Bruised (Bruised #1)

 BRUISED                                              STACY-DEANNE

When Baltimore Homicide Detective Lisa Swanson and her partner Dee Quarter are called to investigate the murder of Ernest Juarez, Lisa meets a wheelchair-bound Jake Jenson, a man determined to find his best friend’s killer at all costs. Jake is instantly attracted to the standoffish Lisa yet can’t understand why Lisa keeps him at arm’s length.

What Jake feels is resistance toward him, is really Lisa’s distrust of men caused by a previous relationship centered on domestic violence. Lisa desperately searches for Ernest’s killer while fighting her feelings for Jake and trying to mend the pain from her past.

Jake just might be the man of Lisa’s dreams, but will she let shame and fear stand in the way of new love?


I came across this 2014 release and thought I would give it a read. Homicide Detectives Lisa Swanson and her partner Dee Quarter arrive at the victim’s house with a man already there. He is Jake Jensen, he called it in and is also attracted to Detective Swanson. Both of them put him off as they work the case and get him to answer questions about why is there and how he knows the victim.
Here is when Jake begins to make himself a pain by showing up at the same place they do when interviewing different people. At first, it is cute but then annoying. He does tell Swanson he is attracted to her and as much as she puts him off she wants to be with him but can’t.
A story that is looking for a killer and you are surprised when it is revealed. Also deals with alcoholism and physical abuse by a boyfriend or lover which is touched on. Overall a good book I liked the end with the two of them getting or working towards help. Received book from Amazon. Follow us at

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