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

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

Overview

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

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

My Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review: Dirty Rich Betrayal (Dirty Rich #4) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich Betrayal
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 9/26/18
Length:   214 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #4

Overview

A DEVASTATINGLY SEXY AND EMOTIONAL SECOND-CHANCE STANDALONE ROMANCE.

Grayson Bennett.

He’s a billionaire, a lawyer, the king of the world to some. A professed lifelong bachelor. A man who took his father’s business and fortune and turned marginal success into an empire. Now someone is threatening that empire and he’s going to burn them to the ground. But he’ll need the help of one person. He’ll need her.

That woman is Mia Cavanaugh, criminal attorney, ex-lover, a woman who believes he betrayed her, a woman who could burn him to the ground, but she won’t. Because she loves him. Because he loves her, and it’s time that she sees the truth of the past.

Now, he’s handing her the key to his future. He’s giving her the chance to burn him to the ground. He’s letting her see the real man beneath the surface that not even she’s seen in the past. She has to decide what to do with that man. Love him or destroy him.

My Thoughts

I love this series and i love seeing how the stories continue to be so separate but really joined because of the characters and their story lines.  Here we get to the nitty gritty of Grayson – the powerful billionaire that we’ve met previously but never quite got to the crux of what makes him tick.

Grayson we know is a man of morals, a man who’s made his money off the success of his father’s firm and his smart moves to expand and grow what they can do.  Having that strong foundation of WHO He is makes him into a guy that we really want to root for and hope that whatever caused a rift with him and Mia isn’t true.

Then there’s Mia – we knew nothing about her before and really not hint at all about what could be her story – so it’s nice to get the fresh approach to the series.  Mia is a girl who’s beyond intelligent – but has had a rough go at getting her footing in her career that when she literally bumps right into Grayson on day one of work, she’s afraid for what it will mean for her in the future.

The way that this installment is written is a bit different than that of the others.  We get a lot of past and present alternating chapters since we need to understand what happened between them years ago to fully grasp the implications of today.  There’s a lot of love – more love potentially than we saw in the other couples, but there’s also so much hate and distrust because of choices made and people who wanted to get in the middle of things that they are on rocky ground – only held together because of chemistry.

If that weren’t enough, i mean – we have one of the most explosive relationships ever here, we also have an investigation against Grayson by his mortal enemy – a guy named Ri who’s always been jealous.  Ri is trying to take Grayson down with the Feds and that’s actually what brings Mia back to him after all this time.  She’s trying to protect him but doesn’t know exactly from what.

This is a story of a deeply involved couple trying to find their way back together while trying to protect each other from forces that are unknown.  No one knows what story Ri’s trying to create against Grayson and the danger that we’re presented with as a result is riveting and exciting.

We have Walker Security back in play and a few of our favorite characters from past stories – Blake and Kara appear once again, as do Adam and Asher.  I love these guys because they are trained to be lethal and have a skillset that accomplishes what few others are able to do.  All while being human and romantic and hopeful.

There’s love, there’s death, there’s uncertainty about where people will land, what companies will remain intact and who will be partnering with whom.  The only way to find out of course is to read – so please do that!  Enjoy!

Review: Dirty Rich Obsession (Dirty Rich #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich Obsession
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 8/17/18
Length:   350 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #3

Overview

A MAN OF CONTROL. A WOMAN WHO’S ABOUT TO TAKE IT.

Reid Maxwell is one of the top corporate attorneys and one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City. He likes his wins big, his women beautiful and in bed, not out, and most importantly the deep burn of his past buried. Until one woman, a most unexpected woman, challenges him in ways that might just destroy the invincible Mr. Maxwell.

Carrie West is captive to Reid Maxwell and a debt between their families she doesn’t know exists. It should be so simple for Reid Maxwell. Claim the company that is now his. The problem: he’s now obsessed with Carrie, the daughter of the man he’s destined to destroy.

Now who’s captive to who?

My Thoughts

I love how each of these stories are stand alone but they are truly woven together. while you don’t need to read them in order, they make so much more sense when you do.  In this story, we’ve moved away from Cat / Lori / Reese / Cole.  Now we have Reid, Cat’s brother who’s just as hard headed now as he was when we first met him, courtesy of cat and the letter she had from her mother.  Reid is in the process of taking down her father’s adversary’s company, which means the downfall of our leading lady Carrie.  While she tries to get his attention before he takes over, he refuses, and finds himself cuffed.  literally.

