~Book Review~ “Defending Jagger” (Search & Seek Book 1) by Amanda Mackey


When I read the description of this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I admit that I was skeptical that a story about a creative writing teacher in a prison and an innocent man behind bars could be anything but cliché.  I am happy to admit that I was very wrong.

I really loved Rose as a creative writing teacher . . . giving inmates an outlet to express themselves in non-violent ways.  She was a great lead character, who immediately picks up on the fact that Jagger is not the man he portrays himself to be in the prison.  She is determined to find out more about the man behind the façade he shows and uses her caring personality and intelligence to work on proving his innocence.

Jagger is an intense character.  He willingly went to jail for a murder he didn’t commit – all so he could protect his older brother with Downs Syndrome.  After meeting Rose, he is questioning his decisions and wondering if there is a way to prove his innocence so that he can once again be a part of his brother’s life.

The lines between professionalism and intimacy are quickly blurred between Rose and Jagger, and their relationship constantly evolves throughout this book as Jagger must learn to trust that Rose really is on his side.  There are some very steamy scenes, as well as some heart-felt interactions that give us a glimpse at Jagger’s brother, Dallas.

This book was fast paced and completely unexpected.  I loved it and can’t wait to find out what Amanda Mackey has in store for Rose, Jagger and Dallas.

4.5 stars and on to book two!


About the Book:

Amazon Buy Link:  http://amzn.to/2k7k4SC

Jagger Reed has a secret that could destroy lives…

And one life that could be destroyed is his disabled brother’s. Jagger is in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, and believes it’s a small price to pay to protect his family.

Rosalind McAllister is the newest creative writing teacher at Arizona State Prison…

Rose is determined to prove herself to her criminal students and not let them break her—like they did the last teacher. But when she meets Jagger Reed, she immediately knows the line between student and teacher could be easily blurred. Tall, intimidating, and way too handsome to be incarcerated, she vows to keep him at a distance.

A creative writing assignment turns into the discovery of Jagger’s innocence…

When Rose reads Jagger’s creative writing piece, she’s both astounded and impressed. His written words call to her, providing a window into his private world. But as the assignment continues, she discovers facts about Jagger’s conviction that change everything.

Determined to piece together clues that leap out from the pages, she finds much more than an articulate prisoner.

How can she save a man who doesn’t want to be saved? And can she stop her heart from getting involved while…

Defending Jagger?


About Amanda Mackey:


Amanda Mackey was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia when she was 12 years old with her family, where she has lived ever since. She has loved books since an early age and is an avid reader. This has helped lay the foundation for her writing. She’s published 7 novels to date with plenty more on the way. An author with Limitless Publishing, she loves to spend time with family when she’s not writing or reading.

Amanda hopes to make writing her full time career and travel in the near future.


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