Envious by Lisa Jackson is a romantic psychological thriller and a collection of three vintage romances from around 1990s namely: A family kind of Guy, A family kind of Gal and A family kind of wedding that tells the story of three half sisters unaware of one another until their biological father suffers a health crisis that makes him realize he needs to make some changes and make things right with his daughters who do not know they have sisters. In this article you will be able to download Envious by Lisa Jackson as well do the following:
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Summary of Envious by Lisa Jackson
It’s always wonderful to return to a favorite place. That’s how I feel about Bittersweet, Oregon, the fictional setting for my 1990s trilogy, Forever Family, now collected here in one volume with a new title—Envious! I’m delighted to revisit Bittersweet in the company of Bliss, Katie, and Tiffany—three women who’ve just discovered they are half-sisters . . .
Bliss Cawthorne is John Cawthorne’s only legitimate daughter, but her father’s wealth has complicated matters. Mason Lafferty believed he wasn’t good enough for the boss’s daughter and broke Bliss’s heart after saving her life. Yet now he’s back in Bittersweet, determined to make her trust him again.
Tiffany Santini is widowed and struggling to raise two children after a car accident. That doesn’t mean she needs interference from her powerful brother-in-law. And Katie Kincaid is too busy wrangling her rambunctious son to get involved with the enigmatic cowboy next door. Then there’s the mystery at the heart of Bittersweet—the recent disappearance of an elderly local, Isaac Wells, who has vanished without trace, casting a dark cloud over all their lives . . .
Join me in Bittersweet as these three very different, independent women try to escape the shadows of their pasts . .
About the Author of Envious – Lisa Jackson
LISA JACKSON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy-five novels, including Paranoid; Liar, Liar; One Last Breath; You Will Pay; After She’s Gone; Close to Home; Tell Me; Deserves to Die; You Don’t Want to Know; Running Scared; and Shiver. She has over thirty million copies of her books in print in nineteen languages. She lives with her family and three rambunctious dogs in the Pacific Northwest. Readers can visit her website at www.lisajackson.com and find her on Facebook.
Information about the book (Amazon)
- Publisher : Zebra (March 31, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 704 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1420149865
- ISBN-13 : 978-1420149869
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1.78 x 6.72 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #214,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,007 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
- #5,347 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
- #18,935 in Suspense Thrillers
- Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars 1,562 ratings
Excerpt from Envious
Bittersweet, Oregon Ten years past
She was the most beautiful woman he’d ever set eyes upon and she was mad. Mad as hell. At him. He had the sting of her slap to remind him. “Just listen—” “You listen, Mason, okay? I love you and I don’t want to. That’s the bottom line.” Blue eyes snapped furiously above cheeks that were flushed in anger. One fist clutched the reins of her intended mount’s bridle, the other hand looked as if it itched to slap him again. “You don’t.” Thin lips compressed and she hooked a thumb at her chest. “Don’t tell me what to feel, okay? Or what to say or do. Got it?” “Yes, princess.” She stiffened. “And don’t ever, ever, call me that again.” She stepped
forward a bit, dragging the pinto’s head with her. “And get this straight, okay? You can’t tell me what to do, Lafferty,” she said in a voice that reminded him he was but a hired hand and she was, in fact, “the princess”—the daughter of his millionaire boss. “Don’t even try.” She placed one small, booted foot in the stirrup and hoisted herself into the saddle, then yanked on the reins. “A-di-os.” The horse whirled before Mason had time to take hold of the reins. “Bliss, come on. Don’t be a fool.” “Too late for that, don’t you think?” she asked with more than a trace of irony. The anger drained from her face and was replaced by sadness. “Way, way too late.” The sky was dark, threatening, the air hot and cloying as a storm brewed over the hills. Clouds moved in the barest of breezes, and Mason wished that he could shake some sense into her. “Wait a minute, Bliss.” Again he reached for the bridle, but she was quick. Too quick. She slapped Lucifer on his rump.
“Just stay away from me!” Leaning forward, she pressed her knees into the pinto’s sides. “Hi-ya!” “No—” Ears flattened to his head, the colt bolted forward at a dead gallop. His hooves flung mud and dirt. Aptly named Lucifer, the demon tore across the paddock and through the open gate to the grassy fields beyond. Mason’s back teeth ground together. He was torn. Bliss Cawthorne was a stubborn, prideful creature who deserved to get caught in a downpour, but then again, the storm might be worse than just a summer shower.
I love you. Words he’d longed to hear but which scared the stuffing out of him. There was no future for them; there never would be. You can’t tell me what to do, Lafferty; don’t even try! Just stay away from me!