Carrie is the kind of leading lady that we love.  She knows that someone’s out to screw with her business, with her family, with her livelihood and she’s not going to take it sitting down.  She bests Reid in a way that he completely doesn’t expect and that’s what launches the intensely heated and exciting story.  Sparks fly from the beginning and while we know that it’s fueled by hate and passion, we are drawn in to see how things play out.

In typical fashion of our author, we find that chemistry is the basis for how things continue on, but there’s also that sense of ‘i believe in you’ that we get similar to the previous two installments.  Carrie is good at what she does, she knows that she’s been manipulated, used and wronged, and she refuses to throw the towel in and let someone else take what’s hers.  Reid is the same type of man in theory – however his journey is much more vindictive.  He admits that he’s walked over people in the past, used secrets against them and been downright horrible, but of course as to be expected, he wants to let Carrie balance him out.

This story takes us on so many different paths, never being too clear and transparent about what secret or land mine will be around the corner.  We know that there’s something that Reid legally can’t tell Carrie that will blow her world up, and we want it to be something that’s able to be overcome but as more and more hints come, as their fathers come back into the story, the chance for even a remotely favorable outcome is slim to none.

It takes family getting involved.  It takes a building being burnt down.  it takes facing fathers and threatening them where it hurts the most in order to pull out answers on things, but the chances that this will be a happy ending go out the window.  Even the hope of saving her company isn’t enough of a motivation to keep her from walking at times.

I spent so much time rooting for both of our mains.  They both have dealt with so much that you just want them to get a bit of happiness.  There’s too much though that’s hidden for that to be an option and even when catastrophe strikes, there’s still a big gap.  Passion, heat, chemistry – these are all things that keep coming up in the hopes of pulling them back, but sometimes forces are far too strong.  So the question becomes what’s the price and who has to sacrifice?  Only way to find out is to read it.  enjoy!

Review: Dirty Rich Cinderella Story (Dirty Rich #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich Cinderella Story
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 5/18/18
Length:   298 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #2

Overview

With only nine months left at Stanford, and despite being top of her law school class, Lori Havens takes leave to care for her sick mother. That means she juggles three jobs, the best of which is researcher for novelist, and syndicated columnist of “Cat Does Crime,” Cat Summer.

One evening after finishing up her work at Cat’s apartment building, Lori has an encounter with a sexy stranger, and does something out of character. She goes home with him. The night is perfect, he’s perfect, wealthy, powerful and from out of town. Morning comes, and despite their connection, Lori leaves before he finds out she’s far from the equal he believes her to be. She’s not a charity case and she’s not after his money. She will make her own. In other words, she leaves before her Prince Charming finds out she’s no princess.

Flash forward a few months, Lori’s mother is healing, and Cat’s husband, Reese, has merged his firm with another and Lori lands an internship there, with school credit and scholarship money.. Everything is falling into place. That is until fate reveals a wicked twist of events and Lori walks into a conference room to find her new boss, Cole Brooks, one of the partners, is her one-night prince charming. One sizzling shared look across a boardroom, and it’s clear: this man is not done with her. It’s not long before Lori is informed that she’ll be working high profile cases with her one night prince charming which will require long nights and travel, starting immediately.

My Thoughts

We’re dropped right into the midst of a story where our leading lady needs to catch a break and our leading man seems to have his life in order – or at least he thinks he does.  As we’ve come to expect and appreciate from these types of stories, it takes a chance encounter, a one night stand, and limited information to go off for us to get a steamy and exciting story.  That happens here just as it did in the first book.

From the beginning we want to root for Lori.  I mean, who wouldn’t right?  she’s brilliant, (just as Cat was), she was on a path to success, she put her life on hold to take care of her mom, while struggling to right the ship that her father left them in post his death.  Things started to turn around when she got a job working for Cat, and that’s literally where she runs into her future.

Enter the hottest man that you could picture – Cole – the name says it all, his link to Reese firms it up and the presence that he has, even on a street corner is off the charts sexy.  We know that he’s no match for Lori, except that she’s able to one up him.  she gives him control one moment, and leaves the next, without even giving him her last name or identity.

