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!

Review: One Woman (Naked Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

TitleOne Woman
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 9/17/19
Length:  225 Pages
Series:  Naked Trilogy #2

Overview

The second book in the Naked trilogy…

Emma and Jax came together in the midst of secrets and lies, but in a castle in Maine, they seek passion and sanctuary. What they find is a mystery that could stretch beyond all their expectations. And what Emma finds is danger.

One Woman begins where One Man ended, with Emma one step from death and Jax the only man who can save her.

My Thoughts

When we left off the first book, things were intense. We were at Jax’s home – the same Castle in Maine where we know that Hunter died and the same property that Emma’s father wanted to buy for reasons unknown. Emma finds herself at the wrong end of an encounter with the other North brother Brody – and she’s on the same ledge that Hunter ‘jumped’ from.

So we pick up right there, wondering how far Brody is going to take his threat, and if Emma will survive. Did Savage get there in time or did Jax? well, of course the answer is yes since this is only the beginning of book two.

Even though Emma’s managed to get away from Brody now, we know that she’s not safe. He hates her more than you can imagine, and thinks that there’s a diabolical reason for her being at their estate. Even though Brody wants to do his won thing, he doesn’t want Emma any where near them.

Add to that, York is still a problem and we think that chance is still a problem. We have had zero resolution or close out of anything that pertains to either and we know that there’s still so much that can come to a head with both that we need to reconcile that stuff and fast. Regardless of how solid Jax and Emma think they can be, and how solid they want to be, there’s too much holding them at arms length with the secrets that are out there.

Secrets – those continue to come at them in full force. Someone leaves an envelope with a note for Emma, and we learn that there’s nothing in the envelope, not even a note. Who’s trying to play with their minds. Savage and company try to dig deeper and they still haven’t landed that one yet. There’s a new foe in this story that arises, Echo – a man who’s worked for the North family for as long as Jax can remember and he’s got his eye on Emma. He threatens her and comes at her with notions of things that she should know, but she of course has no idea what he’s saying so that makes things dicey. and then he goes missing.

Some secrets come out, and we haven’t yet heard the end of what they will do to business for everyone. York pushes people too far and that means that walls will be drawn up even further than they were before. Sides are being forced and you can only imagine that there will be implications far worse than we imagined for everyone once ALL the secrets are exposed.

Throughout this story though we see the relationship between our couple grow stronger and stronger. Their connection isn’t just for the physical connection that they have. It’s so much deeper. They do something for each other than wasn’t ever something that either hoped for and that means that not only are they moving fast, they are moving forever.

Just when we think that we may be closing in on the true reason behind the desire for the castle, and as a result, the cause of Hunter’s death, another twist is thrown at us and another person comes into the mix that we don’t yet have an identity for. So, what that means for us, we have to wait two months (or maybe just one month now) for the third and final installment to come out to see how this all plays out. I’m excited to see where it goes and i hope you are. Enjoy!

Review: One Man (Naked Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

TitleOne Man
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 6/11/19
Length:  225 Pages
Series:  Naked Trilogy #1

Overview

One man can change everything. That man can touch you and you tremble all over. That man can wake you up and allow you to breathe when life leaves you unable to catch your breath. For me that ONE MAN is Jax North. He’s handsome, brutally so, and wealthy, money and power easily at his fingertips. He’s dark, and yet, he can make me smile with a single look or word. He’s a force when he walks into a room.

Our first encounter is intense, overwhelmingly intense. I go with it. I go with him and how can I not? He’s that ONE MAN for me and what a ride it is. But there are things about me that he doesn’t know, he can’t know, so I say goodbye. Only you don’t say goodbye to a man like Jax if he doesn’t want you to. I’ve challenged him without trying. He wants me. I don’t want to want him, and yet, I crave him. He tears me down, my resistance, my walls. But those walls protect me. They seal my secrets inside. And I forget that being alone is safe. I forget that there are reasons I can’t be with Jax North. I forget that once he knows, everything will change.

Because I need him.

​Because he’s my ONE MAN.

