Minutes to Kill by Melinda Leigh

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 7th July 2015
Minutes to Kill by Melinda LeighMinutes to Kill by Melinda Leigh
Series: Scarlet Falls, #2
Published by Montlake Romance on June 30th 2015
Pages: 324
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five-stars

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.

Hannah Barrett and Brody McNamara meet again after 8 months: I’m not privy to the events of the first book because I didn’t read it but there are sufficient hints about what has gone down before and this time, they get to know each other a lot more when Hannah’s own messiah complex puts her in the crosshairs of 2 very unpleasant men. Human trafficking is the nasty issue here and Melinda Leigh doesn’t skirt around it at all through the eyes of the antagonist, which was a little distasteful (but perhaps necessary) for the narrative.

But as a character-driven reader, I thought Ms. Leigh’s characters came through here, having created very mature and very likeable characters in both Brody and Hannah: their stances towards relationships, the degree of perception and willingness to reassess what has been driving them thus far and the kind of understanding about each other that had me down with this particular ‘ship from the start. Hannah in particular, surprised me with her actions and that all-round badassery made me like her even more.

Slowly but surely the threads of Barrett family seem to be coming together once again, with Mac (the wild and estranged one) being set-up for the book in the series. And if I think who I think it is who will eventually force him to face his home once more, then the next book would be very interesting indeed.

five-stars

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