Review: Her Submission (Dirtier Duet) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Her Submission
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Lisa Renee Jones 4/23/19
Length:   196 Pages
Series:  Dirtier Duet #2

Overview

The second and final book in the Dirtier Duet by Lisa Renee Jones.

Abbie swore that she was done with rich, powerful men. They’ve hurt her. They’ve hurt her mother, who she will do anything to protect. She’s done playing the submissive. She’s ready to fight back.

The problem is that Gabe Maxwell is one of those rich, powerful men and he refuses to be ignored. He’s in her path and she can’t seem to steer clear of him. He wants her. She wants him. But it’s not that simple.

There is more to her story, more than Gabe knows, but then, there is more to Gabe’s story than Abbie knows, too.

My Thoughts

Thank goodness i didn’t have to wait long to get this second and final installment to Gabe’s story because i don’t know that i could have lasted! We were left on such a ledge at the end of the first installment that there was too much running through my head on where this story could go.

As we all know from every other story in the complimentary series, Ms Lisa Renee Jones gives us a run for our money. Families that have so much darkness and deceit and couples that only want to find a happy way to be together, love each other and create a future. When we left book 1, there was a strong chance that Gabe and Abbie’s happiness and love was something that was impossible, and with the death of Kenneth, her husband, well we were even more so confused and conflicted.

This is where the bulk of this story lies – trying to determine who was behind the murder and what was going to happen from there. We know that there are a lot of people who wanted Kenneth dead, but we also know that Abbie would be the focus. The bigger issues that arise though, and that were hinted at in the first book are that the Maxwell father was likely behind this all and was angling to hurt the family worse than they hurt him by forcing him out of the business. Add to that, Jean Claude had a lot at stake and well, billionaires all have enemies that i’m sure someone else was angered too.

Throughout this story we see Abbie’s attempt to dig deeper into what drives Gabe, and what’s underneath the persona that he puts out there, and he’s a tough one. We all know that KM is the thing that he wants buried, especially since he seems to think that Abbie will leave him and think him a monster if he learns the truth, but what they both need to do is trust each other more with their secrets to know that neither will break because what they feel for each other is real and unique.

Abbie goes out of her way to push Gabe away – she runs because she thinks she’s protecting him, but that’s not something that he’s going to allow since he’s so alpha. Gabe in turn does his fair share of trying to prove himself unworthy while at the same time pushing Abbie to share more than she’s comfortable.

We all know where this will all net out – really strong chemistry that leaps off the pages like they are flames. on fire – and that’s what these two have. The most intense chemistry to rival that of all the other stories. The question becomes though, is their connection to each other and to Dexter the dog enough to pull them through everything intact?

Who’s behind the murder? How far involved is Mr Maxwell and what will that mean for Reid and Gabe since we know that they have been pushed way too far? How involved will the walkers be in all this and will we turn a corner fast enough for hope? Can futures be imagined and in what sense?

There’s one more sweet thing that we get from this story. The love story and hope for Abbie’s mom. We see that while she’s dealing with the loss of her business and the hope that she can have of the shelter in the Hamptons, we also see the entry of Brandon, a billionaire (blech) that comes to save things when moments are bleak, and not only does he help give professional support, there’s romance in the air there as well. IF i know LRJ, I can only assume that we’ll get a story there too since no billionaire stone must go unturned. So on that note, i hope you guys have enjoyed this duet and if you haven’t, you should go get it already and then let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Review: His Demand (Dirtier Duet #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: His Demand
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Lisa Renee Jones 2/12/19
Length:   232 Pages
Series:  Dirtier Duet #1

Overview

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. 

My Thoughts

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!

Review: The Empire (Filthy Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Empire
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Lisa Renee Jones 3/12/19
Length:   227 Pages
Series:  Filthy Trilogy #3

Overview

Passion. Lies. Family. Eric and Harper will feel the push and pull of a dynasty gone wrong. Secrets remain. Danger is everywhere. And the pull of a forbidden love will not be ignored.

