Monday, August 17, 2015

Blog Tour and Review: Forsaken, by Lisa Renee Jones

Meet Chad in the newest addition to The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series by Lisa Renee Jones!

In this third book in the sexy, suspenseful “The Secret Life of Amy Bensen” series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, we meet Amy’s brother Chad—and the woman who either loves him or wants him dead.

Six years ago, Chad’s hunt for a dangerous treasure turned deadly when his family home was set on fire, his parents killed. Faking his and his sister Amy’s death to protect her from further retaliation, he set her up in a new life with a friend’s help, letting her believe he’d died.

But now the men who hired Chad to find the treasure have found him, imprisoning and torturing him to learn where it’s hidden. A dark-haired beauty named Gia helps him escape, promising him access to his worst enemy. And as he tries to unravel the deep secrets of the past, he starts falling for her…only to discover she’s not what she seems.

Unable to trust anyone, Chad focuses on only two things: protecting his sister Amy and getting revenge. Is love even possible in the midst of heartache?

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It’s nearly eight in the evening when I take the elevator to our secure, key-coded floor and enter the suite, where I immediately hear, “Chad! Is that you?”
Angry, I grab the chair in front of the door and shove it aside.
“Oh, thank God,” Gia gushes, flinging her arms around my neck. “You’re in one piece.”
Stunned by her greeting, by the way her sweet curves meld against me, I fight the heat rushes through me, untangling her grip and pressing her hands against the wall. “Tell me what you know about my sister,” I demand.
Nothing, Chad. I told you that. Is she—was she—”
“You know I didn’t find her.”
“I wanted you to find her. I was terrified for you.”
Anger expands in me, seeping into my veins, and on some level, I know it’s not about Gia at all, or maybe I just fear it will be about her. I don’t want to trust her and be wrong. “You barely know me.”
“I know you’re in pain. I know what being alone feels like, and I know that’s what you feel right now.”
It’s a word that pierces my heart with guilt. It’s what I know my sister has felt for six long years. I was all she had, the only one she could count on, even if she didn’t know I was there—and I failed her. The pain is a seed that grows and expands inside me in an instant, and suddenly, or maybe not so suddenly, the idea of being betrayed by Gia is not as biting as the idea of failing her as well. My hands come down on her face, and I stare at her. “I have money and resources to hide you, and I promise you, no one will find you. But I won’t be there with you. I’m poison to anyone near me. You can’t forget that. I can’t forget that.”

I don’t give her time to reply. My mouth closes down on hers, my tongue pressing past her lips, stroking and stroking again, in what is instantly an aggressive, searching kiss. She moans, and I swear the sound of her moan shatters a piece of my soul that is already bleeding for my sister. In this moment, it feels like all I have left is this woman. 

4.5 out of 5 stars

Anytime I start a Lisa Renee Jones book I cannot help but put everything else in life on hold and let the story completely suck me in, it's as if nothing exists but the characters in the book and the mystery surrounding them.

Each book in The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series has been filled with mystery , suspense and a good dose of steam!  This time around in Forsaken we hear the story entirely from Chad's perspective and I've got to be honest it's my favorite book in the series thus far.  You see Chad is the only one who knows what really happened 6 years ago, who is really after Amy and what everyone wants.  With the situation out of control and everything a mess it's up to him to put an end to it once and for all, but there is just one problem...Gia.  Who is she really?  Why did she help him escape?  Can she be trusted?  And why can he not keep from allowing himself to get closer and closer? 

Believe it or not this installment sheds light on even more secrets and will have you questioning characters you once placed your faith in.  Who can Chad and Amy really trust except one another?  Lisa Renee Jones even had me doubting people I thought for sure were good!  That's how talented of an author she is.  Telling this story from Chad's perspective allows the story to unravel at just the right pace. Once upon a time he was young, naive and hungry for money.  He's a very talented treasure hunter and one simple yes to what seemed like an easy job has completely destroyed his life. This is a man on a mission to not only protect his sister but to get their lives right and he will not stop until the truth has been set free.

Buckle in and prepare for a fast pace ride full of mystery, suspense, drama and of the perfect amount of smut.  I loved every minute of this fast pace story and I hope we see more of Chad and Gia in the next installment, Unbroken, releasing September 7th!

Escaping Reality (book 1) is available to "Read Free" on NetGalley right now -

For More information on The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series page including: buy links, and excerpts for the previous two and also upcoming releases.  Visit Lisa’s website here:

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About Author Lisa Renee Jones

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

Watch the video on casting for the INSIDE TV Show HERE

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. 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 on her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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