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.
Minutes to Kill is the pulse-racing second novel in bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s Scarlet Falls series.
First off, thank you to Melinda Leigh and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of Minutes to Kill to read in exchange for an honest review.
Holy Crap! I loved, loved, loved this book. I loved Hannah and her bad-ass self in Hour of Need but... Wow! Hannah is like a female Rambo. Ha. Bad to the bone and she keeps her chin up high and her boots (or heels) ready to stomp ya into the mud if you piss her off. Minutes to Kill is amazingly written, as if I expected anything differently. Its like the characters just jump out at you as you read. The story was full of twists and turns as with any of Melinda's stories. But one thing I love the most, she doesn't cut back on the story at all. Just when you think it’s going to level out and the bad guy will be caught.... all hell breaks loose again. Frigging epic to say the least. I was on the edge of my seat (literally) through this. I lost two finger nails but they went out with a fiery bang. The anticipation was high.. and of course the story has added to my love of Melinda and her books.
Hannah’s troubles start in Vegas. Go figure. Its not called Sin City for nothing. As a Barrett Hannah is one to act first, think second and get pissed third. But if you mess around and let her get pissed before she thinks… you get your balls busted like you are a pecan in a nutcracker at Christmas. Not only is she a total bad-ass lawyer in the courtroom she is a bad-ass fighter. She was raised with a military father, three brothers and enough determination and gumption to take the bulls by the horn, tie up its nuts and show that big monster who is boss. The trouble that follows her home to Scarlet Falls is in the way of two brothers. Your typical all american scum bags who wouldn’t know a personality if it jumped up and cold cocked them.
What dumb and dumber don’t expect is for Hannah to not only put up a fight but to put her boot where it counts. No one takes on a Barrett and leaves unscaved. (laughs) Didn’t I mention Hannah was was like rambo. I have never laughed and cheered on a character as much as I did Hannah. She kicked ass and didn’t even break a sweat doing it. The scum also didn’t expect Hannah to be around Detective Brody McNamara. Yes, tall, dark and sexy is all over Hannah in a few ways. (snickers) But the two of them as a team.. yeah you should just pack up and head home. Game over. Mission complete. Your battleship is sunk….
So yes.. kick ass story. Bad-ass characters and I can't wait for book 3 in this series. Time to get to know Mac a little better!!
About the Author:
Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book 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. Her bestselling books have been nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award three times.
Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She’s dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, two rescue dogs and two shelter cats who clearly run the show. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting melindaleighauthor.com.