Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Inside Out Trilogy: Being Me (book #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

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?

Type: Contemporary Romance (dark), 1st person
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Reading Order: Book 2 of trilogy- best read in order
Expected Release: June 11, 2013

Some authors manage to keep me on the edge of my seat the entire freaking time I'm reading the stories they've created. And Lisa Renee Jones is definitely one of those authors. It's exhausting but in an oh-so-damn-delicious way.

Being Me is the second book in the Inside Out trilogy and it's one that'll mess with your head just a bit. There's mystery and danger, romance, jealousy, lust and love and incredibly broken men and women trying to overcome or bury their pasts. It's an exciting ride and a trilogy I'm really freaking loving. The books do connect and should be read in order to get the whole feel and story but man so far...amazing.

One of the things I love most about this series is the writing. Jones is a fantastic storyteller and really creates a vivid scene you can practically taste. The opening scene of Being Me had my heart pounding and my palms sweating because I could really feel myself in the heroine's place and how much it would have freaked me the hell out. How can you not love that?

There are a handful of sexy alpha males in the heroine Sara's life that make things so...interesting. I loved that for the majority of the story I just didn't know what was really going on. Not that the story confused me or anything but I just couldn't figure out who the bad guy was. Or if there even was a bad guy. All of the men have a bit of a shady past and a dark/dangerous edge to them that can really give you pause and make you wonder if they could be one that was involved in the disappearance of the young woman Sara is trying to find.  Even with those suspicions I just didn't want it to be any of them because they're all such fantastic characters.Their wicked behavior, the edge they bring to things, their brokenness. It all won me over.

Chris, a tortured artist, and Sara's relationship is definitely moving along from book one and can be pretty incredible. They waffle a lot though. There are so many mixed emotions and insecurities that one minute everything's going great and their confident and then it all falls apart again because of the secrets they try to keep hidden or because of deep seated insecurities popping up again. After a while that did wear on me which is what brought the rating down to a 4 star. The sex scenes between the two though? Whew. They're tense and heated and have a bit of an edge to them.
I push to my feet and he drags me against him. "Tell me I helped," I say, and it's a demand. I need to know I can be what he needs, that we can get through the darkness together.  
"You do more than help. You're the reason I take my next breath."
Really this is quickly becoming one of my favorite trilogies. I love almost everything about it from the intriguing mystery of the missing young woman to the edgy romance and domineering men to seeing Sara deal with her new life that is eerily mirroring the missing woman's. There are some nice surprises along the way as secrets are uncovered as well. While some things I saw coming a mile away it really didn't diminish any of the excitement over seeing things come together. Definitely a trilogy I'd recommend if you like your reads a little darker.

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