All it takes is “Minutes To Kill”, minutes for a situation to become deadly, minutes to become a witness from an innocent bystander and just minutes to become a target to be killed.

The second book in the Scarlet Falls Series by Melinda Leigh brings corporate attorney Hannah Barrett back home to Scarlet Falls with a killer right behind her heels. What was supposed to be a few days of vacation for Hannah turn into a nightmare with two killer brothers hell bent on seeing her dead for trying to help a teenager from being forced into sex trade.


A cry for help from the very same girl she wasn’t able to help, brings her face to face with Detective Brody McNamara, her attraction, her apprehension and her lust. Having helped her family when her brother and sister-in-law were murdered, Brody has become a trusted member of the Barrett family. And seeing Hannah only brings out the spark, the respect and love he has for her and with killers on the spree in Scarlet Falls, he would do anything to keep Hannah and her family safe and protected.

I love the simplicity of the story, as a small incident becomes a threat to an innocent civilian. It could happen to anyone, and the repercussions of the incident bring out the strong dimensions of family support. It becomes a foundation to face some insecurity, overcome a few fears, and in the process become a stronger individual.

Melinda Leigh continues the saga of the Barrett Family in Scarlet Falls, as they try to come back as one unit to deal with the aftermath of the murder of their sibling and an ailing father with dementia. She does a brilliant job of giving the story the co-existence of danger and presence of family bond. The romance between Brody and Hannah is sublime and is a perfect pen as is the characterization of Brody and Hannah. Two strong individuals, independent yet dependent on each other, with strong belief of justice and family, Brody and Hannah will win the hearts of the readers.

“Minutes To Kill” can be read as a stand-alone, but I would highly recommend readers to start with “Hour Of Need” (where it all started), to enjoy the following books to the fullest

Received an ARC from the author for an honest review.