Oh, Chris. The dark bad boy artist who is all edgy, hard, and tough on the outside. We have seen glimpses of his compassion and caring through Sara's...moreOh, Chris. The dark bad boy artist who is all edgy, hard, and tough on the outside. We have seen glimpses of his compassion and caring through Sara's eyes, but now we get to see more inside his tortured soul. We learn about his secrets, why he has the need to be so in control, and why he has turned toward pain for release.
You can enjoy the Inside Out series without reading this, but it is a great bonus to the story that gives you more depth and understanding of one of the main characters. I recommend you add this to your reading list to go along with the rest of the series.
Sara and Chris are back and as hot as ever. Now that the mystery of Rebecca has been solved, Chris takes Sara to Paris in anticipation of revealing a...moreSara and Chris are back and as hot as ever. Now that the mystery of Rebecca has been solved, Chris takes Sara to Paris in anticipation of revealing a big secret about himself, and the mystery of what happened to Sara's friend, Ella, takes a front seat. In Revealing Us, we also see love between Sara and Chris really begin to blossom, in addition to the powerful sexual attraction they have to each other.
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book since the main question of the first two books was answered, but Lisa Renee Jones has revved the energy back up and given us new mysteries and new secrets. Revealing Us isn't just a boring "dragging out the series" book. Ms. Jones manages to capture your attention, spark your interest (and desire), and keep you turning the pages for more.
I am a fan of the Inside Out series and a new fan of Lisa Renee Jones, and I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys erotic romantic suspense.
Rebecca's Lost Journals are an excellent addition to the Inside Out series. In both If I Were You and Being Me, you get glimpses of different passages...moreRebecca's Lost Journals are an excellent addition to the Inside Out series. In both If I Were You and Being Me, you get glimpses of different passages from Rebecca's journals, but now you actually get an up close and personal look into her private thoughts. The journal entries are detailed and intriguing, and you almost forget that you are not reading someone's private diary. These journals take readers on a ride through Rebecca's passion and boldness and also her pain and insecurity.
Master Undone finally gives us an inside look at the "Master" himself. But now we find him coming unraveled just a little and unsure of himself because of recent events. The "master" also unexpectedly meets someone who may be his match, and it completely throws him off balance. I can't say much about Master Undone because it would be a huge spoiler. Do not read this until after you have read both If I Were You and Being Me.
I thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca's Lost Journals and Master Undone. While they are not required reading to follow along with the Inside Out series, they are both great bonus readings to give you more personal glimpses into both Rebecca and the "master." If you are caught up in the Inside Out series, you will want to add these to your reading list.
Now that I've read this far into the Inside Out series, I must admit that Lisa Renee Jones has a new fan. I definitely recommend the Inside Out series if you enjoy erotic romantic suspense.
Excellent second book in the Inside Out series. In Being Me, the story picks up right where it left off in If I Were You. Sara is still searching for...moreExcellent second book in the Inside Out series. In Being Me, the story picks up right where it left off in If I Were You. Sara is still searching for answers about Rebecca while trying to secure a more than temporary position in her dream career in the art field. Sara continues to be unsure about her relationship with the sexy artist, Chris, and she still has conflicting vibes from her new boss, Mark. In searching for answers about Rebecca, she is leaving her old life behind and entering an unfamiliar world, and she soon learns that sometimes people are not what they appear to be on the outside.
In Being Me, a lot of the unanswered questions from If I Were You are finally discovered, but many more questions pop up. I typically don't appreciate cliffhanger books, but I think Lisa Renee Jones has done an excellent job of grabbing the reader's interest and pulling us along with Sara on her exploration of the new and unexpected. I have enjoyed both books so far, and I am excited to see what is going to happen next. If you enjoyed If I Were You (which you must read first to fully appreciate this one), you will definitely want to read Being Me.
If I Were You is so hot it sizzles. When Sara begins reading journals that were found in a storage locker, she wants to find the woman who wrote them...moreIf I Were You is so hot it sizzles. When Sara begins reading journals that were found in a storage locker, she wants to find the woman who wrote them so she can return her things. However, in the process of trying to find Rebecca, Sara goes from a quiet, no-frills teacher to taking over Rebecca's job at a prestigious art gallery. She is finally living her dream of working in the art field, and making a huge income to go along with it. But Sara soon finds herself doing things she never thought she would.
If you like erotic romantic suspense, I highly recommend this book, but my recommendation comes with a warning. This has a huge cliffhanger ending. When purchasing If I Were You, you might as well pick up the next book at the same time because you will want to jump right in to continue the story.
