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Blog Tour Feature: Jagger by Amanda McKinney, and big Amazon gift card giveaway!

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Secrets, lies, deceit… A former Navy SEAL turned homicide detective has met his match in this new *standalone* addition to the number #1 Bestselling Steele Shadows Series…

I am pleased to announce a cool book blog tour going on right now, presented by Amanda McKinney, an author I met during my journey! Congratulations on your romantic suspense novel! :)

When a new book comes out, it is always an exciting time for authors!

Plus, here at the I Love Romance Blog, we love discovering romance novels!

Let’s hear a little about this great book…


This is the blurb for Jagger, a standalone which is part of the Steel Shadows Investigations Series:

He found her covered in blood.
She promises she’s innocent.
The question is… Can he trust her?

Feared just as much on the streets as at a crime scene, Homicide Detective Max Jagger has dedicated his life to one thing—speaking for the dead. Everyone and everything else be damned, including his own demons. During one of the most oppressive heat waves to hit the small, southern town of Berry Springs, the former Navy SEAL is called to a scene where a real estate heiress is found standing over a dead body, holding the murder weapon. The local cops immediately dub it a slam-dunk case, but if Jagg has learned anything from his days running special ops, it’s that nothing is as it seems… including this suspect.

Despite her name, Sunny Harper is as beguiling as a fallen angel. Clever, cunning, completely unwilling to cooperate, and, perhaps his least favorite quality—mind-numbingly intoxicating. When evidence from the scene suggests an accomplice, Jagg begins to believe that Sunny is both innocent and in danger, despite the towns’ uproar to lock her up. Torn between his growing feelings for his suspect, he takes Sunny to a secluded lake house where he discovers there’s much more behind those enchanting green eyes… including secrets that could take them both under.

With his career on the line and the clock ticking, Jagg must decide if he can trust Sunny… before they both get burned.

Amanda is giving us a peek at her adult romantic suspense, Jagger, today.

Great cover!

Book Info:

Author: Amanda McKinney

Series: Steele Shadows Investigations

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Release Date: June 18, 2020


Here is an excerpt.

The gun dropped from my face, revealing an emerald gaze just as intense. Her eyes, the color of the budding leaves behind her, sparkling in the morning light. A breeze caught her long, black curls, sending a strand across a pair of succulent lips pressed into a thin line of scrutiny. She wore her trademark black tank top, and—dear Lord and everything holy—based on the erect nipples, no bra. A pair of faded jeans revealed hints of tanned skin behind ripped holes. Strappy sandals covered her feet over cherry-red toenails as electric as the green in her eyes.

My thoughts were suddenly short-circuiting between the snarling guard dogs at her ankles, simply waiting on a command to attack, and the pair of headlights pulling my gaze like a beacon to her chest.

I didn’t like this. I prided myself on never being thrown off my game, and I was. Undoubtedly, one-hundred percent, thrown off my game.

I cleared my throat, squared my shoulders, and said the first thing that came to mind. “You got a permit for that cannon, Miss Harper?”

“You got a warrant to be on my land?”

“Don’t need a warrant just to chat.”

She shoved the nine millimeter into the band of her pants with an ease that verified her comfort level with it.

“Did you call?” She asked, although it wasn’t a question as much as a thinly veiled message that she didn’t like me showing up unannounced.

“Are you busy?”

“Yes.” The corner of her lip curved as she breezed past me, an extra sway of attitude in those hips.

Damn the woman.

Six beady, black eyes laced with warning glared at me as they passed by, falling into step behind the flowing black hair of their master. I waited a beat, watching the captain and her army descend down the pathway, each solider in their designated spots.

Sunny Harper.

A leader of the pack.

An alpha female.


A Queen.


