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Lethal

(Lee Coburn #1)

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  28,990 ratings  ·  2,303 reviews
When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to ...more
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2011)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Blacky *Romance Addict* by: Jill

“Put your hands on me. Pretend this means something.”


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Well there was no pretending from me!
This book will always be special to me, probably because the ending is so burned in my memory I know I will never ever forget it.



The story


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Dirty cops. Cover-ups. A man running from the law and holding a young cop widow hostage while trying to search through her house looking for something important.
I think that about covers it.
If you want to know more, read the book because I don't want to spoil
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Jill
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

Is this Sandra Brown's best novel ever? Quite possibly.
Is this my favourite Sandra Brown? Most probably.
Is Lee Coburn my favourite Sandra Brown hero? Indubitably.

Lee Coburn is a dangerous man. Accused of killing seven people, he's on the run. When Honor Gillette's four year-old daughter Emily spies a man outside their house, Honor cautiously investigates. Coburn has not turned up at her place by accident. She has something he wants, something valuable her late husband hid. But Honor k
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Mo
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Just as good the second time around. Had totally forgotten the "bad guy"! I cannot wait for her new book, due out in August.



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My original review.

“You know who this is. All hell’s broke loose.”

I liked this one a lot
Brooding, tough, hero
Widow with young daughter
Suspense
Mystery
Sex – although not a lot of that


His entire aspect was menacing, starting with his chilling eyes and the pronounced bone structure of his face. He was tall and lean, but t
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A.
3.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this suspense novel with a touch of romance, especially the second half. The first half was a bit too slow for me. The characterization is strong and the writing is great. The hero is just my type – hot, brooding and stoic. The heroine is strong and likeable.

I didn’t guess who the villain was but I was a little disappointed with the Bookkeeper’s identity. I found it a bit unbelievable. Also, the ending felt a bit too rushed. Although I did love the epilogue, it still l
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Melissa
4.5 stars

I haven’t met a Sandra Brown book I didn’t love (knock on wood). She’s so skilled at weaving stories full of intrigue, suspense and one unexpected twist after another. It’s never clear to me who can be trusted. Never. Meanwhile, there’s tension galore and an unlikely romance that always seems to culminate in the perfect moment between the characters. Amidst all the chaos of uncovering the truth, it’s pure genius that she manages to pull it off every single time.

Honor is making cupcakes
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peachygirl
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
As much as I loved SB's writing and Coburn, I detested the (needless) ill fated endings of some amazing characters. So I'm knocking down a star for this otherwise 5 starrer.

The budding love between Diego and Isobel was so beautiful. I was rooting for them since Isobel's rescue. The abject cruelty of her murder left me devasted. The credibility of the Bookkeeper as a big bad villain had been reiterated to the readers a hundred times before. Such a horrific act of violence for no apparent reason o
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♥Sharon♥
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!!

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I knew after finished my first Sandra Brown book that I was hooked. This is my fifth book in just a little over a month and I am yet to be disappointed. I know no one is perfect and I am sure I will come upon a SB book that I’m just not going to like, but for now I am enjoying the ride.

Lethal was another fantastic read. For me there was a bit of a different feel to it compared to the other books I have read. It was a good difference. :)

The synopsis really covers everything you ne
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This book was so good!! I loved Coburn. What a man!!! You can tell I was a happy reader by the number of exclamation points I've used thus far. Honor was a good heroine too. Very intense and awesome suspense. Very close to five stars. Rating: 4.5 stars.

Reviewed in the September issue of Affaire de Coeur magazine: http://affairedecoeur.com.



Dangerous Hero Rating: 5/5
Sexy as all get out hero rating: 5/5
Grumpy is sexy rating: 5/5
Hero Lickability rating: 5/5
Would I volunteer to be a stand-in for th
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Ingie
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingie by: Karla loved it
Written May 9, 2015

4.4 Stars - Simply GREAT once again. Yay!
The very best narration too...


Ohh, I love to listen to these suspence stories by Sandra Brown. Lethal is one of her most read and reviewed suspense romances here on GR. It was time for the audiobook narrated by one of my favorite voices, Mr Victor Slezak.

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Stunned...
I've used every possible "free" minute to audiobook listening these two last days. These SB books are a joy in good exciting entertainment every time. I sniffles and so
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Amy | Foxy Blogs
✣ Dirty cops ✣ Mystery ✣ Suspense ✣

I listened to this one and thought the narrator did a great job. I wouldn't say LETHAL is a romance book but it does have a sprinkling of "romance" towards the end of the book. If you decide to read this one keep in mind this is more about suspense than it is about romance.

