He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing but I do. I so do. I don't understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction....
In the best-selling style of Fifty Shades of Grey, Lisa Renee Jones delivers sexy thrills and heart-pounding sensuality with a tantalizing pause resistor in which the eyes of a high school English teacher are opened to a world she never knew existed, and she finds a passionate craving within that she never knew she possessed.
The journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when she inherits the key to an abandoned storage locker belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Sara can't resist peeking at the entries in the journal...and she finds a scintillating account of Rebecca' affair with an unnamed lover, a relationship drenched in ecstasy and wrapped in dark secrets.
Obsessed with discovering Rebecca' destiny after the entries come to an abrupt end, Sara does more than observe the players in the woman's life; she immerses herself in the high-stakes art gallery world Rebecca inhabited - and is magnetically drawn to two men. Which one seduced Rebecca with his masterful and commanding touch and brought her fantasies to exquisite life? On a daringly erotic escapade, Sara follows Rebecca's path to fulfill her own hidden longings. But after she tastes the forbidden pleasures Rebecca savored, will Sara be helpless to escape the same submissive fate?
Next in this thrilling new trilogy: look for Being Me and Revealing Us.
©2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.; 2013 Lisa Renee Jones
Steamy, suspenseful romance
Not my typical read
A terrific voice for reading, kept the story going
It really leaves you wondering and is not predictable.
This book has a little bit of everything; romance, mystery, suspense, and steamy hot love scenes. You really get into the main character, knowing her thoughts and feelings. What I enjoyed most is that the book was not predictable, and I wondered many times what would happen next.
Chris and Sara two tormented souls which have spent there lives running away from their insecurities, nightmares, and the darkness of the past. The deepest darkest secrets one holds tight to ones heart and guards them for eternity. Fate had a different plan for them. Together they shall find a way to overcome the torment and darkness from the past.
The author has a spectacular way of describing the characters emotions and entwining them with the past and present through Rebecca's journals, Mark's Art gallery, Allure and music. It's a roller coaster ride and if you're ready for the adrenaline rush step on but be warned, you will be changed forever.
The excerpt below is from the book and I loved how she used a few songs to describe Sara's internal struggles and emotions.
Spellbound, I walk forward,enchanted by the twinkling night lights and the haze surrounding the distant Golden Gate Bridge.
We are above the city, untouchable, in a palace in the sky. How amazing it must be to live here and wake up to this view every day. Lights twinkling, almost as if they are talking to one another, laughing at me as they creep open a door to the hollow place inside me I've rejected only moments before in the elevator.
I swallow hard as the song "Broken" from the band Life-house fills the room, because Chris doesn't know how personal it is to me. I'm falling apart. I'm barely breathing. I'm barely holding on to you.
This song,this place with the words, and I am raw and exposed, as if cut and bleeding. Who was I kidding with the refusal to hide anymore? This is why I have hidden. The past begins to pulse to life within me, and I am seconds from remembering why I feel this way. I refuse to process the lyrics and shove them aside.I don't want to remember. I can't go there. I squeeze my eyes shut, trying to seal those old wounds,desperate to feel anything but their presence.
His mouth is next to mine,his clean male scent all around me. "You need to know that right now. You need to know that won't change."
But the song does change, and this time to another track of what must be a Lifehouse CD. "Nerve Damage" begins to play. I see through your clothes, your nerve damage shows.Trying not to feel....anything that's real. I laugh bitterly at the words, and Chris pulls back to study me. And I am not blind to what I see in the depths of his green eyes, what I've missed until now but sensed. He is damaged as I am. We have too many of the wrong things in common to be more than sex, and the realization is freedom to me.
All I want is the here and now this piece of time.
Some part of me realizes the window behind me is glass and all things can break. He knows this, too, it's in the dark glint of his eyes, and he wants me to worry about it. He's pushing me, testing me, trying to get me to break. Because I slid beneath his composure? Because he really believes I am out of my league? And maybe I am, but not tonight. Tonight, as the song has said, I am broken, and for the first time perhaps ever, I am not denying the truth of all of my cracks. I am living them.
No favorites. The characters have there unique personality.
Grace Grant is a talented narrator. She is able to capture the characters persona.
I have now read this series including Rebeccas Journals and I would read these all over again. I have been telling my friends all about this series and also gave my cousin 3 books for her birthday. This book had me hooked!
I really enjoyed Mark Compton. He was so secure in himself and had such confidence that made him so sensual. He was the one who kept me interested. Such mystery.
Listening to a book helps me since I visualize from the way she spoke. This really helped with trying to understand all of there characteristics.
I can't wait for the next books!!!!
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.
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