Series: Inside Out Trilogy #2
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Gallery Books on June 11, 2013
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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?
OK, so a couple of notes I had written to myself whilst reading this book:
#1) When a book gives you sexy dreams, you know it’s good.
#2) This relationship between Sara and Chris veers quite a bit into it being unhealthy territory.
But I digress – I read Lisa Renee Jones’ first book in this series, If I Were You, back before I began writing for UGR. I loved it! It was suspenseful and had a story line deeper than just “him + her + all baggage = HEA”. Sara is trying to find out what happened to a woman whose journals she found during a storage auction sale — or rather, her best friend found, and then passed on to Sara. So, naturally, Sara reads the journals and is simultaneously aroused and horrified at what the journals imply.
Rebecca (the author of said journals) has disappeared. No one knows where she’s gone or what has happened to her. Sara wants… no, Sara NEEDS to find out. Because she feels as if she’s travelling down the same path.
Sara is also sleeping with Chris, a sexy artist whose work she admires greatly and whom she’s now in love with. Her boss, Mark, is a series of contradictions, and while he wants Sara for his own, asking if she belongs to Chris, Sara stands her ground and quite pointedly informs him that she belongs to no one but herself. I really liked Sara for that.
Without spoiling too much of the story, it’s sexy, it’s fun, it’s suspenseful, it will have you yelling at the characters, “I DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS! THIS IS UNHEALTHY! GET THE HELL OUT OF THIS RELATIONSHIP!!!” and then you’ll completely change your mind a few pages later, only to feel slightly disgusted with yourself at how easily even YOUR mind was changed.
It helps to remember that these are fictional characters — whether or not they are based on real people, or resemble anyone in real life, who knows. They probably do. I’ve known many people in unhealthy relationships such as this, but for now, it’s fiction and it’s GOOD fiction! I love LR Jones’ works. If you haven’t read the first book, read it. If you haven’t read the novella’s of “Rebecca’s Lost Journals” — read those too. They’re perfectly priced and will draw you in again, and again, and again.