The Last Kiss Goodbye: A Novel

The Last Kiss Goodbye: A Novel

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by Karen Robards
     
 

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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 series cranks up the deadly danger and intense desire to the next

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345535832
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/13/2013
Series:
Dr. Charlotte Stone , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
19,755
File size:
3 MB

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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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The Last Kiss Goodbye 4.1 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 73 reviews.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
frogrock More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book kept me engaged from the beginning. Great plot and equally enjoyable characters, loved and hated Michael for not letting her live here life. Can't wait to read the next book in the series. Also a fan of this author. mjw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course, in all the yrs. through all of her books, I've never read a less than excellent book by her. I hope she continues to write, even when it's hard, because her books are entertaining, involving, & just p!ain well-written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book also. I am glad I bought the series. Not your average murder and romance.
christalvp More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Although I enjoyed the first one, it had some strange aspects that were a turn off for me. Although those same things were present in this book, I guess I have had enough time to come to terms with them. I like the character of Charlotte Stone even more after reading this book, and I really like the FBI team that she's working with. The ghost of Michael Garland is growing on me too. He had some good moments in the first book, but many more in this one. I'm looking forward to seeing where the series goes next. Dr. Charlotte Stone is drawn into a serial killer's web when he sends a victim her way and then begins sending her notes. As she works with Toni Bartoli's team of FBI agents, it quickly becomes clear that she is in danger. While dealing with the investigation, she is also trying to keep the ghost of convicted killer Michael Garland from being pulled permanently into the after world. Michael is worried for Charlotte's safety and watches her back as best as he can, while trying to help her determine the killer's identity. The storyline of this book was interesting, and I am growing attached to the characters of the series. I thought the book had a nice balance of romance and suspense, although I still find it odd to have Charlotte involved in a romance with a ghost. I was glad to see that she became more convinced of Michael's innocence in this one. I felt that the 1st book had a huge ick factor with Charlotte being so attracted to Michael while strongly believing that he was a serial killer who had done atrocious things to numerous women. I'm very interested in finding out what happens in the next book. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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JBronder More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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It was wonderful ! I adore Charlie & Michael & i can not waiy for the third book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!! Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing.  Way to short and almost the same as the first book.  Do not waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great books by this author!
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Both books were great pleaseeeee dont leave us hanging!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. I am a big fan of Karen Robards and look forward to her newest books, but I am just so disappointed with this one. Will not read another of these "paranormal" romances again.