My Thoughts

I do love a new spin off story that has main characters that we’ve never met before. There’s been no mention of either the Knight or North families is books past so that means that we get a fresh story with it’s own unique twists and turns. The nice that thing we get here though are the artifacts of people who HAVE been in other series. The Walkers and Walker Security come in handy here in the sense that we have them doing work for our mains. Savage being the one to come up the most (and he’s definitely one of my favorites). Then there’s Eric Bennett who had quite the role in another series. So all good stuff.

We join this story at a point in time in the plot’s life where People have recently died on both sides of the coin. Emma, our leading lady recently lost her father, a man who ran their empire and who had many many secrets. She’s always been a bit of the red headed step child in the family, so uncovering his secrets proves to be a challenge, and once that her brother Chance seems to not want to properly help.

That’s how we come to Jax, our leading man, who also has dealt with death. His father passed away and his brother commit suicide (or at least that’s what everyone’s been told). There are connections that we don’t yet know between the families, and Jax seems to think that Emma may have some of the information, but when he meets her, there’s so much more there than a pawn, and we see a romance develop faster than most.

The twists and turns that we go on in this story are intense. Emma has secrets of her own that keep threatening to come back up and it’s her goal to keep those secret and away from being used against her family. At the same time, Jax has made it clear that he will still be with her regardless of those secrets and swears that he won’t use them against her. No one trusts each other and that makes things dicey.

There are supporting players here that i feel will become pivotal.

Chance – Emma’s brother knows more than he’s saying, and perhaps it’s because he doesn’t know what he knows.

Randall – Chance’s right hand man and a man who Emma’s father held in high regard. He definitely knows a lot, and likely is at the core of everything that’s going on, and yet, we don’t know what his motivation is.

Marion – A woman who married into her fortune, has business partnerships with Knight hotels and had an affair with Emma’s father. She’s definitely afraid for certain bits of information coming out and thinks that she can use her business as a threat, but i think that we’ll see that won’t play into her favor

York – Marion’s nephew, Emma’s ex fiancee and a man that no one should trust since he’s proven that he’s got dark tastes, an ability to get around security and laws and is overall a bad guy.

With so many people playing into the mix, we can’t forget that Jax still has another brother who’s alive and while he’s not interested in the same parts of the family business, he’s out for revenge and information and he’s bound to make an appearance.

We run from San Francisco to Maine, and it sounds like we’re going to jump to Germany soon. All to find out what’s going on with the death of Jax’s brother Hunter, to find out how the Knights are involved and to find out if what Emma and Jax have is real. Their chemistry is intense, it sparks off the page and that’s something special. They have this level of trust for each other when they know nothing about the other, and have more reasons to be enemies than friends.

We need to read on to see how it plays out and who gets stuck in the cross fire. Where we are left in this first installment though is literally on an edge. Two Hundred feet up, with someone being pushed off the ledge. Who will survive, who will save lives and who will be left in the dust. Only book 2 will tell us and i’m off to read it. Enjoy!

Review: A Perfect Lie by Lisa Renee Jones

TitleA Perfect Lie
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 5/14/19
Length:  250 Pages

Overview

Secrets. Lies. A man. There’s always a man.  And there’s always a truth to be told. 

I’m Hailey Anne Monroe. I’m twenty-eight years old. An artist, who found her muse on the canvas because I wasn’t allowed to have friends or even keep a journal. And yes, if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m that Hailey Anne Monroe, daughter to Thomas Frank Monroe, the man who was a half-percentage point from becoming President of the United States. If you were able to ask him, he’d probably tell you that I was the half point. But you can’t ask him, and he can’t tell you. He’s dead. They’re all dead and now I can speak.

My Thoughts

i’m a huge fan of our author – Ms Lisa Renee Jones, and what we have here is a story unlike all the others that we’ve read. Completely detached from the other series and characters that we’ve spent time with over the years. And a style and plot that’s new and fresh. It’s a murder mystery of sorts – but also a story about relationships and trust.

Our main character Hailey is a girl who’s, shall we say, messed up? She’s been raised in a political family with her father setting his sights on being President. That meant that Hailey always had to be the perfect daughter and that comes at a price. One she learns in High School when she goes to a party she shouldn’t have, with a girl (Danielle) that maybe she shouldn’t be friends with, drank something she shouldn’t have, blacked out and woke up somewhere strange, all resulting in a car accident and her mother’s death.

