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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!

Review: One Night Forever (Cinderella Chronicles #1) by Lisa Renee Jones


Title: One Night Forever
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 7/24/12
Length:   297 Pages
Series:  Cinderella Chronicles #1


A Modern Day Fairy Tale! Who doesn’t want their own Prince Charming?

She’s a struggling good girl taking care of a sick mother. He’s the hot one night stand that she dared indulge in a year before…and now he’s her sexy, rich new boss.
Book 1 The Cinderella Chronicles — 55,000 words

Lauren Reynolds’ obsession with the sexy, cutting edge soap opera “Red Hot Secrets” used to be her hottest secret. But now she has a bigger one. More daring. More dangerous. One year ago, on a sultry summer night, she slept with a stranger. But not just any man, one who later turned out to be her boss.Fate has thrown Lauren into the arms of a man who takes her to the absolute edge of passion, but will he destroy her career in the process? She knows she should turn away from temptation, but she convinces herself she deserves just one more night…over and over again.And now, her red hot secret might steal her heart.

My Thoughts

This is a sweet story of a girl who’s had to sacrifice quite a bit for her family and put her own needs and wants on the back burner.  Now it’s time for her to finally live, and take control of her life and that’s what we see Lauren do.  One the eve of her new internship, she’s talked into going on a girls night to celebrate the start of her new life and when her friends bails, things take a turn that’s completely unexpected.  yet very very needed.

Lauren goes to the bar to meet her friend and upon walking in makes eye contact with a man who will change her life forever.  Cat ends up not showing up because of work and she’s forced to drink alone, however said man comes to her rescue and sits at her table, admitting that the connection she felt was not one sided.  From there, we see that they have an amazing night together, but that’s all that Lauren intended for it to be and off she goes in the middle of the night.  leaving just a note.

Fast forward a year later when lauren’s internship is over and she’s landed an amazing job (mind you one that’s completely lacking reality as i work in advertising and i know that where she starts out at this new agency is not at all the level that anyone would straight from an internship).  regardless, she’s got this killer job at a new firm and she’s walking into her first leadership meeting where they are meeting with the new CEO who turns out to be mr one night stand.

The roller coaster that we go on from there is one that has hints of other stories that i’ve read but still has a bit of originality that makes me enjoy it.  We see that there’s an issue of the employer/employee thing since there’s still definite chemistry between them, and they clearly want each other but there’s a fear of careers getting hurt along with reputations.  Matt finds a solution in the form of creating their own fantasy world and while it works at the onset, they both realize that there’s so much more there between them and that means so much more at stake.

The questions that you’re asking yourself throughout is can it work, is anyone going to find out and what will that mean to lauren’s career and reputation?  is there any way for this to work out for everyone’s best interest or does it mean that they will have to stop what they are doing or find other jobs……

We get the expected heat and passion that Ms Jones brings to her stories so that’s a great thing.  The downside is that the way that this one ended, it kind of hints at what it could be if there was another installment to their story, however i think that wasn’t ever the intention so you’re given some closure but nothing final enough for my liking.  oh well.  Enjoy!

Review: One Dangerous Night (Tall, Dark and Deadly #2.5) by Lisa Renee Jones


Title: One Dangerous Night
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 8/22/12
Length:   22 Pages
Series:  Tall, Dark, and Deadly #2.5


Blake Walker left behind the ATF when the drug cartel he was hunting cost him the life of his fellow agent, and fiancee. Now, two years later, he’s working with his brothers at Walker Security, but he’s living fast, hard, and wild, until he reaches the ultimate high…revenge. And he’s close, so close he can taste it. He’s one meeting, one woman, away from being inside one of the money laundering shells the cartel operates.

One woman….
One dangerously hot night….

My Thoughts

Even though i read Blake’s story last week without this prelude, i think that i’m ok since we don’t really learn too much aside from the fact that Kara is Tiffany and that yes, she slept with him and drugged him.

The interesting thing here is that there’s just enough given to us to make us wonder who she is working for and what her motivation is.  It’s not enough that we know why Blake is there, that he’s supposed to hand over information to the cartel to blackmail someone, but the question arises who is Kara in all this and who is she really working for.  We never know, but we do see the beginnings of their amazing chemistry and connection.  So, onto the next!

