Friday, March 2, 2018

Book Review: 'Say You're Sorry' by Jacey Ward

New author Jacey Ward has published three books this year – she seems to focus on paranormal romances. This novel involves shapshifting and it works well.

The style of Jacey’s writing immediately involves the reader – ‘Sasha Sutherland let her breath out slowly, seeing it rise like a mist in front of her face. It was cold and dark, and her body was screaming from the pain of being crouched in the same position for almost an hour, but she refused to move. She’d been waiting for this day for a long time. Today, their killer was about to have his freedom taken away for good. “There’s a shadow moving to your right,” came a voice in her ear. “He’s on the move.” Drawing in one deep breath, Sasha let adrenaline fill her body, feeling each muscle tense as she prepared to give the order to move. Three of her men were near her, and there was another five on the roof above. She couldn’t let this opportunity go. The sound of a snarl met her ears, her hair standing on end as it reverberated through her. Their bait, an undercover constable named Jenny, was doing exactly as she was meant to; just having a cigarette in the alley, out the back entrance of the nightclub. It had taken months for them to get to this point, and the anticipation was overwhelming. The first kill had happened six months ago. A woman who worked in the local bar. She’d been literally ripped to pieces. Sasha could still remember just how heartrendingly sick she’d been. The images were burned into her mind and she didn’t think she’d ever be able to forget them. As the new chief inspector, it had been her case, and she’d thrown everything into finding the killer. It had meant sleepless nights and long days at the office, going over
every single shred of evidence. Initially, she’d been bold enough to think that they’d be able to find the killer easily, since it wasn’t as though they lived in a big city. But she’d soon realized that working in the Scottish Highlands, with all its small towns and villages, meant the case was a lot more difficult than she’d expected. Living in the countryside instead of the city had been a big adjustment, but Sasha hadn’t been able to turn down the opportunity to take on a new post with a new rank. Going from Inspector to Chief Inspector was something she’d been working towards for a long time, and she hadn’t been about to pass up the opportunity - even if it meant moving to a place she had never even heard of. She was responsible for the entire county, which stretched for miles and miles, with over a dozen small villages spread out across the moorland. On top of these, there were two larger towns, which meant that overall, their police force could sometimes be stretched quite thin. It also meant that the killer could go wherever he wanted, and, so far, he’d killed in almost every village. It had never been in the same place twice, and, on one occasion, he’d killed twice in one night, with over thirty miles between the two victims.’

So where does the story take us? The synopsis is provided: ‘She. Killed. My. Brother. Nothing can fix that – and now she has to pay. She says it was self defense. That he was some kind of psychopath. But she’s crazy if she thinks I’ll ever believe that. Now she’s my prisoner, and I just have to decide what to do with her. My wolf wants to ravage her, dominate her, mate with her… but I’ve got to stay in control. I need payback to avenge my brother.’

Raw and suspenseful, Jacey has the shape shifting down pat. Watch her grow. Grady Harp, February 18
This book is free to borrow from Kindle Unlimited.

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