Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones (Inside Out Trilogy #2)

Being Me by Lisa Renee JonesAvailable: June 11, 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Gallery

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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 with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?

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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 is quite ready to go there. Sara is so consumed by Chris that she really doesn’t have time for anything other then him because he’s complicated, dark and tortured enough to take up all her time and energy.

There was so many ups and downs to this book that I felt emotionally wrung out at the end. It definitely fed my emotional angst needs. Chris has been harboring some dark aspects of himself and not wanting Sara to become embroiled in that part off his life, he attempts to hide his true nature. That becomes harder as they become closer and he starts relying on Sara to be his safe point in his dark mind. Together these two are very co-dependent. Neither seems able to function correctly when they are apart and Chris soon finds himself compensating by returning to his old ways. Sara is at a loss in how to help him and so she turns to her boss Mark  to help her understand as pieces of all the puzzles start falling into place. Some of the best scenes in this book were either with Mark or in some way revolving around Mark. Chris and Mark have a past that neither of them is quite willing to share although it’s apparent that they were once friends. Chris seems highly jealous of any time that Sara has to spend with her boss and he masks it by making Mark sound like some kind of threat, though I’m not sure I believe that. Both men are erotic with penchants toward bdsm in some way shape or form but Sara seems to only have eyes for Chris. She is less threatened by Mark then she was in book one but she chooses to continue working with him in the hopes that he can help her achieve her dream of working in the art field permanently.

I was slightly surprised that the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Rebecca was resolved in this book. This being a trilogy I fully expected that to drag on into the final book. Nope. Jones had other plans I guess and that story line seems to be tied up at the end of this one with Sara deciding to accompany Chris back to France after a climatic confrontation. I assume now the focus will shift toward Sara’s missing friend and the past Chris seems to be running from.

If you enjoy Sylvia Day you will certainly enjoy this well written trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones. Full of intrigue, lust, fear and secrets others weren’t meant to ever find out, Being Me has a bit of everything!

I give Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones 5 stars!

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