Reviewed by: Ms. Bliss

Dead to the Max
by Jasmine Haynes

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Published August 1, 2010 by CreateSpace

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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. In her grief, Max has 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.  

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.

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Jasmine Hayne’s never fails to entertain, especially in her acclaimed Max Star series.  She takes us on a wild, emotion filled adventure through the paranormal, murder solving, grief torn life of Max Starr. After Max’s husband is killed in a convenience store robbery, her life changes dramatically. She abandons her friends, her home and her fast track CPA career in favor of a tiny, rundown apartment and the anonymity of a temp agency.  There is one bright spot in her life: although her husband has been dead for two years his spirit is alive and well and “haunting” her daily!  Max knows she’s crazy… and it sits well with her… as long as her husband Cameron is still part of her life.  

When Max starts to have dream visions of murder she must resign herself to the fact that she is not crazy after all, she has developed a psychic ability. An ability that allows the victim to ‘share' her mind until the murder is solved. With the help of Cameron, Max immerses herself in the life of the victim, an accountant with more secrets than Max could imagine.  The suspect list is long and motives abound.  When Detective Witt Long enters the scene, Max is torn. She needs her late husband Cameron desperately, but Witt sparks her desires. To have a flesh and blood man hold her again is an appealing fantasy that won’t release her from its thrall. As the investigation continues Max finds herself in jeopardy, physically and emotionally, but she is determined to see things through to the end.  But will it be her end?? Ms. Bliss won’t spoil the mystery for you, so pick up your copy today!  

Dead to the Max is filled with interesting, witty, well thought, well defined characters and a fast paced, sexually explicit, synapses tingling plot that leaves you guessing till the end! You’ll be sorry to reach the end of the adventure but hang on because this wild ride is continued in the four remaining books of the Max Starr series!!!

Look for Jasmine Haynes' newest contemporary release Baby I’ll Find You, written as Jennifer Skully.
 


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