Playing For Keeps by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Inside Out #1
Published by Self-published on September 13, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
If I Were You is an unbelievably good book and a great cure for a book hangover but be warned, it ends in one hell of a cliff hanger. I had just finished Kristen Ashley’s latest and was at a complete loss as to what to read next. That part of my brain was one great big pile of goo. Then I remembered I had been sent copies of LRJ’s Inside Out Series to review. Yay!
I heard from another DG that they were awesome so I was expecting a good book. What I got was a great book with a mystery, 2 hot alpha men, one of whom is obviously damaged (a wounded bird – always appreciated), and one cute woman. She has her TSTL moments but the rest was so good, I decided to overlook those. It also has the mother of all cliffhangers but since I have the next one in the series and this book was so freaking good, I’ve decided to overlook that too.
On to the next one!
Rating: 4.5 The Mother of All Cliff Hangers Stars
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