Monday, July 1, 2013


Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Being Me Blog Tour! I am so excited to be taking part in the tour. My post includes reviews of If I Were You and Being Me, plus a giveaway for both books.

If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy, #1)Series: Inside Out Trilogy #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 3/13/13
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Source: Received from publicist for review.

The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy 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 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.

WOW. If I Were You is a story that gripped me from the very first line. I found it to be mysterious, intriguing, and very sexy.

If I Were You is a delicious blend of gorgeous writing and intriguing story. And...I'm kind of hesitant to bring this up, but I want to point out that while the synopsis compares this series to another, don't let that dissuade you (for those who would find that comparison a negative). I found If I Were You to be completely it's own and so well done. It is erotic, both physically and mentally.

If I Were You is a bit of story-within-a-story. When Sara McMillan becomes obsessed with Rebecca's erotic journal entries, recounting her experiences with a man known as "He", she is led into a world of art and passion. As she becomes more involved, her life begins to parallel Rebecca's more and more. I could barely stand to put the book down, because as Sara becomes more wrapped up in Rebecca's life, I feel as if she will end up down the same path. It seems that this is inevitable, but who knows...

Though Rebecca's journals did lead her down this path, this is Sara's story. And while I, too, am dying with curiosity over where Rebecca is, I am even more curious about Sara and the two men who've become a force in her life. There's her boss, Mark. He's a hard guy to read, seems to want Sara to succeed, but there is definitely more going on. I wasn't sure what was going on with him, and at the end, I'm still not. The other man is Chris Merit, an artist. CHRIS! From the moment he entered the story with his humor, charm, and yes, mysterious vibe, I was hooked. Chris was so complex, wanting to be with Sara, and yet afraid she'll run away once she knows the real him. Like Sara, I was alternately puzzled and drawn in by this man with the many secrets. And no, I still haven't figured him out.

If I Were You practically took over my life from the moment I began. I wanted more of Rebecca's journals, to know what happened to her. I want to know Mark, and more importantly, Chris. These two have a strained dynamic, and I must know why. I want to know if these men are who they seem, if either know what happened to Rebecca. If either will lead her down that same road. If I Were You is a completely fascinating story, from beginning to end.

Favorite Quote:

  He's pushing me, testing me, trying to get me to break. Because I slid beneath his composure? Because he really believes I am out of my league? And maybe I am, but not tonight. Tonight, as the song has said, I am broken, and for the first time ever, I am not denying the truth of all of my cracks. I am living them.  ~pg. 166

  "You're corrupting me," I declare, "and I seem to like it."
  I barely issue the challenge before he's pulling my mouth to his, and he is kissing me with unrestrained, burning passion. I taste the part of him I want to know, the part he's afraid of, and I burn to know more. Maybe he's right. Maybe I am playing with fire, but I cannot stop myself. Beyond reason, I will push him until he reveals everything.  ~pg. 186

Being Me (Inside Out Trilogy, #2)Series: Inside Out Trilogy #2
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 6/11/13

The sexy second installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy, following If I Were You—in the seductive tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey. Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?

Being Me continues the mysterious and intriguing story that began in If I Were You. It was a story that began with a journal, and followed Sara's immersion into Rebecca's world. There were questions, so many of them. Questions about Rebecca, Sara, Chris, Mark, and "He". I was hoping that at least some of these questions would be answered. Happily, many were.

My first thought upon finishing Being Me: I have a severe case of Emotional Whiplash. Mostly stemming from our heroine, Sara. Sara has a lot going on. She is doing her best to excel at her job, and to keep a professional relationship with Mark. There is her search for Rebecca, which let's face it, she is easily distracted from. But still, she does want to know what happened to Rebecca, and the effort is stepped up thanks for Chris, who also happens to be Sara's biggest source of angst.

These, are they messed up. And it's not even Sara's and Chris's pasts that are causing the biggest complications, in my opinion. It is the ever-dreaded lack of communication between them. And while it is frustrating, it is realistic and understandable. These are two people who've dealt with betrayal and pain. This is their first go at a true and healthy relationship, so it's natural for mistakes to be made. I will admit that Sara's constant back-and-forth between feeling as if she should leave Chris and wanting to stay with him was frustrating at times. But still, I get it.