This story is similar to the first book in the sense that we have mains that have had a troubled situation in some form on the journey to get their power and independence.  These women are so strong on their own that maybe it’s their downfall, submitting to a powerful man is against all they know but it’s perhaps something good for both of them.

We spend much of our time with Summer & Brooks, the merger of 2 firms where Reese and Cole are partners.   Reese and Cat make it so that Lori has a scholarship to finish law school, get an amazing internship and that puts her in the sights of Cole at the firm.  She’s a skilled lawyer to be, a rising star, so while she’s potentially at risk to be thought of as a girl who’s slept her way to the top, she’s proved herself over and over again.

The way that Cole takes Lori under his wing is both selfless and selfish.  He’s able to mentor someone who’s going to be amazing for his company, yet he’s also able to bring Lori closer to him personally and that’s wonderful and distracting.

Our author brings back various sentiments from past series here – we get to see a bit of the BDSM nature that Cole has without going in to the lifestyle.  We see that he likes control and recognizes that maybe Lori needs to give it up to be free.  The problem of course comes when he pushes too hard and it pushes her away (granted she’s done the same, so they are maybe too good of a match).

Because this is a series with law at the backbone, of course we’re put into the middle of several cases where the defendants are innocent until proven guilty, until they’re not.  Cole this time around has to figure out how to defend a woman that has the cards stacked against her, and a cop who’s got a vendetta against him.  Lori has the legal mind to help, but the dynamic between the couple makes things challenging.  The secret of their relationship makes the case even harder.

It’s a roller coaster, but one that’s got some intense chemistry and passion.  Just when we get lulled into the romance, catastrophe hits and there’s anxiety and angst.  turmoil and heat are a great blend, one that makes the outcome less clear each chapter we read through.  I don’t know what’s meant to be, either professionally or personally for our mains and the secondary characters that we come to love, but i do know that ms. Jones, our author can write these complex stories better than anyone else.  So on that note, it’s on to the next installment if i’m able to track it down tonight.  Enjoy!

Review: Dirty Rich One Night Stand (Dirty Rich #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Dirty Rich One Night Stand
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 10.18.17
Length:   260 Pages
Series:  Dirty Rich #1

