ten-year-old daughter Adele was kidnapped and murdered four
years ago. When Frances Moreau, the man believed to have
killed her, got off on a technicality, Romain shot and killed
him sending Romain to prison for a year and a half for the
Sixteen years ago,
Jasmine Stratfordís eight-year-old sister Kimberly was also
kidnapped. Jasmine watched Kimberly walk out the door with a
stranger thinking he was another of their fatherís workers.
But Kimberly never came back.
Jasmine and her
two friends Skye and Sheridan run a charity organization
called The Last Stand. They help victims of violent crimes.
Jasmine is a criminal profiler and has some psychic ability
that helps her solve crimes. When Jasmine receives an
anonymous package in the mail with a note attached saying,
ďStop MeĒ in blood, she heads to New Orleans, where the
package came from. There, she meets the now reclusive Romaine
Fornier. Jasmine believes Adeleís and Kimberlyís cases are
similar and asks Romain for help. Romain wants to keep the
past in the past, but when the evidence begins to reveal that
Jasmine may be right, and the killer may still be out there,
he reluctantly becomes Jasmineís partner. Danger lurks around
every corner. Will Jasmine and Romain find the killer before
Jasmine becomes the next victim?
mystery, a twisted killer, and a sensual romance make
Stop Me the kind of book I love to read. Stop Me
is a very intense and often dark story that kept me on the
edge of my seat from start to finish. Jasmine is very guarded.
Her emotions are almost mechanical at times, especially in the
beginning of the story. Her dysfunctionality is a direct
result of the effect her sisterís kidnapping had on her and
her family. Because of what Romain suffered through, he brings
a lot of baggage to the table as well. His family and his
daughterís murder took a huge emotional toll on him. I really
liked Romain and Jasmine together. From the moment they met I
thought they were a perfect match. Romainís struggle to cope
with his feelings for Jasmine are genuine and tangible. There
are some really great moments in Stop Me. Some
are sensual, some are romantic, and others are very creepy.
The villain is as psychotic as they get. Ms. Novak did an
exceptional job getting into his mind and allowing the reader
to see what makes him tick. I loved that aspect of the book
as much as Jasmine and Romainís slow progression toward a
loving relationship. The dramatic ending of Stop Me
fits the story perfectly. I canít wait to read the next book
in The Last Stand series!