Monday, June 23, 2008

BEAST OF DARKNESS, the latest from Lisa Renee Jones - and an exciting contest!!



Lisa Renee Jones has a new release, the next in her Knights of White series - BEAST OF DARKNESS - available now and it's a wonderful continuation in excellent series.

Here's a blurb:
Evil comes out of Nowhere…
Sarah is a mortal who hears the voices of spirits. Driven by tragedy, she chases sightings, investigating the supernatural. Called to Nowhere, Texas, she finds not ghosts, but terrible danger…and demons.
A soldier in the war between Good and Evil, Max is one of the oldest demons, stained by centuries of darkness, fighting to keep others safe without hope for himself.
Betrayal and loss haunt both of them, keeping them from finding peace. And yet, to save an entire town, Max and Sarah must do the impossible: let go of the past, and find a future with each other.

Love is their only weapon. Nowhere is the battleground.
This is their last chance.

My review:
Sarah Meyers, successful investigator of paranormal events, has been called to Nowhere, Texas by the Sheriff to investigate frighteningly bizarre paranormal activities. Sarah and her team arrive in Nowhere and the activities continue, escalating in severity with each occurrence. Sarah's parents were killed by a friend who had been possessed by a demon and she's been on a mission against demons since. When she meets Max for the first time, she doesn't understand why she feels an immediate and trusting attraction to Max, but given the circumstances they're faced with, it's a relief to have him by her side. Just when things go from bad to worse in this quiet little town, Sarah puts her complete trust in Max, only to find he isn't who she thinks he is.

Max is one of the Knights of White, an elite group of soldiers who fearlessly battle the Darkland Beasts, while fighting to quiet the beasts that are a part of each and every one of them. When Max kills a human in the course of saving the life of the mate of a fellow Knight, he knows that punishment will quickly be meted out and that it would be severe. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself in the middle of Nowhere, Texas to fight a demon the likes of which he's never seen. Punishment takes on an entirely new meaning when Max has to keep his hands off of Sarah, the beautiful woman that he has been teamed up with, especially after he comes to the conclusion that she just might be his mate. When Max and Sarah finally give in to the irresistible heat between them, she glimpses the true beast within him. Max is left with no choice but to share the story behind his very being, but knowing how reluctant Sarah is to trust, he fears it may be too much for her to handle.

Max is without a doubt one of the most damaged characters I've ever read. Of course, Sarah doesn't come into this story with a clean slate either, she has wounds of her own that need a patiently gentle touch. When the two come together, rather than being overwhelmed with issues, each serves as a balm to the other's tortured soul, healing while bringing unexpected emotions to the surface. Lisa Renee Jones has been blessed with a never ending imagination; her creativity in writing this series is outstanding. The two previous books in this series, THE BEAST WITHIN and THE BEAST OF DESIRE are equally wonderful and serve well to set up the story. While I think readers could read BEAST OF DARKNESS without having read the prior works, my personal opinion is that they would be better served to read them in order.


Please check out BEAST OF DARKNESS - I'm confident that you won't regret it! But don't wait too long as series romances have a limited shelf life.
Now, for the contest. Lisa (being one of the most generous authors I've ever known -seriously) has provided me with several books and other goodies for give away here. I'm putting them together as two prizes: Each prize will contain one copy of HARD AND FAST, one copy of BEAST OF DESIRE and a copy of BEAST OF DARKNESS, together with some other author goodies. I typically run very simple contests but you'll have to do a little bit of work this time. Just a tidge, I promise. Each entry has to provide the titles of four of Lisa's books, previous or upcoming releases, it doesn't matter (but not the three I've named here, please) - post here to enter. Feel free to chat about any of Lisa's books that you've read or look forward to reading. I'll lend a hand - go to Lisa's website and take a look around. I'll draw the names of two winners (US/Canada addresses only, please) on Friday evening (6/27).

Thank you Lisa for asking me to review BEAST OF DARKNESS - and for your incredible generosity to the readers here.

Laurie

24 comments:

Phoebe Jordan said...

I absolutely love Lisa's books. I've read her book Hard and Fast and I enjoyed it so much I couldn't put it down until I finished it in a couple of hours.

I have read her first book in her The Knights of White series called The Beast Within and I loved it. I didn't know that it was the first book in a series so I was totally surprised when I went to her site today for the contest to see that she had a second book in this series come out in March. I would love to win this contest because I would love to read Beast of Desire.

I'm looking forward to Beast of Darkness, which I hear is the 3rd book in the series, but I'm also going to look forward to Captive by the Beast the 4th book in the series. I'm also looking forward to her Harlequin Blaze book coming out next called Texas Undercover, which just by the title intrigues me.

I also thought her anothology Damned, Delicious and Dangerous sounded very interesting. I'll see if I can find it because I definitely like it. Okay I think that's 4 new books that was not mentioned in the blog.

Anonymous said...

I've heard great reviews of Lisa's books but unfortunately I haven't had the chance to read any of her books. I would love too though!

