Hour of Need
Release date: December 9, 2014
#1 Bestselling Romantic Suspense
2015 Daphne du Maurier Award finalist
Amazon Editor Pick for Best December Romances

The first book in the all new Scarlet Falls series.

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While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant’s youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on emergency leave to temporarily care for his orphaned nephew and niece.

But when someone tries to kidnap the kids and their teenage babysitter, Grant knows it’s not a random act…and neither were the murders.

Already devastated by her neighbors’ violent deaths, Ellie Ross is shattered by the attempted abduction of her teenage daughter so she desperately turns to Grant for help. As they navigate a deadly search for the truth, they struggle with growing feelings for each other and Grant’s impending return to deployment.

But time is running out. The killer is growing bolder by the hour, and Ellie and Grant must find him before the children become his next victims.


“This dazzling first installment of Leigh’s breathtaking new Scarlet Falls series will have readers hooked in an instant. Leigh faithfully delivers animated characters, chills, thrills, and a plot that quickens the pulse all in one shot. Suspense fans will find their senses awakened with this military story set in an unforgettable small town, and lovers of romance will swoon as soon as they rapidly connect with Grant and Ellie. A real show-stopper.” – RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars

Though this is the first book of Leigh’s new romantic suspense series, Scarlet Falls, the author pleasantly surprises by not leaving a passel of loose ends to set up the sequel. Rather, the ensemble is effectively introduced without excessive back story, the multi-layered mystery is neatly organized (a bit more foreshadowing, perhaps?) and the final scenes are tidily done. Too, the antagonists are deviously and devilishly busy, creating a suspenseful sense of ever-present danger. Well-written, energetically paced entertainment.” – The Crime Book Beat