Monday, June 24, 2013

The Library - Adult Romantic Suspense Review "Being Me" by Lisa Renee Jones

Title:  Being Me
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Publication Date:  June 11, 2011

Genre:  Adult Fiction / Romantic Suspense
Format:  Kindle 896 KB  |  Paperback 384 pages

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Author's Goodreads Profile:  Lisa Renee Jones

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
My Thoughts...
It's not been too long since I reviewed the first book in this series, If I Were You.  I enjoyed this book almost as much as the first one. This book begins smack dab where the last one left off with Sara in the storage locker just as the power went out. I am just glad I didn't have to wait too long for this book to come out!

Sara is still enjoying her job at the gallery.  She intends to stay there so she does end up resigning from her job at the school.  She hasn't forgotten about Rebecca though.  She is more determined than ever to find out what happened to her.  She is also desperate to find out what has is going on with Chloe, she hasn't talked to her since she left the country to marry her mystery man.  She hasn't been in contact with anyone at all.  Sara gets increasingly more worried when the start of the school year comes closer and she still doesn't show up and she hasn't called to let them know that she won't be returning to work.

Chis is hot as ever in this book.  He shows us a couple different sides in this book.  He is spending a lot of time out of town doing charity events for a hospital where he donates money.  He has taken a particular interesting in a young man that is dying of cancer.  He has becomes very close with his family as well since he spends so much time with him.  When he's with Sara his is becoming increasingly over-protective of her and he wants to know where she is when she isn't with him. We see a much darker side of Chris as well when something tragic happens and he retreats into the world that he is trying to hide from Sara.

Some secrets are revealed in this book, some much darker than others.  Some story lines are closed and new ones opened up.  We learn more about Mark in this book...not much, but a little bit.  I think that I liked him better in this book than I did the last one though.  Through getting to know him and seeing a lighter side of him it's clear to see how women are so taken with him even though they can see how dangerous he can be.

The ending of this book didn't leave me particularly happy.  It's not really a cliffhanger like the last one, but it's an ending that changes the dynamic of the whole story.  I am anxious to see where the next book takes Sara, I just hope we don't have to wait to long for it to be released!

If you enjoyed the last book then you definitely need to pick this one up.  It's dark and sexy, most definitely an adult read.  Same content "warnings" as in the last book.  I do think that this is a read again series for me, I just like the characters that much and I do think that Ms. Jones writes a very good story.

*Disclaimer:  I was provided with an ARC Galley of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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