District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne’s recent reunion with Dr. Jen Dawson is jeopardized by new revelations about Amanda’s past indiscretion.
Furious at Amanda, Jen leaves on a vacation with her daughter, Kristin, and Kristin’s father, Detective Tommy Vietti. Surrounded by her family and basking in the sun on Sandy Lake, Jen feels liberated. When an old high school acquaintance tempts Jen’s carnal curiosity, she makes a surprise trip to a nearby town.
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? Torn between her true nature and love of Jen, Amanda must act quickly if she wants to salvage their relationship. Meanwhile, she faces enemies at work who believe they’ve gained the upper hand to defeat her once and for all.
Tommy, steadfast and true to Jen and Kristin, nurses his bullet wound while vacationing with Jen’s family in Wisconsin. Will he influence Jen’s romantic and career decisions?
Warning: Contains some pink kink.
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A legal thriller that explores visceral bias, cultural alliances, and the power of love in Apple Grove, Wisconsin.
A month ago, in a drunken stupor, Trevor McKnight—son of the prominent McKnight family—punched Abdul Seif in the face at a college bar and left him unconscious on the sidewalk. Even though Abdul was rushed to the hospital, he died a few days later. Now, Trevor is on trial for the felony murder of Abdul, a Saudi foreign exchange student.
Monica Spade is a rising star among lawyers in her small city of Apple Grove. When the president of the hospital asks Monica to prepare high-profile physicians to testify at Trevor’s trial, she eagerly agrees, thinking their heroic attempts to save Abdul’s life will be straightforward testimony.
Trevor’s slick defense lawyer deploys a number of deceptive tools to obscure the facts and shift the focus of the prosecution, including taking aim at Monica’s physician clients.
Monica is shocked to find herself in the middle of a ferocious courtroom battle that uncoils demons of bias against a Muslim with dark skin who isn’t from Apple Grove. Faced with death threats and her career in jeopardy, Monica is forced to make a choice—help the hospital and DA, or succumb to the pressure of her law firm and the powerful McKnight family.
While in the public eye, Monica develops romantic feelings for Shelby St. Claire, a sexy art teacher who dazzles Monica with pantherine grace at CrossFit class. Struggling with her fear of being outed at her sexist, all-male law firm, Monica must decide whether to risk her career for love and justice.
The San Francisco Mystery Series, Books 1-5
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A perfect beach read, this legal thriller and crime drama series--with a side of romance--tests the bonds of love and loyalty among Dr. Jen Dawson, Detective Tommy Vietti and District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne.
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"This story really does have it all - mystery, action, narrative, rhythm, characters you love and hate, and GREAT sex scenes. This writer very accurately describes the intense emotions and inner thoughts of two women in love."
"I love the SF Mystery Series! These characters have great depth and seem like REAL people with real and extraordinary problems."
"Could not put the book down, just like the rest of the series. I loved this book and the entire series, can't wait for the next one!"
"Can’t wait for next book in series; I have read all the other books and I have not been disappointed; thank you for the awesome writing you and your team put out."
A legal thriller/crime drama that tests the bonds of love and loyalty among District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne, Dr. Jen Dawson and Detective Tommy Vietti.
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.
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