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?
This is Lisa Renee Jones back to her very best.
I’ve read a lot from this author this year, and have found that some of her stories draw me in more than others. Her intermediate series tend to be fairly generic, but it’s releases like this that make me excited. Weaved throughout with mystery and strong characters, my brain was working overtime to unravel the difficult relationships and past of Lilah Love, establishing how the events of this lead’s past formed the flawed character we follow.
It was refreshing for less of the emphasis to be on the BDSM-lite erotica which pads out some of Jones’ other works; rather, there was just a touch of romance here, the focus being on the mystery and relationships between this group of characters. Something to suck one in on a winter’s day by the fire—and a sequel to look forward to.
A new sexy standalone from Lisa Renee Jones…
Ex-special forces, Jacob King, is a man who keeps to himself, having learned the hard way that letting people close to you, trusting them, might just get you killed. A lesson he learned when members of his Special Ops team turned dirty, while others, men he considered friends, died. He made them pay. He made them hurt. He put them in jail. And so he doesn’t trust anyone anymore. He keeps his women hot and fast, his friends few to none, and his clients through the elite Walker Security at a professional distance, but safe.
It works for him. Until it doesn’t.
His newest job should be simple and cut and dry. Jewel Carpenter, the daughter of the CEO of Carpenter Enterprises, is receiving death threats. He’s to protect her and find out who is issuing the treats.
Simple. Cut and Dry.
Until it’s not.
Until the chemistry between he and Jewel is all about love, hate, and sex. But even as he fights the attraction to Jewel and discovers there is more to her than meets the eye, the real threat comes not from the threats she’s receiving, but the connection she has to him. Because his past has come full circle, and those men he’s made pay for their sins now want him to pay. And what better way than the woman in his bed?
This was a slightly shorter read from Jones, and a standalone, so a little different to what I’m accustomed to (her Dirty Money series being the most recent, but she is very much known for her series, layering intrigue). I wasn’t disappointed—there was enough detail and complexities to the characters to keep me wanting more, with the usual thick chemistry this time woven into a hate/love / enemies-to-lovers theme. With the perfect balance of sex to action (sometimes a sticking point for me with this author), I found myself invested in the story, pulled in my the mystery and the developing relationship between hard-as-nails detective Jewels and green beret alpha Jacob.
With twists and turns and a supporting cast to please readers who have invested in this series, this read is sure to please fans of Lisa Renee Jones, as well as being light enough on the intrigue to ease new readers in.
A great book to get stuck into on a cold winter’s day.
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….
This is book THREE of FOUR in Shane and Emily’s story.
I’m a big fan of Lisa Renee Jones’ brand of erotic suspense, and this series has been intriguing from the off. Enter instalment three, which I’ve finally managed to find the time to catch up on.
I’ll admit, I’m not particularly a big fan of the branding for this series; the covers wouldn’t tempt me to one-click. Luckily, I know Lisa Renee Jones’ work well enough to want it anyway!
As ever, Lisa manages to weave several fascinating strands of story together, with numerous characters and their relevant agenda working beautifully together (and, indeed, against one another). It is pure skill that she manages to maintain this, and the complex plot, without the reader becoming completely lost in this high-stakes game. Even better, we had the chance to delve into the minds of previously secretive Derek and Theresa.
In some aspects, what I felt was a slight disappointment was the overabundance of sex scenes—and believe me, this is a criticism I seldom provide. There were far too many, and their quality just wasn’t enough to have me interested. I much preferred the politics.
That cliffhanger though.
We’re beginning to get a sense of the development of our characters, with some softening and some hardening. Of particular interest to me were that of Derek and Shane, and their relationships both with one another and with others. Their actions, their goals. What’s happening is various shades of grey, layering up the tension to make for what I imagine to be a rather explosive finale.
Despite the disappointing sex scenes, Lisa Renee Jones’ brand of romantic suspense never fails to impress, and Bad Deeds is just another delicious portion before we’re served the dessert of this epic series.
Here’s this week’s selection of teasers (click on the graphic for more info)
Fighting the Lies by Anna Edwards
The cage door closes on Emma Bryant’s freedom after she is arrested for a brutal murder that she did not commit. The tough-talking lioness knows the penalty she faces is death. Can she repel all of the lies in order to survive?
Scott Frazier is always the joker. Beneath the golden lion’s mane is hidden a secret that just might save the woman he’s known to be his future mate since the first time he saw her. The blood of kings runs through him. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice to save the one he loves?
Fighting the Lies is the sequel to The Touch of Snow; the paranormal romance that had non-readers converting to the genre. It continues the story of the Glacial Blood pack as they strive to save a member from the horrific position she finds herself in. But the story isn’t that simple, not when Nuka Lincoln is around, and an impending storm threatens the world as they know it. The Glacial Blood world is full of intrigue, suspense and kick arse fights. It also features a secret that should remain untold.
A family isn’t always blood; it’s the people in your life that accept you for what you are.
In Too Deep by Jordan Marie
I did a bad thing.
I did a really bad thing.
I’m not a bad person, I swear. I just made a few mistakes.
Mistake number one was agreeing to rent my hotel out to an insufferable a**hole, named Aden Smith.
Mistake number two was ignoring his threats to sue me when he handed over a list of items he deemed “unacceptable”.
Mistake number three was diving into the pool to save his life when he fell. It would have been less complicated to hide his body.
When the hospital refuses to let me know how he is, I panic.
Claiming to be his wife might be my biggest mistake yet—especially when he believes me!
He might have been the one drowning, but I’m sinking in a bed of lies, going down fast—and there’s not a rescue in sight.
Dirty Rich One Night Stand by Lisa Renee Jones
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 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?
Illusions of Evil by Lily White
It’s what he said to me across his altar, what he demanded so that I would be pure.
In the moment he blessed me with his virtue, I was no longer the woman I’d once been.
I was Eve.
His bridge to Heaven’s gate.
I failed him because my faith was not strong enough.
He punished me for not giving in.
Resisting temptation is never easy.
Not when his hands, his teeth, his heat and hunger were the greatest of my sins.
The intrigue continues in book two of Lisa Renee Jones’ crime thriller Dirty Money series, Damage Control.
I enjoyed this more than the first in the series, although I have to admit I left it far too long to read this, and forgot too much of what had been built up in book one. However, I felt like I was able to catch up to the plot pretty quickly, which is a testament to Jones’ writing.
Not only does this book continue the family chess game and pile on the suspense, but it also deals with the two protagonists, Shane and Emily, learning to fit with one another in the midst of the family drama—which is increased significantly, on both sides.
My only real dislike of this novel was that Jones’ writing style is in the protagonists’ heads a little too much. Their narrations become somewhat repetitive, and in some cases I almost felt like skimming them, but am glad I refrained from doing so. There’s a lot to take in here, but a little more action and less thinking in circles might be desirable.
Looking forward to book three.