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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A Night To Forget by Jessica Wood

The first time I read this novel was back in 2016. So as you can tell I’m way behind and read so much I forget about which books I need to review. That being said, let’s begin!

Synopsis

A Night to Forget is the first book in the two-book series, Emma’s Story. The second book in this series, The Day to Remember was released in August 2013.

What happens in Cancun doesn’t always stay in Cancun.

When Emma Anderson and her friends decided to spend their senior year Spring Break in Cancun, she expected some crazy memories to end their final college days. What Emma didn’t expect was to meet Brandon Fisher. Tall and sexy, with dimples that would make any girl swoon, Brandon Fisher was literally the man of Emma’s dreams. She couldn’t quite believe that this stranger, who seduced her every night in her dreams, actually existed.

After serendipitously bumping into each other, Emma could not resist Brandon’s pull and spent an unforgettable night with him. Passing it off as a spring break fling, Emma never expected to see Brandon again. But when she started her first day at her new job a few months later, there he was. The only problem was, Brandon didn’t even remember her.

via Goodreads

Review

I enjoyed this novel so much. I kind of wished that I had remembered I had them sooner. And this is my favorite thing because of my hopeless romantic heart.

The beginning of the novel was kind of Emma dreaming of the future. And you know what, she wasn’t that far off. I have actually had feelings that something was going to happen. So Emma having these dreams was kind of refreshing. Not many novels or series do this. I very much enjoyed it.

This novel also happened to skip chunks of time. But fortunately, not much does occur during those chunks of time. She’s a college senior in her final semester. So you can bet that the only thing happening in that time is Emma taking her finals, graduating, and moving to San Francisco. (It is a long drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco.)

The whole it being a coincidence that she ends up working with Brandon is kind of overdone. I get it, it sells, A LOT. But still got to point these things out. And I’m pretty sure there was way more going on with Brandon than what Emma was giving him credit for. Sure this led to some hilarious moments, but all this could have been fixed if they had talked.

Honestly the whole situation was kind of hilarious. But this book did strongly portray a good friendship between four independent women who have their own personalities and career goals but all still care about each other and the other’s safety. Which is, you know, #GOALS.

Okay, that ending. It was kind of out of the blue. And, as much as I HATE to say this, Emma, girl you overreacted and didn’t give him a chance to explain. As I am learning, there are three sides to every story: person A’s side, person B’s side, and the truth. And she really did go and only listen to ONLY ONE SIDE. This was the thing that bothered me the most…kinda. It did make for an excellent cliffhanger. Which as we all know, I live for.

I really don’t have many complaints about this book. It’s a super quick read, as well as it’s sequel. I was able to get through both in a few hours. I hope you enjoy the novel

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Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Okay, I am so beyond late with my review for this book. I’ve had a hard time with school and my personal life, on top of not being able to purchase the book. But hey, it looks like things are starting to look up.

As you all know, I love Richelle Mead’s young adult novels and series. They’re amazing! Fairly recently, the cover for the third and final book in the series was released (yes it is as amazing as the cover for this book as well as The Glittering Court In case you are wondering, this isn’t a sequel to Glittering CourtMidnight Jewel recounts what was happening in Mira’s life, from her point of view, at the same time it was happening to Adelaide, i.e. Elizabeth Whitmore.

So here we go

Synopsis

In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom.

via Goodreads

Review

Oh my goodness, I had such a blast reading this novel. Things were kind of crazy to say the least.

Mirabel “Mira”, is absolutely one of my favorite characters. She compares to Rose so much it was great to read. Basically she isn’t one to back down from a fight if she believes in the cause.

Grant and Mira are hilarious, and infuriating. Half the time when those two interacted I was laughing like crazy or was frustrated because those two were being frustrating. As to what their relationship is, that’s for you to discover when you read the novel.

We learn about Mira’s past and her secrets. My friends, her secrets are dark af. We also learn where she was disappearing off to all the time. It was impressive that she didn’t get caught…often. The drama wasn’t as intense as it had been in Glittering Court, but there was some.

The things Mira got involved in were different. I think Richelle’s work is becoming more and more complex, and I am here for it!!!!

Seriously, there’s feminism (although with RIchelle that’s expected), it also briefly covered the LGBT+ community. Let’s not forget espionage, the thievery, etc., etc..

Needless to say, I really enjoyed this novel. I kind of wanted to learn more about Grant or Aiana, but hey the book was about Mira, so I’m okay.  There was a few comedic moments and such and the ending made me so happy. Mira is hilarious and so strong, considering what she’s been through. I highly recommend this novel and hope you enjoy it as much as 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.

