Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blog tour: If I Were You (Inside Out, book one) by Lisa Renee Jones + review & giveaway

If I Were You (Inside Out series, book one)
by Lisa Renee Jones
Contemporary romance/erotica
Paperback/eBook340 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Gallery Books 
(first published August 22nd 2012)

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.

The Inside Out series is one of those series I have heard so much about and have wanted to read. I've participated in tours and read one novella, but I never started at the beginning. Until now. When I saw the tour call for the series, I jumped at the opportunity. Thank you Ink Slinger PR!

If I Were You is the first book in the Inside Out series and we meet Sara, a school teacher on summer break. She comes into contact with a sexy journal belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Of course, Sara reads the book and becomes fascinated. From an intriguing ending, Sara wonders if something has happened to Rebecca and decides to see if she can locate her. Her search leads to an art gallery. Coincidentally, Sara has an impeccable art background and is able to take over for the missing (?) Rebecca. At her new job, Sara encounters a motorcycle riding artist, Chris, and her boss, Mark. Both men are hot and interest her.

So who is this Rebecca? And are the two men Sara meets somehow involved? I liked Sara but thought her relationship with Chris happened too quick, especially when she believes this guy could be involved with whatever happened to Rebecca. But then she could have just given in to living 'in the moment'. I mean, Chris is hot and she is single.

Part mystery, part sexy romance, Inside Out intrigued me. Interesting characters, a steady pace, the romance and mystery aspect of the book kept me invested. After the cliffhanging ending, I know I will continue on with the series. I liked the author's writing style and became fascinated with the premise.

Rating: 4

Cover comment:
Eye-catching and sexy.

Book source:
I received a promotional copy.

Rebecca’s Journal—
A Novella:
Kept under lock and key, discovered by chance, dangerous new secrets and scintillating adventures lie within Rebecca’s private diaries—searing scenes from a passionate journey inside a world where pain is pleasure, pleasure is pain, and where every limit she once had is no more.

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Being Me:
I arch into him, drinking in his passion, instantly, willingly consumed by all that he is and could be to me. . . .

Sara McMillan is still searching for Rebecca, the mysterious woman whose dark, erotic journal entries both enthralled and frightened her. Tormented by a strong desire to indulge the demands of her new boss while also drawn deeper into her passionate bond with the troubled artist, Chris Merit, Sara must face a past as deeply haunting as Rebecca’s written words. In one man’s arms, Sara will find the safe haven to reveal her most intimate secrets and explore her darkest fantasies. But is safety just an illusion, when the truth about Rebecca has yet to be discovered?

The Master Undone—A Novella:
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, her former Master is lost—questioning everything he thought he knew about himself, and the control he holds in such high regard. One woman 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...

Revealing Us:
You've discovered Rebecca's secrets. You've discovered Sara's secrets. Now Sara will discover "his" deepest, darkest secrets...but will those secrets bind them together--or tear them apart?

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.

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