Ella and Kayden’s story continues in
Demand by Lisa Renee Jones
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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.
Crossing behind the couch toward the kitchen, I find myself remembering those naked, intimate moments with Kayden only a short time ago. The passion. The trust I’d felt for him. And then his words: “We both want more. Until we don’t.” The words send a surge of adrenaline and nerves through my body.
The scent of freshly brewed coffee teases my nostrils as I reach the kitchen, where I immediately find Kayden standing behind the island. But it’s not him that makes my heart lurch, as usual. It’s my gun that’s lying on the counter between us.
And when I should perhaps step backward I find myself charging forward to claim the other side of the counter.
“What is that for?”
“You thought you needed it earlier,” he says. “I want you to have it now.”
My fingers curl on the tiled counter. “Do I need it?”
“That’s for you to decide.”
“That isn’t the answer I want.”
His jaw sets hard. “If you’re expecting an answer you’ll want, you’d better pick up that gun.”
We stare at each other, a push and pull between us that has nothing to do with fear or intimidation, and everything to do with a bond we both know is being tested. “I know what you’re doing.”
“What am I doing?”
“The same thing you did outside that church, when you helped me hold the gun to your chest.”
“Which is what?”
“Offering me the façade of control.”
“You holding a loaded gun on me in no way equals a façade.”
“I know you now,” I counter. “You don’t give up control, even when you say you are.”
He rests his hands on the counter, one turned just enough for me to catch a glimpse of the hawk inked on his wrist, its wings spread, the mark of a man whose rules of many must dictate his actions. “There are two sides to this coin,” he says, his words drawing my attention, his pale blue eyes piercing mine. “The me with you, and the me with everyone else.”
“We barely knew each other at the church.”
“I’d already decided you were mine. You just didn’t know it yet.”
Gosh this was so good. We pick up exactly where Book 1, Denial, ended. Ella is still unable to remember who she is and she fears that whatever she is will threaten what is happening between her and Kayden, Kayden assures her that whatever happens he will not let her go and he promises to protect her will all the resources available to the Hawk including the Evil Eye. She finally finds the identity of “him” and starts to understand who David is, but still she doesn’t know everything about her past. With Ella not knowing who she is, she is left to follow her gut which guides her to trust Kayden, but is he hiding more from her. He says that he is trouble and knows a lot about secret missions so he has theories about what happened to her.
This was quite a roller coaster ride. I can’t really tell more about how good this story is since it would spoil the ride. This is an amazingsuspense-filledd read that really kept me on the edge of my seat. Each character has their own agenda and it is hard to figure out who is truly a friend and who is foe. Since Kayden has publicly claimed Ella is his she has a certain level of protection, but there is no assurance that she doesn’t have memories locked up that could destroy them. I am anxious to read Surrender which is the next book in the series. There are still so many mysteries, but I love Kayden and the whole Underground crew.
I really enjoyed the intrigue in this book. Lisa Renee Jones is one of the best suspense story tellers and I love this series. The hesitation Ella feels with her memory kept me on the edge of my seat. The fear that every new memory has to be relived all over again and the knowledge that one of those memories could drive a wedge between her and Kayden. The only downside is that I have to wait for the rest of the series!
Hero: Kayden 5 stars
Heroine: Ella 5 stars
Steam Level:5 stars
Plot: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars
Review by Sharon
LLEP Review Team
Although the Careless Whispers series is a continuation of Lisa’s Inside Out series, the books from Inside Out do not have to be read first. However, Denial, Demand and Surrender, must be read in order.
Book one, DENIAL, is available NOW!
Book three, SURRENDER, coming January 2017
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About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series, which is now in development for a television show to be produced by Suzanne Todd of Team Todd (Alice in Wonderland). Suzanne Todd on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with. I’m thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara’s whole story – her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality.
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 presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.
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.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at http://www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.
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