Books & fairytales - TUESDAY EXCERPTS

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is a book I’ve had since March 2016:  She Can Kill, by Melinda Leigh.  I have enjoyed several books by the author.  This book  was a 2016 RITA Finalist for Best Romantic Suspense.





Intro:  Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.  It has been eighteen months since my last assassination.

Christopher slowed the car as he approached the turnoff.  A visit to his father-in-law’s estancia triggered equal amounts of guilt—and fear.  The ranch was the last place he wished to be.  Franco had a job for him.  The kind of job he’d been avoiding since his daughter was born eighteen months before, the kind of job that required his expertise with a weapon.

But that’s what happened when you married the daughter of an arms dealer.


Teaser:  Mike sized him up.  He’d thought a drunken Troy was bad enough, violent and prone to impulsive outbursts of temper.  But intoxicated, Troy was easy to predict.  Sober, he seemed more dangerous, capable of thinking, planning…(p. 151).


Synopsis:  Cristan Rojas just wants to raise his daughter in peace. But after twelve years on the run from a South American cartel, he learns that even the quiet little town of Westbury, Pennsylvania, has hidden dangers. Although he can’t shake the feeling he’s under surveillance, Cristan’s attraction to Sarah Mitchell continues to grow, as do his concerns that his secret past could jeopardize anyone who gets too close to him.

Sarah is ready to start her life over with her children, a new job, and a budding romance. Her newfound happiness is threatened when her ex-husband becomes increasingly violent—and she soon learns her ex isn’t the only person stalking her.

Cristan fears someone from his past has arrived in town, someone far worse than a jealous ex. Someone who may be responsible for a brutal—and unsolved—murder a dozen years ago. To protect Sarah and his daughter, he must shine a light into the darkest recesses of his nightmarish past.


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?



  1. Well, the cover grabbed me before I even started to read and then, that little twist at the end of the confessional line really did it. Sounds like a complex, well-written novel and a bit scary but I’d certainly give it a go. Sounds like one where you get into it, don’t want to keep reading but can’t stop. Adding it to my TBR list. Here’s my link today with an intro and excerpt from C.J. Sansom’s Lamentation: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1oY

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