Review: The Princess (Filthy Duet Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Princess
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 1/22/19
Length:   284 Pages
Series:  Filthy Duet Trilogy #2

Overview

He’s the bastard of the empire, a savant, a genius, and a self-made success. He left it all behind, but he came back for her. 

Their passion is a flame that ignites more than their bond. It ignites secrets, lies, and a puzzle that once solved, will shake them to the core.

You know one deep, dark secret, but you do not yet know anywhere near everything.

My Thoughts

I LOVE this series – for so many reasons! To back up a second, i made the silly yet stupid mistake of reading a few things out of order i think, but on well right? I read The Bastard when it first came out and that introduced me to Eric, Greyson, Harper, Mia, reminded me that the Walkers exist since i clearly forgot about them and then took us on a journey. I then picked back up with the Walker Security series so that i could really get into the minds of everyone in this amazing deep ‘family’ and well, thank goodness The Princess finally came out!

Eric and Harper as you’ll recall have one of the most complicated pasts that you could imagine. Step Siblings sure, but there was an attraction from the first moment they met, but it was one that wasn’t meant to be then, or perhaps ever. But we know that in this genre, that’ll never be the case and they will likely piss each other off and so many other people because they just can’t stay away from one another.

So in this book, we find that they can’t stay apart, Eric feels the need to protect Harper when someone is clearly after her, even when he’s been given information by his half-brother Isaac to imply that Harper has lied to him about some of the most important things. Add to that the fact that they are both still trying to figure out what’s going on at Kingston and who’s behind it all, at the same time, knowing that Eric had/has ever intention of taking the company down as well.

We can clearly understand all the drama here right? It’s layer upon layer, secrets, lies, no idea who to trust, and some really intense passion and chemistry. Which Lisa Renee Jones is known for!

We find ourselves going from Denver back to New York in the hopes that a change in location will keep them safe, but of course that’ll never be the case. An assassin is sent to kill Eric which is unsuccessful. Attempts are made on other peoples lives and each time it happens, we find that we’re no closer to answers since the game that we thought certain family members were playing become less obvious because of who’s being taken out. One key player is left on life support in the ICU after being a target and that was a shock.

Throughout this story, we see that the Walker security clan plays a pivotal role – we rely on Blake to help decode things, and we see that Savage and Smith once again are front and center. (i LOVE Savage – just going to put it out there that i need a story about him STAT!). When yet another set of a coded messages come in and Harper can’t figure it out but Eric is triggered – well that means that their world is about to implode yet again.

Because….Eric has been hiding something, and Harper learns that he has been lying but not about what yet and it seems like this could be game changing!

I don’t think that we needed the intensity of the romance and passion that these two share, but i have to say that it was hot and such a compliment to this crazy insane story. When you see how Eric needs to protect Harper at all costs, and how she wants to do the same for him, knowing that he’s got this side to him that needs a savior, well of course it means that they’ll combust when they come together for a break. Their scenes are so hot that the flames leap from the page, in a dirty yet really sweet way which is the trademark of our author. I can’t wait for Book three to come out – The Empire i believe it’s called -and it can’t come fast enough! Enjoy!

Review: The Bastard (Filthy Duet #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Bastard
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 11.14.18
Length:   200 Pages
Series:  Filthy Duet #1

Overview

I’m the bastard child, son to the mistress, my father’s backup heir to the Kingston empire. He sent me to Harvard. I left and became a Navy SEAL, but I’m back now, and I finished school on my own dime. I’m now the right hand man to Grayson  Bennett, the billionaire who runs the Bennett Empire. I’m now a few months from being a billionaire myself. I don’t need my father’s company or his love. My “brother” can have it. I will never go back there. I will never be the mistake my father made, the way he was the mistake my mother made.

And then she walks in the door, the princess I’d once wanted more than I’d wanted my father’s love. She wants me to come back. She says my father needs to be saved. I don’t want to save my father but I do want her. Deeply. Passionately. More than I want anything else.

But she’s The Princess and I’m The Bastard. We don’t fit. We don’t belong together and yet she says he needs me, that she needs me. We’re like sugar and spice, we don’t mix, but I really crave a taste. Just one. What harm can just one taste do?

My Thoughts

I do love a good new series by Lisa Renee Jones, and this one – this intro doesn’t let us down.  We’re introduced into a world that we’re not quite clear about, with characters that we don’t know, but that makes it all that much more interesting.

Eric, our main, we know that he was semi born into a family that has power and money, but who want nothing to do with him since he doesn’t play by their rules.  He tried for a while and then decided that he needed to be his own moral compass and go on his own.  He’s made a name for himself, but at the sacrifice of losing the woman who’s struck him like no other.  his step sister….

Enter Harper – a girl who’s mom married into the family, a girl who wants to make her mother happy, and yet a girl who knows when something is wrong but can’t solve the problems on her own.  The fact that Eric got under her skin years ago as well means that she’s apprehensive to ask for his help yet she knows there is no alternative.

The journey that we go on from here is a story where we honestly don’t know what’s going on, who’s behind what and what it means for our characters.  Eric and Harper clearly have chemistry from years past, but is it something that’s sustainable and even realistic now?  do they even trust each other?  that’s the biggest question of all.

The nice way that our author writes this first intro to the series is in a back and forth in the chapters from each character’s POV.  We get to see how Eric’s mind works and then how Harper’s mind works as well. They have the same end game but they want to get there differently because of what it means to those they care about.

I spend a lot of time trying to figure out a few things in this story.  What’s actually going on in Kingston Motors and who’s behind it?  What secrets are being kept from Harper and Eric and what secrets are Harper keeping from Eric as well since we know that there have to be some?  what’s to gain and lose here and what will that mean for the pair that seems like maybe there’s something more concrete between them.

There’s intense heat and chemistry that’s laid out on the table here and then there’s angst and mystery wrapping all around it.  we’re left on a cliff hanger of one person leaving .  hatred is exploding all around, distrust is something that’s coming at us from all angles.  A huge secret is revealed, one that i should have known that i didn’t think about that tears our world apart, and then someone’s in danger – imminently.

What this means for us though is that i really want to know what’s going to happen next, what’s happening now and where we go from here.  I can’t wait for book 2 and i’m sad that i have to!  i hope you guys check this one out – enjoy!