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Jagger

(Steele Shadows Investigations #1)

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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Secrets, lies, deceit… A former Navy SEAL turned homicide detective has met his match in this new *standalone* addition to the number #1 Bestselling Steele Shadows Series…

He found her covered in blood.
She promises she’s innocent.
The question is... Can he trust her?


Feared just as much on the streets as at a crime scene, Homicide Detective Max Jagger has dedicated his life t
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Paperback, 380 pages
Published June 2020
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Jessica Alcazar
I’m not sure this is where I should have started my reading experience with this author. This book is more suspense than romance and that’s totally fine, but it’s something I don’t usually read. I enjoy a good romantic suspense story, but if the romance takes a back seat to the suspense, more often than not, I find myself skimming and skipping. I’m only putting this in my review because if you are new to this author like I am and you feel like I do, I would probably recommend starting with the S ...more
Jody
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect when I first started this book, especially with not having read Ms. McKinney before. What I ultimately got was a story full of twists and turns, a romance that was often on the back burner, as well as a cast of compelling characters who kept me constantly questioning the definition of good versus bad. It's a solid series starter that kept me on the edge of my seat with each turn of the page and that has me greatly anticipating the next book in this series.

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Maggie Whitworth
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
💋💋

Great book, I love this guy , he’s cool, he’s got attitude in spades , he’s excellent at his job, and he’s constantly fighting pain both physically and mentally.
His meeting Sunny is both the best thing he’s ever done and the most life changing.
Through it all he keeps his sense of honour, he’s the modern day knight in shining armour.

Sunny is wonderful, she a very strong woman,she’s sensitive and feeling and when she loves it’s deep .
If she’s betrayed it takes a lot to make her give u
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Chanel
4.75 Stars. When I started this book I had no idea it was a spin-off of the enthralling Berry Springs series. Once I made the connection I was thrilled. It’s been awhile since I read a book by this talented author, and I knew she would write a story that would deliver. Deliver she did, as the plot was complex, the characters were flawed and pulled you into their world. The storyline didn’t follow the expected path The web of intrigue and the element of surprise, took this suspenseful romance to ...more
Coco.V
Sep 11, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sandy S
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
JAGGER is the first instalment in Amanda McKinney’s contemporary, adult STEELE SHADOWS INVESTIGATIONS romantic suspense series set in the small town of Berry Springs-a spin off from the authors Steele Shadows Security. This is thirty-nine year old, former Navy SEAL turned Homicide Detective Max Jagger, and K9 trainer Sunny Harper’s story line. JAGGER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. You do not have to have read the previous series.

Told from three first person perspectives (Ja
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Marti
Jagger by Amanda McKinney is part of the Steel Shadows Security Series. This book follows the series about the Steele brothers. It also does include the Steel brothers who cameo in different places to help out.

Max Jagger is a detective who is on the edge. He has an instinct about finding the bad guys but also is just as likely to beat them as to arrest them. He is harsh, brash, and not really likable. I was uncertain when I started to read the book, if I was going to finish, but then he got und
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Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy this one. Although it's a romance, really that takes second place to the mystery element of this book. To begin with, we didn't really even meet Jagger's potential love interest and his investigation and rookie sidekick Darby took centre stage. Jagger isn't actually that likeable, he has an aurora of the old gumshoe detectives, the fact that much of the story is told from his point of view gives it an almost Raymond Chandler like feel. ...more
Sarah
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jagger is Book 1 of Amanda McKinney's new Steele Shadow Investigations series and a spin-off of the Steele Shadows Security series. I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in but this was an exciting, edge of your seat, thriller that will keep you second-guessing yourself until the end.

Jagger comes across as a brash and generally unlikeable kind of guy at first but then you start to get glimpses beneath that tough exterior. Sunny is a strong independent woman herself who has been to hell and b
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Deb Diem
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jagger is a phenomenal romantic suspense by Amanda McKinney. Ms. McKinney has once again impressed me with her writing. This is a well-written book and the characters...whooeee, they're second to none. Jagger is a homicide detective investigating his friend's murder and the theft of a scroll. Sunny is a loner and a bit of a mystery until she's attacked and the attacker winds up dead. Jagg and Sunny's story is packed, cover to cover, with drama, humor, sizzle, action and suspense. I enjoyed this ...more
Jackie
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A definite suspenseful story. A Navy Seal turned detective. An amazing read , with the right touch of romance, well worth the time. Don’t miss out.
J.C. Jaye
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without exaggeration, Jagger was one of the best books I've read this year... Gripping, brooding, suspenseful, and sexy, with flashes of wicked, dry wit. An intricate, mysterious masterpiece... Loved it! The jaded Max Jagger and his intriguing enchantress Sunny are an unforgettable couple, and Amanda McKinney's writing is superb. Five solid stars, and this reader cannot wait to read Ryder's story. ...more
Suzana
5+ stars
*ARC kindly provided by the author and I’m leaving an honest review*

