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!

Review: Dirty Rich Betrayal: Love Me Forever (Dirty Rich #10) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich Betrayal: Love me Forever
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 5/12/20
Length:  188 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #10

Overview

Grayson Bennett returns.

A powerful man, the king of the world to some, but he is nothing without Mia Cavanaugh. She is his life, his heart, the reason he breathes. Shaken by an attempt on her life, Grayson is ready to marry her, love her, protect her, but the threat isn’t over. He has lost everyone he loves before Mia. He will do anything it takes to protect her and call her his forever.

My Thoughts

For some reason i thought that we had completed their story so i was surprised to see that this was a new book, but i guess perhaps it’s because all the Walker stories intertwine into this bigger series as well and there are a lot of different trails. Regardless, we’ve picked up with Greyson and Mia now that they are back together and Mia is alive, Ri is dead but they don’t know where the safety will come from next.

There’s so much dirty business going on trying to get at Greyson and we don’t yet know what angle it’s going to come from. Blake and the Walkers have stepped in to protect them and at the same time try to suss out who’s behind it all now that Ri is dead and they are still at risk. Blake learns that there’s a hit still on Greyson and that means that no one is safe- especially since an underground group has been contracted and they want their price.

Throughout this second piece to their story, we watch the unwavering trust and commitment between these two and we get to see that their love has truly prevailed this time around. There’s nothing that can break them at this point so that’s not the struggle in the story. It’s trying to stay safe and build a new life, while also trying to figure out who’s for them and who’s against them.

Through this story we get to be reminded of the amazing relationship between Reece and Cat who we met in earlier books. He’s called in to help Greyson out in defending him from the insanity that comes from an FBI investigation and at the same time, Reece is able to help step in and help Mia with a case that she’s capable of handling on her own, but could use the support for from his ability and reputation.

This is a shorter story of sorts with fewer worries on the longevity of their relationship, but at the same time we are constantly on edge wondering what’s going to happen next and from whom. Our author Lisa Renee Jones gives us all the elements of her stories that we love – romance and heat, passion and fear, trust and loyalty, and of course a few new people that we can hopefully get to know more about in upcoming stories. There’s an endless stream of new guys coming into the Walker fold that we get to meet so i can’t wait to see what’s next. Enjoy!

Review: Savage Love (Savage Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Savage Love
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 4/21/20
Length:  240 Pages
Series:  Savage Trilogy #3

Overview

They say all is fair in love and war, but I really don’t give a damn about fair. In fact, when protecting those I love, fair is the last thing on my mind. Now that I’m back in Candace’s life, those who have used her to try to control me, may well put up a final fight, but they will not win. They will lose and badly.

My Thoughts

I really do love savage and i’m really enjoying his time with Candace, however when we left off at the end of book 2, we saw that there was a chance that they weren’t going to come out of this unscathed. I ‘mean, honestly, it’s really silly (slash stupid) to think that they won’t get their happily ever after, but to my wording choice at least, unscathed is the better description.

While going to the cemetery to search for the flash drive that Savage hid at his mother’s grave, of course drama has to follow – in the form of Wes, a man that has a vendetta against Savage for killing his wife (which was deserved based on the story we were told) and he has Candace by the throat with a knife there as well. There’s just a moment to react to save her life and that’s what Rick does – freeing Candace from his grasp and giving them a moment to flee safely (ish).

If only the drama stopped there, right? We know that there are so many uncertain pieces to this story – understanding who is going end up alive, who’s going to find out the motives behind everything and how to finish it all off. I know that the Walkers have some intense skill, so it’s only everyone’s guess that they they will prevail right?

We spend much of this final installment on the run. Every time we think there’s a moment to breathe, another adversary comes out. Tag is s till a wild card since Savage knows that he’s dirty yet doesn’t know how to bring him down without triggering all sorts of things. Gabriel is twisted and dirty on so many levels that it’s a mess in the making too. Candace is pulled into this every time she tries to get out because they what to make sure that she’s. safe meaning that she has to play the doting fiance (even knowing everything that she does about him)

Add to that, her father is still being held and they need to extract him, and then an assassin is put on Candace’s tail, one that doesn’t always follow the rules, so we see the call for help from a cartel lord – one that we haven’t met in this series, but one that’s from another LRJ series (which i’m going to pick up soon i think). Kane Mendez is a man that many fear, no one knows how to read, but that Savage trusts. It’s his assistance that helps in more ways than you can imagine.