Overview

That’s all it was supposed to be. Her. Him. Pleasure. And then a fast goodbye. He’s a stranger. And yet, he’s not. She knows him even though he doesn’t know her.
He’s the powerful attorney, now world-renowned after coming off the trial of a century which was publicized across the country. And I’m one of the reporters that sat in his courtroom.
I watched him, studied him, got to know him from afar which isn’t hard since I know his exact brand of confidence, arrogance, and wealth.
I know his type. I’ve dated his type. Which is why when I happen to come face to face with him, when sparks fly and heat simmers between us, I know what happens if I say “yes” to Reese Summer.
I know he’ll taste like sin and sex, even before he kisses me.
I know he’ll feel like pleasure and passion, even before he touches me.
I know he’ll demand more than I wants to give, and yet, because I dare to give myself to him, the result will be deliciously hot.
I know that I will not leave his bed without being utterly, completely sated.
And I know that I will leave the next morning anyway.
And so, I do.
And so, he follows.
And as the chase begins my question becomes: Is Reese Summer THE one or is he really just a dirty, arrogant lie that should have stayed a one night stand?
My Thoughts
i was on the hunt for something new to read and thankfully one of my favorite authors had a series that i wasn’t fully aware of.  The joys of reading ‘The Bastard’ and seeing ‘other books by the same author’.  This first installment of what is somewhat a standalone book / series is a great intro.
We have Cat who is an independent SMART woman, a girl who graduated from Harvard Law but who decided that it’s not in her to follow the family’s path to be an attorney – instead she’s a writer of a successful NYT bestseller crime story and the owner of a column that reports on criminal trials.  This is where the meat of our story comes from
Enter Reese, Mr Asshole, Mr Hotness, and the man who cut in line of our dear Cat while she was waiting for her morning coffee.  Reese is a successful attorney – graduate of Yale law, and a point that Cat won’t let him miss.  He’s the defense attorney for a man who’s being put on trial for the murder of a woman who was pregnant, and Reese doesn’t lose.
The journey from there is one of trying to see where there will be crossed paths, where there will conflict.  Both Cat and Reese have walls, they have been burned in the past by lovers, they have been burned in the past based on their professional choices, and there’s never been an opportunity for those to align with a good resolution.  As a reader, we can only hope that it happens, but that’s all for the movies right?
As the trial plays out, Cat reports on what she sees – while playing a bit of a ‘cat and mouse’ game (pardon the pun) with Reese since he knows that he’s intrigued by her but not sure what that means.  Cats commentary of the trial continues to be objective but we see skews here and there for what she’s feeling and before long we see that the skew takes it form in real life.  The chemistry between our mains can’t be held at bay and that’s how the story really takes shape.
is it a conflict of interest for them to be together?  can’t say that we know for sure.  Reese feels wholeheartedly that his client is innocent, and Cat seems to have her column leaning in the same vein, but the question begs who did it and will Reese find that person before it’s too late.
True to the form of Ms Renee Jones, we get such a great romance, such passion and heat that if there wasn’t a plot line tied up in a murder trial, we would be fully engrossed and engaged.  There are moments when you know that you have to get back on track for the trial but the relationship that develops between Cat and Reese keeps us from thinking about things in a sane way.
The twist comes 2x in this story.  once in the form of the trial outcome and one in the form of how Cat’s family does business.  I think there’s a clarity to the point that there’s no love lost since no one is willing to accept what Cat does outside of practicing law, but i think the unexpected happens, and it has major impact to Cat’s life, her livelihood and the life that she wanted to build with Reese.  All has been washed down the drain.
So many questions come from this first installment at times when i thought we had resolution.  Are happy endings real.  are they meant for everyone or is it something that’s a dream and never actually going to pan out.  Are our families our downfall and what comes of it when families are blended or combined?  What’s innocent and what’s guilt and what happens when there are such blurred lines that you’re forced to make a decision without all the information?
I’m surprised where this story took us since it’s not 100% down a path that our author has taken us before, but it’s a path that keeps me wanting to read more – even if the next book it’s tied as a series.  so on that note, so many questions, and i can’t wait to read more.  Enjoy!

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

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

Overview

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

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

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

My Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review: End Game (Dirty Money #4) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: End Game
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  St Martins Press 1/2/18
Length:   221 Pages
Series:  Dirty Money #4

Overview

How deep can you love?

Passion and danger collide in the explosive finale to Emily and Shane’s story.

After tragedy strikes, Shane hovers on the edge of being consumed by darkness. He will fight for the woman he loves. He will destroy his enemy. He will not back down. As shocking twists, dark secrets, and explosive betrayals within the Brandon family come to the light, Shane must fight harder than ever before.

Every thread weaves a dangerous web. Emily and Derek. Brandon Senior. Maggie and her affair. The leader of the dangerous cartel who’s wedged itself inside the Brandon Empire. It all comes to a head in the shattering conclusion to the Dirty Money series.

My Thoughts 

What we get here is a supposed conclusion to a series that is ended just how Ms Jones ends quite a few of hers.  Way too open ended for our liking and the opportunity to come back into the world of the main characters that we love so much at a later date in time.  All the while, setting up the story for a spinoff of sorts so that we know that we’re not done with all these folks just yet.

This has been a roller coaster of a series – we see Shane and Emily going from trust issues to love, from life to death and back again, and to major decisions needing to be made to not only make sure that professionally there’s something to come home to, but personally a home to go home to.

The dynamic between these two mains is classic Lisa Renee Jones.  We see two incredibly strong people who have their own baggage from their past to get over, and when they manage to work together for the greater good – only good will happen.  There’s a romance that some how manages to supersede it all and friendships that are developed on the side that prove to be something that’s important.

Add onto all of that some cartel folks that want them dead, and of course that means that some of those that we love die, a terminal illness still threatening to take the life of senior, a wife who wants more than what her husband is offering, and brothers who will never be on the same page no matter how hard they fight.  Like i said – roller coaster.

