Malice (Southern Comfort, #.5)
by: Lisa Clark O’Neill
Series: Southern Comfort
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 21, 2015
The brutal execution of a Russian immigrant suspected of having ties to organized crime is only the beginning for Savannah FBI agent Jesse Wellington. A man known only as “The Ghost” begins wreaking havoc on the Hostess City, bringing murder and mayhem to its southern shores. When evidence turns up implicating Jillian Montgomery, the close friend of another agent, Jesse finds himself dangerously attracted to a woman at the heart of his investigation.
Jillian Montgomery fears law enforcement – and with good reason. But when she finds herself being caught in a web of someone else’s making, it’s Jesse who she ends up turning to for help.
Long-buried secrets from Jillian’s past are coming back to haunt her in ways she could never have predicted. It’s up to Jesse to help her exhume and exorcise them before it’s too late.
Malice is the prequel to the Southern Comfort Series. It introduces us to FBI Agent Jesse Wellington as he attempts to apprehend a Russian killer known as “The Ghost”. His investigation eventually leads him to photographer Jillian Montgomery who just so happens to be part Russian and someone who has garnered the attention of both “The Ghost” and the FBI. Things are even more complicated because Jillian’s best friend is the sister of Jesse’s partner Brian. In order to gain certain information regarding their investigation, Jesse and Brian have to deceive Jillian and that doesn’t go over very well considering the fact that Jesse and Jillian immediately become attracted to each other. As we all know, at some point they give in to their temptation. To add insult to injury, Jillian has a very bad history with law enforcement that literally makes her afraid and distrusting of cops.
I am glad that although Jillian is both a victim and a suspect, she is not portrayed as fragile. She knows self-defense and she owns her own business. She is a strong woman and she takes charge. Jillian does have some nosy neighbors and a good friend. Jesse has several brothers and is a family man while Jillian doesn’t have any immediate family. Jesse and Jillian are truly opposites which adds to their attraction. There’s also suspense and several murders which keep you on your toes.
Malice was a very easy read. Outside of the predictable romantic back and forth, everything else was intriguing all the way down to finding out the true identity of “The Ghost”. I was drawn in early on and the story kept my attention throughout. I have read several other books in this series and this prequel was just as good.
**Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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