Title: Hour of Need
Author Melinda Leigh
Review: Major Grant Barrett receives news that is older brother Lee and his wife have been murdered in his home town of Scarlet Falls leaving behind 6 year old son and a cranky 4 month old baby girl. Grant quickly goes home to find everything he knew about his brother might have been a fake. When someone tries to kidnap the children and their babysitter Grant decides to become the law and find out what happened to his Brother.
Readers are introduced to quite a few characters if Hour of Need and each come with their own back story but instead of throwing it all at you the author takes her time introducing each character at the perfect point so the reader is never lost. The Melinda creates a world where the reader is invested into a series without ever knowing it happened until you finish this book desiring to find out what happened to everyone else. I can’t wait to read about Hannah and learn more about Mac. Grants other siblings.
The author created some light moments with the baby and how a Major in the army has no idea how to take care of his brother children. Being a mom I found I could totally relate to the feelings of overwhelmed and the humor in feeding and changing a babies diapers causing.
As the investigation continues the reader is along for the ride uncovering more the story which because more complex and changes from a simple loss of a loved one to a fast pace mystery keeping the reader hooked until the end of the novel.
The Author Melinda Leigh write a great balance of suspense, mystery and romance that work perfectly in sync.
Advance Copy from NetGalley
Publisher: Expected publication: December 9th 2014 by Montlake Romance
Quick Rating: 5 stars
Summary: While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant’s youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on emergency leave to temporarily care for his orphaned nephew and niece. But when someone tries to kidnap the kids and their teenage babysitter, Grant knows it’s not a random act…and neither were the murders.
Already devastated by her neighbors’ violent deaths, Ellie Ross is shattered by the attempted abduction of her teenage daughter so she desperately turns to Grant for help. As they navigate a deadly search for the truth, they struggle with growing feelings for each other and Grant’s impending return to deployment.
But time is running out. The killer is growing bolder by the hour, and Ellie and Grant must find him before the children become his next victims.
Author Information: Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity. in 2007, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a book, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. It was time to get serious about making her hobby a career. She began submitting her work in 2008. In 2009 she signed with an agent, who sold Melinda’s debut romantic suspense novel, SHE CAN RUN, in 2010 to Montlake Romance.
SHE CAN RUN released in November 2011 and became the #1 Bestseller in Kindle Romantic Suspense. SHE CAN RUN has been nominated for a 2012 Thriller Award for Best First Novel.
Melinda is also an avid martial artist. She holds a 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and teaches women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs and one neurotic cat with an inexplicable fear of ceiling fans. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination.