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Forever by Abrianna Denae Blog Tour & Review




Title: Forever
Series: Destroyed by Love, Book One
Author: Abrianna Denae
Genre: Mature YA/NA Romance
Published: February 2, 2017




She’s hiding from the girl she once was.

He’s just trying to get through another day.

Marley Fallon doesn’t believe in attachments, not after her world was destroyed by those she trusted the most. She’s put on a new face and is ready to bury the past. Nothing good can come from remembering the pain. 

What she doesn’t count on is Wyatt Hensley. The silent stranger manages to get under her skin in ways she can’t explain.

Wyatt doesn’t want anything to do with the mysterious new girl. He has bigger issues to worry about. 

However, you can’t fight what’s right in front of you. 

Wyatt and Marley find themselves sharing their deepest, darkest secrets. It’s not long until they’re immersed in the other’s life and heart. 

But as soon as they find each other, they also find that forever isn’t as long as they think.







When Wyatt said he wanted to be friends I didn’t know that meant he would actually acknowledge my presence. In class, he made it a point to talk to me and said he’d meet me for lunch.
Now I’m standing at the end of the line in the cafeteria, not sure what to do. Kala walks in front of me, heading toward a table full of people I hate. Do I walk toward the unknown? Do I sit with a boy who never even looks up during lunch? Or do I sit with people who are familiar to me? Their faces and names are different, but their attitudes are the same ones that I grew up around. They’re comfortable to me, and that’s why I hate them. If I’m going to survive, then I have to make wise choices, but I suppose that one unwise choice won’t kill me.
So when Kala drops down in her usual seat I don’t follow. Instead I keep walking toward the boy who could destroy me with one glance.
“Took you long enough,” he says.
Wyatt doesn’t look up from his hands. I place my tray on the table and sit across from him. He doesn’t have any food, he never does. “I’m not going to hurt you.”
“How do you know?” He lifts his gaze to mine, it’s intense, and it unnerves me.
The feelings that Wyatt stirs inside of me leave me confused and intrigued. I want to explore these feelings, but you can’t build a relationship on lies. Been there done that.
“Because I don’t plan to. I promise I won’t hurt you, Marley. I don’t break my promises.”
“I don’t believe in promises, they’re just empty words. I don’t know you. You could be saying this today, and something else tomorrow.”
“How many people do you think know about my sisters?” He leans forward and lowers his voice. I become aware of the stares and the whispers. “You know who they are. Granted it was only a matter of time, but still. I didn’t know how to handle it. But you did.”
“You confuse me.”
“I could say the same about you.”
“Are we ever going to have an actual conversation?”
He raises an eyebrow, his clear gaze burning into me. I want to turn away, but can’t. “You tell me.”







This a debut book for this author and after reading the blurb I was intrigued.   Once I got the book right away this story and the characters grabbed me and sucked me in. 


Pagan and her dad leave their once perfect life behind after experiencing a betrayal so devastating and raw.  To start over Pagan beomes Marley in an attempt to start fresh.  She wants nothing to do with the old life she had.  Her family has money but she still decides to get own job and make her own way.  It is at this job she meets Wyatt.  Wyatt is handsome but yet aloof and peeks her interest,


I loved how the author handled Marley and Wyatt’s relationship.  Wyatt has a lot on his plate and a relationship would only distract him from his priority and obligations to his sisters.  Marley still doesn’t trust anyone and is still dealing with the betrayals she left at home as well as new ones that slowly begin to arise.  I loved how slowly their friendship built into real deep romantic feelings.


The slow burn and often torturous written words in this story was perfectly balanced.  We get to really know these characters and see how much they were perfect for one another.  The plot and story line were extremely well written and the character development was superb.  As the characters figure out their feelings and dive into a more serious one, we see them slowly build trust and tear down walls and barriers.  The other bonus for me was how their relationship wasn’t just physical, we do get to that point but we see these two wonderfully strong people explore their feelings and as they learn to trust the more they give in.  Wonderfully done!   I wasn’t expecting the plot that came out of nowhere and it shocked me and threw me for a loop.   I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2  in this series.  If you haven’t got a hold of this book, please do so you want regret it.






Abrianna Denae is a twenty-year- old author living in Northern California. An English major, she has always had a passion for writing.