So a roller coaster for sure, a story that gives you hope, takes it away and then gives you a new path to go down. We get to see the introduction of so many guys in the Walker family that i feel it’s our amazing authors way of keeping this series alive (for which i’m very thankful) and i can’t wait to get more. We also get the sexy intense passion and heat that we always come to expect from Ms Jones when we read her stories, and what Savage and Candace share is something that’s for the record books. It shows you that there’s so much that can come between a couple, but if you stay true to the heart of what you believe and know, that there’s a chance to make it. So, on that note, you have to read this story to see how it really evolves since it’s insane, but i think you’ll enjoy it!

Review: Savage Burn (Savage Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Savage Burn
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Independent 3/27/20
Length:  184 Pages
Series:  Savage #2

Overview

The second book in the Savage Trilogy…My name is Rick Savage but they call me Savage for a reason. But savage that I am, there is only one woman who can tame the beast in me, one woman who sees the real man. I loved Candace. I lost Candace. Now my enemies have targeted her. For this, they will not survive. I’m back home to save her and win her back, no matter what the cost.

My Thoughts

This series is getting Nasty in one of the best ways. We all love Savage and we all want the best for him since it seems as though he’s got the full package. The ability to protect, loyalty, he’s beyond intelligent, and he’s sexy. Candace saw that once years and years ago, and throughout the first book of this series we saw that she still sees it – big time.

We were left off from the first installment with these two facing Tag – an adversary that can’t win against Savage in a clean fight or a dirty one, but he tries and tries and tries. Using Candace as leverage, using her father as leverage and we see right off the bat in this book, using Savage’s father. That doesn’t work, but what it does show us is that there’s so much more to the story that we can’t wait to dive into.

Throughout this second book, we see the Walker institution come through big time, and i see EXACTLY what our amazing author is doing here with the introduction of a few new guys. We’re getting to see exactly how she plans to keep this whole group of series going. it’s smart and now i can’t wait to learn about these new guys.

Anyway – back to Candace and Savage. They are on the run again, hoping to figure out what’s going on and how to come out of everything alive before it’s too late, and it seems like every time they think they have made progress, a new obstacle pops up. The mystery of where Candace’s father is, and if he’s alive. The mystery of where Savage’s mission buddy Max is and wondering if it’s related. Wondering where the hiding spot is for all the evidence that could shut things down in a legal way. ….

On top of all that though is the notion that Candace and Savage still have so much history between them. They were engaged once and had a life planned out that Rick had to run away from to protect her. He’s back with NO intention of leaving her again, but that’s really hard for Candace to believe since she can only base her choices on what she’s seen so far. It’s hard for her to still love him so much but still fear that this will be a broken record.

What we do get to enjoy is EXACTLY what our author LRJ does best – the hot chemistry that leaps off the pages so high that smoke detectors go off. There’s passion because of such a deep connection that’s so clear and intense4. I love seeing the guy that we all knew Savage was come to life and even with the INSANE cliff hanger at the end, i want to hope for the best here. We know that everyone will NOT end up alive, and i’m really excited to see who ends p with us in April (since i now have to wait until April 21 for the final book). Enjoy!

Review: Savage Hunger (Savage Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Savage Hunger
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 12/17/19
Length:  185 Pages
Series:  Savage Trilogy #1

Overview

The first book in a new savagely intense trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

Rick Savage, but they call him Savage and for a reason. He can make you laugh and then rip your heart out. No one knows that more than me, Candace Marks, the woman he left bleeding from the heart. I loved him. Lord help me, I’ve never stopped loving him.

Now, I’m engaged to another man, a brutal man I’m trapped into marrying, when to my shock, Savage returns home. Savage who I haven’t heard from in years. I want to hate him. I have ever reason to hate him, but I can’t. I still love him and I fear he will save me just to leave me bleeding one last time. He stirs my desires, a dark, delicious, and dangerous man destined to hurt me and leave me. This time I’m not sure I’ll survive.

