Murder Notes by Lisa Renee Jones

The ending to Murder Notes…. I put my phone down, picked it back up, re-read the last sentence, and repeated for about 10 times. Talk about a cliffhanger.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed it, as I often enjoy Lisa Renee Jones’ novels.

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s heart-pounding thriller of a woman’s secrets—and a past that’s about to come out of hiding…

As an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an assassin, not a serial killer. But when the case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons and a mysterious but unmistakable connection to her own life, all her assumptions are shaken to the core.

Thrust into a troubled past she’s tried to shut the door on, Lilah’s back in the town where her father is mayor, her brother is police chief, and she has an intimate history with the local crime lord’s son, Kane Mendez. The two share a devastating secret, and only Kane understands Lilah’s own darkest impulses. As more corpses surface, so does a series of anonymous notes to Lilah, threatening to expose her. Is the killer someone in her own circle? And is she the next target?

-via Goodreads

Review

Can we talk about how hilarious Lilah is? No seriously, her wit is always on point and her sarcasm is just great. I honestly got a great laugh out of Lilah’s sassiness. As per the meme below, well… Lilah does have a way with words.

Her entire interactions with her brother were just relatable, at least to me they were. When she called out her brother for the profiling, it was like

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Can we take a moment to talk about the whole Rich – Lilah relationship. Lilah wyd gurl? I feel like he might have a larger role to play in following books. But he needs to back off, yeah I’m not a fan of his.

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You know who’s fan club I do belong to though… Kane’s. Obviously!!!! If you read my blog regularly, you’ll notice a pattern for me in terms of the books I read. And for that particular reason, anytime Lilah and Kane interact I’m just like

(I just discovered meme’s so….)

I’m just saying, if nothing happens between them I’m going to be very upset.

And with all the little hints as to what Lilah’s secret is…. It’s sooooooo frustrating. Like just tell us already!!!!!!!!

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Anytime Eddie, Alexandra, and Andrew interacted as a group and Lilah interrupted, there felt like there was a weird vibe, like there’s something more to the story so I was just like… what’s going on, and what do these people have to do with it?

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In terms of Lilah’s secret I have one part of it figured out. She and Kane did something…. but she was apparently drugged at the time, sooo… What does this mean and where is this plot line going? I have no idea but I have huge hopes for it, otherwise why make Junior a thing.

And back to my opening line…. THAT CLIFFHANGER THO!!!!!!

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No seriously, the cliffhanger was crazy!!! I like need the next book Murder Girl already. But unfortunately, we have to wait until July 1oth. Best believe I will be first in line to purchase, I’m just waiting for the next paycheck before I pre-order.

I just want to know what happens next. Lisa Renee Jones, you know where to find me.

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End Game by Lisa Renee Jones

Oh my gosh! I loved this series so much and am now sad that it’s over. I can’t wait until Poison Kisses comes out. But let’s begin shall we.

Synopsis

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.

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Review

It has now been over a week since I read this novel. And let me tell you…. IT WAS PERFECT!!! It was also kind of all over the place, in a good way.

There was lies (obviously), deals and all kind of crazy games being played. And, if you’ve been following the Dirty Money Series, this is to be expected. Oh my goodness, they way Emily and Shane read each other is the greatest thing honestly.

Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s start from the beginning.

This last novel picks up just moments after the ending of Bad Deeds. And let me tell you, the aftermath is kind of insane. Several people dead, after all we were dealing with the Martina Cartel, one person in critical condition, and another in a coma. Oh my, that’s a lot to take in. And how can we forget the involuntary involvement of Shane’s doctor friend. Damn that cartel.

Then there’s a death and two people survive. Honestly, that death really hurt. I was just starting to like him…

Anyway, them plot twists were really great, and you all know how ambivalent I am to plot twists.

I just love Seth, and Jessica. Honestly though, were would Shane be without those two. As for Emily, well she is one of our main characters and not many authors are brave enough to kill of a main character. And when they do, in my opinion, it was a total mistake (I’m looking at you Divergent and Veronica Roth).

