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 Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

This is the sequel to Bloodlines. And it continues the story of Sydney Sage. Any more info you need, just click the link. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Synopsis

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

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Review

I absolutely love, love, LOVE Sydney. She is absolutely hilarious, and so relatable. And I love that Richelle Mead decided to include some of the fan favorites from the original series. Meanwhile, there are some new, interesting characters.

What I love most about this series is the hilarious characters and all their intertwined relationship. Seriously, Angelique is one of my favorite characters. She’s like a wild Rose. Trey is just the funniest. First he thinks Sydney is out to destroy him, academically that is, then he tries to set her up with one of his friends, then he’s involved with the whole Sonya situation. I can’t keep up with everything.

Dimitri and Adrian at odds, not surprising since Rose is involved. Eddie is avoiding Angelique because… um things are just awkward with them. Jill and Micah are at an odd place. So are Sydney and Adrian. But Adrian is seriously the best. I mean really he does several things just to spend time with Sydney. Sure he’s being manipulative as hell, but that is the only time he actually gets to spend with her. My absolute favorite scene in the entire book, which is also a sad scene, is when Sydney and Adrian are at his apartment and the lights go out due to the storm.

So Trey setting up Sydney…. hilariously awkward. Sure the dude kept up with her intellectually, but in matters of the heart, not so much. And can someone please applaud Adrian for calling Sydney out on her almost sort of eating disorder.

Okay, I’ve been avoiding talking about the whole Sonya issue. Basically she was kidnapped by a group of crazies who at one time or another were connected to the Alchemists. Dimitri and Eddie save the day and Sydney uses her “magic” Ms. Terwilliger keeps bugging her about. If you want to know more, pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Noble or from the links below.

I have such a fun time every time I read this series. The characters are wacky and they somehow end up in random situations. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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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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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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