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Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review: Being Me (Inside Out #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Inside Out
Number in Series: 2
Format: ARC PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Pages: 351
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance/Mystery

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Synopsis from Goodreads
The sexy second installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy, following If I Were You—in the seductive tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?
     My goodness, Jones will kill me with this kind of intensity. I absolutely can't get enough of this series. The story, the suspense, the characters, the emotions - it all comes together so beautifully. This was a wonderful sequel and I am so excited for book 3, which I am also head over heels for. 
     Sara and Chris are back and I love them more than ever. In this book, we see that Sara is slowly peeling away from her sheltered, school teacher persona. She has quickly fallen into the world of art which is her dream. I love how much we get to see of these characters. Jones really opens them up in this book and it is quite the roller coaster to say the least. We learn so much about Chris and his past. We learn about how broken he is and how much more broken he may become. The pain he harbors is something he doesn't want Sara to see because he feels he will lose her. He can be a jerk sometimes about it, but I understand after getting a glimpse of what makes him who he is. I love the complexity of his character. You really never know what to expect with him. We also see that Sara has some demons that actually make an appearance in this book as well. I couldn't believe what she had to grow up with. 

     We also learn a bit of the problems between Mark and Chris which was quite interesting. I really hope we get a book about Mark. I find him just as intriguing as Chris and we see quite a different side to him in this book which I really enjoyed. Jones threw me for a loop there. I really love these characters. They always keep me on the edge of my seat even without the suspense of the story itself. They are incredible.

     The story was quite the adrenaline rush especially near the end. We still don't know anything about Rebecca. But the journals have been giving more and more clues to what could possibly be the reason why she disappeared. Oh man, get ready to have your mind blown. It will be crazy to say the least. But not only do we have to deal with Rebecca, but Sara's best friend, Ella, seems to have disappeared as well. She still hasn't answered her phone and she should have at least came back to start the school year since she is a school teacher as well. This journey that Jones has taken us on will knock you senseless and you will love every second of it. I know I did.

     This book was extremely sexy. Jones knows how to heat you up from the inside out and leave you raw afterwards. Sara and Chris are explosive in this book. Everything between them is intense and amazing. Things aren't perfect between them, but that makes things better for them, They have so much barriers to break down and it was an exhilarating experience I thoroughly enjoyed. 

     This book was impossible to put down. I read this while cooking and almost burnt my food, but it was worth it. This definitely on the favorites' list, very high on the favorites' list in fact. Jones writing is impeccable and it shows. This is one hell of a sequel. You can not miss this series, you would regret it. I am really excited that this may be a show on Starz. They will have plenty to work with and it will be fun seeing it played out in front of me. This is highly recommended. 


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2013!


Check out my review for:
If I Were You (Inside Out #1) 


Lisa Renee Jones Bio:

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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