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About Alexi Venice
Award-winning and Amazon bestselling author Alexi Venice writes romance novels as well as legal and crime thrillers with LGBTQ leads. Venice is a member of International Thriller Writers, Golden Crown Literary Society, and the Crime Writers' Association.
Her bestselling legal thriller, "STANDBY COUNSEL, A Monica Spade Novel," was named The Best Legal Thriller of 2021 by BestThrillers.com and received the 2020 Lesfic Bard Award in Mystery.
Venice’s 33-year legal career informs her legal, medical and crime fiction. She is legal counsel under a different name at an international healthcare system, specializing in preparing nurses and physicians to testify in court in both civil and criminal trials. Venice’s heart, imagination and life experience inform her romantic drama.
When she isn’t writing, Venice can be found on the lake boating with her family.
Venice is married and lives in Wisconsin.
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★★★★★ "This is one heart-thumping, page-turning suspense thriller no dramatic crime mystery enthusiast will want to miss. Make room on your shelf for this one. The Monica Spade novels are one exciting series; I can't get enough!" The Lesbian Book Blog
A full-length STANDALONE crime thriller from award-winning author Alexi Venice.
Recharged from a romantic spring break, Attorney Monica Spade is hired to represent a plastic surgeon whose patients are being murdered and spray-painted with a sinister message.
An impending deadline forces Monica to take matters into her own hands, so she dives into the serial murder case, dissecting clues from surgeries, chasing down leads from smarmy nightclubs, and drawing criticism from the police for interfering.
In her personal life, Monica discovers her fiancée, Shelby St. Claire, hanging out with a former flame, Coco Rivelli, the yogi sensation. Can Monica keep a lid on her hot temper when provoked by Coco?
Fighting for life and love during a pandemic, Monica transforms her legal practice into an action-packed, killer ride through the lake country north of Apple Grove, Wisconsin.
★★★★★ "In Venice's capable hands, readers can say goodbye to predictable tropes about the personal lives of main characters. Instead, Venice delivers an authentic challenge of two people in love, living together for the first time while learning to cope with the world changing around them. The chemistry between Monica and Shelby is off the charts, and the added friction explodes with intense sex scenes. Venice pours fuel on the already raging fire with a subplot involving jealousy over an ex-lover, testing Monica's patience under life-threatening circumstances. The resolution will surprise and satisfy. Highly recommend." BestThrillers.com
★★★★★ "An impeccably well-written legal drama with a slow burn romance front and center. Look for a surprise twist at the end of this book, too!" Goodreads Reviewer
Trevor McKnight, a young, white male, is charged with the murder of Abdul Seif, a Saudi Arabian foreign exchange student.
Attorney Monica Spade's physician clients plan to testify at trial that Trevor's punch to Abdul's head killed him. Monica is shocked when her bosses at her all-male law firm warn her not to cross the powerful McKnight family.
Facing death threats and career-ending consequences, Monica must decide whether to expose the truth in a bigoted environment.
In her personal life, Monica joins a CrossFit box to work off stress. During class, she meets Shelby St. Claire, a high school art teacher. For the first time in her career, Monica considers coming out of the closet for Shelby.
★★★★★ This story is SO relevant right now. The characters are relatable and go through things I’ve dealt with my whole life so I could certainly empathize. I believe we have all faced bias in one way or another. The story was honest and dealt with reality. I really enjoyed it. I liked the slow burn romance. Great job, I highly recommend this book and this author. Amazon Reviewer Tory
District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne has no one to blame but herself when a hookup selfie surfaces of CIA Agent Roxy MacNeil and Amanda, jeopardizing Amanda's engagement to Dr. Jen Dawson.
Humiliated and furious, Jen leaves on a vacation with her daughter, Kristin, and Kristin's father, Detective Tommy Vietti. Surrounded by her family and recuperating at Sandy Lake, Jen feels liberated. When Victoria Marshall, an old high school acquaintance, tempts Jen with a dinner invitation, Jen visits a nearby town to explore a clinic position and see the intriguing businesswoman's house.
