Review: Because I Can (Necklace Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

TitleBecause I Can
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 12/14/21
Length:  200 Pages
Series: Necklace Trilogy #2

Overview

To the world, Dash Black is famous, wealthy, wildly good-looking, and intriguing. To say that he came into my life and shook my world is an understatement. He looked into my eyes and I swear our souls connected, but then, I saw what no one else was ever allowed to see. I saw a complicated man with secrets, a man who hides behind a persona that tells only part of his story. And ultimately, I felt his pain and he felt mine. He told me I belonged with him. I believed I did. But in the book of life, the pages don’t turn with a simple flip of a sheet of paper. In life, sometimes the page won’t turn. Sometimes we discover that what is right is more terrifying than what is wrong.

I love Dash Black, but he terrifies me.
I believe he feels the same about me.
And I’m not sure where that leaves us or what comes next.

My Thoughts

We left book one in a very scary moment for our leading lady Allie. She’s hiding in the wine cellar of the house that she’s staying in (which Tyler her ‘boss’ owns) and someone has disarmed the alarm and is in her house. The lights have gone out and she hears steps above her. To make matters worse, she’s not able to call 911 and she’s had a fight with Dash because of his self destructive behavior so she’s basically on her own. Until she’s not.

Thankfully Dash comes to her rescue and she can leave the house unscathed. What we don’t know is who the intruder was or what they wanted, but as a result of this scary moment, Dash and Allie are on more sturdy ground and they go back to his apartment together.

This second installment is about obsession. That’s really the only way that I can level set here. Allie is obsessed with finding Allison, the girl that’s gone missing that has put her in this new world in Nashville. Dash is obsessed with Allie and while it seems like a great thing at times (their chemistry is off the charts) we know that they both have such troubled pasts that there’s no way that it can work out. Then there’s Tyler who’s obsessed with bringing Dash down, and as this story goes, we learn of others who have similar motivations.

While all this insanity is going on, we watch a few great things happen. We see Allie thrive in her role pulling together a winning auction, however it means that she has to come to terms with what that means for her future at RipTide. We watch the relationship between Dash’s sister and Allie grow, and we see how Allie’s mother grows to appreciate Dash as well.

On the flip side we see what Allie’s past can do to haunt these two, with her ex fiance scheming a way into her life in a bad way. All the progress that’s been made throughout this story with obsessing over what happened to Allison, what that means for Allie and what the future holds if and when they find her is nullified at the very end through a series of unfortunate events.

There’s heat and passion throughout this story that keeps us intrigued and there are mysteries that we only get hints to and not full clear insights to carry us to to the finale. If you’ve read In and Out by LRJ, then you know that there’s not always a happy ending with the missing person, and I fear that’s what we’re going to find in this series as well. I”m positive that one of the men that we’ve met is the one that made her feel like she had to disappear, and I am pretty sure that i’ve guessed it. What I wonder though is the motivation given that there seem to be so many men that care about her.

Thankfully we only have to wait until next month to see how this all resolves, but I will say that the sexual tension here was enough to keep a reader engaged, but I wonder if it’s enough to keep the couple together. Dash and Allie know what they’re capable of, but don’t trust each other enough to see it play out. Hopefully identifying who sent the necklace and why he needs to be forgiven will not only lead us to Allison, but to a happy ending as well. Enjoy!

Review: What if I Never (Necklace Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

TitleWhat If I Never
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 10/19/21
Length:  200 Pages
Series: Necklace Trilogy #1

Overview

Allison Wright is delivered a package meant for a different Allison—a unique, expensive necklace. Determined to right the confusion, she seeks out the proper recipient, a journey that takes her to the doorstep of Tyler Hawk, a good looking, recluse billionaire who deals with fine collectibles such as the necklace. She also learns that Allison, his employee, quit her job registering and restoring his vast assortment of collectibles. Ironically, Allison is home to care for her sick mother, on leave from her job at Riptide, the world renowned auction house and her love of such things has her jumping at the opportunity. Soon, she is spending every waking moment immersed in the job the other Allison left behind.

