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Pretty Poison | Aimee Nicole Walker

Sinister In Savannah #3

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Release Date: February 20th, 2021

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Model: Griffin

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Blurb

Redemption seeker. Chameleon. Damaged heart.

By day, Rocky Jacobs is a private investigator. By night, he produces Sinister in Savannah, a true-crime podcast, with his two best friends. Rocky’s life revolves around three principles: possessing skill is better than having luck, a man’s reputation is everything, and there’s no sacrifice too great for those you love.

Is Tess Hamilton pretty poison or just unlucky in love?

That’s the question the trio of trouble will try to uncover. This investigation strikes a little too close to home for one of them. Tess, a woman accused of killing her three husbands, has been tried and convicted in the media, something Rocky knows all too well. When their investigation turns up nothing but dead ends, Rocky will keep digging. Is it because he believes in her innocence? Or does Rocky hope to find redemption for himself by achieving it for Tess?

A stagnant case turns out to be the least of his problems.

What happens in Vegas never truly stays stay there. For fifteen months, Rocky has been running from a tragedy that shattered his life and countless others. The most painful casualty was the destruction of his marriage to Asher Dunleavy. When the sexy federal marshal turns up in Savannah, Rocky is reminded of his greatest love and deepest regret. Every minute spent in Asher’s presence makes him yearn for the life they lost. Will Rocky drown in the sorrows of what might’ve been or fight for what could be?

Sinister in Savannah series is a fictional podcast exploring the city’s most nefarious crimes with Southern-fried snark. The books explore friendship, love, loss, and the irrepressible human spirit. Pretty Poison is book three of three. While each novel is written about a different couple, the series should be read in order due to continuing storylines. Sinister in Savannah is an LGBT romantic suspense series with mature language and sexual content intended for adults eighteen and older.

Trigger warning: The main character struggles with PTSD resulting from an investigation involving a murder-suicide. While the content is not overly graphic, it could still cause emotional harm to some readers.

One of Rocky’s side effects is anxiety, which may trigger similar reactions in those battling the disorder. As with the murder-suicide scene, I avoided being too graphic with his attacks.

Excerpt

Setting the aluminum pan on the counter, Rocky pulled the mixing bowl from the cabinet and a whisk from the drawer while Asher pulled out ingredients from the refrigerator.

“How old is this ham?” Asher asked.

“Honestly, I’m not sure. Sniff it.”

“You sniff it.”

Rocky crossed the room. Asher lifted the deli bag up, and Rocky took a deep whiff to see if the contents were still fresh. “It’s good.”

“Forgive me if I doubt your food freshness test.”

Rocky shrugged. “It’s never let me down before.”

“They say there’s a first time for everything, but I’ll happily go the rest of my life without experiencing food poisoning.”

They locked eyes and started to laugh because it was a conversation they’d had many times during their short marriage. Rocky reached inside the deli bag and tore off a hunk of meat and popped it into his mouth. Asher’s eyes dropped to Rocky’s lips and he seemed mesmerized by their movement. And maybe Rocky chewed the tiny piece longer than necessary before swallowing and declaring it safe enough for Asher to eat.

“Where do you keep your skillets?” Asher asked.

Rocky crossed his arms over his chest. “And you claim to know me so well.” He muscled Asher out of the way and opened the oven door, then gestured to the pots and pans stacked neatly inside. “Tah-dah.”

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About the Author

Ever since she was a little girl, Aimee Nicole Walker entertained herself with stories that popped into her head. Now she gets paid to tell those stories to other people.

She wears many titles—wife, mom, and animal lover are just a few of them. Her absolute favorite title is champion of the happily ever after. Love inspires everything she does, music keeps her sane, and coffee is the magic elixir that fuels her day. I’d love to hear from you

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My favourite one in what has been an outstanding series

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG so good, definitely my favourite of this quite brilliant series.

With Rocky, Aimee has created a full-fleshed out complex and complicated man who sometimes gets in his own way but who I absolutely understood and empathised with.

He’s dealing with not only a traumatic incident, but with the insidious poison of his husband’s best friend’s manipulations and more than a year after he ran out on their marriage, he’s still dealing with the aftermath.

When Asher turns up in Savannah, looking to reclaim his husband as well as move on with his career as a US Deputy Marshall, it acts as a catalyst for Rocky to begin to take a look at how he’s not been dealing with the fallout of a private investigation which went horrifically wrong.

Asher was such a wonderful guy. He’s determined but never overrides Rocky’s fears and anxieties. Through Rocky’s POV, we see a strong, principled man who will do anything for the guy he loves.

The case which this installment is built around was also a fascinating one, for a long time I wasn’t sure where it was going to go and I was surprised by the outcome, which I felt was completely within keeping of both the characters involved and the overall situation.

There are moments of levity as well to break up the sorrows and the levels of anxiety and PTSD which Rocky is facing and I think it was pitched just right.

And, as ever, there is the wonderful friendship at the heart of this series between the three men who run the Sinister in Savannah Podcast.

Plus, the rock at the centre of it all is still Miss Marla, who is with no shadow of doubt one of the best characters to have come out of Aimee’s wonderful imagination.

She is still vivacious, although there is a growing air of fragility about her which had me tearing up on more than one occasion and outright crying during the Live Celebration which is organised at the drag queen diner.

I am sad this initial trilogy has ended, but so very happy to read there will be more spin-off standalones as a result and that Aimee is intending to go back to where it all began with Royce and Sawyer too 😁

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Learned Reactions is another powerful POC romance from Jayce Ellis

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jayce Ellis is rapidly becoming an auto read author for me with her superb glimpses into the lives and loves of queer men of colour.

I hadn’t realised when I started this ons that it would have an element of overlapping on the timeframe of book one, but now it makes perfect sense.

Carlton and Deion were already in their strange, mixed up non relationship when they were introduced in Jaq and Matt’s story and here we get the full tale.

And there were times I wanted to shake them both so hard and make them just get over themselves.

But, at the same time, Carlton’s fears that the only solid and permanent rock in his adult life would somehow find him lacking if he admitted he’d been in love with him for as long as Deion had felt the same, were heartbreakingly real.

The narrative never drags though, even while the two are not so much mis-communicating as utterly failing to deal with the serious consequences that pretending to be a family to help Carlton’s adoption of his niece caused.

It’s usually one of my most hated tropes, but Jayce gives it such weight and meaning that it would have felt completely wrong if they had just sat down and talked.

When it eventually happens, the blast point sets off a chain of events which ultimately leads to one of the sweetest chapters in the book and a fabulous ending that actually made me tear up – something I rarely do!

Wait til you read those words that pass between them and see if you can hold out better than I did!

Now, I am soooo hoping Lawrence will be next and we’ll get to find out what happened with Vance.

Given the age gap, I’m betting it’ll be a riot 😁

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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