Review – Seconds to Live (Scarlet Falls #3)

Seconds to Live
By: Melinda Leigh
Release Date: June 28th, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Series: Scarlet Falls

Melinda Leigh did us all a favor with this series, she kept it to the Barrett family, giving us three books, focusing on each living sibling. In this installment we meet Mac Barrett the youngest and perhaps wildest of his siblings.

While he has a PhD in wildlife biology his personal life has been a series of ups and downs and with the death of his brother Lee in the first book in the series and now his father’s failing health Mac returns to Scarlet Falls, where his sibling have already returned, trying to figure out their life now.

Upon his return to town Mac is driving when he spots a naked, most likely dead, woman in the road. To avoid running the body over Mac swerves, crashing his jeep. When he wakes up the body is gone and he wants answers. To get those answers he and Detective Stella Dane need to work together. Stella, struggling with her new title and the loss of two officers from book two, is wary of believing Mac’s story about a disappearing body. However, evidence is mounting that things aren’t right in Scarlet Falls so she works with him, hoping to stop more heinous crimes before they can happen. Mac and Stella, both dealing with guilt from past decisions, make an interesting pair but they somehow just work together and I enjoyed their back and forth quite a bit.

Really at this point I can’t give much away without spoilers besides saying that again Melinda Leigh does a fantastic job of giving us mystery, crime, romance and fantastic writing in this book which I’m assuming is the last in this series. The publishing timeline of this series finishes right before her next series, set in the same town, which focuses on Stella’s sister Morgan Dane and her struggle to come to terms with her new reality as well. Yes it is the formula of all romance novels but when the writing just works and the pace keeps you turning pages, it’s easy to forget the formula and simply enjoy it. If you’ve read books one and two, why not finish out the trilogy?

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 With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create.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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