Review: ‘She Can Kill’ by Melinda Leigh
She Can Killby Melinda Leigh
Series: She Can #5
Published by Montlake Romance on December 8, 2015
SubGenres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Audience: 18+/Rated R
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Reformed assassin Cristan Rojas just wants to raise his daughter in peace. But after twelve years on the run, he learns that even the quiet little town of Westbury, Pennsylvania, has many 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.
She Can Kill has been on my TBR since 2015, and I can’t believe I just now finished it. In my defense, 2015 was a busy year for me since I was working full-time after finishing college. Now, after finishing the She Can series, this will be one of my favorite series from Melinda Leigh. (Everything she writes is my favorite, really.)
I knew the second I started reading this book it would be hard to put down. Melinda is one author who writes some suspenseful reads and writes not only the protagonists’ POVs, but the antagonist too. You just don’t know who the antagonist is until the very end, and it’s usually not the person you think it is because Melinda throws in twists and turns along the way. This is why Melinda will be one of my favorite Romantic Suspense authors. I love the mystery behind it, but fair warning: Melinda throws in some dark storylines to her books. This one includes not only an antagonist who is after the MMC, but there’s someone in the FMC’s life who is threatening her, too.
I loved both the MCs in this book. Cristan Rojas is a reformed assassin who is trying to keep his daughter safe after what happened in Argentina, but he knows he has to keep moving to keep them safe. Unfortunately, he’s having a hard time moving this time when he cares for someone that he knows needs help, too, especially when he puts this person at risk with his past. I loved Sarah too because she’s trying to live her life after her divorce from her ex-husband, and she wants to do it her way, but her ex-husband is making her life difficult. She doesn’t want to bother anyone with her drama, but there are times she needs assistance. Her sister and soon-to-be brother-in-law play a role in this book, and you’ll recognize them from previous books in the series.
Another reason why I love Melinda’s books is that she not only writes strong, lead heroes, but she does the same with the heroines. Sarah is an FMC who is taking defense classes to protect herself because she refuses to let what happened to her happen again.
Both Cristan and Sarah suffered from traumatic pasts, and they deserved to find love and happiness again. I’m glad they found it in each other. It did take time, but they got there after their pasts were dealt with in different ways.
Another 5-star read from Melinda, and I can’t wait to read the other series she’s written that I’ve missed out on the last several years. I’m officially back in my Romantic Suspense Era!