Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Say You're Sorry (Morgan Dane, #1)” as Want to Read:
Say You're Sorry (Morgan Dane, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Say You're Sorry

(Morgan Dane #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  89,801 ratings  ·  3,284 reviews
After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the
Paperback, 381 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Montlake Romance
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Say You're Sorry, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Barb Shuler I'm with Ria. I own every Melinda Leigh book, in multiple formats. They are among my favorites. She is the real deal. …moreI'm with Ria. I own every Melinda Leigh book, in multiple formats. They are among my favorites. She is the real deal. (less)
Sandi I realize this is an old post, but thought I would add a thought. You can add the Kindle app to your Nook. You can also add the Kindle app to a smart …moreI realize this is an old post, but thought I would add a thought. You can add the Kindle app to your Nook. You can also add the Kindle app to a smart phone or other tablet if you have others. The app is free. I do a lot of reading in the doctor's office on my IPhone using the Kindle app. Works great. (less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.04  · 
Rating details
 ·  89,801 ratings  ·  3,284 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Say You're Sorry (Morgan Dane, #1)
Tracy *To the point Reviews*
As I read this book, many things occurred to me.

1. I remembered that i am due for a cleaning at the dentist.
2. I wanted to try a strawberry shortcake recipe I saw on Create TV.
3. I also need an oil change... I think.
4. Baking soda. My fridge needs a new box of baking soda!

Oops, I'm reading this murder mystery! Or I am supposed to be. And its just not holding my interest. It's just not interesting enough. It's like chicken with no seasoning. Or tequila without lemon. Sex without an orgasm. You ca
Aug 28, 2021 rated it liked it
this was fine. there were a few things i liked and some things that i didnt.

the case/plot is interesting, the pacing is pretty quick, and there is enough content that kept me interested in continuing the story.

but i didnt quite understand some of the writing choices. the narrative should have excluded the chapters from the murderers POV. they honestly dont add anything of value and ultimately remove any sort of suspense in terms of nicks innocence or guilt. it would have been much more interest
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2017, suspense
3 Slow Stars

After two years grieving for her husband’s death, Morgan decided it’s time to get back to being her old self. She is a thirty-three-year-old assistant district attorney. Her first case after two years is the murder of her occasional baby sitter (Tessa, eighteen-year-old). For this case she uses Lance’s help. Lance was a former police officer but after a bullet on his leg, he joined to a PI firm. Morgan and Lance knew each other since high school. And They have some feelings toward ea
Joey R.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars —I decided to read “Say You’re Sorry”by Melinda Leigh after noticing she had most of the top ranked books in the Kindle Unlimited store. After reading Leigh for the first time, I now understand why she is so popular. The book is written through the eyes of several different characters and Leigh does an excellent job of making you care for the two main characters (the Lawyer—private detective duo, Morgan and Lance). They have a very flirtatious relationship and banter a lot —- reminding ...more
Theresa Alan
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel eventually has some decent twists – clues uncovered by prosecutor Morgan and private eye Lance.

When Morgan returns home to a small town after the death of her husband, she’s about to take a promising job when a beloved neighborhood girl turns up brutally murdered and the seemingly nice boy Morgan has known for years is accused of her death. Morgan volunteers to defend him because she can’t believe Nick did it. In doing so, she is potentially destroying her career and she is definitel
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful story.

One girl murdered and one missing. Good supporting family and some with lots of troubles. Also renewed relationship starting. Action, suspense, thrills of lawyer and two private investigators. More like 2.5 stars for me.
Attorney Morgan Dane is a widow with three young girls who is finally deciding to emerge following the death of her husband. It’s been a year and she’s ready to get on with her life and is considering a job as assistant district attorney in Scarlet Falls. Before she has a chance to decide, she’s asked by her former babysitter’s grandmother to help find her. Morgan gets former police officer Lance Kruger, now a private investigator, to assist her and together they find Tessa Palmer, brutally murd ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-fiction
Morgan Dane has returned home to Scarlet Falls with her 3 daughters Ava 6, Mia 5 & young baby Sophie after her husband John was killed in Iraq an IED exploded killing him. Morgan takes on a job as a prosecutor as her family went into law enforcement. She works with Logan Kruger an ex cop now PI they are looking into the death of Tessa a well loved girl who was much loved by the townsfolk, but when Nick Zabrowski was arrested for her murder Morgan is flabbergasted , she doesn't think Nick would k ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Morgan Dane is a widow with young kids living with her father and a troubled young woman she has pulled into her home. Her husband was killed in Iraq two years ago and she hasn't really been able to pull herself out of her grieve and move on with her life. She has just accepted a job with District Attorney's office and is trying to move forward. But before her job can start, she is pulled into looking for a girl, Tessa, who had babysat her young children. The grandparents can't find her and are ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Say You’re Sorry was a fantastic start to the Morgan Dane series, with wonderful characters and a compelling mystery that kept me guessing right until the very end.