My Thoughts

I love this series – i think that we have something that’s exciting, passionate, heated, complex – all the things that we’ve come to love from Ms Jones! We pick up this third installment right where the second one ends, and as we’ve been gifted in the past, we have a quick recap from our author so there’s no question about what’s just happened and what it means for our favorites.

It’s a roller coaster- Eric is set on protecting Harper, and in that, there are secrets or bits of information that haven’t been revealed or shared and of course we know that it means that there will be conflict and distrust and pushing away as a result. Harper we learn throughout this story has her own share of secrets to deal with, and honestly she doesn’t even know or realize that she knows many of them. These are the points in a relationship that are make or break moments and that’s literally what we spend much of this book dealing with.

We know that someone’s after Eric and Harper, and we don’t know if it’s Isaac, Gigi, the mob – or someone else. We do know that with the help of the Walker clan, we can feel a sense of security, although there are moments throughout that we see that they can’t have eyes everywhere, and that while they have massive talents, there are people who don’t want information found, which puts them to the test with their skills.

Throughout though, we see that Harper is a fighter – she wants to help Eric realize that he’s amazing and worthy, and Eric seems to want to do the same for her. Bringing Harper into his life, protecting her, making a home for the two of them. Every turn that they make brings something else at them, but the strength that they show together gives us hope for what will happen for them.

There are so many questions that come up through this finale. Will their father make it? Will he survive all that’s happened to him, and who’s behind the attempts on everyone’s lives? What are all the codes that have been given to Harper and Eric and who will decode them? will they get the answers that they want or are we going to see more churn and confusion?

What i love about this story is that we get puzzle pieces that fall in to place, and then answers that no one expected. There were easter eggs so to speak throughout this book giving us clues that things weren’t as they appeared, and as we get through each layer, we’re shocked, surprised and given more questions on whether there’s any way out of this mess. alive.

On top of all that, we get the tried and true recipe of a LRJ story – some of the hottest passionate chemistry that leaps off the pages just about every other page. The dominant need to control everything and using physical touch, sex, that’s a theme that always comes through in the best of ways. You have no choice but to be drawn into how this story is written, with all the angst and complexity while also loving the romance that’s underneath it all.

I’m sad to see this series come to an end, but i can’t wait to get more of the Walker Security guys since we haven’t seen the last of them. Enjoy!

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: Shameless (White Lies Duet #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Shameless
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Ever After Romance 9/12/17
Length:   287 Pages
Series:  White Lies Duet #2

Overview

Nick “Tiger” Rogers, sought out Faith Winter with revenge as his agenda. He made her his obsession. He seduced her. He made her want him. He made her trust him. And then he trusted her. He wanted her. He loved her.

But now, the lies will be exposed, the truth revealed.

Hearts will be broken. Lives shattered.

Nick. Faith.

The truth. The passion.

The SHAMELESS obsession.

My Thoughts

this is a great continuation and finale to the series where we really get to see how things pan out for Nick and Faith.  There’s so much going on in this story that you don’t know which mystery to solve and when you actually do solve it, you wonder what it means for Faith and Nick.

From the first book we know that their relationship was built on lies – at least as far as Nick is concerned – and we have yet to discover exactly what those lies are and what impact they have.  We get teased with the club as being the big lie but that can’t be it so when it comes out towards the end, it’s catastrophic.

As was the case in the first installment, we are trying to find out what happened to Faith’s mom and Nick’s dad – knowing that it couldn’t have been a coincidence that they both died around the same time, especially since there seems to be a weird connection aside from him being her lawyer.

Add to that story line something that’s in a different tone.  The idea that Faith can be what she wants once she’s able to clear her plate a bit and that’s where we see her trajectory going.  Art is something that she can now focus on once again and when she does, she finds friendships with Sara/Chris Merit who we all know and love from another amazing series by Ms. Jones.  Add to that successes that she’s starting to see with her career, that is until Macom (her ex) comes back into her life and Josh (her agent) seems to be looking out for himself and not Faith.