And no that was not a spoiler, at least not for this series. Come on now, y’all know I wouldn’t do that to you.

So yeah, things are mostly good with Shane and Emily. And I say mostly because I don’t know how many times those two were at their wits end with one another. Oh hey, Emily’s business idea was brought to life, so there is that. And that issue with her brother finally gets resolved. How?, you may ask yourself, but you know what I’m going to say: Go read the book!!!

As for the ending, how else would it end? It was a happily ever after, as most of LRJ’s works are. And I quite enjoyed it. Especially that one unexpected news. It was absolutely perfect.

And to how the books was broken up. The first half of the novel was narrated by Shane and the second half by Emily. It threw me for a bit but once I was reading, I realized what was going on. But that’s besides the point.

Either way, I hope you enjoy this novel and ending to this series! I know I did.

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A Night To Forget by Jessica Wood

The first time I read this novel was back in 2016. So as you can tell I’m way behind and read so much I forget about which books I need to review. That being said, let’s begin!

Synopsis

A Night to Forget is the first book in the two-book series, Emma’s Story. The second book in this series, The Day to Remember was released in August 2013.

What happens in Cancun doesn’t always stay in Cancun.

When Emma Anderson and her friends decided to spend their senior year Spring Break in Cancun, she expected some crazy memories to end their final college days. What Emma didn’t expect was to meet Brandon Fisher. Tall and sexy, with dimples that would make any girl swoon, Brandon Fisher was literally the man of Emma’s dreams. She couldn’t quite believe that this stranger, who seduced her every night in her dreams, actually existed.

After serendipitously bumping into each other, Emma could not resist Brandon’s pull and spent an unforgettable night with him. Passing it off as a spring break fling, Emma never expected to see Brandon again. But when she started her first day at her new job a few months later, there he was. The only problem was, Brandon didn’t even remember her.

via Goodreads

Review

I enjoyed this novel so much. I kind of wished that I had remembered I had them sooner. And this is my favorite thing because of my hopeless romantic heart.

The beginning of the novel was kind of Emma dreaming of the future. And you know what, she wasn’t that far off. I have actually had feelings that something was going to happen. So Emma having these dreams was kind of refreshing. Not many novels or series do this. I very much enjoyed it.

This novel also happened to skip chunks of time. But fortunately, not much does occur during those chunks of time. She’s a college senior in her final semester. So you can bet that the only thing happening in that time is Emma taking her finals, graduating, and moving to San Francisco. (It is a long drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco.)

The whole it being a coincidence that she ends up working with Brandon is kind of overdone. I get it, it sells, A LOT. But still got to point these things out. And I’m pretty sure there was way more going on with Brandon than what Emma was giving him credit for. Sure this led to some hilarious moments, but all this could have been fixed if they had talked.

Honestly the whole situation was kind of hilarious. But this book did strongly portray a good friendship between four independent women who have their own personalities and career goals but all still care about each other and the other’s safety. Which is, you know, #GOALS.

Okay, that ending. It was kind of out of the blue. And, as much as I HATE to say this, Emma, girl you overreacted and didn’t give him a chance to explain. As I am learning, there are three sides to every story: person A’s side, person B’s side, and the truth. And she really did go and only listen to ONLY ONE SIDE. This was the thing that bothered me the most…kinda. It did make for an excellent cliffhanger. Which as we all know, I live for.

I really don’t have many complaints about this book. It’s a super quick read, as well as it’s sequel. I was able to get through both in a few hours. I hope you enjoy the novel

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle

I know this is kind of way late, but here is the review for book three.

Synopsis

In this companion volume to “A Wrinkle In Time” (Newbery Award winner) and “A Wind In The Door” fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo. They are not alone in their quest. Charles Wallace’s sister, Meg–grown and expecting her first child, but still able to enter her brother’s thoughts and emotions by “kything”–goes with him in spirit.But in overcoming the challenges, Charles Wallace must face the ultimate test of his faith and will, as he is sent within four people from another time, there to search for a way to avert the tragedy threatening them all.

via Goodreads

Review

As you all know, I am a huge fan of A Wrinkle in Time. Totally excited about the Disney movie coming out in March. But that being said, this books has me with mixed feelings.

