Review: Rebecca’s Lost Journals by Lisa Renee Jones

Rebecca’s Lost Journals by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Inside Out (#1.1-1.4)
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 241
Source: Book provided by author for review

 

 

Rebecca Mason has known heartache and sorrow in her life, losing everyone she loves. She’s on her own in San Francisco, lost in every way, until she dares to make the decision to chase her dream of working in the art world. It is then that she meets a rich, seductively powerful man who will become the Master she never knew she wanted and change her life forever. He will lead her on a dark, passionate journey where pain is pleasure and pleasure is pain, and where every limit she once had is no more. In this man, she will find solace to her pain, an escape from the ache inside her. And in him, she will discover a darkness she may never escape.

 

 

Review:  It takes a skilled author to pull together the threads of two fully developed storylines without either one suffering, but Lisa Renee Jones can definitely claim she is a master.

While this collection of four novellas (“The Seduction,” “The Contract,” “The Submissive” and “My Master”) appears to be a standalone, they are actually supposed to be read after the first book in the Inside Out series. For the serious reader, it is essential to pay attention to the reader order of this series or you will get hit with massive spoiler overload. This comes from someone who bought this collection separately and got too distracted to follow the proper order. As urgent as it may seem to start “Being Me,” don’t do it. There are specific reasons why the author wants you to read all four of the installments of “Rebecca’s Lost Journals” before moving going any deeper with Chris and Sara. The collection also contains a bonus novella, “The Master Undone,” that should be read later in the series.

The four novellas provide a rich back story that enhances the overall impact of the storyline. When I started the series with “If I Were You,” I was intrigued by the snippets of journal entries woven into the story. Rather than leaving the reader wondering about Rebecca, this segment of the story delves deeply into her relationship with the Master.

Having the stories in one collection gives the reader seamless access to the story. It’s not often that a series is able to maintain the momentum started in the debut novel, but the Inside Out series defies the odds.

Packed with emotion, these journal entries provide a window into the world of BDSM. The power exchange dynamic is thoroughly explored amid a backdrop of sizzling hot attraction.

Lisa Renee Jones beings her characters to life while continuing to build the intensity. This is a series that is created for endurance, so don’t stop reading until all the answers are revealed. It will be well worth your time.

 

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