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Dead to the Max  (Max Starr Series, Book 1, a paranormal romance/mystery) by [Haynes, Jasmine, Skully, Jennifer]
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Thirty-something, down-on-her-luck accountant Max Starr has the unfortunate gift of being psychic, a newly-discovered wrinkle in her already messed-up life. Her husband, Cameron, is dead, killed in a botched 7-11 robbery two years ago. She’s cut herself off from friends, moved out of her San Francisco home in favor of a studio apartment, and dumped her flourishing career as a CPA to do temp work.

And now Max has developed an annoying penchant for attracting the spirits of murdered women. Okay, they possess her. And to exorcize them, Max must unmask their killers. But how?! By stepping into the void their deaths created, taking their jobs, befriending the loved ones they left behind. Max goes wherever she has to go and does whatever she has to do, with a lot of help from the ghost of her late husband Cameron and hunky and very enticing Detective Witt Long.

In Dead to the Max, Book 1 in the Max Starr series, Max steps into the shoes of a murdered accountant and starts to learn that even supposedly boring accountants can have secret lives and secret desires. Max just has to hope the secrets she uncovers don’t get her killed, too.

“Dead to the Max” is Book 1 in the contemporary paranormal romance/mystery Max Starr series, contains some erotic elements, and is approximately 82,000 words.

This book contains the following bonus material: Excerpts from the next Max Starr mystery, “Evil To The Max,” “Somebody’s Lover,” and “Twisted by Love.”

Previously published in 2003 as Dead to the Max by JB Skully from LiquidSilverBook.

Contains super sexy material.

REVIEWS for the Max Starr series:

“4 Hearts! Dead to the Max is funny and sad all at once ... it is a true murder mystery; it keeps you guessing until the very end.”

Sensuality rating: Explicit

~ Reviewed by Sara for The Romance Studio

RTR Reviewers Choice Award!

“intense emotions, high-voltage drama and adventure along with delicious sex scenes.”

~ Reviewed by Tracey for The Road to Romance

“This book will put you through the wringer.”

~ Reviewed by Patricia for Sensual Romance Reviews

“4 1/2 Flames. DEAD TO THE MAX is a striking read ... I’m very anxious to get my hands on Book 2.”

~ Reviewed by Robin for Sizzling Romance Reviews


Jasmine Haynes, Rita Finalist for Somebody’s Lover, plus two-time Holt Medallion and National Readers Choice Award winner, is the author of over 30 classy, erotic romance tales. Look for more in the West Coast series and her new Reincarnation Tales. Of course, she’s also the author of the award-winning Max Starr psychic mystery series. And don’t miss her writing as Jennifer Skully, KOD Daphne award-winning author, bringing you poignant tales peopled with hilarious characters that will make you laugh and make you cry.

About the Author

Award-winning Jasmine Haynes is the author of sensual and classy erotic romance, a Rita Finalist, two-time Holt Medallion winner, and winner of the NRCA. She writes for Loose-Id and Berkley Heat, including the award-winning Fortune Hunter Tales and her Courtesans Tales. Coming in 2011, she brings readers a breath-taking new erotic trilogy from Berkley Heat, The DeKnight Tales. Visit her website,, for more information. She also masquerades as Jennifer Skully, writing over-the-top, hilarious romantic mysteries and is the winner of the prestigious Daphne du Maurier award for her first book. And of course, she's the author of the award-winning Max Starr psychic mystery series.

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  • Print Length: 246 pages
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  • Publisher: Redwood Valley Publishing; 5 edition (Dec 16 2013)
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  • Language: English
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It's okay, but I just couldn't get into it that much. Her ghost husband is too much in the story, and it doesn't seem to add much to the story. I like psychic stories, but this wasn't great for me. Considering it didn't cost anything, it's good to try it out to see if it's a series you'll get into. For me, it wasn't great.

