The Last Kiss Goodbye

The Last Kiss Goodbye

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
"While on her evening run, serial killer expert Dr. Charlotte Stone comes across a bloodied and hysterical woman who raves to Charlie that she was forced to kill two others. Though unsure if this gut-wrenching story is true, Charlie gets her to a hospital. But then she remembers an almost identical story told to her by a prisoner incarcerated at Wallens Ridge. Drawing on her despised ability to communicate with the newly dead, Charlie discovers a vicious serial killer is on the loose. Dubbed the Ringmaster, this killer forces his kidnap victims to play sadistic, murderous games. VICAP Special Agents Tony Bartoli, Buzz Crane and Lena Kaminsky are investigating for the feds, with Charlie brought in to advise them. While Tony makes it clear that he would like to be more than friends with Charlie, she continues her love affair from Hell with dead man and convicted killer Michael Garland. In fact, it heats up as they track down this stone cold killer. At first, no one realizes that the Ringmaster is determined to involve Charlie in his evil games, but then it becomes terrifyingly clear that he's much closer than anyone realizes"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2013]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780345535825
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 02, 2017

I do like this series, but I have to say that it gets too be too much of the same thing. I like where the story is going, but the relationship between Michael and Charlie is the same as the other books and tends to get boring. The basic story about the FBI and others trying to stop a serial killer keeps you turning the pages. I am looking forward to the last book to see where everyone ends up.

libbyo4 Sep 14, 2015

My new favorite author! I loved this book!!!

Jul 07, 2015

He's beautiful, she's beautiful and the author is careful to point this out over and over and over again to the point of nausea. If there was a drinking game where you'd take a sip whenever looks were expounded upon, you'd be drunk before the end of chapter 2.
Beyond that, there is very little, if any, character development from the first book. The main characters are still out there doing their beautiful best, and the 'ghost' element is intriguing as is the identity of the killer (though the language skills of one of the agents at a crucial moment is extremely convenient and unlikely), but the relationship of Charlie and Micheal hasn't changed since the first book and appears firmly embedded in the physical as they keep sniping at each other whilst gifting each other with lustful gazes. They are given the appearance of caring about each other but I can't see why beyond the physical attraction.
The hunt for the killer is interesting, and I do quite enjoy the supernatural element, so, not a bad sequel if you can look beyond the Halequin-esque elements, and if that sort of thing floats your boat, then you'll likely really enjoy this book :)

IMolina3 Oct 02, 2014

Love it,specally when the author (Karen robards) puts Charlie on how garland stays with her, also love the end I thought that she was goin to stays dead, then the book would be of fantasy..jeje cant' wait to read her last whisper!

Happyvalley May 29, 2014

Really stupid book. I could not even finish reading it. Not up to her usual standards.

karcoldelharvic5 Apr 09, 2014

Have been a fan of Robards for a long while. Love this book. It is not silly.

Sep 14, 2013

I loved this book as much as the first one. Look forward to book three.

Aug 27, 2013

This book was not up to the standard I expect from Robards. It was trite and silly. The first in the series was ok. I won't be reading the next one.

Jul 29, 2013

If you're already a fan of the first book in this series, you'll probably enjoy this outing. Dr. Charlotte Stone is a psychiatrist with a special interest in serial killers. She can also...excuse this ...see dead people. Ghosts in limbo communicate with her until they are drawn into the light. When a killer named the Gingerbread Man enters her life, she joins the FBI as they try to identify him & stop the horrific methods he uses to get rid of his victims.
At her back is Michael, the ghost of a man who was convicted of murdering 7 women. He also happens to be tall, dark & handsome although a bit transparent at times.
There is a manhunt, dangerous situations & moments of romance leading to a resolution that leaves the door open for a sequel. You'll figure out who the bad guy is before you get there.
This book wants to be a thriller & a romance but the mystery side of the plot is weak with conclusions being reached with little evidence & moments that lack credibility. It's background for what is really a
paranormal romance so if that's your cup of tea, enjoy.


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