The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sara’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.”
Review: After providing readers with some tantalizing snacks to fill in various aspects of the Inside Out series, author Lisa Renee Jones delivers the next novel-length installment titled No In Between.
While this story focuses heavily on Sara and Chris, it definitely continues the intensity from the beginning of the series. Many of the secrets have been revealed, but if I have learned anything from this series, it is that things aren’t always as they seem.
When I started this book, my first impression focused on the appropriateness of the title. All of the characters have evolved by this point in the series, especially Sara. The time for riding the fence is over; Chris and Sara seem to have been able to overcome the many challenges in their relationship. However, as the author has demonstrated many times, these characters aren’t ready to go gently into the night.
While a substantial amount of the story is devoted to Sara and Chris, it is the skillful development of the secondary characters that caught my attention. Even in the midst of a criminal investigation, Mark Compton maintains his Alpha personality. Add the verbal sparring between the police officers and the attorneys, and you have plenty of entertainment.
At the core of the story is intense passion, with plenty of scorching love scenes. As much as I was hoping that all the loose ends would finally be resolved, the author has provided enough justification to keep the storyline going.
As far as cliffhangers go, Lisa Renee Jones proves that she’s got what it takes to maintain the reader’s interest. I might have been incredibly frustrated with the ending, but it’s a result of lack of patience on my end.
The Inside Out series delivers exactly what it promises. These characters will stay with you through the twists and turns — with the hope that when the final chapter is written, there will be no regrets.