Also, I'm not sure I'd call this an erotic book. There are sex scenes in it (often with the ghost husband), but using crass words like "cream your jeans" or something like "being lubbed up" just didn't cut it for me.
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Kept me turning the pages till the end. Can't wait to read the next book in the series. Max makes a great reluctant detective!
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "erotic" does not mean x-rated Nov. 21 2011
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I wanted to love this series, I truly did. At this point, I'm not even sure if I'll continue with Book 2. The over-the-top sex descriptions were actually a turn off for me. If you cut out the graphic sex, Max might be a likeable character, but when you add in how desperate she is for a man, any man, AT ALL, even the ghost of a dead husband, she really seems more pathetic than anything else. And the need to suspend disbelief more than most other novels grated on my nerves a bit. I am an avid fan of urban fantasy and strong female leads, which is why this book seemed so interesting to me, but I don't think any police detective would involve the employment replacement of a murder victim to hunt down leads! Especially not when he thinks she is a suspect! I also can't understand why readers would respect Max, or her husband's ghost, for the blatant trickery of allowing the ghost to enter through the exit (if you read the book, you know what I mean). That's the kind of husband we all should have: "you can't do this, unless I get to do that". Even though Max says she enjoyed it after, does not make it appealing. Give me a break. I get enough of pushing-the-boundaries-of-sex from Laurell K Hamilton, and honestly, if my OCD would let me, I'd discontinue those series' as well. Unfortunately, I'm seven books into Merry Gentry and 18 books into Anita Blake, so I can't. This series isn't quite as bad, but neither was Anita Blake at first...
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this series! Aug. 17 2010
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I had the privilege of reading five of the Max Starr books when originally published by Liquid Silver Books. This book hooked me, and I had to read each one to find out how the potential romance developed. It's quite an adventure, and the characters get better with each story. But read them in order, starting with this one. Hang on for a wild ride because this author delivers (explicit language and sex)!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge This Book By The Cover Aug. 5 2011
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My title "Judge This Book By The Cover" has a point, and I will get to that, but I want to qualify my review to say that this was my first experience with an "erotic" novel of this nature. I am a big fan of paranormal mystery and love Iris Johansen, Heather Graham, and Kay Hooper. This author ranks right up there with them, but with the added component of "caution: graphic sex". I will admit to blushing because her sex scenes are on a whole other level than my experience, but when I downloaded the sample, I was taken in by the skill of the writer (lol....reminiscent of the guys who say they read Playboy for the articles?)

I do not want to spoil the book for anyone who wants to read this, so I am not going to talk about specific examples in the book because I believe my star rating speaks for itself. I do want to say, for those who may be like me and not a fan of "graphic sex" for "sex" sake, the content of the book was such that I was okay with the sex. Perhaps it is because I am a returning college student, and have been exposed to some books in my literature classes that were far more graphic and offensive than what I read in "Max Starr" series. But for those who can't stomach it, just hit the arrow over button on the Kindle. The book is that good. Also, the sex scenes do not detract from the meat of the story which is a paranormal suspense mystery at its core.

I also want to applaud whoever it may be that chose the cover to this book. There are many authors I would love to read but I won't when I see some of the covers. I grew up reading series romance, and every now and then they are a guilty pleasure, but the reason I downloaded Ms. Haynes "Max Starr" series was because it presented the "mystery" and not "erotic sex". In my opinion, Jasmine Haynes book gains credibility because she did not need to rely on an "image" for her cover.

The only criticism (if you can call it that) I have is because this book is so good, that I would love to recommend it to people I know, but because of the graphic sex I know they would not read it. Particularly, my 70 year-old mom and 65 year-old aunt, or even my 26 year-old. Yet, I also appreciate artistic freedom. As a writer, I love the images that are painted with words, and I would not want to take away the liscence for creativity entitled to an artist for their craft; and perhaps Ms. Haynes does not want to be main stream.

That being said, I would want to say to her, if it were possible, have an "uncut" version and a version that I think would allow this series to make it to the NYTimes best seller list. I believe this book is that good. Ms. Haynes, you are just too good to hide your light under a bushel. I honestly cried for Max Starr and the love she has for her dead husband. It takes a lot to make me cry in a book.

I look forward to reading more suspense books by Jasmine Haynes. I have already read the first four of the series, and I am holding off on the last one because its the last one, and I want more mysteries. I saw the other books, and they do not interest me, but Max Starr or another heroine in the making...does....the paranormal the better......
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but disturbing Dec 21 2011
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I really enjoyed the author's writing skill and character development, in fact those aspects of the novel are 5-star. What was too disturbing for me was the graphic (IMO) descriptions of child sex abuse, I just found that too distasteful such that it influenced my overall impressions of the whole novel.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too sexy for the book June 11 2013
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I like mysteries, and the mystery was in this book. However, if you took out the erotica, you would have about 20 pages of story. For what it is, I suppose it was well written, but "Max" came across as a "nympho". The ghost in her head was supposed to be her husband, but I thought he was mean. I got through 57% and quit. It was too much like porn.