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Friday, April 29, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - The Bounty Hunter’s Bride Author: Janis Jakes On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: The Bounty Hunter’s Bride

Author: Janis Jakes

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release date: June, 2021

Bounty hunter Luke Lancaster brings the best of both worlds to his work—the tracking skills of his Comanche father and the marksmanship he learned from his missionary grandfather.

When Luke is hired to track down a young man wanted for murder, he assumes it’s a routine capture, but he’s taken on a wild ride when he discovers that the accused is actually an innocent school teacher who knows too much for her own good.

Determined to uncover the truth, Luke sets out to keep himself and Billie alive while bringing the real outlaws to justice. As they race across Texas, Luke falls more in love with Billie. But could a schoolteacher ever want a half-Comanche bounty hunter? Does Luke stand a chance or is he just her ride to freedom?


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About the Author

Janis Jakes encourages women through inspirational fiction and non-fiction. She is a Texas native with a penchant for winding country roads, faded jeans, street tacos, and fiery West Texas sunsets.


More from Janis

It wasn’t unusual to find dime-store western novels on my grandfather’s nightstand. As a young girl, I poured through the yellowed, dog-eared pages. There was just something about the characters—resilient women, courageous men, and hardened outlaws—combined with the rugged terrain and inevitable showdown—that drew me deeper into every story.

In writing The Bounty Hunter’s Bride I wanted to capture the western element while creating faith-filled characters facing an uncertain future. Billie and Luke confront relentless peril with true western grit—finding victory over past regret and love as big as the Texas sky.

Hidden Facts: Billie is named for my mother, who passed away unexpectedly when I was still in high school; she was in her late thirties. The boy’s ranch idea came from a Christian boy’s ranch less than ten miles from my home. And, the early scenery depicted in the story is from my neck of the woods and the land I adore—West Texas.

My Thoughts 

The Bounty Hunter’s Bride is the debut novel by  Janis Jakes. I thoroughly enjoy being on a tour when it is a debut novel. This story was a great debut. Luke Lancaster is on the trail of a dangerous murderer... Billie. Or so he thinks. He is shocked to find out that Billie is a female. He has never had to bring in a female on a bounty before. He is not sure if he can believe her innocence. While the two of them are shot at trying to decide what the next move is - Billie is wounded. He takes her to his sisters to be patched up. It is there where Billie bares her soul to another female and  explains what happened. She learns more about Luke and his upbringing. He is half Comanche. He favors his father, who he did not really know .However, he has faith in God, like his mother did. Both of these characters have been wounded and need to heal from their past. Luke wants to help Billie clear her name, and he enjoys spending time together. The romance in the story built at a comfortable pace. 

I felt the author did great research and everything appeared historically accurate. She did a great job bringing this time period to life. I loved the tidbits about the Comanches sprinkled into the story. I loved seeing the characters evolve. I hope to read more from this author. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, April 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 24

Texas Book-aholic, April 25

Of Blades and Thorns, April 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 26

For Him and My Family, April 27

deb’s Book Review, April 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 29

Connie’s History Classroom, April 30

Simple Harvest Reads, May 1 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Labor Not in Vain, May 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 3

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, May 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 5

Vicky Sluiter, May 6 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, May 6


To celebrate her tour, Janis is giving away the grand prize package of a $100 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of The Bounty Hunter’s Bride!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Sounds like a book I will like to read.

  2. I'm curious as to how Billie became the murder suspect.

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on The Bounty Hunter’s Bride, this sounds like a wonderful story and I am looking forward to reading it myself

  4. The Bounty Hunter's Bride sounds like a great book and I am looking forward to reading it! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Connie, for sharing your thoughts! Have a spectacular weekend!

  5. Thank you for sharing, this sounds very good

  6. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! The Bounty Hunter's Bride sounds like an epic romance.

  7. I love the cover! It sets the stage for the book.