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Bred in the Bone

(Widow's Island #4)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,403 ratings  ·  141 reviews
In the fourth Widow’s Island novella by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot, the truth of a twenty-year disappearance will finally come to light.

When the town drunk ends up dead in a hit-and-run, FBI special agent Cate Wilde expects that solving the case will be cut and dried. But evidence quickly surfaces that the victim was involved with another crime. A
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Lori Lamothe
Kendra Elliot's Bred in the Bone is the fourth novella in the Widow's Island series, which is set on an island in the Pacific Northwest. After reading the third installment, I went straight to the fourth and finished the novella in one sitting. This story centers on Cate, an FBI agent on medical leave, and Henry, the island's only doctor. Like Whispers of Bone (Widow's Island #3), this novella contains two mysteries: a present-day murder and the disappearance of Cate's childhood friend, ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mystery
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

I have really enjoyed the Widow's Island Series and now that the mystery of what happened to Samantha has been solved, I wonder where the last two books of the series are going to go. This novella is very short and rushed. It definitely needed more pages to flesh out the current murder mystery, the mystery of Samantha and the romance between Cate and Henry.

Cate is an FBI Agent
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I devoured this in one sitting. The story focuses on Cate, an FBI agent on leave after her partner was killed. She has been seeing our local doctor Henry and focusing on re-investigating the disappearance of their childhood friend Samantha. A hit-and-run case Tess is working soon gives them a new lead.

Had I read the synopsis I might have known we would be getting answers but I enjoyed going in cold. What a ride!

Cate is set to go back to Seattle after the holidays and I wondered how that would
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The fourth and happily not the end of this series.
Taking turns writing these novellas, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliott compliment each other’s style to fashion seamless stories set in the fictional Widow’s Island.
This is Kendra’s turn and Cate takes on a more prominent role. Deputy Tessa Black is her childhood friend, both grew up on the islands and went away. Tessa returned to support her Mum, Cate is on medical leave following an FBI assignment ended her her being shot and a colleague killed.
Finding the jewelry that belonged to Samantha out in an orchard pumphouse where teens used to go to carouse has given Cate and Tessa a new lead to their friend's disappearance. But, in a shocking turn, a seemingly unrelated hit and run death of the town drunk leads them even further along the path to discovery. I just can't get enough of this series and I was thrilled to be tracking once again with FBI Agent Cate Wilde as she and Tessa hunt the cold trail.

Bred in the Bone is fourth of the
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elliot-kendra
I am SO glad that there are going to be two more books coming in this "novella" series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh. I have read all the books both authors have published to date and was thrilled to see they, again, collaborated on another series together. They are both such talented writers, individually, so together they pack quite a punch! My only criticism or comment I have to make is really a request. PLEASE do not let so much time pass before the next installment comes in this ...more
Claire Yamagata
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The last in the Widow's Island series. One of the better ones with a surprising turn of events.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
At first I worried. I can't say more without spoilers, but I thought maybe I'd been jipped. But all that's well ends well. It turned out to be a well constructed smoke screen.

I love when these two get together, but I feel this isn't my favorite. Overall, the romantic suspense turned out to be light on both romance and suspense which is disappointing.

An okay read. I think with another 10k words per installment, this could have been fleshed out better.

If I had to pay for it (I have KU and Prime) I
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bred in the Bone is part 4 in the series that takes place on remote Pacific Northwest island. And boy is it a doozy.

In the third book Cate and Tessa find a huge clue in the cold case of their missing friend. That along with a deadly hit and run really breaks open the case.

A shocking confession leads Cate and Tessa in a whole new direction with a shocking conclusion.

Lots of changes by the end of this book especially for Cate. I see there are still 2 more books to come in the series and curious
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another murder on the island (I'm starting to think this is NOT the best place to visit given the number of people who end up dead here), but this murder helps Cate and Tessa (and the entire island) finally find come closure to Sam's twenty-year-old disappearance.

But it's not as easy as that. Naturally.

Secrets have a way of bubbling up and when Cate finds out that there WERE people who knew more than they told when Sam went missing, it throws her. (And here's where I feel like I shouldn't say
Sue Plant
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kendra-elliot
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this brilliant novella

kendra elliot and melinda leigh writing another series together and how brilliant do these two authors write...they somehow compliment each others writings....

a hit and run that turns into something else.....

the surprises dont stop in this novella and i have to tell you that you wont be able to put it down until you have finished spoilers as this is a short story but well worth reading

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Dilushani Jayalath
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This was a nice ending for a good series of novellas. At least I think it's the ending with the mystery of Samantha wrapping up. Although I've got to say I clearly did not see that twist coming till it was presented to us. Considering it was a novella and also like it's predecessors the stories were short and impactful and managed to give a story short and sweet. A good short read for mystery lovers.
Lindsey Ruppe
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Diane Saul
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is part of the Widows Island series but it could stand alone. FBI agent Carla Wilde is investigating a hit and run. The investigation takes her in an unexpected direction.

