A Monica Spade Crime Thriller with Sizzling Sex Scenes
★★★★★ "A highly original LGBTQ+ crime thriller with eye-popping doses of murder, mystery and romance. Highly recommended this mashup of crime thriller and lesbian romance." BestThrillers.com
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 while closing her law firm during a pandemic. 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.
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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
★★★★★ "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." BestThrillers.com
★★★★★ “I loved this book. Ms. Venice does a wonderful job with her characters, they are so believable, I expect them to jump off the page. I got drawn into the story early and I couldn't put it down!” Goodreads Reviewer 06-17-21
★★★★★ "Excellent thriller. The lawyer turned sleuth MC is a perfect mixture of action and cool-headed intellect. I definitely recommend all three books in this series. And I hope the author intends to continue this series!” Amazon Review 07-02-21
★★★★★ “Great read with suspense and romance!! When’s the next Monica Spade novel due to be released?!?! I can’t wait to read the next one!!” Goodreads 07-07-21
★★★★★ “I loved this! Monica is a likable and relatable protagonist and I just loved how the author made me really walk in her shoes from beginning to heart-stopping end. The murder mystery builds quickly as the real-life events of the pandemic surround the investigation and complicate things in a way that really resonated. My favorite are the bits of wry humor littered throughout the story. It keeps the tough subject from getting too dark. The mystery really kept me guessing until the end! 10/10 recommend!” Amazon 07-07-21
★★★★★ Named "The Best Legal Thriller of 2021" by BestThrillers.com
★★★★★ "A sexy legal thriller that deftly blends an international terror plot with romantic obsession. Highly recommended.” BestThrillers.com
★★★★★ Over 300 ratings and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads
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 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. Curiosity being Monica's trademark, she digs into the backgrounds of both women.
Monica uncovers sexual innuendo and layers of international intrigue, then deadly forces come after her in the form of a Ukrainian thug who will stop at nothing to get what he wants and two suspicious federal agents who put the squeeze on her. 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.
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★★★★★ “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
★★★★★ "This is one action-packed, keeps you guessing, can't put it down, legal thriller! Alexi Venice knows how to write engaging and complex courtroom dramas. Standby Counsel is an exceptional tale of crime, drama and romance. Venice leaves her readers captivated till the very end!" -5 Stars-Goodreads-The Lesbian Book Blog
★★★★★ "The writing and pacing is excellent...Characterisation-wise, Stela is a triumph. The way she is described, she evokes a range of emotions. She is variously demure, timid, calculating, mysterious, intimidating - a victim and a criminal. We found ourselves flipping between wanting Stela to be innocent and shocked at new reveals about her. In fact, without particularly trying to give them centre stage, Venice manages to write strong interpersonal relationships between partners (not just Shelby and Monica, but all partners), friends, colleagues and even acquaintances. She gives the people and relationships depth, dimension and flavour." -Best Lesfic Reviews
★★★★★ I loved this book…The drama, intrigue and courtroom suspense are off the chart. Like the first book it’s also peppered with romance and not an inconsiderate amount of humour. I hope there will be much more of Monica Spade to come. Goodreads Reviewer - United Kingdom
★★★★★ "I love a good courtroom drama, but this is a great courtroom drama! In fact, there is some intense drama outside the courtroom that will keep you involved and wanting to know what happens next, too." -5 Stars Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ "Read this book - I believe you will be very happy you did. And by the end of this book, I think you'll be very attached to Monica Spade!!" -5 Stars Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ “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 5 stars – Gayle
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.
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★★★★★ "A witty legal tale intermingled with murder, bigotry, loyalty and an intelligent and honest lawyer finding love and friendship. Not to mention a rogue monkey causing some chaos. Alexi Venice gives the reader a brilliant and engaging story with some harsh reality and honest focus on our world today. I can't wait to read the next one!" Amazon Reviewer - 5 Stars - December 2020
Over 1100 Rave Reviews and Ratings on Goodreads!
