The Last Kiss Goodbye: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY RT BOOK REVIEWS

When New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards brought her irresistible brand of hot passion and chilling suspense to the paranormal romance scene with The Last Victim, it was just the beginning. Now her all-new series cranks up the deadly ...
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Overview

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY RT BOOK REVIEWS

When New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards brought her irresistible brand of hot passion and chilling suspense to the paranormal romance scene with The Last Victim, it was just the beginning. Now her all-new series cranks up the deadly danger and intense desire to the next level, as sexy serial killer hunter Charlotte Stone returns to action in her thrilling second adventure.
 
THE LAST KISS GOODBYE
 
Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for, thanks to the secret talent that gives her an uncanny edge—Charlie can see dead people, whose tormented spirits cry out to her for the justice only she can provide. This blessing—or curse—gives Charlie the power to hunt down and catch madmen and murderers. It’s also turned her love life upside down by drawing her into a hopelessly passionate relationship with the lingering ghost of charismatic bad boy Michael Garland.
 
But there’s little time for romance with her supernatural suitor when murder comes pounding at Charlie’s door in the form of a terrified young woman fleeing a homicidal maniac. Saving her life places Charlie squarely in the cross-hairs of a sadistic predator nicknamed “the Gingerbread Man,” notorious for manipulating his victims like pawns in a deadly chess game. And now the queen this psychopath’s bent on capturing is Charlie. Refusal to play will only put more innocent lives in danger. Matching wits with this cunningly twisted opponent will require all of Charlie’s training and expert skills. But even with her devilish “guardian angel”—not to mention her favorite flesh-and-blood Fed, Tony Bartoli—watching her beautiful back, the Gingerbread Man’s horrifying grin might be the last thing Charlie ever sees.

Features a preview of the next Charlotte Stone novel, HER LAST WHISPER.

Praise for The Last Kiss Goodbye
 
"Top-notch . . . Suspense mixed with heart-pounding sensual tension."—Kirkus Reviews

“Filled with gritty thrills and featuring a psychopathic madman, this suspense tale will truly have you on the edge of your seat!”RT Book Reviews
 
Praise for Karen Robards
 
“One of the most popular voices in women’s fiction.”—Newsweek
 
“Draw a line between two extremely popular genres, mysteries and romance novels, and in the middle you will find the bestselling Robards. She merges the two worlds like no one else, deftly interlacing plot and passion.”—Albany Times Union
 
Praise for The Last Victim
 
“[An] exceptional storyteller . . . Leave it to Robards to deliver the start of a series that is distinctive and unforgettable!”—RT Book Reviews
 
“Excellent . . . This story is going to haunt you.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
“Thrilling . . . a fun and sexy read.”—Booklist
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Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone doesn't just see dead people; in some cases, she makes love with them. After all, her dalliances include not only the very lively Tony Bartoli, but also indisputably dead convicted murderer Michael Garland. In her latest suspense-filled paranormal romance incarnation, our amorous psychiatrist is tracking down a mind-bending serial killer even as she sorts out her bedroom companions. An entertaining sexy romp.

From The Critics
Praise for Karen Robards
 
“One of the most popular voices in women’s fiction.”—Newsweek
 
“Draw a line between two extremely popular genres, mysteries and romance novels, and in the middle you will find the bestselling Robards. She merges the two worlds like no one else, deftly interlacing plot and passion.”—Albany Times Union
 
Praise for The Last Victim
 
“[An] exceptional storyteller . . . Leave it to Robards to deliver the start of a series that is distinctive and unforgettable!”—RT Book Reviews
 
“Excellent . . . This story is going to haunt you.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
“Thrilling . . . a fun and sexy read.”—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345535832
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Series: Dr. Charlotte Stone, #2
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 4,523
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Robards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of forty-three books and one novella. The mother of three boys, she lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.


