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Review // Killing Booth by Lani Lynn Vale

February 27, 2024

Killing Booth by Lani Lynn Vale

It was kind of exciting that Zip knew so much about me and my career.
I wasn't sure why.

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Killing Booth by Lani Lynn Vale

Killing Booth by Lani Lynn Vale

Rating -
Standalone - Welcome to the Circus #6
Genre - Contemporary Romance / instalove
POV - Dual 1st person
Heat - explicit scenes
Source - eARC provided by the author
Length - 262 pages

Every single thing you want is going to require you to be uncomfortable.

Those words had been shared with her by the one man she didn’t think she could take a chance on. She just didn’t know that he was right, or that he was going to be the one making her uncomfortable.

Nash Wilder Christopherson was the world’s golden boy.

For fifteen years, she watched Nash race from the safety of her phone. Every single race, PR event, ESPN interview—she was there for it. He was the one thing that kept her sane while having to live the life her father forced her to.

That was all he’d ever be to her, though. A face on the other side of the screen.

Until he showed up at her apartment complex, carried her sister down hundreds and hundreds of stairs during a fire, and changed her opinion of him.

Nash Christopherson was Mean. With a capital M. And he couldn’t stand her.


He thought he had everything under control. Then he met her.

Nash knew from the moment he saw Zip waiting in her apartment, looking panicked, that she was going to damage him. She was going to pull him in, chew him up, and spit him out.

What he didn’t know was just how much damage he could take.

Nearly a year passed as he tried and failed to stay away.

A full year of her smiles, her playful jabs, her teasing, her eyes on him.

Then he got news that changed his life, and she finally took matters into her own hands, forcing herself into his life and pretty much giving him everything he ever wanted.

Everything was great, until it wasn’t. Life smacked him hard, and when the dust settled, she was gone. The only sign that she was ever there was the cracked and bleeding heart, half beating inside his chest, that yearned to hold her one more time.

Killing Booth by Lani Lynn Vale

Previous books in the series:
Fun House * Freak Show * Show Off * Clown Motel * Sold to the Circus

Sweet baby love, this story wrecked me and I'm sitting here kinda rocking in my couch, typing this review, wondering when I'll start feeling normal again.

Zip was a firecracker. She was cranky, sweet and so tenderhearted even when she was mad.
Nash was a sweetie, even when he was doing his best to be cruel and push people away.
Their dynamic was intense, full of feels and I'm a mess here in the end.

I'm being intentionally vague here. There is so much to experience in this book and you really to experience it all for yourself.

Know this: This story will tear your heart out. It will also make you smile and swoon and believe in the love between Nash and Zip, far sooner than they did.

Lani Lynn Vale is an American author of humorous romantic suspense novels. Born in the Great State of Texas, she has lived the majority of her adult life in East Texas where most of her novels are based. She’s married to her high school sweetheart whom her readers refer to as “LLV’s Bearded Half.” She published her first novel, Boomtown. in the summer of 2013 after the birth of her third child. She’s gone on to publish over 100 novels, with most of them going on to become USA Today bestsellers.

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Review // Naked Truth by Lisa Renee Jones

February 26, 2024

Naked Truth by Lisa Renee Jones

Why the hell am I trying to make her the enemy?
It seems that's what she's endured all of her damn life.

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Naked Truth by Lisa Renee Jones

Naked Truth by Lisa Renee Jones

Previously published as the Naked Trilogy
Rating -
Standalone - Scandalous Billionaires
Release - March 7, 2024
Genre - Contemporary Romance / revenge
POV - Dual 1st person
Heat - explicit scenes
Source - eARC provided by the author
Length - 688 pages

Jax North. He's handsome, brutally so, and wealthy. Our first encounter is intense and sex is my escape. I go with it. I go with him and what a ride it is. And then, I say goodbye. Only you don't say goodbye to a man like Jax if he doesn't want you to. I've challenged him without meaning to. He wants me. I don't want to want him, and yet, I crave him. And he tears me down, my resistance, my walls. But those walls protect me. They seal my secrets inside. And I forget that being alone is safe.

