A sexy STANDALONE novel featuring Seth from the Dirty Money series!
It is not necessary to read the Dirty Money series prior to enjoying this book.
POISON KISSES will be released as three novellas in back to back weeks on Feb. 6th, 13th, and 20th!
Poison Kisses: Part One
by Lisa Renee Jones
Released January 6, 2018
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.
***Note — Poison Kisses is part 1 of a 3 part serial: All three parts are super sexy with an alpha man who has met his match in a kickass female. There will be naked moments that may or may not include a gun, which may or may not be his gun. ****
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Poison Kisses: Part One is the first in a trilogy of serial novellas featuring Seth Cage and is told via his point-of-view. We first meet Seth in the Dirty Money series as Shane Brandon’s right-hand man. He’s ex-CIA and a total badass. When a terrorist named Dr. Franklin Ross resurfaces and threatens the U.S., Seth is pulled back into action by the CIA. There is a catch though. In order to get to Dr. Ross he needs to work with someone from his past, someone he knows intimately and who showed him exactly what betrayal felt like.
Amanda Skye disappeared the night her CIA parents were murdered and Seth has been searching for her ever since. They share bad blood because of what went down that fateful night and Seth is willing to do what it takes to keep the U.S. safe, including killing the very person who once held his heart.
“We need to know that she lives to help us and dies before she helps him.”
Seth is known as the Assassin and he is good at what he does. Though this smoking hot killer doesn’t usually get attached to people, he has a soft spot for Amanda. Once deeply in love, after everything that happened, they now feel like enemies. I felt Seth’s betrayal and conflicted emotions when he sees Amanda again. Even though he refuses to acknowledge his feelings, he still can’t move on from the affect she has on him making his job more complicated.
Amanda is an interesting woman. Smart, brave, fearless, and a badass in her own right, she is known as the Scientist to most but Poison Princess to Seth. She was raised in the CIA with a solid knowledge of chemicals and a background in medicine. She is familiar with the poisons that can end a life within seconds and I love her confidence, knowing she can deal with anything thrown her way.
Seth and Amanda are amazing together. They are the perfect match and both would die trying to protect the ones the love, including each other. They want to hate each other but can’t resist the pull. The banter and hostility between them make the sexual tension skyrocket and as the feelings from the past merge with the present ones, conflict and confusion filter in.
They have a complicated history and I was intrigued with what actually happened. I knew there would be more to the story than Seth realized. I loved the flash backs; they set the scene for the entire story and started things off with some intense emotion and excitement. I enjoyed getting bits and pieces of the story and the mystery and suspense was well developed. There were so many unanswered questions that I found myself desperate to know the truth.
As the book comes to an end, we get the reason for why Amanda disappeared and an understanding of why she feels the way she does. The cliffhanger leaves us with a tidbit of information that Seth wasn’t expecting and I am curious to see how things play out. Overall, it’s a great start to a trilogy and now that I’m invested in the story, I need more. I can’t wait to dive into Part Two!
*ARC generously provided by the author via NetGalley*
“I hate you, Seth Cage,” she proclaims in what I know to be an out-of-character emotional outburst that tells me I’ve rattled her.
And earns her my cool reply. “There’s a fine line between love and hate, sweetheart,” I say, but I don’t want her to hate me and it pisses me off. What is it about this woman that makes her my weakness? “I wonder if I missed the taste of poison on your lips, or did I just choose to ignore it?” And I need to know that answer. I close my mouth down on hers, my tongue sliding into her mouth, rough, angry, but she doesn’t respond. She doesn’t even touch me, and I won’t allow her that win. I fold her against me, cupping the back of her head, my tongue licking against hers until she finally fucking moans, and responds.
And damn it, she still tastes just as good as she did, just as right when she’s wrong, but at least I know now. Everything right about this woman will always be wrong, including the moment she bites my lips, drawing blood. “I still hate you,” she hisses.
Wiping my lip, I’m wildly aroused by what just happened, which proves how fucked in the head this woman makes me. And while I’m certain we’d both be more than comfortable with the idea of me pulling her skirt up and fucking her right now, and letting her think she’s manipulating me again, that has to wait until I have her someplace to myself. I release her, snatching up her gun and shoving it under my jacket, inside my holster. “Meet me at the south exit. If you aren’t there, I’ll kill you and then move on to Plan B and kill Franklin. And yes. This is a test. Pass it or you’ll be in my bed, in handcuffs for the rest of your life.”
“You said you’d kill me.”
“After I cuff you to my bed.”
I move to the door and exit into the staff hallway, and then the main school hallway, the scent of her, sweet jasmine, clinging to my skin. Damn it, I used to love that smell.
I’m halfway to the exit when suddenly she’s beside me. “As I know you know from whatever file they gave you on me,” she says without looking at me, “I watched people die because of that man in China seven years ago when he set off poison gas in the subway. I’m not sitting back while he does it again.”
I don’t reply. I just keep walking, but now she’s by my side again, as she was for three solid months, three years ago. Her words and actions are reminding me of what I’d found so damn appealing about this woman: her conviction and her moral compass that were greater than mine, that made her too good for me, and yet, made me want her all the more. Only, it was an act, a façade maintained even now and well. She’s an enemy in an uncomfortable alliance. I don’t believe a word she has said.
We reach the exit and I pause with her directly to my right, my eyes capturing hers. “You’re with me now and no one gets to take you from me. And I’m the only one who gets to kill you.”
“You’re so damn romantic,” she says. “No wonder I missed you.”
“You missed me, sweetheart?”
“That wasn’t literal.”
My lips curve. “And yet you kissed me like you missed me.”
*Poison Kisses features Seth Cage, right-hand man of Shane Brandon from the Dirty Money series*
About Lisa Renee Jones
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.
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 also the author of the bestselling DIRTY MONEY and WHITE LIES series. Presently, Lisa is working on her Murder Girl/Lilah Love series to be published by Montlake.
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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