Deciding to sit down and write one of the many stories that had plagued her mind for years was the easy part-finding the time to do it was a different story.

Caffeine is her best friend, and sleep is her worst enemy.
A lover of books that make the reader feel something, she tries to incorporate as much of her real-world views and feelings into her stories as she can.


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FALLING UNDER by Lisa Renee Jones

JANUARY 23, 2018


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?





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“Just to be clear,” he says, his voice low and rough. “I’m breaking every rule I own with you. I don’t fuck women I’m protecting.”

“You could hand me over to someone else,” I suggest, “and it won’t matter.”

“Not a chance in hell,” he says, his hand sliding under my hair to cup my neck. “We’ll break the rules together.”

“I’m not sure I like how you do ‘together’.”

“I’ll make sure you do,” he promises, his lips slanting over mine, and this time he kisses me like he owns me, like he wants to control me, and like I really am his, like I belong to him, and in this very moment, I can honestly say

I am. I want him, and I can’t get enough of him.

And how can it ever be enough when he’s this damn impossibly hot, and he’s such a damn good kisser. The way he makes me want his mouth on every part of me and the way he makes me want my mouth on every part of him. And so, there it is. I’m his, but I’m going to make damn sure he’s mine, too. I kiss him back as passionately as he’s kissing me. I meet him stroke for stroke, arching into him, telling him I am here and present, and I’m not even close to afraid of him or of this. He doesn’t get to control me. He isn’t making me do this. I control me, and I choose him and this.

Arching into him, his shoulder holster and mine are in the way, and I want them gone. I want him naked. Just to be certain that he knows that’s where I want this to go, my hand presses between us and I stroke the hard line of his shaft. He groans low in his throat, a sexy rough sound that tells me he gets the point. This isn’t his show. It’s ours. It’s us together, or there is no show, with or without our clothes on.

His reaction is to tear his mouth from mine, his lips lingering there though, as if he wants to kiss me again, and just when I would kiss him again, he leans away just enough to shrug out of his jacket. I take one step backward, and do the same with my blazer. I reach down and pull off my boots and he does the same. Next, we disconnect our shoulder holsters, and the truth is, it’s the first time I’ve ever been with a man who is probably more armed than me. That feels significant when it perhaps is not. He’s not a cop. He’s not that kind of career complication. He’s a Green-fucking-Beret, and one hell of a hot one, for that matter.

He sets his weapon on the couch and snags my hand, walking me toward him and taking my holster and weapon as he does. “Just making sure you don’t end up shooting me before this is over,” he says, setting it with his before shackling my hip.

“I told you I’ll wait until after the orgasms.”

“Careful,” he says, a hint of a smile on his lips again. “I might hold that orgasm and you captive.”

“You can try,” I say, but my head isn’t in the game in this moment, and somehow my hand is on his face, right by the almost smile, that seems to have complicated what should be sex, an escape, a way to pull back the emotions that umbrella stirred in me. That smile reminds me that Mr. Robot is his wall, his way to cope with death, with whatever makes him protect Jesse Marks.

He captures my hand. “What are you thinking?”

“That you have on too many clothes,” I say, before I let this go someplace emotional, somewhere that two people like us never want to go.

My hands press under his shirt, but he doesn’t immediately give me what I want. He studies me for several beats and then kisses me hard and fast. Too fast, but I get over it when he pulls his shirt off. He cups my face and kisses me, his hand sliding up my shirt, his touch fire that has me helping him pull my shirt over my head. Letting him drag me to him where he now sits on the couch. I straddle him, my bra somehow gone by the time I’m there. But my hands press to his shoulders, and I hold him at bay. “I will still arrest you if I need to,” I promise. “This doesn’t change that.”

“You aren’t going to arrest me any more than you hate me.” He glances down at my chest, his gaze a hot caress as it rakes over my breasts, my nipples, before his eyes meet mine. “Because you know I’m protecting you.”

I ignore the ache between my thighs. Or I try. “From what? The slayer or the Jesse Marks damage patrol?”

His hand slides between my shoulder blades and he molds my chest to his. “Do you really want to talk about Jesse Marks right now? Because if you ask me questions, I’m going to ask you questions when I’d much rather be inside you, giving you as many reasons as I can not to arrest me. But you pick. Conversation or fucking.”