That set the tone for her relationship with her father from then on, and it was not a good one. She was the one he blamed for the death – had she not gone to the party and been out, her mother never would have gone to pick her up and never would have died. So Hailey is cast aside for the new stepfamily, but paraded out when press needs to see the full family.

That takes us to present day when her father is running for office, and her friend Danielle again tries to remind her that she’s a young woman who’s allowed to let loose. So again, this time with her boyfriend, she goes to an exclusive bar that she shouldn’t have, with people she shouldn’t have, and has a drink she shouldn’t have at the nudge of a new man that gives her sparks (which she shouldn’t feel) and guess what? She blacks out and someone else dies.

No one knows who the killer is (or do they) and no one knows the circumstances (or do they) and there’s a rush to get Hailey out of the line of fire since there’s concern that she’s the direction the finger will be pointed.

The way that this story is written is through Hailey’s eyes. Past, Present and Really Present. It’s interesting because i suppose parts are supposed to make us think more about things. Think more about what happened, who said what, what the motivations were, but at times it’s just distracting.

After this second death, Hailey’s father sends her to Denver to get off grid, and this is where things continue to get interesting. She’s given a new ID so that she can live her life, be the person that she wanted to be, however she quickly acknowledges that her father is watching her via FBI and others. and that everything is a lie or set up.

Colorado is where we meet Logan, an attorney (GASP) that becomes either a friend, foe or love interest. You need to read each chapter to determine what role he fills at what point. We also meet Michelle who’s a business owner and the woman who gives Hailey a job as an art instructor so that she can feed her passion. Michelle seems to be above board, but is anyone really? There’s also Jake, an FBI agent that Hailey met when she went back to the bar where Danielle died and tried to get intel. We can’t get a read on him, and i think that’s deliberate. I can’t wait to see which side he’s on, who’s paying him and what that means for Hailey and the story itself.

There are also several supporting characters that play key roles. Megan and Ashley who work at the coffee house / art / bookstore owned by Michelle where Hailey works. There’s also the FBI agent that Hailey’s father hired to ‘guard’ Hailey and while he’s on payroll, you want to still believe he’s a nice guy.

Suffice it to say, it’s a murder mystery for sure but still a story about trust and love. Many more people will die, and more blackouts will occur and we’re left to wonder who’s behind it all. Who is safe in this story and who will be standing at the end. And will they be standing behind bars. I think the way this story ended was partially how i expected but partially not. That’s a good story then right? Enjoy!

Review: Dirty Rich Secrets: Part 3 (Dirty Rich #13) by Lisa Renee Jones

TitleDirty Rich Secrets: Part 3
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 9/24/19
Length:  82 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #13

Overview

The mind-blowing finale to Ashley and Aaron’s story is here! Everything they know is not what it seems, but will they find out the truth before it destroys their future?

My Thoughts

Well, you get absolutely nothing from that summary – so sorry folks! What we have here is a nice closeout to the series – seeing how Aaron and Ashley’s story plays out and whether there’s a way to have a happy ending.

we last saw this couple as they had moved into what they thought was a safe house and turned out that it wasn’t so safe. While Aaron and Blake were across the street watching out for things since they have a ‘feeling’ that they’re not safe, Ashley and Savage are in the house….and it gets blown up.

They of course manage to get out and the men of Walker Security are back in business getting everyone to safety while trying to put the puzzle pieces together to clear Aarons name.

Much of this third installment novella like object are spent wondering if Aaron will ever trust the Walker team to do right by him, and us wondering what information Blake and team can uncover and wonder if they can find it out fast enough.

The relationship between Aaron and Ashley continues to be strained. She still resents him from walking away from her and fears that he’ll do it again, and at the same time, he feels like he’s dangerous to her and she will never be free with him.

The dots are being connected and we see that there’s almost enough information to get Aaron’s name cleared, but of course timing is everything and that means that lives are going to be lost in the amount of time it takes to gather everything. we don’t know what intel will get him off the hook and we don’t know what he’ll have to sacrifice to get there but we want to believe that it’ll pave a road to something that resembles happiness.

Sadly this is a quick read, but at least we got to enjoy their story. Can’t wait to see what’s next. Enjoy!