My Thoughts

i LOVE Savage – you all probably know that by now from all the endless stories from LRJ that have anyone from Walker involved. He’s mysterious sure, but he’s got this amazing sense of humor that comes out at all times, and he’s loyal to a fault. We saw him get close to someone sort of in a previous series, when he was protecting a girl from a man who everyone thought was dirty CIA, and now we see why he’s so quick to defend and protect.

We pick up this series when the Walker guys are blowing off some steam at a bar, and someone from Savage’s past that he’d rather keep there comes around, cashing in a favor that he feels he’s owed from their shared days in black ops. Mind you, this guy Tag is dirty and everyone knows it. Savage decides that he can’t say no to this debt because 1) it’s a blood oath of sorts that he can’t back away from and 2) he needs to protect Walker from his past and this is the only / best way. So this mission that Tag needs him to go on, sends him straight back to his past in San Antonio, to kill someone, and to dig up all the ghosts from his past in the form of his family and his love.

This is where Candace comes in – the one woman that Savage ever loved and the one woman that could break hm. There are clearly still feelings between them, and feelings that neither can deny, even though Candace feels so betrayed and angry at him for leaving her all those years ago.

The irony of all this is that Savage starts to connect the dots that his mission is tied directly to the man that is engaged to Candace now, the man who also is a dirty ex CIA and politician, and a man who seemingly wants her father dead, and has connections that even the Walkers can’t dig up . And yes, the entire Walker firm is behind Savage on this as they protect their family.

In this first installment of Savage’s series, we see him reunite with his love, a woman that he’s not willing to let go again, and we see him still unclear on the motives of Tag and who he wants Savage to kill. There are so many unknowns and as a result, so many different angles that they need to explore in order to keep everyone safe until they get instructions and clarity.

This of course all comes to a head where we are left off in this book with a car chase and no clear idea of who’s behind the wheel of the other car.

In true fashion of our author Lisa Renee Jones, we get quite a bit of emotions in this story. We have intense chemistry and passion between Savage and Candace, we get deep rooted family hatred between Savage and his father. We have mystery and intrigue with the idea that we don’t know what these guys are walking into and we have anxiety since there’s so much illegal connection making going on that there’s no way that everyone will come out unscathed. I’m bummed that i have to wait until the end of Feb for the 2nd book since i’m completely tapped in, but i guess i’ll have to be patient. Enjoy!

Review: Tangled Up in Christmas (Texas Heat #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Tangled up in Christmas
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Entangled Publishing 10/29/19
Length:  308 Pages
Series:  Texas Heat #2

Overview

I might be a country girl from the same small town of Sweetwater, Texas, as horse wrangler Roarke Frost, the girl next door who knows him like few know him, but I didn’t know enough to save my heart.

He’s the reason why I left Sweetwater behind.

But now fate proves she loves a wicked twist and sends me back to Sweetwater to pull together a Christmas festival—and I run smack into the man again, quite literally. His body is pressed to mine, his hands on my arms, and I’m melting like chocolate in the sizzling Texas sunshine. And I run.

I know it’s not exactly respectable, but it works, just not for long. No matter how much I try to get tangled up in Christmas, I end up tangled up in Roarke instead—and the man has me feeling the heat of our attraction and the warmth of our past friendship. He feels like Mr. Right, but history says he’s Mr. Wrong.

But if he wants a second chance, Roarke Frost is going to have to work for it. He’ll need to prove to me that this holiday is a season of new beginnings, the kind that last forever.

My Thought

Well, we were recently wrapped up in the Sweetwater lovestory that belonged to Jessica and Jason, so it’s only fitting that we get to delve deeper into Roarke – the sexy Horse Wrangler/Whisperer who lives next door, is like a brother to Jason and who provided much needed counsel when Jessica and Jason were imploding.

In this second book of the series, we get to watch how the past that Roarke can’t move on from comes fast and furious into his present, all with the help of a lady named Hannah. the girl that he grew up with, loved and never got over.

The journey in this story is quite different than that of the first book. We see a couple, who were so deeply in love that they didn’t think anything could tear them apart until something did. Then years go by and every time they tried to move on, they kept coming full circle to the memory of what they shared and what’s lost and no one compared.