“Both,” I say, because it’s the truth. I want answers and I want the conversation my emotions are having in my head to shut up. “Fucking first.” I push away from him and stand up, unbuttoning my pants, sliding them down my hips, and he watches me with that unreadable, robot expression that is admittedly sexy as hell. I press my lips to his and that’s all it takes.

We are crazy, hot, kissing, his hands on my breasts, my nipples, my neck. I can’t touch him enough. I can’t feel him enough, can’t get close enough, and that’s new to me. I don’t need anyone the way I feel I need this man. I don’t want to need anyone this much, but it’s too late. At least, right here, right now, I do. He rolls us to our sides, facing one another, the wide cushion of the couch more than holding us and the next kiss isn’t fast and frenzied. It’s long, drugging, and somewhere in the midst of his tongue stroking my tongue, I end up on my back with the heavy weight of him on top of me…





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Burn for You by Gwen Knight ** RELEASE BLITZ **

First rule of being a single dad… Don’t f*ck up.

Dragon-shifter Keaton Lafay is at the end of his rope. It’s hard being a single dad, especially when his daughter is a teenager who can breathe fire. When his clan signs him up for a singles cruise with Meet Your Alpha, Keaton has no choice but to go. The catch? Thanks to a certain daughter’s recent expulsion, he isn’t sailing alone. Out at sea, surrounded by nothing but water, desperate single females, and his crotchety daughter, what could possibly go wrong?

As a child counselor to a school full of female preteen shifters, Wren Michaels is convinced she’s seen it all. But when Jinx Lafay loses control and shifts on campus grounds, she soon realizes she doesn’t know anything. Including how easy it is to fall for Jinx’s growly father. When she stumbles across Keaton on a singles cruise, it seems like all her dreams are about to come true. Until a strange witch awakens something powerful within Wren–something best left forgotten…

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Purrs4You: Hey handsome. Wanna fuck? I’ve never ridden a dragon before.
I bit back a laugh and stared at the words, astounded by her lack of effort. Seriously? Was this what amounted to dating these days? Just sign up on a website and fire off a few risqué sentences with the hope someone responds? And her username? A dig at her shifter form, most likely. Probably some type of cat—I hadn’t bothered to read her profile.
Purrs4You: Well? You interested, baby? Bet I can set your loins on fire.
And not in a good way, I assumed. Who the hell was this woman? Did she honestly think this sort of message would work? I shook my head, about to close down the conversation when I saw those three little dots scrawling across the screen, indicating an incoming message.
Joy of joys.
Except, instead of more text, a picture popped up on my screen. A picture of… Whoa. I blinked, equally surprised and amused by this turn of events. Definitely a pussy staring back at me. And not the four-legged kind.
Clearly, she expected a response. I imagined her sitting at a desk somewhere, tapping these long nails against the wooden top as she waited for my answer, a predator among prey. Well, dragon trumped kitty any day of the week. And this dragon had zero interest in making her purr.
I typed out a quick message. Simple and succinct.
Keats: Not interested.
Purrs4You: Bet I can change your mind. No one can resist petting my mouse.
Her…what now? I wasn’t entirely up on modern-day slang, but I think I got the gist of that one. I exhaled and tossed my phone down onto my own desk.
My phone dinged again, but I ignored it. Ever since Jasper signed me up on that stupid site, it’d been one message after another. Ding, ding, ding. Nonstop alerts filling up my phone until I wanted to break the damn thing.
God, I hated dating.
The entire process was maddening. The wooing, the flowers, the pretty words, the false promises… Not to mention the most difficult part: meeting someone. People often said the first obstacle was the hardest to overcome. But, seriously? What the hell did these women expect from me?
Back in my day, dating seemed so simple. Find a beautiful dragon-shifter, charm her with hordes of gold and plumes of fire, then settle down, marry, and pop out a few kids. I’d done all of that, only to find myself widowed and alone within twenty years—a shockingly short timespan when dealing with shifters.
Nowadays, it seemed like women wanted so much more. Not to mention my chances of finding another female dragon-shifter were slim to nil. We were a dying breed. The world had given way to the wolves and the lions—the more adaptable breeds. We dragons were caught in the past. We missed our castles and riches, and the days when we could spread our wings and take to the skies. Now we needed a bloody flying permit. Even had to register with the Federal Aviation Administration. Somewhere in my wallet, I literally had a card that read recreational pilot.
I leaned back in my cushioned chair and stared at the matchmaking website in front of me.—Where Happily Ever Alphas Are Only A Click Away. Catchy, I suppose. When Jasper first told me about this site, he’d claimed it catered to the paranormal community, though they did allow humans to join if they so desired. How my happily-married second-in-command had heard about this site, I hadn’t a clue. Nor did I intend to ask. Ignorance was bliss.
Jasper had even gone so far as to make me a profile, seeing as he was one of the few who not only understood technology but reveled in it. The marvelous things modern technology can do, he’d said. Truthfully, I’d nearly torn a few scales off his hide when he’d first mentioned this to me. Until I’d spotted the hopeful gleam in my clan members’ eyes. For five years now, I’d been without a mate, and it seemed they were of the unanimous decision that I needed to find someone new who would care for me and my daughter. It didn’t matter to them that I’d already had my chance at true love.
And lost it.

