Review: If I Were You (Inside Out #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones
If I Were You (Inside Out #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry.

Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.

4 out of 5 stars

This book was crazy good and I really liked it!

Sara seems to be one great big contradiction. She’s a bit back and forth with her logic but I like her internal battle. Her adventure started out by searching for Rebecca but I feel like it turned into her working on finding herself.

Sara and Chris have serious chemistry, a raw heat and pull towards one another. They both slowly open up and we learn a bit about them. By the end I felt like a knew more about Sara than Chris. And yes, there are some super hot sex scenes too.

The men are intense. Chris is a sexy, tortured artist that likes to be in control. I can see the change in him throughout the story and I'm completely captivated by this man. I want to know all his deep, dark secrets. Mark is an intriguing character. He's intimidating and controlling but I don’t feel like I learned a ton about him. I find Sara's fascination with Mark and how he effects her interesting. Chris is the type of alpha-male where I am all, heck ya! and Mark is the type I want to slap.

I did think it had a slow build in the beginning but around 30% I was fully invested. There is a steady build but towards the end I felt myself wanting more. I have a TON of unanswered questions. This is book one in the series and I feel like the author did a really great job laying the foundation for what’s to come next. I’m invested and will be continuing on with the series.

The ending. Shoot me now! There’s a cliffhanger. I am not a fan of cliffhangers but I knew it was coming before hand so that made it easier to accept. That being said, I might have held my breath a bit! Knowing that book two is available and I don’t have to wait helps.

All of these people are so messed up and complicated - I love it! Great mystery and intrigue. I’m looking forward to book two.

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