Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review: Surrender - Lisa Renee Jones

Surrender (Careless Whispers #3)
by Lisa Renee Jones

Published: January 9, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Chris and Sara from Inside Out return in the explosive finale to Ella's story from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones with the third book in the sexy, suspenseful Careless Whispers series.

Passion burns fiercely hot between Ella Ferguson and Kayden Wilkens, the man who held secrets and lies in his hands, and then allowed them to fall into hers. But even though he has become her anchor—helping her recover from amnesia after finding her unconscious in an alley, and allowing her into his secret world—all is not what it seems. Kayden still has secrets, and pieces of Ella's past are still shrouded in the darkness of her mind, while the powerful man who hunts her will not stop until she is his. In this final, explosive novel in the Careless Whispers series, Ella discovers that while her life with Kayden didn't begin in that dark could easily end there.



4 Stars
The Careless Whispers series has held my attention from the very first page of Denial. I could never guess what was coming next, but I was fully invested in the characters, especially Ella who readers have known since Inside Out. Ella and Kayden really come into their own in Surrender, both showing their strength, determination, and true feelings towards one another. There are a lot of conflicts in Surrender, it gets very suspenseful, but every question readers have from Denial and Demand are answered. The unwinding mystery is as interesting as ever, especially as readers piece together Ella's memories. Then there's the action, if you love your action non-stop, Surrender is going to make you one happy Lisa Renee Jones fan.

“We are not enemies,” Kayden declares, tearing his mouth
from mine, repeating the words he’d spoken before the kiss as
if he’s tasted the doubt on my lips, as if he’s willing me to let it go, when I have tasted it on his as well.

Ella's memory is slowly returning, revealing the truths behind who she once was and what or who she was running from. But the memories don't tell her everything and she's left questioning who is an enemy and who is a friend, even wondering if she is more to Kayden than his trusted lover. Fearful of what she may uncover, she keeps her worries from Kayden, but the memories leave her exhausted and conflicted. With more than one member of the mob after her, she has to lean on The Underground for help, but her gut tells her someone within the walls are watching her.
Kayden wants to solve the mystery hidden inside Ella's memories and quickly, but he has to prioritize The Underground as the mob threats increase and his men fall into dangerous situations. Desperate to prove to her that his connection to her is only one of love, he faces every threat head on, even at the risk of finding a traitor in his midst.

Don't get me wrong, I love the main characters just as much as I did in the very beginning and I am so happy with how it wrapped up, but there was a lot going on in Surrender. This book had more villains than I knew what to do with, I had a hard time keeping them all straight. Then on top of that was the occasional shift in POV to Sara, who I was thrilled to interact with again, but just added another character's thoughts to keep track of. I normally beg for more characters in a book, but in this case it hindered the story for me. However, Lisa Renee Jones includes a character list, which is far more handy than you think it will be. Yay, we get Ella's memory finally, but it is thrown at the reader at a fast pace. It was so great to finally see Ella be true Ella, being firm in her decisions, but it did happen quickly and it was so easy to jumble up with the rest of the events.

"You are somehow dangerous and sexy and still safe, and i don't know how that's even possible."

Surrender is the final novel in the Careless Whispers series, they can be read as a complete standalone series or after Inside Out, where readers can initially meet Ella. Surrender wraps Ella's story, giving readers the answers they've been so desperate for, and the romance she deserves. Lisa Renee Jones is one of my one-click authors, she successfully weaves suspenseful romance stories that are one-part action, one-part sexy, and two-parts incredible writing.

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