Demand by Lisa Renee Jones

Before you continue, go and check out Denial, since this is the sequel to that novel. It became so popular among readers that eventually we got this novel and a continued series.

Synopsis

The sexy, breathtaking mystery continues in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s stunning second novel in the suspenseful Careless Whispers series—where shocking revelations will reveal themselves and nothing, and no one, will ever be the same.

Still struggling with amnesia, Ella questions everything she’s known about Kayden Wilkens—the alluring stranger who claims to have found her unconscious in an alleyway a month earlier. But was he truly a stranger—or did Kayden know her before his supposed rescue? Tormented by the potential betrayal he denies, with fleeting memories of a bombshell in her recent past, Ella must face a hard reality. Every action has consequences . . . and trusting Kayden, the one thing she most desires, might result in the direst consequences of all.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, whose searing novels generate “enough heat . . . to start a fire” (RT Book Reviews), dares you to fall in love with her irresistibly surprising and sexy new series.

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Review

Whoa…. So much happened.

Obviously, Kayden and Ella are a thing. But Ella is remembering a lot more of her past, which is good…and bad. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but think if Kayden is really trying to help or is he after what the French and Italian mob are after? And Ella’s flashbacks…what is really going on. I’m at least glad that she is finally starting to remember Sara.

Kayden and his treasure hunters, WHAAAA??????? Needless to say, I figured something was up. At least it wasn’t illegal. But all the drama it caused, don’t know how to feel about that. Hmmm how will this play out? I honestly don’t know.

I did say that Kayden and Ella are together, I meant that relatively. It feels like they’ve known each other for what seems like forever but have only known each other for a short amount of time. They’re also trying to keep each other at a distance, because duh! She doesn’t know the amount of danger she is in or even who she really is.

This novel definitely moved faster than the ones in the Inside Out series. Which makes sense since this is only a trilogy. Oh some of the mystery is solved. But was it a set up? There’s so many questions that arise with each moment.

It has been a while since I last read this, probably an entire month. As far as reactions and plotlines this is all I remember. But I do remember I had a hard time putting the book down. It was such a great story and so much mystery.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

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The One by Kiera Cass

When this was first published, it was meant to end the series. Thank goodness for me, there were two more published after. But for now let’s just focus on this novel.

Synopsis

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

Review

I love this series so much. Sure it’s predictable, but seriously what young adult novel isn’t. It wasn’t totally predictable, there were plenty of twists and turns.

Finally, America is trying! And not for Aspen either. And well King Clarkson is still being a pain. But America trying is seriously the funniest thing to happen. Oh my gosh, finally a formal introduction to some important characters.

The fact that in this book Kiera Cass was still able to shock us is pretty great. After all, things were a little more than frustrating thanks to America not making up her mind. And I think the biggest shocker in The Elite was the whole Marlee thing. There was not one, not two, but THREE huge events that truly shocked me.

I have to say, out of all the endings where there is a war (because it’s dystopian), this was pretty mild. But at least the main characters weren’t killed off…I’m looking at you Divergent. And by the time I got my hands on this series, there was a new book going to be published. So more Maxerica yay!

But seriously, this was such a quick read. There was some intrigue, a couple of betrayals, a battle of sorts, and a happy ending. What else is there to ask for? Well besides a peak into their future.

I hope you enjoy this novel and continue on with the rest of the series.

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Buttons & Pain by Penelope Sky

Ending a series is always sad. The only thing that makes me happy is the way a series is ended. And this ending is definitely the best I’ve read in like forever. The ending to this book was everything

Synopsis

When I saw my escape, I took it. Now I’m in New York City and trying to get my life back on track. Despite the tracker in my ankle, Crow hasn’t come for me. He hasn’t even called me. I told him the depth of my feelings but he cruelly rejected them.

Maybe he’s forgotten about me.

One day, I walk into my apartment and spot the pile of buttons on the counter. I never left them there, and there’s only one explanation for their presence.

Maybe Crow hasn’t forgotten me after all.

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Review

OMG you guys. This whole series was insane and I could barely handle it. I literally had to pre-order this because I was so excited. And the wait…TOTALLY WORTH IT.

In case you need a recap, check out Buttons & Lace and Buttons & Hate. After that come back and read the rest of this post.

I really enjoyed that Penelope Sky decided to go back and forth between Crow and Pearl’s point of views. It made things a bit more entertaining. And we see some of our favorite characters return as well as some of our not so favorites.

Okay, I really love Pearl. She’s one tough lady. Her handling the p.o.s ex boyfriend was everything. I felt awkward for her when an old boyfriend was basically walking on eggshells around her. She was definitely not into whatever they were doing. Although, I was a little concerned when she was in a kind-of-sort-of relationship with that one person and Crow came back into the picture. She really is a badass though, especially in that bunker.

