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Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh

Say You're Sorry (Morgan Dane #1)Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Melinda Leigh – author of the “Midnight” series – has started another thrilling, suspense-filled series with “Say You’re Sorry,” which is filled with suspects, and little romance too.

Morgan Dane has taken time off since the death of her husband two years ago. But just as she is about to go back to work for the District Attorney’s office, her teenaged neighbor is accused of murdering his girlfriend, also a family friend. Morgan agrees to defend him, and finds that a case that looked open-and-shut is anything but. Working with her high school sweetheart to investigate the case, can Morgan figure out what’s going on in a town that seems to have secrets around every turn?

This book was very twisty and had several subplots which added to the bigger picture of the mystery. There are points when it seems clear what happened, but then you’re thrown in another direction. However the subplots did not take away from the main mystery, which is the murder of a young girl at the town’s party spot. Leigh is very good at maintaining that balance.

I’m interested to see more from this town in the future, based on some of these threads.

And the central mystery gets dark. It’s not for the faint of heart. Not that most murder stories are cheerful, but this one involves sexual assault in various forms. But nothing seemed gratuitous, and it was handled well. Morgan’s determination to get justice also adds a great balance to these aspects, showing that there are people who care about making sure victims of crime get justice and are taken seriously.

I did not guess this ending.

The romance was a little cheesy, but it was still enjoyable. Hopefully in later books will see the characters’ relationship developed more.

Overall, I’m looking to more from Morgan Dane and Scartlett Falls.

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The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

The Danger of Desire (Sinful Suitors, #3)The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a sweet but definitely spicy tale of a woman who isn’t looking for a husband and a man who isn’t looking for a wife – and they end up finding each other.

This is the third book in a series, though it can be read as a standalone. However, I must say that events is previous books are talked about and tie into the plot. Just be warned if you’re a series purist (which I am not).

The novel enters on Warren and Delia. Delia just lost her brother, who gambled away most of the family’s money and lost to a man with a distinct tattoo. Now, she’s trying to find that man by hanging around gaming hells disguised as a man. Warren’s cousin Clarissa asks him to see if Delia’s recent strange behavior is anything to be concerned about. When he investigates, he not only discovers her activities, but begins to fall for her.

The love story, IMO was very sweet, but I wish there was a little more. Like, i don’t know how to describe it, but they lacked a romantic flair. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved them together, but I guess I like the sugary sweet moments and they didn’t have many. They kind of danced around their feelings and gave lame excuses instead of just giving in – and some of the backstory was a little much. It wasn’t needed with so much plot already in there.

But the ending is wonderful and I’m sure we’ll be seeing even more of these characters, which would please me. I would for sure read more of this series.

This book has a great blend of spicy love scenes and enough plot to keep things moving. Highly recommended for Regency romance fans.

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