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.
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(less)
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4.5 GRIPPING STARS!
I actually enjoyed this more than the first one, “The Last Victim“. I was more caught up on the profiling, and exploring into the mind of a serial killer. Plus, Charlie has managed to control her constant puking on crime scenes.. 😀
In this sequel, to sum it up, murder comes knocking on Charlie’s door, literally!!! So, with Charlie’s life maybe in danger…. she and the FBI team lead by Agent Tony Bartoli, are once again out to stop a serial killer, this time known as “Gingerbread Man.”
And on the personal aspect, Charlie is dealing with her feelings towards Michael…. because it is impossible and absolutely not healthy to have a relationship with a ghost!
It’s really easy to like Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone. She is sweet, simple, smart and as Michael often describes her, soft hearted.
Charlie is one of the top expert on criminal pathology… But what makes her special is that she can see the spirit or ghosts of the victims. On rare occasion, she is able to even talk to the ghost (which she was able to do on book 1). But, most often, the ghost can’t see her… on those cases, she sends Michael to talk to them instead.
Michael Garland is dead and who’s spirit or ghost has latched on to Charlie when he died. He is also very hot, sexy and charming that Charlie can’t help being attracted to. I know she shouldn’t… but even I like Michael. He grows on you. Though he does talk a lot. But he brings the humour and, I think, the heart on the story. I hope Charlie will look into his case next… cause in this book, you will hear more about Michael’s story. The only problem is, I need him alive for Charlie!
Then there’s Tony or Detective Bartoli who is also interested with Charlie. Though Tony is also hot, he just doesn’t have that certain oomph that Michael has. Still, he has more chances with Charlie should Charlie pursue that option cause he is definitely alive and living!
So, okay, romance wise… I loved and hated it…. I really am not a fan of love triangles… and the thing is, I don’t even know if there is one and where it is heading… It is frustrating and confusing! And Charlie does have hot sex with Michael… but that can only happen when Charlie’s soul travels outside her body… it’s the only time she can be in physical contact with Michael!
Anyway, setting aside the romance, there is also the mystery and suspense part of the story where Charlie and the FBI team tries to figure out who the Gingerbread man is! A lot of brutal and disturbing crime scenes… and a more disturbing mindset of the serial killer that is well narrated. Then there’s that thrilling climatic ending that was stunning!
The story is constantly moving… loved it! An addictive romantic suspense series with a touch of paranormal.
And talk about that ending! OMG! Where is Michael’s story heading! I don’t think my heart can wait too long to find out!
And what’s up with Agent Lena Kaminsky attitude! She is really getting on my nerves.