Holly thinks her life is going along fine. Sure, her long time live-in boyfriend still hasn't proposed to her, but she is positive it is just a matter...moreHolly thinks her life is going along fine. Sure, her long time live-in boyfriend still hasn't proposed to her, but she is positive it is just a matter of time until he does. After her first love reappears, Holly begins to question her relationship with Jared and wonders if he is ever going to grow up and become more responsible. But Ben is unavailable anyway, so she thinks she has to settle for being friends and considering what could have been.
Holly's Wishes is an excellent example of a good series book. The focus is on Holly's story and the main story line is wrapped up nicely in the end; however, we still see details of both Ava and Tess sprinkled throughout which ties all the books together nicely in the Whispered Wishes series. Ms. Pokras showed with this book as well as Ava's Wishes that she is a natural at writing this genre. Her characters are well-developed and the plot lines are engaging.
If you like sweet romantic chick-lit/women's fiction, you will enjoy Holly's Wishes and the Whispered Wishes series.
Copy was provided by the author, but I was not required to write a review.(less)
Just Destiny is emotional and heartbreaking. Whether you agree with Jenny's choices are not, this story forces you to think about what you would do if...moreJust Destiny is emotional and heartbreaking. Whether you agree with Jenny's choices are not, this story forces you to think about what you would do if your world was suddenly turned upside down and you lost just about everything. Jenny chooses the path that she feels she needs to piece her life back together, and thankfully, she has some great friends and family to help her. Theresa Rizzo has managed to effectively portray a devastating tragedy and the emotional aftermath, and my heart went out to Jenny more than once during some particularly heart-tugging scenes. If you like contemporary women's fiction that makes you reach for the tissues, I would definitely recommend this one.
All Ava was worried about was passing her statistics class so that she could graduate and get a job. She wasn't looking for a relationship. But life h...moreAll Ava was worried about was passing her statistics class so that she could graduate and get a job. She wasn't looking for a relationship. But life had other plans for Ava because suddenly there are two men in her life. While I had a feeling early on that something was just not quite right with one of them, I was completely shocked at the plot twist. Sometimes things are not what they appear to be.
Ava's Wishes is an excellent first book in a new series, Whispered Wishes. Karen Pokras, who has also published middle-grade books as Karen Pokras Toz, seems to be a natural at chick-lit. I was very impressed with how Ms. Pokras provided enough of a glimpse at Ava's two sisters to make readers already interested in reading their stories while still keeping the focus of this book on Ava.
If you enjoy sweet chick-lit stories with clean romance then this book is a good choice, and I would definitely recommend it.
It Was You is a sweet, yet sexy, new adult romance. I actually admired Abby's sudden decision to change all of her plans so that she could be her own...more It Was You is a sweet, yet sexy, new adult romance. I actually admired Abby's sudden decision to change all of her plans so that she could be her own person, get away from her sister, and have the kind of life she wants. Of course, it's hard to get away from a twin sister, or any family for that matter, unless you move far away, and Abby's plan to get away from her sister doesn't really turn out like she wanted. Annika still manages to insert herself into the part of Abby's life that she is trying to keep secret. When reading this book, it may seem a little obvious what is about to happen with Annika, but this book is still an enjoyable read. Anna Cruise provides you with romance, humor, a great best friend, and family issues, plus there is obvious attraction between Abby and West, and the sexy scenes are hot and well done. I would recommend it.
(I got this book during a free promotion on Amazon and was not required to write a review.) (less)
I have never been disappointed with a Lucky Harbor novel, and this was no exception. This omnibus, Christmas in Lucky Harbor, includes the first two n...moreI have never been disappointed with a Lucky Harbor novel, and this was no exception. This omnibus, Christmas in Lucky Harbor, includes the first two novels in the Lucky Harbor series, Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing, and also includes two Christmas short stories, Kissing Santa Claus and Under the Mistletoe.
In Simply Irresistible, three sisters have just found out that their recently deceased mother left them a bed and breakfast in Lucky Harbor. Each sister has a different father and each one was mostly raised by their father instead of their irresponsible, free-spirited mother. Maddie, the middle sister, spent the least amount of time with their mother while growing up, but Maddie is at a place in her life where she feels she doesn't belong anywhere and really wants to connect with her sisters and make a success of the bed and breakfast so she will have a place to call home. The other sisters just want to sell it quickly and get on with their lives. While Maddie is trying to convince her sisters that the bed and breakfast can be a great business for all of them, Maddie gets hot and heavy with the contractor hired to fix up the inn, who has a few secrets about the inn and Maddie's mother.
