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If I Were You

(Inside Out #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  25,481 ratings  ·  2,417 reviews
In the bestselling style of Fifty Shades of Grey, Lisa Renee Jones delivers sexy thrills and heart-pounding sensuality with a tantalizing page-turner in which the eyes of a high school English teacher are opened to a world she never knew existed, and she finds a passionate craving within that she never knew she possessed.

The journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when s
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Pocket Books (first published August 22nd 2012)
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~ Becs ~
5 big shiny stars

I’ve read a lot of good books lately and only given them 4 stars. To give a book 5 stars, it’s got to totally consume me, to get deep under my skin and this book definitely did that. I need to feel the intensity of the character’s passion, the ferocity of their feelings and the depths of their despair and it’s all here in this book. It owned me. It would be easy just to sit here and rain down superlatives but I’ll try to be more constructive.

The problem with picking up the first
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Something has happened to Rebecca, and I have to prove it. That's why I'm here. No other reason.

That's right, girl. Stick to your guns. Or not. Well, at least you lasted a day or two before you cracked. Way to stay strong.

I almost didn't read this book. The summary blurb really made me not want to read this book.

2.5 stars. What is it with everyone these days trying to sell their book as the "next" something? Whether it's the next Harry Potter, the next Hunger Games, etc. Everybody se
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I've seen around for a long time. I've wanted to read it, but never got around to it until now. I have to say that it was worth the wait. This story has completely monopolized my thoughts since I started this series.

Part romance, part mystery, 'If I Were You' tells the story of a schoolteacher turned investigator by chance. When Sara's best friend, Ella, gifts her the contents of a storage unit that she purchased at an auction, Sara becomes obsessed with finding out what happ
Lisa Jones
Jun 23, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
DNFing this bitch at 31%

I'm looking around for things to clean instead of reading. That's a bad sign. I can't take anymore.

Get this:
There is something very sexy about a man like Mark Compton in control, but sexy or not, it's also quite uncomfortable for all kinds of reasons I've found better left under the rug. Comfortable is overrated, a voice in the back of my head screams.

I want to smack her.

Sara friend and neighbor gets into buying up storage buildings. She buys one that has some art wor
Aestas Book Blog
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

GAH!!!! NONE OF MY QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED!!!! and I literally mean none of them *lip quiver*

I feel a little cheated... I mean, it was a really good book - it totally hooked me into the story, made me care about the characters, got me all hot and bothered, and filled my mind with approximately 4 bajillion questions and theories and then... left me hanging!!!


I don't really know what to say. I feel like I know about as much now as I did at the beginning of the book :|

"People aren
I ♥ Bookie Nookie (

If you are my friend it is a prerequisite that you tell me when there is a cliffhanger – I mean a real cliffhanger with no closure and I have to wait 5 flipping months to find out what the heck happens next! GAH!

Okay, now that I have my tantrum out of the way I can honestly say IF I WERE YOU was amazing – yes, AMAZING! For all of you who may be avoiding this book because of the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY reference in the book's description
5 Big Stars

Lisa Renee Jones' If I Were You is the first book in The Inside Out Trilogy. I found it to be extremely suspenseful and captivating, while giving me an incredibly seductive, sexy read! I was enthralled from the very first page!

Sara McMillin is a high school teacher on summer break. Art is her true love, but she’s settled for a career that ensures a big enough pay check to make ends meet. Her life is pretty uneventful until her good friend and neighbor, Ella, thrust a key to an abando

When I finished this story last night (or should I say this morning?) around 3 A.M., I really *really* wanted to go to sleep but I just HAD to start the next book because I was pretty much like this...

Yep, that's how desperate I was to find out what would happen next. Other than this being a real page-turner for me, I really enjoyed reading this book! It was captivating, intriguing, seductive and had all the right ingredients to keep me up late at night so I co

Tough Critic Book Reviews
The next "it" book.

I'm pretty sure amazeballs just exploded amazejuices all over the pages!

At first I had a big OS moment, thinking I had been seduced by yet another synopsis. I just couldn't get into the first couple of chapters. But by chapter 5, it got into me. It got into me fast...hard! I'm so glad I didn't give up on this book.

