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In this third book in the sexy, suspenseful âThe Secret Life of Amy Bensenâ series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, we meet Amyâs brother Chadâand the woman who either loves him or wants him dead.
Six years ago, Chadâs hunt for a dangerous treasure turned deadly when his family home was set on fire, his parents killed. Faking his and his sister Amyâs death to protect her from further retaliation, he set her up in a new life with a friendâs help, letting her believe heâd died.
But now the men who hired Chad to find the treasure have found him, imprisoning and torturing him to learn where itâs 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 herâ¦only to discover sheâs 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?
I cross the room to enter the master bedroom and Gia greets me at the door, her pale skin like ivory, her dark brown hair draping her shoulders, and worry etched in the furrow of her brow. She is beautiful. She is here. She is mine, if only for now, and I have every intention of keeping her.
I kick the door shut and she takes a step backwards, giving me space I do not want. âYou have to know that party is a setup. You canât show up there.â
âI take it you listened in on our conversation.â
âYes. I did. Chadââ
She yelps as I grab her, rotating her to press her against the door, trapping her legs with mine. âHe hacked your personnel file.â
âOf course he did. I donât trust him.â
I tangle rough fingers into her hair, tugging just enough to force her blue eyes to mine. âHe doesnât trust you.â
My answer is a deep, hungry kiss. The taste of her, addictively sweet, fills my senses, stirs a craving for more. She makes me crave more. Escape. Passion. That indefinable sense of needing what only she can give me. She moans, a soft, sexy sound I feel in the tightening of my body, the burn in my limbs. My free hand caresses her hip, her waist, the curve of her breast, and I want nothing more than to be lost at sea with this woman, floating on an ocean of waves, so far away from the rest of the world we canât be found. But I have to settle for here. Now. Lost in her. With her.
Only, sheâs not with me. I feel it in the tentative caress of her tongue, the uncertainty and reserve of her fingers barely flexing against my chest, and I tear my mouth from hers. âI fucked up in the lobby. But Gia, in a very short time, youâve gotten inside my head and under my skin in a way no one else has. You know the real me, and thatâs dangerous for both of us.â
âIâm a part of this world now, too, and I need to understand to survive.â
âYou arenât. You canât be. I wonât allow it.â
âYou canât change what already is. You think that if Iâm out of your sight, Iâm safe? Thatâs a fantasy, Chad, and Iâm not willing to live in a fantasy that could kill me.â She balls her fingers around my shirt.
We stare at each other, the sound of our breaths mingling together, the sun starting to dim beyond the windows, like the resistance I once had to this woman. âI want your help. I even need it, but I wonât lie to you anymore. You need to know that the first chance I have to make it happen, I will get you out of this.â
âIf I donât want to go?â
She inhales and lets it out. âAnd never see you again.â
âIt has to be that way.â
âIf I resist?â
âThen weâll go to war,â I assure her, âand Iâll win.â
âIf you send me away, Iâll go after him on my own.â
I lean back, pressing my hands on the wall beside her. âThat would be foolish, and youâre not foolish.â
âSo is your thinking that you can take on something this big on your own. And donât say you have Jared. You didnât even tell him what you were hiding for six years.â
âWhat he doesnât know canât get him killed.â
âThatâs bullshit, Chad. Theyâll kill him to get to you, just like theyâll kill me, or your sister. You do have to destroy them, and I donât even know how you do that.â
âIâll figure it out.â
âDamn you and your stubbornness,â she hisses. âYouâre going to end up dead.â
I slide my hands to her hair. âYou need to stop talking. Right here, this moment, is about just that: the moment.â
âThis moment wonât erase the facts. This is bigger than you and me. I have to be a weapon if I can be.â
âBut not another loss,â I declare. âYou give me the information. I risk myself. End of story.â She opens her mouth to argue and I silence her with a kiss, and I swear I can almost taste the blood I wonât let be hers, almost hear the piercing scream of my motherâs agony in my head. I cup Giaâs head, deepening the connection between us. Needing again. Demanding. Taking. Relieved when she goes from stiff and unyielding to wildly responsive, her tongue stroking mine, her hands sliding under my shirt, her palms soft and warm. Her touch is somehow like a calm summer breeze on a hot Texas night and at the same time itâs the fire that makes it hotter.
But Gia isnât calm. Sheâs all over meâkissing me, touching me, possessive in her own right, as if she is trying to hold onto me beyond the moment.
I join her at the sink, where sheâs struggling to get the bandage wrapped around her palm. I grab her hand and take over and our eyes lock and collide, the air instantly thick with a huge dose of lust-filled distrust.
âYouâre going to get caught in here,â she warns softly, as if she canât quite find her voice.
âItâs a Walmart in Texas,â I tell her. âTheyâre happy if you manage to show up with pants on.â
She laughs despite an effort to stop herself. âI suppose so. Iâm just nervous about getting attention we donât need.â
âWeâre fine.â I fit some tape over the bandage on her hand and dump the supplies back inside the basket sitting on the counter.
âRight,â she agrees. âI know we are.â
She doesnât sound convinced, and I canât seem to quell my need to convince her otherwise. âDonât let my getting captured fool you. It took him years to find me. Iâm good at what I do. He wonât find me again. That means he wonât find you.â
âUntil youâre done with me,â she murmurs, cutting her gaze away from me, and for the first time since that bedroom in East Austin, fear radiates off her. I tell myself to let it go, that she could be working me over, but I canât seem to care.
I slip a finger under her chin and force her gaze to mine. âNo matter what your intentions were when this started tonight, if you help me, really help me, Iâll make sure you stay protected.â
âI donât work for him, and I donât know why Iâm even saying that again. I know I canât convince you.â
âI told you. Help me. Iâll help you. Okay?â
âYes. Okay.â Sheâs not convinced, and the truth is, neither am I. I stayed away from people until Meg, Amy included, for a reason. People die when theyâre near me, but Iâm not telling Gia that, and I let my hand fall away, settling both on my hips.
She hugs herself and for several beats we simply stare at each other, until she wets her lips, and I try not to look at her mouth, or think about kissing her, but I fail. I think about it. In vivid, I-want-to-fuck-her detail.
âThis is what you do?â she asks. âHow you live? Always looking over your shoulder? Is that how I have to live?â
âI, like others in the organization I work for, find what no one else can find.â
âFor a price.â
âYes. For a price.â
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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, 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 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.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at on her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.
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