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

Links for Purchase:

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Kindle

Amazon

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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 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. 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.

Links for Purchase:

Amazon (Kindle)

B&N (Nook)

Google Play

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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 dear lord, holy hell!!!!! 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 Miss 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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Here are the links for purchasing the novel:

B&N Nook – Damage Control

Google Playbooks – Damage Control

Amazon – Damage Control (Paperback)

Amazon Kindle – Damage Control

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Buttons & Hate by Penelope Sky

This book is my everything and I really have become obsessed. Check out my review for Buttons & Lace before checking this one out. Because, let me tell you, the story only gets crazier from there.

Synopsis

I’m working off my buttons.
But I’m also giving them away.
The more I fall for Crow, the more I want him to do the things that I want. Dinners, dates, and evenings at the beach.
Everything comes at a price, and quickly the hoard of buttons I worked hard to earn are depleted.

Will this go back and forth forever? Or will someone run out of their buttons first?

-Via Amazon

Review

Oh my god, where to start? I honestly don’t know. But hey here are some of the tweets during my reading of this book

I literally only just started #ButtonsandHate and there’s already drama between the main characters. Like its the first page 😂😂

I love that Crow is the one that says he doesn’t want their relationship to end #ButtonsandHate

Lol she knows exactly which buttons to push with Crow 😂😂😂😂. I love it #ButtonsandHate

-via Twitter

So, Pearl now knows why she finds herself in her current situation. Did I mention that I truly don’t like the boyfriend? Yeah that’s why. Anyway, she’s kind of fallen into a depression. Who wouldn’t after discovering something like that. Crow is giving her some space but he’s seriously concerned.

So that deal they made with the buttons back in the first book still stands. Only now it’s a different reason for Pearl wanting the buttons. I actually think her reasoning is sound but it makes me think, is this Stockholm’s? I mean seriously, she is basically his prisoner.

Anyway, there’s the whole Cane and revenge situation. Yeah that is a HUGE problem. Like life-and-death huge. Yet, somehow, Pearl gets over it. I actually find their relationship towards the end of the novel really hilarious. But that is still a very complicated relationship.

And then there’s Crow. He’s so complicated! I mean really, he’s just in denial ALOT! Sure I understand why he feels that way. But doesn’t that mean he should be doing more to protect those he loves. Anyway, I was actually so upset by his reaction to Pearl’s confession. Maybe more so than Pearl, if that’s even possible.

All I know is that when this series end, it better have a wedding because really, why go and complicate things so much and not have a wedding.

In case you don’t know, I have a huge obsession with cliffhangers. I literally live for cliffhangers. And this book’s ending has given me the best cliffhanger I’ve read in a while. Like how is Pearl just going to go ahead and do that but Crow not do anything about it!!!

Needless to say, but I really really NEED Buttons & Pain

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The Temptation Trap by Alexa Wilder

Oh sweet baby Jesus. This novel is beyond insane! I LOVE IT!!! Thank you Alexa Wilder for creating this very crazy world that I’ve come to enjoy very much. And as a warning, I will be cursing on occasion during this post.

Synopsis

 

The Temptation Trap, Alexa Wilder’s long-awaited follow-up to The Wedding Rescue and The Courtship Maneuver, is finally available as a complete series. For the first time you can read all five books in one volume!
Emma Wright is in over her head. Three months ago her life was perfect: amazing job, shiny new MBA, great friends. When her job turns into a nightmare overnight, Emma feels like her life is going down the tubes. The only bright spot is her hot new boyfriend. He’s the man of her wildest dreams; sexy, smart, sweet, and a master of her body between the sheets. He can’t seem to get enough of her full-figured curves, so it’s too bad she’s starting to think he’s keeping dangerous secrets.

Axel Sinclair likes control. At work, at home, in bed. He gets what he wants, and he never loses. Not until he meets Emma Wright, and she turns his well-ordered life upside down. Emma was supposed to be a job – getting his hands all over her luscious body was only a bonus. Before he knows it, Axel is in deep.

Axel is sure Emma’s guilty as hell. Can he do his job and bring her down? Or will he follow his heart and claim her for his own?

EXCERPT:
Emma Wright was becoming a problem. She was supposed to be a job. An easy job. Get close to her, find evidence that she was selling confidential data to a competitor. Get paid a ton of money. How hard could it be? She was the head of Human Resources at a shipping company, not Mata Hari. This kind of thing was the bread and butter of Sinclair Security. I figured I’d take the meeting and pass the case to one of my guys. Then I got a good look at Emma Wright. Fiery red hair, creamy skin, abundant curves, and clear blue eyes with a wicked glint. She was irresistible. Luscious, soft, and more than a handful in all the right places. The moment I saw her picture, I knew I’d be handling her myself. Sleeping with the suspect wasn’t usually my MO, but in this case, I was prepared to make an exception. Normally, my approach was to get the evidence, give it to the client, close the case, and cash the check. Not with Emma. Getting her into bed wasn’t the hard part. Neither was pretending to be her lover. But Emma was tricky. She was smart. Funny. Gorgeous. And surprisingly kinky. Deliciously kinky. I’d never admit it, but it’s possible I was taking my time on the case just to have an excuse to keep her in my bed.

