If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones


If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

Expected publication: August 24th 2012 by Lisa Renee Jones

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Source: Netgalley

Fifty Shades of Grey meets Basic Instinct

Book 1: If I Were You
Book 2: Being Me 
Book 3: Revealing Us 


How it began…

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 expires.

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.

My Review

I can honestly say that this book is going to rock the book world right next to 50 shades. The book is described as 50 Shades meets Basic Instinct and I can see the 50 Shades, but am a little lost on the Basic Instinct? But, what I can say is that I loved it!!!

This book is the perfect mix of mystery and erotica. Really, you have no idea of what will happen next and which way the plot will turn!

Sara is an English teacher on her summer vacation. The book starts off with Sara reading a journal entry from a journal that her friend had left at her house. The entry is very erotic and Sara cannot help but get consumed by the words written in this journal. Special circumstances lead to Sara wanting to find the owner of the journal and that leads her to getting a summer job at the art gallery in town.

This is where she meets artist Chris Merit and she soon finds out that Chris has some pretty major skeletons in his closet and that the gallery has something to do with the journal owner’s disappearance.

Let’s talk about Chris for one second. He is described as very handsome, fit and trim .He is a hard person to really figure out because one minute, he is silly and the next, he becomes dark and scary. I am not quite sure what exactly to think about him yet, but, he did get me insides all full of butterflies!

Now Mark, reminds me a lot of Christian Grey. Very clipped, demanding, calm, cool and collected.

I am surprised by Sara, she is a strong, strong woman. She keeps saying that she isn’t afraid, but, deep down, I think she is terrified.

The ending of this book had me literally on the edge of my seat and I cannot believe that it ended this way!!! I need, I repeat, NEED the next book now!!! The suspense is killing me!

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