Avid reader for 45 years
I was immediately intrigued by the storyline; Sara finds Rebecca's personal journals in an abandoned storage unit, and wonders what happened to her. Sara, a teacher with an art degree, goes to the art gallery where Rebecca worked, gets hired for the summer, and gets involved with Chris, an temperamental artist. Then the story becomes all about Chris, his emotional baggage, and her various problems (traumatic childhood, low self-esteem, no self respect). Once again, no one ever deals with abuse and neglect by counseling & therapy. No, Rebecca need others to validate her worth and Chris needs to dominate women and endure physical pain (in a BDSM club).
This book ends mid drama, which would have been acceptable if the 2nd book had been better. However, I am almost done the next book in the series (a solid 20 hours of listening) in which Sara is still immature & easily manipulated and Chris is a jerk more often than a prince. While there are some good parts and I really am curious what happened to Rebecca, I don't enjoy characters in their late 20s or 30s that act as if they are still in high school.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I really enjoyed this first installment of the INSIDE OUT series. This is the first book I read from this author, Lisa Renee Jones, and I found her writing style to be smooth and overall, well done. She knows how to paint a picture and set the stage for intrigue and that is exactly where I'm at….I'M INTRIGUED. I'm also really grateful that there is virtually no angst within the romance in this book (at least not the kind I'm used to). I'm so tired of the yo-yo emotional highs and lows delivered in some of these erotic stories of broken Heros/heroines.
In this book, Sara McMillan is left with the storage of personal belongings and a series of erotic journals from a woman named Rebecca. Sara's a school teacher and lives a pretty quiet life, but that all changed when her neighbor and best friend, Ella, leaves Rebecca's storage & erotic journals in Sara's care. Ella, herself, is whisked away to Paris to elope with her lover-doctor.
Sara becomes enthralled in these erotic journals and becomes worried about Rebecca, but instead of filing a "missing persons report" (well, that was my thought at least), she follows the bread crumbs of Rebecca's life to the Allure Art Gallery. Through a series of events Sara is hired, by manager Mark Compton, to take Rebecca's position in lieu of her absence, and this is where it gets interesting. Mark is handsome, closed off and screams dark sex appeal and shows an interest in Sara. Yet, it is Chris Merit, a wealthy, talented artist who exudes this animal magnetism that moves onto Sara, like a predator.
The romance in this book is about Sara and Chris and I really enjoyed their steamy, hot love affair. Chris reaches out to Sara by extending very thoughtful gestures that "matter." This is significant for a man who started out by telling Sara he could never be a "white-picket fence" type of guy she could take home to her parents. Yet, in this romance both Sara and Chris become immersed in a love affair that is beyond just the sex. With small amounts of their background revealed, Sara and Chris are emotionally damaged, in some way, and it's evident that they have the potential to become as a healing elixir for one another.
THIS BOOK ENDED WITH A MAJOR CLIFF HANGER (which I was prepared for, thankfully, due to the other reviews). And, I'm excited to continue with this series where Rebecca continues to be missing and now we need to add Ella to that list of missing persons, as Sara has not heard from her and is becoming increasingly worried. We also learned more about Mark's dark side and how this connects him to Chris. Both Mark and Chris were friends, at one point, but are now have a type of competitiveness going on, especially when it comes to Sara and I can't wait to see how that piece unfolds……LOTS MORE TO COME!!!
I know this book is being mixed in a category of books that are compared to FSoG, but the only similarity I found was how Sara's mouth "became dry" just like Ana from Fifty Shades each time she was erotically excited….LOL (seriously…that was the only common feature, at least at this junction..haha).
Narrator: Grace Grant was good, but I wish she would have been able to distinguish her masculine voices a bit more, otherwise, overall good job.
All business but contemporary fun!
Mysterious, Sexy, Surprising
I really like the way the two characters got to understand themselves better through building their relationship. The journal entries made a second story unfold in the background and although there were no facts comings from these entries, it helped you put in perspective the story.
She is great as always, easy to differentiate between the characters.
Shedding light in the darkness.
Positively surprised with this book, expected a bit less from the synopsis I read before I purchased it.
The Boss Mark seems like he is being set up to be a Dom somewhere
Descriptions of the Artworld and the schmoozing that is required to sell art
It seemed to be a mystery-romance. BUT the mystery is not solved and it has a cliffhanger ending.
Very expressive and emotive. Does different voices
It is kind of annoying how many "pieces" of this book there are. Rebecca's Lost Journals, the love story told from different POV, etc. I wish I could just find out what happened to Rebecca and then I stopped caring what happened to the lovers--same old same old with regard to that!
I loveeeddd Chris <3
when Chris and Sara finally decided they wanted to be with each other
and the whole aspect of art
I purchased this book because it seemed intriguing and different, and I was spot on! Overall it was like a comedic erotic romance mystery--it had a little bit of everything to offer which made the characters very interesting. The storyline had its moments where it ebbed and flowed somewhat, with abrupt emotional highs and lows from the main characters; but the biggest deal was the unexpected ending. It really made me think, what the heck is REALLY going on????...great way to get you to buy book 2!
As usual, Grace Grant is excellent as the narrator, although I couldn't get the 'Beautifuls' series characters out of my head as I listened. I'd recommend it to a friend, but I don't think it's worth a credit, definitely a sale type of purchase. With that wacky ending and seriously unresolved issues with a number of characters, I'm ready to get to book 2 to see what happens.
The mystery and snoop factor
Funny coworker excerpts...
Okay for material
Wondered how this sad sack was remotely attractive to these douchey playboy types.
Good premise, mediocre execution. Character building needs serious work.
Will do anything for books!
First of all, I need to say by the description I was worried that there would be a lot of back and forth relationship wise, between two different men and confusion, which honestly makes me crazy! That was not the case, her affections were quickly and pretty much irrevocably set. That said, there were TONS of ups and downs,
The book is rather well written, not noticeable word choice or grammar errors.
At this point, I've finished the third book, so some of this runs together as far as where books end and begin, but over all, the series was good, captivating and interesting. This is a far fetched story, not anyone's "real life." For me that isn't a negative, but good to know before you invest in a series.
As far as the hotness factor...YES! This does have drama and suspense but also is rather warm and tingly!
I would recommend, worth the credit.
I can't believe the ending............I became really into the book and then the ending ruined the whole experience. So disappointing and it left me annoyed, I felt like I had wasted my time. I even checked my library to be sure there was not another section that I had missed.