There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.
The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.
an excellent example that will keep you on the edge of your seat, questioning, wondering and reachin
Secrets and lies to cover those secrets - that seems to be a constant thread in a book from Lisa Renee Jones, and when you add in some compelling characters and sexual tension that is off the chain hot – and you get Provocative. Tangentially connected to the Inside Out Series, in that our heroine Faith is an artist and known (and promoted quietly) by Chris Merit, the story plays with her desire / need to paint and her struggles to keep her family vineyard afloat after her father’s death, her mother’s mismanagement and subsequent death and her lack of available cash. Enter Nick, an attorney with a reputation that precedes him into every interaction, the body-.language and approach of a Tiger stalking his prey, and a deep desire to discover every one of Faith’s secrets, and just why she was responsible for his own father’s death.
From the start, the cat and mouse games in this story are strong: and it’s actually refreshing to see that the aggressor is ostensibly Nick, but Faith does step up (and in) to assert her own control – giving their interplay and banter a wonderful push and pull, despite all of the underlying currents between them. From Faith’s agent who has his own set of issues (including being the best friend of her ex) to the conflicting decisions from Nick as he struggles with the seeming lack of Faith’s involvement in a situation he is convinced was directly responsible for his father’s death, the bill collectors and a bank pushing to foreclose on the winery – the elements twist around one another like a Gordian Knot, each revelation brings another question or three while only answering part of one.
Clearly breaking with plenty of unanswered questions, the story captivates and provides plenty of conjecture, even as every earlier moment where you think you know – you didn’t. Riding the knife edge of tension, the unacknowledged emotions and the revelations that Nick searched her out (without telling her exactly why) should have readers finding him difficult, but his determination to keep her close and protected, even as he struggles with his own initial desire to discover her involvement in the death of his father make him a rather tortured but ultimately honorable man, despite the lies. A touch of the familiar in terms of progression and story unfolding, with plenty of hot steamy sex to bring the emotional tension and self-reflection to a head, the story isn’t wholly different from other and longer series that Jones has created, but an excellent example that will keep you on the edge of your seat, questioning, wondering and reaching for a cold drink.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
The perfect recipe of lust, lies and mystery!
Wow!! Lisa's done it again! She serves up the perfect recipe of lust, lies and mystery. Such an intense read!!
We're left wondering what's next for Nick AKA Tiger and Faith? Will Faith turn out the be the innocent woman Nick wants her to be?! Or did she really have something to do with the deaths of their parents?! What will happen when Faith finds out about all of Nicks lies?! I can't wait to to find out the dramatic conclusion in Shameless, part 2! It can't get here fast enough!!