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.

via Goodreads

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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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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Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones

This is so not fair!!!!!! I literally just finished this book and I now have to wait five freakin months before I find out who is still alive. So yes, there’s a cliffhanger.

Synopsis

Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Bad Deeds, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

Would you bleed for the one you love?

To save his family empire from the grip of the drug cartel, Shane is pushed to the edge of darkness, forced to make choices he might never make. His father is dying. His brother is desperate to rule the empire and this means war and all gloves are off. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. There is another war brewing though, and that one, is inside him, his battle between right and wrong, light and dark, and in the heat of the night, it is Emily he turns to for escape. Driving her to new limits, pushing her to accept a part of him that even he cannot.

In every one of Shane’s seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel, his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. But he is losing himself, and that is a problem just as dangerous as her secret, that still lurk in the shadows, a threat to the Brandon Family waiting to erupt. No matter where she and Shane have traveled, or will travel in the future, she can’t just sit back and watch him become everything he hates, everything he never wanted to become, everything she tried to save him from when she tried to run. It could be their undoing, the end. His end.

This is war, blood will spill, and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive….

-via Goodreads

Review

Oh my freaking gosh, I really can’t with this novel. There’s just so much going on. Seriously I just need a second to regain my composure…

Okay, all good now.

This picks up exactly where Damage Control ends. Threats and promises have been made, some good news for Brandon Senior, too. But what is going on with Mrs. Brandon? Aha who knows with that one.

What I loved about this is that, even while one was upset with the other’s behavior, there was still love and trust in Shane and Emily’s relationship. Which is definitely a good sign. But oh my gosh, I really can’t handle that cliffhanger after reading about the surprise Shane has.

Onto plot-twists….there were so many, I was in heaven. Let’s just say that things seem to improve, somewhat, for Derek. I also realized why he was so angry at Shane, ALL THE TIME… Oh, you want to know, well I’m not going to spoil anything for you.

We also see different sides of Shane. Sure he can be like his father, what son wouldn’t. And yes, Shane and Derek, as well as Shane and Adrian, are very similar while at the same time being so different.

So, other than Shane and Emily, we see other relationships. There’s Derek with Teresa (not a spoiler, since this was mentioned in Damage Control.) Also a blooming romance between Jessica and one of Shane’s security people. I really liked that Derek and Emily are definitely starting to bond.

Then there’s the whole issue of the Martina Cartel and Mike Rogers. This is what this book actually focused on, even though it had all the other juicy bits that make for an amazing story.

Okay, seriously I can’t get over that cliffhanger. I can’t even really write about it the way I have it in my mind because it would be spoiler-y. But it’s so shocking. This is the first time LRJ does something like this. I have a love-hate relationship with this cliffhanger.

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Shameless by Lisa Renee Jones 

So this is the sequel to Provocative, and the final book in the White Lies Duet. But I with there was more!

Synopsis

The second and final book in the sexy and intense White Lies Duet from New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Renee Jones.

Nick “Tiger” Rogers, sought out Faith Winter with revenge as his agenda. He made her his obsession. He seduced her. He made her want him. He made here trust him. And then he trusted her. He wanted her. He loved her.
But now, the lies will be exposed, the truth revealed.
Hearts will be broken. Lives shattered.
Nick. Faith.
The truth. The passion.
The SHAMELESS obsession.

via Goodreads

Review

Oh my goodness, so much happened! I just was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Mostly because I was so unsure about what would happen.

Oh My! Chris and Sara are back…YAAY!!! And I love that they’re encouraging Faith to pursue her art. There are so many scenes with these three and they’re great heart-warming scenes. And any opportunities that she felt are because of them, are because of her own work.

Nick is seriously amazing. Like how could he not be? Encouraging Faith to pursue her dream, helping her with the mess her mother left behind, and basically saving her life at one point. How is that not incredible sweet of him.

What I can’t get over though, are the various plot twists. Like how could her uncle…. or Kasey doing…. oh wait, yeah I can’t talk about that. Seriously, some of this stuff was so unexpected. And I just can’t believe her uncle would be so awful.

What really frustrated me was how Faith’s previous relationship was a kind of hindrance to her relationship with Nick. I was so damned proud of Faith when she stood up to Josh and Macom. She was awesome!

Okay, I have a problem with the ending. Sorry to those of you that actually loved it, but I wish there was more. Like a wedding or maybe a slightly larger time jump. Don’t get me wrong, the ending was good, but it could have been amazing, at least to me anyway.

I hope you enjoy this novel and that you enjoyed this series. I seriously hope this isn’t the end of Chris & Sara or Faith & Nick.

Here is also a link to the playlist including songs from both books that LRJ has in the books: Spotify Playlist: White Lies Duet

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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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