Interspersed along with all of that, we have a great romance, some really intense chemistry and a story that makes you really upset to see it over and done with.  We still have no idea who’s going to survive, who’s safe and who’s not.  Who’s really dead and what that means for business and life.  So on that note, i think that we get what we were hoping for in a jam packed finale, yet nothing that we wanted since it’s still way way too open.  I hope you guys share that sentiment, and check it out as well.  enjoy!

Review: Provacative (White Lies Duet #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Provacative
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: Lisa Renee 4/18/17
Length:   254 Pages
Series:  White Lies Duet #1

Overview

Book one in the sexy and intense new White Lies duet by Lisa Renee Jones!

There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.

The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.

My Thoughts

First off – i have to thank the folks at Netgalley for getting me a pre-read of this new series.  I’m a huge fan of all things Lisa Renee Jones and while you don’t have to read all the others, it’s helpful since characters pop up again in this one, chris merit and Sara to be specific.

So in this first book of the White Lies series, we meet Faith who’s come back to Sonoma to run her family’s winery after her father died 2 years ago and her mother died a few months back.  She’s stuck dealing with the debts that her mother accumulated and there are secrets being held that she can’t figure out since her mother’s account are empty and there should be money around.

Then there’s Nick – a tough Lawyer who’s in town on a mission of his own.  He’s got a reputation for taking no prisoners and when he comes to Faith’s aid, we see that maybe there are other motives.  specifically the fact that his father passed away a month after Faith’s mom from the same cause, under mysterious circumstances and apparently his father had paid Faith’s mom upwards of a million dollars for reasons unknown.

throughout this first installment, we see how the story is set up – There is clear chemistry between these two from the moment that they meet, but Faith has such high walls that it makes their relationship one that’s tough to start and unlikely to last.  Add to that, the fact that Nick thinks that Faith had something to do with both parent’s death, and that’s a secret that he’s keeping close to himself – and well i think that we’ve got an interesting twisted story.

while he wants to think she’s innocent, there are things that keep turning him the other way, and a twist at the last moment of this book makes you really wonder who’s on what side.  I’m glad that we only have to wait until July to get the next book since this one was great.

We get all the best parts of Ms Jones writing – really heated and passionate scenes between our mains and a really twisted story of who’s right and who’s wrong – and who can be trusted.  It has all those qualities that make for a great new series.  Enjoy!

Review: Surrender (Careless Whispers #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title: Surrender
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: Pocket Star 1/9/17
Length:   320 Pages
Series:  Careless Whispers #3

Overview

Chris and Sara from Inside Out return in the explosive finale to Ella’s story from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones with the third book in the sexy, suspenseful Careless Whispers series.

Passion burns fiercely hot between Ella Ferguson and Kayden Wilkens, the man who held secrets and lies in his hands, and then allowed them to fall into hers. But even though he has become her anchor—helping her recover from amnesia after finding her unconscious in an alley, and allowing her into his secret world—all is not what it seems. Kayden still has secrets, and pieces of Ella’s past are still shrouded in the darkness of her mind, while the powerful man who hunts her will not stop until she is his. In this final, explosive novel in the Careless Whispers series, Ella discovers that while her life with Kayden didn’t begin in that dark alley…it could easily end there.

My Thoughts

I think that we have all been waiting soo soo long to get the finale of this series and i’m so happy that we got to see what the conclusion of Ella’s journey was.  I think that there’s so much that’s exciting going on and so much that’s unexpected that we as the reader have no choice but to get engrossed.

Where we left off at the end of book 2 was that we know that Ella is starting to get her memory back but in bits and pieces – all of which really don’t make a complete story.  She’s starting to wonder who she really is because of the visions that she has of her training and her father, and that means that there has to be so much more to the story than ever.  Kayden has his thoughts and a PI that was hired uncovers a bit more and we start to see things unfold.

There’s a thought that Ella is CIA since that’s what her father seems to be – and some of her flashbacks give that impression.  That in itself proves to be an issue for her given that Kayden is the leader of the Underground and they are not necessarily organizations on the same side.  True to form though of our author – Ms Jones shows us that sometimes you have to put that stuff aside when you know what your heart knows.