Gwen Knight is a Canadian girl currently living in Jasper, AB. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a degree in Archaeology and Geography. Her interests consist of playing in the dirt, designing elaborate snow forts, boating, and archery.

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Down by Contact (The Barons #2) by Santino Hassell **Josie’s Review**



This book can be read as a standalone.

Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…





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Down by Contact was a great enemies to lovers book.  I didn’t read book 1 in this series and even though it’s not needed I did stop and go back to get more history.  Once I started this book it was impossible to put it down.  It was a gripping and entertaining read not filled with unnecessary angst.


Simeon and Adrian are both charming and captivating characters.  I loved watching these two strong characters figure out life both on and off the field and their relationship.  The banter and the digs showed just how even if you don’t understand just how words and actions can deeply harm others. Also how not accepting and embracing yourself can be frustrating.


Simeon is full of love, loyalty and dedicated to his football career, family, friends and anyone who needs him.  He’s not ashamed of being gay and open about it in his profession.  He’s dealt with all the backlash, ridicule, sneers and negative comments and it doesn’t bother him because he’s not afraid of who he is.  He doesn’t believe in love but he does do the random hook up thing.  Adrian at first glance, I didn’t like him.  Rivalry is one thing but Adrian set out to publicly humiliate Simeon whenever he can.  Those very public and sublime homophobic comments lead to an altercation that causes the pair to spend time together.


Adrian grew on me and as much as I tried to fight my growing love for this character, it was a battle I lost.  There is so much more to him than his comments.  Adrian’s issues come from not understanding his feelings toward Simeon.  I enjoyed watching him come into his own and struggle through his feelings.  Things aren’t easy because both have demanding and judgemental careers but Adrian’s struggle and hesitation goes deeper.   It is because of these deeper issues I fell hard for this character.  Simeon and Adrian are strong, raw and tough so when I got to see them take down the walls I felt a connection and had a clearer  insight.   I felt the relationship aspect was great, it wasn’t instant, it was a gradual development and it fitted both the characters.  They both supported one another through out this new discovery.  I really glad I read this book and will be sure to read the next book in this series.




About The Author


Santino Hassell is a cynical New Yorker by day and a romance author with an affinity for baseball caps by night. He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in Hypable, Washington Post, Book Riot, Vulture, Jezebel, RT Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

You can find a full list of his novels with series order on the Books page of his website. You can also follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. You can also join his reader group, Get Hasselled, which is where he hangs out the most! Merchendise is available on Zazzle.

Alace Sweets by MariaLisa deMora Release Blitz & Review






From the author of the Rebel Wayfarers MC series, MariaLisa deMora,  comes the dark thriller “Alace Sweets”
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Revenge really IS sweet. ~Alace Sweets.
A dark thriller, this book is not a light read.
Filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense, this intense story commands the reader’s attention as it drives towards the explosive ending. Alace Sweets is a vigilante serial killer, with everything that implies and is sure to trip all your triggers. Be ready.
At seventeen, Alace Sweets turned a corner in her life, taking the wrong shortcut home from school.
Resisting the harsh knowledge her attackers will never be made to pay for their actions, Alace takes a stand. Justice must be served, and if fate’s scales are out of balance, she’s determined to set things
right as best she can.
When the laws of men fail, the rules of Alace prevail.






