Tuesday, January 25, 2022

When I Say Yes by Lisa Renee Jones


Title: When I Say Yes
Series: Necklace Trilogy #3
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date: January 25, 2022

I believe that there is one person in this world that can both break us and make us whole. One person who can love us more than life can hurt us. With this comes deep, intense passion, and a burning connection. But in turn, that person can destroy us, cut us, make us bleed in ways no other ever could. They have power over us.

For me, that one person is Dash Black.

He walked into my life in a rush of sunshine, in the darkness of heartache and uncertainty. We were broken apart, and whole together. He healed me. I believed I did the same for him. Until the past became the present, and every moment of suffering in his life consumed him. Instead of seeking refuge in me, he pushed me away. As the famous quote from an unknown author says, “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it’s yours; if it doesn’t, it never was.”

I've set Dash Black free. Now, I wait.

When I Say Yes is the third and final book in the Necklace Trilogy.

Rating: 4.5*

This is the conclusion of Allie and Dash's story. Along with this comes the discovery as to what happened to the other Alison. This book was split into two, with the first focussing on resolving the relationship between Allie and Dash following the the conclusion of 'Because I Can'. Dash has to fight and win his battle against his demons and realise that he deserves a life with Allie and her love. Allie fights for Dash even when he is ready to give up on himself, showing loudly and clearly her love for him. 

The second part of the story sees Allie determined to find out the truth about what happened to the other Alison. This puts her front centre of danger, as someone will do anything to keep the truth from coming out. Whilst Dash would rather Allie leave it alone, he is right there with her supporting her need to advocate for the missing woman.

This conclusion certainly felt more like Lisa Renee Jones and it certainly brought the story to a conclusion with the bang she is well known for.  I loved the passion Allie showed in fighting for Dash and advocating for the missing Allie; it showed her character at it's best. Her loyalty one of her best qualities. Dash's feelings of being unworthy showed a vulnerability that made him more down to earth and relatable. I really enjoyed this instalment of the series - best of the trilogy.

Dash carries me to the bedroom and lowers me to my feet at the end of the mattress. I reach for him, and I can feel his need to feel my hands on his body, but instead of caving to that burn, he catches my wrists again. “Not until I say you can touch me.”

Defiance rips through my body and my chin tilts. “And if I touch you anyway?”

“Then you won’t feel my hand on your ass, baby. Or anywhere else.” He drags me closer, aligning our bodies. “You know what I want. Tell me. What do I want, Allie?”

“Control,” I say without hesitation, but there’s a hint of vulnerability in my voice that I cannot tame. Just as I know I will never tame Dash. And the thing is—I don’t want to. In fact, I want the opposite. I want him unleashed. I want him wild and free.

“Are you going to give it to me?” he presses. “Can you trust me that much, Allie?”


That’s the monster that torments each of us in our own minds and yet, we want it from each other, we demand it be given blindly, irrationally perhaps, but it doesn’t seem to matter. So much about how Dash and I approach each other is irrational and yet somehow, we make sense. And so I say, “I already do.”

He turns me to face the bed, one hand cupping the side of my neck under my hair, the other on my waist, his hard body at my back. Dash leans in close and says, “I can be demanding, Allie.”

My mind flashes to the night of our fight back in Nashville, when my hands had been pressed to the front door of our apartment, his hand on my throat, him behind me, thrusting into me. “I know,” I whisper, my skin flushing with the memory and because it’s the truth, now I dare add, “I like it.”

“Do you?” he challenges.

“Beyond reason,” I whisper.

His fingers flex on my neck, seconds ticking by before he replies with, “I used to think I wanted to scare you off, Allie.”

“And now?”

“Now, I pray I can’t.” His teeth scrape my shoulder, rasping roughly.

I suck in a breath at the rough, erotic nip that borders on a bite. He cups my jaw and drags my head back to his shoulder, just enough to angle my mouth to his and lower his to mine. “But that doesn’t mean I won’t try,” he adds. “Nice guys are gentle, Allie. You need to know that I’m not a nice guy.”

“If I’d wanted nice, I would have walked away before we ever started calling me cupcake which was almost the moment I met you, Dash.”

It’s a joke about the nickname I’ve earned with him, but he doesn’t laugh or smile. He brushes his lips over my lips. “You taste like you don’t know what you’re asking for.”

“And you taste like you talk too much, Dash Black.”

He lingers there a moment, his breath rushing over my lips with a promise of a kiss that doesn’t come. Instead, he says, “No more talking. Knees on the mattress, baby.”

WHAT IF I NEVER (book one)
$4.99 Audio only on Chirp: https://bit.ly/3GEb5Qu

BECAUSE I CAN (book two)

WHEN I SAY YES (book three)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones writes dark, edgy fiction including the highly acclaimed Inside Out series and the crime thriller The Poet. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland and Bad Moms) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense

Prior to publishing Lisa owned a 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. She lives in Colorado with her husband, a cat that talks too much, and a Golden Retriever who is afraid of trash bags.


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