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Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume 1: The Seduction (INSIDE OUT TRILOGY)

Rebecca’s Lost Journals: The Seduction Volume 1 by Lisa Renee Jones

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This review is a little different.  The book I read is a little different.  That is it’s not really a book per se.  It is a journal.  The journal that started it all.  The journal of Rebecca Mason.  One of the journals that were found in an abandoned storage locker that was auctioned off and sent another woman off on the road to her own destiny in the book If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones.   This is the first of six journal volumes that are being released to let the readers get a glimpse into the world that Sara gets wrapped up into.  If you are patiently awaiting the release of the sequels to If I Were You or even holding out for the rerelease of the print of the book that combines the world of Storage Wars with the intrigue of  Basic Instinct these journals will give you an insight that will tweak your imagination and increase your demand for more of this world.


I want to tell you about Rebecca Mason today.  She has a talent with art but she was pursuing a different career.  That is she is a talent for recognizing art but she isn’t the greatest artist at least by her own admission.   I met her when she was our waitress, we became friends and despite giving up on her dreams a while ago I encouraged her to follow those dreams anyway.  Well, I hope we are friends after she finds out what I read in her diary. I hope she knows what she is doing and am wondering if I might want to investigate some more on the subject myself.  I mean there are some tasty bits…. Let me give you a glimpse of what I learned about Rebecca…..

Rebecca had a gift for art and a year after her mother had passed she had given up on her dreams.  Something made her take a step in a new direction; she walked into the gallery she dreamed of working at covering her uniform with her shabby coat and proceeded to put the snooty salesperson in her place.  She also found herself dumbstruck by the man who walked into the gallery.  His raw magnetism galvanized her to the spot until he asked her if she was there for the internship.  Bolting out of the place she thought she had gotten over the shock of being face to face with a man who shook her world with one look.  Plagued by nightmares about her dying mother and a run- away trolley, Rebecca doesn’t know what to think when her dreams soon begin to include the sexy stranger.  The stranger she needed to find.  Mark Compton, owner of Riptide, a famous auction house and gallery.  Her dream job and apparently her dream man.  After he tracked her down she begins a new life as intern but keeps her day job to pay the bills.

Mark totally scrambles her mind but a flirtatious friendship with the suave artist Ricco gains his respect and the hostility of her co-worker (the snobby one Mary).  Her new life and the attraction to Mark aside she couldn’t say no to hot banker guy Josh when he asks her out and comes with wine and a talent that many women would die to experience firsthand.  Nothing like having an over- abundance of admirers (lucky girl), Mark tells her he doesn’t share which sets off so many bells.  Oh and then, here comes the really good stuff…. Mark tells her he wants to Master her.  Even Josh’s talented tongue cannot get her to say no to him.  Apparently she was a natural sub and he WOULD Master her but she had never had a BDSM session before was it something she could do? Yes.  Yes she could and Mark masters her body and soul but now she had to make a decision.  When both Ricco and Josh send her flowers (again lucky girl) it makes her think about what her choices were.  Well that was until Mark makes his point in the limo waiting for her and gives her a contract.  Should she sign it or rip it up?  Rebecca decides that maybe a call to Dr. Kat will give her the answers she needs to find while Mark patiently awaits her decision.  Hopefully she can send her in the right direction.

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A Passion for Him by Sylvia Day

Amelia Benbridge had not been raised with the typical lifestyle.  Sequestered and hidden from even her brother, never staying in one place or with one governess long enough to make attachments.  Watching the man who was stalking her across the ballroom she was sure she had never saw a more captivating man before even with her almost betrothed, the Earl of Ware, interrupting her view.   Her phantom was gone but not the interest in him or to her desire to find out who hid beneath the mask.   She would wed her Earl someday but she could never give him all of her heart.  That belonged to Colin, the young stable boy who she gave her love to just as he gave his life for her.

Count Reynaldo Montoya couldn’t keep his eyes off the raven haired beauty.   Colin Mitchell had never forgotten his Amelia but the gypsy knew he could never claim her.  Living as a man who could blend into any situation, his disguises would allow him to at least get close to her one last time.  Left for dead after protecting her from her evil father’s machinations, he had no idea how to return from the dead and how she would react to his deceit.

Trying to stay away from her for her own safety was futile when his determined first love follows him out of the city and into the danger that awaits him.  Betrayal and a price on his head kept him from telling her who he was even after she cornered him in his room.   They make love but he keeps hidden until the morning when he is determined to accept him fate when she learns of his betrayal.  When everyone hunting them down shows up at the inn all hell breaks loose.  When the truth of their predicament comes to light and the threat following him shows his hand and they must find a place that is safe and where he can flush out the criminal who was responsible for the price on his head.  Following the group to Ware’s estate, the dangerous past Colin was trying to expose reveals even more betrayals before revealing the plot that had been instrumental in keeping him away from the woman he loves.

