Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review of If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones - 5 stars!

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Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Title: If I Were You
Series: Inside Out Trilogy #1
Release date: 24th of August 2012/12th of March 2013
Published by: Lisa Renee Jones/ Simon and Schuster
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance, Erotica, Mystery, Suspense
Pages/Size: 247 pages in E-book/384 pages in Paperback
Source: From the author for review

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The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones, in the bestselling tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey. 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.

My review:

When I was contacted by the author’s assistant for reviewing If I Were You, I did not know anything about the author. I visited her webpage and decided that I would like to read If I Were You. It was a very good decision, because I really enjoyed the book!

If I Were You was well-written with very likable characters and engrossing start of very promising story. My interest was captured from the very first page and I was frustrated when the first book ended – I wanted more and I wanted it now! There was lot of romance and suspense and there genres were strongly intertwined.

If I Were You is often compared to Fifty Shades of Grey and I do not agree with that. If I Were You is much better plotted and there is an actual suspense and clear story lines in the novel. This was missing in the Fifty Shades of Grey. Lisa Renee Jones has done exceptionally good job with both plot and characters.


Sara McMillan is a teacher whose neighbor accidentally leaves her someone’s diary. The diary is filled with erotic stories written by a woman called Rebecca. When Sara’s neighbor is suddenly travelling and leaving Sara the key to storage with Rebecca’s things, inclusive the diaries, Sarah is drawn to them. It seems to Sara that Rebecca has disappeared with or due unknown dangerous man and Sara is determined to solve the mystery.

Sara visits the art gallery where Rebecca worked and gets a job as Rebecca’s substitution. The faith brings her to an artist – Chris, who is not only famous and wealthy, but also very attractive. Sara can’t and won’t fight the attraction towards Chris and despite the weird comments from Sara’s boss Mark, she is willing to give a chance to Chris. When Chris finds out that Sara has Rebecca’s diaries, he warns Sara about the world Rebecca was living in.

I loved the explosive relationship between Sara and Chris. There is burning attraction, hidden feeling of danger and lot of unanswered questions. The first book in the series ends with a cliffhanger which makes you asking hundreds of questions. I can’t wait until the second installment is out.


I liked Sara. She is woman who is hiding her past, but has a strong backbone and will. She is smart, has a passion to art and her new job at the art gallery. I also loved that she is not easily intimidated and takes a challenge when she sees one. Chris is definitely a challenge.

I adored Chris. He is a complex character. From one side he is very charming, lovable, confident, masculine, and protective towards Sara. He is your Alpha male character and he is not the only one in the book. Chris also has other side, which is not clearly revealed in the first book in the series. He has a darker past, which involves darker sexual interests, like BDSM. My guess is that we will know much more about Chris in the sequels. He is a mystery and darn lovable mystery!

I actually liked Mark. He is not exactly my type of guy, but he definitely is attractive, dominating, and smart and a gut feeling also says – dangerous. There is a lot of (excuse my language) cock-fighting between Mark and Chris and they probably share a past which is not very pleasant.

The relationship between Sara and Chris is definitely not without issues, but I liked the dynamics between them. Chris takes very good care of Sara, but when Sara keeps insisting that Chris will show her what was written in Rebecca’s diaries and reveal parts of Mark’s lifestyle, Sara is panicking. I can’t wait to read to see, what is going to happen next!


I was spelled by If I Were You, it is dark, suspenseful and filled with hot romance! Loved it!

5 Flowers!

5 stars.

Thanks goes to Lisa and Tina for providing me with the review copy!

Happy reading!


  1. I LOVED this book! I really like Chris but both him and Mark both worry me sometimes. I just have a feeling they know more about Rebecca then they let on. Great review :)

  2. Thanks for the review Inga! Want to read! :)