After losing her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane has returned to her hometown of Scarlet Falls to raise her three girls with the help of her family. Say You’re Sorry picks up two years after Morgan returned home as she plans to get back to work by starting a job at the DA’s office. However, Morgan’s life is thrown into chaos
Monica (is working the heck out of
I’m not quite sure how to rate this one, because while I don’t necessarily agree with friends and other reviewers about the pace and entertainment value of the novel, I’m not exactly sold on this series. I’d go with 3.5 stars (I wish GR would allow that option), mostly because there was no sex (don't mind it in general but I have to actually be rooting for the couple) and because I enjoyed the investigation and uncovering of clues.

All in All, Say You're Sorry is your garden variety romantic su
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I have read a few other books by this author and quite enjoyed them. This one wasn't bad. Seemed to drag a bit. Romance is not high on the agenda here and it could have been. But maybe in the next in the series.

Ok, it's an old picture, but you get my drift ...

May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Solid mystery and the great start to a new series. The relationship between Morgan and Lance is sweet and Lance may be my new favorite Hero. I mean what woman can possibly resist a man who loves his mother with all her problems, loves her kids and plays the piano and sings to her? I'll add in blond, buff and hot, but, really isn't that just overkill?

Morgan Dane lost her warrior
Linda Strong
Former Prosecutor Morgan Dane and her three young daughters have returned to her hometown of Scarlet Falls, following the death of her husband while serving our country in Iraq.

Now that she's near family and old friends, and with the promise of working with the District Attorney, she feels she's finally ready to put her grief aside and start her life again.

All goes well until her teenage babysitter is found murdered. The accused is her neighbor's son, Nick, who is just a few years older than the
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Morgan Dane has returned home to Scarlet Falls with her three young girls after the devastating loss of her husband in the military. She's agreed to take a job as a prosecutor following in her family's footsteps of putting away the bad guys until her neighbors son is arrested for murder.

When Tessa was found raped and murdered the whole town wants justice but Morgan just has a gut feeling that there is no way Nick could have committed this crime having known both of them. Morgan decides to help
MariLou Schuman
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the extreme privilege of reading an Advanced Release copy of this wonderful new series by one of my favorite authors - Melinda Leigh!
Morgan Dane is a widowed single mom with three young children, who abandons her new job, before it starts, with the Scarlet Falls District Attorney's office, to defend a young neighbor accused of the brutal murder of his girlfriend.
Joining her in her investigation is her friend, ex-cop turned private investigator Lance Kruger.
It was great reconnecting with ch
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Morgan Dane is a widow, living with her grandfather, and has three young daughters. It's been two years since the death of her husband. Morgan is finally ready to move on with her life and accepts a job with the local District Attorney's office. When Morgan finds out that her children's babysitter, Tessa Palmer, has disappeared, Morgan enlists her friend, Private Investigator Lance Kruger, to help find her. Tess is found, brutally murdered. It doesn't take long for the local police to arrest Tes
I enjoyed this one. It was a little predictable, but the author did a wonderful job of balancing real criminal justice procedures and entertainment value. I'll definitely continue with the series. ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Check out all of my reviews at:

I am so excited that Melinda Leigh is writing a spin-off of her wonderful Scarlet Falls trilogy. SAY YOU”RE SORRY (Morgan Dane #1) takes me back to one of my favorite fictional cities.

Morgan Dane returns home to Scarlet Falls with her three young daughters after the death of her military husband in the Middle East. Living with her grandfather and a teenager rescued in a previous Scarlet Falls book, two years has passed and Morgan d
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I’m always on the lookout for a new author to enjoy and this book was a pleasant surprise in the romantic suspense category. The feel of it put me in mind of Maggie Shayne writing.
I enjoyed the characters and the mystery.
Kylie H
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-read, crime
This is the first book in the 'Morgan Dane' series and I really enjoyed it. Morgan is a lawyer who has returned to her home town to take up a job with the DA's office. She is a widow with three young daughters and lives with her grandfather who raised her.
Just before commencing her new job Nick, a neighbour is accused of the brutal rape and murder of a local girl. Morgan opts to ditch her new job and take on the defence of Nick. In doing this is she throwing away her career? Is she ostracising h
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
This was a tough listen in some parts. But the fact that I cared about the injustices happening to fictional characters says a lot of good things about this author.
The story was fluid and kept me on my toes. It's more mystery/suspense than romance. But that's fine with me.
I didn't figure out who done it with absolute conviction. He (not a spoiler) was among my list of suspects, but I hadn't settled on him. This is a good thing.
I look forward to more in this series. Hell, there is a relations
It took me a little while to get into Say You're Sorry, but I ended up really enjoying this mystery thriller romance.