On the other hand, I did like the developing of their relationship. It was fast and intense, but these things cannot be helped when you have a man like Chris Merit. Just like in If I Were You, the uber-sexy Chris still fascinates and thrills me in Being Me. He is a man that almost becomes more intriguing the more he opens up. I love how he continually senses and confronts Sara's doubts about him and their relationship. It seems that everyone is warning Sara away from Chris, but personally I didn't doubt him. Even though he maintains some secrets, he gives off the vibe as being a good man. In this we also get more of the BDSM world that Mark and Chris are a part of . Now, it doesn't play a big role, and doesn't go into a lot of physical details. I was surprised by how little Chris seems to actually be into the lifestyle, and while he is interested in exploring aspects of the emotional side of the activities with Sara, he's not trying to push her into it. In fact, he's quite the opposite. But I will say that I was a little thrown by Chris's trigger in this story. I'm not saying that it's not believable, but it's just not what I would have expected to push him to the edge.

As far as "middle books" go, Being Me was very satisfying. The story moved forward in all aspects. Big questions were answered, which really surprised me with a third book coming . But, I think this will make for a great story moving ahead, and I cannot wait to see what is in store for these characters in Revealing Us.

Favorite Quote:

  "I know I said I'm not about white picket fences, and I'm not, and never will be, but I can't imagine being without you, either. What that means to me is that I need to go where you need me to go. And don't tell me you don't need anything but me. I wish that were true and it means a lot when you say it, but you have a way you deal with life, a place you go to escape. Everything from the painting, the club, the way you are in general, tells me that. I don't want someone else to be there when you need those things. I want it to be me. I want you to trust me not to run."     ~pg.115

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One winner will received If I Were You and Being Me.
Must be 18 years of age to enter.
Open to US and Canada.

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.

Connect with Lisa Renee Jones:
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  1. Great reviews. Both sound pretty good. Thanks for the quotes and this awesome giveaway!

  2. heard a lot of wonderful things about these two books, a lot of my friends have read it and seemed to love it. Glad you enjoyed it as well!

  3. I love the idea of experiencing things through the journal entries. Seems like it brings a good level of mystery to be unraveled. Also happy to see that the second book didn't suffer from second book syndrome!

  4. Love the covers of both of these. Think they're too much for me but I'm glad you enjoyed.

  5. I like when reviews start with WOW’s or OMG. I’ve seen these on Goodreads but I don’t think I ever stopped to pay attention to the reviews. Sounds intense!
    And holy crap, I just saw the Off the Record teasers on your sidebar. Me likes!

  6. These sound so good. I almost got the first one on audio for review in April, but I skipped it. I should have. It sounds awesome.

  7. This sounds great. I always enjoy a good intense relationship. Great reviews!

  8. These sound great, I own the firat one and need to FIND time to read them OR any books, for that matter :/ Things have been hectic around my world! Summer is super cRaZy. Thanks for always finding the time to stop by my blog! :D Happy Fourth, doll!! xoxo

  9. Wonderful reviews, I passed on these because of that comparison..between you and Heather I am rethinking them. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Sounds like a pretty intriguing series! I like the idea of the story-within-a-story. It's also great the second one answered some questions and wasn't just a place holder book for the third...trilogies like that are annoying sometimes.


  11. This series sounds really intriguing! I'm glad that many of your questions were answered. It drives me crazy when the characters go back and forth, and are indecisive too! I loved both of your reviews! I always look forward to reading your reviews. The only problem-you make me want to buy a ton of books!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  12. It sounds like you reacted similarly to me with these books, Andrea. I loved the first one, but I had some mixed feelings on the 2nd. I still enjoyed it, but not quite as much. I think the next one will center on finding out about Chris and his past as well as what happened to her teacher friend. I'm excited to pick it up! Great reviews! :)

  13. Great reviews & quotes! I really love that the books were written because Lisa Renee and her boyfriend found journals in a storage unit and they inspired her (and he wouldn't leave her alone until she wrote the stories). The covers are lovely, I especially love the blue :)

  14. Fantastic reviews, Andrea. I really liked If I Were You. And I'm really looking forward to reading Being Me - especially now! ;) I like your choice of quotes too.

  15. Great review! I have great things about this one and I am excited to read it ! Thanks for sharing

  16. These are new to me and sound very steamy and sexy. Great reviews.

  17. This is a great series. I need to finish Being Me though. Hopefully soon.


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