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The Last Kiss Goodbye (Dr. Charlotte Stone #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,608 ratings  ·  234 reviews
When New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards brought her irresistible brand of hot passion and chilling suspense to the paranormal romance scene with The Last Victim, it was just the beginning. Now her all-new series cranks up the deadly danger and intense desire to the next level, as sexy serial killer hunter Charlotte Stone returns to action in her thrilling seco ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Ballantine Books
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Oh my... I didn't read the first book in the series but I truly loved this one. I think I rated it 5 stars because of the end, yup it's definitely the end who got me. I hope there will be a third book, please Karen I am begging you, because I need to read more about Charlie and Michael! They're just so perfect for each other!



"Baby, I'm telling you up front that if you go into hotel room with Dudley with the intention of having sex with him, that's going to
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My Thoughts:
I wonder if every book in the Charlotte Stone series is going to have the word “Last” in the title. The only problem is that none of them actually are the last anything. And maybe they ought to be.

You really have to enjoy train-wreck books in order to read this series. I’m serious. The main character is Dr. Charlotte Stone, a criminal psychiatrist who studies serial killers. Charlotte is an utterly classic case of a shrink who really, really ne
It was with great reservations that I went into this one. There was so much that I didn't like in the first one. Sadly some of those same issues came into play with this one. Charlie personifies, for me, the whole TSTL. I can't stand that she is attracted to a serial killer ghost, too preposterous. In the end I just can't get past these issues, so in the end this book and series just isn't for me.
Chillingly Good! 5 "blended genres" stars! I don't even know how to describe this book, as it's unlike anything I have ever read before. It's in a genre all of its own: equal parts paranormal, thriller, mystery, romance and even a touch of humor! I had recently listened to one of Karen Robards historical romances (Dark of the Moon) and, loved it so much, I knew I needed to experience more of her writing. When I was lucky enough to get a copy of The Last Kiss Goodbye, little did I know that I wou ...more
This is one of the hardest books I have had to rate. I will start off by saying I absolutely loved the first book in this series, The Last Victim. The Last Kiss Goodbye, however I found difficult to get through to the point where I considered putting it down and not finishing it.

About 80% of the book involves the heroine, Dr. Charlotte Stone – criminal psychologist, arguing and giving dirty looks to her love interest suspected serial killer ghost, Michael Garland.

I am actually a fan of the Cha
I'm confused by all the 5 star ratings, I won't lie. I'm halfway through and struggling to finish. I feel as if the author thinks I'm an idiot. I'll bet Charlie has shot Michael 150 dirty looks so far and I don't need to be told why every single time. I get it. She can't reply instead because people will think she's crazy. Yeah, I caught on the first time I was told. Geesh! The book would be pretty good if there was more murder mystery and less dirty looks/explaining of said dirty looks. There a ...more
Cardyn Brooks
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I actually enjoyed this more than the first one, "The Last Victim". I was more caught up on the profiling, and exploring into the mind of a serial killer. Plus, Charlie has managed to control her constant puking on crime scenes.. :D

In this sequel, to sum it up, murder comes knocking on Charlie's door, literally!!! So, with Charlie's life maybe in danger.... she and the FBI team lead by Agent Tony Bartoli, are once again out to stop a serial killer, this time known as "Gingerbr
Paula  Phillips
Dr Charlie Stone is back along with her ghost pal Michael. Fans of Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series will love Karen Robards Dr. Charlotte Stone series as it features not only ghosts but also serial killers and murderers. In The Last Kiss Goodbye, Charlie is still recuperating from her escape of The Boardwalk Killer - the one that fifteen plus years ago killed her best friend Holly while Charlie was staying at her house. Now the FBI is back and this time wants Charlie's help in catching a ...more
Ugh.... this book was completely disappointing. I actually enjoyed the first the in the series book and was really looking forward to this book. I even was tempted to buy it when I could not get a copy out of the library fast enough.