I borrowed this in audiobook format through Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
Say You’re Sorry was a fantastic start to the Morgan Dane series. I have not read the Scarlet Falls series that was published before this, so some of the connections were not clear at the beginning of the book, but it did not diminish the enjoyment I had while listening to this book. The narration was well done with a lot of expression that added to my enjoyment of the story.

After losing her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane has returned to her hometown of Scarlet Falls to raise her three girls with
May 19, 2022 rated it liked it
Really good story but a bit light on the suspense side. If Morgan Dane is a lawyer in the series I’m not seeing her in court, filings, etc? She seems more of a PI to me. Maybe in the next book?
Book Lover
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by this author and I loved it! Great start to a series!

Morgan Dane is a widowed mother of three girls. Her husband was killed in the line of duty and she is still mourning 2 years later. She moved back to Scarlet Falls to live with her grandfather. She hasn’t worked outside the home since her husband was killed. She finally decides it’s time to re-enter the work force. She is an attorney and has agreed to go to work for the District Attorney’s office.

She receives a phone c
I’ve become fond of Melinda Leigh’s novels, especially the novellas and her collaboration with Kendra Elliott.

Say You’re Sorry is a very nice and interesting start to ML’s Morgan Dane series. The story is about Morgan Dane, who is trying to get a handle of her life. She is hired as an assistant district attorney and comes from a line of cops in her family. Two years earlier, she’d lost her husband in Iraq to violence, as well as her father. She is a widow raising three young children with her m
Wendy Darling
I can overlook a lot in romantic suspense, but I had to stop when the three-year-old came flying out of the house to defend her babysitter from getting arrested.

After taking a couple of years off work to spend time with her daughters after her husband was killed in Iraq, Morgan Dane is ready to return to work as a prosecutor. Except before she even gets started in her new job, tragedy strikes in the small town of Scarlet Falls. Even worse, the crime is being pinned on someone Morgan believes is innocent and she's determined to do whatever it takes to see the right person bought to justice. Will she succeed or will she face a tough, uphill battle that co
As a huge fan of Leigh’s Scarlet Falls series, I was so thrilled to learn about this spin-off and even more excited to revisit Lance and Morgan, both of whom were said to have a brief history in Stella and Mac’s story. But Melinda Leigh is an author I can always count on for fantastic reads and ‘Say You’re Sorry’ more than lives up to this billing. But I love Leigh’s heroines and heroes for so many reasons: they use their smarts and wits and intelligence to get ahead (sometimes without even need ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question Q 3 3 May 30, 2022 07:33PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question P 3 3 May 30, 2022 07:30PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question O 3 3 May 30, 2022 07:28PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question N 3 3 May 30, 2022 07:27PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question M 3 3 May 30, 2022 07:25PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question L 3 2 May 30, 2022 07:23PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question K 3 2 May 30, 2022 07:21PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • A Merciful Truth (Mercy Kilpatrick, #2)
  • Her Grave Secrets (Rogue River #3)
  • A Merciful Secret (Mercy Kilpatrick, #3)
  • A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick, #1)
  • Dead in Her Tracks (Rogue Winter, #2)
  • Truth Be Told (Rogue Justice #2)
  • On Her Father's Grave (Rogue River #1)
  • Bred in the Bone (Widow's Island #4)
  • Death and Her Devotion (Rogue Vows, #1)
  • Below the Bones (Widow's Island #5)
  • Close to the Bone (Widow's Island #1)
  • A Merciful Silence (Mercy Kilpatrick, #4)
  • A Merciful Fate (Mercy Kilpatrick, #5)
  • Chilled (Bone Secrets, #2)
  • The Lost Bones (Widow's Island #8)
  • Known (Bone Secrets, #5)
  • Buried (Bone Secrets, #3)
  • A Merciful Promise (Mercy Kilpatrick, #6)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
#1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker who learned that writing books is way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Since then, she has garnered numerous writing accolades, including two RITA® Award nominations and an induct ...more

Other books in the series

Morgan Dane (6 books)
  • Her Last Goodbye (Morgan Dane, #2)
  • Bones Don't Lie (Morgan Dane, #3)
  • What I've Done (Morgan Dane, #4)
  • Secrets Never Die (Morgan Dane, #5)
  • Save Your Breath (Morgan Dane, #6)

Articles featuring this book

Has it been a while since you've explored the mystery and thriller genre? Well, you're in luck because you are about to discover a lot of great...
191 likes · 115 comments
“Change is scary. You’re going to be all right. You’re tough.” 3 likes
“They will.” Sharp sighed. “Morgan really broke his wrist?” “She did.” Unable to sit still, Lance got up and paced the floor in front of Sharp’s desk. “I don’t know why everything she does always comes as a surprise. Her father and grandfather were both cops. Her sister is a detective. Her brother is NYPD SWAT.” “The pearls and heels throw you off.” 1 likes
More quotes…