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 …..
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.
Title: If I Were You
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Published by: Gallery Books
Source: Media Muscle/Book Trib
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 31 minutes
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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
A copy of this title was provided via Media Muscle/Book Trib for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.