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Who was the real killer?Romain Fornier lost his reason for living when his daughter was kidnapped and murdered. He used a cop's gun to mete out his own justice and spent the next few years in prison. Once he was freed, he returned to his Cajun roots in small-town Louisiana. But now he learns that he might have killed the wrong man.Jasmine Stratford, a psychological profileWho was the real killer?Romain Fornier lost his reason for living when his daughter was kidnapped and murdered. He used a cop's gun to mete out his own justice and spent the next few years in prison. Once he was freed, he returned to his Cajun roots in small-town Louisiana. But now he learns that he might have killed the wrong man.Jasmine Stratford, a psychological profiler, is convinced his daughter's killer is still alive -- and that she and Romain have something in common. She believes the same man kidnapped her sister, Kimberly, sixteen years ago.What happens next?Jasmine is determined to track him down when she receives an anonymous package, postmarked New Orleans -- the bracelet she gave Kimberly for her eighth birthday. She approaches Romain because she knows he can help her... if he chooses.But searching for the man who irrevocably changed both their lives means they have to rise to a killer's challenge: stop me....

Title : Stop Me
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ISBN : 9780778324607
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Number of Pages : 440 Pages
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Stop Me Reviews

  • Pepa
    2019-05-13 19:15

    Me ha gustado más que el anterior. Quizás porque sin desmerecer la trama policíaca - suspense, la pareja tiene mayor protagonismo y las escenas hot, sobre todo la primera me ha parecido genial (creo que es la que le da título a la novela en castellano) porque en original. es Detenme o algo así y creo que le viene como anillo al dedo pues es una frase que aparece en la novela.Me gusta que la autora parte de un asesino al que ya conocemos y de ahí vaya tirando del hilo. Creo que Jasmine es una protagonista muy conseguida. Con momentos en los que desborda fortaleza pero otros en los que, como es normal, no puede evitar sentirse indefensa. Siempre digo que estas protagonistas me encantan!Romaine es un hombre deshecho pero que ha sobrevivido a mucho. Aún así, es un solitario, quizás algo huraño, pero tanto su relación con Jasmine y con su propia familia, nos muestra el corazón que late dentro.Del suspense poco diré, más que me ha sorprendido hasta bien pasada la mitad de la novela. Luego, hay un detalle en el que ya te insinúa. Pero aún así, chapó!! Por que nada es tan banal como parece y al final, un error puede romper la telarañaSeguiré con la serie. Me está gustando bastante

  • jenjn79
    2019-05-01 20:21

    Second book in Novak's The Last Stand series. I'm giving it the same rating as the first book, 4-stars, but I liked it more than the first one. While the first one was borderline 3-4 stars, this one solid 4 stars.Like the first book, this one focuses on The Last Stand victims support organization and the three women who founded it. This book features Jasmine Stratford. Sixteen years earlier, her little sister was kidnapped while Jasmine babysat her, completely destroying her family. The sister was never found and Jasmine has never stopped feeling guilty or wanting to know what became of her sister.Now, she's received a strange package in the mail from someone who had to be involved in the disappearance of her sister. Desperate to know more, she goes to New Orleans, where the package was mailed from. Her research leads her to Romain Fornier, a brooding loner who has shut himself away from the world after his 10-year-old daughter was kidnapped, molested, then murdered. When the killer was let off on a technicality, Romain reacted on a surge of emotion and spent the next 18 months in jail. He wants nothing to do with what Jasmine is telling him - that he may have killed the wrong man. But the knowledge that the person who killed his little girl might still be out there overrules his feelings. He and Jasmine team up to find out the truth in a case that takes more turns than anyone could have expected.Stop Me is a little bit different type of story than Trust Me because this one is a whodunit because you don't know who the ultimate ringleader is. Though I have to admit I had a pretty good idea who it would turn out to be early on. The misdirection was a little too obvious so I looked to the less possible option. And I was right. But it was still a well-told story. I wanted to keep reading to see where the story would go next. And there was a surprise or two as well. I wasn't expecting how things ended up with one of the secondary characters.The romance in this one was a bit more solid than the first book. I loved Romain. He's the ultimate in tragic heroes - a wife who died of cancer, a daughter brutally murdered, going to prison for taking justice into his own hands. Even though he's a bit surly, he's a very likable character. The chemistry between him and Jasmine is great and the romance is more developed than between Skye and David from Trust Me. I just felt the romantic angle more. But like Trust Me the ending was a bit weak. Not as much so, but I still didn't come away feeling all that satisfied. For me, there just needed to be a scene that solidified the romance between Jasmine and Romain. And I was left wanting to know a few things after the book ended. There were some things I wanted to know how they turned out.I was also a bit disappointed that the book felt rather disconnected from the first book. The Last Stand organization gets a lot of mentions and whatnot, and the other characters get a little face time, but I felt as if they were just there. Skye (book 1) had a baby and it's never even said whether it was a boy or a girl. So I would have liked a little more inter-connectedness between the books.But overall, I liked the book. I zipped through it pretty quickly. This book, and the series, is something those who like the mid-level intensity romantic suspenses would probably like.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-05-13 19:37

