The Last Time I Saw Her – 5 Stars

the last time I saw her

Karen Robards

Dr. Charlotte Stone Series (Book 4)

Release Date: August 25, 2015


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book blurb

In the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, Dr. Charlie Stone must prove the innocence of a dangerously sexy condemned man, or lose her one chance at true love.

In this world, Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone skillfully probes the twisted minds of incarcerated serial killers to better understand what makes them tick, and to help nab those who remain at large. But in the next world, Charlotte’s ghostly lover—convicted serial killer Michael Garland—is facing death yet again. It seems the only way Charlie can snatch Michael from the jaws of oblivion is by proving his innocence. And this dead man’s dead ringer may just be the key.

A mysterious stranger has turned up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Charlie is shocked to realize he could be Michael Garland’s identical twin. But she suspects the resemblance is only skin deep—and that behind the handsome face may lurk the perverse mind of a killer. While using her keen profiling gifts, Charlie risks her life to discover the shocking secret that will clear Michael’s name.

Then a breakout at Wallens Ridge State Prison forces Charlie to contend with a sudden swarm of psychopaths bent on spilling blood. No one has a better chance of tracking down the deadly fugitives than Charlie—unless the rampaging killers manage to find her first and make this case her last. But Michael will move heaven and hell—and even make a devil’s bargain—for a chance to save Charlie’s life, and feel her touch once more … if only for the last time.

The Last Victim (Book 1)

the last victim

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The Last Kiss Goodbye (Book 2)

the last kiss goodbye

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Her Last Whisper (Book 3)

her last whisper

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about the author

Karen Robards

Karen was born on 24 August 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was a teenager. She sold her first short story, when was very young, and was published in the December 1973 Reader’s Digest, but she cannot sold her first romance novel until 1981, when she was 24. After it, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today, a regular on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others, she is the winner of six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite romance author, as well as numerous other awards. She writes historical and contemporary romances. Her work has been translated into eleven languages, and has won awards from both Romantic Times and Affaire de Coeur.

Karen lives in native Louisville with her husband, Doug Robards, and their three sons Peter (b. 1983), Christopher “Chris” (b. 1989), and Jack (b. 1994). She says: “I read, I write, and I chauffeur children,” she says with a laugh. “That’s my life.”

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my review

5 Stars

So if you ever meet me in real life, you will find that I have OCD.  I love order – I need everything to be black-and-white.  See a problem. Fix a problem.  (I totally appreciate the grey aspect of life but prefer structure) I tend to not be a fan of paranormal romance books because they go to places that my brain usually has difficulty accepting.  However, I find myself addicted to the Dr. Charlotte Stone series by Karen Robards and it’s all about loving the most unavailable man ever.

A quick refresher or introduction to this series.  Dr. Charlotte Stone aka Charlie is an expert in criminal pathology and she studies serial killers that are on death row at a local prison. (Sounds like a good time, right?!)  Anyway, Charlie met, interviewed and fell in love with Michael Garland – man convicted of murdering quite a few women.  However, he is now dead and comes to Charlie as a ghost. The man she is in love with is an apparition. A freaking ghost!!

Anyway, moving forward in my review – we’re onto book 4, The Last Time I Saw Her, the authors latest release in this series. Charlie has just returned home after helping the FBI with a case and her life is in shambles.  She’s lost the love of her life and karma has placed what looks like his identical twin in her face. Feeling like she finally has the missing piece to the murders Michael was convicted of – she is on a mission to prove his innocence.

Except it all goes to hell. Charlie’s world becomes absolute chaos. As it unfolded, my jaw was on the ground and I was swept up into the drama. Charlie is in danger and trapped. She’s putting so much fear and desolation out into the world that Michael feels it. And their love for one another is so powerful that even death cannot keep him from trying to save her.

Everything that follows that moment on and until the end of the book is spectacular. Some scenes require you to suspend your disbelief in reality but you’re so invested in this couple getting their happily ever after that you do it willingly.

As a fan of romantic suspense books, there isn’t a moment in this book or the other stories in this series that doesn’t do it for me. The criminal mysteries are awesome. They’re intense and captivating. The love between Michael and Charlie – it’s the stuff that we romance lovers dream of. A love that cannot be forgotten and will follow us even if we are no longer of this world.

So I guess I will leave my review with this – Karen Robards is a masterful writer.  Her books about Charlie and Michael are a top recommendation from me.  They make my heart pound because of the chemistry between the main characters and the from the undying connection they share.  Definitely don’t miss out on The Last Time I Saw Her.

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