Tuesday 27 March 2018

✪ Lisa Renee Jones ✪ MURDER NOTES ✪ #LilahLove1 ✪ #Excerpt & #Giveaway ✪

© Bianca Janeane ✰ 

• 27 March 2018
• Book #1 in the #LilahLove series
• 266 pages
• Book #2 - Murder Girl - will be out 10 July 

4.5 Stars

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s heart-pounding thriller of a woman’s secretsand a past thats 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 surfacethe victims all stripped naked and shot in the headLilahs instincts tell her its 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?

Lilah is a 28 year old FBI profiler living in Los Angeles.
Something bad happened in her hometown in the Hamptons a couple years ago, but now she's living an okay life as a successful agent away from the town, her family and her ex - her Dad is the mayor, her brother is the police chief and her ex is the son of the town's 'crime lord'.
But a series of dead bodies lead her back to Long Island. And it's not a coincidence. Something, or rather someone is leaving clues that are connecting the killings to Lilah.
Does someone know about the secret she's been hiding?
Only her ex Kane knows about it.
If she doesn't want to lose her career and her life and that of the people she loves, she needs to find the killer and/or the person who ordered the killings.
But it's not that easy with her family and the whole Island knowing her and watching her every move. Unable to trust anyone! And with the bad guys always one step ahead ... .



Well, that was exciting!!
I really enjoyed reading it.
It's so completely different from other LRJ books.
It's a mystery thriller suspense thingy. Not a romance. Which sounds a bit bad for a romance lover like me - but don't worry - there are some shades of romance in here - and there might be more coming. ☺
I couldn't stop reading. I just had to know who and what and why and how and what will happen next??? And who can we trust and who is bad and who not and grrrrrr!?!?!
And I also wanted Lilah to find her happily ever after - but since it's not a romance, that might not happen ... yet. There are a few candidates though. ☺

We will also get a tiny little cliffy. The second book will be out in July. BUT - Lisa is really good with putting little summaries into the front of the second book in a series! Very good for people with #Bookalzheimers!

Anyway. I really enjoyed this story.
It was super exciting and suspensy and mysterious ... you just can't stop reading!
You want to hurry to the end of the book and catch the bad guy(s) with Lilah! ☺ And then we want to see everyone live happily ever after.

But the story is not only completely thrillerish. It's also the story of Lilah. A bit funny, a bit moving and a bit heartbreaking, a bit hopeless.... Lilah is a very complex character. She's really funny and sarcastic and ... kinda amazing and strong. But also very broken and hurt. And she's not really trying to heal from what happened. She also doesn't really give the men in her life a chance to fight for her. She's ... very ... complicated. That is definitely what Lilah's Facebook status would say. Not only her FB status - her life status! ☺ #Complicated

A few readers might even think the story was a bit complicated too. There are LOTS of names and people and suspects and family and ex partners and whatnot in this book. But surpisingly, I almost always knew who we were talking about ... that kinda never happens to me - I'm confused extremely easily! ☺

I also loved how Lisa described everything. I felt like I was right there with Lilah. I even tasted her chips and smelled Kane's cologne and felt the moist ocean air. Amazingly written. Some might even say that the detailing was a bit too much, but I really liked it!

Really great book. There's nothing more I could think of to say - there is lots I could say - but I don't want to spoil too much - you need to read it!!!

If you want to compare it to a TV Show, I would say it's a mix of Criminal Minds & Revenge!
I wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day!!! I really need to see Kane!! ☺

MURDER NOTES was an amazingly exciting mystery thriller!
Run to your nearest amazon to find out if and how Lilah will catch the bad guys!

ARC received for an honest review

Murder Notes was a bit different from the previous LRJ books.

It did take me a little bit to get into this story, but once I was in it I couldn't put the book down.

Lilah Love's story is full of suspense, mystery and a little bit of heartache as well.

I was a little confuzzled at first, as we are introduced to so many people and departments, but it didn't take me long to get the gist of who's who in this zoo.

It is not just a murder mystery story, it is also to the story of Lilah, and all things interweave creating a web that will have you guessing right to the end... well, maybe not to the end of this part, as we do end on a bit of a cliffy.

I am hoping Lilah can find her way to a HEA trough all the murder and mayhem that surrounds her life **cough cough Kane cough cough**.  She does come across a little abrupt and bristly at times, but then we see the softer side of her as well.  She is a bit of an enigma really, and I am looking forward to where her story goes next.

• excerpt •

“This is getting us nowhere. Go home, Kane!” And I don’t wait for his reply. I start running for the house, my hair and clothes drenched by the time I yank open the sliding glass door and rush inside, but when I turn to shut the door behind me, Kane shoves his way in, sealing us inside. “I said go the fuck home, Kane.”

“Not yet,” he says, shackling my arm and walking into me as he pulls me closer, his hand releasing my arm to move to my spine, the other at the back of my head. “And in case you didn’t get that. Let me speak your language. Not fucking yet.” His mouth closes down on mine, and
he is kissing me, his tongue stroking long against mine. The taste of him is familiar in a way no one else would understand. It’s dirty. It’s sexy. It’s that addictive danger that is Kane Mendez. It’s a man who I do know would have killed for me, and I wanted him to. Oh God. I wanted him to.

• Giveaway •

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


Links to the Book & Author

Pre-Order Book #2 - Murder Girl

Stalking Lisa:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.