Hannah, our leading lady was young when she and Rourke finally got together, but she’s grown up, made a name for herself in LA as a fashion photographer, but when her boss gets caught up in the #MeToo movement, her world crumbles and she’s forced to go home to Dallas/Sweetwater.

Roarke has always been the man that we know and love. His skill and ability matched by no one and even through the years, he’s still managed to maintain that and build. He’s pined for Hannah but couldn’t fight for her since what broke them up was tied to such a web of secrets that it would not only end them, but other friendships in town.

Back in present day when Hannah has come home and literally the moment she’s stepped for in the airport she slams into Roarke, we know that their lives are changed yet again. The heat and chemistry that they shared years ago is still there but it’s really a question on whether they can forgive AND forget what happened to make things work. That’s a huge pill to swallow and one that’s not easy.

They continue to cross paths in unexpected places and then when Hannah’s friend (a girl who’s helping her get a new business started) hurts herself, Hannah fills in on a job and is thrown right in between Jason and Roarke, two men that she has no chance with.

The story from here is quite like a dance – seeing who steps where, who avoids whom and what that means for everyone involved. We live under the pretense of a job that has to get done in town to make the community thrive, but at the same time we see this as an opportunity for conversation, for love to be rekindled and for secrets to come out. Although no one wants those secrets to come out. Least of all her parents.

In true form of our author, we have a story that pulls you in with Hope (no pun intended and when you read the end you’ll understand what i mean) breaks your faith in true love, and makes you want to see the best in people, even when it’s impossible.

We spend so much time in this second book wondering if they have a chance, and who’s help is it going to take to make love a reality. Will it be a grandmother, a friend, an animal? no one really knows, and no one knows if there’s even a chance, but everyone in this lovely town won’t give up. So on that note, read this, have faith, know that there’s love and know that when happy endings aren’t possible, there’s always something that can come out of it. Enjoy!

Review: The Truth About Cowboys (Texas Heat #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

TitleThe Truth About Cowboys
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Entangled Publishing 8/27/19
Length:  308 Pages
Series:  Texas Heat #1

Overview

I had my life figured out.

Engaged to a successful man.

About to make partner at my firm.

Bought a high-rise apartment in downtown Dallas.

And then, poof, it’s all gone. Now, like in some cheesy romantic comedy, my car has broken down in the pouring rain on my way to “find myself” in The Middle of Nowhere, Texas. Cue hot guy coming to my rescue and changing my tire. This is the part where we flirt and have a meet-cute, right? That’s how it works in romance novels, and I should know—after all, I’m coming to Texas to write my own cowboy romance. But nope. This sexy cowboy lights into me about not being prepared for the country roads and how inappropriate my high-heeled boots are.

Little did I know, Jason Jenks would tilt my world into a new dimension with his sinful smirk and his bad attitude. Every time I turn around, he’s there to reluctantly save the day. And every time, I think there may be something to that spark we ignite. But there’s a reason the majority of country songs are about broken hearts. The closer I get to this man, the closer I get to learning the truth about cowboys.

My Thoughts

I do love all things Lisa Renee Jones, so finding this lovely Texas romance is another one that i’m glad to uncover. Our amazing author does it again – she brings us a story that has enough depth and breadth to make it worth reading and you get sucked into the characters so quickly that you can’t put the book down.

As the summary says, we being the story on a journey with our leading lady Jessica when her life seems to have been perfect and then implodes. Thank you to the endless men that we find in these stories – where they manage to mess up the best thing that could have happened to them by dipping their pen in someone else’s ink. The ramifications are huge, but while we think that it should mean the end of her life, Jessica realizes that this is a good thing and moves on. To a cottage. On a Ranch. Alone.

The dramatic way that this story starts, a strong rain storm, Jessica getting her car stuck in the mud, to get rescued by a sexy cowboy who clearly hates her being on his turf. To find her way to the cottage that she rented, only to get a scare because the same cowboy walks into the house and claims that it’s his house and that she can’t rent it and that she’s squatting and needs to go. This story gets better and better because you know that with all the hatred that he exudes and all the chemistry that rolls off them somehow through this, we’re going to get an intense story.

