I was a little disappointed with the way the writer made Sara question whether her relationship with Chris would work out. I kept waiting for some "big" reveal about their pasts that would answer the question. Unfortunately the story line for that part of the book was severely lacking thus making it difficult to listen all the way until the end.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I can't help but feel that this series is going to be, at least a little, weighed down by the fact that it was changed from the original 3 books to 5 books. So, in that respect, in "Being Me" more developments are trickled down the pike. We are give two male competitors in Mark and Chris. Both men want Sara, but in different ways. Mark declares his intentions for Sara in this book and it's not in a "prince charming" kind of way. It's dark, seductive and perhaps tempting, but not enough to disrupt the steady romance and link between Chris and Sara. I was drawn to Mark in this book. I felt conflicted because I really want him to be saved as well. Sara is saving Chris and vise versa.....but Mark certainly needs to be saved by a desperate, healing kind of love.
Now to Chris, there are so many things I really like about Chris: his tatts, his motorcycle, his charisma, and I also love that he is always in tune with Sara's feelings and moods--I mean, come on!!--For any man, that is a huge feat! With Sarah, Chris is tender, but fun. He is committed to only her (whereas Mark would definitely want to share her with others). I also love that he is generous with his charity events and immerses himself fully and personally when helping those less fortunate.
Overall, I thought this book was well executed. The writing is very good. I LOVED how throughout the book, readers are not privy to a secret Sara is withholding, which she must eventually share with Chris. When it comes out, both the readers and Chris are learning about it for the first time. I thought this was clever because you can't judge Sara prematurely for the secret she withholds. Sometimes when female leads hold secrets, I get annoyed as it's so obvious that type of thing will pop up later in the plot and it just becomes so predictable. Not so, in this case.
In this installment Rebecca's whereabouts are revealed, we see a more vulnerable side to Mark, there is a crazy encounter with Sara's ex-fiance, Chris deals with his own issues in a self-destructive way, more interesting artists weave themselves into this story,and the mystery surrounding Sara's friend builds up. Not sure when I'm going to read/listen to the following installments......maybe I'll wait for the 5th book to be released before I venture back into this saga.
Narrator: Grace Grant is very good. She made this audiobook more enjoyable. Great job overall!
Just finished listening and it was a good as the first one, even better. Starting the third and I wish this could go on to a forth. OMG, what interesting characters. Grace Grant does an outstanding job with Narration. Maybe after the third book I'll get some sleep. Up at night listening just couldn't stop. I wanted to know what was happening next. You'll enjoy all of the books, believe me.
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Sex scenes are vanilla boring and uninteresting...the mystery plot stuff is better.
Narrator was okay...
Less sophomoric statements about general appearance and more evocative descriptors of emotion or internal physicality would make this better.
"Male hotness". Really?
Will do anything for books!
Oh this book has so much drama, had to wait to write the reviews because I needed SLEEP!!! There is so much going on in this book even laying in bed with the sleep timer on I kept just resetting it and stayed up all night. ALL NIGHT! Not just one night, no because I couldn't get through all three books in one night and day...let's just say 2 nights!! YIKES Okay, so i totally got sucked in and I couldn't stop.
This book didn't leave as bad a cliffhanger as the first which is good, since I think i had cardiac arrest the first time around, but definitely forces you to keep going.
We do get the "big" answer in this book, but oh there is so much more now! I really liked this one!
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Probably top 25, it was ok.
Nothing memorable in this one but I bet # 3 will have a few.
I love Grace Grant....my favorite female narrator. She is awesome in anything she narrates even the stories I don't particularly like!
Not really, there are a lot of loose ends to tie up and of course the second big mystery. #1 was better to me, this was primarily the development of Chris and Sara's relationship.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
I really enjoy the series...one of my favorite series.
I arch into him, drinking in his passion, instantly, willingly consumed by all that he is and could be to me.
Sara McMillan is still searching for Rebecca, the mysterious woman whose dark, erotic journal entries both enthralled and frightened her. Tormented by a strong desire to indulge the demands of her new boss while also drawn deeper into her passionate bond with the troubled artist Chris Merit, Sara must face a past as deeply haunting as Rebecca’s written words. In one man’s arms, Sara will find the safe haven to reveal her most intimate secrets and explore her darkest fantasies. But is safety just an illusion, when the truth about Rebecca has yet to be discovered?
The relationship between Chris and Sara...and the continued mystery of Rebecca and her disappearance-which is the catalyst to the series of wvents.
Yes, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Grace Grant's performances. If she narrates it, I own it! She is perfection.
Yes, I did listen to it within three days.
I was so frustrated after reading the 1st book - If I Were You - because I didn't know it was a series. It left a zillion unanswered questions and cliffhanger! This book answered some questions and raised some more intrigue. I have the third in the series downloaded and ready to go.
My advice-if you are like me and cannot stand waiting between books. Wait until the entire series is released before listening - especially with such an intense set of books that are NOT stand alone. A similar series [not stand alone] is The Blackstone Affair Series.
I recommend the Beautiful Series by Christina Lauren if you cannot wait for an entire series as these can stand alone (although it is fun to read them in order).
NOTE: Strong language and sexual situations
Thank Goodness Being Me picks right up where If I were you picks up. Sara’s insecurities and secrets are revealed; we get a peak at what some of Chris’s secrets are but not the BIG dark secret that lingers on that fine line and just when you think oh ok that’s his dark secrets you soon discover ok that not it. But what is evident Sara loves Chris and Chris loves Sara, they are both head over heels for each other, but can’t quite get it right! You get to see just how big Chris’s heart is even though he has his demons and secrets he want to live and be happy and Sara is the one that can help guide them to where they need to be.
“I've always known we were two puzzle pieces that fit together in a hollow that is our pain. There was a time when I was certain we were too damaged not to destroy each other. Now I think we are saving each other.”
I also see Mark in such a different light to me that he no longer creeps me out. I honestly feel sorry for him and began to believe he means well; he just has his demons and needs that special one to come along and guide him to pure happiness.
Although Being Me still leaves me with so many more questions and yes another cliffhanger, but it no were near as bad as the one in Inside out. I so need Revealing Us NOW, but I have to wait until September.