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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 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 crime that has gone cold for twenty years. A crime of personal importance to Cate. Cate’s best friend, Samantha, went missing at fourteen, leaving behind nothing except a jacket and an island full of unanswered questions. Samantha’s disappearance has haunted Cate for more than half her life, and she might finally be able to find some closure. But not everything is as it seems. As Cate unravels what happened on that fateful day, she’ll discover that the community of Widow’s Island is full of secrets. Betrayed by someone she thought she knew, Cate will need to piece together the truth…before someone else gets hurt.


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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 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 crime that has gone cold for twenty years. A crime of personal importance to Cate. Cate’s best friend, Samantha, went missing at fourteen, leaving behind nothing except a jacket and an island full of unanswered questions. Samantha’s disappearance has haunted Cate for more than half her life, and she might finally be able to find some closure. But not everything is as it seems. As Cate unravels what happened on that fateful day, she’ll discover that the community of Widow’s Island is full of secrets. Betrayed by someone she thought she knew, Cate will need to piece together the truth…before someone else gets hurt.

30 review for Bred in the Bone

  1. 4 out of 5

    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, 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, Samantha. Both murders help move the cold case forward and in this book it's fully resolved. Though I picked up the overarching storyline quickly in Whispers of Bone, I would recommend reading that novella before tackling this one. I had a few issues with novella #4 and at least some of them may have been lessened had I downloaded all of the books in order. As I mentioned in my review of Whispers of Bone, novellas are deceptively hard to pull off—I'm often left feeling like the mystery resolves too quickly or the romance seems rushed. In this case, I ended up having both those experiences. I got a good sense of Cate and liked her character quite a bit. But I had no real idea who Henry was and their romance did nothing for me. The plot also didn't work for me because there was so much going on that the story seemed chaotic and rushed in the second half. Part of the problem was that Cate had to solve not one but two mysteries in fewer than a hundred pages, which is a daunting task for any author. After becoming interested in Samantha's disappearance in Whispers of Bone, I was left wanting more. I haven't read many co-written series and was surprised I reacted so differently to Leigh's and Elliot's stories. I do like the premise for the series, the Pacific Northwest setting and both authors' writing styles. Reading the other reviews, it also seems I've had a very different response to Bred in the Bone so I may just take this as a warning to start interlinked series at the beginning. Much thanks to Montlake Romance and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    This is the fourth book in the series, but I found it easy to read as a stand-alone book with the great writing and storytelling. FBI agent Cate is back on Widow's island after recovering from a traumatic gunshot wound and still having some PTSD issues but she wants to keep investigating the case of her childhood friend Samantha who went missing many, many years ago when a necklace of Samantha turns up in a barn on the island. Is this a new clue for the agent or just an old piece of evidence that This is the fourth book in the series, but I found it easy to read as a stand-alone book with the great writing and storytelling. FBI agent Cate is back on Widow's island after recovering from a traumatic gunshot wound and still having some PTSD issues but she wants to keep investigating the case of her childhood friend Samantha who went missing many, many years ago when a necklace of Samantha turns up in a barn on the island. Is this a new clue for the agent or just an old piece of evidence that was overlooked in previous investigations? Cate will do everything in her power along with her old time friend Tess who is a deputy on the island to bring justice for their long lost friend that they will never forget or stop trying to find out what happened to sweet Samantha. Kendra Elliot is a terrific writer and this was a very fast and enjoyable read. I will definitely want to read more in the series and other books by this author. The book, though short was a very satisfying story! I want to thank the publisher Montlake Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this very good crime, mystery story! I recommend to other readers who enjoy a shorter crime story and have given a rating of 3 1/2 Unsettling 🌟🌟🌟❇