What carries us through this story is the unknown of who’s behind everything that’s happening at the winery (although this one i kind of figured out), and how it affects EVERYTHING.  There’s also the common thread of all books by our author of the insane chemistry that we have between our main characters and how that translates into heat, passion, sex – all that leaps off the page and makes you insanely jealous and yet happy for them at the same time.

Even though we do get a resolution here, i wish that we had more with this couple since i think that there’s so much more that we can see….maybe they’ll be woven into something in the future.  anyhow – enjoy!

Review : Dirty Rich Obsession: All Mine (Dirty Rich #8) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich Obsession : All Mine
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 12/26/18
Length:   289 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #8

Overview

In this lifetime there is one person who will own you, who will know you, who will understand you like no one else could possibly understand you. That person for me is Carrie. I didn’t want to love her. I didn’t want to need her. But now that she’s my world, no one is going to take her from me. Yet the minute I propose, that’s exactly what the universe tries to do. It tries to take her from me.

My father and the many enemies my life as my father’s son has created wants to take her from me.

They’ll be sorry they tired.

She’s mine.

All Mine.

And everyone, including Carrie, is going to know.

My Thoughts
I love that we get the continuation of Carrie and Reid’s story.  They started off their lives and relationship in a place of pure hatred of one another, fueled by a war between their fathers, and of course that turned into something great when they realized that they were on the same team and that their sparks were something real.
This second installment of their story takes us to Japan first where they are trying to close out the biggest deal of their careers, a buyout of a convention center.  It can’t go easy of course though since we know that Anthony, Carrie’s brother lives in Japan and there’s a bit of love lost there for all sorts of reasons.  Upon touching down in Japan, we see that things are about to come to a head, and how Reid and Carrie handle it will set the tone for the rest of the story.
Add to that the fact that these two are newly engaged and few people if anyone knows which means that as soon as they do, there will be a mix of emotions, and the ‘happy couple’ will be put in the line of fire since neither one of their fathers will be happy with this news.
As if that wasn’t enough, once they’re back in NYC, a person from the first book comes back and hits at them hard, going after Carrie to get to Reid and when that doesn’t work, he goes after everyone connected to Reid.  If you recall, Ellijah from the first book has issue with Reid because of his wife, and then with Carrie for that same reason as well as being locked out of the Japan deal. Elijah seems to have gone off the deep end, is unstable, and as a result, in come our favs from Walker Security and we get to enjoy more of Savage and Blake again.
Roller coaster for sure since their business is being hit, and a merger may be a great saving option.  their personal lives are being hit, and Carrie gets to the point where she decides that maybe it’s not worth the trouble to be together and perhaps they should walk away.
If that weren’t enough, Reid’s darkest secret it outed and he’s forced to address it, answer to it and hopefully come out the other side from it.
In typical fashion and form of our amazing author, Lisa Renee Jones takes us on a continued journey of love, passion, fear and anxiety while weaving in the story lines of the other characters that we’ve met along the way in the series.  It’s hot and amazing and i hope that we get more of this couple along with learning Gabe’s story and maybe Smith and Savage as well.  Enjoy!

Review: Falling Under (Walker Security #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Falling Under
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  EverAfter Romance 3/1/18
Length:   214 Pages
Series:  Walker Security #3

Overview

Ex-special forces, Jacob King, is a man who keeps to himself, having learned the hard way that letting people close to you, trusting them, might just get you killed. A lesson he learned when members of his Special Ops team turned dirty, while others, men he considered friends, died. He made them pay. He made them hurt. He put them in jail. And so he doesn’t trust anyone anymore. He keeps his women hot and fast, his friends few to none, and his clients through the elite Walker Security at a professional distance, but safe.

It works for him. Until it doesn’t.

His newest job should be simple and cut and dry. Jewel Carpenter, the daughter of the CEO of Carpenter Enterprises, is receiving death threats. He’s to protect her and find out who is issuing the treats.

Simple. Cut and Dry.

Until it’s not.