Hmm here's four of Lisa's books:

1. Night Sins
2. The Hottest One Night Stand
3. Purple Magic
4. Protector

Thanks for a chance to win Lisa's books!

Terri W.

Anonymous said...

Good morning~
I have only read Purple Magic (#1)by Lisa Renee Jones but its on the keeper shelf! I am interested in several more of hers so I will be looking for her on my next visit to the book store.
#2 Hurts So Good
#3 Protector
#4 Healer
#5 The Hottest One Night Stand (this is the one I will be looking for first!!!)
Laurie, thanks for bringing so many authors to my notice.
Barbara-Jo

kimmyl said...

1. Hard and Fast - is hot, funny, sweet and really well told and I loved every word.
2. Night Sins
3. Purple Magic
4. Hurt So Good

Hard and fast is the only one I have read.

tetewa said...

What a great prize pack! 1. Night Sins 2. Purple Magic 3. Protector 4. Healer This sounds like a great series.

CrystalGB said...

1. Healer
2. Protector
3. Hurts So Good
4. Night Sins

Great contest. I enjoy Lisa's books.

flchen1 said...

Thanks for the terrific review, Laurie! I've got her short story The Hottest One Night Stand in the Alluring Tales anthology--terrific, of course :)

Four of her (Ellora's Cave) titles are:
- Protector (Underground Guardians #1)
- Healer (Underground Guardians #2)
- Hurt So Good
- Addicted

Thanks for the contest!

Jane said...

I haven't read Lisa's books yet.

"Healer," "Protector," "Purple Magic," and "Night Sins."

Thanks for entering me.

Stacy S said...

I love this series!!

1. The Beast Within
2. Return of the Beast
3. Hurst So Good
4. Purple Magic, Exclusive anthology

Virginia said...

I love Lisa's books. I am going to name her coming soon books.
1. Primal Instinct.
2. Rorbidden Fruit
3. Captive by the Beast
4. Texas Undercover

This is what we have got to look forward to.

Virginia said...

Sorry guys I can't type.
Number 2. is Forbidden Fruit

blueviolet said...

Here are four of Lisa's books.

1. Purple Magic
2. Healer
3. Primal Instinct
4. Forbidden Fruit

I look forward to reading anything Lisa writes!

doot65[at]comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

Lisa F. said...

Wow, good review Laurie! I've read most of Lisa's ebooks, but for some reason I haven't read this series. I have the first one in my stack though.

Looking at her website to find titles, I could become addicted to looking at the cover for Addicted!
Protected, Healer and Who's on Top round out my list.

Thanks for the contest.

EdgesAngel23 said...

I haven't read any of her books yet, but I'm practically drooling over the excerpts I've read for "the Beast Within"!!
Here are 4 titles:
1. Purple Magic
2. Healer
3. Hurt So Good
4. Who’s On Top
Ashley A
ash_app@hotmail.com

Michelle said...

Love Lisa's Books. Would love to win a few more.

here's 4 titles
1. Healer
2. Purple Magic
3. Return of the Beast
4. Protector

ColleenMP said...

I've enjoyed all that I've read so far. Lisa is a terrific writer and I'm looking forward to reading her new releases.
Here are the 4 titles:
1.Night Sins
2.Protector
3.Healer
4.Christmas King

ArkieRN said...

1. Purple Magic
2. Healer
3. Protector
4. Who’s On Top

Love the excerpt!

flip said...

Great contest. very, very generous.

four books, Beast of Darkness, Return of the Beast, Hard and Fast, and The Beast Within.

good luck everyone

Brenda said...

How generous, Lisa! What a GREAT prize! Four of Lisa's books:
Hurts So Good from Hurts So Good,
Hottest One Night Stand from Aluring Tales--EXCELLENT!,
Healer,
and
Protector

REBA said...

I have rade one or two of Lisa's books and want to read more.

1. EXCLUSIVE
2. PRIMAL INSTINCT
3. PROTECTOR
4. HURT SO GOOD

THANK YOU

Ali said...

I love Lisa's Nocturne books *bg*

1. The Beast Within
2. Return of the Beast
3. Exclusive, Purple Magic
4. Who's on Top

Cynthya said...

I have the "Beast" books on my wish list and I'm really looking forward to reading them.

1. Hurt So Good (this was the first story of hers I'd read and made me a fan)
2. Who's On Top?
3. Christmas King
4. Underground Guardians 1: Protector (I want to read this series, too)

Karin said...

I love Lisa's books. I've reread the ones I have by her numerous times. Wanting to know what I could look forward to from her, I went with the tirles of four upcoming releases.

Here are the four titles:
1. Captive by the Beast
2. Texas Undercover
3. Black Tiger Rising
4. Gentleman Prefer Blondes

Jodi said...

I've read a couple of Lisa's books and they are good!

1. Hurt So Good
2. Red Hot Secrets
3. Addicted
4. Texas Undercover