Bitter Creek

15 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 230 ratings

The Cowboy Publisher's Summary

Two ranching families, the Blackthornes and the Creeds, are locked in a bitter century-old feud. In The Cowboy, Johnston brings to life a breathtaking love story between the Blackthornes' oldest son and the Creeds' beautiful daughter - a magnificent novel of passion, vengeance, and star-crossed love. Trace Blackthorne was taught from the cradle to take what he wanted, and he wanted Callie Creed. Trace has come home after 11 years as a ruthless hard-eyed stranger, making Callie an offer she can't refuse: marry him and save her struggling family from financial ruin. But the secrets of the past return to haunt them. And Callie is once again compelled to make an impossible choice - between the family who desperately needs her and the only man she has ever loved.

©2000 Joan Mertens Johnston, Inc. (P)2017 Joan Mertens Johnston, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Cowboy

    • By: Joan Johnston
    • Narrated by: Joan Johnston
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    Two ranching families, the Blackthornes and the Creeds, are locked in a bitter century-old feud. In The Cowboy, Johnston brings to life a breathtaking love story between the Blackthornes' oldest son and the Creeds' beautiful daughter - a magnificent novel of passion, vengeance, and star-crossed love.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Loved the book. But Audible version...

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • The Texan

    • Bitter Creek, Book 2
    • By: Joan Johnston
    • Narrated by: Joan Johnston
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Owen Blackthorne is a lone wolf, a man who doesn't need anyone. Then Bayleigh Creed appears on his doorstep, demanding his help in locating her missing brother. Together they head into the desolate West Texas wilderness, a Blackthorne and a Creed, mortal enemies obliged to join forces to survive. Neither counts on the unwanted attraction that draws them together, or the bitter truths that will force them apart--until the ruthless wilderness compels them to make life-and-death choices between family and duty and love.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The texan

    • By barbara f lee on 03-30-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • The Loner

    • Bitter Creek, Book 3
    • By: Joan Johnston
    • Narrated by: Joan Johnston
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Summer Blackthorne swore she'd never forgive Billy Coburn for running out on her and their future together. But that was before she found out she wasn't Jackson Blackthorne's child - Billy was. And now the "Blackthorne Bastard" has come home for a final day of reckoning...to the town that damned him and the woman he had always wanted. Only Summer can satisfy the hunger burning deep within him. Only she can help him hold on to his own unwanted son. It will be a marriage of expedience only. Until doubts and mistrust vanish in the heat of passion...and a man and a woman who never stopped loving each other fight bitter blood and impossible odds for a glorious second chance....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • needs editing but awesome story

    • By Sara Simonton on 01-29-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • The Price

    • By: Joan Johnston
    • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Even though the stress and the punishing hours of his job as a litigation associate have cost him his marriage and quality time with his two young daughters, Luke Creed remains fiercely driven. When Luke takes on the defense of a pharmaceutical company in an explosive wrongful death suit, he is surprised to square off against Amy Hazeltine Nash, his high-school sweetheart. A single mother recovering from a failed marriage, Amy is a passionate advocate for her bereaved client and is shocked that once-rebellious Luke is now representing corporate interests.

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

    • A Stranger's Game

    • By: Joan Johnston
    • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    From New York Times best-selling author Joan Johnston comes a dazzling new Bitter Creek novel that features all of the passion and intrigue in Texas high society that her readers and listeners know and love, mixed with an explosive, spine- tingling tale of murder, wrongful imprisonment, and a woman who counts no cost too high to see a killer brought to justice.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Average story

    • By Alicia on 05-03-16

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  • Book 8

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  • Book 8.5

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 11

    • Montana Bride

    • Bitter Creek, Book 11
    • By: Joan Johnston
    • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    When Karl Norwood' s mail-order bride meets an untimely demise on the way to the Montana Territory, Hetty Wentworth steps in to take her place. Hetty has no idea how she' s going to pretend to be all the things she isn' t - including the mother of two kids. She only knows her deception is necessary if she' s going to save two orphans from the awful fate she suffered as a child. Karl smells a rat when a much younger woman than he was expecting arrives with two children who look nothing like her. But his mail-order bride is so beautiful, he doesn' t object - until he realizes that his charming new wife has been lying...about everything.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality plot along w/ romance!

    • By JLM on 05-08-14

    Regular price: $23.76

  • Book 12

    • Blackthorne's Bride

    • By: Joan Johnston
    • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie's long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle - and teach the duke a lesson in honor.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Dastardly Duke

    • By Annie on 08-20-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 13

    • Sinful

    • By: Joan Johnston
    • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    After a tragic accident leaves Delta sergeant Connor Flynn a widower, he faces the toughest fight of his life: battling his in-laws for custody of his two young children. To win he'll need a make-believe bride to take care of the kids while he runs his Wyoming ranch. Who better than a woman he already knows and likes - his late wife's best friend?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Complex as Hell

    • By Rusty on 05-26-15

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 14

    • Shameless

    • A Bitter Creek Novel
    • By: Joan Johnston
    • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Scorned, pregnant, and facing a life without promise, Pippa Grayhawk is stunned when her father announces that they're leaving their home in Australia to take over his estranged father's sprawling Wyoming ranch. Drawn into bitter family rivalries and feeling like an interloper in her new home, Pippa rides out into the wilderness and meets an intriguing stranger and his pet wolf. The wolf doesn't scare her, but she's very much afraid to trust another man with her heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cute

    • By Lindsay on 02-11-18

    Regular price: $24.49