Until the chemistry between he and Jewel is all about love, hate, and sex. But even as he fights the attraction to Jewel and discovers there is more to her than meets the eye, the real threat comes not from the threats she’s receiving, but the connection she has to him. Because his past has come full circle, and those men he’s made pay for their sins now want him to pay. And what better way than the woman in his bed?

My Thoughts

I love love love this series and getting to know the other parts of Jacob makes it that much more interesting.  He’s got his purpose and talents in Walker Security which we’ve seen in action before, and seeing him come to the help of Jewel at the request of her father, well it humanizes him a bit more.

Jewel is a mystery to us and that’s ironic since she’s a detective.  She’s doing what she loves in being in the force, following in the footsteps of her Uncle, but she’s also doing so against the wishes of her father – whom really feels that she needs to be doing something safer – something that doesn’t put her in the line of fire every day.

In this story – we have to wonder if it’s a recent action that’s put her in the line of fire or if its something from her past – something tied to so many other things that happened in her past that makes her unsafe.  We are brought along this journey starting first at a point 2 years in the past when Jewel’s uncle is laid to rest after being killed on the job.  She sees a man across the cemetery that gives her a bad feeling but she can’t quite pin it down.  Fast forward to seeing the same man in the shadows after leaving a note on her doorstep making her wonder what’s exactly going on.

We’re now 2 years later and learn that Jewels’ been receiving threats and in walks Jacob and the Walker men – set to protect her.  She doesn’t accept it without a fight and the journey that we’re on from here is funny, risky, filled with twists and confusion and of course the requisite heat and passion.

I think that it goes without saying that all the men who are part of Walker are damaged in a way that civilians would see as a bad thing but that those who have lived the life of danger and pain would see it as a good thing – a badge.  Jacob’s story is deeper than most – darker and twisted in ways that we didn’t know. and given that his whole existence is top secret, Jewel has her work cut out for her to find common ground.

Maybe that’s why these relationships work.  Jewel is a control freak and needs it yet being around Jacob means that she has none.  She cant find intel on him, and she can’t find the answers to the cases that she’s working on and maybe it’s easier to blame him for it all.  She knows that she’s in danger yet is too proud to allow anyone to get in the way to protect her.  There are hints along the way leading her from one person to another but each time we get a clue, i think that we all know that it’s a trap and fear for the outcome.

When we hone in on the Slayer, the man who’s stalking and taunting Jewel, if you didn’t think that Alpha Jacob was a 24/7 thing already, it’s more so now.  There’s a sizable twist when the identity is unlocked, and making that link back through time is one that i didn’t even really think about.  It’s really great to see how far back and complex Ms Jones makes our characters.

Then there’s the fact that there’s chemistry that they tried to fight for perhaps 72 hours.  Neither one was willing to cross the line on a job, yet there’s no way that they could have kept their hands off each other.  Jacob says its’ for her own protection but what we both know means that they are so magnetic that there’s no force that could keep them apart.  Until there is, and we see Jacob disappear, push Jewel away and basically exile them both.

There’s heat in this book, deep dark heat that’s a different tone than some of the others.  We have the same speed and progression of the story which makes it a thrill to read, but the way that these characters mesh is a little new and that makes is nice.  I feel like i want to read more and more about them since i don’t want their story to be done.  So, hopefully there’s a walker security #4 in the works….and Enjoy!

Review: Dirty Rich One Night Stand: Two Years Later (Dirty Rich #7) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich One Night Stand: Two Years Later
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 12/5/18
Length:   200 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #7

Overview

One and done. It was supposed to be one night. I knew his type. You don’t fall in love with a man like Reese Summer, but I did. He swept me off my feet, seduced me, refused to take no for an answer. We became a power couple. The syndicated crime reporter. One of the country’s top criminal attorneys. The fantasy became happily ever after until the next big trial of the century. Reese is defending a woman accused of killing her father for billions. I’m reporting on the case. And then the world around us explodes. The trial turns to danger right as a secret from Reese’s past shocks me.  Someone who wants to destroy our happily ever after. Someone wants to end me.

