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.
This was a thrilling start to this series and I was enthralled from page one. There was so much mystery surrounding Rebecca's journals, and the fact that she disappeared without a trace. I thoroughly enjoyed going along with Sara as she infiltrated Rebecca's "life", basically stepping right into her shoes.
I had my suspicions about who the mystery man was that Rebecca referred to in her journal, but Jones does an amazing job of always keeping one step ahead of the reader. It was exhilarating.
Chris Merit is hands down one sexy, hot-as-hell man, and I fell as hard for him as Sara did. He was an enigma, and I loved peeling back his layers along with Sara. He obviously had some deep, dark secrets but there was an easiness to their relationship and I was just waiting for the moment when reality would step in.
This book was exciting and I was sucked into the art world like I've never been before. I cannot wait to see where Sara's new journey will lead her. Will she unravel Chris' darkest secrets, and if she does, will she run or stay?
Kept under lock and key, discovered by chance, dangerous new secrets and scintillating adventures lie within Rebecca’s private diaries—searing scenes from a passionate journey inside a world where pain is pleasure, pleasure is pain, and where every limit she once had is no more.
I arch into him, drinking in his passion, instantly, willingly consumed by all that he is and could be to me. . . .
Sara McMillan is still searching for Rebecca, the mysterious woman whose dark, erotic journal entries both enthralled and frightened her. Tormented by a strong desire to indulge the demands of her new boss while also drawn deeper into her passionate bond with the troubled artist, Chris Merit, Sara must face a past as deeply haunting as Rebecca’s written words. In one man’s arms, Sara will find the safe haven to reveal her most intimate secrets and explore her darkest fantasies. But is safety just an illusion, when the truth about Rebecca has yet to be discovered?
The elevator door dings open, and Chris grabs my hand and pulls me into his apartment.
Before I can blink, I’m facing the entry room wall, one hand clutching the journal, the other flat on the surface in front of me. Chris steps behind me, framing my body with his bigger one, and I feel the hardness of his body as intensely as I feel the hardness of his mood.
His hand settles on the center of my back, branding me, controlling me, and he pulls my bag and purse from my shoulder and dumps it on the floor. I feel him shrug away his jacket and he reaches for mine. It catches on the journal and his hand closes around it.
The air seems to thicken and for several seconds we hold the journal, both our fingers gripping the red leather. Erotic images created by Rebecca’s words play in my mind and I remember reading one of the entries with Chris. I wonder if he is thinking about that day, too, or something completely different. About Rebecca perhaps? I want to ask, but there is this sharp pinch in my chest that holds me back.
Chris takes the journal from me and I have no idea where he puts it. It is gone and my jacket follows. He steps behind me, and I forget everything but him. His hands settle possessively on my hips, and his mouth, that delicious, sometimes brutal mouth, brushes my ear.“You want pain and darkness, baby, you got it.”
Shock slides through me at the unexpected promise and I think of us holding the journal, and of the dark entries inside that terrify and intrigue me.“What happened to me not being able to handle this part of you, Chris?” I ask, and my voice trembles with the question.
“Tonight happened,” he replies and there is nothing unsure about his voice, just hard steel and more anger.“And I damn sure want to give you a reason to think twice before it repeats.”
Conflicting emotions overcome me. I crave and resist the possessiveness I sense in him. I’m jerked out of this thought when Chris yanks my dress up my hips, exposing my backside. I hear the silk of my panties tear before I feel the bite of the material ripping from my body.His hands caress my backside,and the edgy tension in him is like a wave crashing into me.
He leans in, his lips brushing my ear, hot breath fanning my skin, promising delicious, forbidden fantasies only Chris can fulfill. “I’m going to spank you before this night is over, Sara.”
His words are a velvety seduction and taut threat and I can- not catch my breath,let alone form a coherent reply.Chris turns me to face him, shoving my hands over my head and shackling them with one of his. “But first, I’m going to take you to the edge of bliss and pull you back so many times, you’ll think you’re going insane, just like I was when you didn’t answer your phone.”
He tugs down the front zipper of my dress to my waist, unhooks my bra, and begins to tease one of my nipples.“Any objections?”
“Would they matter?” I whisper, waves of pleasure washing over my body.
“Not unless you tell me to stop what I’m doing.” He leans in and nips my lip as he had the night before, laving the bite with his tongue.“But if you say stop, Sara, make damn sure you mean it because I will stop. Understand?”
“Answer, Sara.” His fingers slide between my thighs, spreading the slick heat of my sensitive flesh, and leaving my nipples aching for more. I have the distinct impression he’s reminding me why stop is a bad word.
“Yes,” I pant.“Yes, I understand.”
This book moved along in pretty much the same way book 1 did. Sara trying to discover what happened to Rebecca, while exploring her relationship with Chris and fully immersing herself in the new life she has created for herself.
This book had plenty of twists and turns, and a few surprises. It was darker than the first and I actually really enjoyed getting to see more of the world Chris lived in before meeting Sara. There was still plenty of passion between these two characters but I felt that their relationship was tested more often in this book, and I was rooting for them throughout.
This was another exciting read, filled with passion and heartache. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.
I told him goodbye, and I will not call him. I know if I do, it will be my undoing, and I’ll once again be caught up in his spell. I will once again be…lost.
In her private journals, Rebecca laid bare her soul, revealing her obsession for the one man whose erotic demands captivated her imagination—and enslaved her forever. Now, with Rebecca no longer in his life, her former Master is lost—questioning everything he thought he knew about himself, and the control he holds in such high regard. One woman will reach out to heal him and then turn away, leaving him haunted. She is nothing he thought he wanted, and somehow everything he needs. He tells himself to forget her, but he cannot escape his desire for her. He has to have more...
You've discovered Rebecca's secrets. You've discovered Sara's secrets. Now Sara will discover "his" deepest, darkest secrets...but will those secrets bind them together--or tear them apart?
I think this was my favorite book in the series. In many ways, Chris’ vulnerability showed and I felt that he and Sara were finally able to lay it all bare, with nothing in their way.
Sara had gotten to know Chris’ world, but coming to Paris shone a new light on his life before her, and past demons came back to haunt him over and over. This book was once again filled with a few twists and turns, and with a whole new cast of characters ready to threaten Chris and Sara’s happiness.
This book was thrilling and I was hook from page one. This series has just gotten better and better with each book, and I really cannot wait to see what more lies in store for the characters who I’ve grown to love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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