Before long, my secrets begin to be revealed, and I trust him so deeply that I think maybe he can handle them. Maybe I dare to believe that alone isn't better.

Until I discover that Jax was never an accident.
He has secrets.
He knew my secret. He came for me.

The eldest North son is dead and it has been ruled a suicide. However, Jax has some serious doubts. All clues point to the Knight family's involvement and he intends to take them down. That is until he officially meets Emma Knight, the woman he was meant to use to further his revenge. She was nothing like he expected and he's got a choice to make—love or vengeance?

Emma tended to drive me up the wall, but I enjoyed the heck out of this story. Jax more than made up for any ill will I may have felt towards his lady love (which wasn't much). The bond that quickly grew between these characters drew me in like nobody's business. I was glued to these pages and I didn't just want, I needed to know how it would all turn out. Was Chance just like his father? Would Brody be okay? Have I already read Savage's book because dude needs his own story. And how exactly did Hunter die? Besides all that, thank you dear author for giving me some glimpses of the absolutely yummy Grayson and his equally delicious best mate, Eric.

So why 4 and not 5 stars?
In all honesty... and I'm no expert... but I think this story could have been shorter than it was. A lot of the happenings, though exciting, got a bit repetitive and I kept waiting for the plot to move along.

LRJ has been a favorite of mine since I rediscovered my love for romance novels. She delivers stories full of intensity, whether it's through feels, suspense, or heat. Her stories are easy recommendations to make.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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Review // Filthy Deal by Lisa Renee Jones

February 21, 2024

Filthy Deal by Lisa Renee Jones

Off limits romance, intensely alpha hero, MF, standalone, dual POVPreviously published as the Filthy Trilogy, BUT this has been heavily updated. Same deliciously sexy story, new and improved delivery and scenes.

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Filthy Deal by Lisa Renee Jones

Filthy Deal by Lisa Renee Jones

Rating -
Standalone - Scandalous Billionaires #1
Release - March 7, 2024
Genre - Contemporary Romance / forbidden
POV - Dual 1st person
Heat - several descriptive scenes
Source - eARC provided by the author
Length - 581 pages

They say my father is ruthless, CEO of the Kingston empire, while I remain the illegitimate backup heir, son to his mistress. He sent me to Harvard where he no doubt expected me to fail but I don't fail anymore than I take charity. My mother is dead, and not only do I blame him, if I had my way he'd be dead, too.

But I finished school and did it on my own dime. Now I'm the right-hand man to Grayson Bennett, the billionaire who runs the Bennett Empire, only a few months from being a billionaire myself. I don't need my father's company or his love. My "brother" and my new stepmother can have it all.

And then she walks in the door, my stepsister, the princess I'd once wanted more than I'd wanted my father's love. She wants me to come back. She says my father needs to be saved. She doesn't know how dangerous a ground she walks, how deadly, too. I don't want to save my father, I want to end him, but on the other hand, I do want her. Deeply. Passionately. More than I want anything else.

But she's the princess and I'm the illegitimate son. We don't fit. We don't belong together and yet, she says he needs me, that she needs me. We're like sugar and spice, we don't mix, but I really crave a taste. Just one. What harm can just one taste do?

After all, I'm just like my father, or so I'm told.
I'm ruthless in business and ruthless about getting what I want.
And I want her.

Part One: The Bastard ~ This story was almost overwhelming in its passion. It felt at times as if I was stuck in the erotic embrace of the couple while learning virtually nothing about the situation at hand. There's something going on at Eric's dad's company... something that is potentially dangerous... something that has jeopardized lives... and yet I'm no closer to figuring out what that something is at the end of this book. I hope it all becomes clear in the next one.

