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- Print Length: 401 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (September 13, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 13, 2012
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0095VKZUK
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received a copy of this book from the author through NetGalley.
The story was quite unique and had more than one story line running through it. It actually had just about everything you would want in a great book. It had drama, heart break, yummy sexy romance, mystery and tormented characters. It was dark and thrilling and I couldn't put it down, the mystery of it making me want to know more; yeah, I loved it!!! I think this series will be a winner!! If you; like me, enjoy books with passion, dark alpha males and intense intrigue you will love this story!
As with all series, the first book can act as the ultimate teaser, this one is no exception. It had me consumed with its intensity, passion and depth. I was sold right from the start and eagerly await book two as yes there's a cliff hanger but then again all the great series have one of these right?!
If I Were You has two very sexy domineering alpha males, I was drawn to both of them but have a clear favourite (at the moment). One we got to know a little bit, one not so much, he is still a mystery that I cannot wait to uncover (yes I really said that ;0)
This story is written in Sara's POV. Now, I found Sara to be quite intense, perhaps it was the inner dialogue which made me feel like I was in her head a lot of the time. A very emotional place to be for sure. Sara came across very lost and lonely, she has been damaged in her past, unable to find that happy place in her life, so instead she gets sucked into someone else's. Almost like an avoidance ploy. Trying to solve someone else's wretched existence in order to avoid the one she herself leads. Sara has her own fears, heart-break and emotional issues buried so deep; shaping her existence.
The beginning of this journey finds Sara, who is a school teacher, coming across the diary of a girl named Rebecca. The content intrigues as well as shocks her in many ways and she grows concerned for the safety of this girl. The diary contains intense descriptions of her alluring yet destructive affair with a dominant and controlling man who is as yet unnamed. Sara decides to investigate the life of Rebecca in order to return the diary to her. Add to that the lure of an Art Gallery where Rebecca works which houses the true love of Sara's life; Art. Ultimately Sara becomes a "watcher" of Rebecca's life. This is where she meets Mark, the owner of the Art Gallery and Chris who is one of the famous Artists housed in this gallery.
So, we have Mark who is handsome in that stern ruthless way; arrogant and cocky, completely controlling and intense. Overall very enigmatic and sexy in a really intimidating way! Could he be the unnamed man?
Then we have Chris who is a very talented and wealthy artist whom Sara has admired for years, and is instantly attracted to. Chris is also extremely cocky and arrogant and clearly likes control yet he is also very sweet, kind and intensely protective of Sara from the get go, despite proclaiming he has a dark side. Could he also be the unnamed man?!
The relationships between these three characters take over the story. Mark and Chris are intrinsically linked and it seems there is no love lost between them. Chris and Sara embark on an emotionally charged affair that begins to dominate the storyline pushing the plight of Rebecca into the background.
There are so many questions left unanswered in this book, which is ultimately why it is so brilliant. Rebecca, her disappearance and the unnamed man being the underlying theme. Who is he and what happened to Rebecca?
I can highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the next instalment!
IF I WERE YOU by Lisa Renee Jones to me feels more like Fifty Shades of Grey than Basic Instinct. Sara McMillan reminded me of Anastasia Steele in that she's meek, introverted, smart, a tad insecure and a minx between the sheets. The men linked to her are rich, irresistible and charmingly dangerous it's hard to stay immune to them as they slowly woo Sara into their dark and seductive world. As far as book one of LRJones' new series is concerned, it still straddles the lines of contemporary romance and erotica, kink is non existent but it reared it's ugly head by the end of the story. In a nutshell, IF I WERE YOU is a story about romance and dangerous liaisons that kept me flipping the pages because of the heat, urgency and mystery that Lisa Renee Jones wove together easily.
Throughout IF I WERE YOU I liked Sara enough to keep on reading, it is after I've mulled over the story that I realized she grew on me and I feel for her the way she feels for Rebecca: fascinated and protective. Sara's intuitive, sincere, a little naive but at the same time she's also impulsive and has a little wicked gleam in her eye if you look closely. The recent turn of events had her succumbing to her whims over rationality, she sees the warning signs in neon color and shouty capitals but instead of perceiving it as dangerous, she looks at it as something new and exciting. And even is Sara's back story is not as messed up as Eva Trammel's I still found myself worried over her, Sara has daddy issues and her last relationship was far from blissful so the last thing I want for her is stumbling into a relationship that will surely leave her broken and bruised. Literally and figuratively.
But the real clincher is this whole business with Rebecca Mason. The girl can write some serious erotic tales and like Sara, I want to know what happened to her or if she's even alive and well! Rebecca's desperate cry for help to get out of her relationship is practically screaming at the reader. There's so much about Rebecca that got me rattled, for one she sounds trapped in this thing with her Master, not knowing if she can get out or if he will let her. Next it's quite obvious that Rebecca has become a trained sub and even if she wants to escape, a part of her craves the expert dominance her lover applies on her. Rebecca's story is like a rabbit-hole getting out of it isn't a guarantee.
The ending is no better, after Mark one-upped Chris by telling Sara what a sneaky bastard his new boyfriend is, Chris retaliates by outing Mark and their shared kinky lifestyle. This of course triggers Sara's panic button and I'm so proud of her for standing her ground and walking away from Chris and Mark's power play. Now the last scene put me in suspense, it's one of those WTH?! moments we are not fond (but very addicted to) of reading. Something happened which makes me wonder if Sara is safe or if she was mortally threatened by something or someone.
*copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review