Alace Sweets is different from anything I read from this author.  I fell in love with this authors writing way back when I first read the very first book in the  Rebel Wayfarers series.  This book is a different feel from her MC series but it did not disappoint.  This book has thrills, chills, suspense, a kick ass heroine out for revenge and a BBF to die for.  


You have to go into this book blind because giving away an ounce of this story will ruin the feels that should along while reading it.  The story flowed perfectly, the writing and character development sucked me in the very first page until the last.  Alace is a strong willed female lead character, she is tough and smart but also vulnerable, caring and loving.  The author delivered a character that will stay with me for years to come.  I connected with this character and her need to vengeance.  I felt her pain, her wants and her needs through every page I read.


This was a dark read but yet it wasn’t gruesome. I loved how the author handled certain topics in this book and brought to light injustices.  The plot was perfectly woven into a magnificent head stopping conclusion.  I couldn’t put this book down and long after I finished I found myself drifting back to this amazing story and thinking about the characters.  I highly recommend this book. 



What Others are Saying
“This book sucked me in and kept me reading straight through to the end.” – Manda Mellett, Goodreads review
“WOW, I loved this book. So much. So buy it, read it. Seriously, go  right now.” – Jesse Roth, Goodreads review


“I loved reading Alace’s story. It’s heartbreaking, brutal but sweet and loving all rolled into one tiny body.” – Raychel, United Indie Book Blog


“A very intense story with lots of twist and turns and shocking details. A must read for all those dark, gritty romance fans out there.” – Paula, Sweet & Spicy Reads







From Chapter Two


Alace Sweets
“Is everything okay?”
She crossed the distance between them and leaned in so Nate could kiss her forehead, something she’d noted he liked doing. She let him wrap an arm around her shoulders, drawing her close to his side before he turned so they faced Ike.
“Nothing to worry about, baby girl.” Nate’s voice dropped into the lower registers, and she shivered at a sudden memory. That was how he’d sounded just before he buried his face between her legs last night, finding that delicate balance of aggressive licking and kissing, and a fragile tenderness that had been missing from her
life for a long time. I’ll miss you, big guy.


“Hey, Ike.” She offered a little wave with the hand not currently tucked into Nate’s back pocket. From the outside, it probably looked like they were a longtime couple, only Nate would know that before last night all he’d gotten access to were her forehead and fingers. She’d gently rebuffed all his overtures while keeping the door open for use when it mattered most. Like last night, she thought, keeping
the smile on her face small. “What’s up?”
“Hey, Pauline. Sorry to bother you and Nate.” Ike gestured towards the front room, and Nate led her towards the couch there. “I got some bad news, honey.” Tipping her head to one side, she settled next to Nate, letting him hold her close. She rested one palm on his thick thigh, allowing her fingers to curve possessively around it. “Alan Trueward, how well did…do you know him?”
Well, hell. They found him already.
She carefully didn’t let any of her thoughts show on her face. Stoicism was something she had long practiced, really since her first breath, if she were honest. All through her youth growing up in that tiny town, she’d had to hide everything inside her. All the pain and anger, the fear and loss. Getting out of bed in the morning meant
sliding that particular mask into place, and she was so good at it now it was first nature, bypassing that second nature bullshit normal people lived with.
“Decent guy, he takes care of the girls.” She purposely let her smile broaden slightly. “He and April—” Alace tipped her head so she was grinning up at Nate. “—are quite the item.” Fraternization between employees at the club was frowned on, but Nate hadn’t told them to stop, which meant he probably didn’t know the reason behind it in the first place. Alace did. Alan was the entire reason she was in town, after all. Regg had sussed him out nearly two years ago, and she’d started laying plans. It’s what she did these days.
“Did you see Alan last night?”
Boy did I ever! I saw him on his knees calling out to a god who didn’t give one shit that the man was about to die.
Just like Alan didn’t give one shit about those little girls he liked to rub off on when he was a teacher. Just like that judge didn’t give a shit about those little girls, giving Alan a commuted sentence because he “had such future contributions to give to society” and ignored his existing contributions to eleven little girls’ nightmares. Eleven future husbands who would have their hands full considering the woman made for them had been so abused. Alace firmly believed that every person had their one true love, and she just as firmly believed that Alan Trueward did not exist in that column for any woman, or man.
God couldn’t be that cruel.
Yeah, I saw him. Saw him kneel. Saw him fall. Kicked dirt over his blood and shoveled it into the well after him. Saw the blade rise and fall, a glittering promise in every stroke seeing that taking Alan’s life was actually giving him peace, too. I promised him he’d never feel those urges again. His voice begging, pleading loudly, “I’m sick. I know. It’s a sickness.” He was sick, all right. Sick to death.