Amanda, heartbroken and fighting her addictions, turns to dark music, loyal friends, and the California beach. Will she be able to resist her go-to mix of vices and lovers? Amanda must act fast if she wants to salvage her relationship with Jen.
Contains some lighthearted and fun pink kink.
★★★★★ "A sexy legal thriller that deftly blends an international terror plot with romantic obsession. Highly recommended." - BestThrillers.com
Monica Spade insists she isn't a trial lawyer, much less one who represents dangerous criminals. Despite her protests, Judge O'Brien orders Monica to serve as standby counsel for a young woman accused of repeatedly stabbing her boyfriend.
Setting aside her abject fear, Monica drags herself to the jail to meet her new client, Stela Reiter. A demure Romanian, Stela looks more like a meek librarian than a person capable of overpowering and stabbing a young man to death. Unlike Monica's other clients, Stela is coy and secretive during their interview.
Meanwhile, Monica's girlfriend, Shelby St. Claire, is keeping secrets of her own, forcing Monica to question the foundation of their relationship. Cursed with intrepid curiosity, Monica digs into the backgrounds of both women.
Monica uncovers sexual innuendo and layers of international intrigue. Stuck between an unrelenting judge and a killer in a pink cardigan, Monica pursues the truth in court while fighting to keep Shelby and herself out of harm's way.
Set in the dead of winter in surprisingly progressive Apple Grove, Wisconsin, Standby Counsel will keep readers' hearts racing.
★★★★★ "Among legal thrillers, Standby Counsel excels in its depth of characterization. The chapters devoted to Monica's romantic life are no less gripping than those devoted to the primary plot. While Standby Counsel is the second book in the Monica Spade Series, it's a perfect entry point for new fans. Highly recommended." BestThrillers.com
★★★★★ A six-book series from Award-Winning Author Alexi Venice.
★★★★★ "Venice is a fabulous crime/mystery and suspense writer. She knows and understands the legal system and that is conveyed in her storytelling. The action and drama feel very authentic. The interplay between the police and the DA's office is written with a keen eye, keeping it quite realistic. Even though Bourbon Chase is titled a mystery, it contains a lovely undercurrent of romance. The romance is beautifully threaded throughout the story and contributes wonderfully to the overall story arc." 5 Stars The Lesbian Book Blog
Amazon Bestselling Author Alexi Venice's San Francisco Mystery Series is a crime drama that tests the bonds of love and loyalty among Dr. Jen Dawson, Detective Tommy Vietti and District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne.
Jen Dawson is a rising star in the emergency room. An athlete addicted to sunshine and sea, she's focusing on training for a triathlon.
Her boyfriend, Tommy Vietti, is an experienced detective who is loyal to the police force, his Italian family, and Jen.
Amanda Hawthorne is a charismatic District Attorney who prosecutes criminals while fending off attacks from mobsters. As San Francisco's most eligible lesbian, Amanda has her choice of female companions, so why is she attracted to Jen, who is supposedly straight?
When Dr. Lane Wallace, one of Jen's physician colleagues, becomes a suspect in a murder investigation, Tommy and Amanda invade Jen's professional life. Jen sticks up for Lane but discovers she has more in common with Amanda than just butting heads.
★★★★ Got hooked! Perfect mix of mystery and romance. Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ "This book (heck, the whole series) is FANTASTIC! Rarely do books get into my thoughts like these did - I would think about them during the day at work. The two main characters, Amanda & Jen, are people I wish were my real friends (maybe I need to get out more?) Anyhow, the books are so good & I cannot recommend them highly enough... The story line is great, the writing is great, my only complaint is that there aren't more books to the series! More! More! More Venice! :)" Goodreads Reviewer
Amanda Hawthorne is a powerful District Attorney in San Francisco, defined by her beauty, intellect and an unwavering sense of justice. While she is renowned for prosecuting murder cases, when a war erupts between the DA's Office and the Italian mafia--with a Russian billionaire lurking in the background--Amanda must decide how far she is willing to go to protect her lover, Dr. Jen Dawson.
