After corporate attorney Hannah Barrett tries—and fails—to stop a kidnapping in Vegas, she can’t shake the haunting image of the terrified young girl she couldn’t save. She tells herself that a visit to her hometown in Scarlet Falls could be a welcome distraction. But soon, Hannah realizes the kidnappers have all the info they need to track her every move. And when chilling e-mails about the victim appear in her inbox, it’s frighteningly clear what happened in Vegas has followed her home.
Eight months after a terrible family tragedy, Hannah turns to Detective Brody McNamara once again. Brody is eager to help, though he’s embroiled in the investigation of a brutal murder. But the closer they work together, the stronger their feelings grow…and the more they stand to lose when two seemingly unrelated, but equally deadly, cases collide.
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I tend to be a bit leery when I start a series on the second book but I really didn't need to worry about it with the SCARLET FALLS series. While there was a book previous where Hannah and Brody actually met, I didn't feel as though I was lost at any point in the story.
Both of the main characters are wonderful but I fell in love with Hannah. Yes she can be a polished corporate attorney however she was raised with three brothers by a military father. This meant that she went on recons when she was a girl so that she was able to spend time with her father. Those skills and other come in handy in MINUTES TO KILL.
Brody is the perfect counterpart for Hannah. He is more laid back but he comes with his own issues from a previous marriage that went bad. He is also justifiably concerned about starting a relationship with Hannah considering she is just in Scarlet Falls on a vacation.
I want to give Ms. Leigh kudos on her villains. There is no surprise reveal at the end. The reader meets them early on and goes on to learn more about them. They are evil personified with their loyalty to each other being their own redeeming trait. Just thinking about the fact that there are people like them is enough to make me shudder.
As you can probably tell, I very much enjoyed MINUTES TO KILL and will be on the watch for more books from Ms. Leigh. I definitely recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy romantic suspense.