Wednesday, September 19, 2018

ARC Review: What I've Done by Melinda Leigh

What I've Done
Author: Melinda Leigh
Series: Morgan Dane (Book 4)
Publication: Montlake Romance (September 18, 2018)

Description: Morgan Dane’s new client has blood on her hands—and no recollection of what happened—as the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling series continues.

Haley Powell wakes up covered in blood, with no memory of the night before. When she sees a man lying in the backyard, stabbed to death, she has only one terrified thought: What have I done?

Agreeing to take the case as a favor to her PI friend Lincoln Sharp, Morgan must scale a mountain of damning circumstantial and forensic evidence to prove her client innocent. Haley couldn’t appear more guilty: her bloodstained fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and she has no alibi. But Morgan can’t shake the feeling that this shocked young woman has been framed.

Someone out there is hell-bent on sabotaging her defense, targeting Morgan, her partner, and especially Haley. Someone who will stop at nothing—and whose next move will be deadly.

My Thoughts: The fourth Morgan Dane thriller was a fast-paced, action-packed experience. It begins with Morgan meeting with a client before his court appearance. She learns that he had a previous assault experience that he hadn't told her about. Robert McFarland demands that she get him off without jail time despite the fact that he attacked a man in a crowded club in front of numerous witnesses and security cameras. Morgan's only possibility to get him off has to do with a procedural issue. When she presents him with the prosecutor's best deal, he sucker punches her in the side of the head and is ready to kick her in the face until the prosecutor and a bunch of deputies manage to pull him off her.

While Morgan is at the hospital for treatment an old friend of Sharp's drops in at his office. She is the widow of his partner who died in the line of duty twenty-five years earlier. Sharp had promised her husband to look after her and her baby Haley but their relationship wasn't good for either of them and she left the area. Now, she's come to Sharp because her daughter Haley has been accused of murder. She was found covered in blood standing over the corpse of a guy who took her home from a bar. She doesn't remember what happened.

Sharp contacts Morgan and she and Lance ride to the rescue to get Haley out of jail. She had been sitting in a cell for a couple of days. Since the sheriff was convinced that Haley's case was a clear cut case of murder, he had been focusing his attention on the case of a missing woman. When Morgan arrives at the jail, she finds a young woman who is suffering from Addison's disease and who has been left without treatment. She demands that Haley be taken to the hospital. While there they run drug and rape tests but Morgan knows that too much time has passed to get confirmation that she was drugged.

Even though she has a concussion, Morgan isn't going to slow down and rest when a young woman, especially one close to Sharp, is in danger. She and Lance begin trying to uncover what happened in the space of time that Haley doesn't remember that led to the death of Carter. But someone doesn't want them to investigate. Noah's brother Adam is especially concerned since he's convinced Haley killed his brother. He expresses his concern by sending threatening emails to Morgan and Haley, trespassing at Haley's house with a couple of weapon-wielding friends, and other things.

As Morgan and Dane investigate, they learn that Noah Carter wasn't the saint his family would like everyone to believe he was. They also are led to investigating Noah's friends who were at the club with them and who are a suspicious bunch of characters. Even Haley's ex-boyfriend comes under suspicion because he's quite an unsavory character too.

The action never stops in this story as Morgan, Lance and Sharp unravel all the twisted threads. I loved the relationship between Lance and Morgan. I liked that Sharp could get some resolution regarding his relationship with his partner's widow Eliza. I liked the introduction of a new character who intrigues Sharp. Fans of romantic suspense won't want to miss this story.

Favorite Quote:
"I have excellent sources." Ms. Cruz smiled at him, which was irritating. "There's no reason we can't help each other."

Except she was a reporter.

He had to admit she had presented herself openly and with integrity.

So far.
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