Friday, July 13, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Murder Girl - Lisa Renee Jones

Murder Girl (Lilah Love #2)
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Suspense

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 side—she 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.

**You MUST read book one, MURDER NOTES, in order to read this book.

5 Stars
Lilah Love, our Murder Girl, is back and she's on the hunt for answers. Unwilling to accept everyone's solution of a fall guy Lilah is looking for the true murderer, whether that person is an assassin or a serial killer or something else entirely. Sure, she has killer instinct, but a stalker, her family, and her ex-boyfriend make focusing difficult. As the clues continue to tie together, and tie to her, she finds that everything going on in the Hamptons is a little more personal than she first thought it to be.

"A bad drug still feels good when you're doing it."

I am so excited that Lisa Renee Jones came up with the Lilah Love series. I thought book one was good, but Murder Girl is even better. I definitely only predicted some of the things that happened and those that I didn't predict shocked me. I mean come on, serial killers, assassins, odd tattoos, and several dead bodies? It pretty much is a guaranteed great read for me. Lilah is as witty as she was in the first book, only this time it was sort of nice to see her have to give in a bit and reveal she isn't entirely the closed off girl we think she is. That said, she is an excellent FBI agent and I really liked the interactions she had with other FBI and members of law enforcement. She also is smart and sassy, which makes her a great heroine to face a pretty charming and very handsome ex. Of course, I mean  Kane. We met him in Murder Notes, but we get to know him a bit further in Murder Girl. I'd go as far as saying I'd even like a book or chapters from his perspective, you know his back story and the time apart from Lilah has to be interesting. On top of these two and their sort of odd relationship, there's the continuation of the story from the first novel. The bodies, the crimes, and all signs point to corruption and assassinations, but how Lilah Love starting tying it all together is so interesting. She sees things in tiny conversations that I'd never think of and she definitely knows how to look for the right thing. I can't give away the story, but let's just say she's darn good at her job, even when it gets personal.

I'll admit, it took me a minute to get back into Murder Girl, the book takes a bit longer than the first novel to get to the excitement, but once it did I was hooked again. We discover that nothing in the Hamptons is what it seems and Lilah's circle of trust just keeps shrinking. It's almost stressful to read from her perspective, I'm positive I wouldn't be as level headed as she was in discovering that nobody is as honest as they present themselves to be. While it is a continuation from the previous novel and it ends with nearly all of our questions from the first novel answered, it also sets us up for a future novel, leaving us with, yes, more questions. That said, I'm even more excited for whatever could come next for Lilah Love. The ending was perfect, like probably the best ending of a novel from LRJ, because it's just the right amount of intrigue to keep me wanting more, but it also isn't a true cliffhanger and I'm pretty darn thankful for that.

Murder Girl is a stunning second novel in the Lilah Love series and though I always swear I am not going to start another new series I certainly cannot deny that I will be reading every single Lilah Love book that Lisa Renee Jones releases. If you like your heroines sassy, the smut hot as heck, and the action constant, plus a bit bloody, this is the series for you.


New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s heart-pounding thriller of a woman’s secrets—and a past that’s 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 surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s 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?
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling WHITE LIES and LILAH LOVE series.

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


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