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Dead to the Max: Max Starr Book 1 Paperback – August 1, 2010
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About the Author
Award-winning Jasmine Haynes is the author of sensual and classy erotic romance, a Rita Finalist, two-time Holt Medallion winner, and winner of the NRCA. She writes for Loose-Id and Berkley Heat, including the award-winning Fortune Hunter Tales and her Courtesans Tales. Coming in 2011, she brings readers a breath-taking new erotic trilogy from Berkley Heat, The DeKnight Tales. Visit her website, jasminehaynes.com, for more information. She also masquerades as Jennifer Skully, writing over-the-top, hilarious romantic mysteries and is the winner of the prestigious Daphne du Maurier award for her first book. And of course, she's the author of the award-winning Max Starr psychic mystery series.
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This book is more about sex than mystery so if that is what you want then this book is for you; looking for a solid mystery with actual investigation, then I recommend a different book.
Dead to the Max begins when Max Starr gets a vision about a woman being murdered. The problem is she doesn't want to believe she is psychic, but her dead husband encourages her to help and find the murder. The problem is she's not only feeling the dead girls emotions, she's also having to relieve some of her emotions from dark times in her life.
Then add in the detective and you've got a crazy combination of suspense, and paranormal.
This book was very odd, but in a good way. I never would have thought that the one of the main characters being dead would make it so very interesting. It also made the story really sad.
The only things that bothered me about the book were how Max reacted to her "gift" and towards the end the choices she made. That bugged me too.
But other than those two things I thought the book was really good! I enjoyed the plot line, and it was really funny at times as well.
One thing I could have done without and it’s the reason I gave this book four stars instead of five. It was the constant, well seemingly constant sex.
I love paranormal romances, don’t get me wrong but this just seemed a bit excessive and, in my case, distracted from the story and mystery.
Otherwise, it was a great read and engaging. It’s a mystery that will give you plenty of suspects and make the reader think over every single one of them.
Now, there’s already a warning when you get the book about the explicit material so to any of the younger readers, be careful with this. It’s pretty detailed.
There’s also a lot of physical feelings so even though the blurb mentions a Detective Witt Long, don’t expect a love story. Yes, they have a connection and I love that connection but, they don’t get anywhere near a relationship in this first book.
The writing in this book is great, it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that I could see like a movie in my head and I’m glad that I got to experience that with this story.
On the other hand, yes, I agree that I too found Max's incessant "prurient thoughts" rather irritating after a while. However, my reason for my irritation were that said preoccupation seemed to make the story drag, sometime it felt redundant and sometimes it felt out of place. I think the story would have been better and better received by more readers if it had been a tad bit more concise. Yes, arguably, Max's behavior could be compared to nymphomania but given her history and given that she hadn't really dealt with the physical, emotional and psychological traumas she had incurred I didn't judge her but rather I could relate to her and I felt empathy for her. Despite Max's sexual tendencies, I liked the instances in which she demonstrated spunk, bravery and determination. Speaking of men, Witt was a man I wouldn't mind being co-dependent upon. What a hunk of delicious man! LOL
As for the mystery, aspect of the plot, I found it intriguing and hadn't figured out "who done it" before it was revealed and to me that's always a commendation to the author's ability to keep me guessing. As for romance, I really didn't find any other than maybe Max's connection to her husband and his to her, i.e. Love, or maybe dependency, that transcended even death. The sex was just sex. I really didn't sense any instances of "making love." Nevertheless, the sex scenes were provocative.
I would classify this book as "Fantasy" Paranormal Mystery Erotica. It is definitely for adults with an open mind and those tolerant of the frailty in others' character and those who aren't offended by references to rape or sexual child abuse.
Overall, the book has a unique and usual plot and I enjoyed it well enough that I plan to read Book #2 of the series.
I skipped to the end to see who did it, then purged this filth from my Kindle as fast as possible.
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