Jen Dawson is facing monumental personal changes and dangerous threats from mobsters. She struggles for independence and survival, as Amanda's war hijacks her life. Meanwhile, Jen thought she had put Detective Tommy Vietti-her ex-lover-behind her, but discovers she and Amanda need to track him down for unfinished business that binds the three of them.
Tommy Vietti intentionally dropped off the matrix after Jen left him for Amanda, his longtime colleague. Feeling viciously betrayed by both of them, the last thing he wants is for them to find him in paradise because they each need him for two quite different reasons. As a seasoned detective, Tommy is no stranger to drama and danger, but Amanda's mobster case generates more than even he could imagine.
In Sativa Strain, Amanda carries with her the quiet confidence of a yogi, the unrelenting burden of a prosecutor, and the demons that torture the corners of her soul.
Newly re-elected as San Francisco's DA, Amanda faces her biggest internal and external foes yet when she and Detective Tommy Vietti investigate a high-profile murder implicating Kara Montiago, the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company and candidate for President of the United States.
Navigating the shoals of SFPD corruption and hidden treasures, Tommy and Amanda learn that Kara Montiago is a Sativa-smoking dominatrix who preys on male subordinates.
Battling her desire to control everything around her, Amanda rekindles her relationship with Dr. Jen, the love of her life, testing the boundaries of Jen's patience.
A suspenseful romance nestled in The San Francisco Mystery Series.
★★★★★ "I swear, this series just took it to another level in this book-- especially considering how high the bar was set already from the beginning! But, incredibly, not only did Alexi Venice manage to deliver, she killed it!!" 5 Stars - Goodreads Reviewer
Now living with Detective Tommy Vietti, Dr. Jen Dawson is frustrated with her love life. She’s interested in someone at the CrossFit box but wonders why she keeps thinking about her ex-lover, District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne.
As Jen works through her conflicted feelings, she also must manage the expectations of her irritated boss, Dr. Melissa Cohen, and the daily drama served up by angry patients, wild animals, and confidential information made public at the Cohen Clinic.
Even worse, Jen is asked by Amanda’s campaign manager to defend Amanda after her HEA—hellish ending to an affair—with Roxy. Jen will be damned before she’ll turn into the abused political wife, standing by “her woman” after Amanda fooled around on her. Yet, with just a short TV interview, Jen could clear up a mischaracterization of Amanda.
Enjoy the entire San Francisco Mystery Series: Bourbon Chase, Amanda’s Dragonfly, Stabscotch, Tinted Chapstick, Sativa Strain and #SandyBottom.
Alexi Venice's SAN FRANCISCO MYSTERY SERIES is a crime drama that tests the bonds of love and loyalty among Dr. Jen Dawson, Detective Tommy Vietti, and District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne.
★★★★★ "An emotional & entertaining story with characters that become so authentic they truly become like they're your family in your mind. The riveting plot lines draws you in without you even noticing & the action is compelling enough to grab, hold & keep you anticipating the "end game.'" 5 Stars - Goodreads Reviewer
Tommy expects the Feds to take a murder case from him since it involves an employee of the Federal Reserve Bank. Instead, they send Roxy MacNeil, a Scottish banking expert, to co-investigate. Smoking her cigarettes, using vulgar language, and drinking Scotch, Roxy gives the impression that she's a number-crunching savant, until she and Tommy pay a visit to a strip club, that is.
District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne wonders if she should have a baby like her fiancée, Dr. Jen, but Amanda is in the middle of a re-election cycle. As they consider who might be the perfect sperm donor, Amanda becomes immersed in Tommy and Roxy's murder investigation.
Juggling her busy clinical practice and raising baby Kristin, Jen is by Amanda's side at public events. She can handle Amanda being a semi-celebrity, having a ton of old girlfriends, and even being hit on by strangers at the Dyke March. Roxy MacNeil, however, is Jen's worst nightmare. Beautiful. Mysterious. Smart. Sexy. And powerful.
Message from Alexi Venice: "This was my favorite book in the SFMS to write. Why? Because the cyberattacks by North Korea are based on real events. Remember Sony Pictures and the Federal Reserve Bank heist? In addition, everything Roxy MacNeil does makes me laugh. I just follow her around and chronicle her badass behavior!"