I have read and enjoyed this series. There is a big twist in this story that I didn’t expect. It is a novella that moves at a fast pace that will keep you turning the pages. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
really enjoying this series..glad there are two more books...
Dee Cherry
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this 4th part as it gave closure and relief on what happened to Samantha. It also allowed Henry and Cate an opportunity to spend valuable time together. Good drama and read
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Satisfying end to the series. It took a weird turn, but glad it worked out.
Ria Turk
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I am reeling after that ending! This novella series has been wonderful from the get go, but I was shocked how this novella progressed and ended. Kendra Elliot outdid herself because I don’t think I would have ever predicted that was going to happen.

Read this series!!!
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received Bred in the Bone from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Bred in the Bone is the fourth installment of the Widow's Island Novellas, by Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliott. The pair make for a powerhouse collaborative writing duo as both are compelling storytellers in their own right.

Bred in the Bone picks up the story of FBI Agent Cate Wilde, childhood best friend of Deputy Tessa Black, who is featured in Melinda Leigh's side of the novella series. Cate has
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not a stand-alone. Suffers short-novella syndrome. Suggest reading “Whisper of Bones” first.

2.5 stars

This follow-on—to book #3 mentioned above—is a very short novella crammed with parallel, interwoven storylines. Both storylines are interesting, in and of themselves. One is a hit-and-run case which requires police procedures, and the second is Samantha’s mysterious vanishing, a twenty-year-old cold case. However, Sam’s missing-presumed-dead storyline, which has loomed over the series, is
Rabid Reader
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This fourth book in the Widow's Island novella series is a great murder mystery with a nice touch of romance mixed in. Investigation of a hit and run death on the island, leads FBI agent Cate Wilde and Detective Tessa Black to uncover some shocking discoveries that start to unravel the mystery of what happened to their childhood friend Samantha.
This is a delightful murder mystery that has surprising twists, suspense, intrigue and some touching romance. I love how real the characters seem, from
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Tracy Wood
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a case that has been cold for decades suddenly presents its solution and everything falls neatly into place. Of course as this is written by Kendra Elliot things are still not as simple as they seem!

With her friend, Tessa Black, Cate Wilde, an experienced FBI agent on medical leave from the Seattle office, begins to discover the truth of their best friend, Samantha Bishop's, disappearance which has lain hidden for so long.

When a local man with a drink problem is found dead, the victim
Vikki Vaught
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always know I’m in for a treat with a new release from Kendra Elliott. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, I eagerly agreed to read and review Bred in the Bone. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

As with all of Kendra Elliot’s books, the characters are real and flawed, the plot is intriguing and there’s plenty of emotions running high. One of the things I enjoy most about her books is the suspenseful scenes. Her action scenes are graphic and
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Cate Wilde and Tessa Black are determined to find out what happened to her childhood friend Sam. They found a new clue after 20 years. The next step is to speak to the land owner where Sam’s necklace was found. But before that they must find the driver of a hit-n-run accident that left a local dead.
Cate and Tessa thought that they were prepared to find the truth of Sam’s disappearance but they
Ellen White
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
.Widow’s..Island.# 4
BRED TO THE BONE ...Kendra Elliott
Driver hitting someone on a bicycle, no skid marks,, nor did the person stop. The. Victim was not well liked, the name brings back an unsolved, and a personal case for Cate and Tessa. A necklace given to them, saying three sisters, with one missing for twenty years ago. That third piece was just found,. Questions would have wait again, while they solved this murder. Cate on leave, decision of going back to Bellingham, with the FBI, in which
Kathy Martin
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A hit-and-run accident leaves a man dead and clues to a long unsolved mystery are revealed.

FBI Agent Cate Wilde is back on Widow's Island on medical leave as she heals from a bullet wound and tries to get over the events that killed her partner and left her with anxiety attacks. She and her childhood best friend Deputy Tessa Black are trying to solve the disappearance of their friend Samantha who disappeared without a trace when she was fourteen.

Finding the driver of the hit-and-run car seems to
Donna Hines
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
An island full of secrets! A shocking explosive twist to a 20 yr old murder! A town drunk creates enough chaos that it leads to a full blown investigation and a new lead all wrapped into one!
What a fab yet brief read for this speed reader that led me down a trail of intrigue, mystery, and bone chilling suspense.
I couldn't put this one down as we learn of FBI Cate Wilde's best friend who went missing at a very young age all those years ago.
The case has new leads including a recent spotting of her
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Best book in the series!!! Loved it. Honestly, I didn't think we would learn about Sam's fate until the very last book, so glad I was wrong. A hit and run accident leads Cate and Tessa to finally discover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of their best friend all those years ago. At the same time, Cate's medical leave is almost over and it's time for her to head back to the mainland and her job with the FBI. Cate hasn't completely healed from the shooting, she still has anxiety about ...more
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An Amazon #1 selling author, Kendra Elliot has sold over 7 Million books and been on the WSJ best seller list ten times.

She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her family and three cats. She's fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and dreams of living every day in flip flops.



Other books in the series

Widow's Island (6 books)
  • Close to the Bone (Widow's Island #1)
  • A Bone to Pick (Widow's Island #2)
  • Whisper of Bones (Widow's Island #3)
  • Below the Bones (Widow's Island #5)
  • A Broken Bone (Widow's Island #6)