Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Being Me (Inside Out Trilogy) by Lisa Renee Jones

Being Me (Inside Out Trilogy, #2)

Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones
Published June 11th 2013 by Gallery Books
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
About the book:
The sexy second installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy, following If I Were You.
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?
Brandie's Review:
Wow - book one left me with my jaw on the floor from a major cliffhanger and I was so glad I could immediately jump into this book. I loved this book even more than the first, and that’s saying a lot. Normally sequels rarely live up to my expectations, but I’m happy to say this one was everything and more than I expected!

We pick up right where we left off in the first book, with Sara and Chris trying to figure out what happened to Rebecca. But along the way, they are also trying to figure out their relationship and how they can make it work. Sara doesn't want to be controlled, due to issues with her past, and Chris has his own demons keeping him from being truthful and being himself with her. They have to overcome a lot, which is part of the beauty of this story. It’s full of passion, suspense, mystery – but most incredible is their love story. They have an amazing love and connection and I absolutely LOVE them as a couple. There is no shortage of drama that will challenge their relationship – but it makes the story all the more amazing.

Thankfully, this book doesn't end on a major cliffhanger like the first. You will get your answers about Rebecca and some closure. It will, however, leave a lot of unanswered questions that will keep you anxious for the third book to be released! I can’t wait to read it!
5 Suns

Rachel's Review:
Being Me was a suspenseful and erotic sequel to If I Were You.  I was left with so many questions and on a painful cliffhanger with the last book, so it was nice to pick right up where things left off!
I immediately started reading this after finishing If I Were You and the situation with the cliffhanger is quickly resolved. Solving the mystery behind Rebecca’s whereabouts becomes more urgent given recent events, and growing concern for Sara’s and Rebecca’s safety.
The relationship with Chris and Sara is extremely intense, and HOT, but there’s always a push and pull with these two:
I try to resist the lure that is Chris, but the taste of him, familiar and almost brutally male, mixes with his anger and mine, and the effect is explosively passionate.  I want to shout at him, push him away, pull him close, strip away his clothes, and punish him for what he is doing to me, what he takes from me. What he makes me need.
I started to get a little whiplash with this back and forth.  For the most part it doesn’t last long, but still it was a little frustrating.  I do love the intensity and possessiveness Chris shows towards Sara, but he let me down a little in this installment, so I’m hoping he turns things around in the next book. 
As for Sara, I wish she would’ve shown a little more backbone with Chris. But you can tell they’re both madly in love with each other, and their passion explodes off the pages! Definite panty warning to be headed here: may cause them to ignite!!
I was really pleased to get some satisfying answers.  One huge one is the fate of Rebecca! But also, the reason why Sara is estranged from her father is revealed, and a little bit about Chris’s past also comes to light.  There is still quite a bit to figure out, so I’m counting down the days to Revealing Us which comes out September 10th. Can’t wait!  
The Inside Out Trilogy is not to be missed.  Lisa Renee Jones has a way of pulling you into to her intense world, holding you captive, and making you want more.
A copy of Being Me was provided by Gallery Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 Suns

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