Lisa Renee Jones
This book is a full length standalone novel that intertwines with both the Inside Out and Careless Whisper Series.
Desperate to pay for law school, Skye tries her hand at auction hunting with her friend Ella, only to find a poker chip and a note leading to an offsite locker. The next thing she knows, Jason “Red Bull” Wise–a famous, millionaire poker player–is at her door, accusing her of blackmail. Innocent, she swears he’s wrong. He rolls the dice and believes her, impulsively inviting her along to Las Vegas. And remarkably, cautious Skye takes a risk, finding herself seduced by this dangerously alluring man, on his private jet, and finally living life to the fullest. But there is more than passion waiting for Skye and Jason in Vegas when blackmail takes a deadly turn.
I think this is the first one of Lisa’s books I’ve read that is not a cliffhanger and I loved it!If you’ve read the Inside out series you’ll remember Ella she’s the one with the storage unit that leads us into that series. This book starts with the day the unit was purchased. Ella bought one unit and bid on one for her friend Skye.
Skye wasn’t exactly happy since the unit she got doesn’t contain much that she can see. Well except for a key to a bus station locker. What she finds there is a clue to something much larger than she could imagine.
The purchase of the locker leads profession poker player Jason “Red Bull” Wise to her door, much to the delight of her nosy neighbor. A favorite scene is as he is trying to convince Skye he really is being blackmailed. However, he has an obligation to fulfil and he doesn’t want her out of his sight.
“The sooner you get to know me, the sooner this is handled for both of us.”Why am I not saying no? “This is crazy.”“And sometimes crazy is exactly right.” And insane. And dangerous.
And . . . insane. So why am I even considering it?
“You want a reason to trust me,” he says. “I want to give you one. Or ten or twenty.”
“I promise you, I won’t hand the unit to the police or Stephanie or—”
“Damn it. No.” His fingers flex in my arms. “That’s not why I’m asking you to come with me. I could just have a private investigator watch you.”
“But that wouldn’t stop me from calling the police. And despite my telling you I won’t, you don’t know me any more than I know you.”
He doesn’t deny my statement. “Come with me to Vegas. Hear my whole story and then decide what to do.”
“In bed,” I say skeptically.
He releases me and steps back.
“I’ll get you your own room.”
I laugh at that. “Oh, please. Let’s not pretend you’re going to save my nonexistent virtue. Just be honest with me.”
“I’m being as honest as time allows.” He glances at his watch. “It’s eleven o’clock. I have to be at a table at five o’clock. It’s a television show that I’m contracted for, and I have to be there on time. Come with me.”
“I don’t have a plane reservation. You don’t have time to deal with that.”
“I chartered a private jet.”
“If that means small with propellers, I’m out.”
“No propellers. It’s a jet plane and a smooth ride.” He arches a brow. “Don’t tell me you’re afraid of flying.”
“I am afraid of flying.”
He steps to me again, those really amazing hands of his settling back on my arms. “I’ll keep your mind off the flight.” He softens his voice and says again, “Come with me. You can decide on the room when we get there.” “When do you get back?”
“When do you need to be back?”
“I didn’t say I was going.”
“When do you need to be back?” he presses.
“Then we’ll come back tomorrow night.” He cups my face. “Look, Skye. What do you have to lose? Tell Molly next door you’re going with me. She’ll blab to everyone, and you know that will make you safe.”
“I’m not afraid of you.” It’s the truth. I just don’t know if that makes me right or stupid— but he’s given me insurance by suggesting Molly. That matters.
He kisses me, hard and fast, and settles his hand on my waist. “Say yes, and then go pack.”
Life is short and I’m barely living it, while he fears his life may soon end. If I can stop that from happening, I have to do that. My decision is made; I’m going to gamble for the second time in two days. “Yes. I’ll go with you.”
Jones, Lisa Renee. Inside Out: Behind Closed Doors (Kindle Locations 952-979). Pocket Star. Kindle Edition.
From here not only does romance blossom but also a suspenseful tale of greed. I couldn’t put this one down till I turned that last page.
We also see more of Ella and learn things that make me lust for the next Careless Whispers book.
5 Contented Purrs for Lisa!
~New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author ~
Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, which 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.
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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.
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