The Last Execution

To survive, she must put the past behind her. To love, she must learn to trust.

Homicide detective Leigh McBride’s first assignment with the FBI brings her face-to-face with a past she’s tried hard to forget. And when her temporary partner, a cynical ex-marine, lights a fire in her she thought long-extinguished, her darkest secret is threatened.

Scarred both physically and emotionally, Special Agent J. T. Noble is a man of few words. He prefers to keep people at a distance—until he meets Leigh. He’s attracted to her strength and drawn in by her secrecy. But in their line of work, secrets can be deadly.

When the killer they are hunting aims his vigilante justice at Leigh’s past assailant, the fine line between right and wrong blurs. To heal the past—and find their future together—Leigh and J. T. must learn that only through trust and forgiveness can love grow.


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J.T. opened one eye and stared into two small blue ones. There was a question coming. Like why he’d slept on the couch. Other than ‘go ask your mother,’ he had no clue what to say. He rolled off onto the floor to straighten out his bent, cramped torso. He groaned into a stretch. Ethan landed with a giggle.

“Easy,” J.T. pleaded. “Is your mom up?”

“No. Wanna play?”

“Not really.”

The kid jumped up and down a couple of times.

“Don’t bounce,” J.T. warned.

Ethan turned his head sideways as he studied J.T.’s face. Wide eyed, the boy pointed at the scar with his index finger. He wasn’t surprised. The kid was probably curious.

“How’d you get that?”

“A piece of shrapnel—” He paused and considered Ethan’s age. “I was in the war. A bomb went off and a piece of metal smacked me in the face.”

“Does it hurt?”

“Not anymore.” He marveled at the innocence in Ethan’s eyes.

“Can I touch it?”

“I guess so.” J.T. breathed in and waited. Ethan hesitated, leaning closer.

“I’m not supposed to talk about your scar.”

“Who said?”

“Mama.”

“It’s okay. I won’t tell.”

J.T. turned his head to the side. No one had outright asked to touch the constant reminder of a day when his best friend caught the worst of an IUD. Hell, people shied away from his right side. Except Leigh, she looked him square in the face. He lay still while Ethan poked a finger into the scar a couple of times. After a few seconds of investigation, the kid cupped the scar with his small hand and patted lightly. The oddest thing happened to his heart. It swelled inside his chest and then clenched.

“Mama said you were a brave soldier.”

Alien emotions swirled through J.T. and an unexplained urge to hug Ethan put a weird lump in J.T.’s throat. Unable to cope or understand, his mind raced for an idea, anything to end the moment.


Reviews

“This was my second romantic suspense novel by Jerrie Alexander, and she is now one of my go-to authors for semi-creepy plots à la Criminal Minds with a side of sizzling romance. Her stories are usually told from multiple POVs, usually the hero, heroine and the villain, and I’ve found that I enjoy being able to see inside their minds. Not only do I feel more connected to the hero and heroine, but when the POV switches to the villain, you get chills just knowing what the main characters are going to eventually face. I highly recommend The Last Execution or The Green-Eyed Doll.”

MsRomanticReads

“I stumbled across this book, so glad I did as thoroughly enjoyed it. I searched the author then also read “The Green Eyed Doll” in record time. They both get you hooked from the start, and had me reading til the wee hours of the morning! If you like thrillers, with a bit of romance on the side, you will love both Jerrie Alexander books. I just hope she is writing more…and soon!”

Kerrily Hodgson

 

 

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