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The Last Kiss Goodbye

(Dr. Charlotte Stone #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,240 ratings  ·  397 reviews
Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for, thanks to the secret talent that gives her an uncanny edge—Charlie can see dead people, whose tormented spirits cry out to her for the justice only she can provide. This blessing—or ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Ballantine Books
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Alex is The Romance Fox
After reading The Last Victim, the 1st book in Karen Robard’s Dr Charlotte Stone Series,
which I found interest albeit not crazy about, I wanted to find out where the series where a renowned psychiatrist, who studies serial killers and a serial killer that is killed during one of her studies would go.

Hell, did I struggle through The Last Kiss Goodbye, the follow-up book. I eventually found myself skimming over a lot of the pages….why??

Okay, Dr Charl
Cardyn Brooks
Aug 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***ARC provided through Netgalley***

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
Aug 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Originally published at Book Lovers Inc.

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
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
There is going to be a third book right?
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
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.
Gill Brown
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wasn't able to finish this book and probably won't read anymore of her books although I have enjoyed the others that I have read. I just found it a bit long winded and too much romance for me, I don't mind a bit but this was too much.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-read
Difficult to rate. I love ghost stories, serial killer stories and romance. This book has it all. Unfortunately, it also contains some of the things I dislike the most in a novel: a love triangle, a heroine the author presents as smart and who acts mostly like a twelve year old, and... what's the equivalent of "jerk" for a woman ?
Both the hero and heroine act rather selfishly, so in a way, they deserve each other I guess...
I won't start on the thriller part, very basic, and the psychology... ev
D.B. Reynolds
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars This is such an unusual series. And I soooo want Charlie and Michael to have their Happily Ever After. I'm holding out hope.
Mar 28, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can NOT wait until this book comes out! The Last Victim was amazing!
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first book of this series but Charlie really annoyed the shit out of me in this book.
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it

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
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
Aug 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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
Paula  Phillips
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I originally "dnf'd" this at 30%, but decided to pick it up again and give it another go.
I ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would. Michael saved this book for me and I have to know how the author is going to turn this ghost romance into an HEA.
Shannon Dyer
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This was difficult for me. The mystery was really good, but Charlie's obsession with Michael drove me insane.
May 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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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
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, paranormal
This is the second book in a series about a woman who can see the spirits of the recently, violently departed and is currently being haunted by the ghost of one of the serial killers she had been studying -- up until his untimely demise.

I read the two books back-to-back, which is how I usually like to read series like this. The first book got 4 stars because I enjoyed the premise and thought the mystery/suspense elements were very well done. This one ...

Okay, my biggest reservation in book 1 wa
Karen Loveridge
Oct 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Anne - Books of My Heart
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
Paige Turner
Nov 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed The Last Victim, the first of this series, however, I did not enjoy the second installment, The Last Kiss Goodbye, very much at all, until the very end. Instead of focusing more on the serial killer, The Gingerbread Man, and the victims, the majority of this story is about Charlie Stone's relationship with Michael Gardner, a ghost who was killed while in prison after being convicted as a serial killer, although he denies that he killed and mutilated seven women. The story repeats the s ...more
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Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty books and one novella. She has won multiple awards including six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite author.
Karen has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, wh

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