Leathal takes place over 2 days and has 4 couples that play a bigger part in the overall story. The main couple is Coburn and Honor. Honor possibly holds the key to Coburn figuring out who
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Suzanne
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favourites
This was a great book to come across. A really gripping story with a sprinkling of romance thrown in as well - the first of this genre that I've encountered. Also the first Sandra Brown novel I have read. Very enjoyable reading, I was engaged from the outset and I did not want to put it down.

Coburn is our most attractive protagonist, with a hard edge that I liked, that is eventually broken by Honor, a capable woman who is stronger than she realises as she fights to save her daughter and decease
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♡Karlyn P♡

loved it! Listened to this one on audio. This one is more suspense then romance, but what romance was there was quite believable. This is a story where you can't tell who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, and it makes you second guess every thing said and done. Kept me riveted! When it was over I wanted to scream, "One more chapter, PLEASE!!"
Karla

5 OH MY Stars!! YES!! Good stuff, really good stuff!!

I did not see that coming. Wow…what an ending. I thought I had it all figured it out, but Sandra Brown played me for a fool, and I'd assume the role again if I could read more books that mess with my mind like this one did!

This book ticked off so many of my RS need-to-have boxes. The perfect RS couple…Lee Coburn, a "lethal", protective, swoon-worthy hero with a sensitive side…Honor Gillette, a strong-willed, smart, fearless heroine-√! Plenty
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~Megan~
Another addition to my best heroes ever list!! I really want to hunt Sandra Brown down right now and make her write the scene that should have come at the end, but I can live with the way she left it since I have no other choice. So much happened to this couple, and I was so in love with their story, I just felt like he could've at least glimpsed them before the book ended. Maybe it's better the way it turned out in my brain, though, cause that was very sappy and emotional.

Excellent plot, excell
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-ya
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
update: 1.99 sale price on 02/14/2017

In the category of lethal, dark, and dangerous character, Lee is one of my most favourite heroes in books.

Honor is not a TSTL kinda heroine.

Romance? I feel the ending confirmed the authenticity in their romance. It is real!

The villains are multi-layered.
Plot? Dynamic. Suspenseful.

TBH, the identity of Bookkeeper wasn’t credible to be a mastermind behind the horrific mass crimes.

Lee: "But I'm not a hearts and flowers guy. I'm not even an all-night guy. I don
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Glass
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Glass by: Blacky *Romance Addict*
First of all - thank you Blacky for this awesome recommendation. :)

Second, this is what I saw every time Lee Coburn made an appearance in Lethal (which is all the damn time):

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And in the end, read this!
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
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DNF at 28%

I would just respectfully like to say that this book isn't for me. Nothing wrong with the book or writing, this genre/plot just isn't my thing. Just a case of:

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Christina ~ Brunette Reader
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christina ~ Brunette Reader by: Jill

4,5 Stars

My very first Sandra Brown's, this turned out to be one of the best Romantic Suspense books I've read recently.
A hidden evidence from the past that could help uncover ruthless drug and human traffickers, a mysterious villain pulling the strings from the shadows, a couple on the run, a gripping plotline and just the right amount of edge made for a compelling and engrossing story, with a strikingly good balance between action and character development. And while the budding romance o
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Vanessa
5 Coburn Stars!!

Wow!! I fucking LOVED this book! There's your review...lolol!!

I think Tori said it best... "Kidnapper? I should be so lucky." You're damn right, girl!!!

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This is a great book for when you need a break from the strictly romance reads and want something more on the suspenseful side. I'd been recommended to check this author out by probably a dozen people, and had also been told that this specific book was the best one to begin with because, even though it is mainly a suspens
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MBR
It feels like its being ages since I have been invested in a story, its characters and its final outcome as much as I did when reading Lethal by Sandra Brown. And it has been quite sometime since I picked up a Sandra Brown, who always manages to keep the reader glued to the pages, whether it be because of the strong elemental connection she manages to make with the reader or because of the suspense element in her later novels that always manages to entice the reader to put everything else on hol ...more
Didi
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 STARS

This is definitely one of my favorite SB books I've read so far. The only reason it's not getting 5 stars is for two things:

1) The huge reveal of a very prominent and ruthless character was very unbelievable. I was completely stupefied and never for one second guessed who it was, but at the same time it was riddled with improbabilities. I had to suspend reality to believe it!