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  • Posted August 26, 2014

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    The Last Victim was the first time I have ever read anything by

    The Last Victim was the first time I have ever read anything by Karen Robards. I like mystery and suspense and everyone loves a good romance but when I first picked it up I didn't think it was something I would be interested in. At the end of the first chapter, however, I was curious, and by the end of chapter five I was HOOKED!! I read through the entire book after one night and immediately rushed to get The Last Kiss Goodbye and it didn't disappoint!! This book and series has me sitting on the edge of my seat anxious to find out what happens next. This series constantly keeps you guessing who's the killer and turning the pages to find out. Then through in the witty banter between Charlie and her other-worldly bad boy boyfriend it adds just enough hot and steamy to keep you coming back for more. This was the aspect if the book that I thought I might not be able to get into, but boy was I wrong. I'm not only open to the relationship between Dr Stone and the ghost of Michael Garland, but I'm whole heartedly rooting for them and their relationship, and praying that Ms Robards finds a way to defy reality and give them their happily ever after. As long as that ending is in the far distant future. I am already anticipating the next book in this series Her Last Whisper and hope that there are many more to come. I am definitely now a HUGE fan and will definitely be getting any and all novels yet to come in this series.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    This is just the best series I love her books and can't wait for

    This is just the best series
    I love her books and can't wait for the third one in this series.  I just love the dialog between the Charlie and Michael!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    What is there to say about this book or the series..............

    What is there to say about this book or the series.......................FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Amazing!

    I stumbled upon The Last Victim a couple nights ago. I was so saddened when it ended like it did, then realized there was a second book coming out. I couldn't put down the first one, just like I couldn't put down this second one. I'm extremely hopeful for a third, because I just love the dialogue and the instant sizzle between Michael and Charlie! These books are truly the best suspense stories I've read in awhile! Ready to see more!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    I love this book. I love this series. I've been waiting foreve

    I love this book. I love this series. I've been waiting forever since Last Victim to hear more from Charlie and Michael. Such fun. And great suspense.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    Dr. Charlotte Stone ("Charlie") studies serial killers

    Dr. Charlotte Stone ("Charlie") studies serial killers.



    Charlie has had her real life run in's with serial killers too. As a young girl, she managed to escape the one who killed her friend's family. As an adult she's also managed to escape one. Now another one is after her..."The Gingerbread Man". Charlie is drawn into his escapades when a young lady escapes him and ends up on her doorstep. But this one seems to have Charlie in his sights and she is once again working with the FBI, hoping to find this one before he strikes again.



    Tony is the FBI agent Charlie has been dating...but they'll have to put their budding romance on hold. Not only to focus on the case, but because Charlie also sees dead people. Michael is one dead person who Charlie can't decide whether she wants him to find the light and go to it, or stay around with her. He's a convicted serial killer who was part of her research when he died. But is he really? He's determined to hang around with Charlie, protecting her, invading her dreams. He definitely does not like the idea of Tony and Charlie being together.



    Time is of the essence though and Charlie is determined to put her personal issues aside while she tries to help find a serial killer. But the more she sees Michael, the more he's there, the more she feels for him and starts to want him there. Her rational mind however, reminds her that it is Tony who is alive and physically real. It is still Michael that draws her though. Can Charlie do anything to keep Michael with her? Or will Charlie have to move on? Tony has no idea of Charlie's dilemma, and he might not be willing to wait too long.



    In the meantime, there's a serial killer to stop too. Can he be stopped before he strikes again? Can he be stopped before reaching his final target?



    Honestly, I love Michael! He is bad boy ghost who can't move on. He feels frustrated and wronged, but that won't stop him from looking out for and giving Charlie some real heat! I can't even say why I am so drawn to him and the whole concept, but I am! He just really pulls me in, my favorite character in The Last Kiss Goodbye.



    Charlie just can't figure out what to do! I think she knows what she wants, but won't even admit it to herself...because that would make it more real. Crazy, but real! And then what? She is a very smart, independant woman who has overcome obstacles to get where she is today.



