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Posted July 17, 2013
Special Agent J.T. Noble and Detective Leigh McBride are great characters with a lot of emotional baggage. J.T has issues with abandonment and alcoholism, and he’s convinced that the disease is hereditary and refuses to ever marry and start a family. If there are three things J.T. can’t stand, they are drunks, liars and bad mothers. He is a man of few words and has a (cute) habit of talking in four word sentences. He keeps to himself mostly, but still shares an easy camaraderie with his boss and colleagues at work. Outside of work, he is more of loner. His evenings are spent trying to hunt down his wayward mother as a favor to his grandmother.
Leigh keeps her ugly past a secret from everyone; not out of shame, but out of self-preservation. She is a single mother working hard to provide the best life she can for Ethan. Her unconditional love for her son shows throughout the entire story. Then her past comes back to haunt and taunt her, and it’s time to open up to her colleagues. One in particular.
As a couple, I loved J.T. and Leigh together. When Leigh received phone calls at work that wiped the professionalism right off her face, J.T. became both intrigued and protective, but he didn’t interfere or push her for answers. His non-judgmental, non-pushy persona drew Leigh in even deeper, including me. I loved J.T.’s vulnerable side; fearing that Leigh would want nothing to do with him if she ever got a glimpse of his past. It was the classic case of one not feeling good enough for the other despite evidence to the contrary. Leigh was a tough cookie. Yes, she was afraid a lot in this story, but who wouldn’t be? She never backed down from the challenges presented to her and even broke some of her own rules for a chance at happiness. In short I found her quite admirable.
The action in this story has equal face time with the romance, and that is really what kept my interest. The true villain of the story would make the blood freeze in your veins. Some of the descriptions of what he intended for Leigh…cringe-worthy. The story unfolded and flowed well with a few moments that made my breath hitch, and the romance progressed at a believable pace. I did feel a little let down in one particular scene because I felt the bad guy got what he deserved a little too easily. The Holy Crap moment didn’t come to pass, unlike in Green-Eyed Doll. On the other hand I could understand if the author decided not to put the heroine through any more unnecessary trauma.
This was my second romantic suspense novel by Jerrie Alexander, and she is now one of my go-to authors for semi-creepy plots à la Criminal Minds with a side of sizzling romance. Her stories are usually told from multiple POVs, usually the hero, heroine and the villain, and I’ve found that I enjoy being able to see inside their minds. Not only do I feel more connected to the hero and heroine, but when the POV switches to the villain, you get chills just knowing what the main characters are going to eventually face. I highly recommend The Last Execution or The Green-Eyed Doll.
My rating: 4 to 4.5
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author via CBLS Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted October 16, 2013
This story kept me interested with it's twists and turns. The characters all have their own individual issues to work through and when they work together, they are stronger for it. The premise of a sniper targeting women abusers is a smart turn for the author to take...abuse touches many people. You almost catch yourself rooting for the guy. The story takes another twist and the author takes you into places that make you think about what is really going on. The romance is woven in subtly then gives you a big "wham!" What a great book! I'm looking forward to more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.