Review: Save Your Breath by Melinda Leigh

Posted September 19, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Save Your Breath by Melinda Leigh
Save Your Breath

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Series: Morgan Dane #6
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on September 17, 2019
Pages: 314
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

I probably shouldn’t let this surprise me so far into this series, but it still blows my mind how enthralled I get when I read these books.  As a reader, I’m so vested in the characters, the case, and the suspension that is teased out just right that I barely notice the pages flying past, time going by, or real life around me.  I was so jazzed when I saw this was going to focus on Lincoln and Olivia, but wow, it really floored me how the author brought out their story in much the same sort of trial by fire romance that she put Morgan and Lance through.


Save Your Breath is the sixth in the sensational Morgan Dane romantic suspense series.  The mysteries tend to be standalone, but the surrounding story and characters is ongoing and works best read in order.  In addition, the Morgan Dane series is a follow up to the Scarlett Falls trilogy.

Morgan and Lance think they’ll be up to their eyeballs in Halloween with the girls and wedding preparations.  Never in their worst nightmare would they think they would be working against the clock along side a distraught Lincoln Sharp to solve the kidnapping of Olivia Cruz, Sharp’s girlfriend and a brilliant investigative journalist/true crime author.  They hunt high and low through her life and her research notes to find the one thread that when tugged will lead them to Olivia.  Meanwhile, they know the odds on a retrieving a live kidnapped victim after time passes.  With the assistance of Morgan’s sister Stella, grandpa, and Lance’s mother, they won’t give up.

As I said, I love how the author takes me completely into her book when I’m reading these.  My emotions are engaged with her characters and the situations.  The case is dark and a little gritty.  The early evidence wasn’t much and then they had a white board full of motives and suspects.   Poor Sharp got put through the wringer and Lance and Morgan had to be his pillars through it all.  I liked that the author really did her homework on the justice system, legalities, police procedures, kidnapping crime, and even a bit on domestic abuse and militia.

Oddly, I went right for the right suspect from the moment they were introduced.  I had no reason to, but I kept holding to that person no matter what came up later nor could I say why they were the culprit.  But, there was more to it, of course, and I appreciated getting the big end scene and reveal.

And, yes fans of Morgan and Lance, we got a few tender scenes.  One with Lance and the girls totally made me swoon big.

Now, I am left with a sad face because I must wait for my next Morgan Dane series fix.  I can’t recommend this series enough in print or audio.

My thanks to Montlake Romance via Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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New Release #127
Reading Assignment Fall #2 Prof Genre- mystery/suspense

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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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Angie Elle
2 years ago

I love when a series holds my attention, especially this many books in! I have read one book by this author and enjoyed it. I always meant to read more, but you know how that goes. LOL

Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Yes, when a series holds strong its a true gift.
LOL, I’ve said that about meaning to

2 years ago

It’s great to see that after 6 books it’s great again!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Oh yes! Still going strong over the long haul. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

This books has been getting great reviews. I might have to pick this authors books up at some point at start reading them.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I think Anna put me onto the first of these and I never looked back after listening to it. They are very addicting, Mary. 🙂

2 years ago

So you have start with another series first? These do sound good. I’m on a Mary Burton binge listen these days. She’s good too.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Well, in a pinch you don’t have to read the Scarlett Falls trilogy and could just start in with the Morgan Dane books, but I always enjoyed knowing the backstory when the people from the earlier series were mentioned.
Oooh, Mary Barton. I want to get around to her books, too.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I should give her Morgan Dane series a try. I loved her Mercy Kilpatrick, but some of the Scarlet Falls series was a little disturbing for me.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, these can get a tad dark and gritty at times, but not all of them. Yes! Definitely try the Morgan Dane stories. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I’ve got this series on my list. Ugh so many series, so little time!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

So true for me, too. 🙂

2 years ago

Glad to see that this series continues to be enjoyable with a big end scene.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  vvb

I really enjoy these and anticipate each release.

Carole Rae
2 years ago

eeek! hopefully you can get your fix soon!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes! A spring release of the next one would be great. LOL