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Max Starr Book 1 review.

Published August 2, 2013 by jessorshine

Dead to the Max ( Max Starr #1)

By Jasmine Haynes

Genre:  Paranormal romance/ Mystery


Dead to the Max (Max Starr, #1)

I was recently reviewing  Amazons vast Kindle E-books selection and came across Dead to the Max (Max Starr #1)  by Jasmine Haynes. The description of the book pulled me in so I figured what the heck it was a free purchase anyway so I decided to give it a shot

Thirty-something, down-on-her-luck accountant Max Starr has the unfortunate gift of being psychic, a newly-discovered wrinkle in her already messed-up life. Her husband, Cameron, is dead, killed in a botched 7-11 robbery two years ago. She’s cut herself off from friends, moved out of her San Francisco home in favor of a studio apartment, and dumped her flourishing career as a CPA to do temp work.

And now Max has developed an annoying penchant for attracting the spirits of murdered women. Okay, they possess her. And to exorcize them, Max must unmask their killers. But how?! By stepping into the void their deaths created, taking their jobs, befriending the loved ones they left behind. Max goes wherever she has to go and does whatever she has to do, with a lot of help from the ghost of her late husband Cameron and hunky and very enticing Detective Witt Long.

In Dead to the Max, Book 1 in the Max Starr series, Max steps into the shoes of a murdered accountant and starts to learn that even supposedly boring accountants can have secret lives and secret desires. Max just has to hope the secrets she uncovers don’t get her killed, too.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book immensely.  Max is a character of a different sorts and the story to me was a breath of fresh air. Max is a very interesting character shes developed a psychic ability and is kept company by the ghost of her deceased husband Cameron. I enjoyed her relationship with Cameron and it seems throughout the story line a relationship may be budding with Detective Long.   To be honest I think that she needs someone who will be able to pull her out of the dark place shes at and help get her back onto land. Max has difficulty trusting and forming relationships with anyone she has not spoke to her best friend in two years when she saddled her with her cat. Throughout the story we start to understand where Max’s emotional baggage comes from and why her current case is difficult for her.  She is very determined to solve the case of who killed Wendy and will do whatever she feels it will take to get there. The choices that she makes are not always the best ideas but they do seem to generate results for her. I enjoyed the story line and way the main characters developed I hope in the next book there will be more of an advancement between her and Detective Long. The who done it was not who I expected for most of the book it was a great ending.  I enjoyed how everything built up to that point even if Max was not completely happy with it.

This story contained murder, mystery, some paranormal aspects, romance, humor, and lots of twists and turns. Also It contained a lot of sexually charged and explicit material. If you enjoy a main character who is special/paranormal with out sprouting fangs, hair or fly’s on a boom stick this may be a good read for you. This book was a refreshing change from the the most resent  paranormal books that I have read.  The book pulled me right in from the beginning with page one and I consider it a must read.  4/5