-Via GoodReads

Review

I literally just finished this novel, not even an hour ago and I’m still reeling from how insane this novel was. There was so much that happened. AND IT’S NOT EVEN THAT LONG OF A NOVEL.

So clearly, I’ve missed a book between The Wedding Rescue and The Temptation Trap. There must have been way more drama with the Russian mob from The Wedding Rescue. More on that later… In case you were wondering, this is one of those recently popular erotic novels, although there is a lot, and I mean A LOT of drama.

Between a rogue FBI agent, the leader of the Russian mob, her skeevy boss, and Axel Sinclair, Emma has a HUGE problem on her hands. It’s a legit shitstorm. Emma, I feel, keeps the story going, more so than Axel. Which would make sense since most of the drama is surrounding her life. Who knew being an HR manager could lead to such a crazy week.

There is so much going on it’s difficult for me to focus on one particular thing so forgive me because I will be jumping around with my thoughts.

Axel’s character is upsetting. During his POV, as Adam, he says he has a thing for Emma but then he goes and doesn’t believe her. Like, who TF do you think you are. Hello!! Listen to her explanation. But no. Knowing what Axel does for a living, I guess it’s obvious he’d react a certain way, but that is not okay whatsoever.

And her boss, guy gives everyone the creeps. Even Axel says he felt something was off ever since he took the case. Seriously, who told you not to follow your instincts? I really want to know, because ya screwed up one too many times.

All is forgiven though, because after Axel realizes that he screwed up he tries to fix everything. Not to mention his actions in the end. And that is all I’m saying because I’ll start spoiling things and we really don’t want that.

All in all, I had such a fun time reading this. And the cameos in this book are forever my favorite thing. I highly recommend this novel and Alexa Wilder’s work. And in case you were wondering about The Wedding Rescue, I have review for that as well.

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The Wedding Rescue (Complete series) by Alexa Wilder

As always, Facebook ads for Amazon books are the reason I find out about the deals for so many great books. No seriously, there are THOUSANDS of free or discounted books. And that is exactly how I found this great book series. Here we go.

Synopsis

The Wedding Rescue, the hot and sexy series by Alexa Wilder, is now available as a complete series. For the first time you can read all five books in one volume!

She thinks she’s not his type. He’s determined to prove her wrong.

Leigha Carmichael is used to the quiet life. A junior accountant by day, she knows girls like her don’t have exciting lives. She’s smart, shy and her curvy body doesn’t fit in among the beauty queens of Las Vegas. Still reeling from her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal, Leigha’s sworn off all men. Except she has a huge problem, and only the right man can solve it.
The moment he sees her across a crowded bar, Dylan Kane knows he wants her. And Dylan Kane always gets what he wants. Especially when the object of his desire is sitting in his own casino. She’s nothing like the skinny, overly made up women he’s used to. From her clear gray eyes to her luscious curves, Leigha is the real thing. Exactly the change of pace he’s been looking for. And even better, she needs something from him. With the bargain he has in mind, they’ll both get exactly what they want.
In the few days she’s his, Dylan plans to take control of every delectable inch of Leigha’s body. But when the weekend is over, will he be able to let her go?

**This hot and steamy alpha billionaire romance is perfect for fans of Hannah Ford, Lila Monroe, Cassie Cross and J.S. Scott**

BOOK ONE EXCERPT:

I saw her across a crowded room. It’s such a cliché, especially for me. I see beautiful women across crowded rooms all the time. The Delecta was my casino, and she was sitting at my bar.
It’s hard to say what made me stop. She wasn’t a showgirl or a model, and nothing like the tall, skinny, overly made up women I was accustomed to. No, she was something else. She was real.
When was the last time I’d had real? Real curves, generous enough to have her hips straining the seams of her navy blue dress. Real tits. Had to be. They were soft and full, even from a distance. They, too, strained against her dress. Mouthwatering. And her lips. A plump bow, ready to open for me. I had to see more.

-Via GoodReads

Review

As you can tell, this book has several books to it, five actually. But before you start to freak out and think, “how could one possibly get through five books,” you should probably know that they’re very short. So short in fact that I got threw two and a half in just a few hours.  While I enjoyed the story as it is, it may have been better to just keep the story in one book instead of five. But that’s just me.