I'm giving this book a standing "O" (it's only fair that I return the favor). OH! OH! OH. MY. GOD! I've been seduced by something dark, thrilling and totally addict
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I need to get my shit together , its late and I'm gonna get me some sleep , If possible

EDIT : 08/26/2012

Cue * Nine Inch Nails - Me I'm not *


Sara McMillan is a boring high school English teacher . That is , until
R.E. Hunter
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book. THIS BOOK!!! That's it. That's my review. I can't form coherent thought. All I can do is think of a ridiculous string of profanities that I want to yell while jumping up and down and running around in a circle waving my arms like wacky inflatable arm flailing tube man!

If I Were You was effing amazing. AH-MAAAAAZING! I know there are people comparing it to Fifty Shades and I can see the similarities, what with all the HOT SEX, but really, this story is completely different and I loved
If I Were You for me is a book that pretends to be something it is not, it pretends to have a wow factor, when in actuality it doesn't have it.

There are many places where this book when wrong for me:

- I didn't like the female main character, I found her incoherent and painstakingly easily manipulated.

- The story dragged for me, so I started to lose interest and it became a little tedious.

- There is no real advance in the plot, is somewhat static, contradictory and deceitful as it might look
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4 Erotically Suspenseful Stars

Everything I do is calculated and with purpose. You'll learn that sooner of later.

If I had read this book when it first came out a couple years ago, it would have easily been 5 stars. Having had quite a few books in this genre under my belt, I can't say that it was an all encompassing 5 star read, but it was definitely a very strong 4 stars. I loved the combination of suspense, romance, and mystery here. I can tell you I was definitely hooked from the fi

3.5 stars

Sara McMillan becomes enthralled reading a stranger's journal that her neighbour got from a storage sale. The journal belongs to Rebecca Mason and details Rebecca's pull into a darkly erotic and possibly dangerous relationship. Deciding that her possessions and journals should be returned, Sara tries to track down the missing Rebecca.

She finds out that Rebecca works for Allure Art Gallery, San Francisco's largest and most prestigious gallery. But when told that Rebecca is on leave, Sar
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
I know I'm going one amongst the minority when I say this ! But I honestly can't STAND to read another word from this predictable 'mystery-slash-good old erotica' novel anymore :P

No seriously, you're going to have to shoot me.In fact I freakin insist.

Honestly, I think I'm quite done with reading books with the exact same concepts.
One damaged billionaire? Check. !
An Art Freakin gallery ? Check !
One annoying sex crazy YET virginal heroine.....? Double Check !!

To me, this book was nothing but anot
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
A Strong 4.5 Stars

He shoved me against the wall and then tore down my panties. His lips pressed close to my ear, his breath hot on my neck, as he said, ‘you know the rules, you know I have to punish you.’

**Fans self** Holy hell.

This book exceeded my expectations. The storyline was unique for it was two stories woven into one. We have Rebecca’s journals, which are the catalyst for the whole thing, and then there’s Sara’s side. Aside from Rebecca’s journal entries, this tale is told in Sara’s
I don't want to be a grumpy reviewer but it's happening.

SPOILERS in this review.

I don't know how to review it. I'm gonna sliiightly rant I think but I don't know. I didn't hate it.

I liked the story, I just felt that it was abandoned about halfway through because Sara got distracted by the pretty Mr Merit.

I'm a bit like, huh? I hate stupid characters. Sara in particular drove me insane.

So Sara finds some journals, and they belong to Rebecca- a woman she has no knowledge about apart from what sh
Elyse  Walters
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished the audiobook...( the last little bit on my drive down to Carmel today)

Thanksgiving Day.


why?? ...
1) I loved the intimacy of the 3 main characters *voices*!
2) I could visualize SF .. The streets - the dance clubs - the dancing - the girls living conditions
3) I liked their 3 very different personalities - and their friendships - hardships - challenges -
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books should not be able to end that way... I hate cliff hangers when I know I have to wait months to find out what happens! This book left you with so many questions. It was great though, captivating story. I just loved Chris, can't wait for the next one... come on February! ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

OH MY FLIPPING GOD!!!!!!!!!! THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE THAN FIFTY SHADES AND BASIC INSTINCT. Man where to begin with this review. I have read a lot of erotica and adult books lately but I have to say That Lisa has added some things to her story that stands out among the rest. I did not feel like I reading about Fifty and I sure as hell did not thing basic instincts because this story really has so many
Elizabeth (Liz)
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

If I Were You is the first in a seductively mysterious new trilogy by author Lisa Renee Jones. This story had me intrigued at the first page and absolutely hooked by the third!

