Review: If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones – Rating 4.5 of 5

 

Title: If I Were You
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Inside Out Trilogy
Source: NetGalley in exchanged for an unbiased review
Price: $3.99
Where to buy: Amazon

Description: How it began….

One day I was a high school teacher on summer break, leading a relatively uneventful but happy life. Or so I told myself. Later, I’d question that, as I would question pretty much everything I knew about me, my relationships, and my desires. It all began when my neighbor thrust a key to a storage unit at me. She’d bought it to make extra money after watching some storage auction show. Now she was on her way to the airport to elope with a man she barely knew, and she needed me to clear out the unit before the lease expires.

Soon, I was standing inside a small room that held the intimate details of another woman’s life, feeling uncomfortable , as if I was invading her privacy. Why had she let these items so neatly packed, possessions that she clearly cared about deeply, be lost at an auction? Driven to find out by some unnamed force, I began to dig, to discover this woman’s life, and yes, read her journals—dark, erotic journals that I had no business reading. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read on obsessively, living out fantasies through her words that I’d never dare experience on my own, compelled by the three men in her life, none of whom had names. I read onward until the last terrifying dark entry left me certain that something had happened to this woman. I had to find her and be sure she was okay.
Before long, I was taking her job for the summer at the art gallery, living her life, and she was nowhere to be found. I was becoming someone I didn’t know. I was becoming her…

The dark, passion it becomes…

Now, I am working at a prestigious gallery, where I have always dreamed of being, and I’ve been delivered to the doorstep of several men, all of which I envision as one I’ve read about in the journal. But there is one man that will call to me, that will awaken me in ways I never believed possible. That man is the ruggedly sexy artist, Chris Merit, who wants to paint me. 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. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him.
All I know for certain is that he knows me like I don’t even know me, and he says I know him. Still, I keep asking myself — do I know him? Did he know her, the journal writer, and where is she? And why doesn’t it seem to matter anymore? There is just him and me, and the burn for more.

Review:  If I Were You is book one of the Inside Out Trilogy.  It is intriguing, suspenseful & sexy and one of those stories you start reading and suddenly you feel like you can’t let go.

The plot is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The story develops easily and it flows naturally. The suspense does not feel forced and one is able to enjoy the bits of uncertainly that flows throughout the story.

I enjoyed how well thought out the story was and how well the characters fit in the story. Sara is a school teacher who lives a quiet and fairly boring life until her friend leaves a journal at her apartment and she starts reading it.

From the moment Sara starts reading the journal, the story takes a new spin and it turns into a beautifully written, deeply suspenseful story that you will not be able to put down. Add to that, sexy characters and what you get as a result is If I Were You. I can’t say how much I enjoy this book. Well done author Lisa Renee Jones.

The characters were engaging, witty and quite sexy. Their development was nicely throughout and felt almost real. Sara was innocent however not to the point where it would’ve been ridiculous. Chris is likeable and sexy. There isn’t anything you wouldn’t want to do to this man; he is passionate, considerate and sexual. The attraction between them was a lot more than just physical, their need and desires came from deeply inside, where heart, feelings and understanding can form a stronger  bond than that of the flesh.   There is nothing 50 Shades about If I Were You.

The sex scenes were nicely done, tasteful and quite hot. Though Sara is reluctant to submitting, she wasn’t afraid to experience Chris’s desires while keeping in check her limits. Even though Chris was battling  inside demons, he wasn’t afraid to show his feelings for Sara while making sure she couldn’t deny her attraction and need for him.

Even the enigmatic, sexy, rich and dangerous Mark added spice to this hot & satisfying read. His arrogant demeanor and controlling attitude add complexity to his character and suspense to the story. One don’t know if he is a good or a bad guy and that drove me to like him even more. I can’t wait to read more about him. He didn’t get enough action, I am hopeful the next book gives him the attention he deserves.  The need to know can easily turn obsessive not only for Sara but for the reader as well. I was almost biting my nail at some point. Great read.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½

 

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