Friday, January 26, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Falling Under - Lisa Renee Jones

FALLING UNDER (Walker Security #3)
by Lisa Renee Jones
Published: JANUARY 23, 2018
Genre: Suspense, Romance

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?

4 Stars
Jewel Carpenter is married to her career as a Detective on a New York City police force. She's spent the last two years determined to not only be as great as her Uncle was, but also to solve the many cold cases that he left behind. When her CEO father brings in the Walker Security team, she thinks its a bit much, but the ominous letters that target her and the odd gifts left at her apartment finally make her accept the company of none other than Jacob King. The former Green Beret turned security is as handsome as he is big, consuming her thoughts and all her space. They bicker as much as they flirt, lusting after one another as protection turns into feelings and feelings bring them even more danger. Jewel wants to solve her media-crazed case and find her stalker, Jacob wants to protect her during it all. As the threats get darker, they find themselves threatened by both a crazed man and by their desire for something more.

"She's right. I feel it. Trouble is coming and it's not gentle. It's fierce. It's angry. It's deadly. And it's definitely two steps ahead of us."

I wasn't sure what to expect from Falling Under, it's definitely the usual fare from Lisa Renee Jones, but also a bit different with our heroine, Jewel, being a hardass detective. She is all serious all the time, with her career the focus of her life. It turns this book into a more detective-mystery novel than a suspenseful romance. We spend much of the novel learning about Jewel's current case, about the unsolved cases of her now-deceased friends and family, and about her drive to know Jacob and the cold case he refuses to let her know about. While it has a lot of LRJ's hot and smutty scenes, it's less romantic than I think I'm used to. I did appreciate that we spent less time running in Falling Under and more time facing every single situation head on. Jacob King didn't have as many chapters in his POV, but like the book suggests of him, he did manage to take up much of my thoughts while I read. He's the most complex of the characters, less open book and the one holding his past behind closed doors. I felt like he had a lot of character development and definitely changed the most in the novel, finding a way to become a part of a we rather than just an I.

"She sees things. She gets things. She gets me like I do her, even if she doesn't realize that yet."

Falling Under is a standalone Walker Security novel and another opportunity for readers who love LRJ's characters to see them all interacting together. I loved getting a fresh story about one of the men, but I really enjoyed seeing how the others were doing and their women too. I was less caught up in the romance than I have been in the past though, I just didn't feel the chemistry between Jacob and Jewel. For me, it felt like time was of the essence and it seemed like a good fit, there was no bonding when things were a little calmer. I loved how it ended, how it all worked out in the end, but I would've loved the lengthy novel to have given me more feelings for these two.

"I don't want to need anyone. She doesn't want to need anyone, and yet, here we are."

Falling Under is an action-packed, suspenseful standalone in the Walker Security series. It's impossible to be bored when reading a Lisa Renee Jones novel, especially when it involves the men of Walker Security. If you like your novels sexy and fast paced, pick this one up, for sure!

Check out books one and two in the WALKER SECURITY series: Deep Under and Pulled Under are both available now and FREE in the KINDLEUNLIMITED PROGRAM! All three books in the series are standalones.

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