There's no doubt that Eric and Harper share a once-in-a-lifetime connection. Their connection never broke during their six year separation. I'm not sure what the future holds for this couple but knowing LRJ, their happy ending is somewhere on the horizon and I'm eager to watch it unfold.

Full review HERE

Part Two: The Princess ~ Aside from wishing that this was told entirely from Eric's perspective, hating Harper, and finding out that it's a filthy trilogy and not a filthy duet, I'm totally on board to discover all of this story's hidden truths and find out what's really going on. LRJ has the amazing ability to completely hold me captive to her stories and keep me guessing and I love it. With one heck of a cliffhanger, where Harper is once again questioning Eric, I'm really looking forward to how this author will close out this couple's saga.

Full review HERE

Part Three: The Empire ~ I love Eric so much! This man, this savant, this SEAL, this self-made billionaire, this honorable and incredible man earned a special place in my heart. I loved him for his inner strength and for his vulnerabilities. I admired his perseverance and his ability to see the big picture. I never doubted him and I'm glad that Harper learned not to as well. I must admit that I found parts of their dialogue and Harper's inner thoughts a bit repetitive, but I was still able to be wowed by this couple's romance. The Empire perfectly wrapped up the love and intrigue that the Filthy Trilogy successfully portrayed and I can't wait to see where all of these characters end up next!

Full review HERE

Review // Beautiful Betrayal by Lisa Renee Jones

February 12, 2024

Beautiful Betrayal by Lisa Renee Jones

Beautiful Betrayal is a contemporary, intensely emotional standalone romance with a HEA after a lot of struggles and misconceptions that might be upsetting to some to get there. This book contains a possessive alpha hero, plenty of explicit sexual content, and some profanity.

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Beautiful Betrayal by Lisa Renee Jones

Beautiful Betrayal by Lisa Renee Jones

Previously published as the Dirty Rich Betrayal duet
Rating - 1/2
Standalone - Scandalous Billionaires #3
Release - March 7, 2024
Genre - Contemporary Romance / second chance
POV - Dual 1st person
Heat - several vaguely descriptive scenes
Source - eARC provided by the author
Length - 460 pages

The minute I met Grayson Bennett I was charmed. I had no idea he was the billionaire boss, I'd just started working for. The minute I found out, I tried to pull back. I had reasons to need my job and rather desperately, and I couldn't risk an affair with the boss, destroying my career. I tried to stay away, I did, but our attraction was magnetic and Grayson's a man who knows what he wants, and he doesn't stop until he wins his prize. I was that prize and a willing prize at that. I fell in love, and hard, and how could I not? Grayson was nothing like what you'd expect of a man with insane amounts of money and power. He never made me feel like I was less than him, in fact, he made me feel as if I was everything to him, the reason he breathed. And he said, I made him feel whole for the first time in his life.

But something happened, and the world as I knew it shattered.
My heart shattered.
The man I loved and trusted hurt me in ways I didn't know were possible. I will never be the same.

Then suddenly life throws us back together and demands we face a common enemy, and just that easily I'm melting with his touch again, desperate to push him away and yet just as desperate to feel him close. I can feel how easily I could fall under his spell again, how easily my delicately mended glass heart could shatter all over again, how easily he could break me.

I have to be strong.
I will not fall in love with Grayson Bennett again.
The problem is I'm not sure I ever stopped.

What do you do when the man you love and what you feel for each other is just too perfect? If you're Mia, when you see the slightest hint of trouble, instead of talking to your billionaire fiance, or trusting in him and what you've built together, you run. I was dumped right in the middle of the beautiful reunion of two lovers who should have never been apart. Unfortunately when you're as incredible as Greyson is (and he really was AMAZING), there's always someone out there who wants to see you fall.

I loved that the author didn't make their reconciliation an easy one. It was an honest look at moving towards forgiveness and accepting the wrongs that each of them committed. Both Greyson and Mia had to work through their feelings of hurt and anger in order to really move forward. It was obviously hard but their love was more than enough to get them through and there was no lack of love in this book.

