Review: Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title: Provocative
Series: White Lies Duet #1
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 18 April 2017
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.

The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.

Book two: Shameless will be out on July 11th

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REVIEW 

Lisa Renee Jones delivers a tense romantic suspense within the pages of Provocative, where the secrets the characters hide will have you on the edge of your seat screaming for answers.

Faith has been running her families vineyard for the past two years following the death of her father, Putting aside her own dreams as a budding artist and dealing with a mother she can barely tolerate in order to fulfill her father’s dying wish. at her mother’s unexpected death, Faith uncovers a conundrum concerning the finances of the vineyard and her mother’s involvement. Fully aware of her mother’s indiscretions and promiscuous lifestyle, Faith is trying to survive the onslaught of debt collectors awaiting her settlement. Unfortunately, each move forward incurs additional puzzles that need to be deciphered. A constant battle for a life she didn’t want while the opportunity for her to pursue her passion and talent for art makes itself available. I loved the inclusion of Chris and Sara from the Inside Out Series within the narrative and the link to both Faith and Nick in different ways.

As well as the current problems Faith is experiencing with regards to her financial situations and the pursuit of her own dreams she is still battling the demons from the past. Weighed down with regret over aspects of her past and the link to her ex, Macom,  Faith holds her secrets close adding to the sense of foreboding within the plot. What is she hiding and how will it affect the outcome of the relationship with Nick??

Nick seeks Faith out with an agenda of his own following his father’s recent death and his connection to Faith’s mother. Determined to uncover the truth of his father’s death as well as significant payments to Faiths mother, not expecting to feel the depth of emotion he does at their encounters. Mystery upon mystery is woven together within the plot adding tension and doubt as to what is real and what is lies.

The chemistry between Nick and Faith is undeniable and intrinsic, what starts out as a quick fling soon escalates to something neither were expecting. Unfortunately, Nick is still hiding his true motives from Faith, torn between believing her guilty or opening himself to the possibility of her innocence. Nick and Faith are compatible on every level, bringing out the best in one another while building something that could be more than they could have dreamed of. However, relationships require trust and without that, they don’t have the foundation on which to build a lasting relationship.

There are so many questions left unanswered – What is Faith hiding from her past? Will Nick divulge his ownership of the club? What is the role of both Faith’s ex and her uncle within the plot? How will Faith react to Nick’s deception? Were Faith’s mother and Nick’s father murdered?

As if that wasn’t enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and chewing your nails while waiting for answers in Shameless, Lisa unleashes another twist at the end of Provocative that will make you question everything you have already learned!!!! DAMMIT I NEED ANSWERS!!!!!

Author: Book Angel Emma

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