As Allison begins diving into the job for Tyler, secrets about the other Allison begin to surface that have her concerned for her safety. And as she starts hunting for answers, her path crosses with the enigmatic famous author who has a business endeavor with her boss. Dash Black is a man who is dark and edgy, intense and yet quiet. Funny and yet somehow reserved. He draws her in, sets her pulse racing, and her body on fire. She knows there’s a dangerous edge to him, but she can’t seem to care. She’s addicted to everything he is and she simply can’t turn away, no matter what the cost. As Allison is drawn into the life and mystery of the other Allison, a mystery demands answers and passion burns hot. Allison will travel a path that leads to shocking truths and a side of herself she never knew existed.

My Thoughts

I LOVED this introduction to a new trilogy by our amazing author Lisa Renee Jones. It has Inside Out vibes ALL OVER THE PLACE. that series was based on a girl who found diaries of a woman who went missing, who worked at Riptide and we watched how all that unfolded throughout the extended series. This story is similar that it’s based on the discovery of an item that was meant for someone else, for a woman who’s gone missing, and we get more Riptide vibes throughout this as well.

We start off with Allison (Allie) Wright – our leading lady who works for Riptide in NYC, but who’s on leave right now in Nashville taking care of her mother who’s been fighting cancer. She’s in remission now, but Allie’s not ready to believe that things are better. Allie is working at a museum while she’s on leave and she receives a package one day that turns out to be this expensive necklace with the note ‘Forgive Me’ enclosed – leading her to believe that it’s from her father or her ex. Then she realizes that she’s not the intended Allison W to receive this and that instead it was supposed to go to the legal office of Hawk Legal down the street to an Allison W there. When she goes to return it, she learns that Allison has abruptly left work and no one knows where she is and when she’s coming back.

The story from here takes a similar mysterious tone but we are engrossed just the same.

Enter a few leading men into this story. Tyler Hawk, the partner that hires Allison to jump into Allison’s role to lead up an auction that was left in the lurch, ironically something that our Allie is able to do with skill and expertise. Tyler is just like Mark Compton, the owner of Riptide, so Allie’s able to handle him, but we get dark feelings about him. He’s got arrogance for sure but there’s something more, something darker underneath the surface with him that we haven’t quite gotten to yet.

Then there’s Dash Black – an incredibly successful author that Allie has actually edited before, but at the same time, a man who’s powerful, sexy and has something unknown about him as well. For this guy, we get Chris Merit vibes. Chris was the love interest from Inside Out – a wildly successful author who has his own dark past and history that took several books to uncover.

There’s chemistry between Allie and Dash and we see them dance around it for some time. He brings something out in her that she’s never allowed anyone to do – he makes her drop her walls, but likely because they know that there’s an expiration date since she’s going back to New York soon.

Tyler is a wild card – we don’t know his overt intentions but we can begin to see that there’s something more that he’s either hiding or is going to share with us soon. He has a connection to the missing Allison – and one that no one really speaks of, aside from Dash towards the end of this story. It’s not unexpected, but there’s more that even Tyler was unaware about and that’s what makes us wonder.

The heat and chemistry that Dash and Allie share at some point becomes to much to avoid and we watch how they explode together – there’s a connection that is so heated and powerful that you want to hope that they are salvation for one another. We know that Allie’s past is haunted – there are enough teases about that to gives us inclinations of what it could be but we’re never able to learn the truth. We know Dash has suffered his own share of despair and pain, death over and over again that he feels that he’s without salvation and redemption. There’s something about this unexpected pairing that makes you want to hope for the best, but we also know that they are likely self destructive so there’s really no hope …not yet.