Review: Secrets Exposed (Tall, Dark and Deadly #0.5) by Lisa Renee Jones


Title: Secrets Exposed
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 6/4/12
Length:   260 Pages
Series:  Tall, Dark, and Deadly #0.5


Her enemy is her passion, her passion is her enemy…

Lindsey Paxton was once the number one defense attorney in New York. She fought for those who were innocent, but charged. Her instincts were her lifeline, never failing her, as they guided her in her choices of who to defend. Or so she thought. Until she won a case she would forever wish to have lost. Her client, an accused rapist, kills and rapes a woman only a day after being set free. Destroyed by her role in the woman’s death, Lindsey blames her father’s controlling ways for what she has become, and runs from her career and life. Years later – the past becomes the present . . . Her father has cancer, and Lindsey is forced to leave her career with the Washington branch of the FBI. She finds herself facing the responsibility of running her father’s law firm with the reluctant help of hotshot attorney Mark Reeves, a man who sparks her temper while also managing to tempt her heart, while setting her body on fire! With his help she finds herself fighting the emotional battles of the past, tempted to trust both him and her instincts. Now, faced with a case inherited from her father so similar to her career-ending one, she now must decide if her instincts will lead her down the path to saving an innocent man or setting free another killer. But while she fights her own battles, someone watches, wanting from the past what he had failed to get the first time . . . Lindsey.

My Thoughts

I don’t know why i didn’t read this one a while back, but at least i’ve fixed that.  We have the prelude to the series here, where we’re just meeting Royce Walker who’s the eldest of the Walker brothers.  In this first installment (or what should have been the first) we are focused on Lindsey who is a successful attorney yes, but who now works for the FBI in DC and has to come back to new york to take over her father’s law firm – the same one that she worked for and felt almost killed her from the inside out after she won a case that turned out to possibly be the wrong judgement.

So Lindsey has now been forced to take on a case at her father’s firm that’s quite similar (eerily so) to the Hudson case, the on that ended her desire to be in the courtroom, and with that comes the idea that she needs Mark Reeves to come back to the firm and take it over since he would have been groomed for the spot instead of Lindsey.  Of course, if that aggrivation weren’t enough (the issues between Mark and Lindsey’s father), you know that the sexual tension between leading characters will make it all that more interesting.

So throughout this story, we have the issues of the case to deal with – figuring out who’s behind the rapes and murders, while both Lindsey and Mark draw so many similarities between cases that it gets to be far more complicated than anyone expected.  Add on top of that the fact that they decide that they are super attracted to one another and act on it – which is nice – they don’t fight it for too long.  Add in an ex fiance who won’t take the hint that things are over, and has also found himself inserting himself into a situation that made the case that much more complicated.  And then there’s the ex partner and his new partner that cause a bit of calm but do they really?

I spent the entire time wondering who the killer was.  If Williams was the guy or not, and if not, who was it.  How safe was Lindsey since she looks exactly like all the victims and will Mark be able to protect her when she doesn’t want to be protected.  The twist at the end is one i didn’t expect and i think that’s impressive since i’m usually able to solve these things quickly.  Regardless, we have a nice story here that keeps you interested.

In True form of our author, we get some of the steamiest scenes between our leads – it’s so hot that you know exactly where these two stand and i couldn’t help but read more and more and more.  I love the way that this series was designed and i can’t wait to see what else comes of the Walker clan and the other guys. Enjoy!

Review: Deep Under (Tall, Dark and Deadly #4, Walker Security #1) by Lisa Renee Jones


Title: Deep Under
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 4/18/16
Length:   268 Pages
Series:  Tall, Dark, and Deadly #4, Walker Security #1


Kyle, one the alpha men of Walker Security, is hot, bothered, and intense, and when Myla lands in his line of fire, she’ll soon learn her secrets, and her passion, belong to him, from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

Myla is beautiful, a dove with clipped wings, captive by the wolf, a vicious drug lord. One look into her eyes and Kyle could see the pain, the fear—the desperation. Or so it seems. He’s been fooled before by a woman and it cost him everything and everyone he loved. He won’t be fooled again.

My Thoughts

I loved where we ended up at the end of the last book, with Kara and Blake finding their own ‘happy place’ but of course there’s the question of what happened to Kara’s sister Myla and how into the cartel has she gone.  So that’s where we pick up in this 4th installment of the series, yet the beginning of a spin off

Kyle as you all remember is one of the best hackers out there, and part of the Walker Security family.  We know of him really just as being an amazing supporting character, but his role is always really important, and it’s nice to see him get his own story.  If you recall, right after the helicopter carrying Myla and Alvarez exploded, Kyle felt like something was up and saw some video footage showing more than met the eye.  Thats what started his year long quest to find Myla.

The other nice bit of this story is that we see how Myla ended up in the situation with the cartel and we get to see how she’s so much more like her sister than you’d ever know.  especially given how much Myla favors her mom while Kara favors her dad.

