For those of you who don’t know, my “to read” list is a bit obsessively long. It’s a not so short, short list. Heck, some of it just has the names of authors that I have heard are great! One of those Authors is Lisa Renee Jones. When I was offered a review copy of If I Were You, I pushed myself through my 5th reading of Fifty Shades of Grey so I could read it.
The Publishers Description:
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.
I’ll be honest, this book had me by page 2. And then Lisa added in this mystery element of Rebecca, what the hell happened to her? Cue the bad nights of sleep! The sexual tension was thick and I wasn’t sure if it was for Mark (Mr. Compton) or Chris the “cool-artist-in-leather.” Mark pretends he doesn’t have secrets (maybe because he’s so obvious), but Chris just won’t tell his. I think the only thing that could have improved this book is if the Porsche 911 was a red Carrera 4 with a spoiler (childhood dream car), but I’m ok with a black 911 too. As for the ending… I cursed Lisa Renee Jones (in a good way) and ordered the next book and the novelas too.
But it only gets better, not only is this a trilogy (and I use that term loosely), there’s a bunch of novela’s (you know you want to read the journals and not just little bits that are sprinkled through If I Were You). Ok, you don’t know, but trust me, you do (I can assure you of that even though I haven’t read them). The series has books and novela’s scheduled to come out through 2014. It’s the perfect set up for the TV Series that was optioned by STARZ Network. Yes, we’ll get to enjoy Sara, Chris, Mark and Rebecca for a long time!
If you’re a bit nutty about reading in the proper order like I am, here is a guide on what order to read:
Where to get your hands on If I Were You:
ABOUT LISA RENEE JONES
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.
Here are her links: