Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I Belong To You (Inside Out #5) by @LisaReneeJones #BlogTour #romance #giveaway

Hello and welcome to Reader Girls! On this chilly Tuesday in December, we are one of two stops on the blog tour for I Belong to You. While the temperatures may be plummeting outdoors, indoors it sure is getting steamy with the fifth installment of Lisa Renee Jones' Inside Out series. We share our review and there's a tour-wide giveaway going on for all to enter. Enjoy!

I Belong To You (Inside Out #5) 
by Lisa Renee Jones
Romantic suspense/erotica

Paperback/eBook, 256 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Gallery Books


Being that person, that man is how I define myself, how I allow the rest of the world to define me as well. And now, with a terrible loss shredding me inside out and someone trying to destroy my family to punish me, control is more important than ever. It is everything. It is what I need. It is all I need. Or maybe I just need…her.

Deep down beside all the layers of guilt, the hubris, feelings about the past and many other things, Mark Compton remains an enigma. Readers like myself who have been with him since the birth of the Inside Out series know the type of man he is: businessman, confident, loving son, wealthy, controlling, debonair. The adjectives are plentiful. Then there is his past with Rebecca. Other words describe him too. Cold. Manipulator. Love. Mark has had to deal with a lot like loss and handling his beloved mother's cancer while figuring out who murdered his employee and lover. Then Crystal entered the equation and let's just say things became even more complicated. That's a good word for him.

Mark. And through it all he remains two things. Masked. And The Master. 

In I Belong to You, Mark continues to grapple with his desire and feelings for Crystal as does she since both narrate this novel. Life continues. Mark travels to close a business, see his mother, putdistance between Crystal and himself. In some ways she is similar to Mark. Secretive. Closed off. Hiding. Fighting. Crystal is trying to handle her own problems in her own way like with her father and his wanting her to work for him. Then there's Mr. Compton. When she finally decides to give Mark a part of her closed-off self, will he take it?

I'm a fan of author Lisa Renee Jones. I've enjoyed her series in all of its gloriously smexy, messy and contrived ways. Mark has always intrigued me--at first from the pages of Rebecca's journals to seeing the real man in action, to meeting Crystal. I have liked some installments more than others. In this fifth part I found some parts repetitive, some drawn out, and many questions still remain unanswered. Where is Rebecca's room mate? The parts I always love about her novels--from the emotional writing that strips away the clutter, the complex characters and their emotional and occasionally scarring/haunting trysts--are still abundant and they keep me reading. Oh, how they keep me invested. As much as Mark has page time, I still don't feel like I know the real man. Will we ever ladies? 

Craving. Need. Independence. Want. Desire. I Belong to You continues Mark and Crystal's journey on their never ending roller coaster ride (or will it be a train wreck?) of a relationship while fleshing out other aspects of their lives. Is it enough? Since I still don't know everything, I will happily continue to support the series but a part of me is growing frustrated and would like things come to fruition. Knowing and trusting this author, they will.

Rating: 4

Cover comment:
May be symbolic but is still rather drab and boring.

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Lisa Renee Jones Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. 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.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

Links: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Author Goodreads | Author Amazon

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