    3 ½ stars. If you’re in the mood for romantic suspense, this is pretty good, a little better than average.There were a couple of weak places, but acceptable. I think it’s fine to have a trusted person turn-out to be bad, but here it happens more than once which bothered me a little. Probably because I recently read another book by this author that had many cops, mayor, and others - supposedly good but in truth were bad guys. She used the surprise of many bad guys as a way to create mystery and suspense instead of traditional methods. Every so often she would surprise us by showing another character to be one of the bad guys. I felt the author was overdoing it in that book, so when something similar happened here I was reminded of that and it wasn’t as appealing as it could have been.Jasmine and Romain are sexually drawn to each other. After they have sex, he insults her. His reason is that he is trying to live life as a hermit and doesn’t want to feel things. So she now has a wall between them. This causes conflict between them for a long time. I like conflict between a couple, but this wasn’t the best. The sex meant a lot to him, but he lied calling it a meaningless f*** to distance himself.There was one instance of stupidity. Heroine goes to killer’s location without notifying Romain where she is going.Jasmine is psychic, so that gives her leads. It was done well enough, but psychic stories might not appeal to some.Overall I didn’t find it special or different, but it was good enough to keep my interest.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 432 pages. Swearing language: strong but not often used. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 3. Setting: mostly current day New Orleans area, Louisiana. Copyright: 2008. Genre: paranormal romantic suspense.

  • Marianchu
    2019-05-15 20:39

    Otra historia intensa que te mantiene con la adrenalina y el pulso acelerado. Una vez más lo que más me ha gustado ha sido la trama de suspense/trhiller tan bien hilada, el perfil de los "malos" impresionante, de los que te ponen la carne de gallina.Mi puntuación 8,5.

  • Gaby
    2019-05-22 13:26

    Esta segunda historia de la serie me gustó mucho más. Es más profunda y tiene más climas de suspenso pero al igual que la primera, atrapa al lector en una trama donde el final es un misterio.Brenda Novak sigue manteniendo a sus lectoras ansiosas por las escenas románticas pero fue más generosa que en el libro anterior.La química entre los personajes es muy atractiva y su historia de amor, hermosa.Así, entre el dolor de un delito imperdonable, la tensión sexual se abre paso entre el suspenso y la lectura se hace adictiva.A mi me gustó mucho y a las que disfrutan del misterio seguramente les va a gustar. En este libro encontrarán una historia sórdida y muy retorcida que hace de la trama un laberinto difícil de recorrer.Espero les guste.Leer reseña completa

  • Bette Stanek
    2019-05-23 14:28

    4 solid stars for the second book in the Last Stand series. I always hate leaving the characters of one book behind when I start another book. It is definitely no different when I'm reading a series. I always hope to find glimpses of the previous characters in the next book of a series. I did get that glimpse, just a glimpse, like in a couple of phone conversations. I wanted more, but quickly got into the new story and then the new characters took over. In this series, the characters of the second book are stronger than the first. As much as I hated leaving Skye and David behind, I quickly fell into the lives of Romain and Jasmine. The mystery, suspense and action in Stop Me is more intense than that of Trust Me. I knew that I had figured out who the bad guys were early on. Until I realized I didn't have it figured out. The twists and turns kept coming until the very last chapter. I was vindicated in the end, but it was close! Jasmine's little sister was taken from their home, while she was babysitting her, at the age of eight. Her family quickly fell apart. Jasmine vowed to never give up the search for Kimberly. Fast forward sixteen years, Jasmine has psychic powers that she uses in profiling for the FBI and other agencies. She's been on "America's Most Wanted" where she publicly vows to never give up her search for her sister. Then, one day she receives a small package containing her sister's bracelet and a note simply saying "Stop me." With this new lead, she begins her search in New Orleans. Romain lost his reason for living four years ago and now all he does is exist. His wife, his high school sweetheart, died of cancer six years ago, leaving Romain to raise their daughter, Adele. Suddenly, Adele is missing and the search is on. It ends when Adele's body is found in a public place. Throughout the trial, there is irrefutable evidence to convict the perpetrator, but he gets off on a technicality. On the way out of the courthouse, Romain, in a moment of passion that he doesn't remember clearly, kills the man and goes to prison. He is now out, trying to carve out an existence for himself in the bayous where he does't have to deal with society unless he wants to. Then, out of nowhere, Jasmine shows up at his door and he is thrust back into life. Ready, or not. The romance in this book is second to the suspense and mystery. This is a book you'll find hard to put down; you will consume it. The relationships between characters are strong, the characters themselves are strong and the overall plot line is compelling. Now, I'm off to find out Sheridan's story in Watch Me.