Did I mention how fantastic Greyson was? I really wish there was more of his POV in this story. I didn't feel like I was in his head enough. He was this strong, charismatic, intelligent, ethical and moral man so full of passion for his woman and I wanted to experience much more of that than I did. Maybe I'm just greedy. But he was so hot and how can getting more of his hotness be a bad thing?

I loved Mia and Greyson so very much and the only thing I didn't like about this story was that it had to end. This story was a second chance romance full of feels, high in intensity, with touches of suspense to keep the plot more than a little bit interesting. The second part read like an extended epilogue and for someone who adores these two (ME!!), it was very appreciated.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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Series Review // Inside Out by Lisa Renee Jones

January 29, 2024

Today's flashback is the Inside Out series by Lisa Renee Jones. These books were the first ones I ever tried from this author and I knew, pretty quickly, that I had found a new favourite. A bit of mystery and a bit of kink makes this series an easy recommendation to make.

Please note that I read and reviewed this series years ago so the style is far different than what I produce now :)

1. If I Were You

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.

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First, let me get something off my chest.

Sara annoyed the fluck out of me!

I know. I know. Wtf and all that. Once again I'm in the minority. But please understand the great effort I made to overcome this irritation in order to actually enjoy this book.

Don't get it twisted. There were quite a few things that I liked about her. Like... even though we're not given the whole story, I admired how she struck out on her own without her Daddy Warbucks. However... she went on and on ad nauseum about being embarrassed about her life. About her itty bitty apartment and $500 dining table. Does the fact that my table only cost $200 make me impoverished??? Well excuuuuuse me for having small children with animalistic eating habits so therefore haven't earned something fancy! Who the frig cares how little or how much you spent on a damn table?! Girl was always talking about prices. Dammmmmn!!

And so it went. For every like there was a dislike. And then the dislikes surpassed the likes. It happens.

I didn't appreciate her nosiness but I understand that it was necessary for the story. But I'd be pissed if someone were trying to dig up in my business the way she has. And then trying to take over someone's life in an effort to help... a tad psycho-ish!

Ella and Rebecca's disappearances, figuring out who the man is in the journals, and seeing more of Chris Merit are what are driving me to continue this series. There are so many questions and I can't wait to discover the truth, especially after that cliffhanger.

On to reading Rebecca's journals and being a bit nosy myself lol.

1.1 The Seduction

The secret life of Rebecca and the men who have seduced her.
These are the journals Sara never sees, but you the reader, will!

Rebecca meets the rich, darkly alluring man who will draw her into a passionate, intense affair and tempt her into erotic experiences she never thought she would dare.

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I'm so lost.

Rebecca built up her intense attraction to Mark, who seemed to not reciprocate. Then she went on and on about their chemistry, the sexual tension, and the things left unsaid between them. I just didn't see it.

Then there's a time jump and there's a man she refers to as Master. Am I to assume that he's Mark? The description of the eyes and the dominance kind of convince me that it's him.

P.S. How did her mother betray her?

1.2 The Contract

The secret life of Rebecca and the men who have seduced her.
These are the journals Sara never sees, but you the reader, will!


Rebecca meets the rich, darkly alluring man who will draw her into a passionate, intense affair and tempt her into erotic experiences she never thought she would dare.

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I'm still lost. Why would she sign the contract if she still had so many doubts?

Why are the women in this series so freaking dumb???

I wish Rebecca had a friend to confide in and seek advice from. Then again she probably wouldn't turn to them because she (like Sara) believe they know everything and think they can handle anything. Maybe she wouldn't have appreciated a friend in this instance.

1.3 His Submissive

The secret life of Rebecca and the men who have seduced her.
These are the journals Sara never sees, but you the reader, will!