We have a roller coaster that’s a mix of some of the sexiest scenes that we’ve read by our author in any books, and then there are the explosive fights that put us off one another completely. There’s anger and fear, and then there’s a cliff that we’re about to jump off. Dash goes to a fight club to work out his anger, Tyler brings Allie there to save him an it doesn’t work. She goes home (to the house that Tyler’s given her mind you) and while she’s there, in the wine cellar looking for something to soothe her broken heart, she realizes someone is in the house…and she has no signal to call 911. That’s where we are left off and now I don’t know that it’s fair that I have to wait until December for book 2. SAD….but this was an amazing read that I could NOT put down. so on that note, you guys have to read it too and enjoy!

Review: Savage Ending (Savage Series #4) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Savage Ending
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 5/25/21
Length:  300 Pages
Series: Savage #4

Overview

A man, a former assassin, who is now in love, a man on his honeymoon, who vows to leave the killing behind him.

That is, until someone sets their eyes on revenge and goes after his woman. Now someone is going to find out just what a Savage he really is.

My Thoughts

We all watched Savage find his way back to Candace and get her to fall back in love with him – although we know that she never fell out of love with him. Their story was rough – watching their families be a huge cause of pain between them, knowing there were secrets and unknown alliances (good or bad). We have been waiting for their happy ending, but we also know that there’s no way for their wedding to go off without a hitch.

We join this couple as they are on their way to the church that Candace wants to get married and the same church that Savage thinks he’s not suited for. There’s so much in his past that he firmly believes he will burn in hell for, that it’s amazing that Candace is the right woman to help him find the bright side.

We watch as they make their final wedding preps and how the Walkers continue to watch over them and even welcome Candace into the family even more. They are a week out when things go pear shaped.

You’ll remember Max from previous installments. Savage’s buddy from his black ops missions, and a guy that we’re still not sold on because it seems like he’s on the wrong side of things even when he swears otherwise to Savage. There’s one more thing that he’s asking of Savage – claiming that he’s owed one more debt, so of course Savage has to pick up and take care of things. He’s being asked to retrieve a hard drive and deliver it to an unknown person, and then to bring money to Max at his cabin in CO. When the Wlakers catch wind of this, they don’t let him go alone, which turns out to be a good thing.

They’re days away from the wedding and they’re ambushed. We are in the throes of a gun battle where we know that there will be casualties. We can only hope that these guys get out unscathed, but things area always dicey when Savage is involved. They manage to get the drive, get it to where it’s supposed to be and then go on the hunt for Max. Who turns up missing.

This puts everyone on red alert, increasing security and potentially putting the happiness of the wedding at risk. The story isn’t over here- we know that there’s going to be someone coming for them, we know that Savage was set up, and the balance of this story takes us through what that looks like for the soon to be happy couple.

It’s no surprise to see how this nets out, and to hear why and how it’s come to pass. We also know that Savage does his best to distance himself from Walker security often, and he trusts no one, so when there are new Walker guys introduced, he’s even less trustworthy. You really have to wonder who’s been planted where and what that means for the guys we love so much.

The nice thing about this story is that we continue to see Adam in his amazing light – but not yet getting his own trilogy. I hope our amazing author gives him his due. There are also several new guys that seem a bit on edge and dark that I’m dying to see how those stories play out. There’s no shortage of excitement, peppered with trust, loyalty and hot hot steam and passion. All that means is that now I have to be patient to see what’s next. Enjoy!

Review: When He’s Wild (Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: When He’s Wild
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Lisa Renee Jones 3/21/21
Length:  248 Pages
Series: Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #3

Overview

The third and final book in a Walker Security trilogy featuring Adrian Mack…He was dirty, then he was bad, now he’s just plain wild. Like all the men of Walker Security, when he fell for his woman, he fell hard. Some might call his love for Priscilla a weakness, but you might as well call her a weapon.You hurt her, vengeance is coming and his name is Adrian.

My Thoughts

I was waiting long and hard for this final installment in Adrian’s story, knowing that there was so much uncertainty going on in both his life and Pri’s life. To quickly run back through the series, Pri’s the ADA who’s prosecuting Nick Waters, the king of the Devils, a motorcycle gang that killed, trafficked, raped etc etc. He’s in jail now, and Adrian is the star witness as he was undercover in the gag as part of an FBI sting. Pri’s slowly learning that more and more people that are close to her are ‘in bed’ with Waters, and that means that no one’s safe, and everyone has something to lose.

