Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lisa Renee Jones - If I Were You (Inside Out #1)

How it all started…

One day I was a high school teacher on summer break, leading a relatively uneventful but happy life. Or so I told myself. Later, I’d question that, as I would question pretty much everything I knew about me, my relationships, and my desires. It all began when my neighbor thrust a key to a storage unit at me. She’d bought it to make extra money after watching some storage auction show. Now she was on her way to the airport to elope with a man she barely knew, and she needed me to clear out the unit before the lease expired.

Soon, I was standing inside a small room that held the intimate details of another woman’s life, feeling uncomfortable, as if I was invading her privacy. Why had she let these items so neatly packed, possessions that she clearly cared about deeply, be lost at an auction? Driven to find out by some unnamed force, I began to dig, to discover this woman’s life, and yes, read her journals—-dark, erotic journals that I had no business reading. Once I started, I couldn't stop. I read on obsessively, living out fantasies through her words that I’d never dare experience on my own, compelled by the three men in her life, none of whom had names. I read onward until the last terrifying dark entry left me certain that something had happened to this woman. I had to find her and be sure she was okay.

Before long, I was taking her job for the summer at the art gallery, living her life, and she was nowhere to be found. I was becoming someone I didn't know. I was becoming her.

The dark, passion it becomes…

***{4 stars}***

This is the first book by this author that I have read, it sat on my kindle for over a year. But then I saw an excerpt on facebook that changed my mind. The premise sounded intriguing. And it was, it is so layered. First you have the story of Rebecca and the journals, and while that is what first draws you into the book, the story of Sara sliding into Rebecca's life is where it all takes off. Is anyone who they say they are? Are the men in the journal the ones that Sara is now faced with in her new life? The Chemistry between Sara and Chris is volcanic, but the underlining mystery, secrets, and fantasies are what drive the story. And I can't wait to find out what happens next.....

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