  3. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    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 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 impact the growing relationship with Henry. I will leave you to discover that for yourselves. Intense with twists and surprises I enjoyed Bred in Bone and look forward to reading the next two novellas Below the Bone and Broken Bone. As of today the entire series is published and available to purchase on eBook or through Kindle Unlimited. You can also listen to them on Audible. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    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 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 who is home on Widow's Island for medical recuperation after being shot and her partner killed. During this time home she and best friend, Tessa, have been looking into the disappearance 20 years ago of their friend Samantha. They have uncovered a clue that has finally given them a direction in their search for answers. At the same time a Widow's Island bad boy is killed in a hit and run. Even his father is not mourning his death. But is it a coincidence or something else that the murder victim may have had information about Sam's disappearance?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    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. 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. Each book is a story within itself, while the family connections, isolated island life and a cold case involving the disappearance of the girls childhood friend recur in each. Cate and Tessa have found a new clue into Sam’s last few days 20 years earlier when the were all 14 years old. Before they can begin that investigation an islander has been killed in a hit and run accident. I have learned to enjoy these crime thrillers with a heavy dose of romantic baggage. The older inhabitants take up knitting and social care; they are mainly women, men dying off has left a group of Widows. Maybe it is the sea air; a curse of sorts. Perhaps that is why the younger generation seem to be fostering relationships and all that stuff. This is the most accomplished one, perhaps because it moves the story on significantly or the threat implied. I am comfortable with the characters, I love the premise of a closed community, the isolation and the sense belonging. They are covered with skill and thoughtfulness. Nothing seems trite or contrived; the cast of characters are believable and the investigations worthy of the crime genre. I am sure this is a well received collection, enhancing the reputations of two accomplished authors and winning new fans. My male pride caves and lists my appreciation of the duo and this excellent series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    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 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 Widow's Island series that build on each other and don't make good standalones. Cate was traumatized from her last case gone wrong. She's physically healed and nearing the time when she needs to report back to duty in Seattle. However, for the first time since she was a kid, leaving Widow's Island doesn't feel right. There is Henry and their newfound love, of course. He is the only doctor on the island so he can't leave. But, she worked so hard for her career even if she knows that she still can't return to duty because approaching a closed front door out on a visit with Tessa even if its just to inform a man of his son's death has her panicking. Before she can spend too much time on those thoughts, Sam's case goes from cold case to quite warm and she is dodged to get to the bottom of it once and for all. This one got exciting and dang it, I can't babble because it would spoiler it for folks. Just trust me, that this one takes things up a notch on the surprises and twists. Great action and suspense along with solid friendship and tender romance. What more could you ask for right? Christine Williams narrated to perfection and is a staple to the joy of experiencing this series. I get lost in a good way in her narration and this was no exception. Can't recommend this series enough. My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange of an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    FBI Agent Cate Wilde recuperates on Widow's Island. When a hit-and-run leaves a man dead, they feel sure they can prevent the murderer's escape. The investigation, however, turns up clues in a 20-year-old missing person case. I didn't really enjoy this one. Although it happened near Christmas, it lacked the charm of Christmas stories. I did not read the previous installment in the series. Characters seemed a bit flat, and the story itself also lacked adequate development. I won an electronic FBI Agent Cate Wilde recuperates on Widow's Island. When a hit-and-run leaves a man dead, they feel sure they can prevent the murderer's escape. The investigation, however, turns up clues in a 20-year-old missing person case. I didn't really enjoy this one. Although it happened near Christmas, it lacked the charm of Christmas stories. I did not read the previous installment in the series. Characters seemed a bit flat, and the story itself also lacked adequate development. I won an electronic copy through a GoodReads giveaway. Although a review was not required, one is appreciated.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    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 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 wildly entertaining series???? Thank you. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Claire Yamagata

    The last in the Widow's Island series. One of the better ones with a surprising turn of events.

  10. 4 out of 5

    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 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 would have been upset. But it was a "free" read so to speak. Therefore it was okay.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    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 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 with how this one ended what they will be about.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    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 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 much more BECAUSE SECRETS!) That said, we get a solid ending to Cate and Tessa's investigation into Sam's disappearance and Cate makes a decision about her future. For the record, I like her plans. They work for both her and Henry and the island in general. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue Plant

    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 it...no spoilers as this is a short story but well worth reading brilliant 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 it...no spoilers as this is a short story but well worth reading brilliant piece of writing and i look forward to more from kendra elliot and melinda leigh in this series or any other series they decide to write together

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I managed to skip the book before this one, so I’m wondering if there was more movement in finding Samantha as with this book we finally found out what happened. I was ok with what Cate and Tessa found out at first, it seemed oddly right. Yet later when the real truth came out I was horrified, horrified for what Sam had to endure and I wondered how they all would move forward knowing all of this. I think with how things ended that fear was put to rest as they all got closure and can focus on the I managed to skip the book before this one, so I’m wondering if there was more movement in finding Samantha as with this book we finally found out what happened. I was ok with what Cate and Tessa found out at first, it seemed oddly right. Yet later when the real truth came out I was horrified, horrified for what Sam had to endure and I wondered how they all would move forward knowing all of this. I think with how things ended that fear was put to rest as they all got closure and can focus on the future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dilushani Jayalath

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Ruppe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book went from suspenseful to dark within the first few moments. A mystery long cold is finally solved, reuniting Tessa, Samantha and Cate. The dual story writing between Elliot and Leigh is top notch and flows so well it’s hard to tell one’s style from the other. Fantastic read! Thank you to Kendra for the ARC This book went from suspenseful to dark within the first few moments. A mystery long cold is finally solved, reuniting Tessa, Samantha and Cate. The dual story writing between Elliot and Leigh is top notch and flows so well it’s hard to tell one’s style from the other. Fantastic read! Thank you to Kendra for the ARC ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angie Dokos

    Pretty good story. It was interesting but not an edge-of-your-seat book. I didn't dislike it, but it wasn't what I consider a great read. I won this book in a giveaway. Thank you to Goodreads for my copy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diane Saul

