Book Review: If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones
When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry. Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life.
Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.
I think it goes without saying that I am a total fan girl of Lisa Renee Jones. Yep. TOTAL FAN GIRL. I have read pretty much everything she has published so far, and I am currently working on the Tall, Dark, and Deadly Series. (Which is a MUST read!) So naturally, when offered an ARC of this one, I jumped at the chance. – Would you have expected any less?!- The fact that it happens to be the FIRST of a new trilogy just made it even better for me!
When Sarah’s friend suddenly decides to get engaged and head off to Paris, she gives her the key to a storage unit she won in an auction. In that unit Sarah find items that she just knows someone will want back one day. This is also where she finds the journals. The sex ridden, dirty secrets, can’t get enough of it – journals. So instead of just selling the stuff, Sarah decides to find the owner. Her first step in this process? Reading the journals to see if they lead her anywhere? & that they did – right to the art gallery where Rebecca was said to work. Sarah gets to do everything that we all do when we pick up a book. She gets to live out the life of Rebecca.. seriously.
After visiting the art gallery, only to be told that Rebecca is “on vacation,” she finds herself being offered a summer job from the gallery owner himself, Mark. Telling herself that it’s just a way to get closer to finding Rebecca – she accepts. It’s there that she meets Chris. The dashing, brooding, famous artist Chris, who’s work happens to be on display that night. The attraction between the two is almost instant & just about as obvious as the – carve the tension with a knife – relationship that Chris and Mark seem to have.
The more Sarah reads of the journals, the more she wonders just what she has gotten herself into and if Rebecca is even okay. Is she simply on vacation as everyone tells her, or was she running from something.. or someone? If it’s the latter, is that someone the men that Rebecca writes about in her journals? On that very note, she begins to wonder if she didn’t just insert herself directly in the MIDDLE of the very men that Rebecca may be running from. Talk about some life issues man!
As Sarah hunts for Rebecca, she finds herself in the very place she was trying to avoid – Chris’s arms. As if that one night wasn’t enough, it turned into an entire weekend. (Yea, like I would complain!) The result of this weekend was Sarah learning things she probably thinks she is better off not knowing & sends her running as far away from Chris as she can get. Chris on the other hand, isn’t have that. (that’s right, take charge dude!) He decides to show her just why those journal pages are filled with what they are filled with. (Where can I get me one of these journals? & does it happen to come WITH the man described on its pages?) – He’s an all or nothing kind of guy.. WIN.
The ball is in Sarah’s court now. Can she handle the heat and work through all the demons between them? Especially now, when it seems like there is someone who doesn’t want Sarah in the very world she is starting to call her own.
If I Were You not only enticingly addicts you from page one, but it plays a freaking orchestra on your heart strings and keeps you coming back for more! To say that I am addicted is an understatement and I cannot wait for more!
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