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Review: If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

August 18th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

Source: Received from Netgalley

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication date: September 13, 2012

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book: From New York Times Best Selling author Lisa Renee Jones, a story with the heat of 50 Shades and the mystery of Pretty Little Liars. Now in development for cable TV with acclaimed producer Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland w/Johnny Depp)

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…

Now, I am working at a prestigious gallery, where I have always dreamed of being, and I’ve been delivered to the doorstep of several men, all of which I envision as one I’ve read about in the journal. But there is one man that will call to me, that will awaken me in ways I never believed possible. That man is the ruggedly sexy artist, Chris Merit, who wants to paint me. He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his
dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him.

All I know for certain is that he knows me like I don’t even know me, and he says I know him. Still, I keep asking myself — do I know him? Did he know her, the journal writer, and where is she? And why doesn’t it seem to matter anymore? There is just him and me, and the burn for more.

My Review

A fabulous story line, characters that will grab your heart and mind and a writing style that immediately sucks you in.

I’ve read two of Lisa Renee Jones’ Zodius books and loved them so when I saw this book pop up on Netgalley I had to request it. I started it thinking I would just do a little bit of reading before going to bed and next thing you know hours later I had finished it and needed more. It’s not often that I impulse buy but I immediately had to go look for the next book and bought it. While I was at it I also picked up book 3. That’s how addicted I was to this series after finishing up If I Were You.

I didn’t know what to expect going in since it sounded so different from her Zodius series so I didn’t know what to expect. I worried that this wasn’t going to be much more than an erotic read with a shoe string plot holding the sex scenes together. But I was pleasantly surprised that not only did it have a great story, it held a mystery that kept me guessing the entire time. I couldn’t wait to see who Sarah would end up with and what secrets are both Chris and Mark hiding. The characters were fascinating and it was like peeling an onion with each layer revealing something new about them.

I will warn you it ends on a cliffhanger that will make you scream and I assure you, you won’t be able to resist picking up the next book ASAP too.

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Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Erotica, Romance

2 Responses

  1. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Oh my gosh yes her cliffhangers are mean! I couldn’t believe in this one. Was torture waiting for the next book. lol So glad you enjoyed it. This is one of my favorites :)

  2. Debbie's World of Books

    Anna, I would have screamed if I had to wait to read the second book. lol.

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