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Being Me

(Inside Out #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  16,205 ratings  ·  1,331 reviews
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 w
Kindle Edition, 351 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Gallery Books (first published June 7th 2013)
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Second in the series, 'Being Me' has Sara delving deeper into Rebecca's disappearance. The more she finds out, the more she questions the motives of everyone in her new life. Even Chris is not above reproach.

Despite their budding relationship, Chris continues to withhold a large part of his past. Sara can't help but wonder if she truly knows him at all. It is clear that he's keeping secrets from her, but are they dark enough to overshadow their love? With Chris remaining unwilling to open up to
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“You want to understand?” he asks, his voice low, his eyes ripe with challenge.

It’s infuriatingly enigmatic.
It’s thrillingly dark.
It’s trap-door beautiful.
It’s sexually wicked.

He considers me, his expression impassive, but his pale green eyes shimmer and then burn. “Stand up and take off your clothes, Sara.”

Lisa Renee Jones is a labyrinth of an author. This is a romance series, yes, but it’s so mysterious and so completely sexy that it almost makes you feel blindfolded while read
Georgia ♥
5 Being Chris, Pain & Pleasure Stars

“Pain that becomes pleasure. Pain that’s about pleasure,” he repeats huskily,“and sometimes, baby, that pain is so intense that it becomes the pleasure. You want pain and darkness, baby, you got it.”


Sara McMillan is drawn deeper in the seductive and mysterious world, consisted of tormented artists, dominant and submissive games, raw passion, smoldering attraction, lies and deceit.


Fighting her own demons, keeping secrets and hiding soul deep scars, Sara is stru
"You made me see what was important. What's real. You made me see you." His lips brush mine. "See me now, Sara."

"Let me love what you hate. Let me do that for you."

Being Me is the second part of the Inside Out Trilogy and picks up right where the first part of the story ended. And since the first book, If I Were You ended with a HUGE cliffhanger, I was extremely glad to be able to start this ARC right after finishing the first book.

Just like in first book, Lisa Renee J
Lisa Jones
Nov 14, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm returning to the Inside Out world with Riptide and Mark Compton in a new seductive erotic mystery: THE BRILLIANCE TRILOGY! Readers will be able to read this series without having read the Inside Out series, but if you've missed Mark, Chris, and Sara, you will be seeing a lot of them in this trilogy!

It all started with a note, just a simple note hand written by a woman I didn't know, never even met. But in that note is perhaps every answer to every question I've ever had in my l
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
If I Were You left us all at a huge cliffhanger... thankfully, Being Me picks up directly where If I Were You left off...

Sara is going through Rebecca’s journals. Trying to find the missing pieces of the puzzle. She has a needs to know where Rebecca is and what has happened to her.


Then there is Chris Merit... Oh I love this man! Sara saw a bit of a different side of Chris in the last book.
Chris has layers I don’t pretend to understand, but he cares about me and I want to see what I failed
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Oct 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Someone who is not me, apparently, because it seems like a lot of people are loving this.
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Myself, because I honestly didn't think book 2 could be much worse than book 1.

Nancy Drew, this woman is not. Come to think of it, I probably would have rather gone back and indulged in a Nancy-based pre-feminist shenanigan involving a hidden staircase or hollow oak rather than reading this.

I'm almost sadly reminiscent of my love/hate feelings for book 1. While it might not have been a great book (and it did inspire me to drag up a picture of a sexual predator), at least there was a spark of potential present - enough to make me hope that things could get better.

We're sup
~ Becs ~
“Is that what we’re back to, Sara? I’m fucking you? Is that where last night took us again? Why you are all over me in a parking lot?

Because if you want me to fuck you, I’ll fuck you until you can’t remember your damn name and you never forget mine.”

Oh, boy!!

This book is not actually due for release until June 11th and so it’s an absolute requirement that this be a spoiler free review and that’s not easy given all that happens in this book but I’ll give it a go!

If you’ve not read Rebecca’s L
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
5+++ STARS

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Lisa Renee Jones stepped it up in this second installment the Inside Out Trilogy. She has given her readers a BREATHTAKING experience through this well written and well planned out story. The mystery and plot thickens, the romance is stronger, and steam level is scorching. Being Me is definitely a UTC Top Pick for 2013.

There are three things I love most about this book. The first is the ROMANCE AND STEAM FACTOR. Chris and Sara’s relationship truly takes o
☆ Sammy ☆彡
3.5 Stars

If you have not read If I Were You (Inside Out #1), there might be minor spoilers in this review.

