Friday, August 21, 2015

Forsaken by Lisa Renee Jones Blog Tour

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.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I loved the beginning of this series and could not wait for this one. With a closer look into the events that led to Amy running for her life and Chad trying to stay alive while he figures out how to do just that. It has been six years since he has talked to Amy and all he wants is to hold her and keep her safe. But trust is something you never do when you can't let yourself trust anyone. So when Gia helps him escape, he has to wonder if she is sent to get close to him to learn where the cylinder is. She is not telling him all of the truth, she only gives him bits and pieces. There is a lot going on in this story from the beginning and it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. When Chad and Gia get to Amy, he doesn't trust Liam or Teller. So automatically he wants to take Amy away to keep her safe. But Amy will not leave Liam, the love of her life and Teller is there to protect both Amy and Liam. Will Chad learn to trust those close to him? Can he let Gia continue to get under his skin? Will they all survive the ordeal they are about to be thrown into and pray it will be over for good? Will Gia tell them the truth and it keep her safe? And what will happen when Jared, Chad's hacker helper, reveals his true colors. They will all learn that trust is not something you give easily because it could cost you everything. Another great addition to this awesome series and if you haven't started it yet, then you should. And I hope you love it as much as I do. Lisa Renee Jones is one of my favorite authors and you can never have too many favorite authors.

This is the third in the series – and you really do need to read books 1 & 2 first (which is no hardship!). This review assumes that you have read them both.

After two books telling us Amy's story, we are catapulted into her brother, Chad's life – finally giving us some of the explanation as to what happened 6 years ago. He is even less able to trust than Amy – but he knows why, and continues to try and find a way out for them all. We find him in captivity, badly injured, but freed by Gia. She becomes a very important protagonist in the plot, and by twist and turn, we have to hold the faith that she is good for Chad...

After being so immersed in Amy and Liam, it was a bit of a shock to leave them for a while, but we do learn so much by getting Chad's story. He and Gia make an absolutely fascinating couple that is for sure! There is one more book to come, which should round out the whole tale. I, for one, cannot wait – so I hope Ms. Jones is busy ensuring that it will be ready soon!

Also Available in The Secret Life of Amy Bensen Series

Book 1
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Book 2
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Book 4
Releases September 7th

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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 OUT 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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Forsaken (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #3) by Lisa Renee Jones to read and review for this tour.

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