Review: If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones (18+)

 If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones 

(Inside out Trilogy #1)
Published: March 12th, 2013
Publisher: GalleryBooks, 
Simon & Schuster

Format: E-book, Paperback, Audio
Pages: 384 (Paperback)
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Mystery

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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.

   If I Were You is the first book in The Inside Out trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones. Before I started reading the book I was sooo intrigued by it. The book description really captured my attention, and I thought that this is going to be an amazing read, and thanks Lisa Renee Jones because I was not disappointed! From the very first page of the first chapter this book just captivates you and want let you go until you finish it. It gives you more question with every page, more mystery with every uncovered answer, and more steam with every word between Sara and Chris.

“You shouldn't walk away from something that intrigues you"

   Sara McMillin is a high school teacher with a lost dream of working with art, the profession that holds her true love. Sara's best friend is swept away on honeymoon by her boyfriend, giving Sara a key to a storage room to disposed of the things someone left and never come back for. Sara doesn't understand the idea of someone just leaving all of their things behind, especially a really private things like journals that Sara found, so she sets a goal of finding a mysteries woman to return her things to. Sara gets captured by the world in which Rebecca lived, a woman in a journal. Sara becomes absorbed in the erotic journal of Rebecca's thoughts and fears, from which Sara gets a strong feeling that something bad happened to Rebecca. To find answers Sara visits Art Galley where Rebecca worked at, the situation led Sara to get hired as Rebecca's replacement for the time being. Working at the Art Galley Sara starts to uncover some answers, while getting pulled into the world Rebecca lived in, she doesn't know if she wants be able to pulled back form it...

   At the Art Galley Sara meets two very sexy and dominant man, who might just be the "Master" in Rebecca's journal. Mark is Sara's new boss, he is very straight forward, a total control freak and honestly at times a bit scary. With his control freak personality and good looks that drawn woman attention he fits a perfect role of being a "Master" Rebecca was referring to in her journals, but Sara can't be sure because at this new world she might be just surrounded by man who might be"Masters".

   Sara also meets"raw male hotness" Chris Merit, who is a famous artist Sara is drawn too. He is a mystery surrounded by dark secrets and Sara just can't help but want to uncover them. From the moment they met, they both sensed that need to know one another. It all might as well started with a sexual tension, but it developed into so much more.

“I can feel this man in every part of my body and he has not even touched me.” 

“He's dangerous and I've never wanted to live on the edge more in my life.” 

 Their relationship can be seen as both bad and good. Two damaged people find a way to each other can be a disaster and heartbreak but it can also be hope and instead of destroying each other, they might save each other instead. 

“This ‘crazy’ thing you’re making me feel is the best crazy I’ve felt in a long time. I’m not ready to let go of you. I don’t know what you’re doing to me, Sara, but please ... don’t stop.”

  Did I mention how hot and steamy and sexy their relationship is? I don't think I did...

“I'm going to lick you all over before this night is over, Sara, ... Suck your nipples until you are crazy with need, then spread you wide and lick you until you come and then, I'm going to do it all over again. I'm going to make sure you are so thoroughly fucked that being fucked has a new meaning.” 

  If I Were you is a read you don't want to miss if you love some good mystery with steamy romance. Towards the end this book keeps you on the edge and wanting and pending for answers. I can't want to see where Sarah's and Chris's relationship will go in the next book. The end left a lot of questions unanswered, so if you are planing on reading this book, I recommend to buy the next one right away. For the note: this book is nothing like Fifty Shades, it's way better! 




  1. I've seen this cover around, but I've never actually checked it out before. The premise sounds really intriguing! I like the mix of erotica and mystery.

    1. If you like the mix, than you should definitely check this book out!

  2. Sounds like a very passionate story! Also, a little dangerous :) It looks really good though!

  3. Great review. It sounds very intriguing, a sexy book with actual depth is hard to find.



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