As if he could. Hadn’t he spent the past weeks trying to do just that? Thunder rumbled over the surrounding hills and he silently cursed himself up one side and down the other. He shouldn’t have let her go. Should have physically restrained her, but short of hog-tying her, there’d been no way to keep her at the house. You could have told her you loved her, too, and right this minute you might finally be in bed with her, feeling her hands on your body, kissing those pouting lips and making love to her. Hell. He didn’t love her and wouldn’t lie, so he’d been between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Eyes narrowing against the first spattering of rain, he rubbed his jaw where she’d slapped him as he’d argued with her. The skin stretched over his cheek still stung, but he’d been turned on by the fury in her eyes. “Dammit all.” He kicked at a rock and sent it careening into the fence post, but his gaze was fixed on Bliss again, now far in the distance astride Lucifer. Just the sway of her rump as the horse loped gave him an arousal that ached against his fly. What the devil was wrong with him? The boss’s daughter was off-limits. Way off-limits. No one who worked on the ranch knew it better than he, yet he’d found excuse after flimsy excuse to be next to her, or close enough that he could watch her. The smell of her skin aroused him, the way she angled her chin and wrinkled her nose caught him off guard and was sexy as all get-out. But why?
Sure, she was pretty with her pale blond hair and cornflower-blue eyes. Her cheekbones were high, her jawline strong, her eyebrows arched, but, come on, Lafferty, there were lots of pretty women in the world. Yet, this woman—no, make that girl, she wasn’t quite eighteen yet—was different and appealed to him on another level, a level that scared the living tar right out of him. She was like no other. For a fleeting second, he thought of Terri Fremont, the girl he’d dated before Bliss had come to visit her father this summer. At twenty-one, Terri, still looked like a pixie. Petite with freckles, short brown hair and huge brown eyes, she’d chased Mason down mercilessly and vowed to love him despite the fact that he had, at the time, been dating several women.
A little prick of guilt jabbed at his brain because he knew in the deepest parts of his soul that he’d never cared for Terri the way she’d cared for him. He’d tried to explain it to her, over and over again, but she had refused to listen, assuring him instead that he would “learn to love her” as much as she loved him. She was wrong and he’d been forced to break it off with her. They had no future. He had dreams and they didn’t include a wife. He glanced at Bliss’s form again, just as horse and rider disappeared into the dark shadow of pine trees that skirted the base of the hills. Maybe a woman like Bliss would eventually change his mind. But not now. The rain began in earnest. Thick, fat drops shimmered from the dark, foreboding sky. In the next field, the horses, sensing the change in the atmosphere, lifted their heads, noses to the wind, nostrils quivering in anticipation. This storm would be a bad one. And Bliss Cawthorne, headstrong fool, was out in the middle of it. He had no choice but to follow her and haul her back to the ranch. Just stay away from me.
“No way, lady,” he growled, as if she could hear him. He squared his hat on his head and whistled sharply to Black Jack, a rawboned ebony gelding blessed with the speed of Pegasus and the temperament of an angel. “You and me, partner,” he said as he hitched Black Jack to the fence, ran to the stables for a bridle and threw it over the gelding’s head. He buckled the leather straps with deft fingers and climbed onto the beast without a saddle. “Let’s go,” he said, digging in his heels as Black Jack took off. Lightning sizzled above the hills.
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4 out of 5 stars.
2 years ago
Thank you Lisa Jackson, NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this book. This is my honest opinion.
John Cawthorne is an older man who just had a heart attack. This is when he decides to come clean so to speak. His wife passed away a few months ago and he has just declared to his daughter he is getting married again to the love of his life. His only daughter, Bliss is shocked but that was just the beginning. He now told her she has to half sisters! One older to a brief fling and one younger than her who is the daughter of the woman he’s about to marry. Neither sister knew he was their father till now. Pain, disappointment and resentment is felt by all three. Bliss the middle girl but the one he raised gave his name and treated so well. Or so she thought. Not yet knowing how he changed her life years ago.
The story is told in three parts. First from Bliss and the challenges of being asked to the wedding of her father to another woman. It wouldn’t be bad except it’s only been a few months and to find out he’s been unfaithful to her mother for years. She struggles with meeting her half sisters. Apparently her father thinks they can now all be one happy family. Bliss left the ranch her father runs, along with other holdings as he did well in business and rancher, after her heart was broken by the love she can’t forget. Having to go back to ranch for a wedding is compounded by learning the man she loved, who left her without a word, has moved back there after his divorce. Now how can she meet the half sisters how can she not.
The second part is from the perspective of the oldest half sister Tiffany. Her mother didn’t ever marry and they struggled to survive. Never ever hearing from a dad she though dead or just gone. She is bitter and is trying to survive herself as a widow and mother of a thirteen year old boy heading for trouble and a three year old girl who suffers nightmares since her father died. She really resents. Bliss and thinks of her as the princess. The one who had their dads name and was raised in affluence.