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Rebel Wayfarers MC series

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Author Bio
Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an
early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library,
devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she
says “I’ve always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and
found I adored that, too. For reading … if nothing else is available,
I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal box.”
A hockey fan, hiker, gamer, and single mom of a special needs son, she
embraces her inner geek and has been working in the tech field for a
publishing company for a couple decades.
Music is a driving passion, and she says, “I love music of nearly any
genre — jazz, country, rock, alt rock, metal, classical, bluegrass, rap,
hip hop … you name it, I listen to it. I can often be seen dancing
through the house in the early mornings. But I really, REALLY love live
music. My favorite thing with music is seeing bands in small, dive bars
[read: small, intimate venues]. If said bar [venue] has a good selection
of premium tequila, then that’s a plus!”



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End Game (Dirty Money #4) by Lisa Renee Jones Release **Beth’s Review**

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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.






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End Game is the final installment in the Dirty money series and I couldn’t be more happy and sad at the very same time.  I fell in love with Shane Brandon the moment I met him.  He is your typical hot Alpha male, the overprotective sexy hunk that will stop at nothing to protect the one he loves.    He fights back hard but loves even harder.


We get the conclusion of Emily and Shane’s story in this final installment but I really don’t think this will be the last we see of them.  The author has created an amazing cast of characters that readers can’t help to not only love but also see each one get their story and HEA told which on the upside would definitely give us some more Shane and Emily.


I loved Shane’s fierceness, from the moment we met him in book one to the end of this one, it never wavered.  He’s loyal to those who are loyal to him.  And even though he can be cold, heartless and definitely ruthless in and out of the courtroom when he needs to be, he is also kind, caring and so loving when it comes to those he loves.  I have to be honest, as much as I wanted and needed this last book and couldn’t wait to read it, I find myself so sad with no more Shane to look forward to.


I really loved Emily’s character.  She was strong and stubborn and she too could be a force to be reckoned with.  I loved that the author didn’t make her out to be some helpless damsel in distress.  I loved that she was willing to stand at Shane’s side and fight back with everything she had. These two were an absolute perfect pair.  The dynamic the author built up and continues to through the story was phenomenal.  Never did their relationship fall flat but never did it also go over the top with unnecessary drama.   I also loved the chemistry and attraction between them.  It was easy to see and feel it right from the start and even at the end, I didn’t tire of that strong attraction and never did it not feel real.


I must say, once again the author did not disappoint with this conclusion and their story as a whole.  This was a series that kept me engaged with the perfect combination of the right amount of hotness and great story that left me on the edge of my seat many times, especially at the end of Bad Deeds.  I know I have said it before about this author, especially in my reviews for the books in this series, but I love it so much I have to say it again.  I love that the author takes the time at the beginning of each of her books in this series to give us a brief recap of what has happened in the story and where we left off in the last book.  Along with that she also includes a quick debrief of the main characters.  This may see like something not that big, but for someone who works full time on top of being a mom with not much time to read, not having to take the time to try to remember what happened in the prior books you read 3-4 months ago and 10-15 books ago, is huge for me. I am immediately brought up to speed and right back into their story, not wasting time trying to figure it all out as their story continues to unfold.


The author overall did an amazing job writing this series but also this conclusion.  I was definitely an emotional roller coaster and jammed packed with so many emotions.   This book had me mad, heartbroken and head over heels in love.  I truly hope we get to see Seth’s story and Jessica and Cody’s story.  These characters were fabulous supporting characters that I have grown to love and now feel the need to get their stories.




About the Author


Lisa Renee JonesNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) 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.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, Lisa 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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