Series: Careless Whisper #2
Published by Gallery Books on May 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The sexy, breathtaking mystery continues in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s stunning second novel in the suspenseful Careless Whispers series—where shocking revelations will reveal themselves and nothing, and no one, will ever be the same.
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.
WOW! This book was such a great follow-up to Denial. It picks up right where Denial left off, when Ella has a gun pointed at Kayden, demanding answers. Have you forgotten some of the major players or plot points? Don’t fear! Lisa Renee Jones gives you a character list and summary of how we got to where we are starting off. We are left with a lot of questions, something Jones is known for. We are navigating through more of Kayden and Ella’s world finding out some answers and getting more questions to the big mystery of the necklace.
I found Denial to be like a wave in excitement: it had high points and then it would dip into low moments where my interest would wane. However, Demand was much more high interest much more of the time. I finished this book in 1 day. I connected more to Ella and Kayden as a couple and I found that I liked them more. Ella is having more blackouts and with those, come more memories. Those are often bittersweet for her, but great for the reader since we get much more information and background on her. A lot of the loose ends and answers are tied up and more are opened. It makes me yearn for book 3!
Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars. I enjoyed this book more than the first book and the mystery was ramped-up and I am more invested in the story, the characters. I am looking forward to the next installment.
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.”