Review: What I’ve Done by Melinda Leigh

Posted November 19, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Audio Book, Reviews / 17 Comments

Review: What I’ve Done by Melinda Leigh
What I've Done
Narrated by Cris Dukehart

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Series: Morgan Dane #4
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on September 18, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Kindle Unlimited

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The Delight

Morgan has never defended someone who had this much evidence proving her guilt, but as a personal favor to Sharp, she and Lance will do their best to find a truth that doesn’t send Haley to prison.  Each of the books in this series continues to captivate me with the oft times brutal and gritty cases, the twisting plots, the engaging characters and their swirl of complex backstories, and the extra layer of fabulousness the narrator brings to the whole.  I think we can safely say I’m addicted and would have listened straight through if life responsibilities didn’t get in the way.

Review

What I’ve Done is book four in the Morgan Dane series.  While each book might be taken out of order in a pinch, this is a series where relationships and history are strong.  So strong that I always advise newbies to start with the Scarlet Falls trilogy before picking up this spin-off series.

Morgan no sooner gets shut of her current loser client by way of a personal attack on her person than Sharp needs a big favor.  His old cop partner’s daughter stands accused of murder and the evidence is damning.  Haley herself doesn’t even know the truth because she can’t remember what happened that night after the bar.  The dead guy’s brother is hurling more than insults, reporters and protesters surround the house, Haley is in a fragile mental state, and someone doesn’t want Morgan and Lance to stay on the case as life attempts mount.  If Haley didn’t do it then who did? They ask themselves.

What I’ve Done is intense from the beginning and doesn’t let up as everyone races to find the truth and hopes it leads somewhere other than the young woman.  I loved getting this look closer into Sharp’s past and seeing his ever present honor and sense of duty truly shine.  Now, it was hilarious to see him bristle at the new player who has entered the picture and I sincerely hope she is here to stay.  Oh man, I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I actually liked the lady reporter even when she was niggling at Sharp during each encounter.

Once again, Morgan and Lance teaming up was pure gold.  Their working and private relationship feels authentic and they have arrived at that place where both are at peace with the past.  The question is now how to go from dating and separate households to something deeper and more committed.  They focus on how they feel about their partner being in danger, but still respecting their ability enough not to attempt to suppress them.  Morgan isn’t stupid even if very driven so she gives and uses common sense while Lance knows he wants to be overprotective and take point all the time, but knows he needs to trust Morgan’s training and skill when its best she lead or act as his backup.  Cue my swoons to see Lance with Morgan’s three little girls putting them to bed or getting them ready for school and on the bus.

I think what I love is the story as a whole with all the parts together in sync.  The characters, particularly the investigation team including all those who help even Lance’s mom, Morgan’s sister and her boyfriend, the police and sheriff’s, the ADA, and Morgan’s grandfather or everyone supporting as a family.  I love seeing everyone getting in on the act by the time the book is done.

Cris Dukehart was as splendid with all the character voices, emotions, pacing and tone as usual.

To summarize, this one kept me riveted through and through and I am now in desperate need of the new book when it releases.  I can heartily recommend the book/series to those who enjoy thriller romance and romantic suspense.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #341 RS
New Release #171
Audio #77
Spooky Readathon #3

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Tracy Terry
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Hi Sophia Rose, Many thanks for stopping by Pen and Paper.

Loving your blog; that, like me, you are something of an eclectic reader.

Whilst What I’ve Done sounds like a read I’d enjoy I have kind of sworn off starting any books that form a series and I’m not sure this is one I’d break this ‘rule’ for.

Sophia Rose
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Howdy, Tracy!

Appreciate the return visit. 🙂 Shari, our blogging manager, is the one who makes the blog a lovely, welcoming place. Haha! Yeah, eclectic could definitely describe my reading habits. 🙂

And, I completely understand the need for your rule. There are so many books out there and I hesitate to get myself caught up in another series, too.

Melliane
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Oh I enjoyed a book by this author and I didn’t know about this one so I’m curious

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, this series is good stuff, Melliane. This is book four. It’s best to start with her Scarlett Falls trilogy and then move into the Morgan Dane series.

Mary Kirkland
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I saw this one on NetGalley and thought about requesting it. It does sound like one I would enjoy.

Sophia Rose
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I just spotted the next book on NG and snagged it. 🙂 I love these. Hope you like them if you get the chance, Mary.

Northwoman
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I have this series on my KU list for December. Can’t wait. Thanks for sharing one of your favorites with us. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
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Oh yay! I’m very excited that you are going to try them. Hope you like the series, Anne. It is definitely a favorite.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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Boy am I glad I read your review. I didn’t realize this was part of a series. Looking up book one.

Sophia Rose
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And, the series is a spinoff so check out the Scarlett Falls trilogy first. I got them out of order and spent most of the first Morgan Dane book feeling like I was missing some things. 😉

Carole Rae
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Morgan and Lance sound like a blast!

Sophia Rose
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They sure were. I love them separately, but they are definitely great together.

Nadene
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I was auto approved for this title on Netgalley, but didn’t realise it was part of a series.

Sophia Rose
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You’ll probably be all right, Nadene. It will obviously feel like you’re stepping into the middle of something with the interpersonal relationships, but the mystery is standalone. Hope you like it. 🙂

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!
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YAY, 5 stars! I love this review. I am so happy you loved it as I have it on my Audible library to listen to it. I love romantic thrillers so this one keeping you riveted has me wanting to start it now! =)

Sophia Rose
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Generally, I am not a binge reader/listener, but from the very first book I was hooked and had to just keep reading until I caught up with this last one. And, then I snatched the new release for next spring at Net Galley already. LOL Hope you like it, too, Mary. 🙂

herding cats
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Yay! And yes on Kris. She’s quickly becoming a favorite narrator of mine. I need to check out the newest release 🙂