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Posted March 9, 2014
“Innocent Bystander: Nicki Sosebee #7” by Jade C. Jamison
5 out of 5 stars
Change is in the air and Nicki’s life is becoming unraveled because of it! Frustrated by her inability to bring down the corrupt politicians in her small town of Winchester, Nicki decides she needs a new story to focus on. When Sean shines a light on the crystal meth drug trade growing larger on the outskirts of town, she realizes how little she’s paid attention to what goes on around her. Once again, she puts her investigative skills to the test and her life in jeopardy as she searches for her answers! Will she be able to expose this ugly side of her town and can she do it without anyone getting caught in the crossfire?
I’m glad to see Nicki getting back to her investigative reporting roots! This is her true passion and when she focuses on her writing it shows her more mature side. I feel like the determination she has for her work grounds her and makes her a much more well- rounded character. Her strength of will was really put to the test in this book as she faces upheaval and I was pleased to see her really weather the storm instead of wallowing in self-pity. Nicki continues to develop with each book and I love the growth she shows. I also love the continuing thread of corruption and greed in the past few books. I like the slow build and am intrigued with where the story is heading.
Personal growth is good and self-destructive behavior is not. I understand that Nicki is a sexual creature and loves to explore that side of her self. I get the empowerment that would come from being in control of that facet of her life. However, there are times when Nicki’s escapades make her seem lonely, a little sad, and dare I say desperate. I realize that she is searching for a way to drown out her feelings for Sean and I can appreciate a little escapism but perhaps it’s time to confront her longing for her best friend and the effect it is having on her life. I will admit that I have always leaned more toward Jesse as the best match for her. He grounds her well and brings out a softer side of her. At this point, though, I want her and Sean to give a relationship a shot, if for no other reason than to have a basis for comparison. This book brings out a slightly different side of Sean and I enjoyed getting to know him a little bit more. I can see the potential for a future for them and I’m intrigued to learn more about him as a partner for Nicki. I definitely appreciate his loyalty as a friend and he is truly there for her in this book. That’s a plus in his column and only time will tell whether more will be added.
I like that Nicki’s life isn’t perfect. She has job troubles, financial struggles, and her life isn’t always roses and sunshine. Her life is real. She faces real problems and real emotions and I love it! Jamison has created a world that is realistic but in such a way that you can’t wait to see what happens next. Her writing style is fluid and grounded in really knowing her characters. I continue to be a serious fan! Recommend! Recommend! Recommend!
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Shannon, My Secret Book Spot