Published by HH Tisevich on June 18, 2020
Series: Steele Shadows Investigations #1
Genres: adult, Romance, Suspense, contemporary
Source: ecopy from Author
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.
Jagger is an adult romantic suspense novel and is the first book in the Steele Shadows Investigations series by Amanda McKinney. I have not read too many suspense novels lately, and I forgot how much I enjoy them. especially when there is a steamy romance attached to the plot. Jagger really hit the spot for me. I can’t wait to continue on with the Steele Shadows Investigation series. if you are a fan of suspense and thriller stories, I think Jagger will be a great addition to add to your TBR list.
In Jagger we meet our main character, Max Jagger, who is a former Navy Seal turned homicide detective. I have been super into all things true crime lately, so I love a good suspense fiction novel every now and again. (and maybe more often now that I remember how much I enjoy them) so this was really more of a character driven question for me. Would I enjoy the characters and the overall plot. And the answer to both of those questions is yes. Max is the epitome of a brooding main character with a dark past, and like most brooding characters, I fell instantly in love with him and wanted to uncover all of his deep dark secrets. Max thinks there is more than meets the eye with his newest murder case. Sunny Harper was found holding a bloody weapon over the dead body, but Max doesn’t think everything is adding up.
Sunny Harper’s name cracked me up. She is so not sunny in disposition. She is stubborn as all get out, and I loved that about her. The mystery was the primary plotline in this book, but as Max and Sunny worked together (somewhat reluctantly) there was a great romance simmering in the background. While I do wish it took center stage a little more, I can appreciate that it was secondary to the actually murder and killer that was on the loose. Bottom line- if you are a fan of suspense stories featuring a murder mystery with a romance plotline woven in, then Jagger is going to be a novel that you will want to check out! I really enjoyed it.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020