Published by Gallery Books on November 24th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction
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Book one in the CARELESS WHISPERS series. This is a standalone spin-off of the INSIDE OUT series (soon to be a TV show) that follows Ella Ferguson, Sara McMillan's best friend.
Ella Ferguson awakes alone in Italy, unsure of who she is, and a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He’s tall, dark, and sexy, with money and power, the kind of man who makes a girl want to be possessed. And he does possess her, whispering wicked wonderful promises to her, stealing her trust and her heart. Soon though, the past finds her, yanking her from a cocoon of passion and safety. Everything is not how it seems. The truth will shatter her world, but it can set her free, if it doesn't destroy her first.
As it can be expected from a Lisa Renee Jones book, Denial is another erotic thriller that will captivate you from beginning to end. Denial is the first book in the new series Careless Whispers. It is a spin-off from the Inside Out series but it can total be read as a standalone.
If you are familiar with the Inside Out books, this is the story of Sara McMillan’s best friend Ella Ferguson. In the Inside Out books it was mentioned that Ella went to Europe to get married and disappeared, Sara did not know what happened to her. Well, in this series you will finally find out what happened to her.
When Ella wakes up in a hospital in Italy, she has no idea what happened to her. Kayden, this mysterious and beautiful stranger rescued her and is taking care of her. Ella has no memories of what happened to her but she does know she’s extremely attracted to this man. As the story unfolds, Ella starts to regain her memories and we get closer to finding out what really lead her to be there in the first place.
I loved the hero in this story! He was swoony and mysterious and all alpha-male. I’m sure it will be the new favorite hot alpha of many. Oh, and there’s some ridiculously hot sex scenes! The passion and chemistry of these two characters is of the charts. You can also sense how they are truly falling for each other and how they learn to rely in one another.
Overall, this is one of those books that is really hard to explain without spoiling and you have to read it to understand everything that goes on. In true LRJ fashion this book is full of surprises, suspense, mystery and unexpected twists. It definitely leaves you with many unanswered questions that will sure be answered in the next books. I definitely enjoyed this one. It’s a bummer that book 2 will not come out until May. I wish I would’ve known that sooner. I definitely recommend, but if you are not a fan of cliffhangers and unanswered questions then maybe you should wait until the series is complete.
I couldn’t sleep. I meant to go to the kitchen and then I ended up here because I wanted . . .” His reaction cuts like his anger. “Just never mind.” I try to move around him but his hands press to the wall beside me, caging me, and now I’m angry. “Are we doing this again? Don’t bully me. My stupid flashbacks are doing a fine job of that on their own. I said I’m sorry. Just let me go back to my room.”
“You wanted what?”
“I wanted you to do what you swore you could,” I blurt, having nothing to lose when everything is already gone.
“Only I don’t want you to fuck me until I can’t remember my name. I want you to fuck me until I stop thinking about that man and the gun. Because you were right. Memories are the enemies that never die. But I know you don’t want—”
His hand slides under my hair and he drags me to him, my hand flattening on the hard wall of his chest. “I do want. So fucking bad it’s killing me.”
My palm is directly over his heart, and I can feel it racing, the air around us crackling with barely contained passion. “I don’t need a hero to save my virtue tonight. I need you. So please. Fuck me and then fuck with my head so no one else can. Let me choose my own sins.”
He is stone, unmoving, his body steel, his expression unreadable, the sexual tension crackling between us. “You want sin, sweetheart,” he says. “I’ll give you sin.” His mouth closes down on mine, his tongue licking into my mouth, wicked with demand, and I can taste his hunger, his need. A deep, aching need I want to fill.
$25 Amazon gift card, 2 limited edition Denial coffee mugs,
and 2 sets of limited edition Careless Whispers shot glasses. (5 Winners)
*An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*