Sara McMillan is a highschool teacher on summer break. Like many with an advanced education in the arts, she was forced to give up her dream of a career in the art field in order to make a living wage. While she enjoys teaching, it has never replaced her passion for the art world. By
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I may have what might be construed as a small erotica problem. Now that I’ve started reading this shit, I can’t stop. It’s like watching Basic Instinct. I know I’m not really supposed to be completely fascinated with Sharon Stone’s tits, but I just can’t really seem to help myself. And there might have even been a rather brief period of time where I considered being a cop (when I was younger), just so I could interrogate a nymphomaniac exhibitionist in the slight chance that she might not be ...more
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
4.5 mysterious, captivating, sultry stars!

Sara McMillan lives the life of an English teacher, five years celibate and just gets through life. Her mother has passed and she detests her father. When her friend Eva gives her the keys to a storage unit she won at auction, she's intrigued to find out all about the owner of all the personal effects in this unit.... especially the erotic journals she left behind. Rebecca Mason appears to have just disappeared...leaving behind her story of erotic pain,
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now ... be honest! Tell me I am not the only one who thought of Darrell when we read that Ella found the journals in a unit she got at a storage auction ...

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But seriously now ...

The journals that leave Sara with some unaswered questions ...

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such as "where is Rebecca?" and "who is the mysterious master she would do anything for?"

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Sara's quest for answers leads her to Rebecca's last place of work where she has a chance encounter with a sexy artist named Chris Merit

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which leads to a ste
☆ Sammy ☆彡
4.5 Mysterious & Seductive Stars

When her best friend is whisked off to Paris for a month long honeymoon, Sara McMillan is left with a storage unit full of a stranger's belongings. Sara is uncomfortable with the idea of selling the stranger's belongings so she vows to find the woman and return the contents of the storage unit to her. Her only clues to finding the owner, Rebecca Mason, are through some journals that were found in with the woman's belongings. After reading the journal entries and
4.5 stars :D

"Never say never, Sara."
- Chris

* * *
“All I want is here and now, this piece of time. And please save the pillow talk for someone who wants it. Contrary to what you seem to think, I’m no delicate rose.”
- Sara

* * *
“There is something happening between us and I pray I was wrong last night. I pray it’s not the beginning of two damaged people tearing each other apart. Some part of me needs Chris. Maybe we need each other.”
- Sara
Suspenseful and spellbindingly sensual, this story had me hooked from start to finish.
"People aren’t always what they seem...The art does not always mimic the artist. You never know the real person until you slide beneath their surface."

Art major Sara McMillin had once dreamed of being part of that world. Heartbreak and the prospect of an unstable income led her to become a high school teacher though. But when her next door neighbor and best friend Ella unexpectedly elopes and leaves her
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sweet painful HELL!!! Who ends a book like that?!?!?!? Need the next one.... NOW!!

"We stare at each other and his scrutiny is so intense that I feel as if he's crawling inside me and searching my soul for confirmation I've spoken the truth."

Woah! This book was seriously intense and addicting! If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones kept my attention from the first sentence all the way to the painful cliffhanger at the end. Jones sure knows how to deliver a dark and erotic story filled with a cast of
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After inheriting a storage unit from a friend, Sara becomes obsessed with some journals she finds in the unit and decides she needs to find the owner. During her search, she meets the man she thinks may be the subject of the journals as well as another incredibly sexy man she cannot seem to stop thinking about.

I really like the characters in this story. We do not really know much about Sara, and I like how the author, rather than telling us her whole past right up front, made her past part of t
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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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