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Publisher's 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.

Best-selling author Melinda Leigh delivers another gritty mystery simmering with spine-tingling passion in this first Scarlet Falls novel.

©2014 Melinda Leigh (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Unoriginal

Despite the fact I wanted to find out "whodunit", skipping to the end would have been the only answer had I been reading the actual book. Since I was using the audio book I just let it keep running while I was painting a large room. The plot was ordinary, the characters were generic and the 'romance' was contrived. I found the love sequences so ridiculous, out of place and unnecessary that I did speed through them. Maybe it was the paint fumes, but I held on to the end for the mystery to be solved and was left with an ehhhh who cares feeling.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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outstanding

What made the experience of listening to Hour of Need the most enjoyable?

It had a real nice flow and some nice twists.

What other book might you compare Hour of Need to and why?

I couldn't do that. Different in a nice original way.

What does Cris Dukehart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I was able to tell who was talking without a problem.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, just very enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

Will read or listen to more.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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More than an hour...

The story was very good,and I enjoyed the characters. The description of Grant Barrett gave me a very good idea of what he looked like, and I could picture him and Ellie working together side by side.

The story had some great twist and turns, and I liked how the story was all tied together in the end.

Hour of Need is the first book by Melinda Leigh I have read and the first narrated by Cris Dukehart. I thought the narrator was a little flat in the beginning of the book, but she seemed to improve as the story moved along.

Overall, I enjoyed Hour of Need, and would recommend this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed it

Liked it enough to get the 2nd book and I do not read mysteries. The performance was good too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good book....bad narrator.

This book was a great read, but I don't enjoy the narrator. I've read another of Morgan Leigh's books and have the same criticism. Great read, but the inflection and tone of the narrator is not enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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monatone reader

maybe just me but the reader seemed to monatone. like she was just reading a script a lot of book. plot was good but not impressed with audio.

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Narrator is the worst I've ever heard!

This was the most colorless, monotone, and at times, robotic reading I've been subjected to. Rather than enhancing the writing, it did the opposite. I should have heeded the reviewer whose advice was to read this book rather than to listen to it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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not worth it

Terrible narrator. Story too sappy for suspense. I didn't enjoy the book at all. Beware

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  • Luis
  • BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, US
  • 04-18-16

great read

I've read a few of Leigh's books including the she can series and this story by far was my favorite. she has a knack for story telling. I will continue to read her books and would highly recommend anyone read her stories as well

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good read!!!!!

Good read, will read the next in the series. Audio well done. Love the grandmother character.

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  • Graham
  • 07-28-16

Moderately entertaining.

The book is interesting with an unlikely cast of characters.
It is not full of action, no especially violent, has reasonable back story but not an edge in your seat, "un-put down able" ripping yarn.
I mark it down too due to the romantic stuff not a personal preference in a murder mystery.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • 01-14-16

Good murder mystery with a realistic romance

Some of the many things I loved about this book:

• Characters were not just black and white. Most were fundamentally good people, but were not perfect, made mistakes, and sometimes messed up. Some people were more likeable than others, and some unlikeable people then had moments when you empathised with them. The bad guy was not immediately obvious – right up until the end it could have been one of several people.

• I loved the scene where the two brothers did not automatically assume that their sister would be the best caregiver for orphaned children, purely because she was a woman. In fact initially they both acknowledged that she was not maternal, and that the responsibility fell to them to take care of the kids.

• The H and h were mutually attracted, but for much of the book did not act on this attraction. People close to them had been murdered, and romance was, realistically, the least of their priorities. Even when they admitted to their mutual attraction they both knew that a relationship was not a realistic proposition and both, all the way through, always put the kids first. At the end, when circumstances changed and a relationship become possible, they decided to “see where it developed” rather than claim “insta-love”. The epilogue very nicely showed where everything had developed!

• I particularly loved the h in this book. She did not fall to pieces in moments of crisis and do stupid stuff. When held at gunpoint she carefully and rationally considered all her options, and acted appropriately. She did not automatically trust the H just because she liked him, nor did she discount anyone as a suspect for anything but very logical reasons. In other words, she had a brain, and she used it. Hallelujah!!!

Great book, really good narration. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Ian
  • 02-19-17

A really interesting story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes bbecause i enjoyed the story and found it an easy read.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the characters and the way it was not easy to figure out.

Which character – as performed by Cris Dukehart – was your favourite?

Iliked the way she read grants character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes.

Any additional comments?

I came across this author by accedent while brousing my updates on goodreads and noticed that one of my friends had read this so decided to add it to my shelves. i then came to audible and was glad to find that i was able to get hold of it. really enjoyed the book and i am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.

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  • 01-16-17

LOVED THIS BOOK

Where does Hour of Need rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

10/10

What other book might you compare Hour of Need to, and why?

The style makes me think slightly of James Patterson and John Grisham but mostly she is up there with Jeffrey Archer too. <br/>A gripping story !!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book played with all my emotions

Any additional comments?

Very well written and beautifully told.