In His Submissive, passion and torment become one.

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Although I have a pretty strong suspicion of who Master is, I'm still pretending that it's a mystery. I won't even read reviews for this series past book one because I don't want to read any spoilers that will either confirm or deny my suspicions.

Although trying to figure this out hurts the brain, it's exciting to try.

Okay, I'm off to see if I'm right!

1.4 My Master

Kept under lock and key, discovered by chance, dangerous new secrets and scintillating adventures lie within Rebecca's private diaries--searing scenes from a passionate journey inside a world where pain is pleasure, pleasure is pain, and where every limit she once had is no more.

In My Master, it's Rebecca's turn to claim control and set the limits in her relationship.

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I don't care about spoilers anymore. I'm not hiding mine. I think Master has to be Mark. There is no other logical choice. No one else has been introduced to the story either.

I'm glad that it seemed that Rebecca finally found a backbone and was trying to find herself, away from Master's control. Good for her.

Now to continue reading to get some more dang answers!

2. Being Me

Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?

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This book was an exhilarating ride and suspenseful journey. I didn't expect what I received from this installment. I was absolutely thrilled by the direction this story took.

Sara was confused for the most part. The people who surrounded her didn't help with clarification. It was one of those instances where people are not always who they seem. She had to play Nancy Drew just to garner little nuggets of information. These people sure like to play their cards close to their chests. I felt bad that she was tormenting herself for so long over her "devastating secret". I hate when victims are made to feel blame and/or shame. All it does is further the victimization. I hope we get to see her overcome these feelings and start seeing herself as a survivor.

Chris seemed to have way too many secrets. This only made him HOTTER!! I can tell that what's been revealed is only the tip of the iceberg. Somehow though, I get the feeling that he's been a victim as well and is playing the blame/shame game too. I guess the next installment will show me if I'm correct in my assessment. Regardless, I love Chris. I love his dominance, his power, his altruism, his talent, his humour, his possessiveness, and overall, the way he loved Sara.

Mark definitely deserves a book of his own. He seemed amazingly complex. I can only guess at what makes up his layers. I didn't see him as the villain per se, but he's no hero lol. I think he could be a good man, but I think something or someone has prevented him from being one.

I'm just thankful that what really happened with Rebecca was revealed. I can't say that I'm shocked.

On to book three to find out what's in store for Chris and Sara.

3. Revealing Us

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?

No in-between…

He has become her life, her heart, her very soul. But he is dark and damaged, and his secrets are many. Sara will risk everything for him. He, in turn, will dare to expose his deepest needs, his most erotic desires. And in the fury of passion he will reveal all that torments him, all that he can never escape. To love him, Sara must embrace the darkest part of him, and become his shelter in a storm that will be his ultimate salvation.

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The revelations just kept on coming! In this installment, Chris and Sara are trying to deal with what happened with Ava, trying to find Rebecca, and figuring out where the heck Ella disappeared to.

Sara still came off as confused and unsure (so freaking annoying!), but there were definitely signs of personal growth. Her inner strength made an appearance, although it was brief.

It sucks that I was right about Chris. He was tormented by events that happened that were beyond his control. He and Sara could be poster children for self-blame.

Although the ending gave a HFN, it seemed quick and unfinished. Thankfully there appears to be more to read in this series. I hope Sara finds a way to help Chris absolve his unwarranted guilt so that they can have a true HEA.

3.1 His Secrets

An Inside Out story, Chris's POV

In a world where my only escape has been my art, Sara has been the light in my darkness. And there is darkness, the kind of inky black that can bleed from my life to hers.

She doesn't see it. She doesn't understand what I've shown her. And my biggest fear is that soon...she will.

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I loved Chris. I wish the entire series was in his POV alone!!