Ella still can’t recall where the necklace is stashed, and everyone in the Underground are working to solve that mystery before Neuville and Niccolo do.  Those two, being half brothers or step brothers or whatever – they have their own vendetta which makes the story that much more interesting since no one can trust allies or enemies in this one.  There’s the inclusion of Alessandro in the mix who is the leader of the Jackals, another treasure hunter group who’s on Neuville’s side which of course makes for more drama and another target.

The basis of this final installment is wondering who is truly on whom’s side, and what that means for Ella and Kayden.  We know that Ella seems to think that there is something less than savory going on based on feelings that she gets in her house, although Matteo (their resident Hacker) says otherwise.  We still don’t know if we can trust Gallo (italian police), so Sasha (a hunter) is assigned to him as a distraction and hopefully to get information.  Sasha also has a connection with Neuville that proves to be useful in how everything unfolds.

The twist comes into play when Chris and Sara had hired Walker Security to find Ella and that couple enters into the picture.  They are now becoming a target regardless of how much they try to stay off the radar and it’s just a matter of time in this story when we count down until things go wrong with them.

We spend much of the story really seeing how the trust between Kayden and Ella grows into an amazing relationship.  They are clearly made for one another and regardless of the obstacles in their paths, they are in it for the long haul.  I think that we’re going to see how that turns out hopefully in a happy ending since their backgrounds and lives are incredibly different, yet quite similar.  The way their relationship is written into this story too is intense.  Their connection both in and out of the bedroom is hot.  Ms Jones does a good job in making you really root for them, while also making you feel like you absolutely need a cold shower since it’s hot and steamy and passionate – any time they are in a room together.

So there’s an interesting twist and turn of events when we finally learn Ella’s past and that makes us question everything that we know.  We also see how things get interesting once she remembers where the necklace is.  There are multiple kidnappings (of course) and a lot of folks die, but i think that where we are left in this story gives us a firm bit of closure and also opens us up to the option for spin-offs or novellas based on some of the other characters that we’ve met.  All in all, exactly the kind of ending i would have expected and wanted in this series and i can’t wait to see if we’re going to get more.  Enjoy!

Review: Twice the Pleasure (Cinderella Chronicles #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title: Twice the Pleasure
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 7/24/12
Length:   122 Pages
Series:  Cinderella Chronicles #2

Overview

Samantha’s fiancé is rich and handsome, and as an added plus he moves in her father’s business circle. But Samantha feels uncertain. Logic says love and passion are about youth and fairy tales. Still…deep in her heart there was one man who still calls to her. The one who left her and never looked back. Eric.Young and foolish, Eric walked away from the woman he loved, tired of her father’s snobbery. When Eric learns Samantha is getting married, he knows he has to act. Eric plans to conquer Samantha’s heart no matter how down and dirty he has to get.When Eric shows up at Samantha’s bachlorette party, she figures one last romp between the sheets with him might prove Eric isn’t the hot lover or “love” her mind and heart have conjured up all these years. But soon passion burns like never before, and Samantha might just have an addiction she can never beat…Eric.

My Thoughts

part of me was sad that this wasn’t a continuation of book 1 but i think that it’s ok to get these novellas that give us just enough to keep things exciting and then find a semblance of resolution even if it’s not the entire picture.

So in this 2nd book in the series, we get to see Samantha’s story – the week before her wedding to David, and we find ourselves at her Bachelorette party.  A great occasion right? One to be super excited?  but nope – she’s imaging what her life would be like with other choices having been made – she has been with David, the safe choice on things and the guy that her father loves and approves of, but not the guy that makes her heart beat faster.  That was held for Eric – a man from her past that was her true love but who didn’t come from the same lifestyle that she’s from and therefore an issue to everyone.

Through some plotting of Samantha’s best friend, Eric shows up at the party and what we see from there is such explosive chemistry that only few in the world get to experience (or at least that’s what we’re led to believe).  Samantha can’t control how she feels about him, but also knows that he left her all those years ago and didn’t come back.  She’s hurt and while the night is fun, she’s not willing to take it where he wants it to go.

The path that this novella takes us on is one of where Samantha has to make the choice of whether she wants to be safe and marry David or if she wants more.  We don’t know what choices she’ll make and what that will mean since we know that David is groomed to take over her father’s firm and Eric still hasn’t shown his intentions.  But…we do know that it’ll be exciting nonetheless.   On that note, enjoy!