Review: Minutes to Kill (Scarlet Falls #2) by Melinda Leigh

June 25, 2015 Review 0

Review: Minutes to Kill (Scarlet Falls #2) by Melinda Leigh

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.

Title: Minutes to Kill
Author: Melinda Leigh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Midnight Sacrifice, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, He Can Fall
Series: Scarlet Falls
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hour of Need, Seconds to Live
Published by Montlake Romance
Source: Publisher
Published: June 30, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 356
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

Romantic suspenses are all about the who done it for me. Minutes to Kill is all about will she live and who is really behind all this. Readers know from the very beginning just how evil and twisted Mich and Sam are. We get plenty of page time with them while they are planning their revenge on Hannah. The suspense element here comes from one of their victims and how she unintentionally draws attention to Hannah in her attempt to save her life.

Hannah and Brody are good people. They do the right thing for the right reasons. Hannah does the only thing she can do when she sees a young girl running for her life. She tries to help her. The barely failed attempt leaves Hannah injured and the girl violently removed from Hannah’s protection. Hannah’s innate good won’t let her forget the fear she saw in that girls eyes. She does was any good Barrett would do, she tries to help and keeps digging and making calls and following up with the Vegas PD. One would think she’s going to draw the wrong kind of attention, but that not where this is going. That attention was acquired in Vegas when she tried to stop the kidnapping.

Trouble has come knocking in Scarlet Falls once again. Brody loves his job. He loves it even more when it calls hims to the Barrett house where he gets to see intense corporate lawyer Hannah that grabbed his attention earlier in the year. Being called out to the house in an official capacity is not how he’d like to end up there. Finding out that trouble may end up on her door again is all the more reason for him to keep a close eye on her. It a good thing that keeping her close to him is exactly how he wants things to go because the small town has just became a very dangerous place to be and Hannah seems to be in the center of it.

I have to admit there is a scene in this book where I wanted to high five Hannah on her mad skills as a total badass. The Colonel and his field training of his kids may not have been a fun time for his children but he prepared his baby girl for the most traumatic experience of her life. I may have a bit of a girl crush on Hannah.

Minutes to Kill easily works as a standalone. The Barrett family that readers meet in the first Scarlet Falls book are still the main characters of this book. This is simply Hannah’s book. The rest of the family has been pushed to the sideline while she gets her very own happily ever after. Fans of the Scarlet Falls world will be pleased to know that Leigh gave her readers an update on Grant and Ellie and their little family.

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