Throughout this story what we have is a lot of trust issues being settled and the wonder of when the other shoe is going to drop.  Kyle is hired on as a bodyguard but to whom he doesn’t find out until he’s into the conversation quite a bit.  He learns that its  to guard Myla and that means that things couldn’t get any better.  He’s not only found her, but he’s also put himself in a position to finish the vendetta that Kara and Blake have against Alvarez since Myla is ‘his woman’.

We get a mix of trust issues all around, between Myla and Kyle of course and then among Myla and Alvarez and then again with all the men that are part of Alvarez’s crew.  There’s so much unknown going on that you have to wonder who’s going to turn on whom and then who’s going to die.  I feel like we’re on eggshells throughout the entirety of the story since Alvarez is such a shady cartel king and i kept feeling like he was going to pop up at the worst moment and Kyle was going to be in deep shit.

In true Lisa Renee Jones form, the passion and chemistry between our leads is off the charts – they know that they are treading in bad space but they also know that what they have is real.  there’s the bit of Alvarez finding them out along with everyone else, and there’s also the fact that Myla is Kara’s sister, Blake’s wife and well, when word gets out, the men are none too happy.

The cliffhanger comes late in the story on this one, and there’s a kidnapping, a private jet taking them to locales non disclosed and the hope for a reunion that may never come.  Def a great story and i’m thrilled that both Asher and Jacob seem to have their own stories coming too.  they are also great supporting guys that we see more in Kyle’s book and i can’t wait to see what’s up for them.  Enjoy!

Review: Beneath the Secrets (Tall, Dark and Deadly #3) by Lisa Renee Jones


Title: Beneath Secrets
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 5/5/13
Length:   268 Pages
Series:  Tall, Dark, and Deadly #3\


Blake Walker left behind the ATF when the drug cartel he was hunting cost him the life of his fellow agent, and fiancee. Now, two years later, he’s working with his brothers at Walker Security, but he’s living fast, hard, and wild, until he reaches the ultimate high…revenge against the King Pin that killed his finance. He’s one meeting, one woman, away from being inside one of the money laundering shells the cartel operates.

And then it happens. Their paths collide.

Two people meet who will do anything, including sleeping with the enemy, to avenge or save someone they love. But what if everything isn’t as it seems and the enemy isn’t the enemy at all? Can these two broken people drawn together by their sizzling hot attraction see beyond their pain and their need for vengeance Undoubtedly, they will face the ghosts of their pasts, but will those ghost destroy them or forever bind them?

My Thoughts

Now that i’ve rediscovered the series of the walker men, i’m so glad that we finally get to have Blake’s story.  The entire time that we’ve known these guys, he’s always been described as the ‘loose cannon’, living hard and working hard…playing hard even more.  All because of the death of his fiance at the hands of a cartel king.  its been his life’s goal to bring the guy down and now he’s finding his chance becoming much more real.  That’s where we spend this story – with him embedding himself into the organization of one of the king’s main guys and trying to get close enough to take a shot.

Of course, Kara, a wild card shows back up.  I didn’t read the prequel to this story about how they met, but we know that they have a past and her being in the office of the boss that he’s meeting makes things that more complicated.  it also makes his men very uncomfortable because they know that she drugged him, and that they were together.  So lots of unknowns.

Kara has her own vendetta.  we learn throughout the story that she’s got her own agenda – her own reasons for trying to break into the cartel as well and she’s going a bit rogue since we learned that she’s also tied to organizations that maybe wouldn’t be too pleased to learn what she’s up to.

Then we have to remember that it’s not just a dynamic plot that we get from Ms Jones, but instead, we also have to remember that there’s going to be some explosive passion, tension and heat coming from these two.  It’s even better since there’s clearly a love hate thing going on and that makes it so much hotter.  I think the way this relationship developed and how it continues through this installment makes things that much more interesting.  each has their secret that they don’t want to reveal and then their own pride is of course at stake as it always is.  So who will get shot, captured, lied to etc is anyone’s guess.

The bit that comes to a head at the end is what gives us a teaser into the first installment of another series spinoff.  We learn that Kara has a sister that she believe has been trafficked by the cartel and that’s what she’s searching for.  Once learning where she is and who she’s with makes is that much harder given their past, and when the sister Myla is taken away again, we see that Kyle, Blake’s tech guy is on it.  He’s found something otu that we aren’t quite sure what it is yet, and he’s on the trail to figure out how to solve that one to bring Myla back.  Which is where we are left, and i can’t wait to track down that series now so i can find out what kind of man Kyle is.  Enjoy!