In the Alpha Billionaires Club series, there are three “whole” books. I say “whole” because, just like The Wedding Rescue, the other books are divided into several mini-books. Each focusing on one of the three mega-sexy alpha billionaires: Dylan Kane, Axel Sinclair, and Sam Logan. Anyway back to the reason I originally started this post.

It’s the classic story of lust-at-first-sight that eventually becomes True Love. I’m a sucker for it. Especially considering the whole Cinderella aspect of the story.

Dylan is, or should I say was, a billionaire playboy when he noticed Leigha from across the bar of his swanky hotel. How totally realistic… This leads to several steamy moments between the pair.

Leigha’s family kind of sucks, her sisters are just awful human beings. But Dylan handles them quite well. Her mom wasn’t terrible, but she could’ve done way more to prevent the sisters from wanting to tear apart Leigha.

But, why oh why, did there have to be such an awful character, that would be Steven. Seriously, he’s the worst. I’ve read a lot in my very short life, and never, not once, have I ever read a character more awful than Steven. And involving the Russian Mob into this book, interesting… I wonder how that will play out in the following books.

Okay, back to Dylan. He’s just such a complex character. When the books was in his POV, we saw different sides of him: angry, concerned, intrigued, etc.  There was definitely a bigger character arc for Dylan than there was for Leigha. Although Leigha did become more confident in a matter of days. DAYS, that’s how long it took them to fall in love. I guess anything is possible. Too bad it was almost spoiled by that awful Steven, who’s name isn’t really Steven. Don’t think I didn’t catch onto that untied string in the plot.

I enjoyed reading this novel so much. With it’s various twist, turns and everything in between, what’s there not to love. And that ending!!!!!!!!!! It really made my hopeless romantic heart very happy. I give it two-thumbs-up and hope you consider adding this novel to your reading list.

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Greek Billionaire’s Blackmailed Bride by Leslie North

I just love romance novels. Don’t get me wrong, they’re total schmut. But for a hopeless romantic, they are the epitome of love and romance. Let’s get to it!

Synopsis

Greek banking heir Antonio Rosso is shocked when his late father leaves the beloved family villa to the one woman he never wanted to see again: Claire Bennett. 

After a hot and heavy fling, things ended abruptly when she was accused of being a gold digger. But now, to hang on to the home that meant so much to his mother, Antonio will not only have to get back into the beautiful American’s good graces, he’ll have to convince her to marry him.

When a job brings her back to Greece, voiceover artist Claire should have guessed Antonio was behind it. With his entitled upbringing, she knows he’s learned to use his money to get his way. After the way she was treated though, she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. He may be even more sinfully handsome than she remembered, but if he thinks she’ll agree to a sham marriage, he has another thing coming.

Claire is determined to prove she can’t be bought or sold, and Antonio needs nothing more than a temporary arrangement. But when their spark reignites, can they ever get past the ugly history between them?

Review

Honestly, most of this book was hilarious. I was literally laughing at how ridiculous every character and situation was. That’s not to say I did not love it, because I really did love it.
It is such a fun read. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

This novel follows several of the characters and is told in third-person omniscient. Meaning that the only I, me and my’s are when the characters are speaking. While the narrator does follow multiple characters, it mostly follows Claire Bennet and Antonio Rosso.

Claire Bennet. An American who how a fling with the son of a Greek billionaire while studying abroad. She is so sassy! I freaking love her. You learn little bits and pieces about what happened between her and Antonio before this whole situation. Honestly, I don’t understand why it’s “Blackmailed Bride.” She wasn’t blackmailed, actually I’d say she was more reluctant.

Antonio Rosso. The Greek billionaire’s heir that Claire had an affair with. He is basically what women want. Sexy, well-educated, FOREIGN. He is so serious half the time, like Tony relax, things will work out. At least that always happens in the novels I read.

The story actually begins years after Antonio and Claire’s whirlwind romance, at a will reading of all places. The terms of the will are actually really funny, and it really sucks for the Rosso family. Particularly Antonio. Like, WHO DOES THAT?!!!! And the family villa going to the woman he insulted, I think that’s fair.

As it would seem, even after all the hurt feelings, the chemistry is totally still there. Like I mean completely there. Although, Antonio tricking Claire into coming back to Greece was kind of lame, but highly entertaining.

I mentioned earlier that it follows multiple characters. It slightly follows Alexandra and Darious for maybe two chapters…I wonder why. Is there going to be more to this story? Are they crushing on each other? I don’t know, but I have my suspicions.

Anyway back to Claire and Antonio! They do end up going through the farce in order to comply with the terms of Antonio’s father’s will, but it doesn’t really seem like a farce to either of them. Oh to be on the Greek Islands at this moment.

While this novel is anything but realistic, it is quite entertaining and lots of fun to read. It’s also a quick read, so it’s a win-win for everyone. I totally recommend this novel!
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