Suspenseful✔
Gripping/gritty✔
Fast paced✔
Page turner✔
Passionate✔
Intense✔
Heartfelt✔
Emotional✔
Unpredictable twists and turns✔
Dark storytelling✔
Raw✔
Hot, delicious, damaged/tortured hero✔
Sassy, strong, vulnerable Heroine✔
Amazing love story✔

Jagger is the first book in Steele Shadows Investigations series by Amanda McKinney. Wow! Honestly, the series keeps getting better and better. This was completely brilliant, compelling, r
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Sharon
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Amanda McKinney novel and it blew me away with its raw emotion, intensity, and gripping murder mystery.

Detective Max Jagger is a brooding and angry workaholic who is determined to find out who killed his mentor Lt. Seagraves. But the Chief wants him off the case because he is too close and “he is one bad decision from being fired”. As if his life couldn’t get any worse, he’s called to another murder the same night as Seagraves’ funeral and finds a woman holding a gun and standin
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Nikita Jhanglani
TL-DR: Read this if you are looking for some good writing. Try reading this if you are looking for an edge of the seat thriller, because it is that for a good part of the story. Don’t read this if you are looking for more romance-erotica and less thriller.

It is well-written and held my attention for a good part despite the things I did not like. There’re some really good lines in here too.
What particularly stood out for me is how the author uses one character’s PoV to establish the sketch of ano
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Michelle
Jagger is an adult romantic suspense novel and is the first book in the Steele Shadows Investigations series by Amanda McKinney. I have not read too many suspense novels lately, and I forgot how much I enjoy them. especially when there is a steamy romance attached to the plot. Jagger really hit the spot for me. I can't wait to continue on with the Steele Shadows Investigation series. if you are a fan of suspense and thriller stories, I think Jagger will be a great addition to add to your TBR lis ...more
Madm007
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Omg! This was a fantastic read for me, and I don't normally do in depth murder, mystery anything. THIS was captivating AND it's still a Romance! A book I couldn't and didn't put down--no stopping place.
Max Jagger, or Jagg, medically retired SEAL, a detective for the region including Berry Springs, was investigating a murder. The summer solstice was approaching, along with more wiccans and more tourists ready to celebrate. A lot of the residents of the town were not happy, and even more so when a
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Gina
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This saga just keeps getting better and better! Amanda McKinney takes the time to let you get to know the characters without slowing the story down. For instance, Max Jagger, ex-SEAL who was deemed physically unable to perform the job, becomes a homicide detective for Berry Springs Poice Department. You know right a way he has a chip on his shoulder because of his bad back.

His mentor from BSPD has been killed on the same night as a priceless piece of art is stolen from a local gallery. After hi
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Michele Newton
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The twists just keep coming.

With each book that Amanda McKinney writes, her writing just keeps evolving and getting better. There is not one of her books that I do not like or have not enjoyed reading. For the Steele Shadows series, I am glad that she chose to write in the first person. It gives more depth to the characters and I feel like that would have been lost if written any other way.

The story of Jagger and Sunny is riveting! I knew I would love this book as I do the others. However,
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Claire Cronin
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read by Amanda, the first book in a new Steele Shadows Investigations series which is a spin off from her Steele Shadows Security series which I have not read. This did not stop me enjoying Jagger, which was an entertaining murder / mystery / suspense thriller with a tad of romance.

This is told in the first person perspective, which I am not a great fan of, so it did take me a little while to warm up to the story line and writing style.

