Private Scandals

Author: Joanna Wayne, Judy Christenberry, Tory Carrington

Publisher: Harlequin Books

Release Date: January 2004

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: Print Book

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Harlequin Intrigue author, Joanna Wayne, gives us a suspense filled story, SHADOWS OF HER PAST.  Things don’t look good when you wake up fully clothed and feeling like death warmed over.  To make matters worse, Jessica Lewis finds a dead body in her hotel room and doesn’t remember much of what happened the night before.  Having the deceased’s brother storm in her room to interrogate her along with the police doesn’t help either.

Conner Hayden’s gut instinct tells him that the pretty redhead didn’t kill his brother.  Even if all the evidence points at her.  He knows that the sheriff will look to close this high profile case fast, no matter if the suspect is innocent.  So when Jessica is nearly killed, Conner is determined to keep her close by.  Now he just has to find the new killer before they lock up Jessica or she ends up dead.  But will the past change what Conner thinks of Jessica?


Harlequin American Romance author, Judy Christenberry, writes a heart-warming story, FAMILY UNVEILED.  Vivian Shaw is determined to find her adopted daughter’s siblings.  She doesn’t want Vanessa to be left all alone in case anything ever happened to her.  Vivian wanted to adopt all five of the Barlow children who were orphaned when their parents were killed, but her late husband wouldn’t let her.  So now Vivian is set on making things right by giving Vanessa her family back to her.


Wilson Greenfield is the private investigator that Vivian Shaw has hired to find the Barlow siblings.  Will plays in cautiously, not wanting to get too close to the woman who is sure to be like his money hungry ex-wife.  But he needs this case to help pay the bills, so in order to keep the money coming in he has to do what Mrs. Shaw wants.  Too bad he’s having a problem keeping his personal attraction at bay.  Can Vivian show Will that not all rich women are evil so that they may explore the attraction between them?


Harlequin Blaze author, Tori Carrington, shares with us a steamy story, SLEEPING WITH SECRETS.  Gabriel Wellington IV did what he needed to do in order to regain the family’s fortune.  In turn he also gained a wicked little secret.  Now he’s back on top and fixing to exact revenge on the family that destroyed his.  That is until he is entranced by the beautiful Rachel Dubois.  A woman he must have, but will Rachel want him if she ever finds out his dark secret?


Rachel Dubois can’t believe she’s having an affair with Gabe Wellington.  This is so unlike her.  Not to mention it could cause major scandal not only for her but also for her father who is running for Ohio Supreme Court Justice.  Even knowing it could cause ruin, Rachel has fallen in love with Gabe and can’t seem to live without his touch.  Will her love be strong enough to keep them together when the truth about Gabe’s past comes out?


Nothing like some dirty little secrets to keep you glued to a book.  Each one of the stories in PRIVATE SCANDALS is sure to keep you enthralled until the very end. Joanna Wayne’s story shows us that looks can be deceiving and that if you have someone to believe in you, you can overcome the secrets in your past.  The suspense had me glued to the book from the very first page. Definitely a must read for those who enjoy romantic suspense.  Judy Christenberry’s book gives us a look at what family really means and how important it is to have loved ones to depend on.  She also gave us a chance to see that love can be found even for those who think they don’t have a second chance at it. Just when you think it doesn’t get any better, Tori Carrington’s story sets the pages on fire.  Dark secrets have a way of haunting the present.  Especially if it could ruin other people’s goals.  But we find out that if you share your secrets, they can only hurt you if you let them.      

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Bea Sigman

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