by Brenda Novak

August 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2526-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

With the release of Watch Me fans of Brenda Novak’s series The Last Stand will get the concluding story they have anticipated since Stop Me was read and enjoyed.

Sheridan Kohl is the third partner of the charity group known as The Last Stand, and she has decided that as her partners before her it’s time to face her past tormentor, and put the brutal crime she suffered to rest once and for all. In order to do this she has returned to Whiterock, Tennessee the place where she was shot, and watched a friend die.

What Sheridan doesn’t expect is to fall victim to the same predator once again. If not for the noise generated by a trio of tracking dogs Sheridan’s attacker might have succeeded in finishing the job this time, instead he is scared off as the dogs, and their owner approach. Cain Granger, the dogs’ owner, and employee of the Forest Service discovers Sheridan’s wounded body, and cares for her until proper medical treatment can be provided.

For most Good Samaritans the need to help would stop there, but Cain and Sheridan have a history that was ignored for the past twelve years. Now it's time to face their attraction, and all the ramifications that might result whether they be positive and safe or negative and fraught with danger.

As Watch Me unfolds readers will find themselves swept into the lives of the residents of the small Tennessee town. They’ll feel all the emotions that the characters feel, from joy, to sorrow, to outright anger, and last but not least mourning those we have loved but lost.

It takes a truly talented author to make readers feel all the emotions that a character is enduring, and Ms. Novak does it with a definite skill. She makes her readers wish that they could jump into the story, and speak their own mind when things are going against the hero, and be a part of the joyous celebrations when things are finally heading to the happily ever after ending.

Watch Me might not be quite as suspenseful as the earlier titles in the series, but it nicely wraps up the three main partners stories, and introduces readers to new people for whom we are going to get stories. Just one problem…those stories won’t be released until next year, so for those who like to reread you have plenty of time. For those who don’t…join me in the countdown to Summer 2009.

Reviewed in July 2008 by Sandi.

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