Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh

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Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s Morgan Dane series continues as the fearless attorney and her partner, investigator Lance Kruger, take on a disturbing disappearance…

Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls’ night out…and vanishes. Her family knows she would never voluntarily leave her two small children. Her desperate husband—also the prime suspect—hires Morgan to find his wife and prove his innocence.

As a single mother, Morgan sympathizes with Chelsea’s family and is determined to find her. She teams up with private investigator Lance Kruger. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier their investigation gets. When Morgan is stalked by a violent predator, everything—and everyone—she holds dear is in grave danger.

Now, Morgan must track down a deranged criminal to protect her own family…but she won’t need to leave home to find him. She’s his next target.

This is my first book from Melinda Leigh but it won’t be my last, that’s for sure. I started reading this book and was hooked instantly.

This author made the story flow extremely well. Part of the reason I couldn’t put it down was because every chapter gave me another little breadcrumb. Whether it’s the budding romantic relationship between Morgan and Lance, or the actual mystery of what happened to Chelsea Clark, this author kept me wanting more throughout the story. As we see the story from different viewpoints, you are pulled in more and more to this tangled web.

One theme that runs throughout the story is the character’s last goodbye. I appreciated this because I feel like this might be one of the few times where the overall theme of the story coincided with the title. When we see Chelsea’s character, she’s remembering her last goodbye to her husband and family. When we see Morgan with her family, she’s reminded of the frailty of life. The same goes for her partner, Lance Kruger, who’s doing his job, caring for his mother, and trying to pursue a relationship with Morgan.

The mystery in this story is intense and I was left wondering what was really the truth throughout the story. For me, that makes the story a truly incredible mystery. When we finally find out what really happened, it’s really surprising because you never see it coming.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It was captivating, mysterious, and one of those books that I just could not bring myself to put down.

 

 

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When You Disappeared by John Marrs

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When You Disappeared by John Marrs

All she wanted was the truth, but she’ll wish she never found out.

When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing—except him.

Catherine knows Simon must be in trouble. He wouldn’t just leave her. He wouldn’t leave the children.

But Simon knows the truth—about why he left and what he’s done. He knows things about his marriage that it would kill Catherine to find out. The memories she holds onto are lies.

While Catherine faces a dark new reality at home, Simon’s halfway around the world, alive and thriving. He’s doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the truth.

But he can’t hide forever, and when he reappears twenty-five years later, Catherine will finally learn who he is.

And wish she’d stayed in the dark.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Wronged Sons, this edition of When You Disappeared includes editorial revisions.

This book is something else. I mean, within the first couple chapters, I was ready to kill one of the main characters. So it starts off with a real bang.

The story is set in England, but also goes worldwide as Simon hops around the globe. I point this out because sometimes, books set with different slang and jargon can be hard to grasp. This book did not have that issue at all. A few stores or names are different but I was able to easily follow what the characters meant.

This book alternates between the past and present. The author presents this in an easy to understand way. You’re never confused as to what point in time you’re at or anything of that nature. We see Catherine and Simon’s lives, after he disappeared, and then subsequently, reappears. You don’t realize it at first, but parts of the past that you read, are actually Catherine and Simon telling each other what happened after he disappeared.

This book will take you on a rollercoaster ride of thoughts and emotions. Very early in the story, Simon alludes to hating Catherine, and how she did something to him. So while I found myself empathizing with Catherine and admiring her for all she did to keep the family going, I was always cautious.

Simon, on the other hand, I really only grew to hate him more and more. I kept wanting to understand him but my loathing of him stayed steady. He is just so selfish, and really conniving. You don’t realize it at first. I thought he was just under a lot of stress and sort of snapped. But as the story continues, Simon is much more than you think.

This book is definitely one you’ll enjoy if you like a lot of suspense while watching the characters unravel their past, and current, messes. This book is unique in that we get to see our characters together, apart, and everything in between. It’s a unique perspective that I don’t often see, and it was a nice change of pace.

 

Even the Score by Beth Ehemann

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Even the Score by Beth Ehemann

Single dad Andy Shaw loves his job as a sports agent, with one exception: it doesn’t leave him much time for his kids. No parent likes being sidelined, so Andy decides to hire someone to share the workload. But when one of the hottest agents in the industry applies, Andy knows that this deal is definitely trouble.

Danicka Douglas works her butt off, but being an attractive woman in a testosterone-heavy industry isn’t exactly a cakewalk. She guards her professional reputation fiercely, which means no crushing on her gorgeous boss. But the more they ignore that sexy little spark, the more it sizzles…

Just when it looks like romance might be in the game plan, Dani is threatened by a stalker with dark intentions. To keep her safe, Andy must cross the line between professional and very personal…because this time, he’s playing for keeps.

I have to start this post off by saying how much I love Beth Ehemann. I’ve gotten to meet her three times now (at different signings; I’m not quite at the level of invited over to her house for cookies) and every single time, she is so kind and gracious. I still remember when I first met her and she actually knew who I was. This was well before I blogged and so basically, Beth Ehemann was my first official author heart attack.

A friend had recommended her Cranberry Inn series and I loved it. With that said, you could technically read “Even the Score” without reading Brody’s (Cranberry Inn) and Viper’s stories (Cement Heart and Wild Heart). However, you will probably enjoy Andy’s story more if you know about Brody and Viper first because technically, you’d get spoilers in Andy’s book. I wouldn’t call them deal breaker spoilers, by any stretch. But I do just want to put that mini PSA out there.

All that aside…I loved Andy’s story. I am so happy that Beth decided to give him his own book because I really think Andy’s character deserved it.

I have to start my review by saying that I am not a kid person. I just never have been. I don’t have kids, I really don’t know what to do with kids and under normal circumstances, books with kids don’t always appeal to me. Beth Ehemann is one of those authors that managed to get me to come around to the whole kids in books thing. Now, I’m not saying I don’t like the HEA where they end up having kids, but kids throughout the book has never been my thing. And after reading so many of Beth’s stories, I think its just that I needed the right author to do it the right way.

From the synopsis, we know that Andy and Dani meet and there is chemistry. But we have this stalker issue. Beth ties that in so effortlessly. I never felt like this book swayed into a thriller, but yet the issue is still present. And I never felt like it was all love story and the stalker aspect was treated in a passive way. She just fit it in so naturally.

I also loved how we see Dani, who isn’t a kid person, meet Logan and Becca, Andy’s kids. This, to me, was actually one of my favorite parts of the book. I know most might not see this being the pivotal moment, but I felt that Beth wrote it so well, and it was just natural.

I feel like I use the word “natural” a lot when it comes to Beth Ehemann, and I hate re-using words, but every piece of her work is done is such a natural way. I can believe it. I can see it in my mind. Its never hard for me to understand why a character does one thing vs another. A really great example of that, in Andy and Dani’s story, is that Dani is worried about professional repercussions. While that is a source of conflict for them, it makes perfect sense. Dani is a woman working in a male dominated industry. She is aware of herself and how others perceive her. Her concern is valid and makes sense.

However, I valued that as the story continues, Dani changes and her character evolves, but Andy is the same. He is still the hardworking, devoted father, who just also happens to be devoted to Dani too. I actually really loved seeing the heroine being the one who needed to open her heart more, instead of when we typically see the male character needing to be the one to wise up and get it together.

This book is releasing September 6th, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I seriously can’t or I’d basically be telling you the entire story and that’s no fun.