[Review] If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

Fry's Reviews, Reviews 1 Comment 30th June, 2014

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[Review] If I Were You by Lisa Renee JonesIf I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Inside Out #1
Published by Lisa Renee Jones on September 13th, 2012
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Author
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, allof 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.

Every so often I need to read something completely frivolous. Something akin to a chocolate cupcake or bag of potato chips, only for my mind. If I Were You fit that critera perfectly. Part mystery and part hot sex, it kept me interested from page one all the way to the cliffhanger.

Sarah McMillan is a high school English teacher, on summer break, who, because her friend decided to go all Storage Wars and then leave the country, is saddled with a storage unit to clean out and inventory. What she finds inside are saucy journals and the entirety of the journal penner’s expensive possessions. Curiosity gets the better of her, and she decides to try to find Rebecca, the storage units owner, in order to learn why Rebecca let the unit relapse, and perhaps return her items to her.

Her first stop is the art gallery where Rebecca presumably worked. Sarah actually has a degree in art! Surprise, surprise! So she can talk art with the best of them. This leads to accidentally meeting the artist she super fangirls over, Chris Merit, and surprisingly landing Rebecca’s vacant job without an actual interview or overview of her credentials.

This leads to her NOT looking for Rebecca anymore, in fact, she all but forgets about Rebecca outside of little reminders when entering Rebecca’s office and looking at Rebecca’s abandoned things. Instead, she’s boning Chris Merit, who is, by all means a confident, morose, stalker type. He does that thing where he warns her away but then breaks all his normal relationship rules with her. Very trope-tastic, but by that point, I was engrossed enough in the story to not care.

There appears to be the makings of a love triangle with Sarah’s boss Mark Compton, but it hasn’t gone past ordering her around and making overtly sexually charged comments. She also stares at him a lot, and Chris finds the need to assert his manly claim whenever Mark is around. Whether this means that there will be steamy Sarah/Mark scenes in the future, has yet to be determined.

By the time Sarah snaps out of her sexual haze and decides to go look for Rebecca again, the book ends. It just ends! With none of my questions answered! Argh. The potato chip analogy has gotten more intense, as I can’t just read the one. I’m going to have to pick up another and see if I can FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO REBECCA!

Written by Fry


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