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There was so much to this story I did not where it was going to go. Awesome insight to the characters, they both had shattered trust issues and how they both evolved throughout the book was very well done. And let’s not forget it was a wonderful romance as well, their build up was realistic and sizzling. Excellent book and highly recommend. A full length stand alone story with a HEA.MauiReader’s review (Amazon)

I loved this book! From the beginning it was a detailed description that let you see Jagger from inside his head. I enjoy the way that we get to know him in this book and still get a glimpse back at others. I love how Amanda McKinney has a family of characters and in each book in the series, it gives you a look inside the main characters to see who they are. She develops a character in each book while you get updates on the characters from previous books. Suspense books with a romance intermixed are my favorite and this definitely delivered. Looking forward to the next one!EBM’s review (Amazon)

Omg! This was a fantastic read for me, and I don’t normally do in depth murder, mystery anything. THIS was captivating AND it’s still a Romance! A book I couldn’t and didn’t put down–no stopping place. A riveting, realistic journey with hold your breath moments to sizzling chemistry! Excellent, intriguing storyline, interesting characters, it all pulls you in then tosses you out, like coming awake in your own bed after having been in Berry Springs for a good long while. I do love when there are fur babies included also, and these played a significant part.
A stand alone read, but part of the Steele Shadows Investigations series. Jagger has it’s own happy sigh ending, for these two mains anyway. So looking forward to reading more from this extremely talented author…
Madm007′s review (Amazon)

I’m new to Amanda McKinney, but when I saw the blurb for this book, I needed to read it. To say Max Jagger got under my skin would be the understatement of the century. His story is touching and painful. I loved the mystery in this story. I loved the adventure. I love when a book keeps me on the edge and Jagger did just that.Jodi Bird’s review (Goodreads)

Loved this compelling page turner…
The blurb has outlined the story itself so I won’t go into that. A flawlessly written gripping read that gave me heart palpitations with the sense of danger & mystery whilst simultaneously getting excited that the attraction between these two unlikely souls was becoming increasingly undeniable. So well crafted, the dialogue was entertaining & I loved the hard as nails but soft on the inside hero.
Terry Babb’s review (Goodreads)

JAGGER is a thrilling story of suspense and intrigue with plenty of twists and turns you will not see coming. The premise is captivating and exciting; the slow building romance is seductive; the characters are broken, colorful, energetic and tough.Sandy S’s review (Goodreads)


“Small-town romantic suspense at its best.” – Jagger, ★★★★★ Goodreads Review

“Holy crap! What a book!” – ★★★★★ Goodreads Review

“A page-turning blend of suspense, steam, and heartbreaking angst.” – ★★★★★ Amazon Review

“My mind is BLOWN.” -Book Blogger, Books and Beauty by Cassie

“A brilliant, compelling, raw, breathtaking story. Cabin 1 should be read by every romantic suspense lover.” – ★★★★★ Goodreads Review

“McKinney’s best one yet.” – ★★★★★ Amazon Review

“Scorching.” – ★★★★★ Bookbub Review

“My mouth literally hung open when I finished this book. You do not want to miss this one.” – ★★★★★ NetGalley Review

Wow…love the tension! ♥♥♥

Sounds like quite a tale!😉

Amanda is giving away a $100 Amazon gift card during the tour. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. You may find the tour schedule and locations here, along with exclusive content.


Thank you for telling us about your new, adult romantic suspense, Amanda! I know I can’t wait to read this riveting novel! 🙂

Readers, don’t forget to grab a copy of this awesome book, or add it to your Goodreads list!

Jagger looks like a great read! ♥ We’ll be sure to check it out! Don’t miss the giveaway!

Author Bio

Amanda McKinney is the #1 bestselling and multi-award-winning author of more than ten steamy romantic suspense and mystery novels. She wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, in 2017 after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Set in small, southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning murder mysteries packed with steamy romance.

Her books include the HOT new bestselling series, STEELE SHADOWS SECURITY, the multi-award-winning BERRY SPRINGS series and BLACK ROSE MYSTERIES.

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Thank you for telling us about your great book tour! I know readers can’t wait to get ahold of this romantic suspense with enough mystery to keep you guessing!

Thanks again to Amanda and her tour sponsor!

We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime. 

Happy reading, everyone!  ♥♥♥ Have a great rest of your week!

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