Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review - If I Were You

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:

Oh my gosh.  I almost dont even know what to say about this book other than you have to pick it up and read it as soon as possible.  The ebook isnt out until Aug 24th.  But you can order the paperback copy now from Amazon.   I already knew I liked Lisa Renee Jones Zodius series.  But I was not prepared to like this as much as those.  You have your first favorite and it can be hard to find anything you like as much.  But with this she has.

Its not just well written but its a great story as well.  So many of us have watched Storage Wars and other shows with similar ideas.  And really how many of us wouldnt read a diary we found in such a place.  There is such a mystery involved.  What happened to this woman, who seems to be such a success.  Why has she gone completely missing for so long.

We are fascinated as we follow Sara as she tries to find out what happens to Rebecca.  And we root for her as she tries to be a success in the same world as Rebecca disappeared from.  We meet controlling gallery owners, jealous sales people, and sexy artists all along the way.  What do all or any of these people know or have to do with what happened to Rebecca.  And what will happen to Sara in this world she has entered.

We have it all in this story.  Romance, mystery, suspense and wonderful characters.  I cant wait to read  Being Me and finding out what Sara discovers next.

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