Series: Inside Out #1
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance series by Lisa Renee Jones, in the bestselling tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.
When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer lived. 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.
Mark Compton: The arrogant, controlling, art gallery owner.
Sara McMillian: The quiet high school english teacher
Ella: Sara’s best friend
Chris Merit: The artist
Rebecca Mason: The missing woman who has started Sara on her journey of self-discovery
I never thought I’d find myself reading a book from the erotic genre but when I read the first page of If I Were You I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. Sara’s best friend Ella had left a journal when she left her place the night before and she felt drawn to it and started reading it. She couldn’t believe what she was reading. She would have never guessed this sided of Ella. When Ella comes by the next day to see if she left the journal there and couldn’t believe that Sara thought it was her journal. She explained that she had bought a storage locker that had these journals in it and had been reading them. Later that night Ella came pounding on her door to tell Sara that she was eloping to Paris with her rich doctor boyfriend and that she was leaving the storage locker and the journals for Sara because she was going to be gone for a month and that the locker had to be cleared out in 2 weeks.
Sara couldn’t help herself and began reading the journals and found out the name of the person writing the journals Rebecca Mason. She went to the storage locker and couldn’t believe all the items left. How could someone just pack up all their expensive belongings into a storage locker and then stop paying for it. Sara was determined to find out what happened to Rebecca or find her so she could return her items.
The search led her to the art gallery where Rebecca worked and she finds out that Rebecca was on an extended leave. To her surprise she is offered Rebecca’s job for the summer by the owner Mark Compton after he watches her help a couple decide on a painting to purchase. She decides to take the job for the summer to see if she can make her dream of working in the art world come true. Little did she know that she would also meet the famous artist Chris Merit who would turn her world upside down. She senses that there is a power struggle between Mark and Chris. Chris does everything he can to show Mark that Sara is under his protection and is his leaving Sara feeling unsteady emotionally but yet drawn to Chris and falling under her control.
The book continues with Sara and Chris discovering the connection they have and whether or not what they have is worth finding for. While Chris is away Sara goes to the storage locker to look for more clues on where Rebecca may have gone but soon discovers she is not alone.
I highly recommend this title. I give this book an A+.