A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Till Justice is Served by Jerrie Alexander - Book Review + Giveaway

FBI agent Rafe Sirilli has made the war against narcotics drugs his personal fight. Home to settle his father's estate, Rafe has no desire to get involved in local matters. Yet, he finds himself involved in solving two homicides and busting a drug ring as he tries to prove the innocence of a girl he'd long forgotten. Erin has grown into a beautiful woman. The passion she ignites in Rafe is hot enough to incinerate them both. His decision to deliver his own brand of justice will put his commitment to the law to the test.

High school counselor Erin Brady is committed to helping kids. Her world crashes around her when she's accused of making inappropriate sexual advances and suspected of murder. Erin's problems have only just begun. She has a secret admirer, one who vows to kill anybody who threatens to harm her or interfere with his plan. Rafe Sirilli agrees to help prove her innocence. Romance blooms, but Erin refuses to hope for permanence. Rafe is available for loan but not to keep.

Will facing old fears help Rafe capture the heart of the woman he loves? The woman who just turned him away?


Till Justice is Served (Killer Affections, #1)Till Justice is Served by Jerrie Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Till Justice is Served by Jerrie Alexander is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have enjoyed all of Jerrie Alexander's novels I have read so far, and this one is no exception. A blend of mystery and suspense with a hot and spicy love affair is not always the easiest thing to pull off. The storyline often leans too heavy in one direction or the other. But, the author does a great job of building tension both in the crime elements and the romantic elements.

When Rafe returns home to put his recently deceased father's affairs in order, the last thing he expected is to find himself protecting an old classmate who is in a jam. Erin and Rafe attended the same school at one time, but Rafe had upset Erin back then and he was not her favorite person in the world. But, Erin's father is an old family friend, so when he ask Rafe to help out, he simply couldn't refuse.

It becomes obvious early on that Erin, a school counselor, is no longer a person of interest in the death of one of her students. But, she's not out of the woods yet. It is increasingly clear that Erin has an admirer, one who may be willing to kill for her.

Having a stalker is bad enough, but not knowing who your stalker is, is even worse. Who is killing the people Erin is surround by? Is it a student seeking revenge? Is it drug related? A fixation? Someone Erin is close to? This scenario leaves the door wide open for anyone to be a suspect, which increases the suspense level and will have you on the edge of your seat.

The tense situation Erin finds herself in is magnified by her attraction to Rafe. Once the two cleared the air regarding past hurts, they find it hard to keep their hands off one another. The problem? Rafe is not the relationship type. He is career driven and doesn't have time for long term romantic entanglements, not to mention the fact that once this case is solved he is leaving town. Can Rafe and Erin manage a short term affair without hearts being broken?

While there were some areas of the story that were just a touch predictable, hats off to the author for raising awareness about the ongoing drug problems amongst teens and young adults. While drug deaths and addictions are not grabbing the media headlines anymore, the problem is still alive and well. There were other issues addressed in the book as well, that will give the reader some food for thought.

If you enjoy the more traditional style of romantic suspense you should check out this book. This is really my favorite style of RS and I can't get enough of these darker, creepier, super suspenseful stories.
4 stars


a Rafflecopter giveaway

A student of creative writing in my youth, I set aside my passion when life presented me with a John Wayne husband, and two wonderful children. A career in logistics offered me the opportunity to travel to many beautiful locations in America, and I revisit them in my romantic suspense novels.

The characters went with me, talked to me, and insisted I share their dark, sexy stories with others. I writes alpha males and kick-ass women who weave their way through death and fear to emerge stronger because of, and on occasion in spite of, their love for each other. I like to torture people, make them suffer, and if they’re strong enough, they live happily ever after.

I live in Texas, love sunshine, children’s laughter, sugar (human and granulated), and researching for my heroes and heroines.


  1. Romantic Suspense is a tricky genre, requiring a perfect balance between its two main elements.

  2. Good morning, Julie! Thanks for having me as your guest today. I'm thrilled you enjoyed reading Till Justice Is Served.

  3. Hello, Mai, I love finding that balance between romance and suspense. It's part of the challenge of writing a story my readers will enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Have this on the ereader - must move it up the huge TBR mountain :D

    1. Willa! Thank you for stopping by. I'd love to get your opinion after you read the story.

  5. Hey, Jerrie. Congrats on a great review. You just keep knocking writing these can't put down books, and your readers will be grateful! :)

  6. Wow, Jerrie! I LOVE the cover. And everything. Everything! So happy for you, sweetie. Hugs, vb

  7. Hi Marsha! Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoy the stories.

  8. Vicki, you are sooo very kind. I love that cover, too. Meredith Blair did a great job.

  9. The Suspense and the who done it parts are interesting .


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.