In The Sweetest Thing, the oldest sister, Tara, is trying to get her life back on track after her divorce and is working hard to make a success of the bed and breakfast. Tara used to spend some summers with her mom in Lucky Harbor, and Tara has to face her past with Ford, a long time Lucky Harbor resident who is also best friends with her sister, Maddie's, boyfriend, Jax. Even after all these years, the attraction between Tara and Ford is impossible to deny and hard to resist. Things are further complicated when her ex-husband shows up and wants her back.
In Kissing Santa Claus, we get to see another side of Tara's ex-husband, Logan. In The Sweetest Thing, you are sort of against him and for Ford, so it is nice to get to read about him in another light. Kissing Santa Claus is a sweet short story that gets you in the mood for Christmas.
In Under the Mistletoe, we get to know Tara and Ford's daughter, Mia, a lot more. Mia is coming back to Lucky Harbor for Christmas and for her Aunt Chloe's wedding. This great short story really focuses on the joys of family and makes you believe in true love.
Overall, each story in Christmas in Lucky Harbor, as well as all of the other Lucky Harbor novels I have read, are well-written, excellent romances. They do not have to be read in order for you to enjoy them. Jill Shalvis has the ability to make you laugh and fall in love with the characters, while also heating up the pages. The romance is hot and spicy without being too explicit, and there is still a story that you get drawn into beyond all of the action between the sheets (or in most cases, not between the sheets). I have really enjoyed every book I have read from Jill Shalvis, and she has become one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance.
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I usually prefer romances with more "everyday" people, and honestly, I may not even have picked up a romance about a billionaire on my own. I am plea...more I usually prefer romances with more "everyday" people, and honestly, I may not even have picked up a romance about a billionaire on my own. I am pleasantly surprised and very glad that I read this one. I really enjoyed sassy, independent Crickitt and the down-to-earth, hottie billionaire, Shane. Crickitt is unsure of herself after her marriage of 10 years fell apart. Shane is in control in all other aspects of his life but distant with relationships because he is scared to fall in too deep. They try to maintain a working relationship but fail. Then they must navigate through the complications of working together while being attracted to each other and both of them trying to keep themselves from getting hurt.
I enjoyed this book and Jessica Lemmon's writing style. She is an author I will read again, and I am putting the next book with Aiden and Sadie (who we met in this book) on my TBR list.
(I won a signed copy of this book through a follower giveaway for liking Jessica's Facebook page. I was not required to write a review.) (less)
Both Shandi and William have tragic experiences they are trying to overcome. After a night at a party that she doesn't remember because she was drugge...moreBoth Shandi and William have tragic experiences they are trying to overcome. After a night at a party that she doesn't remember because she was drugged, Shandi ends up with a baby that she doesn't want to admit was a result of that night. William has lost his wife and only child. Shandi is immediately drawn to William when he steps between her child and a gunman when they are involved in a holdup at a convenience store. This story is mostly told from Shandi's viewpoint, but we also get to see William's side. From the incident in the convenience store, we see how their lives interact moving forward, but along the way, we also find out about their pasts and the tragic experiences they both have faced. Shandi is really wanting her own love story because it seems everyone has one but her, and she thinks she wants William to be her love story. In the end, it seems they both needed each other at that time in their lives to overcome the horrible things that happened to them and figure out what they really wanted and how to move forward.
Some parts of this book, I didn't really like. However, overall, I enjoyed it, and the ending made the whole book worth it.
(I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.) (less)
Spring jumped in full force when she decided to major in Environmental Sciences at a super competitive university, including changing her wardrobe, we...moreSpring jumped in full force when she decided to major in Environmental Sciences at a super competitive university, including changing her wardrobe, wearing her hair in braids, and going vegetarian. So when Henry offered to help her with the opposing viewpoint for her sustainable living thesis, which her professor says she needs if she has any hope of publishing, she takes him up on it. Both formed unfavorable opinions of the other upon meeting. These first impressions combined with an undeniable attraction and both of them feeling passionately about their opposing sides makes for some amusing encounters.
This is one of the best Pride and Prejudice retellings I have read so far. It paid respect to Jane Austen and stayed true to the classic but with a fresh perspective. Spring is a strong, determined character, and I really enjoyed her passion for green living. Brooding and misunderstood Henry was Mr. Darcy personified (but updated).
You will like this book if you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice or if you enjoy romances.
You may not like this book if you do not like romances or if you are not fond of retellings.
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