My Thoughts

I love Reese and Cat, the way that their relationship started carries through to where they are now.  It’s clear that they have a strong relationship that was based on attraction first but intense mutual respect as a secondary.  There’s no question that they are a match well made and the challenges that they face in their second book together reminds us that it’s never easy even when you feel like you are solid.

In addition to the case that Reese is working, and we know that he never defends someone who is guilty, there’s so much more going on.  Cat has a secret of her own that she’s afraid to tell Reese because it’s something that they hadn’t talked about and something that’s being taken away as a result of a stalker reappearing in Reese’s life.  threatening all that they have together and putting questions in everyone’s mind about what’s real.

One of the really wonderful things about this series – and these attorney’s cases specifically  is that we all know that they won’t represent someone who’s guilty.  so it’s partially about proving the prosecution wrong, but it’s also about putting to the forefront who actually committed each crime.  this story does exactly that – gives us an opportunity to find out who killed this heiresses father – when we know it wasn’t her.

this stalker actually has  really big role in the story – there are threats against Reese sure, but she comes after Cat and tries to break everything that they built up together, and the way that our author writes this makes us feel the stability in the relationship but also makes us wonder what the breaking point is for everyone.

The thread that’s always pulled through though is the heat and romance, the trust and love that’s shared between them and Lisa Renee Jones manages to give us a story with so much depth and intrigue that you find yourself reading it faster than imagined.  I’m not going to lie, i hope this isn’t the last installment in the Cat and Reese saga.

I will warn you though – while this book is noted as number 7, you will get a spoiler of things if you read book 6 (The Bastard) which i read a while back – since there are scenes that cross over….just a warning! Enjoy!

Review: Pulled Under (Walker Security #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Pulled Under
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  EverAfter Romance 11/28/17
Length:   214 Pages
Series:  Walker Security #2

Overview

He is blond, tattooed, and dangerous. She’s beautiful with a penchant for leather and lace and could be his destruction…

Asher wasn’t always a member of the elite Walker Security team, he was a billionaire’s son, who rebelled against his father’s controlling hand, and ended up in New York City’s underground of drugs, rock n roll, and danger. But that is long behind him, and while his tattoos and long blond hair remain, he’s now a chameleon, far more comfortable in a suit and tie than a leather jacket.

Or so he likes to tell himself.

But now Walker Security needs him back inside the underground club scene for a police case they’re working. Women are dying, and a new drug on the streets is the cause. When Asher is pulled back into this toxic world he meets Sierra, who is as beautiful as she is mysterious. A woman who calls to a darker side of him, long suppressed, unleashing it in what becomes wicked hot passion and obsession. But Sierra has a secret, one that leads her, and Asher, to a dangerous place, and game, with dangerous players, and the game is about life or death.

My Thoughts

I love this series and i can’t believe that i forgot that we had it in the list.  I read the first one such a long time ago but after reading just about every book that Ms Renee Jones comes out with and nods to the Walker gents, well i had no choice but to get sucked back in and i’m so glad that i was.

We get to know Asher a bit more and he’s always been a bit elusive.  all good reasons backing it, but still it’s intriguing.  Sierra enters the mix and she’s definitely more than we bargained for and i think that her mystery and her backstory makes this one of the more complex installments to the series.

Asher is working under cover trying to find enough evidence to nab an assumed serial killer, so we find ourselves in a grunge bar where he’s blending into the scene quite well.  He’s making great progress getting into the inner circle of our suspect when his world is turned upside down by the entrance of SIerra – a smoking hot bartender who’s not giving any information up and clearly is skittish about something

And so it begins – this journey that we go on with them, where Asher of course dives into Alpha Male mode and wants to protect Sierra from whatever her ghosts are, dig under her skin to get in her head and do something about the intense chemistry that they have.  Sierra wants none of that of course since she’s been on the run for 9 months and isn’t’ willing to let anyone get hurt or pull in the line of fire because of her.  She thought she was safe but clearly that’s not the case.

