I will be reviewing the 2nd book in this series (that releases TODAY) on 25 June – BUT if you want to get a deal – If I Were You the first book in the Inside Out Trilogy is On Sale for a limited time at the buy links below!! Keep reading to find out more about this trilogy …..
Title: If I Were You
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Format: Paperback, eBook and AudioBook
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher via Media Muscle
Genre: Erotic Romance / Romantic Suspense
Series: The Inside Out Trilogy # 1
Best Read in Order: yes
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About the Book:
When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry.
Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more
This book started with a mysterious set of entries that detail the thoughts of a sexual submissive, in the start of her journey with her dominant. When Sara starts to read the entries, her curiosity takes control, and she is determined to find Rebecca, the author of the journals. From there, the adventure begins as we travel through the art world, visit Napa Valley and even enter a member’s only club that specializes in BDSM.
I’ve not read many books told in first person, present, point of view: a difficult technique to master and Lisa Renee Jones used this technique about as well as I have ever seen it done. Adding a level of emotional intensity from existing within Sara’s head gives a sense of her confusion and personality that would not have come through as clearly were someone else narrating the story. Additionally, her reactions: physical and emotional to both of the very alpha males she encounters provides a level of detail for their characters that is subtle but very present.
Mark and Chris are both connected by the art world: Mark as a gallery and auction house owner, Chris as one of the premier artists that he showcases. The two have a curious tension: personally I found them to be very similar in attitude and temperament, explaining the testosterone overload when they snarled over Sara. What is interesting in the grand scheme is that Mark is testing Sara’s commitment to delve into the art world, representing, finding and selling art at the highest levels that she can achieve. Chris is looking to provide the same: just his perspective is more from a monetary and proprietary way, especially after their very intensive moments together.
The whole story has several mysteries interwoven into the plot: I did think that we have lost sight of Rebecca’s whereabouts as Sara is coming to terms with her reactions to the men in her life, and the excitement provided by the very raw and sexual entries in the journals. Her shame in her interest and reaction to the journals is mingled in with her reactions to Chris, and the questions that she has after each encounter.
I can’t say that I particularly ‘liked’ Sara – there were moments when I think she is so afraid to open her eyes and see what is around her that it will and can only lead to a bad end. But, there are so many opportunities for dangers and twists in the story that I think she is possibly the biggest danger to herself: emotionally, sexually and physically. Certainly a book that was difficult to put down – I devoured it in one sitting and dove into the second.
I received a paperback copy from the publisher via Media Muscle for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. 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.