Adrian and Pri got closer than they should have, forming not just a physical relationship as a means to cope with what they’re going through, but there’s a deep emotional connection that’s blossoming as well. The challenge is that Adrian feels that his secrets will drive her away, and he uses that as a means to push her as far from him as possible. Lucky for us, she’s a bit stubborn and knows what his game is, and we watch how this plays out.

We start this third installment with Pri meeting her parents with the hopes of getting them under Walker protection and fleeing the country for their safety. Walker’s crew is outside the restaurant keeping tabs on her, while a few are inside as well to be close. When it’s Logan, Pris’ ex that shows up instead, we know that this isn’t going to end well. Logan threatens her again if she doesn’t drop the case, and then tries to rape her, when Pri uses the good advice that Adrian gave and shoots Logan in the foot.

From there, we’re on the run again, heading to New York now, the home of Walker. It’s a roller coaster knowing that theres a premium hit on both of them, and that means that no one is safe. We don’t know when someone’s going to come after them, and we can only hope that they have enough time to see the trial come to fruition. Of course, that never happens, and Waters is freed from jail…and that means that all bets are off.

We know that Pri wants to have the right thing happen, with Waters going to jail for good, but we also know that route means that they’ll never be safe since Waters has long reaching arms. Adrian wants him dead and that’s the road that we’re afraid to go down. On the other hand, Deleon, Water’s right hand man is still on the loose after he some how escaped from book 1’s shooting and he’ll continue to come after Adrian and Pri.

The roller coaster continues here, with Adrian doing his best to push Pri from his home, and it’s funny to watch Savage come into play in this story with his words of wisdom. We saw how Savage’s own life and relationship was overly complicated so we can only hope that his voice of reason is enough to get Adrian’s head on straight before it’s too late and more people die. It’s exciting, there are faked deaths and fights to the death, and how this ends up, and at who’s own hand is anyone’s guess. I hope you guys check this series out and enjoy!

Review: When He’s Bad (Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: When He’s Bad
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 12/15/20
Length:  197 Pages
Series: Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #2

Overview

He was dirty. That’s how Priscilla met him. She was all about just how dirty he was and, in fact, had to be. Now, he’s just plain bad. When you cross a man like Adrian Mack, you find out just how bad he can be. Priscilla started out as an enemy, became a lover, and now, she is his obsession. 

Lies. Secrets. Enemies that appear they are friends. The passion and danger just won’t stop coming. 

My Thoughts

No one is safe, and anything that was a secret before isn’t one now. Where Adrian thought he could be safe for a few moments turns out to be right on the radar of the assassins and now an FBI agent has been murdered in front of them, and they’re fighting for their lives. Deleon found them and that doesn’t bode well.

We start this second book off on such a roller coaster. Adrian and Pri are running for their lives again, literally. Now running to a secret cave that Adrian had as a backup safe house in case something compromised the safe house cabin that his father had set up all those years before. Adrian believes that his brother Alex, the dirty agent also in the Devils was the one who shared the cabin’s location but that means nothing especially since Alex is dead.

Walker comes to the rescue in a sense and we’re back at another safe house with Blake, Savage and Lucifer. They’re trying to come up with a plan that keeps Adrian safe and alive, while also protecting Pri and her entire staff. At the same time, they’re watching every move by Pri’s family since there’s a connection to Waters that’s unbelievable. Pri doesn’t want to believe that her family is involved, but it’s become clear that Logan, her ex-fiance is the one that brought her family into the fold and the one that that’s going to be the ruin of them.

Throughout this story we watch the relationship between Adrian and Pri grow stronger. They clearly have feelings for one another that outshines anything that they’ve felt before, and that’s also a problem since it makes them both a target. Pri’s afraid that it’ll compromise the case and that means another delay if they take her off the case or if there’s a conflict. Adrian’s worried that she won’t be alive to follow the case through and the Walker team have endless more concerns.