Max Jagger is an ex-Navy SEAL turned homic
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Anna Stewart McCall
Love me a good tortured hero romance. Jagger is a cop in Berry Springs, the little mountain town in Arkansas from which several different series by Amanda McKinney take place. He drinks too much, doesn't sleep, takes too many pills because of back pain, and rides the line of excessive force and overly aggressive behavior. He comes across Sunny Harper, standing over a dead guy with a gun in her hand, but she runs from him (he tackles her - THAT was awesome) and swears she didn't do it. The troubl ...more
Claire Evans
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Mckinney does not disappoint with her latest book Jagger.  Here we find out about Detective Max Jagger who is a Detective in Berry Springs.  We have seen him in the background in a number of Amanda’s previous books but at last we find out more about the moody and brooding man that he is.

After his best friend is killed we see Jagger dealing with robberies, Murder and Wicca witchcraft.  He is also dealing with demons from his own past making decisions which could cost him both his friends a
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Christina
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* I received this book as a gift in exchange for my honest opinion.

Who is this author and why haven't I heard of her before?!!!! OMG, this book was PERFECT!!!!! Why? Because it had everything you'd ever want in a story; hotness, drama, lust, suspense....you name it, it was in this story.

Jagg is a broken man. After years in the military, he was discharged due to an injury. An injury that to this day is still a thorn in his back, literally. Let's add in the fact that he's not the easiest person t
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Nikki Brooks
At last we get to learn more about the brooding Jagger. He's been lurking about and lending a handin various books up until now. Now we get to see what makes him tick!

Jagger is a hard boiled detective. He's got a reputation many criminals run from before he even crosses their path! He's not afraid to cut corners to get the result he wants but he still seems like a good cop. He doesn't pin things on those who don't deserve, he just gets the evidence in an unusual fashion. With the death of his me
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Carey S.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Max Jagger is a detective in Berry Springs, when one of his close friends is shot to death at the scene of a robbery—he finds some footage of the robbery area and sees a ‘black bandit’ leaving the scene, and shortly thereafter, Jagg’s friend is killed. Shortly after that, a woman is attacked while jogging, and her attacker ends up with half of his face blown off, with Sunny Harper holding a gun over his dead body. Seems like an open-and-shut case, only it’s not.

Sunny and Jagg start off
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Evelyn
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book via The Author through BookFunnel and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Suspenseful✔
Gripping/gritty✔
Fast paced✔
Page turner✔
Passionate✔
Intense✔
Heartfelt✔
Emotional✔
Unpredictable twists and turns✔
Dark storytelling✔
Raw✔
Hot, delicious, damaged/tortured hero✔
Sassy, strong, vulnerable Heroine✔
Amazing love story✔

Jagger is the first book in Steele Shadows Investigations series by Amanda McKinney. Can I just say, Wow! Honestly, the series keeps getting better and better
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Anna
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carmella
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Max Jagger is not having a good day. Recently a Lieutenant he worked with, and highly respected, was slain in the line of duty and he is determined to find the killer. Now he finds himself standing over a woman with a weapon and a dead man.

Sunny Harper did not kill this man! He came out of the bushes to attack her and while she was fighting him off someone else came up behind her and killed the man. But the police and especially this arrogant Detective don't believe her.

As Jagg questio
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Debbie
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure - I received a free ARC copy in return for an honest review.
Max Jagger is an ex-seal who is now working as a detective in Berry Springs. He is used to doing things his own rough, gruff way, which doesn't put him in the favor of the higher ups. He is called to a murder. Standing over the body with a gun is Sunny Harper. She panics and runs. Giving chase Max is surprised to find that Sunny can hold her own with him and almost fights off Max, who is twice her size. Immediately encha
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Hollyanne
Jagger is the first book in the Steel Shadows Investigation series by Amanda McKinney. I haven't read the Steel Shadows Security books yet, but read Phoenix which is a Steel Shadows Rising book. I think this book could be read as a standalone, as it describes the other characters.

This book is told 90% from the point of view from Max Jagger who is known as Jagg. He is a homicide detective who is trying to solve the murder of his former lieutenant. He comes across the case of Sunny Harper, who is
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Amanda McKinney is the #1 bestselling and multi-award-winning author of more than fifteen small-town romantic suspense and mystery novels. She wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY in 2017, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Her books include the bestselling series, STEELE SHADOWS SECURITY, the multi-award-winning BERRY SPRINGS series, BLACK ROSE MYSTERIES, ...more

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