Title: His Demand
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: Lisa Renee Jones 2/12/19
Length: 232 Pages
Series: Dirtier Duet #1
Gabe Maxwell is a powerhouse in the boardroom, a man with a dark past he’s buried under success and power. He’s not a white picket fence and forever kind of guy and he’s definitely not into redheads. That is until one corners him, kisses him and thanks him for waking her up. Right before she walks away and leaves him. She’s gone and he’s obsessed.
Then she walks into his office and back into his life, and he has to have her. It doesn’t matter that she’s the kind of woman you marry. It doesn’t matter that she’s everything he avoids because she’s everything he wants.
Only Abbie isn’t the good girl she seems. She has secrets and a past and soon, she’ll pull Gabe into her bed, her life, and that spells more than obsession. It spells danger.
I had almost forgotten that we had stories for the entire Maxwell family with the exception of Gabe, so you can only imagine how happy I was to discover that his story isn’t just one book, but a 2 book series! That implies that his story will be far more complex than the others and i’m really excited about that.
So as we all know from the other installments around the brothers and their lovely sister, Gabe has some darkness in his past outside of the nonsense known as his father. He’s got some big secret related to a woman that has made him into the guy that we know and love. He’s the funny guy to keep people at arms length, he doesn’t trust women and will never get into another relationship (famous last words).
When this amazing redhead comes into his life though, all bets are off. Abbie comes with so much baggage that we can all agree that she gives him a run for his money. What we have learned is that she was married to a billionaire that has ties to the Maxwell brothers, and that he’s a man who doesn’t like to lose. We don’t know exactly what it is that he thinks he’s lost since he basically threw Abbie away, but there’s something and he’s doing his best work to make sure she pays.
What that means of course is that he’s going after Abbie, her mother, her mother’s business (an animal rescue shelter) and all that’s tied to it. Threatening legal action etc. The twist here of course is a complicated one. Abbie’s ex Kenneth is tied to Jean Claude, another powerful man that has been on the wrong side of Reid and the Maxwells for years. Also, these two evil billionaires are tied to the family, specifically to their father, who’s their lawyer. So you can only imagine how dirty this gets – and how quickly it all escalates.
The secrets that we know that Gabe has, which Kenneth tries to throw in his face in front of Abbie are only part of this story. There are also secrets that Abbie has that we really can’t quite put our finger on since she’s being so cagey. Does she have something of his that’s tangibles? Does she have something in the form of information that her ex doesn’t want out? Is he just a royal A-hole? We don’t know.
What we do know though is that all these secrets, lies and tension give us EXACTLY what we have come to expect in a Lisa Renee Jones story. A couple that has such explosive chemistry, fueled by attraction sure, but also really fueled by all that’s around them. Their relationship, something that Gabe was beyond against speeds up to levels that no one expected and from all sides they get questioned about it. Abbie fights it and pushes against in, because she’s hiding something and we don’t ever quite find out what when this installment ends.
We’re left at a dicey spot when this book ends. There are actions that happen, calls that are made, choices that are made on the sly that impact the story beyond comprehension and honestly, we don’t know where things are giong to go and who’s behind it all until the next book comes out. Someone has legal problems, someone gets threatened, someone dies. And still, there’s a black hole of questions that we still have. I’m anxious for the next book which i’ve happily discovered came out last week. So….onto the next!