Friday, June 7, 2013

Being Me (Inside Out Trilogy #2) by Lisa Renee Jones Review:

June 11, 2013

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?

My Goodreads Review Link
Genre - Adult/Erotica/Contemp. Romance

I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review by Simon & Schuster: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books through NetGalley.

5 Sensational, Sensual Stars!
Questions Answered, Mysteries Unveiled, But... Who Survives and Where Do We Go From Here! 

The Rundown:
Being Me thankfully picks up immediately where book one, If I Were You, leaves off. Sara feels threatened and all is not as it seems. As the story progresses, there is still a huge mystery surrounding Rebecca’s disappearance and what's happened to her. There is still no word from Ella and Sara is fearful of what her silence means. Mark steps up his game in trying to get what he wants. Sara has a secret she’s hiding from Chris and Chris’s dark side is exposed leaving Sara to decide if she can be a part of a world she doesn’t understand. There’s a lot going on in this story. However, not so much that it confuses the reader but rather leads us on an exciting and thrilling ride as these characters face dangers, their dark natures and uncertain futures.

The Review:
This series is erotically addicting! Every fantastic, intense and powerful moment leads up to one exciting climax that will have you holding your breath and then breathing a sigh of relief! I simply loved this book to the point of exhaustion but was rewarded greatly as.... Finally!!! All questions are answered, characters motives are revealed, sins are uncovered and the mystery is solved!

With a slightly different and less intense but just as exciting tone as book one, Being Me focuses more on the developing relationship between Chris and Sara as they struggle to find common ground, with the foreboding mystery surrounding Rebecca’s disappearance ever present in the backdrop. Chris has stuck by his word to help Sara and hired professional PI’s to aid in their quest. Secrets are revealed and a constant danger vibe hangs over Sara’s head as she herself might become the next target if she continues on her fact-finding mission... and she realizes stepping into Rebecca’s shoes might seem glamorous but its shrouded with secrets that could possibly destroy her.

As Sara decides her future, she also has two handsome, alpha men wanting to accommodate and dominate her, willing to satisfy her every sexual desire. One wants to do this through love and one wants to do this through power but both steeping it in pleasure leaving this one of the most erotic tales I’ve read this year! We should all be so lucky!

The Wrap Up:
Though Being Me doesn’t leave off with the hair-raising cliffy that the first book does, the author leaves us with an emotional decision that will guide the next book and set the tone for the characters, ending on a note that has left me salivating for answers to Chris and Sara’s uncertain future. Hopefully, we’re headed to Paris and I for one can’t wait to see what path that leads us on as well as Sara and Chris! I’m definitely looking forward to book three, Revealing Us (Inside Out Trilogy #3) when it comes out September 2013.

Some of My Favorite Quotes and Passages... 

The door opens and Chris appears. I do not know how it’s possible, but each time I see him it is as if it’s the first time, as if he slides inside me and fills what is empty.He leans a hand on the wall above me, sheltering me from the wind, from the world. He is quiet power and strength and he speaks to the woman in me in ways no man ever has.

“You want to understand?” he asks, his voice low, his eyes ripe with challenge.
“It’s not about want. It’s about need, Chris. I need to understand.” 
He considers me, his expression impassive, but his pale green eyes shimmer and then burn. “Stand up and take off your clothes, Sara.” 
I need him to know that I want to understand him because he matters, because we matter. Because life made me believe that what is blossoming between us wasn’t possible, but maybe, just maybe, it is.

I step outside the car, and my hungry gaze seeks Chris, finding him dismounting the Harley, and holy hell, he is sex on a Harley. If Mark is power, Chris is absolute dominance, and he knows it. I see it in his casual grace, which manages to be alpha roughness at the same time. He doesn’t need people to call him by a certain name, or intimidate them into drinking cold coffee like Mark once did to me. When he needs power, he has it. When he wants it, he claims it. When he wants me, he claims me, and my stomach clenches with dread at the idea that one day he won’t.

”If I need to get lost, I’ll get lost in you.” -Chris

He needs me and I need him. I’ve never doubted that to be true. I’ve always knows we were two puzzle pieces that fit together in a hollow that is our pain. There was a time when I was certain we were too damaged not to destroy each other. Now I think we are saving each other.

Chris is darkness and pain, and no matter how much he says he has that part of him under control, he doesn’t.

”This is who I am, Sara. I will protect you from everything and everyone else, but I can’t protect you from who I am or who we will be if you stay with me.” 
“I know who you are,” I whisper...
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