What we find throughout this story is that anyone that we thought was good likely isn’t. We’re forced to question everyone in Pri’s office and everyone who’s put themselves into that world since they all seem to be a bit suspect and a bit dirty. I”m excited to see how it plays out.

Along with all that angst and fear though, we get the expected chemistry and heat that I’ve come to know and love from our author Lisa Renee Jones. There’s a chemistry that’s almost desperate between them and it makes for some intense steamy scenes since they’re always afraid that the moment is their last. I really hope that something good will come out of the situation, but we all know that more people will end up dead before that happens.

Also, true to LRJ form, we now know that Lucifer will get a story and she’s introduced Mason, another Walker guy who will no doubt get his own story too. I’m excited to see how things evolve since this is one of my favorite string of series. Enjoy!

ARC Review: The Poet by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Poet
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Entangled Publishing 3/9/21
Length:  368 Pages

Overview

“The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” -Jean Cocteau 

Some call him friend or boss. 
Some call him husband or dad. 
Some call him son, even a favorite son. 

But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has given him: The Poet. 

A name he earned from the written words he leaves behind after he kills that are as dark and mysterious as the reason he chooses his victims. 

One word, two, three, a story in a poem, a secret that only Detective Samantha Jazz can solve. Because he’s writing this story for her. 

She just doesn’t know it yet.

My Thoughts

First off, I need to thank Netgalley for getting me a copy of this book soo soo early. I’m going to start off by saying that I had no idea that one of my favorite ‘Romance’ writers also wrote in other genres. Perhaps I should have dug into her more, but Lisa Renee Jones has managed to keep me so entertained over the years that I felt no need until I ran out of series to follow.

Anyhow, we have a thriller on our hands here, The Poet is a murder / serial killer mystery that takes so many different twists and turns. We start off years in the past at what likely is the beginning of it all, when we’re in a classroom watching a student struggle to read a poem, which them turns into a bullying situation after class and interestingly a dead body being found the next morning.

We fast forward into the future where our main character is a Detective who’s one of the best at solving murder cases. Detective Samantha Jazz is the daughter of the Police Captain who was just murdered 3 months prior, and the goddaughter of the Police Chief, so she’s connected but she’s gotten to where she is on her own merit. When she’s back from leave from her father’s death, she’s quickly back into things where she’s called to sub in on a case where the killer left a poem in the victim’s mouth, an no one knows what it means. Sam is a Poet Master of sorts, ran a poetry club in college etc, and now she’s putting all that good learning to use.

The journey in this book is a complex one. We see the road that Sam has to go down to heal from her father’s death, and on top of that, she learned that her father wasn’t the cleanest of cops so there’s the stigma that comes along with that. She’s also trying to find her footing when she’s not exactly sure where she fits in anymore. She’s recently in limbo in a relationship and she’s not sure who she can trust.

The research that our author clearly did to make this story come to life was intense. We watch the process of examining a case from all angles, from the cops to the ME to the DA etc. We also watch how they form their hypothesis of who’s the suspect and how to track them down. We’re drawn down path after path on certain characters, never quite knowing if they are the culprit or not. On top of this though, there’s the fact that the detective who was assigned to the case previously is now missing and no one knows where he’s gone and if he’s alive.

Characters that we want to believe on our side are set up to seem as though they could be dirty or suspect. There’s a detective named Jackson that Sam wants to bring into the team but she gets an off feeling and he’s always where he’s not supposed to be, and at the same place as the presumed suspect. making him suspect.

While they’re trying to solve this murder mystery, there’s also a bit of romance to keep things on the same tone as what we get from LRJ, although not nearly as ‘erotic’ for lack of a better word. Sam’s ‘ex’ of sorts, Wade, comes back to help both professionally and personally since he’s FBI. We see that relationship take on a new form and want to have hope for the future.