  • A.L. Campbell
    2019-05-12 20:17

    Good ReadAs a guy, I don't really care for all the romance in my novels, but many in the reading audience do want those moments with their characters. With that said, the story was suspenseful at times and keeps you interested long enough to want more. You start to wonder if Jasmine will ever find out what happened to her sister. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading cold cases.

  • Pam
    2019-05-18 13:26

    Book # 2 of the series kept me on the edge of my seat. Starting book #3 series is awesome. Brenda is an excellent author...

  • Meigan
    2019-05-11 17:45

    The book started out OK, although I was hesitant to read it because I learned from the previous book that the main character in this one had psychic abilities. I normally don't read books with psychic aspects in them just because they get weird, and quite frankly I like when people solve puzzles without freaky mind powers.I ended up liking Jasmine, even with her gobbledegook powers. She wasn't always "reading" things, but she did crawl into Romains dream which I felt was a huge invasion of his thoughts. The names could have been better, Jasmine reminded me of Princess Jasmine from Disneys Aladdin, and Romain reminded me of my lunch salad.The suspense was good - in the beginning. The story sort of lost its appeal to me once the mystery started falling into place.(view spoiler)[I would have liked it more had it been one or two bad guys, but it evolved into a "ring" of bad dudes, complete with stupid nicknames, a website, and conspiracy aplenty. I prefer when it's just a few bad guys, since once bands of thieves get involved, the mysteries often become way too sensational and far beyond my scope of believability. I like when the story is something that "could" happen, it increases the suspense for me. I am looking for a scare, and once it reaches the level where it's outrageous to me, the scare is gone. (hide spoiler)]I liked the romance. The attraction made its appearance early on, which is typical of these types of books. Albeit a tad unbelievable when compared to reality, but that's what makes reading fiction fun. I like when the romantic and sexual tension builds through the story, it gives the reader something to root for when the suspense takes a wrong turn. Bottom line, not my favorite, but I will read Brenda Novak in the future. I like that she mainly writes series, I've really grown to like series since most times you don't have to wait another year for the new release. Authors like Brenda Novak seem to release the additional series titles within months of each other, which satisfies my impatient nature. Another note, these books are part of a series, but they can easily stand alone. Its characters travel on to another story and any minute details that are brought up in the next book are nicely explained and clarified for the reader. You won't be lost or feeling like you are missing something because you didn't follow the series. That's a bonus as well.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-19 12:21

    I enjoyed how dark this book was and the New Orleans/swamp setting was a neat location. The setting just seemed to make everything creepier. I thought the romantic leads had a lot of depth in this book and I loved the love story aspect of it. Unfortunately, there were two plot aspects that were extremely unbelievable to me which really had the effect of pulling me out of the story.1) I liked the psychic aspect of the story but I found it incredibly unbelievable that someone could become a profiler without a college degree. Everytime they mentioned the FBI using Jasmine's services I had to stop and laugh because I just don't think that happens in real life.2) The whole question of whether Romain had actually killed Moreau or not. The incident was on tape and there were dozens of witnesses. I just didn't believe that this would have been in question.Unfortunately, these were big enough issues to pull me out of the story but overall I thought it was an enjoyable read.

  • Caryn
    2019-05-01 12:43

    Just as I finally got over the creepiness of Hanover House, I turn around and read Save Me. Although I do admit to guessing THE identity fairly quickly, there were a lot of twists and turns to make me doubt my decision. The romance is sweet which is something I never thought I'd say about this author's books, but the romance was a sideline to the story itself so it fit. So this book did not creep me out nearly as much as Hanover House but it was a good read and read quickly. Now I just need to go turn off all the lights I turned on trying to read and stay sane! Thank you, Brenda, for doing what you do . . . so well!

  • Nathaly G.
    2019-05-10 17:21


  • Jackie
    2019-05-18 12:32

    This book was just as good as the first one in the series, Trust Me. Lots of twists and it held my attention til the end. A great read!