Review: Dirty Rich Secrets: Part 2 (Dirty Rich #12) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich Secrets: Part 2
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 8/13/19
Length:  81 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #12

Overview

Part two in the Dirty Rich Secrets trilogy

My Thoughts

so clearly that summary doesn’t do it justice, but we are now into the mid point of this novella trilogy. We know that Ashley and Aaron/Noah are back on ok terms, realizing that they need to be together more than they need to be apart, yet Ashley is still in a position where she’s not sure what to believe – who to believe, and who’s going to make her safe.

Where we left off at the end of the first book, They were running from a cabin that they thought was safe, but turns out that Noah’s mentor Edward wasn’t ‘for’ them, and he ended up poisoning himself before they could get answers. As they’re running from that house, they get ambushed, and Ashley is knocked unconscious and when she wakes up, she’s not with who she thought she would be with.

So, fast forward now to the second book – when we find out that she IS with Noah and that he’s likely the only one who can protect her. They would die for each other so perhaps this is a good thing. The challenge from here out is that they don’t know who’s really after them, who’s going to be able to help and who cannot be trusted. Ashley brings Smith and the Walkers back into the mix, and from all other LRJ series, we know that literally are the BEST in security and protection, and perhaps they can help. IF they can trust Noah. Which is a hard thing to do.

The bulk of the story from here on out is watching how this unravels, how we want the Walkers to decide to help but there’s so much trust that’s lost already. Smith has his ties to Ashley from when she needed to run from Noah, and there were interesting feelings developing from that. There are emotions there that Noah doesn’t like and his jealousy takes a toll on everyone. Then there’s the introduction of Blake into the mix and we know that he’s one of the best guys out there both professionally and personally. So things have to look up right?

Just when they have hacked and gathered enough information to get to the crux of what they think is going on, the worst happens. they are discovered, bombs are planted and shots are fired. We are left knowing that there are going to be several folks that won’t make it out of this ambush alive and i’m worried about who we will be saying goodbye to.

Sad part now is that we have to wait a month until book three is out and i don’t know that i can wait that long! this is my plea for an early book three!!!!!!! help me!!!!

Review: Dirty Rich Secrets: Part One (Dirty Rich #11) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich Secrets (Part 1)
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 7/20/19
Length:  81 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #11

Overview

He was passion and the reason I breathed. I loved him, trusted him when life taught me to trust no one. He was nothing I thought he was. He wasn’t even the man he said he was. He was dangerous. Everyone told me to hide, to run, but now he’s back. He came for me and I’m not running at all. Because he’s still the man that gave me a reason to breathe and if that’s dangerous, that’s a risk I will have to take.

My Thoughts

It’s hard to get back into this series after taking such a long break, but once i centered myself a bit to remember how Ashley played into the bigger story, i was ok. We spend the first part of this three novella series seeing what Ashley’s life has become now that she’s learned that everything she believed in was lies and that the man she loved lied to her in a capacity that’s too deep to ever come back from. He’s a dirty CIA agency and because of him, she’s now forced to go into hiding, to go into protection, changing her entire identity for her safety.

The problem is, he’s that good that he won’t let her go and he’ll always find her. Their connection is too deep and intense that any hope of getting away from him is impossible. Until she realizes that maybe the information that she had about him, that maybe everything that she was told about Noah (or Aaron) wasn’t true and that there’s still a future there.

The bulk of this short novella is spent on the run, Noah comes back for Ashley, tries to convince her to listen, and to give him a chance to explain himself, but the problem is that they aren’t safe. He’s being hunted, she’s being hunted and all the adrenaline doesn’t give them a chance to have the candid conversations that they need.

More questions than answers are coming up here – because someone has been setting Noah up from day one, and that means that there’s something out there that no one wants him to know. He lives by a mantra of trust no one and that comes to a head here. his mentor, the man who supposedly was the one who could be trusted has information and a motive that no one has figured out yet and that puts us on the edge of a very thin tightrope. Edward poisons himself so that he can’t be tortured for information so Noah and Ashley are no further along in their question for information.

What we do know is that they are being hunted and that no place is safe. When they think that they’re going to be able to get to safety, they are ambushed and we don’t know by whom and for what reason. We don’t know yet who will survive, who’s been taken where and what the future holds. So….i’m off to get book 2 to this little series and see who the captors are. Enjoy!

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!