This book was straight drama. It felt like Chris couldn't catch a damn break from his demons. Especially not with both Amber and Isabel trying to manipulate him. In this installment, Sara was really just along for the ride. I did feel bad for Amber because it was obvious that she was suffering, but she made her own choices. She was grown. Chris may not have been the best influence, but she chose to follow him. The consequences of her actions are hers alone and she needs to stop blaming him for everything!

3.2 The Master Undone

I told him goodbye, and I will not call him. I know if I do, it will be my undoing, and I'll once again be caught up in his spell. I will once again be...lost.

In her private journals, Rebecca laid bare her soul, revealing her obsession for the one man whose erotic demands captivated her imagination--and enslaved her forever. Now, with Rebecca no longer in his life he is lost, questioning everything he thought he knew about himself and about control he holds in such high regard. One women will reach out to heal him and then turn away, leaving him haunted. She is nothing he thought he wanted and somehow everything he needs. He tells himself to forget her but he cannot escape his desire for her. He has to have more...

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I surprisingly liked getting Mark's POV. Although I just wanted the series to centre around Chris and Sara (mostly Chris), I can see why this installment was necessary. It completely humanized Mark. I got to see his love for family, his strength, his dominance, his love for Rebecca (though it wasn't thorough or detailed), and even hints of his vulnerability.

While I'm not that interested or invested in a story around Mark and Crystal, I can understand its appeal and appreciate his perspective.

3.3 My Hunger

An Inside Out Novella in Mark's POV

While Chris and Sara have traveled to Paris to avoid the chaos of press and police after the tragic night we’d shared, I have stayed to face the reality of what has happened. But there is no peace to be found in facing the truth, and no truth to be found in the confessions that have been made and retracted. I am a Master, all about control, and yet right now, facing great tragedy, I feel as if I have none. With my club and my relationships of the past in the spotlight, I find sanctuary in the one place I’ve promised I will never be again, but cannot seem to resist. Her arms.

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I'm still not the biggest fan of Mark and Crystal's relationship, but this installment was incredibly hot! There are even more glimpses of Mark's vulnerability as he's still reeling from what happened with Rebecca. The circumstances and his guilt have made him question his ability to continue being a Master. If it's even necessary. In my opinion, with what's going on with him and Crystal, he needs to just let it go and enjoy what he could have with her.

4. No In Between

"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."

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I felt like the series started to lag a bit in this installment. A lot of this book seemed like filler and left me unsatisfied with its direction. I think this is mostly due to the way I felt about Sara. She was incredibly hard to tolerate. Still... Extremely hard. I continued this series for Chris mostly, Mark, and the security men like Jacob and Blake to be honest. Sara just served to try to drive me insane!

The investigation kept things interesting. Chris was just as sexy as ever. And Mark with his pain made him an empathetic character.

I would have liked this more if it weren't told from Sara's POV.

5. All of Me

In the sizzling conclusion to Lisa Renee Jones’s bestselling Inside Out series, Chris and Sara finally embark on the road to marriage—but will the threats from their pasts steal their joy?

Sara and Chris have fled to Paris to escape the aggressive reporters covering an explosive scandal. But a long-time heartache from Chris’s past awaits him there, and he finally allows Sara in fully as he shares his darkest secrets with her. Seeking peace, they spend some time at his chateau in the countryside, planning their Valentine’s Day wedding, then return to Paris for a magical Christmas. And when they finally head home to San Francisco, other broken connections from their lives are made whole again. Healing finally seems within reach…until a surprise visitor right before the wedding throws Sara into turmoil. Will they ever be totally free of their pasts?

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This was truly a sweet conclusion to this series. Chris and Sara are more solid than they ever were (mostly due to Chris of course) and have vowed their lives and hearts to one another. Mark has never seemed more real and he's got the charming Crystal by his side. I couldn't be happier for these people. This book gave them some much needed closure.

The only unfinished business is Ella but I'm guessing that will be covered in the spin-off series.

All of Me was short, sexy and sweet and gave us just enough to say a cheerful goodbye to the story.