Still Star-Crosses by Melinda Taub

There’s a show based on this novel. I started watching the show before I decided I wanted to read the book. Needless to say, it was a good novel.

Synopsis

Soon to be an ABC TV show by producer Shonda Rhimes! Still Star-Crossed follows the aftermath of the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again.

This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet will have readers pining for a star-crossed love of their very own.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, I actually loved Romeo and Juliet when I read it my first year of high school, like 20 million years ago (not really). It’s only been about 6 years. I always wondered what happened afterward. I have a compulsion for wanting an epilogue to what happens to the other character.

Onto this novel.

It focused on Rosaline Capulet and Benvolio Montague. And there’s trouble brewing in Verona. And apparently, it has to do a lot with what Romeo and Juliet did. But some  really don’t want peace.

There appears to be a bunch of love triangles, obviously since it’s a drama.

Anyway, if you have seen the show, the book is pretty much the same. Well, kind of. If you haven’t seen the show on ABC or read the novel, go check it out, it’s actually pretty great.

So the differences between the book and the show… as we know, most of the time TV tends to age the characters. They’re in their teens in the novel. That’s actually one of the more common differences in books and book-based shows.

Another is the whole Ghost thing going on with Lord Capulet. Then again, it’s TV and you got to keep things interesting.

But yeah not much that different. I’m honestly not shocked by the ending of the book. It’s a romance, hello. Actually, I didn’t enjoy Prince Escalus being manipulative. That was a crappy move Escalus.

So I totally would go on about the book like I normally do, but it has been a few months since I read it.

Hope you enjoy.

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Surrender by Lisa Renee Jones

An ending for yet another series. Why do they have to end?? It’s so bittersweet.

Synopsis

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.

via Goodreads

Review

The ending to this is insane. First, my suspicion from Denial, that may or may not have been a spoiler, was confirmed. We see Chris and Sara from the Inside Out Series. And a whole lot of drama.

We finally find out the whole of Ella’s story. And my gosh, is it insane. Chris’s P.I., of sorts, finds Ella, but this brings up more drama for Kayden and Ella, unsurprisingly.

But what I couldn’t get over, was Kayden and Ella. The Hawk has found his match! I love it!!! But this also causes more trouble for Ella. Neuville is seriously beyond insane. I really couldn’t.

I have such a hard time writing about this because it was so much to handle. It was a lot that happened but it was BEYOND amazing. I really really loved it. I only wish there had been more about their life after all the craziness with the French and Italian mobs.

I’m seriously wondering if they ever end up marrying? Do they have children in the future? Do Chris and Sara? So many questions. While we do see a little bit more of Chris and Sara in Provocative, but what about Ella and Kayden?

All I’m really saying is, I need a follow-up. While the ending was seriously awesome, I still need more. I truly hope you enjoy this novel as well as the whole series.

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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.

Via Goodreads

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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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.

Via Goodreads

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! (This is just what I’m assuming.) 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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