I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Circle of Lies by Jayne Nichols
Series: Madrona Point Series #1
Published by Nichols & Dymes on Oct 18, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Crime
Source: HG ARC Readers
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Miranda Woods is a woman—strike one. Miranda Woods is beautiful—strike two. Miranda Woods isn’t a cop—strike three. That, according to fifteen year veteran detective, Jonah Zalesky, means she should be OUT. Instead, she’s Madrona Point’s new interim Police Chief with the ability to fire him if he doesn’t toe the line, something Jonah has never been able to do.
Miranda feels a sizzling attraction to Jonah, but he’s exactly the kind of sexy bad boy who can cost her this job. She’s worked hard to overcome her past and achieve the career of her dreams, and she isn’t about to gamble it all on any man—especially one with alcohol issues. But Jonah is missing work, and when he defies her final warning and is stopped on a DUI, she fires him.
Then the current case she’s working on takes a deadly turn, hitting closer to home than she could ever have imagined, leaving her no choice but to risk her heart and her life to the one man she doesn’t trust. Can Miranda and Jonah unearth a heartless killer, or will they become his next victims?
Miranda Woods is the new Madrona Point interim Police Chief and this does not sit well with veteran Detective Jonah Zalesky. She has no field experience and no prior working history of being a cop. So, when she tags along with her officers on “ride alongs” to get to know them better, she is not surprised by the animosity she receives. Jonah makes it known she is far from wanted on the job. In turn, Miranda warns him that if he screws up she will fire him. So, it is no big surprise when Jonah gets fired due to a DUI. But, when a case takes a turn, Miranda knows the only person she can trust to help her get to the bottom of a meth ring is Jonah. While Miranda and Jonah work together to solve the case, a killer will stop at nothing to keep his secret safe.
I really loved both Miranda and Jonah together. They are both flawed characters and they both have a tragic past. Jayne Nichols really took a huge leap with Miranda’s past which is heartbreaking to read. But, her past really shaped the person she is today. Jonah is an alcoholic and every day he lives with a choice he made that cost a teenager his life. Deep down though, he is a great guy just rough around the edges and you can see that when he first interacts with Miranda. Jonah’s alpha side comes out. He does not trust Miranda and does not think she should be Madrona Point Police Chief. But, when they start working together feelings start getting involved and you can see Jonah’s tender “nice guy” come out with Miranda. I must say though, my favorite character out of the bunch is definitely Jonah’s mother, Miriam. She is a real hoot. She had me laughing at some of the things she would say.
Circle of Lies truly is a police procedural crime story. Jayne Nichols throws in a bunch of red herrings and just when you think you have everything figured out, the story takes a turn and you are clueless once again. I really hard a hard time figuring out who the culprit was until almost the end of the story. There were a couple of side plots that I felt could have been left out as they really added nothing to the story for me. But, it didn’t really take away from the main part of the story or my enjoyment reading it. The romance was good for the most part, although I do think it towed the line on instalove just a tiny bit. Again, it didn’t take away my enjoyment and I guess for this story it works well.
Circle of Lies is the first book in the Madrona Point series and starts the series out really strong. I loved the characters and the storyline and I am definitely looking forward to the next book. If you like a police procedural slash crime story, then you definitely want to pick up a copy of this book.