The Last Execution
by Jerrie Alexander
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 97,000
To survive, she must put the past behind her. To love, she must learn to trust.
Homicide detective Leigh McBride’s first assignment with the FBI brings her face-to-face with a past she’s tried hard to forget. And when her temporary partner, a cynical ex-marine, lights a fire in her she thought long-extinguished, her darkest secret is threatened.
Scarred both physically and emotionally, Special Agent J. T. Noble is a man of few words. He prefers to keep people at a distance—until he meets Leigh. He’s attracted to her strength and drawn in by her secrecy. But in their line of work, secrets can be deadly.
When the killer they are hunting aims his vigilante justice at Leigh’s past assailant, the fine line between right and wrong blurs. To heal the past—and find their future together—Leigh and J. T. must learn that only through trust and forgiveness can love grow.
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
Ethan turned his head sideways as he studied J.T.’s face. Wide eyed, the boy pointed at the scar with his index finger. J.T. wasn’t surprised. The kid was probably curious.
“How’d you get that?”
“A piece of shrapnel—” He paused and considered Ethan’s age. “I was in the war. A bomb went off and a piece of metal smacked me in the face.”
“Does it hurt?”
“Not anymore.” J.T. marveled at the innocence in Ethan’s eyes.
“Can I touch it?”
“I guess so.” J.T. breathed in and waited. Ethan hesitated, leaning closer.
“I’m not supposed to talk about your scar.”
“It’s okay. I won’t tell.”
J.T. turned his head to the side. No one had outright asked to touch the constant reminder of a day when his best friend caught the worst of an IUD. Hell, people shied away from his right side. Except Leigh, she looked him square in the face. He lay still while Ethan poked a finger into the scar a couple of times. After a few seconds of investigation, the kid cupped the scar with his small hand and patted lightly. The oddest thing happened to J.T.’s heart. It swelled inside his chest and then clenched.
“Mama said you were a brave soldier.”
Alien emotions swirled through J.T. and an unexplained urge to hug Ethan put a weird lump in J.T.’s throat. Unable to cope or understand, his mind raced for an idea, anything to end the moment.
Leigh McBride finds herself working with the FBI on a case that has been transferred from her Atlanta PD dept. She has temporarily been teamed up with Special Agent J.T. Noble to find a sniper wreaking havoc on the area. McBride and Noble both have personal lives that they wish to keep private. They have trouble keeping their secrets hidden, though, while working the case and falling for each other in the process.
When Leigh and J.T. first came together, it was a little awkward for me. Their interaction didn’t seem quite natural to me. As I read on that was quickly forgotten, and their personalities both came shining through, and their interaction seemed natural. Leigh is one tough chick. Her character was quite inspirational to me. Then you have T.J. who seems to have the perfect mix of being protective while giving Leigh her independence.
The book had a good, steady rhythm. It wasn’t fast, but it never got slow or boring for me. There are plenty of tense moments, along with some very violent scenes and language to match. Rape is not committed in the story, but it has taken place prior to where the story has picked up, and it is spoken of often – for any of you that wish to be forewarned. Then there are some very HOT and STEAMY scenes. I also felt my heart turning to mush a couple times.
The plot was a little predictable, but the details were never clear; I always felt the tension and kept wanting to turn the pages to see what happened next. I’m not usually big on books about crime solving, but this had the perfect blend of romance mixed in. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from Jerrie Alexander. 4 STARS!!!!
About the Author
A student of creative writing in her youth, Jerrie set aside her passion when life presented her with a John Wayne husband, and two wonderful children. A career in logistics offered her the opportunity to travel to many beautiful locations in America, and she revisits them in her romantic suspense novels.
But the characters went with her, talked to her, and insisted she share their dark, sexy stories with others. She writes alpha males and kick-ass women who weave their way through death and fear to emerge stronger because of, and on occasion in spite of, their love for each other. She likes to torture people, make them suffer, and if they’re strong enough, they live happily ever after.
The author of THE GREEN-EYED DOLL, THE LAST EXECUTION, and her latest release, HELL or HIGH WATER, Book 1 in the Lost and Found, Inc. Series, Jerrie lives in Texas, loves sunshine, children’s laughter, sugar (human and granulated), and researching for her heroes and heroines.
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