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About the Author
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A lifelong lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity when her youngest child entered first grade. During the next few years, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a novel, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She’s also garnered Golden Leaf and Silver Falchion Awards, along with nominations for a RITA and three Daphne du Maurier Awards. Her other novels include She Can Tell, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, She Can Kill, Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice, Midnight Betrayal, Midnight Obsession, Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill, Seconds to Live, and Say You’re Sorry. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate; teaches women’s self-defense; and lives in a messy house with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs, and two rescue cats.
- ASIN : B06ZZW7G42
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (September 26, 2017)
- Publication date : September 26, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 4171 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 335 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,482 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book teaches a very important point: we never know what the next hour, day, or week will hold so we need to make sure we are careful what we say. Our next goodbye could be our last goodbye - leaving us to wish we had said and done things differently.
Tim and Chelsea Clark have two children, a three-year-old daughter, Bella, and a 4-month-old son, William. Tim Clark is a wireless telecommunication engineer for Speed Net, a company working with a university to develop the next generation of Wi-Fi. Chelsea works from home for an accounting firm.
William has colic, a sleep robber for mom, and for the first time since his birth Chelsea is going out for a drink - one glass of wine - with her best friend. Unfortunately, she never makes it to the location where they are to meet and when she does not arrive home by the time the baby needs to eat, Tim starts trying to locate her - without success.
Since Tim has never had total responsibility for the family and its needs, i.e., cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. he is overwhelmed. He is now aware just how much his family needs Chelsea and he is beginning to realize that he never really fully appreciated her.
Tim reports Chelsea missing but, of course, as her spouse, he is the Sheriff's main person of interest. According to Tim, the Sheriff’s Office appears to be spending more time investigating him than they are looking for Chelsea. Since he has lost confidence in the Sheriff’s ability to locate his wife, Tim, with cooperation from Chelsea’s parents, hires Sharp Investigations to locate Chelsea.
Morgan Dane is a former Assistant District Attorney, who now represents criminal defendants. She has office space in the Sharp Investigations location, Morgan is brought into the investigation to represent Tim’s interests. Sharp Investigations, consisting of Lincoln Sharp, a retired police detective, and Lance Kruger, a policeman who was shot in the line of duty and had to leave the force because he was no longer able to function at the level required if pursuing a suspect, is hired to see if Chelsea can be located.
As is customary for Melinda Leigh, this is not simply a story of a kidnapped woman whose family is searching for her. There are two separate kidnappers in the same general vicinity kidnapping similar women. One of the kidnappers is looking for a mate, even to the extent of “branding” his victim to prove she is his. He believes he can “train” her to love him and want to be his. The other kidnappers are looking for a woman to abuse, rape, and beat to death.
If you read the first Morgan Dane book, Say You’re Sorry, then you know that Morgan Dane is the widow of a military man who was killed in the Middle East. She has not even begun to think of sharing her life with another man when Lance Kruger is thrust into her path. It was obvious in Say You're Sorry that Lance and Morgan were attracted to each other.
In Her Last Goodbye that attraction burns hotter and brighter. However, before she acts on the attraction, Morgan needs to make sure her girls can adjust to her having a man in her life. Lance, who has never had a family, has to consider how to respond to these three little people with whom he will have to interact, one of whom appears to dislike him, not to mention the fact that he has to take care of his mother who is not well mentally due to the fact that her husband and Lance’s dad has been missing for several years.
Can Sharp Investigations locate Chelsea while Morgan makes sure Tim gets fair treatment from the law? Can Lance and Morgan get around all of their personal issues to find a way to be more than co-workers? Only Melinda Leigh can tell it this good.
Even so I have to admit I don't know if I'll continue on. I enjoy legal thrillers and that was part of the appeal of starting this series - the character of Morgan Dane herself. The idea of a woman from a long line of prosecutors suddenly become a defense attorney was intriguing and I was curious where it would go - the answer being nowhere really. Yes technically, she's a defense lawyer here but she may as well be a PI - she goes around with her partner breaking into buildings and using other shady ways of getting information that I find hard to believe an attorney would do, knowing how evidence is meant to be handled. Her relationship with her partner is already becoming a key focus, so this turned out to be more of a romance book with a side plot of a killer on the loose. Still fun to read, just not what I was expecting
I didn't find the story too dark, but it definitely had aspects of a psychological thriller as the reader is given some chapters in the point of view of the killer and Chelsea. This added some great insight and perspective to the story. Similarly to the first book in this series, the author does a great job of building up the tension involved in the case and Morgan's potential stalker as well balancing her every day life - juggling her three little girls, being a working mother and developing feelings for the delectable Lance while still missing and loving her deceased husband.
I'm happy to say that tension between Lance and Morgan is still strong and that Book 2 takes things a very pleasing step forward as their relationship continues to develop. Lance manages to be both alpha and kind and considerate and Morgan is a great balance of strong and compassionate. I love that the author doesn't make her yet another helpless damsel in distress and she is able to carry the story on her own. The secondary characters are great and the story was well-paced and easy to read. Chapter One kicked off with a bang (even though it was a little bit misleading - you'll see when you finish the book).
Some of the plot events were a little convenient but it was still an excellent read that had plenty going on but without being over the top with random drama. Without spoiling anything, it ends well and I liked that some aspects of the plot tied up earlier in the book to stop the story from being too run of the mill. I'll definitely be continuing with the series.
Top reviews from other countries
It has twists and turns to keep the reader's interest, and when you think its solved there's another twist to finish it off. Look forward to reading the next book in the series!, I would recommend this book to read.