Let me just say, that this entire book can be summarized as such: Dirty looks, small mind games for small minded children, He loves me Loves me not, She loves me She Loves me not, a barely plot, and so much stupidity I swear you could wear a "I am with Stupid" T-shir
Judy Goodnight
Sequel to The Last Victim

Karen Robards has been one of my favorite romantic suspense authors for some time. As with the first book in this series, I just don't see where she plans to go with this story arc. Was the ghostly serial killer that Dr. Charlotte Stone falls for truly a serial killer or was he a good guy framed for murder? Even if he really was a good guy, ain't no getting around the fact that he's dead and she's not.

I'm not really enjoying these books, but I keep reading them just to
I continue to enjoy this series. I've already bought into the whole fall in love with a ghost thing so I have no problems with that. I say that because a lot of people seem to get mad at that element. But I say just don't read it then. Plenty of books out there and it's not like it isn't clearly spelled out on the back of the book that the guy is the ghost of a convicted serial killer. (view spoiler) ...more
Elaine Mcdonald
This series needs to be read in order. It is an interesting paranormal suspense.

The series is about Dr Charlie Stone. Dr Stone studies serial killers and uses her skills to help the FBI find serial killers. She is aided by Michael one of the men she was studying in prison. Michael was accused of killing seven women. Michael is now a ghost that is attached to Dr Charlie Stone.

They have become romantically involved. Michael is sweet and funny. The author manages to make the reader want them to b
Mar 28, 2013 Kimberly marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can NOT wait until this book comes out! The Last Victim was amazing!
Another winner in this series. I loved, loved the first book and this one also. This review, like most of my reviews, talks about characters more than plot. This story is primarily a mystery / suspense with romantic hints. Charlie with Michael and the FBI team chase a serial killer. So this review is not really a spoiler.

I really enjoy what I would call a bit of a paranormal aspect, especially if it is a skill of the mind, like seeing ghosts of the dead as Charlie does, or magic or telepathy. I
Margreet Asselbergs

No one expects to come home after a nice dinner out, topped with a nice goodbye kiss at the door from nice, attractive, available FBI agent, Tony find the ghost of a dead man lounging on your couch, watching TV.
Dr. Charlotte Stone does........the renowned psychiatrist who specializes in the workings of the mind of the serial killer, also sees dead people.....and this dead person on her couch is no stranger. It is Michael Garland, recently
Heather  * burr..wants summer back *
2nd in the series.

It takes off immedialtly from the last book. She walks through her door and bam her "serial killer" ghost Michael Garland is back. A little bit later Dr. Charlotte has a very wet muddy woman banging on her door screaming that "he is going to kill her, he has a gun." Thus starting Charlie on trying to solve the Gingerbread Man serial killer case.

This Gingerbread guy kidnaps three people and tells them to kill the other two or they all die. If he/she does the last survivor is set
Even though I have read and enjoyed several books from Karen Robards in the past, I have to admit I struggled a bit with this one. Perhaps it is because I didn't read the first book in the series but I'm not sure that is it. Dr. Stone can see ghosts but obviously she doesn't want anyone else to know since most likely they'd think she was crazy. Currently she is keeping company with a ghost who happens to have been put to death for being a serial killer. Despite his less than stellar background, ...more
Shannon Dyer
This was difficult for me. The mystery was really good, but Charlie's obsession with Michael drove me insane.
Gloria Cangahuala
First of all, before I get into my review, I should say that if you have not read Robards's prequel to this book, The Last Victim, stop and go read that one first. Although it's not critical that you read that book first, it does help a lot in understanding key character and plot elements. The Last Kiss Goodbye picks up exactly where The Last Victim stopped.

Ok, now on to my review...