  • Rosie
    2019-05-18 20:34

    loved it

  • Colleen
    2019-04-27 13:22

    I loved this book just like all the ones in The Last Stand series. This was the second one about Jasmine Stratford who is looking for her sister’s killer. Jasmine sister has been missing for 16 years and she feels guilty because her sister was kidnapped when she was supposed to be babysitting her. She gets a package with her sister bracelet anonymously that has her going to New Orleans where she runs into Romain Fornier who’s daughter was kidnapped and murder by the man he thought he killed. Jasmine thinks her sisters kidnapper is the same person who killed Romain’s daughter. They exchange information and start looking for the killer. I thought this was a great suspenseful book. It had romance between Jasmine and Romain who both are lost souls. Brenda Novak books are so powerful and intensely interesting that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out who really is the killer and still has HAE. On to the next book in the series.

  • Ayu Wirdha
    2019-05-13 12:26

    LAST STAND 2 - BRENDA NovakPenculikan anak-anak, pedofilia & adopsi ilegal juga dirty cop yang menjadi tema kejahatannya. Hero/ine-nya mengalami hal tersebut, 16 tahun lalu adiknya diculik ketika Jasmine sedang menjaganya. Orangtuanya menyalahkannya karena tidak mampu mengingat wajah si penculik, keluarganya berantakan, dia sendiri terjerumus narkoba tapi berhasil lulus SMA & mengambil kelas psikologi. Jasmine ini punya kemampuan cenayang sering membantu FBI melacak anak-anak hilang. Sedangkan Romain empat tahun lalu membunuh tersangka pembunuh & pelecehan anaknya yang bebas dari hukuman akibat polisi salah prosedur. Yang bikin penasaran sih apakah adiknya Jasmine masih hidup? Siapakah Peccavi ini apakah polisi yang melakukan "salah prosedur"? Romance antara Jasmine & Romain so-so aja. Kedua pertanyaan tersebut, jawabannya : ya. 3,6

  • Linda
    2019-05-06 17:17

    This is the second book in The Last Stand series and it was absolutely great. Jasmine Stratford was babysitting her little sister when the sister was kidnapped sixteen years ago. She never have up hope of finding her but the trail turned cold until she received a package in the mail that contained her sister's bracelet. The package led her to New Orleans and another kidnapping and murder that had happened four years ago. Romain Fornier thought he had killed his daughter's killer after his trial but now nothing is as it seems. This a wonderful read and a very exciting book with quite a twist at the end.

  • Kathi Kelley
    2019-05-08 15:23

    A gripping, well written, complex story that grabbed me immediately. The characters, primary and secondary, are well developed and three dimensional. The attraction between Jaz and Romain was immediate and sizzling, continuing to grown in intensity. There are plenty of twists and turns that are very unexpected. I rated the story overall at 4.75 and assigned it a sexy rating of 5. I am on to book 3 in this series!

  • Valorie
    2019-05-02 19:25

    O M G................ That was something else. I’m soooo glad Jasmine had so much fight in her. That was just about the craziest thing I’ve read and the scariest... my heart went to Romain and the trauma he endured by the hands of psychopaths. I have no sympathy for Beverly or her children..... they’re monsters just like Grober and Huff......The really sad part about all of this is, that all over the world this sort of sickness is really happening. This was an exceptional read.

  • Tbabe001
    2019-05-27 20:27

    This Author can write a good story ...but her heroine in this series her super ridiculous ;They have no common sense especially given their history. They were victims either by association or directly in the past....but once they meet a hot guy/Hero from no where , then it’s ok to trust the random guy completely. Show up to his house uninvited and sleep on his bed and wear his clothes ...crazy.

  • Charlene
    2019-05-03 17:29

    this is a suspenseful riveting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. So many twists and turns, so many tense filled moments. Romain and Jasmine enter into a challenging search for a murderer. This is one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. At times I felt as frightened as the characters. Fantastic read!

  • Lynn Hill
    2019-05-12 16:26

    OMG, what an awesome story! It is such an intense and exciting story. A page turner for sure. Brenda writes such wonderful books that you just can’t stop reading them and you don’t ever want to get to the last pi but you need to get there to get the ending! Such a dilemma. Thank you Brenda!

  • jill hoffman
    2019-05-03 13:23

    A little slow in the beginning but then turned into one of the best books I have ever read!!! I curse the day I ever started reading Brenda Novaks books I have lost So Much Sleep!!! This book had me up till 5 A.M. Most defiantly a Great Read!!!!! I promise you!!

  • Wendy Ferree
    2019-05-09 17:21

    A great series I started reading this series and can’t stop. Its different than most of her other ones. Suspenseful, nail biting with romance too. I highly recommend this. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Shondrieka
    2019-05-18 20:42

    Great ReadMany twists to keep you reading through the night!!!! Great character development and story line. So excited to find out this is part of a series,and can’t wait to read the others.

