Review: Surrender (Careless Whispers #3) by Lisa Renee Jones


Title: Surrender
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: Pocket Star 1/9/17
Length:   320 Pages
Series:  Careless Whispers #3


Chris and Sara from Inside Out return in the explosive finale to Ella’s story from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones with the third book in the sexy, suspenseful Careless Whispers series.

Passion burns fiercely hot between Ella Ferguson and Kayden Wilkens, the man who held secrets and lies in his hands, and then allowed them to fall into hers. But even though he has become her anchor—helping her recover from amnesia after finding her unconscious in an alley, and allowing her into his secret world—all is not what it seems. Kayden still has secrets, and pieces of Ella’s past are still shrouded in the darkness of her mind, while the powerful man who hunts her will not stop until she is his. In this final, explosive novel in the Careless Whispers series, Ella discovers that while her life with Kayden didn’t begin in that dark alley…it could easily end there.

My Thoughts

I think that we have all been waiting soo soo long to get the finale of this series and i’m so happy that we got to see what the conclusion of Ella’s journey was.  I think that there’s so much that’s exciting going on and so much that’s unexpected that we as the reader have no choice but to get engrossed.

Where we left off at the end of book 2 was that we know that Ella is starting to get her memory back but in bits and pieces – all of which really don’t make a complete story.  She’s starting to wonder who she really is because of the visions that she has of her training and her father, and that means that there has to be so much more to the story than ever.  Kayden has his thoughts and a PI that was hired uncovers a bit more and we start to see things unfold.

There’s a thought that Ella is CIA since that’s what her father seems to be – and some of her flashbacks give that impression.  That in itself proves to be an issue for her given that Kayden is the leader of the Underground and they are not necessarily organizations on the same side.  True to form though of our author – Ms Jones shows us that sometimes you have to put that stuff aside when you know what your heart knows.

Ella still can’t recall where the necklace is stashed, and everyone in the Underground are working to solve that mystery before Neuville and Niccolo do.  Those two, being half brothers or step brothers or whatever – they have their own vendetta which makes the story that much more interesting since no one can trust allies or enemies in this one.  There’s the inclusion of Alessandro in the mix who is the leader of the Jackals, another treasure hunter group who’s on Neuville’s side which of course makes for more drama and another target.

The basis of this final installment is wondering who is truly on whom’s side, and what that means for Ella and Kayden.  We know that Ella seems to think that there is something less than savory going on based on feelings that she gets in her house, although Matteo (their resident Hacker) says otherwise.  We still don’t know if we can trust Gallo (italian police), so Sasha (a hunter) is assigned to him as a distraction and hopefully to get information.  Sasha also has a connection with Neuville that proves to be useful in how everything unfolds.

The twist comes into play when Chris and Sara had hired Walker Security to find Ella and that couple enters into the picture.  They are now becoming a target regardless of how much they try to stay off the radar and it’s just a matter of time in this story when we count down until things go wrong with them.

We spend much of the story really seeing how the trust between Kayden and Ella grows into an amazing relationship.  They are clearly made for one another and regardless of the obstacles in their paths, they are in it for the long haul.  I think that we’re going to see how that turns out hopefully in a happy ending since their backgrounds and lives are incredibly different, yet quite similar.  The way their relationship is written into this story too is intense.  Their connection both in and out of the bedroom is hot.  Ms Jones does a good job in making you really root for them, while also making you feel like you absolutely need a cold shower since it’s hot and steamy and passionate – any time they are in a room together.

So there’s an interesting twist and turn of events when we finally learn Ella’s past and that makes us question everything that we know.  We also see how things get interesting once she remembers where the necklace is.  There are multiple kidnappings (of course) and a lot of folks die, but i think that where we are left in this story gives us a firm bit of closure and also opens us up to the option for spin-offs or novellas based on some of the other characters that we’ve met.  All in all, exactly the kind of ending i would have expected and wanted in this series and i can’t wait to see if we’re going to get more.  Enjoy!

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