There’s so much more going on than meets the eye here – it’s intense because a story line that follows a serial killer is exciting enough but we learn that Sierra was married to  a man that she calls The Beast, who is connected, powerful and a Billionaire so he has the means to silence and control her.  All she wants is out since she knows that he’s a bad person who’s killed others and wants to kill her for knowing too much information, but she won’t let Asher in far enough to know who the beast is and how to stop him.

Written in true fashion of our author, the story is fast and intense and amazing.  There are so many twists and turns throughout that by the time we get to the end, and the unexpected happens, it’s overwhelming to the senses in a good way and (and maybe a bit bad) that we can only hope those we love don’t end up on the wrong side of things.

Asher’s backstory with his father comes to a head in this book – we knew that they didn’t end things on good terms, that he became a SEAL to get out from under his father’s thumb, but that also helped him truly understand Sierra more than she even realizes.  sierra sadly was naive to things when she met The Beast and as a result, she’s mixed up in things that no one should ever deal with and there’s no safe way out.

Blake and Kara play a huge role in this book, Kara again using her FBI skills to be a decoy.  Royce comes in and out. the other strong burly men are core to the story, letting us know hints here and there about who will have the next installment of the series and how it has potential to end up.

Heat, passion, chemistry, fear, manipulation, lies – all that and more are in this 2nd book of the series and i CANNOT wait to see what comes next.  Enjoy!

Review: Dirty Rich Cinderella Story: Ever After (Dirty Rich #5) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich Cinderella Story:  Ever After
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 10/10/18
Length:   189 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #5

Overview

Get ready for a steamy honeymoon, and a heart-stopping welcome home for Cole and Lori!

The unexpected is about to happen and while Lori has faced the demons of her past, she and Cole will face those of his past now.

My Thoughts

Well, that summary doesn’t give us much to go on, which is a blessing and a curse.  The story where we see Lori and Cole come together is one that’s so intense, complex and thankfully full of a happy ending that we can just hope that they have their happily ever after.  Well, there’s way way more to go on with this continuation of their saga.

We start off in Paris where they are enjoying their honeymoon, a trip that they’re able to take after closing a successful case where a man who was innocent continues to be found that way.  It’s such a high profile case though that there’s unrest and protesting back in the US, that Cole at least gets advance warning that not all will be well upon their return.  Bodyguards are put in place and we get to see the Walker Security men back in full force.  Savage and Smith are fast becoming our favs.

Even before they head back to the states, we see Cole go into protector mode, which is something that has never worked for Lori.  Yes she trusts and loves him unconditionally, but we also know that control is something that she needs to survive and without it, her life is upside down.  Cole takes control away from her before they get home, and then once they are home because Lori’s attacked by a family member of one of the victims of the case that they just won.  All heck breaks loose and there’s a fast and furious hunt for who’s truly behind everything.

In this continuation saga too, we get Cat/Reese back in a big way, along with Reid who we sort of saw this parallel timing from his story w/ Mia.  I think that it’s really impressive how our author was able to write all these stories that are essentially parallel path without spilling too much to make it moot to read.

The even nicer thing about this plot is that there’s yet another twist that we never saw coming – the Ashley story line.  we knew that she had left the firm to go to Paris with her boyfriend who turned out to not be who he seemed.  As a result, we recall that Ashley needed the firm’s legal counsel to get back to the states and clear of charges.  what charges – we never really learned.  Well, in this story – it gets even dicier for Ashley since her ex seems to be back and there’s a deeper story than anyone could have imagined and to be honest, deeper still that i don’t know that we’ll ever get answers.  Who is he, what did he do, what was Ashley’s role and what does she know that she’s not telling us.

If that’s not exciting enough of a plot line, we have the insane amounts of heat and chemistry between Cole and Lori to keep us going.  They have the most intense scenes together that if you didn’t believe that heat and passion could leap off a page, well here’s proof that all is possible.  Baby scares, romance that’s taken to another level, scenes that are elevated up a notch – and well, we get to the end of this book way faster than imaginable.  So….on that note, on to the next and i hope you enjoy this!