What I will say about this story is that the path to the killer uncovers quite a bit of interesting ‘stuff’. No one is innocent and yet there’s a surprise twist nonetheless. I think you guys should definitely try to find this book when it’s out in March because I could NOT put it down. Enjoy!

Review: When He’s Dirty (Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: When He’s Dirty
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 10/27/20
Length:  200 Pages
Series: Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #1

Overview

As a member of Walker Security, Adrian Mack has found redemption for a walk on the dark side. For two years the former FBI agent was undercover in the notorious Texas Kings biker club. For two years he changed, he became one of them and when the bust happened, he didn’t know who he was anymore. On a hitlist with a price on his head he disappeared and joined Walker Security, but now, the trial is set to start and witnesses are dropping like flies.  

Assistant District Attorney, Priscilla Miller is tasked with the conviction of The King himself, and she’s passionate about taking him down, but her case is falling apart. She’s also in trouble, and while she resists Adrian, the sexy ex-FBI agent with a killer reputation, he and his team at Walker Security will become her lifeline, in more ways than one.

He touches her, she melts.
He shields her, she survives.

But everything is not as it seems. Friends are enemies. Secrets are really lies. And the one time in his life Adrian lets his heart do the thinking, passion might just be deadly.

My Thoughts

Every time we get a series about another Walker guy, I fall more and more in love with the crew. There’s a new person added to the mix every time as well, and that means that this series or series of series will continue for quite some time.

We met Adrian before, and we saw his campy sense of humor, knowing that it covered up some dark history. We were given his background of working for the FBI as well as knowing that he’s of a mixed heritage.with a bit of Latin mixed in. Gives him a bit of an edge with this crew and also primed him for the job that he had in the FBI and the reason that he’s hiding and now the star witness in a trial.

That trial is to put away the King Devil and being the star witness means that he needs to figure out who he can trust, who’s involved on what side, and who’s going to try to kill him and those close to him. As we’ve seen in just about every other Walker story, the main character doesn’t want to bring the Walker Family into the mix at all for their own safety, but we know by now that they truly consider each and every person to be family and they’re always involved. no matter what.

Pri, our leading lady has an interesting background as well. She’s the ADA in this case, but her past as an attorney for her father’s firm essentially had her getting the bad guys off, many of whom have ties with Waters, the man that she’s trying to put away for life. He’s dangerous, even more so than all the others that she’s defended before, but we’re not quite sure if she’s realizing the extent of what that means until Adrian comes along.

In true Lisa Renee Jones form, we have some really deep angsty characters and a story of hide and go seek with both knowing who’s on what side as well as knowing who’s the next target. We have to assume that everyone that seems clean is dirty, and that there’s going to be some type of surprise on who’s involved either on the side of good or bad.

In this first book, we know that we’re not going to get the resolution to anything, we’re not even going to know who’s on what side, but what we do see is that Pri’s past comes back in questionable ways. Clients that she’s gotten off are now appearing to get her to back off the case. Her ex-fiance makes an attempt as does her father. There’s a bit of confusion on whether the ex an the father are working together on this or if they are actually on different sides of the coin, but we don’t quite know that yet.

Adam, and Savage are back in this story as supportings along with a new guy Lucifer (which means his trilogy is coming soon i’m sure). We know that Adam is always the man of disguise and Savage is there for humor but also as a prime assassin. We can only hope that they’re able to uncover the information that’s needed to keep Pri and Adrian safe before it’s too late. And the last scene of the book shows us that there’s a leak, and perhaps they are too late.

I don’t know that I can wait another month for the next installment, but I suppose i’ll have to be patient. It’s hard, but i’m excited to see where this story goes. There’s a dead man who we kind of should have expected to die, and at the same time, we get the intense level of heat and passion that we always get in LRJ books. Pri and Adrian are combustable and i’m excited to see what comes next. Enjoy!

