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If I Were You (The Inside Out Series) Paperback – March 12, 2013
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An award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Lisa Renee Jones has published more than forty novels spanning many romance genres: contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and erotic fiction. In each book the hero is dark, dangerous, and sexy. You can find Lisa on Twitter @LisaReneeJones, Facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones, and her blog LisaReneeJones.com for regular updates.
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The genres listed for this book include romance, erotica, BDSM, contemporary, mystery, and suspense. With this book, the reader is just at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the erotica/BDSM elements, so we’ll see if I continue to enjoy the series as much as I hope I will once this element is fully introduced. I am typically very picky about erotica; I will DNF in a second if it’s just random sex scenes just because. But so far, the story is strong, the character development is growing increasingly thorough, and I am optimistic this is a winning series for me. Even if for some reason it’s not, it’s a damn good start.
My favorite quote:
“Other people’s perfection is a facade we create when we are second guessing ourselves...”
Sara is a schoolteacher who, while she enjoys her job, yearns for an exciting, fulfilling life. The mystery surrounding Rebecca brings Sara into contact with exactly that – a new job in a field she loves, meeting artists, attending parties, dating a passionate man who is a bit of a mystery himself.
In this first installment of the trilogy, Sara meets and begins dating Chris Merit. Chris is an artist who likes to remain as anonymous as possible. He’s passionate and harbors a particular dislike for Sara’s boss Mark. He is a control freak and he is frightened by the emotions Sara stirs within him because it threatens the tight control he has otherwise been able to keep on his life.
Sara and Chris both come from privileged, but damaged backgrounds. Neither fully trusts the other and that causes some problems and adds to the mystery surrounding Rebecca.
I am a little concerned about Sara’s willingness to allow Chris to push her around a bit – more than I think is healthy considering the short time the two characters knew each other. I also don’t understand Sara’s pressing desire to find Rebecca – as in, there wasn’t a plausible explanation for Sara’s actions. I like a good mystery, but Sara’s character takes the “find Rebecca” mission above and beyond what I think any other person might do in a similar situation. Granted, Sara is a schoolteacher conveniently on summer break, but surely she had other plans or things to accomplish with her time before Rebecca’s journals landed in her lap.
This is the first in a series, so perhaps some of these questions will be answered in later books. This installment ends on a cliffhanger, so I’m certainly eager to continue reading. Side note: Ignore the comparison to Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s a poorly executed marketing ploy. The two books do not compare – If I Were You treads lightly on the BDSM and has a decent plot with good pacing and characters.
Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com
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