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
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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!
Yes...not only is it steamy and sexy, it has some mystery involved, it's nice to have a storyline other than sex in erotica! But the sex is fabulous......
It has some Fifty, Crossfire and your other sexy billionaire trilogies similarities with the bdsm theme and dark histories.
Soul, emotion, passion.....she is my favorite female narrator right now...she is awesome!
Yes...but I did have to sleep and work, but it only took me a couple days to finish, it was very difficult to put away!
Be prepared for a cliff hanger like no other.
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