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Posted August 20, 2012
I loved this book. And not just because it's a well-told,
tightly-written mystery with absolutely relentless tension. The main
character, Jesse Damon, swept me off my feet. From the first page, it's
simply impossible not to feel for this guy. All of the characters are
exceptionally well-drawn, the setting very detailed. The whole thing was
just a little too believable. I'm afraid I'll be thinking about it for a
long time. The ending left me wanting more NOW. Good thing the second
book in the series, FOSTERING DEATH, came out last week :>).
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Posted May 9, 2014
What could be worse than going to prison for murder? Being recently released on to have been seen in a confrontation with one of his new co-workers only hours before he turned up murdered. Toss in a cop who is adamant he is guilty, several ill-timed illegal propositions, and a whole lot of miscommunication, and you get one emotional ride.
I'll admit it, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. I didn't think I was going to hate it or anything like that, but anyone who knows me will tell you I live in a paranormal world. Shifters, yes please. Vampires, absolutely. Demons, Angels, Faeries, well, the list really goes on and on doesn't it? If I branch off, it tends to be a historical romance novel I end up with. A contemporary novel? Ehh.....not so sure.
But I am trying to be a big girl and venture out of my comfort zone every once in a while. So when the author contacted me about reviewing this book, I gladly accepted.
And I have to say, I am glad I gave this book a chance, because I really loved it. Not only was this a well written, great novel, it made me feel. I'm not a criminal, I've never been accused of a crime -wrongfully or not- I shouldn't have anything in common with Jesse. Yet, there is more to this man than just having served time in jail, and I think the author does a nice job making us see the real side of the man that no one around him seems to be capable of discovering. Everyone has issues with family, or been a victim of badmouthing, Jesse just gets a larger dose with more serious consequences.
But does he fight back? Lash out? No. Even with all his flaws, Jesse is a strong character. When you combine that strength with the fact that he is not the type of person to just steamroll over a person just because it's the easiest route to take, you find that Jesse is an admirable character. By that point I already loved him, so all the s**t that kept getting tossed his way only made me feel for him even more. By the end, I was ready to climb into the book and knock a few people senseless on his behalf.
The story itself was more than just a murder mystery. Yes, Jesse ends up deciding to find out who the real killer is, a one way trip back to jail is nothing if not a grand motivator. But that's only a part of what this book is about. I cannot say much detail-wise because I think the way the author adds drama and risks really works to raise the stakes, and me listing them would only be a disservice to all that work. So, I'll just say this. The experiences Jesse lives with and all the trouble that runs his way really gives you an interesting look at mankind. We see prejudices, biased judgments, loyalty, human fallacies, and that is only just the beginning.
If you're a fan of contemporary novels, mysteries or not, I highly recommend this book. This is book one of a series, and I personally am really looking forward to the next book.
Posted February 20, 2014
Jesse Damon is a man who has been incarcerated longer than he was free. At 16, his brothers involve him in a crime that went bottoms up and he is left holding the bag, innocent of everything except being a trusting kid. Expecting that he will always be persecuted, he lives his life one minute at a time and doesn’t dare hope for any more.
And then Mitch gets murdered and the police train their eyes on Jesse. Since he is on parole and an ex-con, the police figure they have it all figured out. But Jesse is innocent and must find a way to prove it, or he will be going back to prison.
You feel for Jesse and want him to succeed. He is introverted and completely unsure of himself and his place in the world. After so many years in prison, he is overwhelmed by outward shows of affection and respect. By the middle of the book, the reader wants to stand up for Jesse since he can’t stand up for himself.
This is another one of those books where I wanted there to be more pages because I just wasn’t finished with Jesse Damon yet. I know that this author has other titles with Jesse as the main character and I can’t wait to read them all. All I have to say is “Agatha Christie, eat your heart out, KM Rockwood is an author to be reckoned with”.
If I could give 6 fairies, I would, but I will have to settle for 5. This is a must read for any crime and mystery reader.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.
Posted January 23, 2014
Jesse Damon is out on parole after serving 19 years for a murder he didn’t commit. He’s fitted with a parole officer and a monitoring bracelet, with the allowance to go to work and home, aside from his P.O.’s office. He’s working the third shift at a steel plant and he’s made a few friends there. When a forklift operator, Mitch, is murdered after he and Jesse have words when he comes on shift, Jesse’s the prime suspect. Now he’s got the cops on his every move and since they won’t look at anyone else, Jesse’s got to figure out who really killed Mitch before he goes down for another crime he didn’t commit.
STEELED FOR MURDER is an intriguing mystery. I found Jesse’s character to be fascinating. He’s an ex-con who just wants to get by and make no trouble for anyone, keeping his head down. Yet trouble always seems to find him. I could palpably feel Jesse’s fear and frustration as the story progressed. Jesse’s got a good heart and it was easy to see that. I was quickly drawn into the story and impressed by how much I came to care about what happened to the characters. STEELED FOR MURDER is a stand-out mystery which I greatly enjoyed.
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