Cross Her Heart

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Mar 2020

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Bree Taggert returns home once again facing a family tragedy, awash in childhood memories of her father’s gruesome murder of her mother, she now faces the tragic death of her sister Erin. With little to go on, the local sheriff’s department still reeling from corruption Bree enlists Matthew Flynn, former law enforcement now on disability, who has his own agenda, find Justin his best friend, Erin’s husband and now number one suspect who is missing.
Full of suspense, an ending with a twist that I didn’t see coming, very likable characters and a dog that I really really want to adopt Ladybug, a must read for Melinda Leigh fans.

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book
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Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of Cross Her Heart.

This is my first Melinda Leigh book and I loved it!!! Bree, a Philadelphia cop, gets a troubling voicemail from her younger sister Erin one night. When she tries to call Erin back there is no answer so Bree drives home to find her. She ends up finding out Erin has been murdered and Erin’s estranged husband Justin is missing. Bree starts working with Justin’s friend Matt, who also found Erin, to try and solve the murder (and hopefully clear his best friend’s name in the process). What they end up finding are lies upon lies in everyone’s lives. Erin was hiding something; Justin was hiding something; Erin’s best friend Steph is somehow involved and hiding something... same with the father of Erin’s two kids, Craig.. hiding something!

This didn’t have that one OMG moment which is usually what I enjoy most out of books (I like to be reading and get to that one part where you just think “holy crap”) but regardless this was a super quick k read and I look forward to reading more from Melinda Leigh!
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Boom!

What a ride. Being a Philly girl I gotta say I loved Bree and her badassery.(my word)

I could not put this book down but alas I did need to go to sleep. From start to finish I was invested with every single character I came into contact with. Those I hated and those I loved. 

This story has a lot of twists and a lot of layers. I’m so looking forward to more in this series. Because with this cast of characters the possibilities are endless. 

I’m afraid to dive into to much for fear of spoilers. Suffice to say it needs to be added to your pile and read!
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This book is about the best of Melinda Leigh yet. I couldn't put the book down, it had me on the edge of my seat since the first chapter. She doesn't leave you hanging wondering what's next, you are like with the character all the way through till the end. I can't wait for what is next.
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Action packed, thrilling and awesome. Another winner from Melinda Leigh. Her characters are so well written that you get sucked into the story and never want it to end. Hopefully more stories with these wonderful characters.
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Melinda Leigh drew me into Bree's world from the first sentence. The characters were well written. Bree came across as a strong female lead that was driven to find the truth. The ending was definitely not what I was expecting. Which is a great thing in a suspense. It was my first book written by Melinda Leigh and I will definitely be trying some of her other books.
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I really enjoyed this book. 
It's not so much a romance as it is a mystery. I was expecting a bit more chemistry between the main characters, but the action was well done. 

Melinda really reached into the essence of Bree's emotional turmoil and I cried during some parts of the book because it was touching or hard. 

Overall, it was good. But less romance.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this Arc. 
What can we expect from Melinda Leigh but brilliance!!
I've read all of her books and without exception they are all equally brilliant!! It's nice to start a new series and I can't wait to read the next one!!
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Melinda leigh never disappoints! She Ia a great mystery, suspense writer. I. For detective Bree Taggert, family is everything after receiving a  c call from her sister, she hurries home only to find her sister has been murdered. While looking into the under age gets help from a suspects friend  Matt, who has a retired k9. . These two have to work together to solve the mystery!
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Thanks to netgalley and the publishers  for letting me review this book.
A fantastic read and a good story, told well.  I hope there will more with the same family.
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A well plotted and easy to read mystery. Sometimes you want a mystery that is both interesting and not overly graphic. This fit the bill. It was a fast paced story with characters I enjoyed and want to see more of. The mystery at the heart of the story was well written and kept me guessing. Really enjoyed this one.
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Cross Her Heart is a thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat, unable to put it down! Melinda Leigh consistently delivers a great read every time! I loved it.
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I adore this author and this new series did not disappoint! Thank you to @netgalley for the opportunity to read one of my favorite authors newest books. Bree Taggert was a great character that was very well developed, as were the other players in this story.  When Brees sister is killed she picks up her life and moves to her sisters town to care for her niece and nephew and to find out what happened to her sister. She partners up with a handsome hero who is a former officer and who happens to be the best friend of the only suspect in the case.. her sisters ex. But things are not always what they seem and this book takes us on a dark trail full of twists and turns to an ending i certainly did not see coming.
Suspenseful and fast paced, i highly recommend giving this one a read!!!
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Full review to be published online in mid December.

