Ella and Kayden’s story continues in
Demand by Lisa Renee Jones
Still struggling with amnesia, Ella questions everything she’s known about Kayden Wilkens—the alluring stranger who claims to have found her unconscious in an alleyway a month earlier. But was he truly a stranger—or did Kayden know her before his supposed rescue? Tormented by the potential betrayal he denies, with fleeting memories of a bombshell in her recent past, Ella must face a hard reality. Every action has consequences . . . and trusting Kayden, the one thing she most desires, might result in the direst consequences of all.
Crossing behind the couch toward the kitchen, I find myself remembering those naked, intimate moments with Kayden only a short time ago. The passion. The trust I’d felt for him. And then his words: “We both want more. Until we don’t.” The words send a surge of adrenaline and nerves through my body.
The scent of freshly brewed coffee teases my nostrils as I reach the kitchen, where I immediately find Kayden standing behind the island. But it’s not him that makes my heart lurch, as usual. It’s my gun that’s lying on the counter between us.
And when I should perhaps step backward I find myself charging forward to claim the other side of the counter.
“What is that for?”
“You thought you needed it earlier,” he says. “I want you to have it now.”
My fingers curl on the tiled counter. “Do I need it?”
“That’s for you to decide.”
“That isn’t the answer I want.”
His jaw sets hard. “If you’re expecting an answer you’ll want, you’d better pick up that gun.”
We stare at each other, a push and pull between us that has nothing to do with fear or intimidation, and everything to do with a bond we both know is being tested. “I know what you’re doing.”
“What am I doing?”
“The same thing you did outside that church, when you helped me hold the gun to your chest.”
“Which is what?”
“Offering me the façade of control.”
“You holding a loaded gun on me in no way equals a façade.”
“I know you now,” I counter. “You don’t give up control, even when you say you are.”
He rests his hands on the counter, one turned just enough for me to catch a glimpse of the hawk inked on his wrist, its wings spread, the mark of a man whose rules of many must dictate his actions. “There are two sides to this coin,” he says, his words drawing my attention, his pale blue eyes piercing mine. “The me with you, and the me with everyone else.”
“We barely knew each other at the church.”
“I’d already decided you were mine. You just didn’t know it yet.”
Although the Careless Whispers series is a continuation of Lisa’s Inside Out series, the books from Inside Out do not have to be read first. However, Denial, Demand and Surrender, must be read in order.
Book one, DENIAL, is available NOW!
Book three, SURRENDER, coming January 2017
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As always with any of this Authors books, I was not in the least dissappointed with Demand!
I really enjoyed the first installment of this series, so I’m very happy to report that I loved this one even more!! It is so rare that you find a series that just gets better as it goes on, but let me tell you this one did and then some.
We pick up exactly where we left off at the end of Denial and right out the gate that was a huge plus for me. I hate having to be filled in throughout the story as to what’s gone on in the past months, but with this one it was just nice and neat with a big ol shiny bow on it.
As always, Lisa has gone out of her way to leave you hanging by a thread all the way through. The way in which she keeps you almost completely in the dark is just awe inspiring to me. You literally have next to no idea what’s about to jump out at you and I can’t get enough of it. I can happily say that there wasn’t even times where I had a single clue as to what was coming up next, and to me those are the best kind of stories you can possibly find.
The Characters just get better and better as you go on throughout this one. There was the odd time where I wanted to give Ella a shake, but for the most part I could completely understand the motive behind all of her actions. Kayden just gets more and more mouth wateringly sexy as you read on. He is by far one of the best alpha’s I have read in ages. Combine that with his softness towards Ella and he’s quite simply a dream come true. Put these two together and the chemistry is explosive. I may have had to go and take a cold shower a time or two 😉
Overall this was a fast paced, sexy story that will leave you desperate to get a hold of the final portion of their story. I can guarantee that with the level of intrigue written in these pages, that this will be one read you will not soon be forgetting!
5 AMAZINGLY FAST PACED MARVELOUS STARS
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 for a television show to be produced by Suzanne Todd of Team Todd (Alice in Wonderland). Suzanne Todd on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with. I’m thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara’s whole story – her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality.
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 presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.
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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