I loved The Last Victim, this book's prequel. Ever since The Last Victim came out, I'd been waiting on pins and ne
When late at night, a bloody and frightened young woman pounds on her door saying a man with a gun is going to kill her, forensic psychiatrist Dr Charlotte (Charlie) Stone finds herself in the middle of The Gingerbread Man serial killer case. The guy picks out various authorities on the subject to “Catch me if you can” and she’s just been invited to catch him.

She’s worked with the FBI before on a serial killer case as her field is research on what makes them tick. Her expertise makes her an asse
Jessica Bronder
Charlie Stone is a psychiatrist that specializes in serial killers. Having been abducted by one and falling in love with one makes her seem obsessed instead of just studying them. So when a young woman escapes a serial killer, Charlie gets involved trying to help then becoming his next target.

But this is no normal thriller. Charlie can see ghosts. But Michael is not just your normal ghost. He is a serial killer that knows Charlie can see him and Charlie has the hots for him. This gets complicat
Hennessey Library
C'mon, Karen Robards, I get it. Michael Garland is hot, he's bad, he's sexy, he's a serial killer (yeah...well, maybe...), he's ripped, he's steamy-sexy-hot (and ripped) and he's DEAD! It doesn't take 3/4 of The Last Kiss Goodbye to get all that through my head. I got so tired of Dr. Charlotte Stone glaring at the insipid dead jerk while salivating over his hot bod and flagellating herself for being turned on by a dead serial killer that I put the book down three times before forcing myself to ...more
Do you like a love story involving a ghost? That's part of the plot, but it's much more involved. Dr. Charlotte (Charlie) Stone is a psychiatrist conduting research on serial killers. She also sees dead people who want her to help them. One of her research participants was killed by another inmate, but he's ghost is very much alive & driving her crazy, because she can not only see him, but they talk to each other. He's a hunky, smart-ass, back-talking ghost & she is physically attracted ...more
This book picked up right where the first one (The Last Victim) left off. It was so nice to be able to jump right back into the story with the characters and not have those weird time gaps that sometimes happen in a series.

I have been a huge crime story fan for a long time. Whether it be a fictional book, true crime novel, crime movies, crime television shows, etc. I, quite simply, love the genre. What I love about this series is that they are focused on serial killers. These people didn't comm
Barbara Meyers
First let me say Karen Robards is one of my all-time favorite authors. I've read everything she's written except, apparently, the first book in this series that I didn't realize was a series until I looked at the other reviews. I wasn't going to review this or even rate it because it kills me to say I didn't enjoy it all that much in spite of the author's skill as a writer.
Initially, I was annoyed by the multiple conversations between the ghost of Michael who only Charlie can see and all of the
I didn't read the first book, just stumbled into this one which was terribly written and the characters not believable at all. I felt insulted as the reader that every single plot point needed to be so blatantly explained, even when it was repeated. I probably had expectations that were too high, given that this is not the genre I typically consume, however I have enjoyed books like this that combine romance and fantasy (read: Outlander) and this fell drastically short. My least favorite feature ...more
I really enjoy paranormal romance and it's always a rare treat to find a good one. This was not one of those treats. I was really disappointed because I liked the first book.

The writing itself is very amateurish- Karen Robards has a tendency to use the same words/phrases repeatedly which gets to be very tedious after the first couple of chapters and it kind of made me want to throw the book at the wall. The characters need more depth and a little more realism.

Another thing I found to be consis
Dawn Ireland
I picked up "The Last Kiss Goodbye" and was into the story when I realized it was the second in a series. I stopped reading and went back to get "The Last Victim" so I could read them in order.

In both books Karen Robards made me care about the ghost-whispering heroine and her struggle not to fall for a convicted serial killer ghost. Talk about your no-win situation. The "hot" ghost hero is the stuff of a woman's dreams and the ultimate bad boy with a soft core-especially where the heroine is con
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Karen was born on 24 August 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was a teenager. She sold her first short story, when was very young, and was published in the December 1973 Reader's Digest, but she cannot sold her first romance novel until 1981, when she was 24. After it, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today, a regular on the New York Times ...more
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