The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sarah's relationship and leads into Mark's story.
"Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris's fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending."
I was provided an ARC of this book for an honest review. Here is that review.
Before I started this book, there was a note in the beginning that said this was part of a series but could be read as a standalone, but she recommended reading the novella My Secrets which is Chris’ POV while he and Sara were in Paris. I read the novella only and dived in to the ARC.
The novel opens with a journal entry from Sara describing her new status as engaged to Chris as well as exploring some feelings she has been having about her life compared with Rebecca. I didn’t know who Rebecca was so it was hard for me to really sink into the nove. My recommendation is that if you haven’t read the rest of the series, you should do that before picking up No In Between. I managed okay with the book, but there were several places where I wasn’t familiar with the characters enough to understand the interactions and the goings on.
Here are some notes I made for myself after the first chapter or two when I was starting to piece together the background:
· Ava tried to kill Sara (the narrator of the story) and admitted to killing Rebecca
· Chris is a billionaire artist who is recently engaged to Sara
· Mark is the owner of an art gallery where Sara works – she actually took Rebecca’s job I learned later in the story.
· Mark is a Dom and possibly owns a sex club in town
· Chris is into BDSM as well and battles the urges for the whip as his form of punishment
Maybe those can help some of you, too.
If I put aside the fact that I didn’t know the history of the book, the writing is pretty good and the story is engaging. Even though I hadn’t read the other books, I recognized that Sara felt guilty over Rebecca disappearing even though they never actually met in real life. Sara has taken it personally that Rebecca is still missing and that it seems nothing is being done to locate her.
The story spends almost the entire book in a week’s time where they meet with their attorney, their security and the police over and over trying to get some closure on the case. But their relationship is strong throughout though they both tend to doubt things here and there, Chris says it best about ¾ through when he tells Sara,
“That’s what we do, baby. We support each other. We made that decision when we decided to get married. For Better or worse. End of subject. Okay?”
I enjoyed the story and might just have to go back and read the rest of the books to get a better idea of what the history is that brought all of these characters to the places where they are now. I give the book 3½ stars just because I felt lost here and there despite believing it was a standalone novel. Ms. Jones is an excellent author and I think if you’ve liked her other books, you just might love this one.
Lisa Renee Jones Bio:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists.
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. 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.a Rafflecopter giveaway