**Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley**
Publication: February 6th, 2018
Read: January 2018
4 Caffeinated Stars
“Amanda Skye made me want her. She made me trust her. She made me love her. Then she betrayed me. And now, a madman brings us together again and before our battle with him is over, I will make sure that she never forgets my name: Seth Cage. The Fixer for The Brandon Family Empire, but to a covert CIA operation, I will always be The Assassin. And to Amanda, I will be the man who made her moan, sigh, and beg. And I will make her beg.” – description from the goodreads page.
What I Thought:
Poison Kisses Part 1 is the story of Seth, the bodyguard from Lisa Renee Jones’ Dirty Money series. This is a serialization so beware, it does end in a cliff hanger but don’t worry the next one in the series gets published soon.
Lisa Renee Jones has a way with creating characters that you fall in love with. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. I know that the last book I read by her (Murder Notes) was not my favorite book so I was glad to get back to the romance side of the bookshelf. I’m not going to go into too much detail because this is only a 78 page novella so I fear that too much detail will give away an unintentional spoiler.
With Lisa’s books I love how she is able to create unique backgrounds and great personalities for her characters. Seth is the same Seth that we have grown to admire in the Dirty Money series but we get to know more about what makes him tick. In the Dirty Money series he is a side character that gets overshadowed by Emily and Shane. It was fun learn more about his story and his past. As we all expect, Seth is an Alpha Male that has finally found his match in Amanda Larke. Amanda is the past love of Seth’s life and she knows how to put an Alpha Male in his place. What I love the most about her is the fierceness of her character and how she has some soft edges.
The only thing that I was not a huge fan of was how disjointed the book tended to be. You do jump from past to present often and that seemed to take you out of the story. I know that a lot of what we need to know is in the past so it makes sense but it does pull you out of the plot a little. One other thing is that it is hard to get to know Amanda in only 78 pages. We have gotten to know Seth a bit in the Dirty Money series so it is very apparent that we know little to nothing about Amanda. Hopefully that changes with the next two in the series.
All in all, If you enjoy romantic suspense this is a good read.
** I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Now, I know this blog just started but I want you to know that I will always give an honest rating. If I love a book I will sing its praises. If I hate a book, I’ll share my critics. I’m honest to a fault and if it gets me kicked off of an ARC team then so be it.**