The Master Undone (Inside Out, Book #2.5) by Lisa Renee Jones
Erotica*eBook, 40 pages
Published August 12th 2013 by Pocket Star (first published August 6th 2013)
*** The Master Undone is a part of the Inside Out trilogy, and is told from his POV. ***
I told him goodbye, and I will not call him. I know if I do, it will be my undoing, and I'll once again be caught up in his spell. I will once again be...lost.
In her private journals, Rebecca laid bare her soul, revealing her obsession for the one man whose erotic demands captivated her imagination--and enslaved her forever. Now, with Rebecca no longer in his life he is lost, questioning everything he thought he knew about himself and about control he holds in such high regard. One women will reach out to heal him and then turn away, leaving him haunted. She is nothing he thought he wanted and somehow everything he needs. He tells himself to forget her but he cannot escape his desire for her. He has to have more...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
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I have heard a lot of buzz about Lisa Renee Jones' spicy Inside Out series. After being introduced to Mark and the author's style of storytelling in this novella, The Master Undone, I must confess I want more. Why?
"I'm supposed to be able to control my thoughts. I'm a Master. A title that defines who I am and how I stay grounded. My thumb is always on the pulse of everything that happens around me--or so I thought. For the first time since college, I'm not sure ..."
That's why. I don't know much about Mark but from this admission I understand him. After hopping a flight to NYC to see his mother before she undergoes surgery, he's a mess. At the surface he looks fine, deep deeper and he's trying hard to remain composed. When he encounters the blond, pretty and petite Crystal at the airport, her directness begins to unnerve him. Mark begins to lose control. What? A Master losing control?
"I don't reach for her hand. But my need to avoid touching her isn't control, it's weakness--and I hate weakness. I close my hand over hers."
The Master Undone may be short but it sure packs a lot of emotion, the tension practically oozes off the page, and the pacing keeps the reader in the moment. Mark is dealing with the fallout from book two so his emotions are raw. Coupled with his mom's cancer diagnosis and sudden surgery, staying in control is not doable. It's obvious this man exudes calm and control, demands it in his life. Except for now.
"I'm drawn to this woman, who's the complete opposite of my type, for reasons I don't understand. Maybe it's simply that she's different from everything familiar, and everything familiar feels wrong right now."
The chemistry between Mark and Crystal, his mother's employee, is so realistic and hot. From a brief encounter the reader knows something undeniable is already there. The author shows us with words, reactions, eyelashes flickering, a simple touch. The dialogue sizzles with double meanings, unnerving Mark even more when Crystal remarks on it. She's a refreshing woman in this type of scenario, far from a submissive, and I liked her boldness and straight up attitude. Their hotel scene was sexy and short. I'm not sure if these two characters will be in the next book in this series, but after reading this I sure hope they are. The Master Undone is an appetizer to what I hope is the main course in the next book in Lisa Renee Jones' scintillating sexy Inside Out series. Consider me a fan.
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