Long story short, we spend the next 300-ish pages watching this all unfold. Jason, our leading man has had his share of glory and now is living through pain and suffering because his parents were killed in a plane crash, leaving the ranch in debt and Jason has to fix it all otherwise he and his grandmother are out of a home, as are the hundreds of people who work for them. The other thing here is that Jason was a pro baseball player who left the game when he was still hot. There’s so much behind that decision, his need to be with his family, and ‘injury’ and a woman that has scorned him for the rest of his life.

We wonder if this story is possible to have a happy ending. I mean, we see the heat and chemistry between Jessica and Jason, and yet it’s something that’s never going to happen because they are worlds apart. We see the sweet woman that is Jason’s grandmother. A lady who is still grieving but also a woman who wants people to realize that she’s not fragile. Bringing Jessica to the ranch is exactly for that purpose, that and hopefully getting Jason to realize that he doesn’t need to focus on everyone else all the time. But is that a cause that falls on deaf ears?

There are moments of hilarity when we see Jessica fail in just about every form possible, and there are moments of joy when we see everyone persevere. There are moments of frustration when we know that we’re talking to a wall on issues, and those same moments when we know that they are so far under water with things that there’s no hope at times. This story is exactly what i needed – to see the struggle and how real it is. but then to see a glimmer of hope and have faith reinstilled. So on that note – Enjoy!

Review: Purple Magic by Lisa Renee Jones

TitlePurple Magic
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/15/14
Length:  105 Pages

Overview

After her friend Carrie vanishes into the hedonistic world of Manhattan’s forbidden clubs, Jolene Morrison is willing to do anything to find her. And it may come to that when she seeks the help of the vampire Drago. Jolene may be half vampire—and free from their manipulations—but the instant flourishing desire the mere presence of Drago stirs within her is undeniable.

And Drago can smell it. He can practically taste her emotions, her lust. He knows their attraction is real, and he must have her. But Drago also knows what could happen to Jolene if she were to enter one of those clubs. The thought of another vampire having her drives him wild. Now Drago must do anything to protect her—or risk losing the woman who just might be his mate.

My Thoughts

So i’m going to start off by saying that i was going through LRJ’s library to see what books I haven’t read and that’s how i came across this one. It’s definitely not my usual. While i loved Twilight and a few others that are in that realm, Vampire related stories aren’t usually my jam. However, i read it because of this amazing author and given it’s novella length, I don’t mind.

What we have here is the romance story of our innocent (but maybe not so innocent) main leading lady Jolene – a girl who is half vampire and who really has no family aside from her best friend who’s gone missing. She’s only been given bits and pieces about her past, things that we learn aren’t the complete truth (shocker) and when her friend goes missing after spending time with other Vampires (i don’t know that we ever got to the bottom of what amount human or not Carrie is tbh), Jolene takes it upon herself to rescue her since no one else will.

When she’s directed to a man named Drago, her life changes forever. She knows what the powerful “Slayer’ vampires are like – her father is one, so as soon as she meets Drago, she knows that she’s in for a tough time. That’s only the beginning of it since we quickly see that Drago has some extreme and deep draw to her, deeper than he has ever felt before and he’s not entirely sure why since he knows that she’s not a full vampire and the connection he’s feeling, the mating bond is typically only amongst full vampires.

The story that we get from here out is one where we see them struggle with the connection that they have, both in reality and that they have to fake in the hopes of rescuing Carrie. Drago has been working to shut down the operation of another vampire Alex who happens to be the one who’s got Carrie. Drago has to play a role, make it seem like Jolene is his captive so they can save Carrie, and where that takes them is an intense journey.

In true Lisa Renee Jones fashion, we see some really hot scenes, hotter than i’ve actually read on other stories so i’m impressed. I feel like her earlier stories actually got us hotter and more bothered than some of the installments lately. Not a bad thing, just something that i’ve noticed. Regardless, we see Jolene and Drago take on the world in a sense in the hopes to bring her friend hope and we don’t know if they will be successful.

At the same time, secrets about Jolene’s past are revealed and they completely blow up her world and everything that she thought she knew about who she was and what her parents are. It explains much and yet leaves so much more in question.

Because this is a stand alone and a novella length, we know that the plot can only be so complicated and so deep, but i have to say that it was a fast read and still quite enjoyable. I can’t say that i’ll stay in the vampire romance section, but i don’t mind the sojourn. Enjoy!