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Friday, June 24, 2016

Review: Denial by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Denial
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Careless Whispers #1
Format: Ebook
Release Date: November 24th 2015
Length: Novel (321 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Suspense
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Melissa's Review:

Denial is book one in the Careless Whispers series which is a spin off series to the Inside Out series. You do not have to read the Inside Out series to understand this book. The book opens with a woman in the hospital not sure who she is or where she is. There's a handsome man there with her, but she can't remember anything. The man tells her that he found her in an alleyway after she had been attacked and she wound up getting amnesia from her injuries. The man that is refusing to leave her side in the hospital is Kayden, an uber wealthy guy with a lot of underground connections. I have a weak spot for the bad boys in books, so Kayden was a quick favorite of mine. During her hospital stay, she regains a few memories and we find out her name is Ella and that someone bad is targeting her. When I mean bad, I mean bad, we're talking the Italian mafia here. But with Kayden by her side, she feels as safe as she can be in her situation and tries to regain her memories as fast as possible.

Pretty much the entire book Ella is not sure who to trust, and flashes of memories show a possessive man that was dangerous in her life before her accident. We're not sure who this guy is and the book doesn't wrap it up so that should continue into the next book. I could see Kayden being possessive from the start, though she does know it's not him. I still had moments questioning if she should trust him and his underground friends. We don't really get a lot of answers in this installment, and I hope there are a few answers in book two.

I'm not a huge fan of suspense type reads, but Lisa Renee Jones seems to write it in a style I enjoy. The naughty scenes between Ella and Kayden probably helped a bit too. I've read a few books in the previous series so knew I had to grab this one when I saw it. As I mentioned, you're left with more questions than answers, but this was a pretty solid romantic suspense read that is leading up for more books in the series. It's enough to grab your attention and intrigue and make you grab the next one. If you're a fan of romantic suspense, I think you'd enjoy this new series.

18 comments:

  1. I really should read more rom sup, it's nice

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  2. I haven't read a good romantic suspense in a long time. I don't think I'd be happy if it didn't get fully wrapped up though. I think I would be disappointed.

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    1. I wasn't extremely happy with it, but I'm glad book two is coming out fairly soon. This one definitely leads up to it.

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  3. When it deals with memories, it really messes with me. Those types of reads make me really think how I'd feel if I couldn't remember everything I know now. I think this would be a really interesting read. Even though I don't read much contemp or suspense, I think I'd enjoy this one. Excellent review!

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    1. Thanks Jaclyn! Yeah, it's easy to think like that since if anyone doesn't have their own memories they'd be like the character. :)

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  4. Not a huge fan of this author, sadly. I do enjoy the suspense in her books, but the romance never seems to hit me the right way. Mostly, it makes me cringe :/ Glad you liked it, though!!

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  5. I'm not a fan of books leaving me hanging. I much prefer it when they wrap up the major story lines.

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    1. Same here, I can tell this one leads up to book 2. I think her other series was like that too *tilts head*

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  6. I love romantic suspense books, but I'm not sure if I would enjoy the fact that there are still threads left hanging. I do think the amnesia is an interesting idea. I'm surprised it is not used more in romance. You have me really intrigued. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I'm surprised it's not used more often as well!

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  7. The only thing a cliff hanger does for me is make sure I'll never buy anything else by that author. I think it is cheating and a betrayal of the novel.

    @Kathleen01930 Blog

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    1. *nods* I dislike them unless the next book it already out :P

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  8. Even if it's not really your genre, it's nice to see you had still a good time

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  9. I'm a bit behind on hers at the moment. The lack of answers can sometimes bother me but glad to hear it's pretty good :D

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    1. Yeah, I'd wait it out until the next book just in case.

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