Review: A Sinful Encore (Brilliance Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: A Sinful Enxore
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 9/18/20
Length:  308 Pages
Series: Brilliance Trilogy #3

Overview

You only thought you knew how this was going to end, but their story is far from over. The explosive finale is bound to leave you breathless.

My Thoughts

This summary certainly doesn’t do the story justice, but let’s just say that we get to see so much turmoil and uncertainty in this last book that you are forced to truly ask yourself who is on wha side. We have been through the ringer with this couple, watching Kace and Aria grow stronger, even though it seems like their pasts are tearing them apart. There are so many pieces of a joined history that they didn’t realize that when it all comes out, there’s further validation that they are potentially right for each other. Assuming the world doesn’t keep them apart.

We spend much of this third installment under the watch of Walker and the security guys that we’ve come to love and adore. We see the return of Gio and learn that maybe there’s more to everything that’s going on and that he’s actually a part of rather than working to thwart efforts. He has been hunting the family secrets for far longer than Aria was aware and brought fear and terror to their door step. Was he setting Aria and Kace up or is he really trying to save everyhitng?

The hunt for the sacred formula to make the Stradivarius continues, with a few new violins showing up for sale. While Kace and Aria work to make contact with those instruments, there’s always the uncertainty that they are being set up and we see the help of Kayden and Ella from Italy come in at the right time to aide in their hunt.

What we learn in this story is that there are far more secrets that everyone has than what they even admit. There are relationships that aren’t what they seem either now or even in the past, and those raise more questions on whether you’re willing to continue to believe what you feel is real or if you want to begin to question everything. There are ghosts from the past that are raised in this story for both our leading characters, and there’s closure that comes with each as well. We see foes come up against them again and again, and we often see those foes end up dead or just away from the center of the story forever. It’s a good way to bring the series to a close, and yet there’s still so much that remains uncertain.

What I do know is that we get all the trademark LRJ in this series – and it’s something that I truly love more than other authors. There’s the right balance of angst and anxiety. There’s so much turmoil yet so much trust and passion that we are really kept moving in this story at a good clip. I loved being back in the Riptide world and I can’t wait to see where we go next. I saw that Adrian get’s his own Walker spin off soon so i’m excited for that to come out in a few weeks. Enjoy!

Review: A Wicked Song (Brilliance Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: A Wicked Song
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 8/11/20
Length:  217 Pages
Series: Brilliance Trilogy #2

Overview

Kace August: famous, intense, dark, addictive. Aria Alard: a woman with secrets, passion, and a dangerous past. Passion. Secrets. Mystery. Aria fell hard for Kace. She trusted him. But did he deserve that trust? And where is Gio?A Wicked Song is the second book in the Brilliance Trilogy.

My Thoughts

The summary here doesn’t do the story justice but does that really matter? When we see the intensity that the first book had, we know that we’re in for another rollercoaster and seeing where we left off at the end of the first book, we know that it’s not just a cliff that we’re hanging off.

We know the bond between Kace and Aria is something of fantasies – it’s so intense on so many different levels that there had to be a reason. Well, as we learned at the end of book one, it’s partially because Kace knows who she is, but thankfully there’s more to the story that we learn in this second installment. There’s a past, a part of their histories that converged in one of the best ways possible, and Kace has the struggle to get Aria to listen, and to watch and to trust.

While that piece of the story is playing out, the bits where Aria is too scared to trust, where she doesn’t know what Kace is really after, and at the same time doesn’t know who’s after her, we also get to see some other amazing things develop. Friendships, professional opportunities, and even enemies take form. We see that Sara is still as amazing as her entire series showed us and watching her become a friend and ally throughout this book is something amazing. Same goes for Crystal – she sees deeper than most people and what she has to offer Aria is everything that she’s been missing in her life.

Walker Security takes a bigger role in this book, and we see one of the fan favorites in the form of SAVAGE come back. He’s honestly one of my favorite people ever given that he’s so scary yet has this sense of humor that makes you love him. I guess that’s why he got his happy ending after all. Along with Savage, we have Adrian and Blake and they are on the hunt not only to help find Gio but to figure out who’s after Aria since someone definitely is.

