Friday, May 9, 2014

My current addiction

One of the many hats I wear has me reviewing for RT Book Reviews Magazine, which is something I enjoy doing because it exposes me to books and genres I may not have tried otherwise. This allows me to spread me wings a bit since I don't necessarily choose what books are mine for the month, so it's rather like a big surprise. A few months back I reviewed Rebecca's Lost Journals, a collection of novellas from the erotic Inside Out series, and my curiosity was piqued from the outset. They give you the sense of being an actual voyeur, peeking into the private thoughts of Rebecca as she is introduced to the BDSM world. I was completely hooked without having never read any of the novels!

A few weeks ago, my editor at RT asked if I would be interested in reviewing the upcoming No In Between (book 4) if they sent the first 3 books beforehand and I immediately jumped at the opportunity! So Monday afternoon I curled up on the couch to begin reading and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I barely slept for 2 days...these books are like crack, so compelling and naughty, like an emotional roller coaster that brings you front and center to the world that is Chris Merit and Sara McMillan. Forget the lame comparisons to Fifty Shades (I was not a fan) and think more along the lines of Sylvia Day and her Crossfire series featuring Gideon and Eva (another highly addictive collection that may or may not cause me to ignore the rest of the world). Both will leave you feeling emotionally raw and worn, but in a totally good way. 

So, like the book junkie that I am, I have been stalking my mailman waiting for book 4 to finally arrive. Maybe today will be my lucky day. I better go check:) ~Anna

Here's a little bit about the books, although I am excluding the novellas to focus on the main novels, but you can see in the graphic where they fall in the reading order. 

In the bestselling style of Fifty Shades of GreyNew York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones delivers sexy thrills and heart-pounding sensuality—in a tantalizing page-turner in which the eyes of a high school English teacher are opened to a world she never knew existed, and a passionate craving within that she never knew she possessed.

The journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when she unexpectedly inherits the key to an abandoned storage locker belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Sara can’t resist peeking at the entries inside…and finds a scintillating account of Rebecca’s affair with an unnamed lover, a relationship drenched in ecstasy and wrapped in dark secrets.

Obsessed with discovering Rebecca’s destiny after the entries come to an abrupt end, Sara does more than observe the players in the woman’s life; she immerses herself in the high-stakes art gallery world Rebecca inhabited—and is magnetically drawn to two men. Which one will seduce Rebecca with his masterful and commanding touch and bring her fantasies to exquisite life? On a daringly erotic escapade, Sara follows Rebecca’s path to fulfill her own hidden longings. But after she tastes the forbidden pleasures Rebecca savored, will Sara be helpless to escape the same submissive fate?

I arch into him, drinking in his passion, instantly, willingly consumed by all that he is and could be to me.

Sara McMillan is still searching for Rebecca, the mysterious woman whose dark, erotic journal entries both enthralled and frightened her. Tormented by a strong desire to indulge the demands of her new boss while also drawn deeper into her passionate bond with the troubled artist, Chris Merit, Sara must face a past as deeply haunting as Rebecca’s written words. In one man’s arms, Sara will find the safe haven to reveal her most intimate secrets and explore her darkest fantasies. But is safety just an illusion, when the truth about Rebecca has yet to be discovered?

You've discovered Rebecca's secrets. You've discovered Sara's secrets. Now Sara will discover "his" deepest, darkest secrets...but will those secrets bind them together--or tear them apart?

The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sara's relationship and leads into Mark's story.

"Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris's fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending."

My review for No In Between is scheduled to appear in the August issue of RT Magazine.

For more on Lisa and her awesome books, did you know she wrote a few things for the Harlequin Blaze line, stop be her author website

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