"I'm just looking out for us both. I need you alive and well if I'm going to fuck you until you can't forget my name."

"You've already done, that, but if you want to be an overachiever, feel free."

Being Me starts directly where If I Were You ended (which was basically a giant cliffhanger). In this book, Sara is continuing to work for the Allure Art Gallery while she is still searching for Reb
Being Me is the 2nd installment of LRJ’s Inside Out Trilogy and begins where the first book left off. While it immediately clears up one mystery it opens the door to more questions about Rebecca’s disappearance as well as Sara’s safety and her budding relationship with the sexy as sin artist, Chris Merit.

Rebecca’s journals continue to haunt Sara and she continues to suspect her handsome and mysterious boss, Mark Compton, as well as others, wondering what part they played in Rebecca's life. As m
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
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Love, love, love this series! In a genre that's saturated with the whole FSoG storyline, it's refreshing to find a book equally erotic, superbly executed, but add some edgy mystery and suspense.....ya got yourself a great trilogy! I can see why Starz Channel picked this up as option for a movie/series! It's got it all.

Ingredients to said missing woman, an abandoned storage unit filled with her journals detailing her exploration into the world of BDSM D/s play, two men,
Elizabeth (Liz)
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

4 Stars

Picking up directly where the end of book one left off, Being Me is a fantastic, exciting bridge to the third book in Lisa Renee Jones' Inside Out series!

Sara McMillan remains fascinated by the journals she's discovered of a woman named Rebecca. Some might go so far as to say that Sara has taken over Rebecca's life in just about every way. She has Rebecca's job. She has Rebecca's boss. She's becoming acquainted with all of Rebecca's co-workers and bu
“You told me I don’t belong in this world, either,” I manage, choking on the words.
“You don’t.” His jaw clenches. “Which is why I tried to warn you away and why I tried to walk away.”
My stomach knots. “You still can.” I start to get up, suddenly needing an escape, and this time Chris can’t give it to me.
He shackles my wrists in his hands and pulls me to him, between his legs, on my knees. “That’s just it. I can’t and I don’t want to even try. And I don’t want you to, either.” His expression s
Seductive and addicting.

Obsessing over Rebecca’s journals as well as the woman herself has left Sara in a perilous situation. But who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself?

While debating whether or not to stay and the gallery and resign as a school teacher, Mark Compton the gallery’s owner has offered her more than a job, he’s suggested he can help her understand the urges and wants reading Rebecca’s journal have produced in her. Chris on the other hand although somewhat overb
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it


3.5 Stars........slow start but what an amazing, nail biting ending!!!!

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I have been waiting for what feels like an eternity for this second book in the 'Inside Out' trilogy to be released, and after the HUGE cliff hanger at the end of the first book, I was so excited to get my hands on this arc.

The story begins from where we left off in book one. I should probably say now that I recommend you reread book one to remind yourself of where we got to, but basically Sara is
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Lisa Renee Jones delivers a fantastic sequel in Being Me. Her writing was erotic, mysterious and completely addicting.


”You made me see what is important. What’s real. You made me see you.” His lips brushed mine. “See me now, Sara.”


This book answers every question a reader was left with at the end of If I Were You.

Sara is driven by the desire to find Rebecca. More journals are appearing which gives clues as to who Rebecca’s dom was as well as possible suspects in her disappearance.

Sara a
Dec 14, 2012 marked it as dnf
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Nope, can't do it.
I'm really really sorry, it's just not for me.

There is no point finishing it because I'm just not this books audience. My review wouldn't mean anything to people because I'm not even absorbing what I'm reading.
It's not what I expected or wanted. I wanted more of the mystery unraveling but again we have Sara, Sara and her desperado ways.

Other readers may love it, hot sex with dominant men. I understand the appeal, but I need more. Much much more.
Sara is just not my kind of cha
Aestas Book Blog
Nov 09, 2012 marked it as to-read
I NEED ANSWERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Being Me is the second installment in Lisa Renee Jones's adult romance series titled Inside Out. Being Me picks up exactly where the first book: If I Were You left off. As a reader reading the novels back-to-back, I appreciated this. It can be so annoying to read a ton of backstory that you literally just read yesterday! In Being Me, readers see the main character, Sara's life continue to be a reflection of the deeply personal journals she keeps close to her. The mystery element is engaging and ...more
4 1/2 stars!

