Bruised Series Book #1

Ernest Juarez has been gruesomely murdered. His best friend Jack is the one who finds his body. Lisa and Dee are the lead detectives on the case. When Lisa arrives she is surprised to find that the Jack is in a wheelchair and is also ridiculously handsome. The wheelchair does not stop Jack from being a suspect in the murder or from putting himself on the case to solve the homicide. Lisa and Jack soon find themselves tiptoeing around one another, sure that they have feelings for each other, but unsure of what to do about them. As the death numbers start to increase, Jack wants answers and he also wants Lisa. All Lisa wants is for Jack to let her do her job and leave her alone.

I really liked the characters in the book. Both Lisa and Jack were interesting and likeable. I also enjoyed the supporting characters. They did not overtake the story line at all. There were plenty of great scenes between Jack and Lisa. And Jack was very funny throughout the entire book. This had romance, danger, and mystery. I would recommend this book to any reader who likes mysteries or romance.

Book Blurb for Bruised

When Baltimore Homicide Detective Lisa Swanson and her partner Dee Quarter are called to investigate the murder of Ernest Juarez, Lisa meets wheelchair bound Jake Jenson, a man determined to find his best friend’s killer at all costs. Jake is instantly attracted to the standoffish Lisa yet can’t understand why Lisa keeps him at arm’s length.

What Jake feels is resistance toward him, is really Lisa’s distrust of men caused by a previous relationship centered on domestic violence. Lisa desperately searches for Ernest’s killer while fighting her feelings for Jake and trying to mend the pain from her past.

Jake just might be the man of Lisa’s dreams, but will she let shame and fear stand in the way of a new love?

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2014 4.00