Tuesday 10 July 2018

✪ Lisa Renee Jones ✪ MURDER GIRL ✪ #LilahLove2 ✪ #Excerpt ✪

© Bianca Janeane ✰ 

• 10 July 2018
• Book #2 in the #LilahLove series
• 266 pages
• you need to read Book #1 first!
→  Murder Notes

4.5 Stars

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 sideshe 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.

Book #2 starts right where we left Lilah in book #1!
She just arrived at Kane's to see the boss of the Romano cartel bound and gagged in his garage! What is happening? And why doesn't Kane want her to dig any deeper into the tattoo and the killings and everything that happened back then?
But Lilah is not giving up.
Added to her Kane troubles - her colleague and ex lover Rich is now in the Hamptons too - sent by her boss to help. But she can't have Rich anywhere near Kane or the killer! She doesn't want another dead person on her conscience.
Who is the bad guy? The bad GUYSSSS???
Let's hope Lilah will find out everything before too many more people are killed!



Finally book #2!
I really enjoyed the first one and as always with a second book, I was mega scared that I had forgotten too much. BUT - Lisa is amazing at making us Bookalzheimer sufferers remember the previous book! She spent the first SEVEN percent of the book telling us all about what happened in the first one! AMAZING! Thank you LRJ!!!

And then we're right in the middle of Lilah's adventure!
And we still don't know what and who and how and why and grrrrrr - I wanted to take a peek at the end to find out if everything will end up okay, but of course I kept on reading without a peek!

In my opinion it started out a bit slow, but it soon got really exciting - with more people dead and more than one killer? Who is hiring these guys? What is happening?!?!!! It's all mega exciting and Lilah is trying her best to find answers without getting any of her loved ones killed. And that includes Kane. He wants Lilah back for good, but she thinks that will never work - her badge will not allow them to end up happily ever after - BUT maybe the reader can still hope for a happy end.

As the story goes on we find out what is behind things, but this book will not end with all the bad guys behind bars and all the cases closed. Lilah still has a lot to do... and I can't wait to get started with book #3 - I haven't heard anything about this being more than a duet, but I realllly hope so!!!

If you want to compare this series to a TV Show, I would say it's a mix of Criminal Minds & Revenge! Profiling FBI meets Hamptons small-town rich families and politics.
I wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day!!! I really need to see Kane!! ☺
And I also wouldn't mind a story about a few of the male guest-stars in those first 2 books!

MURDER GIRL was the perfect 2nd book in this mystery thriller series!
Super exciting, page-turnerish, funny - and so much more!
Run to your nearest amazon to find out if and how Lilah will catch the bad guys & for your own peek at Kane ;) !

Firstly, thank you Lisa Renee Jones for the wonderful, thorough recap of the first book at the beginning of Murder Girl, as I know I had forgotten most of Murder Notes - terrible Bookzheimer's here!

Murder Girl takes up right where Murder Notes ended, and right from the get go we are swept back away in the murder mystery in the Hamptons.

I adore Lilah. There is so much going on around her, she is focused and doesn't take crap from anyone. You can feel the push/pull between herself and Kane, and if you are like me you just need them to get together!

There are so many twists and turns in Murder Girl, you never know which direction you are going to be dragged next. Who could Lilah and I trust, who was after her, why??

There are a lot of things sorted out in this books, however as we come to a close, there are some things opened up to us.

Not sure if there is going to be a 3rd book in the Lilah Love series, or if this is set up for a new series, but I need to know what happens next.

• excerpt •

I enter the building and ignore the pretty brunette behind the triangle-shaped stone desk and head to the stairs.

“Excuse me,” she calls out, but I ignore her. Kane knows I’m coming. He has people watching me and this building. He knows I’m in the building by now. I don’t need “sweet thing” down there to announce me in yet another way. I’m at the top of the stairs before she finishes her fourth excuse me, which is now a bit louder, as if I just haven’t heard her the other three times. I turn down the hallway and walk toward the desk outside Kane’s office where Tabitha sits, minus any more originality today than the last time I was here. She’s still bleached blonde, with her fake, giant-ass boobs hanging out of a silk blouse with numerous buttons undone that turn it into a slut show that could have been professional.

I pass her without a word, approaching Kane’s double doors, when she says, “Drama follows you, Lilah Love.”

“No,” I say without looking at her. “Dead bodies follow me.” I glance over my shoulder at her. “You should remember that.”

And with that statement that really had no purpose other than it felt really damn good, I open Kane’s door.

I step inside Kane’s office and find him sitting behind his desk, just in time to hear him say, “She’s here,” into his intercom and then release the button.

With exaggerated drama that I reserve for moments when I want to be a smart-ass or simply announce my fucking presence, I use my body to shut the door, but I don’t hang out and wait for it to grow roots. I rotate and charge toward Kane and that King Mendez desk of his that he doesn’t get to use as shelter. By the time I round the wooden atrocity, he’s standing, towering over me in a charcoal suit and a purple shirt with black stripes and some sort of black-and-gray tie. It’s flashy, expensive, and works on him when it would not on nine out of ten other people. But then, while I keep a low profile—aside from the door drama, of course—and favor my black nondescript looks, his entire persona says “look at me” with the intended message of “I have nothing to hide.” A lie he tells the world and, after he drugged me to keep me from knowing what happened last night, apparently me.

We stand there for a beat or ten without words before he says, “Lilah,” and the very fact that he says it like sex is all it takes for me to snap.

I slap him in the face, because my bare fist is too small to hurt him the way his jaw would hurt me. It’s also a disgrace to a man to be slapped, which is why one UFC fighter I’ve watched here and there does it to his opponents. And Kane is my opponent. He turns his head with the force of the blow, my palm stinging in the aftermath.

“Well now, beautiful,” he says, fixing me with a brown-eyed stare. “I know you like it rough, but is now the time? We both have questions we want answered.”

I slap him again, and this time he catches my wrist before I pull back. I try to slap him with my free hand, and he catches it as well, this time before contact. “You get two, not three.”

My gaze flicks to the handprint on his right cheek that matches the one on the left before I meet his stare and say, “Two was pretty damn satisfying.”

“Why didn’t you tell me about your stalker?” he demands, his question low, lethal, his anger banked just beneath the surface, while mine is the cherry on top of every lie he’s told me. “Because we both know that’s what we’re dealing with here,” he adds.

“Let go of me, Kane,” I bite out, my voice taut with impatience. No. Make that a desire to smack him again.

“After you tell me about your stalker and the notes.”

“Let go of me, Kane,” I repeat slowly, “or my next move will be a knee to your family jewels. And I promise you, it will be hard enough that neither of us will have to worry about our urge to fuck ever again.” My jaw sets hard, but he doesn’t release me. “You drugged me,” I remind him, “and then searched my house before leaving me with a gun that I was too drugged to use. So if you think I won’t do it—”

He releases me but doesn’t step back. “I didn’t leave you with a gun you couldn’t use. I kept you at my house until sunrise, and I left a team guarding your place, front and back. I protected you, like I always do.”

I don’t analyze why that makes me angrier. That’s for later. For now, there is this: “I’d pull my gun on you and back you off, Kane, but I swore the next time I did that, I’d shoot you. And I need information from you.”

“I’m all yours, beautiful,” he says, holding his hands out. “I always am.” He motions to the sitting area to his left and behind him. “Let’s sit and make this peaceful.”

“Peaceful, my ass,” I say.

 Links to the Book & Author 

Book #1

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.