Thursday, September 10, 2015

review || UNBROKEN { book tour } by Lisa Renee Jones

Pocket Star | September 7, 2015 | Romantic Suspense
Secret Life of Amy Bensen, book 4


From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones comes the fourth and final part in the sexy, suspenseful The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series—finally revealing the long-awaited wedding between Amy and Liam. But with the explosive secret they’re hiding, will their enemies ever let them live happily ever after?

For six long years I lived on the run, in fear and devastated by loss. That began to change the day I met Liam Stone, who is so much more than his money and power, and even the protection he has offered me. He is passion. He is friendship. He is love and happiness, and the man who made my enemies his own. And now with his help, the secret that drove me into hiding is buried, our enemies contained. Liam and I can finally start our life and put this behind us. The nightmare is over. Unless…it’s not.
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{ excerpt } .

“Let’s make more good memories, baby.”

“Yes. Please,” I say, and my words land on his tongue as he kisses me tenderly. His mouth lingers over mine, my body coming alive, and I feel him breathing with me. Sometimes it feels as if he’s the only way I can breathe.

Liam shifts the spell between us to new places, turning me to face the massive four-poster bed that stirs wonderful, intimate memories, and I am most definitely ready to make more. He unzips my skirt and with deft fingers undresses me, removing one of the barriers between us. Slowly. Seductively. Somehow he never touches my skin but I feel him everywhere. My skin tingles the way my backside had when he smacked it. I know he’s teasing me, driving me to a place where there is only this man, this room, and me. I feel the energy shift and know that he’s no longer directly behind me, leaving me naked and untouched. The freedom to be vulnerable with this man, which I don’t dare with anyone else, is sexy in a thrilling way.

“Turn around,” he orders, and the rough, aroused quality of his voice tells me I affect him, too. I like that even when he’s in control, there’s a part of him that I set free.

I face him, finding him close, but not close enough. He shrugs out of his jacket and I’m mesmerized by him, his power, his grace. Every move he makes is controlled. Every action calculated. And I realize something I think I’ve known all along: we are the same. Both damaged. Both shattered in some deep way. Both defending ourselves from future wounds with our self-control.

He tugs his tie off and wraps it around his hand, silently promising me that soon I’ll be at his mercy. It’s not the first time he’s tied me up, and each encounter is different in a good way. Yet tonight feels like the first time—as if we really are starting a new chapter.

During our first encounter, he’d said, “Sometimes having a safe place to give it away is the best way to block everything else out. I’m asking you to let me show you that I’m that safe place.”

And Liam is my safe place.


His voice commands my attention, and I look up to find I’ve missed the delicious moments leading up to him now being gloriously naked. My gaze lands on the “pi” tattoo on his belly, the 3.14 etched above a row of numbers in an upside-down triangle that is all about the infinite possibilities of life. It’s both thrilling and terrifying at times when I consider them with this man.

“Hold out your hands,” he orders, and it speaks volumes that I no longer hesitate to give myself fully to Liam.

He twists his tie around one of my wrists, and I think of the many ways he has helped me escape my past. But what about his past, which is just as etched in heartache as mine? He doesn’t talk about his mother, not since his sole emotional breakdown. Since then, he’s protected me—but who protects him?

He completes the knot binding my hands and pulls me to him. “And now, you’re mine to please and tease.”

“Yes, I am,” I agree.

{ review } .

I have to be honest -- I haven't read all of the books in this series. That said, I can tell you -- you really ought to. I have the first and the last, but there were definitely things that happened in books 2 and 3 that were touched upon in this 4th story, a concluding novella.

Putting that aside though (because I did know I was going to be missing chunks by not reading the entire series)... goodness, gracious, that Liam Stone.

This was such a beautiful conclusion to Liam and Amy's journey. Theirs has been an emotional roller coaster, full of highs and lows, and unexpected everythings. Liam's love for Amy is shown again and again, and his support of her is nearly palpable. He's been her shoulder, her hand, her home, and he wants nothing more than to continue to be that for her for years.

With this conclusion, all the loose ends are tied nicely and there are some happily ever after surprises in there too -- beyond the expected love story.

I enjoyed Lisa Renee Jones's writing style. I love writing where it's easy to get lost in and while it's a good thing for authors to have their own little niche when it comes to writing, their own little characteristics that shout out to the reader "this is a so-and-so" title... I do love when I pick up a book, finish it, and can pick up another by a different author, and still manage to get sucked into the story. I like that I can go from reading Bethany-Kris, to Sawyer Bennett, to Lisa Renee Jones, and it's effortless on my part as a reader. Lisa's writing is one that sticks out to me as a style I can pick up and read at any given time and know I'll be in for a wonderful journey, start to finish.

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