CROSS MY HEART is the first book in the new 'Bree Taggert' series, another romantic suspense novel by the always entertaining Melinda Leigh. Bree Taggert has faced tragedy in her life, and became a cop to help right the wrongs of the world. A mysterious phone call from her sister compels Bree home, only to find her sister murdered. In addition to finding out who killed her, Bree also finds herself guardian to her sister’s children. 

Recommended for fans of quality Romantic Suspense.
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Cross Her Heart is the first book in a new series by Melinda Leigh. If you have not read any of this authors books, you are missing out! This was a fantastic mystery that did not disappoint. It was suspenseful, full of surprising twists and turns, and had great lead characters that you want to know more about. I would recommend this book, or any of her other books, to anyone who loves a fast paced thriller that will keep you highly entertained and guessing as to what is coming next. I will definitely be awaiting more from this series!
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A great introductory book into Melinda Leigh’s new series. The narrative is effective in reminding readers of Leigh’s practiced talent in creating taut, character driven plots with that lingering edge of slow-to-build romance. Cross Her Heart is consistently paced and shrouded with mild mystery and suspense. Leigh offers a various cast of well-crafted characters that all have potential for further development within the series. In a genre that often goes for the shock and awe, Leigh respectfully and consistently manages to keep her writing tactful. 4 stars.


Thank you to #NetGalley and #MontlakeRomance for this ARC. #CrossHerHeart was read and reviewed voluntarily by Tarrah Marie (@wayward_readers). All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Cross Her Heart is the compelling first book in a new series by Melinda Leigh. Bree Taggert is the kind of heroine a reader roots for. She has trauma from her childhood that instead of holding her back, makes her stronger. When trauma strikes again, Bree returns to her hometown of Grey's Hollow and ends up investigating her sisters murder. As a homicide detective, she's not going to sit back and wait for the local law enforcement to solve the mystery. She find herself teamed up with a former sheriff officer, Matt Flynn, to seek out the killer.  
As you would expect from Melinda Leigh, there is plenty of action and hold your breath suspense. I loved these characters and cannot wait for the next book in this series! Thank you to the author and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I absolutely love Melinda leigh! She is a wonderful mystery, suspense writer. I love how she can turn something simple into something that has you in the edge of your seat waiting for what comes next. For detective Bree Taggert, family is everything; receiving a call from her sister, she hurries home. Where she becomes to the murder of her sister and mom to her two children. While investigating the murder she hooks up with an ex-detective Matthew Flynn, who has a retired k9. I loved Brody, he is my favorite character out of this book. These two have to work together to solve a mystery that nobody really wants solved. With a corrupt police force, it will take everything these two have to solve the case. And for Bree, a possible job and a move in her future.
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A great start to what is sure to be a great series from Author Melinda Leigh.

From as childhood tragedy that left her and her siblings parentless, Bree Taggert faced life and became a cope to help right the wrongs of the world. A mysterious phone call from her sisters compels Bree home, only to find her sister murdered. Now, she’s to be guardian to her sister’s children, in addition to discovering who killed her.

Fast paced and told from 2 roving points of view, this new series promises to be an excellent  addition to all the other great Melinda Leigh works.

Thankyou to Netgalley and Montlake for a sneak peek. The opinions are mine alone.
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4.5 stars.
A gripping introduction to a new series, with fabulous characters! 
A romantic suspense story featuring a strong, compassionate heroine, “Cross her Heart”, by Melinda Leigh (Montlake Romance), shows how facing grief and loss can be the path to healing and making peace with one’s tragic past.
Bree Taggert and her family, including close friend Dana, are such relatable, lovable characters. Despite her resilience, Bree has doubts and flaws and Leigh’s talent shows it, for example, with the heroine’s fear of dogs.
More than the thriller plot, with merits of its own, “Cross her Heart” presents a cast of complex characters and relationships that readers can relate to.
The romance is still beginning, but it’s lovely to have a wounded hero so honorable, supportive and understanding. That the slightly Viking like hero, Matt, is attracted to Bree and still so loyal to his childhood fried only adds to his strong personality.
I can’t wait for the second installment and to know more about these characters and the family’s present and past history, because there were some exciting questions left answered in this story.
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