Tuesday, March 18, 2014
If I were you by Lisa Renee Jones. Excerpt and 5 Star Review.
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.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
For months I’ve had dreams and nightmares about how perfectly he personifies the word. Sleep-laden, alternate realities where I can vividly smell his musky male scent, feel his hard body against mine. Taste the sweet and sensuous flavor of him—like milk chocolate with its silky demand that I indulge in one more bite. And another. So good I’d forgotten there’s a price for overindulgence. And there is a price. There is always a price. I was reminded of this life lesson on Saturday night. And I know now, no matter what he says, no matter what he does, I cannot—will not—see him again.
It started out as any other erotic adventure with him. Unpredictable.
Exciting. I barely remember where it all went wrong.
How it took such a dark turn.
He’d ordered me to undress and sit on the mattress, against the headboard, my legs spread wide for his viewing. Naked before him, open to him, I was vulnerable and quivering with need. Never in my life had I taken orders from a man; most certainly I had never
thought I would quiver with anything. But I did for him. If Saturday night proved anything, it was that once I was with him, under his spell, he could demand anything of me, and
I’d comply. He could push me to the edge, to unbelievable places I’d never thought I would go. Exactly why I can’t see him again.
He makes me feel possessed, and what is so disconcerting about this feeling is that I like it. I can hardly wrap my mind around allowing such a thing, though I burn for it. But when I saw him standing at the end of the bed Saturday night, all broad and thick with sinewy muscle, his cock jutting forward, there was nothing but that need.
He was magnificent. Really, truly the most gorgeous man I’ve ever known. Instant lust exploded inside me. I wanted to feel him close to me, to feel him touch me. To touch him. But I know now not to touch him without his permission. And I know not to beg him to let me.
I’ve learned my lesson from past encounters. He enjoys the vulnerability of a plea far too much. Enjoys withholding his pleasures until I am nearly quaking with the burn of my body. Until I am liquid heat and tears. He likes that power over me. He likes full control. I should hate him. Sometimes, I think I love him.
It was the blindfold that should have warned me I was headed toward a place of no return. Thinking back, I believe it did. He tossed it on the bed, a dare, and instantly a shiver chased
a path up and down my spine. The idea of not being able to see what was happening to me should have aroused me—it did arouse me. But for reasons I didn’t understand at the time, it also frightened me. I was scared and I hesitated.
About the author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT Series now in development at STARZ and soon to be a cable TV show. Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland)is producing.
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.
5 Star Review
I received the book from the author for an honest review.
A Cliffhanger, seriously!
Original, mysterious and passionate are only some of the words I can use to describe this book. It's original plot is well laid out and fast paced with strong characters that draws you into the world of art and sexual pleasure. The intriguing story keeps you glued to the pages so that time and life in general stops, just so that you can read more of this fascinating story.
Sara McMillan is a school teacher, her life as boring as it can get, living from paycheck to paycheck each month. When the opportunity comes to work in a art gallery her world expanse dramatically, meeting new and interesting people. She only dreamed of this job, putting it aside to do the sensible thing and her dream job leads her into a world of mystery, handsome and talented men, art and wine. She has a strong independence streak that hides the fear she has for controlling men. Not willing to let go of the past as she venture into the new.
Chris Merit, artist with a dark side and many secrets, handsome, rich with a great talent. He is captivating, demanding and knows how to touch a woman with just a whisper. His secrets makes him more mysterious and almost unavailable, that is until he met Sara. He knew how to find her weakness and use it for pleasure, crafty and initiative as he played with her every opportunity he could get.
Sara's boss, gallery manager Mark, is as mysterious and demanding as Chris, laying down the 'law' as he brings her closer to his web. He is ruthless, canny and handsome that shows no fear as he control the art world, its artist, workers and customers. He knows what he wants and is not afraid to get it; always at his terms with no apology.
Rebecca Mason, the woman that disappears without trace, her life story written down in her diaries that Sara has discovered through her friend Ella. A woman that fights with pain and pleasure equally; submitting to her master willingly. Her life an open book for Sara to learn and explore. This fascinated Sara, and she was determined to find the truth, a truth that sets her on her own path of discovery, facing her fears and submitting to a man that holds her body, mind and heart captive with a mere touch of his breath.
The sexual tension is tangible on the pages between Sara, Chris and Mark. Right from the start Chris laid first claim to this beautiful woman in a very convincing way. Mark is the subtle one, always brooding around the office with sexual lust as he came close to her but never giving in to the temptation she represent. The sexual scenes is erotic and orgasmic by nature leaving your heart racing at the end when the two, Chris and Sara copulates each time.
Filled with enough tension to keep you guessing, mystery that builds with each passing scene as secrets are revealed and fears are dealt with. A great story when you are in the mood for a good erotic story, a good mystery story with strong characters and original plot.
I am definitely looking forward to Book 2 in this series.