Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: Duplicity by AJ Renee

St. Fleur #3
Contemporary Romance | Interracial Romance

Everyone leaves…

Jaime Lynn has lived by that mantra all of her life. After opening a pub in St. Fleur, she begins to root herself into the town and its community, questioning the only attitude she has ever known. When Jesse interviews for the open bartending position, she knows hiring him is a bad decision she’ll make anyway. Giving in to their powerful attraction, she accepts his invitation to explore what’s between them—and is reminded that not everyone gets their happily ever after.

Haunted by the memories around his hometown of New Orleans, Jesse leaves everyone he knows and loves, hoping to find a sliver of peace. Jaime Lynn turns out to be the light to his dark, bringing Jesse away from his nightmares and back to his hopes and dreams. 

When the truth comes out, Jesse and Jaime Lynn agree to give their relationship another try. The stars finally align, guiding them onto a new path where they can leave their past behind them. 

What will they do when Jesse learns about the gift he never received but always wanted?

What can I say about this book? I've been waiting a long time for Jaime Lynn and Jesse's  story and it did not disappoint. Both of them are dealing with a lot of baggage and are hesitant when it comes to relationships. When they finally do give in a misunderstanding happens and we are back to square one. Once that issue is resolved we finally get we've all been waiting for since "Widower's Aura". 

This story dealt with grief and abandonment issues and it hit home to me in several ways. At times I had to stop reading and compose myself as it brought up memories of my childhood. I love how each couple in this series are characters that you can connect and relate to while reading. Another plus about this story was that it's an interracial romance. I loved the diversity and so happy the author went this route. Everyone deserves love no matter the color of your skin is or the color of the person skin you fall in love with. The couple did face challenges and I liked the way the author wrote about it in this book. 

Renee's writing has only gotten stronger since her debut novel and I'm always eager to read a new book by her in this series. Renee has a way of writing characters that you can relate and connect with and when you read it feels like you are part of the story. I can't wait for Rocco's book as he is another interesting character in this series! 

4 ½ Book Corner Stars 


(Interconnected Standalone Novels!)
Widower's Aura, #1

Always Mine, #2

Jesse’s eyes flew open as he released himself and moved to a protective stance. “What are you doing here?” 

His gaze moved down her body in a caress. She saw the flash of pleasure before he put up walls to protect himself from her hurtful inaction and words. Unable to speak, her mind was jumbled over Jesse’s naked form and the fact that he had been pleasuring himself. Jaime Lynn stepped into the spray and Jesse moved back. His back hit the wall with nowhere to go. 

Jaime Lynn took in his body, the muscles covering his chest and arms down to his sculpted abs. His beautiful, thick length stood proudly as her eyes roved down his thighs to where wiry, black hair covered his legs. 

Confusion flashed over his face, replacing the desire in his gaze, as he repeated, “What are you doing here, Jaime Lynn?” 

Nerves froze her in place, the words right on the tip of her tongue. No matter the limbo state of their relationship, Jesse was a constant in her life. They may have danced around their attraction for far too long, but the idea of him not being there at all scared the crap out of her. There really was no one else she was willing to risk her heart for.

Author to Widower’s Aura, Always Mine, Duplicity, and Finding love at the falls.... I’m a military wife and mother to three girls seven and under. Prior to these roles I lived in Florida where I attended the University of Central Florida. I received my Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelors of Science in Psychology. A decade later and I haven’t used either.

Writing a book was never a goal of mine, funny how life works out sometimes. I thought I would work for one of the many agencies that specialize in justice. Instead I decided to focus on a family once we married.

When I’m not shuttling my daughters around, you can find me at my laptop. I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed writing them.