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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Revealing Us by Lisa Renee Jones

This is the next book in the Inside Out series. So much happens from here till the end of the series. So let’s begin.

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones takes readers on the ultimate journey of a sensual discovery in Revealing Us, the unforgettable climax of the trilogy.

You’ve discovered Rebecca’s secrets. You’ve discovered Sara’s secrets. Now Sara will discover “his” deepest, darkest secrets…but will those secrets bind them together—or tear them apart?

No in-between…

He has become her life, her heart, her very soul. But he is dark and damaged, and his secrets are many. Sara will risk everything for him. He, in turn, will dare to expose his deepest needs, his most erotic desires. And in the fury of passion he will reveal all that torments him, all that he can never escape. To love him, Sara must embrace the darkest part of him, and become his shelter in a storm that will be his ultimate salvation.

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Review

This picks up mere moments from where Being Me ended. And something huge was revealed in that ending. Yes, what happened to Rebecca has finally been revealed.

So before things could settle down, Chris whisks Sara off to Paris. Thing only seem to go from bad to worse with everything happening. As to what is happening, the list is below.

  • Sara being accused of murder
  • Ella being involved with the French mob
  • Amber and Tristan.

And if you want more, well it looks like you’re going to have to read the book.

Along with being in Paris, Chris and Sara are learning to handle his past. His parents death, what happened to Amber’s parents, Dylan’s death. And most of all, the one thing that Chris has needed since the incident that left Amber an orphan.

I felt that this novel had more action in it that the previous novel in the series. Things moved at a faster pace. That, and we met new characters, which is always fun. And Sara is being more proactive in her search for Ella. She has a lot of character development in by the end of this book.

And the cliffhanger…. less exciting than an issued ultimatum, but it is still such a beautiful ending. Almost like the ending to the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, but not really because, we do get to see a wedding in this series. (This is where I apologize for the spoiler, but I’m not going to.)

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Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones

First, let me apologize for being behind on my reviews. I’ve read the entire series, as well as the spin-off and am barely working on these posts. Please bear with me as I try to recall the storylines and plots.

As you all know by now, Lisa Renee Jones is now one of my favorite authors. Her stories are filled with a variety of plot twists, lots of emotional scenes, and female leads who find their strengths over the course of the story. This particular book is the sequel to If I Were You. If you haven’t read it yet, I strongly suggest reading that before reading this.

Synopsis

The sexy second installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy, following If I Were You—in the seductive tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?

Review

Okay, here I go trying to recall what I was thinking whilst reading this novel.

Sara and Chris are definitely getting closer. So much so, that she actually accompanies him to several of his charity events. And while they still have way too many problems to deal with, including Sara’a past with her father and his protege, they try to handle those problems together. It doesn’t work out that way sometimes.

I am referring to the death of a very minor character. This led to Mark and his “friend” to become characters we do not like. At least Mark has some redeeming factors. We also get to meet the ex-boyfriend that pretty much made Sara become the shy woman she is at the beginning of the series. And thankfully, Chris handled the situation way better than Sara.

There’s still a missing Rebecca, although there has been a private investigator hired. The whole Rebecca situation causes an argument for Chris and Sara that leads Sara to do exactly as Chris expected her to do. This lead to the reveal of what happened to Rebecca and who did it. Yes, some of the mystery is solved, but there’s still so much that goes on. As for what happened to Ella, well that still remains a mystery.

In all honesty, I had a hard time getting through this novel. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. What I’m saying is that, to me, the plot in this book felt a little dragged out. Sure we meet one of Sara’s demons and we see a side of Chris, Mark and Ava that we didn’t get to see before. Also, we find out what happened with Rebecca. That being said, I feel it could have taken less than 383 pages to do so. (383 is the length of my copy of this book.) It may just be that I felt that things weren’t moving quickly enough. There was also a little mini break up between the main characters so that may also play a role in how I felt about this book.

But even though I felt this way, that doesn’t mean the story was any less entertaining. It did have my attention when I was reading it.  And that doesn’t mean any of you will feel the same way. In fact, I think some of you may think the opposite. That’s perfectly okay, we are all entitled to our own opinions.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this novel a 7. It did have drama and the overall plot of the series was moving quickly, but the plot of this one novel I felt wasn’t moving fast enough for me.

I do hope you enjoy this book.

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

This series is the spin-off to one of my favorite series, one that i’ve now re-read about 4 times, Vampire Academy. I’ve reviewed the first two books in that series, Vampire Academy and Frostbite. I do have to point out that I am seriously a huge fan of Richelle Mead. I’ve read all of her young adult series and novels: Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, Glittering Court and Soundless. I have also recently started to read her adult series. Anyway, let’s get started.

Synopsis

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

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Review

Okay my friends, for those of you who have read the entire Vampire Academy series and haven’t heard of this series, or don’t really know what this is about, this is set in the exact same world with some of the characters from the original series as well as some new ones. Who doesn’t love that?!

As you can already tell, the story is going to focus on Sydney and her struggles with the Alchemists after what happened with Rose back in Russia in one of the Vampire Academy novels. And quite honestly, I feel like this novel was such a great introduction to the new plotlines introduced in this novel as well as the ones that were left unresolved in Last Sacrifice.

And the best part of this novel? Adrian, of course! You guys know exactly who I’m referring to. Also, I can’t forget the Rose and Abe cameos. One of my absolute favorites of the new characters is Ms. Terwilliger. She’s absolutely hilarious. And with every series there has to be at least one villain in each book. In this particular book, it’s another alchemist. How shocking, NOT!

Anyway, it’s different reading Sydney’s point of view, just because she’s so socially inept. But she is seriously one of the most relatable female characters out there.  I totally recommend this novel because it is so much fun to read, there are so many plot twists, and some of the characters are absolutely hilarious. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, if not more.

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