The third part is Katie, daughter of the woman who had John Cawthorns heart. Her mother has married so many times they run together. But she was told her father was husband number two. Katie has twin younger brothers and she is full of life and boundless optimism. Even finding out who her father really is, although surprising she is excited to meet her half sisters. She is a a bit embarrassed in her mothers part but is willing to reach out to both her family. Katie has a son, no husband and doesn’t talk about him to anyone her son is being quite a challenge and it takes a lot to keep him I going in the right direction. She and her son are fine. Then a new neighbor moves in the ranch next door and things get complicated.
I enjoyed this book. Reading the different perspectives, the pain, disappointment and the joy and then happiness that can possibly come out of it. Without giving too much away, there are complications in girls lives including the new groom and bride. Secrets come out that could prove to be too much to forgive. There are some explicit scenes but they are not overly through the book. Just letting you know. Overall I’m glad I read the book and it held my interest. It’s a romance story, lots of difficulty especially with past love and trying to move on. But old love stays in your heart doesn’t it.
5 out of 5 stars.
2 years ago
3 Sisters Find Each Other
Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite mystery/ suspense/ thriller authors. I did not realize she had started her writing career as more of a romance writer but these books were enjoyable too. This is a compilation of 3 books that were a trilogy. The central theme is a young woman from a powerful family and the two half sisters she discovers in her father’s history. Each book is the story of one of the sisters and their emotional reactions to finding family with their growing romances added in. I was not surprised to find that Lisa Jackson was a very good romantic suspense writer, I have always enjoyed her better known genre. Good reading by a good author, what every reader hopes for when they open a book!
4 out of 5 stars.
2 years ago
Vintage Trilogy Set In Small Town 1990’S
Envious by Lisa Jackson
This collection of three vintage romances from around 1990 tell the story of three half sisters unaware of one another until their biological father suffers a health crisis that makes him realize he needs to make some changes and make things right with his daughters who do not know they have sisters. Throw into this a missing many mystery that appears in all three books and is resolved in the finale and you have an interesting tale that reminded me of similar books I read in that era. I had no idea that Lisa Jackson had written simpler romances as I met her work later when romantic suspense filled with thrills and chills were more her style so it was interesting to see what she was writing earlier in her career.
A FAMILY KIND OF GUY
Second Chance Romance – Bliss and Mason were falling hard for one another when their young love was thwarted by more than one occurrence and though their lives continued for ten years…neither was really happy. Seeing one another again after ten years apart the chemistry was still there but so were the hurts that lingered from the past. This book introduces the main characters and provides the first romance as well as introducing the mystery man who disappeared without a trace.
A FAMILY KIND OF GAL
Widow and her Brother-in-Law – J.D. Santini and his sister-in-law, Tiffany, met years before when Tiffany was engaged to J.D.’s older brother. Years have passed, much has taken place and now that both are free there is potential for them to be together…maybe. Tiffany is dealing with issues related to the feeling that father abandoned her while working, running an apartment building and raising her two children. This was an interesting relationship to watch unfold and there was a bit more about the missing man.
A FAMILY KIND OF WEDDING
Single Mother meets Hot Cowboy – Katie is a reporter looking for a story. She has never divulged the name of her child’s father and this is an issue in this story. She meets Luke while looking for a story and there is definitely chemistry. Luke is a quiet man but sometimes still waters run deep. I enjoyed watching how the two managed to get together, eventually, and also how all three stories and the mystery were tied up by the end of the trilogy. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington – Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review.
4.0 out of 5 starsI liked it!
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2020
Great story. Lots of repetition of this strange and broken family history but I enjoyed the read. A few tears now and then. I love a happy ending, of course. Who doesn’t love a sexy cowboy love story!
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2021
I’m glad I read the story of each sister as a trilogy. I think I would have been a little disappointed at the ending if forced to wait months in between each book for the under dramatic ending. It all came together but I was anticipating, hoping for at least a little more drama.
I thought it was going to be a true mystery but while the common thread was the mysterious disappearance of a socially secluded old hermit, it was a romance. It was pretty good. There were portions that dragged because of the “Am I in love?” “Is this what I want?” “Is this really truly my happily ever after” factors. Okay we get it, your dad messed you guys up – be pissed at him, but give the rest of the world (story ) a break… After all was said and done, it was okay, but I wanted more mystery.
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2021
3 women, find out they have the same deceptive father. So different and yet so similar in their hunger, stubbornness and fight to fit in, finally find the strength, courage and love to fit together.
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