First Chapter Fridays: Jeanne St. James

It is a busy, busy time out here in Emilyland. The last book in my Dragons Schooled Series, Chinese Morning, should be coming out literally any day now. I’m buried up to my eyeballs in a completely new novel, and preparing for a move that is going to uproot and shake up my life in a number of profound ways. I’m not fully ready to talk about that change, but someday, friends. Someday.

All of which is to say: I really, super identify with the protagonist of Brothers in Blue: Max by Jeanne St. James. Amanda begins the book with her life in upheaval: leaving Miami, the city she loves, to take care of Greg, a half-brother she never met. Jeanne does such an amazing job here of capturing the kind of emotional toll sudden life changes can make. I can’t wait to see how the rest of Brothers in Blue: Max unfolds, and it feels healing to root for Amanda as I work through the next steps in my own life.

Enough about me, though. This is how Jeanne describes her own book:

Big city party-girl Amanda Barber has been spoiled most of her life. But life for Amanda suddenly becomes a major challenge: adapting to small town life, dealing with her handicapped brother and constantly butting heads with a frustrating local cop.

As a police officer and former Marine, “responsibility” is Max Bryson’s middle name. Never having been in a serious relationship, he has no plans for being in one in the near future. He likes being his own man. And even if he were interested in a serious relationship, he certainly wouldn’t choose it to be with someone so immature and irresponsible as Amanda. But no matter how hard he tries, he can’t get sexy Amanda out of his head or his heart. Watching her mature in front of his eyes, his protectiveness towards her only strengthens.

Bossy and possessive aren’t the only words Amanda uses to describe this frustrating cop. She can’t deny just looking at the man makes her tremble. But she’s done with having anyone control her and this man isn’t going to be any different. Or is he?


You can buy Brothers in Blue: Max on the Loose Id website, Amazon, iBooks, Google Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.  And if you click on the excerpt below, you can read the entire first chapter of Jeanne’s book on her own website.

For forty-five minutes the little red rental sat in the parking lot. Amanda Barber remained frozen in the driver’s seat. She stared through the windshield at the brick building in front of her. The car’s engine was off, the keys still hanging in the ignition. It wouldn’t take much for her to reach out, turn them, and go back the way she had come.

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