Review – Minutes to Kill (Scarlet Falls #2)

Minutes to Kill (Scarlet Falls #2)
By: Melinda Leigh
Release Date: June 30th, 2015
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Series: Scarlet Falls

Hello Scarlet Falls and hello book two in yet another Melinda Leigh series. I’m back again and, once more, looking beyond the romance tag to the thriller and crime portions of this novel (while also enjoying the swoon worthy heroes and bad ass heroines of this tale).

This book focuses on Hannah Barrett, the only female in a group of male siblings, raised just like her brothers to be tough and no-nonesense. Hannah is strong and refuses to just let bad things happen to herself and those around her so when she is in Las Vegas for business and a young woman needs help Hannah tries to step in. She doesn’t succeed (the odds were not in her favor with the numbers of assailants) but she doesn’t forget either. When she returns to Scarlet Falls her mind is still on the traumatic incident in Vegas but she’s also trying to be there for her family. However, when she brings up the incident from Vegas and her suspicions about crimes happening in and around Scarlet Falls she teams up with Detective Brody McNamara in more ways then one.

I’ll admit the formula of a romance novel is blatant here but having connected with Grant Barrett in book one I can’t discard his sister Hannah in this book and I’ve already read book number three so, as you can see, looking beyond the clichés sometimes really can work out for your entertainment.

Melinda Leigh should be praised for her writing skill but the following quote solidifies my respect for her as the truth of this was so close to home and so universal that you cannot overlook it.

Hope was a balancing act. Too little left a person unable to hang on. Too much made bad news unable to bear.

In short, give this series a chance. If you like thrillers and mysteries you won’t be disappointed by this series, even if romance isn’t your normal cup of tea.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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