Jagger: Steele Shadows Investigations
Publication date: June 18th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Secrets, lies, deceit… A former Navy SEAL turned homicide detective has met his match in this new *standalone* addition to the number #1 Bestselling Steele Shadows Series…
He found her covered in blood.
She promises she’s innocent.
The question is… Can he trust her?
Feared just as much on the streets as at a crime scene, Homicide Detective Max Jagger has dedicated his life to one thing—speaking for the dead. Everyone and everything else be damned, including his own demons. During one of the most oppressive heat waves to hit the small, southern town of Berry Springs, the former Navy SEAL is called to a scene where a real estate heiress is found standing over a dead body, holding the murder weapon. The local cops immediately dub it a slam-dunk case, but if Jagg has learned anything from his days running special ops, it’s that nothing is as it seems… including this suspect.
Despite her name, Sunny Harper is as beguiling as a fallen angel. Clever, cunning, completely unwilling to cooperate, and, perhaps his least favorite quality—mind-numbingly intoxicating. When evidence from the scene suggests an accomplice, Jagg begins to believe that Sunny is both innocent and in danger, despite the towns’ uproar to lock her up. Torn between his growing feelings for his suspect, he takes Sunny to a secluded lake house where he discovers there’s much more behind those enchanting green eyes… including secrets that could take them both under.
With his career on the line and the clock ticking, Jagg must decide if he can trust Sunny… before they both get burned.
This was my first read by Amanda, the first book in a new Steele Shadows Investigations series which is a spin off from her Steele Shadows Security series which I have not read. This did not stop me enjoying Jagger, which was an entertaining murder / mystery / suspense thriller with a tad of romance.
This is told in the first person perspective, which I am not a great fan of, so it did take me a little while to warm up to the story line and writing style.
Max Jagger is an ex-Navy SEAL turned homicide Detective for the small town of Berry Springs, who’s best friend and colleague was murdered during a theft at an art store. This becomes very personal for Jagger, who spends all his time looking for the suspect, the ‘Black Bandit’. But then there is another murder just days later involving real estate heiress Sunny Harper, who is the main suspect in this new murder as she is found pointing a gun at the deceased. But Sunny denies the murder saying that there was a third person involved, who nobody else saw.
Max is a bit of a mess, still suffering from pain and bad memories from his SEAL days, he does things his own way, which not everyone in the town agrees with. Sunny is a tough, bad ass, sassy woman who has taken control of her life after suffering terribly in her past. This is a story about the search for a killer, the protection of Sunny when her past returns seeking vengeance, while the relationship between them grows into something much more.
A good and thrilling suspense story full of twists and turns in the plot, lots of different and enjoyable characters and some fantastic dogs.
Amanda McKinney is the #1 bestselling and multi-award-winning author of more than ten steamy romantic suspense and mystery novels. She wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, in 2017 after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Set in small, southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning murder mysteries packed with steamy romance.
Her books include the HOT new bestselling series, STEELE SHADOWS SECURITY, the multi-award-winning BERRY SPRINGS series and BLACK ROSE MYSTERIES.
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