had me staying up reading instead of going back to sleep.
The characters were difficult at times. I had a hard time pegging Wyatt as military (mostly because of physical characteristics) and sometimes I didn’t get what the author was trying to convey with the characters’ words or actions. I did find the characters to be likable even if they were a bit inconsistent at times. l’m all for multi-faceted characters but it seemed more like they were pawns in the story rather than individuals reacting to the situations they found themselves in. In short, the story drove their actions, making scenes seem forced rather than organic.
Honestly, inconsistencies are one of the main issues that keep this from being a five-star book. The characterization was an issue at times, then there were minor things that pinged with me like someone being referred to as a fiance in one chapter and then the next instance it’s wife and I was like, wait did I miss a wedding? Why wasn’t it mentioned?
The other thing that negatively impacted the book’s score was flow. Most of the instances were confined to the beginning of the story but here is what I found.
- Parts of the story didn’t exactly flow well–scenes seemed disjointed at times, more like pieced together snippets rather than a coherent story. Some conversations and scenes served as distractions rather than adding to the story.
- The transitions were problematic–the scene shift would be indicated by asterisks but there would be no indication of how the next scene fit with the previous one. The passage of time could be anywhere from moments to weeks and I had no clue which it was. Occasionally, passage of time would become clear as the scene progress but other times, I never figured it out.
- Some dialogue was confusing–I’d have to reread passages occasionally because I’d lose track of who was speaking.
- The sex scenes could have been eliminated–these read more like clinical descriptions than moments of passion. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of feeling associated with these scenes.
- It was hard to get a read on character’s emotions–I felt almost like an Aspie in this case. I hear them say the words but I don’t quite understand the sentiments. For me, the feelings expressed by the characters lacked depth, except in the cases where Willow experienced fear, those scenes were well constructed and the emotion was conveyed perfectly.
Once the main action of the story hit, things moved smoother, with the occasional exception here and there. The elements of mystery, subterfuge, betrayal, danger… Those were the best parts of the story. They felt real and thus surpassed the flaws I’ve mentioned taking this book from just alright to pretty good. I find that my interest is piqued and I do intend on checking out the previous installments and any future novels as well.
Victory Winters is a world-renowned geneticist and possesses an unusual innate sense of communication, bordering on telepathic when relating to animals. She is kidnapped by Lawrence Braxton. Braxton is the madman CEO who runs Biotec, and forces Victory to pursue her research on canine DNA.
Naval officer Tristan Farraday is sent undercover to track Biotec’s experiments. These experiments involve the implantation of canine DNA into humans, thereby manipulating their genetic makeup. The goal of Biotec is to create the perfect soldier.
Murder, kidnapping, and blackmail follow as Tristan realizes Victory has been pulled into Biotec’s world against her wishes. She refuses to divulge the genetic answers Braxton demands. Victory knows Biotec wants to exploit her findings, by administering them in a destructive manner. Will Tristan rescue Victory from this madman’s grip and save her family? Can he keep her discoveries away from enemy hands?
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.
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, 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 member of Romance Writers of America, and past President of Peninsula Romance Writers, which was Debbie Macomber’s home chapter.
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