Murder Notes by Lisa Renee Jones (Lilah Love #1)

5 Stars

I started reading Lisa Renee Jones with her Dirty Money series. That series made me a fan, and I haven’t looked back since. I think Murder Notes might be one of my favorite books to date. It’s a definite departure from her usual genre, but the book still retains LRJ’s signature style.
Lilah Love is my new favorite heroine. Shes’s crass, damaged and just generally gives no f*cks. She feels real and raw in a way that isn’t common in a world of cookie cutter characters.

I LOVE Kane. Like love him, love him. Characters like him are the reason I read romance and I wish we saw more of him. He’s dark, dangerous, and powerful. I know this isn’t a romance, but the chemistry is real, so I’m hoping we see them get together more before the end of the series.

Then there is that cliffhanger alert.

I expect cliffhangers with LRJ. It’s part of her style and I accept them happily. That being said, this is the first book of hers that I would like to recommend to my mother… who does not read cliffhangers. I will be giving her a copy of the series… once it’s complete.

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Title: Murder Notes
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Lilah Love #1
Release Date: March 27, 2018

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?
I scan the ocean, expecting it to turn to blood, but it simply crashes to the shore.
I turn to the house and take a step, then stop abruptly, a shadow flickering by the house. A shiver runs down my spine. There it is again. Another shadow. Someone is there. It’s then that I flash back to being on this very sand, with Kane grabbing my arms and saying, “I’ll take care of it.” And I let him, and did so without asking questions, until it was too late to change the outcome. Because I was weak that night and he was strong. But I am not weak anymore.
I pull my weapon and start running for the house, wind in my hair and face, my heart thundering in my ears, and I don’t stop until I’m staring at the blood splattered all over the patio glass, some kind of note pinned in the center. Adrenaline surges through me, but I am in my Otherworld now. I retain my cool. I walk to the patio door, using the end of my shirt to open the door, and then I systematically search every inch of the house. When I know I’m alone, I walk to my bag, pull on gloves and then walk back outside, yanking the note off the door. Returning back inside, I lock the door and pull the blinds and then I open the note. At the top is the alphabet, pasted in paper letters, with an X across the letter A. The note reads:
A is for the Apple a day that keeps the doctor away. But a doctor couldn’t help him, could he?
 
I KNOW.

To celebrate the release of MURDER NOTES Lisa is giving away TWO Lilah Love Mugs PLUS a Kindle Fire Tablet!


 

Title: Murder Girl
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Lilah Love #2
Release Date: July 10, 2018
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones returns with the second book in her electrifying series featuring Lilah Love, an FBI profiler who doesn’t fight her dark side—she embraces it.
It’s Lilah Love’s job to inhabit a killer’s mind. The unapologetically tough FBI profiler is very comfortable there. But her latest case is making her head spin. It’s a string of brutal assassinations carried out across the country, each tied to a mysterious tattoo. Body by body, she’s followed the clues all the way back to her hometown. And every step of the way, the killer has been following her.
Here, beneath the glamour of the privileged Hamptons community, is a secret long buried but never forgotten. It’s bigger than Lilah. It’s powerful enough to escape the reach of the FBI. And it’s more personal than anyone can imagine. Because it’s hiding in Lilah’s own past. To fight it, she’s forced to turn to her lethally tempting ex, Kane Mendez. He’s an expert at bringing out Lilah’s darkest impulses. If she plans to survive, she’s going to need them.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.
In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling DIRTY MONEY and WHITE LIES series. Presently, Lisa is working on her Murder Girl/Lilah Love series to be published by Montlake.
Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
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Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay

Your One & Only by [Finlay, Adrianne]5 Stars

I LOVED this book. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a YA fantasy, and this one was so good! It’s a unique story which always earns extra points and I didn’t want to put it down which earns even more.

This is a sci-fi dystopian set in a future where humans went extinct due to a plague. Earth is now populated by precise colonies of clones that ensure the population stays at predetermined levels…. and then there’s a love story.

I really loved this book and especially enjoyed the deeper questions woven throughout. What makes a mother? a father? a human? There were so many questions to ponder all set up in a really easy to digest book. I actually think this would be a great book for older teens to read for school because there is a lot to discuss. The only problem with that would be the sexual situations throughout. Seriously though, if you love YA Scifi/Dystopians with a bit of love thrown in then you should really check this book out.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls3.5 Stars

Anyone that regularly reads my reviews knows that I’m constantly trying to read outside my comfort genres. I love romances & YA fantasy, so that is what I read the majority of the time. What I don’t mention, is that I prefer to read books written by women. So when I picked up this book that was obviously out of my comfort zone, I assumed it was written by a woman. It’s not, and what’s funny about that is that I shouldn’t have assumed Riley was a female, as one of the best guys in my life has the same name….