As the series is called the Time Quintet, this book does a bit of a time jump. Well not a bit, a huge time jump. We see Meg go from being in high school to having been married and expecting her first child. And Charles in now a teenager. While I’m happy about those outcomes, I would have loved to see more of Calvin and Meg in high school. (Yes, I ship them together.)

As it is, I felt that there could have been more of Meg. But I’m glad CW got an adventure on his own. (See mixed feeling I tell you).

Basically C.W. has to travel back in time, like to the beginning of a certain civilization, in order to change the present. Once he completes a task in that time he jumps forward in time, closer to the present.

All these conflicting emotions are good, it means I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Okay, I am so beyond late with my review for this book. I’ve had a hard time with school and my personal life, on top of not being able to purchase the book. But hey, it looks like things are starting to look up.

As you all know, I love Richelle Mead’s young adult novels and series. They’re amazing! Fairly recently, the cover for the third and final book in the series was released (yes it is as amazing as the cover for this book as well as The Glittering Court In case you are wondering, this isn’t a sequel to Glittering CourtMidnight Jewel recounts what was happening in Mira’s life, from her point of view, at the same time it was happening to Adelaide, i.e. Elizabeth Whitmore.

So here we go

Synopsis

In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom.

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Review

Oh my goodness, I had such a blast reading this novel. Things were kind of crazy to say the least.

Mirabel “Mira”, is absolutely one of my favorite characters. She compares to Rose so much it was great to read. Basically she isn’t one to back down from a fight if she believes in the cause.

Grant and Mira are hilarious, and infuriating. Half the time when those two interacted I was laughing like crazy or was frustrated because those two were being frustrating. As to what their relationship is, that’s for you to discover when you read the novel.

We learn about Mira’s past and her secrets. My friends, her secrets are dark af. We also learn where she was disappearing off to all the time. It was impressive that she didn’t get caught…often. The drama wasn’t as intense as it had been in Glittering Court, but there was some.

The things Mira got involved in were different. I think Richelle’s work is becoming more and more complex, and I am here for it!!!!

Seriously, there’s feminism (although with RIchelle that’s expected), it also briefly covered the LGBT+ community. Let’s not forget espionage, the thievery, etc., etc..

Needless to say, I really enjoyed this novel. I kind of wanted to learn more about Grant or Aiana, but hey the book was about Mira, so I’m okay.  There was a few comedic moments and such and the ending made me so happy. Mira is hilarious and so strong, considering what she’s been through. I highly recommend this novel and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Dirty Rich One Night Stand by Lisa Renee Jones

Y’all already know the LRJ has become one of my favorite authors. This literally was just released this morning. And I will be doing something different with new books. Hope you enjoy this new format

Synopsis

DIRTY, RICH ONE NIGHT STAND.
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?

-via Goodreads

Reading Commentary

Oct. 18, 2017, 7am (pst)

So I literally just started this and I am already obsessed!!! I love that it’s going into both their point of views. And it’s also hilarious. Their whole interaction is hilarious!

I have not yet read L. Walker’s story yet, but now I’m intrigued.

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Im only a quarter of the way through the book and these characters are hilarious. Like get your acts together. They’re entire exchange between that meeting and his place is seriously the most infuriating thing ever.

They’ve both been hurt, but stop comparing each other to the person that hurt you!!

Review

I am officially obsessed! The main characters were super witty and hilarious. There was so much sass. I love that there was an interaction with other characters.

I honestly want to know more about the Walker Brothers because they have been mentioned in several of LRJ’s series. Some of which include Inside Out and Careless Whispers.

I’m not entirely sure of the timeline of this book, but it moves super quickly. I was totally shocked as to who the killer was, like damn I didn’t expect that but kind of did. And the whole situation with her family, INSANE. I really couldn’t handle all the plot twists. I really really enjoyed it. It’s literally taken me an entire week to write this because of how long it took to process.

Lisa Renee Jones’ writing is seriously one of my favorite things.

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