  • Pat Welte
    2019-05-20 19:15

    Stop MeI liked this story, it grabbed my attention immediately. I felt compassion for the characters and wanted to read more about them. There was suspense and joy. I can hardly wait to read more of this series.

  • Melodi Daniel
    2019-05-09 16:17

    AwesomeHard to put down. Loved the story, suspense and kept you wondering. Can't wait to read the next book in this series.

  • Marla
    2019-04-29 18:30

    Another excellent read

  • Nichole
    2019-05-21 19:37

    I enjoyed this book more than the first one. It had suspense from the beginning so it captivated me from the start. The plot was good but a little predictable. Worth the read for sure.

  • Anita
    2019-05-17 19:24

    I obviously do not have an adequate respect for proper sleeping rituals. I’m obviously very good at convincing myself that “It won’t take long to finish the rest of this book.”But anyway…Jasmine Stratford’s younger sister was abducted sixteen years ago and never found; Jasmine was barely a pre-teen at the time. The incident tore her family up and forced Jasmine away from her former loving and warm home, wandering until she managed to get her life back together. And so now she’s a victims’ advocate for The Last Stand as well as an occasional consultant for law enforcement using “unconventional methods” to help investigations--Jasmine is a psychic who often gets visions or “feelings” that help her pinpoint where victims can be found or what may have occurred at a crime scene.Sixteen years into the present, Jasmine receives a “gift” from the man who had taken her sister containing Kimberly’s bracelet and a note that simply says: “Stop Me” written in blood. This new token leads her to New Orleans for the Christmas holiday where she finds Romain Fornier, a man who had suffered his own tragedy, with the belief that he may be able to help her find her sister. Romain’s own daughter had been taken from him and then murdered, the culprit tried and acquitted. In a haze of angry vigilantism, Romain took the law into his own hands and shot the killer, putting himself behind bars for two years.But now as Jasmine begins to dig up the past, she and Romain unearth new secrets about the abductions of their loved ones. On top of realizing that Romain may have killed the wrong man, a deeper web of darkness unravels which ultimately puts Jasmine’s life in danger.So we’ve got the obligatory “Meet-Not-So-Cute” since this is a Romantic Suspense and the main couple obviously starts lusting after each other immediately. Then we’ve got the obligatory “Putting the Not-Quite-Damsel-in-Distress’s Life in Danger via Reckless Behavior”; I like Jasmine because she’s spunky, but she’s got a bit of a TSTL complex… but at least she knows what she’s getting herself into whenever she does it. On top of that we’ve got the obligatory Romantic Angst of the “I’ve got a messed up life and can’t afford to fall in love” variety wherein the couple keeps pushing back and forth and back and forth until they sex each other into admissions of love. Then the final hour gives us the obligatory “Damsel Sort of in Distress” scene wherein the main couple finally cement their “We can’t lose each other” realizations.Oh, but Romain is the Double Standard Caveman variety of male heroism--much like David from the first book, and I don’t much appreciate that very well.That is the romance in a nutshell--the usual stuff of Romantic Suspense novels.Surprisingly, despite the formulaic-ness of the entire flow, I’m not too bothered by it because Brenda Novak’s writing style, story progression, central plot, and sense of suspense continues to draw my attention. You seriously need to take days off from work just to read these books; I really can’t seem to put one down once I get started.The twist of the criminal plot was fairly predictable once the first phone call was made to the ultimate “villain” known as Peccavi--and I also kind of sort of figured out who Peccavi really was with a bit of a groan. But at least it keeps you on your toes as to how far this crime organization stretches from person to person, what kinds of secrets everyone else related to this situation is hiding, and how the entire scenario will play out. I was a bit disappointed that Kimberly Stratford’s abductor (and Adele Fornier’s murderer) was revealed so quickly, but there was enough other material to keep me satisfied.Unfortunately, talking about the deeper darkness of the crimes committed in this book will probably give too many things away, so I’m stumped on what else to add.I guess I’m reeling for a good murder mystery, and while these suspenses are page-turners, I always get that same sense of disappointment whenever certain reveals happen before the halfway point of the book.Nonetheless…Final thoughts: This is definitely another page-turner, but without the crime thriller propelling things, the book might have fallen short. Nonetheless, I really liked Jasmine--despite the fact that some of her actions might have been construed by others as TSTL, I think she does quite well for herself as a woman investigating the disappearance of her little sister sixteen years ago. She may be my favorite of the three Last Stand gals, if only for a bunch of superficial reasons though--she’s multicultural, she’s psychic, and I have a soft-spot for profilers.