★★★★★ "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. Additionally, the story is nicely paced; readers are engaged from the first page and yearn for more. 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
★★★★★ "Couldn't love this series more if I tried. It has the most amazing mix between love, action, thriller, and some comedy!" Amazon Reviewer - January 12, 2021
Jen Dawson is an emergency room physician training for a triathlon in San Francisco. 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 one of Jen's colleagues becomes a suspect in a murder investigation, Tommy and Amanda invade Jen's professional life. Jen sticks up for her physician colleague but discovers she has more in common with Amanda than just butting heads. Will Jen stay with Tommy or choose Amanda?
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★★★★★ "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 - 5 stars
★★★★★ "This series just keeps getting better and more involved all the time. I don't know how a person writes a book like this, but I bet it's not easy! So involved, so detailed and so, so good! And you get to find out what Amanda's Dragonfly is, too!" Goodreads Reviewer - 5 Stars
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. Under life-or-death conditions, Jen sees a new side of Amanda that challenges her previous perceptions, leaving her a little unsettled. Jen 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 very 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.
★★★★★ "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
Detective Tommy Vietti 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. Tommy wonders who she really 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. As far as Jen knows, Roxy is more powerful than Amanda, and Amanda is drawn to power like a dog to raw meat.
Message from Alexi Venice: "I have a confession. This was my favorite book in the SFMS to write. Why? Because the cyber attacks 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! Expect to see her again in Book 7."
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...
To make matters worse, Tommy expresses his true feelings to Jen late one night, upsetting the emotional equilibrium in their co-parenting relationship.
★★★★★ "Another Hit! This series is such a great read and Sativa Strain was another fantastic installment. The author kept me engaged with the characters and plot twists throughout. Intrigue and romance abounds in each novel. I cannot wait for the next book in this series." Goodreads Reviewer
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, Tommy and Amanda learn that Kara Montiago is a philandering, Sativa-smoking dominatrix who preys on male subordinates at her company.
Battling her desire to control everything around her, Amanda rekindles her relationship with Dr. Jen Dawson, the love of her life, testing the boundaries of Jen's patience.
★★★★★ "#Fabulous. I was excited to see this new book in the series and was unable to put it down. The drama around Amanda's job and relationship kept me hooked. A fabulous book and I can't wait for the next!" Goodreads Reviewer
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.
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★★★★★ "Couldn't love this series more if I tried. It has the most amazing mix between love, action, thriller, and some comedy!" Amazon Reviewer - January 12, 2021
★★★★★ "There is so much to appreciate about Venice's writing. She is an intelligent and gifted writer. She loves to use clever words and well-constructed descriptions. Her words flow off the page and surround you. It's as if you area bystander, absorbed in every scene. The dialog is crisp and well-crafted. The plot is nicely paced, keeping you engaged and captivated till the end. This is a well written dramatic romantic thriller, overflowing with mystery and intrigue. It is a roller coaster ride of reading fun!" 5 Stars - The Lesbian Book Blog
★★★★★ "This book can be a stand-alone or a continuation of the series (my advice: read all of them!). This book kept me on edge for the entire time I was reading it. I dare say this installment is my absolute favorite. So far." 5 Stars - Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ "Wow, this is a great series!!! Loved it!! I feel that I know the main characters: Jen, Amanda and Tommy." 5 Stars - Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ "This is the 6th book of the series but it was the first one I read. All the books in this series can be read as "stand alone" but references are made to the other storylines. I enjoyed this story and the characters so much I knew I had to read books 1 thru 5 !!" 5 Stars -Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ "Those two were meant for each other......weren't they? Jen's not sure, and walks away. Amanda becomes sure and vows to stay on track. Jen runs into a high school acquaintance who really wants to catch up! What about the troublesome Scot, Roxy? You'll have to read it for yourself to find out! Believe me, it's well worth your time - Venice has another hit! Loved it!" 5 Stars - Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ "I'm not too well-versed in Venice's works and this was actually the first I've read in the series since it said it could be a standalone story. I have to say it was a real enjoyment. It was funny, it was romance, it was also not knowing if Jen and Amanda could put aside their past transgressions and start again. It ends in a bit of a cliff-hanger, but I hope the series is expanded, and I hope Amanda keeps it in her pants while away from her love, Jen." Goodreads Reviewer
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.
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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