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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES,and has now in development for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland). 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.
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 www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.
Amanda is a sports reporter, Brad is a pitcher. Brad has a secret which Amanda discovers the first time she meets him. Brad is up for contract renewal and his secret could destroy his chances of being re-signed with the LA Rays.
I spent the entire book waiting for a plot twist that never came.
The synopsis stated: "...Then she discovers Brad is hiding a big secret that could make her career--or blow his. And suddenly she has to choose: the best story of her life... or the best sex!" That never happened. From the very beginning she promised Brad to keep his secret (an injured arm) and that was the end of it. She never once contemplated writing about it or betraying his confidence. Ever.
There were so many underlying issues and angst between characters that led you to believe that there was going to be some big denouement moment of revelation and redemption. It never happened. I waited for a big scandal involving either: steroids (since so much of the book concentrated on it), Brad's pitching arm, Brad's bet with one of the other pitchers re who could bed Amanda first, or Amanda and Brad getting caught in their affair (which would have jeopardized both their careers). But nothing happened in any of these circumstances.
These were all dramatic complications which created a build up and then there was no climax. WTH? Everything just kind of resolved itself and went away with a poof.
To me, this book was like paying money to watch a PPV boxing match with a title on the line. There are press conferences and each side talking smack about the other and the audience is built up with excitement of what a great match up it's going to be.Read more ›
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Lisa Renee Jones sets the pulses pounding in her sexy story for the Blaze Line, Hard And Fast.
Reporter Amanda Wright has a new job as a sports reporter for a Los Angeles paper. Her first assignment is to cover the ins and outs of the LA Rays baseball team. Amanda's first meeting with ace pitcher Brad Rogers makes her almost forget why she is in the locker room.
Brad Rogers is trying to stay on the straight and narrow. His contract is coming up and he is trying not to let his shoulder injury show to management. He can't get the delectable reporter out of this mind. Brad pulls out all the stops to get Amanda into his bed.
Amanda tries to fight her attraction to Brad but it's a losing battle. Will her heart survive when she finds out the secret Brad has been hiding?
Lisa Renee Jones story Hard and Fast is what the Blaze line is all about. It hot, sexy and a great story to boot. The scenes between Amanda and Brad are all out smoking hot and they also are rife with deep emotions. I will be looking for more from this author.
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Amanda's dream of becoming a sports reporter for a major newspaper has finally come true - a dream that is going to go up in smoke very quickly if she can't deliver the goods. Leaving her job covering high school baseball in Texas behind to move to Los Angeles and cover Major League Baseball is a no-brainer, but the heat is on when her editor pressures her to hit one out of the park with her first story or high-tail it back to Texas.
Her first night covering her newspaper's home team, the Los Angeles Rays, proves eventful in more ways than one. She exchanges barbs with her competition, proves her mettle to the team, and discovers the team's star pitcher is hiding an injury to his pitching arm. It's the kind of story that could make her career, but lose her the respect and cooperation of the team. More than that, it is a situation that Amanda identifies with all too well. Determined not to break the team's trust, she hides the secret from her editor, who sets her on the path of an even riskier - one her predecessor/competitor is already hot on the trail of - steroid use by one of the Rays' team members.
Brad knows better than to get involved with a reporter - the press hasn't exactly been good to him for the last year. But he can't help but be drawn to the beautiful new reporter for the Tribune, even when she scares the heck out of him by telling him she knows he is playing injured. She says she won't print the story, but he is still reluctant to trust her - especially with his contract up for negotiation this year. Still, the attraction between them proves irresistible, although each have more than enough reason not to act on it. And soon that attraction develops Hard and Fast into something more...
One energetic female sports writer plus a sexy major league pitcher equals a plot hot enough to singe your fingers. Add in a secret that could change lives and the result is HARD AND FAST by Lisa Renee Jones.
Sportswriter Amanda Wright has moved from her hometown of Dallas to Los Angeles to take over the sports column for a popular newspaper. Growing up with a father who practiced sports medicine, Amanda has been around sports her entire life. The first official assignment of her column leads her to the Los Angeles Rays locker room and Brad Rogers, their star pitcher. Amanda is a bit star struck but knows she must be professional for the players to take her seriously. It is during this first meeting that Amanda guesses Brad's secret. After her first story is released, Brad calls to offer his congratulations and they make plans to meet after the next game so that Amanda can obtain an exclusive interview. She knows she should be careful and not get involved with the sexy pitcher, but her fluttering heart refuses to listen.
Brad Rogers' contract is up for renewal. Since getting bad press for an argument not of his making, he has had to play nice. Meeting the new sports writer Amanda Wright after a winning game, Brad feels the immediate attraction. When Amanda questions him about what he has been hiding from the public and his coaches, Brad experiences real fear; one word from Amanda could end his career. Brad calls her after her first column and offers her an exclusive, hoping that she has yet to reveal what she knows.
Amanda and Brad are cautious with each other, each maintaining their own agenda.Read more ›
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