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Devika

    really enjoying this series..glad there are two more books...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dee Cherry

    4.5 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

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Satisfying end to the series. It took a weird turn, but glad it worked out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ria Turk

    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!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn's

    Well I just didn't see this coming! This is an absolute MUST read for the Widow's Island series. I feel this one you definitely needed to have read the other 3 books of this series first. Do it, you'll love them! This book had me in tears! Awesome story and writing! I can't say anything else without spoilers, so I won't? I'll just leave it's a must read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    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 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 returned to Pacific Northwest Widow's Island where she grew up to heal and spend her medical leave after being shot in an on the job incident. While Cate is home, she and Tessa are determined to solve the disappearance of Samantha Bishop, their other childhood best friend who disappeared in the middle of the night 20 years prior. Tessa found Samantha's necklace in an unexpected place while solving an unrelated murder and the location suggests she may have disappeared from completely different place than originally thought. When the town drunk is killed in a hit and run while riding his bicycle, it seems the case will be open and shut, but unexpected additional information about the crime may lead Tessa and Cate to finally finding out Samantha's fate. Due to ongoing storylines and callbacks to the previous novellas, I do not recommend reading this novella as a standalone story. This story was incredibly fast-paced and compelling and I flew right through it, easily reading it beginning to end in a single sitting. I eagerly await the next set of novellas in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    M

    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 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 crucial to the resolution and needs more development. Given the interwoven storylines, various subplots, and a multiplicity of characters, IMHO a short novel would’ve worked better. In this novella with a mere eighty-six pages, both storylines get short shrift. So does the pacing, which is good at first, but the second half is an ass-over-teakettle-scramble to the finish. As in most short works, subplots (such as romances) and secondary characters—like Henry, Cate’s great love—suffer meh-characterization. Plus, protagonist Cate needs to evolve from jumpy, frightened ex-FBI agent with psychiatric help. However, perhaps readers will see her grow in the next two books of this six-book series. Overall, this story deserved more space to breathe and develop. Please note that I am in the minority of reviewers, and I rarely read short serials written by two authors. This review reflects my honest opinions, but if the Amazon synopsis interests you, I urge you to give this short novella a try. You may enjoy reading “Bred in the Bone.”

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rabid Reader

    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 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 Cate’s post traumatic anxiety, to her dilemma over what to do about her job and her blossoming feelings for Dr Henry. Her problems and reactions always seem authentic and realistic. This novella could be read as a stand-alone but you would get far more depth and enjoyment if you read the books in order. The duel writers, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliott, do an excellent job of creating a seamless flow between the novellas in the series, while at the same time producing well written and researched stories. Their character development and intriguing plots have created gripping stories that always leave the reader wanting more. I received an early copy of this book from NetGalley & Montlake Romance under no obligation to review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    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 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 of an apparently random hit and run accident Cate and her boyfriend, local doctor and coroner Henry Powers follow up on some clues from the past which result in a turn in their case no one could have predicted. Once again an excellent story is written by Kendra Elliot with a very satisfying plotline which ties up all the loose ends and leaves the reader with a feeling of justice being done,  What else could anyone want? I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the previous three novellas or who wants short stories which pack a punch as these four definitely do.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    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 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 send chills through me. She has a way of keeping me on the edge of my seat from the first page until the last. At last, Cate has a good lead on her best friend’s disappearance twenty years ago. While Cate isn’t completely recovered from her ordeal a few months ago, she goes after these new clues determined to ignore her fear when approaching a door of a possible criminal. I loved her tenacity, and that she will not give up until she learns what happened to Samantha. Her romance with the good doctor has progressed and is on solid footing. Will she return to her life as an FBI agent, or will she give it up for Henry? If you enjoy romantic thrillers with amazing characters, and so much action your heart is pumping fast, then you will love Bred in the Bone. This one has a great ending that I enjoyed a great deal. Widow’s Island is a great series, and I look forward to reading the next one in this series. Happy reading!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelly at

    Review will be posted at www.books-n-kisses.com . REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2 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 Review will be posted at www.books-n-kisses.com . REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2 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 could never know the path that they would take to find that truth. Bred in the Bone is the fourth novella in the Widow’s Island series that is written by Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot. If you haven’t read the first two novellas Close to the Bone and A Bone to Pick I would highly suggest you go get these and read them. You could pick up novella three and start her but the first two novellas give you the back story of Tessa & Cate. I am already looking forward to reading the next two installments in this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    .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 .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 she worked hard for. While the romance with Henry was meaning more each day, as well as loving the island. A plot that uncovers secrets long hidden, healing, family ties. Choices of how they are to move forward from murder. Great series, you love the characters and the close connection they have. The meaning of the island and living on it. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion by Net Galley and Montlake Publisher.

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