Back again with another installment in the Inside Out Series by Lisa Renee Jones: this novella from Mark’s point of view brings us steps closer to the end of the series, and manages to bring a new perspective to one of the main characters!
If you’ve paid attention, you’ve heard the buzz about these books, the Inside Out Series from Lisa Renee Jones. I’m telling you – they are living up to all expectations for me. What you should know before reading is that these stories work best if you have been reading them in order: the story will fall together in a neat line, and all of the character information that comes from the novellas will serve to give you a better sense of the characters after you have seen them act in what may be, not always the most understandable of ways.
This happens to be a story from Mark’s point of view: a seriously controlling, buttoned-down man with an iron-fisted grasp of his own self-definition as a Master: removed, protective and always in control. Mark can come off as arrogant, and there most certainly is that quality there in his demeanor, but mostly his control is domineering and fully in view, a near challenge to disobey or disrupt his plans.
But, his life is disintegrating around him: his mother is fighting for her life, Allure is under constant attack from the paparazzi looking for scoops and an inside track on the disappearance of Rebecca, and the police are searching for a murderer. Nothing is as it was, and Mark’s own responses to the multiple crises have shaken him to his core. The Master is no longer able to control the emotions that he has long hidden beneath layers of his icy control, and Crystal has challenged him even more.
With her attachment to his family, her refusal to just bend to his every wish, and secrets of her own, Crystal fascinates and infuriates Mark. Attraction between them is scorching, the two in a scene simply steam up the space, but in not acquiescing to his demands for subservience, she has managed to force Mark to face his emotions and start to feel when he would rather just lose himself in the pleasure her body can bring.
A clearly plotted and revealing installment in the story, we finally see Mark as fallible and all too human, dealing with guilt that he has suppressed, recognizing what he sees as his own failures, and trying to find answers to the puzzles that surround him. Most striking is the empathy that one feels for him, a not always easy character to like or understand, throughout this short glimpse into his own story in his words. Yes, Lisa Renee Jones brings heat and steam, but she gives us what makes these stories so wonderful and captivating: a look into the man who seemed so impervious and controlled, as he learns that perhaps that isn’t the ‘real him’.
Title: My Control
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Published by: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Mark's POV novella
I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. My hunger for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more. She's about to find out that the Master has returned.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.