If I Were You, book one of the Inside Out Trilogy, was one of my favorite reads of 2012, and after a HUGE cliffhanger ending I've been impatiently waiting for Book 2 to be released. Thankfully, I am more than pleased to report that Lisa Renee Jones does not disappoint. I absolutely loved book 2, Being Me!

Although in this book, Chris and Sara's relationship did lack some of the intensity it had in If I Were You, it still was enough to put butterflies in my stomach and a silly grin on
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don’t even know where to begin with this review because I loved this book so much but there is so much I simply can’t say without giving everything away. I want to yell and scream and tell everyone what happened but I can’t. I do think the blurb is slightly misleading though because it makes it sound like Sara and Mark (her boss) might have a little sumthin sumthin going on…and while one or both of them may yearn for something on a secret level, I didn’t really get the idea that either of them ...more
**ARC provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review***

3.5 stars

Great read. I loved Mark and Chris, very interesting characters. Diary entries drove me insane, I could not figure it out who the Master was, and that's what kept me reading.
Sarah was just ok heroine. A little too paranoid for my taste. At times I found her a bit annoying. The first book ended with a huge cliffhanger and I thought that the beginning of this book going to be very dramatic
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is NOT a stand alone book, you need to read book #1 of Lisa Renee Jones's Inside Out series, IF I WERE YOU. Then I would suggest picking up Rebecca's Lost Journals Volume One: THE SEDUCTION; Volume Two:THE CONTRACT; Volume Three: HIS SUBMISSIVE; and Volume Four: MY MASTER, they give a lot of insight to Rebecca and her relationship with the Master.

BEING ME picks up right where IF I WERE YOU left us hanging...finally an answer to what happened to Sara in the storage facility! I would say more
Audiobook: Narrator – Grace Grant

Another enjoyable audio by Ms. Grant. She really does a nice job of these characters. This being the second book of the series that she’s narrated as well as back to back listens, I’ve come to attach her voice to Sara. Accented voice of Ricco was a little rough but otherwise I didn’t have any issues with her performance.

Things really get deep and heavy both between Sara and Chris as well as the mystery of Rebecca.

As this couple grow closer and begin to delve de
A. Gorman
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the ARC and as I sit here and write this review, I have tears in my eyes. I honestly do not know who they are for: Chris, Sara, Rebecca, Mark, Chris and Sara and/or Rebecca and her "Master." So, so, so much is revealed in this book and it has left me raw as it has the characters in the story. I loved every word in this book! I did smile and laugh throughout the book. The characters personalities really show in this story.

'Being Me' is an emotional ride and had me wanting so many
Redheaded Bookworm
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I feel lost and empty after finishing this book. My cheeks are tear stained and my heart has been shredded. I was pulled so far into this book, I actually felt ALL the raw emotions, and now I'm trying to talk myself back into the real world.

Being Me picks up right where If I Were You ends. From page one, I was sucked back into the lives of these complex characters. Sara is still avidly trying to find Rebecca and trying to make sure she keeps the clients and Mark happy at the gallery. And of cou
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
This book was an exhilarating ride and suspenseful journey. I didn't expect what I received from this installment. I was absolutely thrilled by the direction this story took.

Sara was confused for the most part. The people who surrounded her didn't help with clarification. It was one of those instances where people are not always who they seem. She had to play Nancy Drew just to garner little nuggets of information. These people sure like to play their cards close to their chests. I felt bad that
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Words cannot express how much I loved this book, but I'm going to try anyway.
I loved book one in the INSIDE OUT TRILOGY -- IF I WERE YOU - it was one of my favorite books of 2012. Needless to say, I had super high expectations for this one. Well, Ms. Jones not only rose to the challenge, she blew those expectations away! If possible it has even more suspense, angst, super-hot sex, as well as really touching love scenes too.

BEING ME picks up at that oh-so-frustrating cliffhanger from book one.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story consumed me! I could not put it down. It was intense, desperate, passionate and surprising. Christ Merit seriously rocked my world!!! I love the power struggle between the men. The mystery of Rebecca. The obsession of her journals and her life. I absolutely love this series and Lisa Renee Jones' superb writing. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would!!!!! So lucky to have gotten this ARC!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with.

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“His hand slides to my face. “Look at me when I enter you.”
His voice is rough, intense. “See me, Sara.”
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He presses inside me and thrusts, burying himself deeply, completely. “Feel me.”
He lowers his mouth a breath from mine. “But do you feel us?”
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