2) THE. ENDING.
I really, really wish it ended better. I can finish a story from its conclusion and rightfully fill
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Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
Loved it!
(No thorough review this-just few pointers.)

What sells this book?
A mostly no-touch but still amazingly hot h/H chemistry.
Good tight suspense and story.
A mysterious nutcase villain whose identity is tantalizingly within reach.
But then you have plenty of such average to okay romantic thrillers about.

Then what?
The Hero, no doubt about it!
A cold, lethal, barely human killing machine who has immense patience for a trying little bundle.
He’s every romance reader’s dream hero. A soft inner
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Duchess Nicole
I listened to the audio of this and the narrator did a fantastic job...I was glad it was a guy....this book focused less on the romantic and more on the suspense, but Sandra Brown is my favorite author to write those types of stories.

Initially, I felt this book started out a bit too melodramatic. Some of the craziness that happens during the first forty percent ends up feeling somewhat unnecessary. When certain aspects come to light, I had a bit of an eyeroll moment. However, without giving away
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Julie
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was another one of Sandra Brown's really good ones. Lethal starts off with a bang and just keeps going and going.
Honor is a widow with a four year old daughter, Emily. One afternoon, Emily tells Honor she saw a man outside in their yard. When Honor investigates she finds herself and Emily held captive. Coburn, a man accused of a mass killing at a local warehouse, has taken Honor and her daughter hostage. For some reason, Coburn believes Honor's deceased husband, Eddie, had some valuable in
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I love Sandra Brown's books and whilst this is not my favourite of hers, I still enjoyed it a lot.

Lethal has all the elements I like in romance/suspense....engaging characters, a fast-paced plot that keeps you guessing until the end.

Wow.....and here I had this idea that small towns were filled with nice people....not in the town where Honor Gillette and her daughter live and where Coburn is accused of mass murder!!!

Every one seems to have a secret.....betrayals,murders, deceptions....we have it
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ElaineY
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: touch-of-romance

REVIEW OF EBOOK; NOVEMBER 2011

Despite some niggles (that's for KateMc:p), I'm giving SB's latest thriller 5 stars because it kept me up reading till 5am and I don't often finish a book in one sitting.

I agree with the other reviewers about the identity of the Bookkeeper. It was implausible for that person to have masterminded that huge operation without anyone discovering or even suspecting the Bookkeeper's identity. But I'm still not taking away a star!

I also hate kids in my books, especially my
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Kathleen
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, but 5 stars for the hero. Plot contortions aside, I enjoyed this suspenseful story, especially getting into the hero's POV. My kind of guy, Lee Coburn. Bold, cold, sexy, cynical, and fatalistic, this "lethal" former Marine is blindsided by emerging tenderness, hope, insecurity, and jealousy (the scene with the football). Kudos to Brown for this textured portrayal of character.

I especially enjoyed his taken-aback-ness with little Emily, who demands a bedtime kiss from the adored invad
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Crista
I read this book in one day....and it's not a short book!

It's difficult to put into words how awesome this book truly is. The suspense is off the charts, however, it's Lee Coburn who really makes this book something special.

Dangerous heroes are just my thing. I used to apologize for this, but now I just revel in it. For me, the more dangerous the better, and Coburn pushes all my right buttons. He is a deeply undercover agent trying to expose a drug/weapons/human trafficking ring. It's a tangled
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Lyuda
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
B-r with Linda, Luli and Nefise :)

”When you feel the safest, you’ll be the most vulnerable.” - Lee Coburn

From the moment Lee Coburn literally springs up on the scene and up until the very end, this was an action-packed plot-twists galore exciting read.

Coburn, a man accused of killing seven warehouse workers in cold blood, forcefully enters an isolated home of Honor Gillette, a widow of a police officer, shattering her peaceful existence. What starts out as something of a hostage situation ev
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Mei
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Wecome to a lovely, peaceful Tambour...

(view spoiler)

Sandra Brown books are always a treat! I love how she writes, I love her characters! And here we have a really seemingly unredeemable one!

Coburn starts like a true thug: he threatens, he's violent, he's a criminal, a kidnapper!


No, he's not a nice, kind kidnapper that follows the rules!

But as the story progresses he's a complete turnover.

I was amazed how very believable Ms. Brown made that transaction!!!

Honor was the op
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