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.
“You are all kinds of tattooed hotness, Kayden Wilkens. Hawk.”
His lips curve. “Is that you talking or the wine?”
“It’s called liquid courage.”
“You’re adorably drunk.”
I stroke his cheek, which feels much better than mine. “But you’re here, and you are The Hawk and I know I’m safe.”
“You are safe with me, Ella.”
“I am, but you’re dangerous to everyone else.”
His expression sobers. “Is that what you think of me?”
“Don’t go getting serious on a drunk person. I didn’t mean that negatively—you’re everyone’s protector.” I grab his T-shirt. “I meant that the bad guys are in trouble when they piss you off. And I meant it like you’re a badass, thus the ‘you’re sexy’ comment. Wait. Did I say that or think that? I’m saying it now. You’re sexy.”
He flattens his hand at the small of my back. “Badass?”
“Do you know how badly I want to be inside you right now? Right here?” His hands go to my sides, traveling to my breasts, his thumbs stroking my nipples to hard peaks.
I grab his hands as my cheeks flush. “Too bad I wore jeans. You’ll have to behave.”
“Will I?” he asks, flicking my nipple.
I grab his wrists, firming my voice. “Stop, because yes, you do. I am not getting undressed in public.”
He reaches down and fingers the easily undone laces that line the front of my jeans. “I’ll settle for you having an orgasm until we get home.”
I reach for his hand. “I can’t have an orgasm in public, either,” I say, but my body betrays me, my sex clenched and wet.
“That sounds like a challenge—and this is barely public.” He pulls several of my laces loose. “I told Niccolo I couldn’t command you to orgasm. I want to try.”
“You can,” I assure him. “You can pretty much just look at me and I’m wet.”
“Are you telling me you’re wet now?”
“Very—so take me home and do something about it.”
His hand goes to my jaw and he drags my gaze to his.
“I never thought I’d use the word home again—let alone have a woman I want to use it with. I love you, Ella.”
“I love you too—” He slips his fingers beneath the laces and suddenly they’re intimately pressed to my sex. “That was unfair!”
“You’re not wearing panties,” he observes, slipping a finger inside me.
“And you are very, very wet.” His head lowers, lips at my ear. “I would kill to feel you around me right now.”
I pant, and my sex clenches around his fingers. “You’re about to embarrass me.”
“No one can see us.”
“That’s not what I mean. I mean—” He thumbs my clit and presses another finger inside me. “I’m going to come really fast.” He kisses me, a deep slide of his tongue, and oh . . . oh . . .
Thrillingly sexy, demand is a spectacular blend of danger, subterfuge, action and sultry romance that had me engaged from start to finish and craving the next book.
Continuing to suffer from the effects of her loss of memory, Ella can’t be sure of anything, not her favorite food, not who she is and certainly not the powerful Kayden Wilkens, head of the underground Hunter organization who found her under mysterious circumstances in a dark alley. He’s more than cared for her, he makes her feel safe and has found a place in her heart, but can she truly trust him when she doesn’t know herself and there are so many half-truths shrouding him?
“You do own me, Ella. The good, the bad, and the very damn ugly. And my worst fear is that you can’t handle that.”
Demand starts right where Denial (book #1 Careless Whispers series) left off. Ella is in an electrifying situation where she’s quite literally holding the gun and demanding answers. However, the world in which she woke up from her amnesia isn’t that simple and most answers lead to more questions. Her mind and emotions are in shock and chaos, something that triggers flashbacks throughout the story.
These memories help her start to piece parts of her past but not enough to paint a complete picture, highlighting her doubts and the plot’s intrigue. As external sources work to threaten her and Kayden, her determination to love, trust and protect him strengthens and more pieces fall into place, giving Ella and us some long awaited answers. But there’s still much to learn and nothing has truly been resolved.
“The way he looks at me is like no one else exists. Like I am his moon, sun, and star, and I really do not believe anyone has ever made me feel that special.”
I absolutely loved the romance between Kayden and Ella, besides being explosively hot and expertly interlaced with suspense, these two complex characters have grown and forged what feels like a solid connection despite their rocky beginning. I can’t wait to see how it’s tested in and mostly how they succeed in the final installment of the series. Because in this book Ella proves she’s a force to be reckoned with and Kayden demonstrates that despite his tragic past love life, he knows Ella has carved a place in his heart and can handle anything his difficult life could throw at her and more.
“Let me say this to this new feminist side of you. You own me in ways I do not want to be owned, and should not be owned as The Hawk of The Underground. That is power. That Is control, whether you want it or understand it. That is what you do to me.”
The descriptions of everything that surrounded Ella, from her flashbacks to the places she goes to and the things she does feel almost tangible. I also enjoyed how all the different elements in their world like the Italian and French mafia, the politics and politicians, and the Underground itself are coming together in this addictive story.
Demand is book #2 in the Careless Whispers series by Lisa Renee Jones. It is part of a trilogy and should not be read as a standalone. It is a suspenseful romance full of excitement and sexiness with a somewhat appeasing ending. Told from the heroine’s point of view.
Ella and Kayden’s story continues in Demand by Lisa Renee Jones
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Book three, SURRENDER, coming January 2017
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About the Author
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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