11am

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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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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Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

Lisa Renee Jones is seriously becoming one of my favorite authors. Which isn’t something I take lightly. For an author to become a favorite, I have to want to read their other works, otherwise why bother calling them favorites if you only know one of their series or books. And for those following my blog, you know I’ve been reading this author’s other books, some of them being Damage ControlIf I Were YouSanta, Baby, and Hard Rules. I’ve actually read most of her Inside Out series, which If I Were You belongs to, but haven’t had the chance to blog about.

Synopsis

There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.

The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.

Book two: Shameless will be out on July 11th!

(Via Goodreads)

Review

Lisa Renee Jones just has such a way of creating such interesting and entertaining characters. I read little excerpts to my roommates and they laughed at the character’s dialogue. And I had a hard time putting my phone down (I purchased the Nook version of this novel) when I didn’t have a class to go to or couldn’t stay awake to finish. Now before you start thinking that this novel wasn’t entertaining because I fell asleep, let me tell you, THAT WAS NOT THE CASE AT ALL. When I was able to begin reading this novel, I had already been awake for over 12 hours because it was a long school day, yes those days exist in college, and was already exhausted. Anyway back to why I recommend this book.

First, let’s talk about the characters. The novel is narrated by both Nick “Tiger” Rogers and Faith Winters. Both have secrets and a past that prevents them from truly trusting each other. Granted they’ve only just met. Literally this whole novel takes place over the course of a few weeks, if not a month, almost like Chris and Sara. But their chemistry is way off the charts, it’s so much fun to read. Their banter just goes back and forth. Honestly they did have sweet moments, but then there were these moments when you don’t know what is really going on. To this I’m referring to what happened to her mother that she feels guilty? Or why is Nick seeking revenge? Hmmmm…..

On top of that, we get a cameo of Chris and Sara from the Inside Out Series. Add to that other contexts clues, it seems that Nick has bought someone’s “club”. Either way, it was a nice little cameo connecting the series that made me originally fall in love with LRJ’s work.

Okay, so as soon as you open the book, there is a playlist of songs that can be listened to while reading, if that’s your thing, or after. These songs are from different genres and I felt they were the perfect pairing for the events that occur in the novel. If you’d like, I have the playlist on Spotify, just type in the book’s title.

Oh my goodness. There’s a huge mystery surrounding this vineyard mentioned in the synopsis. What is going on?!?!?!? I need Shameless, the second and last book in the White Lies duet. Like, how is Faith more dangerous than her mother? What will happen when Nick tells her his intentions of their first meeting? Will I ever find out what the heck is going on? Stay tuned for the next Lisa Renee Jones novel I read and review.

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Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones

I just read this last night and nearly pulled an all-nighter. Of course, I put it down and slept so that I would be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for classes this morning. But it was so good I couldn’t put it down.

Synopsis

Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series.

The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire?

Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all — one hot touch and kiss at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel has set their sights on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

-Via Goodreads

Review

Oh my… I don’t even know where to start. This is the part where I normally would put my tweets on here, but I LITERALLY COULD NOT KEEP MY ATTENTION FROM THIS BOOK.

I greatly appreciate Ms Jones giving us a little description of all the characters. Also, it picks up right exactly where the HUGE cliffhanger ended. Which I’m really grateful for because it means we, the readers, don’t lose any time. Which is irritating when an author does that, at least to me.

Remember, in my review for Hard Rules, when I said that Emily was hiding something. Whoa! was she hiding something. No, seriously, it’s huge and if you want to know, well then I guess you’re going to have to get a copy. But can I just say how happy I am now that I know who she really is. Especially since she’s one of the main characters.

So I didn’t mention in the review for Hard Rules that there were a few mysterious characters in a prologue that I was so dang curious about. Those characters and what they have to do with the plot is just…. I have no words. I just can’t believe how many plot twist there were.

And that ending!!!!! Oh my goodness. I can’t believe Brandon Senior did that. But it sucks about what is happening to him. And why would he behave that way?

Can we talk about the nature of Emily and Shane’s relationship? It was seriously lust at first sight but then it evolves into something more. I still think they are still some of my favorite characters.

This series has become one of my favorites, and I hope you consider reading this novel. It’s full of beautiful moments between Emily and Shane, but also there are soooooo many moments that kept me on the edge of my seat, figuratively, of course, since I was laying down while reading.

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