Truth seeker. Promise keeper. Guarded heart.
By day, Jonah St. John is a criminal analyst for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. By night, he produces Sinister in Savannah, an investigative podcast, with his two best friends. Jonah’s life revolves around three principles: a man’s word is his oath, friendships are priceless gifts, and love is for other people.
When the Sinister in Savannah team delves into the thirty-eight-year-old murder of a drag queen, they quickly discover that the story doesn’t end with the alleged killer’s confession in 1995. Continuing the investigation could have fatal consequences for Jonah and everyone he holds dear, including his irresistible intern.
To love is to lose: a lesson Jonah has learned the hard way. For a decade, he has embraced solitude as his penance for a past mistake. Then came Avery Bradford, a man whose warmth and sunshine infuses Jonah’s battered soul and challenges his resistance. Over the past eight months, Jonah has soared closer and closer to Avery’s flame until the thing he’s feared the most becomes the one he can’t live without.
The chill of danger merges with the heat of desire, forming a deadly superstorm. Will Jonah seek shelter or ride the lightning?
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. Ride the Lightning is book one of three. While each book is written about a different couple, the series should be read in order. Sinister in Savannah is an LGBT romantic suspense series with mature language and sexual content intended for adults eighteen and older.
Sinister in Savannah Series, Book One
LGBT Romantic Suspense
Release date: 06.23.20
Cover: Jay Aheer
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
“What happened to your flowers?” Jonah suddenly asked, opening the can of worms he’d vowed to leave alone.
Avery only gaped at him unblinkingly. Who could blame him? The question had come out of nowhere. “My flowers?”
“The ones Romeo brought you. I caught you making heart eyes at them every time I stepped out of my office yesterday.”
“Don’t be ridiculous,” Avery scoffed. “I took them to my grandmother.”
Of all the possible things Avery could’ve said, Jonah hadn’t been expecting this one. “Why?”
Avery released a deep sigh. “I told you he wasn’t the guy for me.” It was Jonah’s turn to just stare. “Here was this handsome, successful guy who seemed to be interested in me, but I felt…nothing. No spark.”
Jonah snorted, and Avery scowled.
“What the hell is that supposed to mean?” Avery asked.
“No spark?” Jonah asked. “I’d hate to see how you return from a lunch date when you do feel chemistry with a man.”
Avery stiffened in his chair. “What are you talking about?”
“Come on, Avery. Flushed cheeks and swollen lips. I recognize the signs of someone who has been thoroughly kissed…or more.”
“You th-th-thought I… that we…” Avery stammered. He swallowed hard and briefly closed his eyes. “You’re an idiot, Jonah. My pink cheeks and puffy lips were a result of a medical condition.”
Jonah raised a brow. “Is that what they’re calling it these days?”
“I had an allergic reaction to my lunch, asshole,” Avery practically shouted. “I didn’t see the little bites of heaven in my salad until it was too late.”
“Little bites of heaven?”
“Avocado,” Avery said. “I was stuffing my face while my date talked about his job. Suddenly, I noticed my face felt numb, and my lips were tingling. I shifted the lettuce around in my bowl and found the cause.”
Jonah buried his face in his hands. “I’m the biggest dick on the planet.”
“This isn’t the time to brag about your dick size, Jonah,” Avery chastised.
We met Jonah and his podcast friends in Ms Walker’s previous series. Mostly I remembered him as a total computer nerd with a super computer he built himself. Those things are true. But he was a fairly complex character. He is a war veteran who hates guns and works for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, but isn’t a typical law enforcement officer. He is happiest behind his super computer Stella and coming up with new ways to beat cyber crime.
We also met Avery before. But I’ll let you read more about that. He is working as Jonah’s assistant/intern and they both have major crushes on each other. But don’t do much about it except for some flirting. Silly boys.
Luckily they don’t dance around each other for too long. Jonah is kind of adorable wanting to be proper with dates and stuff. Avery just wants to get naked. Oh and have dates and stuff.
The focus is more on solving a crime that someone confessed to. But that confession was coerced and whoever did the coercing doesn’t want anyone sticking their noses in.
Jonah enlists his podcast partners to do some digging, as solving this murder is a promise made to a dear friend. That dear friend being an amazing genderqueer person Marla. You will love Marla. It is impossible not to. Eventually we get Locke and Key to bring down the real murderer.
There’s some twists and turns and connections that are unexpected and lies unraveled all while Jonah and Avery fall in love with each other. There are some excellent sex scenes, but one of the things that I appreciated is that not all sex scenes were explicit for ten or more pages. Some of them were fade to black. Because Ms Walker knows that sex is important in a new relationship and they can hardly keep their hands off of each other. But we don’t need a play by play of every single encounter.
I look forward to more crime solving by these podcast guys- and Avery.
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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