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.
LGBT Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 02.20.21
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.”
Book 3 of the trilogy when Rocky gets his happily ever after.
This was a satisfying conclusion to the series. Although we didn’t get a big case to try to solve along side the guys, seeing Rocky reconnect with his soon to be ex husband as well as finally work through his trauma with a therapist was a happy conclusion.
It does start out with a mystery. Did a woman kill her previous husbands or did they die of natural causes as stated. There were a few leads that made you think maybe this, maybe that. But ultimately it was a bust and they dropped their investigation.
Rocky, Jonah and Felix all grew closer and we got quite a bit of Marla time. How can you not love Marla? She is just amazing and she was much less of a caricature in this installment as she wasn’t the center of attention.
And Asher. YUM! Rocky’s soon to be yummy ex husband who got transferred to Savannah. Convenient. We find out their back story, how and why their split happened and how they are trying to fix things.
Everything was wrapped up neatly with a bow. Not much angst or mystery, but like I said, a very satisfying conclusion.
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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