Crow… well, he’s complicated. It’s simple, and yet not so much. He is clearly in love with Pearl but keeps denying it. We don’t really know why he keeps denying it. Him and those buttons, just an excuse to spend more time with her. Although, he was behaving much like a stalked. Although after several events that occur to his “Button” he finally accepts the truth. THANK GOD! But why do these things keep happening to Pearl?!

Everything moved fairly quickly in this book and some events I felt were way too much. Like did that really need to happen a fourth time? I don’t think so. But the outcome of each time, after the initial one in book one, is mostly good. And Lars helping is probably my favorite, random, thing to happen. One of the funniest lines in the book was from Cane. He states “Do you still doubt he loves you?” or something along those lines. Needless to say, in that moment in the book it was definitely uncalled for and added a comedic aspect to a rather horrific scene.

But this ending was my absolute favorite. It went into the future, which many series do not. But first, how quickly everything transpired soon after Crow’s confession is the best, and should not be followed because A this is fiction and B not even someone with that much money could pull that off. But yes this ending was everything. And Cane seems to be behaving.

I hope you enjoy this novel, and series, as much as I did. It’s not necessarily a quick read, but it is totally worth it

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Denial by Lisa Renee Jones

By now y’all know I love series. But you want to know what I love more…. SPIN-OFFs! And sometimes they tend to be shorter but more intriguing than the original. That may be because there is less time and everything has to be short and sweet. Now for the fun parts.

Synopsis

Book one in the CARELESS WHISPERS series. This is a standalone spin-off of the INSIDE OUT series (soon to be a TV show) that follows Ella Ferguson, Sara McMillan’s best friend.

Ella Ferguson awakes alone in Italy, unsure of who she is, and a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He’s tall, dark, and sexy, with money and power, the kind of man who makes a girl want to be possessed. And he does possess her, whispering wicked wonderful promises to her, stealing her trust and her heart. Soon though, the past finds her, yanking her from a cocoon of passion and safety. Everything is not how it seems.

The truth will shatter her world, but it can set her free, if it doesn’t destroy her first.

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Review

Okay, so I know the synopsis says it’s a standalone. Well guess what? It was so popular that LRJ decided to make it into a series! Well it’s actually more of a trilogy, but that still counts :D. If you have been following me through my journey reading the Inside Out series, i.e. If I Were YouBeing MeRevealing UsNo In BetweenI Belong to You, and All of Me, you know my concern for the missing best friend. Finally I have some answers.

And honestly, this would make a great telenovela. Between amnesia, tension between the main characters (y’all know what kind of tension I’m talking about), and a problem with the mob… ummm I WOULD TOTALLY WATCH THAT SHOW! Seriously though, who wouldn’t.

Anyway, I said that we receive some answers as to what happens to Ella. And that’s because… she has amnesia (SHOCKER). And honestly, this story seems a little far fetch due to the fact that A it’s hard to get across borders with a false passport and B the only way out of the mob is …. well you know. Regardless of this, I was completely drawn in.

Oh my goodness, the flashbacks that Ella would have, uber crazy. (You guys don’t even know how difficult it is for me to not type this out in text-language.) Honestly this whole series was kind of crazy. AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

There’s the romance aspect, but I mean isn’t there always. There’s also the mystery as to what happened to Ella to make her forget. Oh turns out we’re dealing with, not one but, TWO mob bosses *insert shocked emoji here*. And that may be a spoiler, I’m not entirely sure since I read this like last month AND I had my final exams last week.

Let me tell you something. Kayden, biggest sweetheart in the world. Not only is he helping her with the whole hospital thing, he also seems to really care about her. I just love him. He is definitely on my, quickly expanding, long list of book boyfriends.

There’s definitely a bunch of tension with several of the characters, and who does the detective think he is. (The plot thickens). There’s so much that happens in such a short amount of time. OOOHHHH-mg someone is CIA. Who you may ask, well guess you’re just going to have to read this novel.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. It is seriously now one of my favorites

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All of Me by Lisa Renee Jones

Endings are bittersweet. But one thing I do love: authors leaving loose ends in order to do a spin-off series. Unfortunately for me and you, this particular mini-novel is the ending to the Inside Out series.

Synopsis

In the sizzling conclusion to Lisa Renee Jones’s bestselling Inside Out series, Chris and Sara finally embark on the road to marriage—but will the threats from their pasts steal their joy?

Sara and Chris have fled to Paris to escape the aggressive reporters covering an explosive scandal. But a long-time heartache from Chris’s past awaits him there, and he finally allows Sara in fully as he shares his darkest secrets with her. Seeking peace, they spend some time at his chateau in the countryside, planning their Valentine’s Day wedding, then return to Paris for a magical Christmas. And when they finally head home to San Francisco, other broken connections from their lives are made whole again. Healing finally seems within reach…until a surprise visitor right before the wedding throws Sara into turmoil. Will they ever be totally free of their pasts?

