Title: Being Me
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 # 2
Best Read in Order: yes
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About the Book:
Iarch into him, drinking in his passion, instantly, willingly consumed by allthat he is and could be to me. . . .
Sara McMillan is still searching for Rebecca, the mysterious woman whose dark,erotic journal entries both enthralled and frightened her. Tormented by a strong desire to indulge the demands of her new boss while also drawn deeper into her passionate bond with the troubled artist, Chris Merit, Sara must face a past as deeply haunting as Rebecca’s written words. In one mans arms, Sara will find the safe haven to reveal her most intimate secrets and explore her darkest fantasies. But is safety just an illusion, when the truth about Rebecca has yet to be discovered?
This book picks up right where If I Were You left off, and it really will be to your benefit if you read them in order. Lisa Renee Jones continues the book from Sara’s point of view and the first person narration does serve to both increase the tension and make Sara a more empathetic character in this story. I wasn’t a huge fan of her after the first book: too many questions were unanswered about her lack of judgment, and her continual push-pull between the main male characters of Chris and Mark.
In this story, the danger for Sara increases simply because she owns Rebecca’s journals: and her attempts to find the whereabouts of Rebecca have increased with some professional help arranged by Chris. We get to go deeper into their relationship and see the growth and discovery that each character experiences.
What comes forward for me was Sara’s initial grasp of her reason for being so fascinated with the dominant traits displayed by both Chris and Mark, and her actually questioning some of their behaviors. Rather than feeling she was lost in the salacious parts of Rebecca’s journals, she was starting to apply the feelings and impulses to her own life, discovering her own whys. This made her submission to Chris, and in many ways to Mark far easier to understand, especially when she actually realizes that she is the one in control: of her own reactions and their assertions of dominance.
There is such a conflict within Sara: her obsession with Chris, her curiosity about the journals, her reactions to Mark, and even her determination to stand on her own independently despite the conflicts in her emotions that she is far more relatable and real. When Chris goes off the rails and uses the pain to assuage his own sorrow and guilt, her determination to make him open up and share with her rather than run showed a strength that was not previously evident. And seeing Mark open up and share, when she was finally angry enough to be snippy and direct with him was a nice change in his character. He’s not a warm and fuzzy sort of personality, but he has guilt and regrets and is concerned for the people and destruction caused by being in his circle.
So many unanswered questions from the first book are sorted in this one, and there are leads for several answers to come. Another read in one sitting book that had me swinging from one emotion to the next: this is a viscerally affecting series that will be on several ‘best of’ lists. I can’t wait for the next book in the series – the one disadvantage to reading a series that is not yet complete. If you are a reader who likes some loose ends, a ton of hot sex and your alpha males hot, sexy and domineering, if not wholly dominant: this is the series for you .
I received an eBook from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review for a tour hosted by Media Muscle. 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.
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