    Karen gives us a paranormal romantic suspense that will draw you in and make you hope against hope. I love this kind of paranormal romance because for me it is something that could actually happen...the 'what if' of death. She writes so flawlessly that you are drawn right in with the characters, and when Charlie sees Michael so do you! Karen concludes The Last Kiss Goodbye perfectly so that if there is no third book you feel the story is finished, but at the same time there is enough room to continue.



    Karen gives us another fantastic book with The Last Kiss Goodbye. I've been waiting forever for this second book! My only complaint would be the time between the books is too long, and it's been quite a while (or it seems like it anyway) since the first one came out. I really hope there is a third book in this series!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2015

    Suspenseful fun series.

    The cast of characters puts this series on my list of 'gotta read them all'. Just enough of a twist to keep it interesting, without being overly complicated.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 5, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2015

    Hunting competition~ how it'll work

    I will post some kind of animal in each of the results. Ten animals you need to hunt, ten that you don't. Every time you hunt an animal you don't need you loose one point. Every time you hunt an animal you do need you earn one point. <p> How to hunt an animal: just post at the result the animal is at! You can elaborate on how you hunted it if you want, but you don't have to. Remember, ten of these animals a dragon would not need to hunt. And don't forget to sign your name.

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

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    This is the second book in the series. I gave the first book, Th

    This is the second book in the series. I gave the first book, The Last Victim 3 stars.




    This is still the kind of crazy sauce I tend to adore. While Dr. Charlotte Stone had pretty much decided to quit with the FBI work already and get back to her research, the plottings of a deadly serial killer land, quite literally, on her doorstep. Which brings back delicious FBI Agent Tony, and heats up the love triangle between Charlie, Tony and Michael. But really? It is still all about Michael. And there is some pretty juvenile posturing going down between Charlie and Michael (poor Tony is completely out of the loop on this), but I find it hard to denigrate it, because when one of the twosome is basically incorporeal there has to be something to ratchet up the tension. And, while the crazy sauce romance mix was definitely still up front and center, the mystery here was also a major part of it too. That part was pretty fun, but much of this book is just a hot mess. One of the bright parts those, was the emerging characterizations of Buzz and Lena and I am really hoping for some more page time. Besides Lena and Buzz, what saved this book for me was that the mystery took a little more center stage and was fairly griping, we get a bit more hints about Michael's true nature, and the ENDING. The ending completely rocked my world.




    So, I am tentatively giving this 3 stars, because I liked this well enough to keep going in the series. there were some issues, and I don't totally love everything about this, but the crazy sauce levels have eased down to bearable and the mystery has come up just enough, and I've learned about Michael just enough.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Last Kiss Goodbye

    As with every one of Karen Robards books I couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the the next book to find out what happens with the ghost of Michael Garland.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

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    Interesting Paranormal Thriller

    Charlie Stone is a psychiatrist that specializes in serial killers. Having been abducted by one and falling in love with one makes her seem obsessed instead of just studying them. So when a young woman escapes a serial killer, Charlie gets involved trying to help then becoming his next target.

    But this is no normal thriller. Charlie can see ghosts. But Michael is not just your normal ghost. He is a serial killer that knows Charlie can see him and Charlie has the hots for him. This gets complicated when Tony Bartoli, FBI Agent, also has a thing for her.

    I don’t know where to begin with this review. This is the first book of Karen Robards that I have read. I liked the concept for the serial killer hunting Charlie down. But I also have a What the Heck feeling about the whole relationship with a ghost serial killer. It also made it difficult to get into the plot of the story when at every chance Charlie and Michael are arguing over stupid things, in childish ways, instead of taking care of the serial killer hunting her down.

    I’m really torn. There is potential here but the way it was executed has left me with no desire to read the first book in the series or any subsequent ones.

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Just WOW

    This was well worth the wait. And I will get the next book. Well worth the money. Read The Last Victim first

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