What I didn’t know was that I’m not the only woman that prefers books written by other women, so the pen name of Riley Sager was chosen specifically to get around this bias. I have to say that as much as it annoyed me when I found out, that I’m also kind of glad because I really did end up enjoying this book more than I expected to. I never would have picked it up otherwise.

Final Girls felt slow moving at the beginning of the book and I often cringed at the actions of Quincy as they got increasingly more erratic. What kept me going was the desperate need to find out what actually happened that night. I had many guesses, and never really settled on one. I also had a “I hope this happens” that didn’t pan out. What did happen, was that I got blindsided by the truth. I didn’t particularly like the reveal, but it was shocking and I always like that.

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Poison Kisses Part 1 by Lisa Renee Jones (Poison Kisses #1)

Poison Kisses Part 1 (Poison Kisses, #1) 4 Stars

Poison Kisses Part 1 is the book that I thought Falling Under was when I first started reading it. Seth has been this undeniable presence in the Dirty Money series. He’s intriguing, but we know nothing about him except that he’s loyal and exceptional good at his job. This is his story and it pulls you in instantly with its intensity.

The only thing I don’t understand is why this was broken up into three parts. I haven’t read the 2nd and 3rd part yet, but I would assume it reads like a normal novel so I’m not sure what benefit comes from breaking the book up like this.

Seth is known as The Assassin. Amanda is The Scientist, but Seth prefers to call her The Poison Princess. Their working relationship turned into a romantic one while they were undercover as a married couple for several months. Then Amanda went on the run without her partner and he’s been chasing her down ever since. The chemistry between these two is on point, and there is a definite push-pull to their relationship. There are obviously feelings there, but they are both fighting them with everything they have. I loved it, and can’t wait to read Parts 2 & 3.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Judgment Road by Christine Feehan (Torpedo Ink #1)

Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink) by [Feehan, Christine]4 Stars

If you are a fan of PNR then you have definitely heard of Christine Feehan. Her name is synonymous with the genre and she has many series that span many years. I’ve never read one of her books because I hate jumping in at the middle of a series and the first books in those series seem so long ago that I never want to pick them up.  Judgment Road is the first book in her new Torpedo Ink series so I jumped at the chance to read it.

This book is darker and grittier than I expected it to be, but I liked that it went in that direction. I’m usually sensitive to violence, but it fit with this book. I will say that there are multiple triggers (so many I couldn’t possibly remember them all) but abuse of all kinds is rampant in their pasts. Reading this book made me wish that I had read more of her work (especially Blythe’s story) but I didn’t ever feel like I had missed something needed for the plot. Just that I want to know more about these characters in any way possible.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and I can definitely see why shes a constant favorite in the PNR genre. I will be going back to read some of her older books so I can enjoy more of her writing. Lucky for me there are dozens of books to get through before I’m caught up on her.

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The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren (The Ones Who Got Away #1)

The Ones Who Got Away (The Ones Who Got Away, #1)

4 Stars

The Ones Who Got Away was an unexpected page turner that I read in one sitting.

I waffled on picking up this book for a long time. The cover was attractive to me and I’m a sucker for second chance romances… add in a “rough around the edges” cop and I was really wanting to read this. The one thing that was holding me back is the subject matter. I’m one of those people that doesn’t watch the news because it makes me too sad. I get the major headlines but that’s it. A book that is based on such a tragic event, especially after all the recent mass shooting events was a hard leap to take.

Once I started it though, I didn’t put it down. Yes, there is heavy subject matter. Yes, I cried. But there is so much more to this story than their horrible shared history. If that is what is deterring you from reading this book, it shouldn’t.

Usually I focus on the hero of the romances I read, but this is one case where the heroine is a standout. I think Liv is one of my favorite heroines ever. She seemed so real that I wanted to be her friend.

There is a good lead-in to the next book and I was left wanting to read Rebecca’s story as soon as possible.

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How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach by Melanie Mühl & Diana von Kopp

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4 Stars

How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach was a really interesting look into the psychology of why (& how much) we eat. This was a quick read, and I found myself wanting more when I reached the end of the book. While some of the things mentioned in this book would be considered “general knowledge” to anyone that has ever read an article about weight loss it is also chock full of facts that I hadn’t heard before. Did you know there was a study to determine what color yellow people preferred their bananas to be? I didn’t.

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