Review: Beneath the Secrets (Tall, Dark and Deadly #3) by Lisa Renee Jones


Title: Beneath Secrets
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 5/5/13
Length:   268 Pages
Series:  Tall, Dark, and Deadly #3\


Blake Walker left behind the ATF when the drug cartel he was hunting cost him the life of his fellow agent, and fiancee. Now, two years later, he’s working with his brothers at Walker Security, but he’s living fast, hard, and wild, until he reaches the ultimate high…revenge against the King Pin that killed his finance. He’s one meeting, one woman, away from being inside one of the money laundering shells the cartel operates.

And then it happens. Their paths collide.

Two people meet who will do anything, including sleeping with the enemy, to avenge or save someone they love. But what if everything isn’t as it seems and the enemy isn’t the enemy at all? Can these two broken people drawn together by their sizzling hot attraction see beyond their pain and their need for vengeance Undoubtedly, they will face the ghosts of their pasts, but will those ghost destroy them or forever bind them?

My Thoughts

Now that i’ve rediscovered the series of the walker men, i’m so glad that we finally get to have Blake’s story.  The entire time that we’ve known these guys, he’s always been described as the ‘loose cannon’, living hard and working hard…playing hard even more.  All because of the death of his fiance at the hands of a cartel king.  its been his life’s goal to bring the guy down and now he’s finding his chance becoming much more real.  That’s where we spend this story – with him embedding himself into the organization of one of the king’s main guys and trying to get close enough to take a shot.

Of course, Kara, a wild card shows back up.  I didn’t read the prequel to this story about how they met, but we know that they have a past and her being in the office of the boss that he’s meeting makes things that more complicated.  it also makes his men very uncomfortable because they know that she drugged him, and that they were together.  So lots of unknowns.

Kara has her own vendetta.  we learn throughout the story that she’s got her own agenda – her own reasons for trying to break into the cartel as well and she’s going a bit rogue since we learned that she’s also tied to organizations that maybe wouldn’t be too pleased to learn what she’s up to.

Then we have to remember that it’s not just a dynamic plot that we get from Ms Jones, but instead, we also have to remember that there’s going to be some explosive passion, tension and heat coming from these two.  It’s even better since there’s clearly a love hate thing going on and that makes it so much hotter.  I think the way this relationship developed and how it continues through this installment makes things that much more interesting.  each has their secret that they don’t want to reveal and then their own pride is of course at stake as it always is.  So who will get shot, captured, lied to etc is anyone’s guess.

The bit that comes to a head at the end is what gives us a teaser into the first installment of another series spinoff.  We learn that Kara has a sister that she believe has been trafficked by the cartel and that’s what she’s searching for.  Once learning where she is and who she’s with makes is that much harder given their past, and when the sister Myla is taken away again, we see that Kyle, Blake’s tech guy is on it.  He’s found something otu that we aren’t quite sure what it is yet, and he’s on the trail to figure out how to solve that one to bring Myla back.  Which is where we are left, and i can’t wait to track down that series now so i can find out what kind of man Kyle is.  Enjoy!

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