Friday, August 29, 2014

If I Were You review

Now optioned to STARZ for cable TV — read about it HERE
The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones, in the bestselling tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.
 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.


If I Were You (Inside Out #1) by Lisa Renee Jones I thought I had mixed feelings about this book. Mainly because it is not a standalone and the story doesn't end in a good place. I did like the sexual tension in the book and the basic story, a mixture of mystery and erotic, emotional tension is appealing to me. What wasn't appealing was the fact that the author seems to have just stopped writing a some point and said okay this is book 1. There wasn't a real ending and you have two more books to read to get to that ending. So, no satisfaction at the end of book 1 and I wonder if it will be the same or worse totally cliffhanger at the end of book 2. The main character, Sara, is troubled and insecure during the book. The Artist, Chris, considers himself damaged and most likely is. The art gallery owner is total control freak. Sara's best friend buys a storage unit but before she cleans it out leaves with her fairly new boyfriend to vacation in Europe, leaving the storage unit to Sara to do with as she wants. Sara of course finds and reads the storage Unit's previous owners journals and decides to find her and return her things. Rebecca the unknown, never appears in this 1st book. So Sara digs a little and finds that she worked at a very popular art gallery in San Francisco. Sara loves art, knows everything there is to know about art and so she goes there and ends up taking a summer job at the gallery while Rebecca is on 'vacation'. There is a lot going on and I like the author's writing style. I guess the only thing I didn't like was how the book ended. This will turn a lot of readers off. If you are one of those readers, wait until you have all three books in your possession before reading this book. Definitely will read books 2 and 3 but only when I have them both in my possession.

4 stars

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews are honest.


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.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.
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