As i’ve send before, this is a rollercoaster of a middle book in the trilogy. We watch the strongest of relationships fall apart and we watch them fight to find a way to come back together. Voices and people from the past come up to put wedges in between them, Alexander being one of the biggest issues, but I think that what we’ve always seen in Lisa Renee Jones books is that our mains don’t give up. They flight for love, for chemistry, for hope.

Life decisions are made that are far from the path that they should have gone down and we are left on another cliffhanger that we all expected, yet we don’t yet know why connections were made and what they mean. Thankfully I think that i’ve got the third and final book and i’m off to read it since i’m impatient. Enjoy!

Review: A Reckless Note (Brilliance Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: A Reckless Note
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 6/23/20
Length:  280 Pages
Series: Brilliance Trilogy #1

Overview

It all started with a note, just a simple note hand written by a woman I didn’t know, never even met. But in that note is perhaps every answer to every question I’ve ever had in my life. And because of that note, I look for her, but find him. I’m drawn to his passion, his talent, a darkness in him that somehow becomes my light, my life. Kace August is rich, powerful, a rockstar of violins, a man who is all tattoos, leather, good looks and talent. He has a wickedly sweet ability to play the violin, seducing audiences worldwide. Now, he’s seducing me. I know he has secrets. I don’t care. Because you see, I have secrets, too.

I’m not Aria Alard, as he believes. I’m Aria Stradivari, daughter to Alessandro Stradivari, a musician born from the same blood as the man who created the famous Stradivarius violin. I am as rare as the mere 650 instruments my ancestors created. Instruments worth millions. 650 masterpieces, the brilliance unmatched. 650 reasons to kill. 650 reasons to hide. One reason not to: him.

My Thoughts

I love just about anything that Lisa Renee Jones writes and when we’re pulled back into the world of Riptide with a bit of Walker Security mixed in, there’s all sorts of warm fuzzies coming our way. As the summary teases, there’s a lot of mystery and history here tied all nicely together with some intense passion.

Aria is a woman who’s been forced into her life because of the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance. Because of that, her mother took her and her brother Gio from Italy to New York and they’ve reinvented themselves with new names and everything. As the summary also tells us, it’s their family history that causes problems, this time in the form of her brother Gio who’s gone ‘missing’ – presumably hunting for his family’s dynasty in the form of the recipe of how to make the sacred and coveted violin.

As Sara did with the diaries at Riptide, Aria does with the Violin and she enters a world that’s outside her comfort zone in the hopes to find answers. She doesn’t find those answers, not yet at least, but what she does find is friendship, a world that’s risky and exciting and a man that she’s likely to fall in love with if she’s not careful.

Kace is that man. He’s the worlds most gifted bad boy violinist and he’s tight with the Riptide circle. He’s close with Chris from the Chris and Sara sagas and he’s friends with Mark – the owner of Riptide. He has a past that’s obviously made up of complicated things, and when he meets Aria, he knows that he’s not good for her, yet they are drawn to each other based on a shared passion for music, violins and chemistry.

We spend this first installment on a whirlwind with these two. Aria is infatuated with him as he is her and they have a combustable energy that crackles when they are in a room together. There’s so much between them that he starts to open up about his past and it prompts her to share more about who she really is even though it’s not safe.

Kace takes the liberty of bringing Aria into his world, showering her with luxuries that she’s been without for so long, and even offers to help her track down her brother, whom she’s certain is now in danger. It’s only until Kace trusts her a bit too much that we find a twist in the story, and that’s where we are left at the end.

All the fixings that we get in LRJ books are in this intro to the new series. There’s tension and angst, family mystery and pasts that are perhaps better kept in the past. But at the same time there’s so much passion and sexual tension that you’re really kept on the edge of your seat reading, afraid to put the book down. So, now i’ve found myself at the point where i’ve run through this book so quickly and now i’m onto book 2 without hesitation. Enjoy!