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Review

Sara and Chris are one of my favorite book couples. They’ve been through one storm after another and become stronger after each one. What I love about this is that it ended mostly happily.

Let me explain. We finally know what happened to Rebecca, there are two engagements, and we find out what happens to Mark’s mother, but we still have no word on Ella. Oh, I forgot to mention a wedding… “Whom’s?” you may be asking, well you’re just going to have to read it.

What I really, truly enjoy about LRJ’s work is how eloquent her words are. Add to that the mysteries that lead to certain relationships. Well there’s just so much intrigue, I honestly find it the most entertaining thing in the world.

Oh I keep forgetting bits and pieces. I forgot that someone’s father makes an appearance. While roses were a huge part of Mark’s relationship with Rebecca, they also hold a special meaning to Chris.

Earlier I said this was a mini-novel. And it is. It isn’t long enough to be a full novel, but it’s long enough where it doesn’t classify as a novella. So really, that’s a plus because it’s a quick read.

I hope you enjoy or did enjoy this novel and the series.  This story will forever be in my heart right next to all my favorite series

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I Belong to You by Lisa Renee Jones

Finally, a whole book to answer one of my many questions left from the ending of No In Between. And since I don’t really know what else to say to start this off, let’s go.

Synopsis

Master…

Being that person, that man is how I define myself, how I allow the rest of the world to define me as well. And now, with a terrible loss shredding me inside out and someone trying to destroy my family to punish me, control is more important than ever. It is everything. It is what I need. It is all I need.

Or maybe I just need…her.

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Review

Finally, we get to read about how Mark is handling the whole Rebecca situation. Like come on man, why are you behaving this way?

Actually, we don’t just get to see how Mark is, we get to learn about his past, his family and how he falls in love….AWWWWWW!!! I know, I’m a hopeless romantic so I just had to.

It was kind of difficult going through this book. Not because it lacked plot, nor was it dry, but because of the strong topics Renee Jones writes about.

We get to see more of Ricco and Ava. Those two are insane. Well Ava more so than Ricco, but he did help her so… And Mark’s plot for revenge, one word: devious. I actually didn’t trust Ryan from day one, so I’m glad he’s getting his just deserts for everything that happened with Rebecca.

Anyway, this novel focuses on Mark and Crystal and is set in New York. We know that Mark’s mother is sick from the last book in the series, but we truly see the relationship between him and his mother. It’s very sweet. And hilarious, because even while ill, she is trying to get Mark and Crystal to get together.

Speaking of which, those two have such chemistry, it’s ridiculous. Sure they go back and forth between “hating” each other to not being able to stay away. But in Mark’s case, we finally figured out why he is that way. Why he couldn’t give Rebecca the love she wanted and deserved; an incident with a college girlfriend.

It was a nice break from Sara and Chris. Who, while I love with all my heart, are sometimes a little too much to handle.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. And form your own opinions over the characters. They really are so intricate, I sometimes feel like they’re actual people.

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No In Between by Lisa Renee Jones

Fourth book in the Inside Out series. In case you are just now tuning in, check out If I Were YouBeing Me, and Revealing Us. They are my reviews for the books prior to this one. That being said, let’s begin.

Synopsis

The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sarah’s relationship and leads into Mark’s story.

Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris’s fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending.

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Review

Chris and Sara have now returned from Paris and are having to deal with the storm Ava has created. Not only did she try to harm Sara and Chris, she now has created a scandal to help her get off. Hopefully things don’t go her way.

Mark seems to be MIA emotionally. And we get to meet Crystal, kind of. Now it seems that there is a conspiracy going on with the whole Rebecca situation. And that detective does not play fair.

Sara’s ex-boyfriend makes an appearance. Still don’t like him, but I think that was LRJ’s intentions. And my god Ricco Alvarez has actually lost his mind. Is he really obsessed with Rebecca or was he just trying to destroy Mark, it seems the world may never know.

Oh I just remembered that Tiger from Provocative was also introduced. No wonder there are so many stories branching off of this series. Honestly it’s one of my favorite things.

But oh my goodness, Sara receives terrible news from Paris. And it once again tests Chris and Sara’s relationship. How very realistic.

And I’m left with several hundred questions. What will happen with Ava and everyone involved? Where the heck is Ella? What’s happening with Tristan? What about Mark and Crystal? I need to know!!!!!

As I was reading this, my life was very complicated. I’m actually surprised that I was actually able to remember as much as I did. That being said, it was actually a little difficult to put this book down. All in all, this was very enjoyable.

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