This book was an adventurous escape for a cold January day.  Danger, betrayal, mayhem, mistaken identities and a chaotic flight across the country all end in a dash to tie the knot with their true love.  First love.  I loved Amelia’s spunk and determination.  Ready to give up a perfect live with an Earl to have one night of passion with a stranger.  A man that drew her to him like a moth to a flame.  A man who reminded her of the man she loved and lost.  Colin was determined to find his Amelia and despite the danger following him he gave in to the need to hold him in his arms once again.  I was a little bit piqued at Ware being so non-committal towards the woman he supposedly loved, his acceptance of her putting him to the side for Colin would have been a little bit more realistic if he had put up at least a bit of a fight for her.  Another great escape from the talented Sylvia Day that is definitely worth a read.

I received an ebook copy of this book for my honest review by Net Galley and Kensington Press

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The Thorn & the Thistle by Julie Moffett

Megan MacLeod missed the her brother and the castle Kilcraig, her home and the home of the MacLeods of Gairloch both lost at the hands of Farrington, the Enlish Earl who slaughtered her clan under the protection of the English king.  Faced with the truth that the man had killed her da and many others she loved in this last battle, she vowed her revenge even if it meant stepping into her fathers’ place and leading a clan who now lived in hiding without a home.

Rolf St. James wanted out of London and welcomed being sent to rid Scotland of the Black Wolf terrorizing the Highlands and the kings loyal English people who he sent there to hold on to his spoils of war.  Stopping the man responsible for the insurgence of skirmishes against his fellow kinsmen would give him respite from the marriage minded mamas and a city that closed in on him from every corner.

Capturing the woman escaping the raid under the guise of the wolf skin was a blessing in his fight against those rising against his king.  Thinking she was a mere maiden, a mistress of the Black Wolf, he finds her determination, her fight and her loyalty both frustrating and endearing.  Megan could not allow the Englishman to find out the truth about the wolf.  Her father dead and buried, the clans were joining to fight for her and the land but she couldn’t let them sacrifice themselves for anything but their desire to be free from the English reign, never for herself.  Agreeing to marry him instead of the evil man who killed both her da and brother was her own cross to bear.  She would have to tell him the truth and hope he could forgive her before he turned her over to his king to be hung for the crimes of the Black Wolf but her fear of his wrath was not her only focus.  She wanted revenge against a man even her English husband was realizing as a danger to them all.  Farrington was an enemy neither wished to have but his threat was something that could tear them even further apart.  Even with the lie between them about the identity of the wolf still standing between them.

Emotions ran high for both of the characters and the reader when a life and death moment changes everything and a sacrifice made from true love brings tears to your eye and tightens your chest.   The destruction of almost everyone Megan holds close to her heart in their battle to find a peace in their lands is hard to read but the harshness of the situation is very realistic to the time and place they are in.  Along with the emotional tugs this book continued to pummel me with, I found their passion and their determination to not only do what was right but to fight for a love that should not be kept me unable to put this book down.  This is a rerelease of a previously published print release which is OOP.

I received this ebook copy through Net Galley and Carina Press for my unbiased review.

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Vixen Virgins by Beth Williamson and Robin Danner

An entertaining read for this reviewer as two talented authors each take on the story of two sisters.  Separated by circumstance, the two find out that fate plays a big hand in the adventure of their lives when they try to escape planned marriages but instead find love with two strangers that were destined to be a part of their lives.

The Outlaw’s Virgin by Beth Williamson

Lady Margaret Travers wasn’t going to marry the man her father had arranged as a husband for her when she was all but two years old.  Sneaking away from their chaperone with her sister they hope to make their way to their estranged aunt in Corpus Christi before anyone can stop their escape.  She had not expected the reaction to the bandit who stole their only money and a letter from their aunt.  The man stirred more than her ire as he stole a kiss and their money before making his escape off the train.  Chasing after him seemed like the only choice she had as she had them release her horse and followed the stranger into the wilds of Texas.  Maggie soon found out the dangers were not only from her being in unknown territory but when he caught her the danger of falling for the bandit was much more of a threat to her heart and his partners in crime when they show up and want their piece of his prize.

Brit Spalding, bandit, was a far cry from the titled British Earl he was supposed to be.  The Earl of Lowndes, Tiernan Franklinton, was nothing alike the bandit, running with a trio of disreputable criminals and if his brother, the sheriff knew who the man he had been hunting down truly was it would sever the last family tie that wasn’t broken after he was tossed out of his home by his step-father.  The responsibility of taking on his title and the ire of the bride’s family he was also avoiding were soon on the backburner when the feisty woman chased him into the wilds.  Realizing that the tempting morsel who hunted him down was not only his for the taking but his in truth he was stuck between a rock and a hard place.  She would not take the truth lightly but he would suffer her wrath if it meant keeping her safe from his cohorts who were hunting him down as they raced for the only safe place he could think of.

The Sheriff’s Vixen by Robin Danner

Lady Millicent Travers was sure her sister would show up soon with their money and a plan to get them to their aunt and away from the pre-arranged marriages to the stuffy Brits their father had tied them too when they were but toddlers. Her flirtatious nature was just that, mere flirtations but the sheriff both angered her and made her wish he would teach her what she really craved to know about love and seduction.  If he didn’t infuriate her with every other breath.

Ben Spalding didn’t know how to handle the little red headed spitfire.  To kiss her or to spank her.  The sheriff had never been in a situation where he was so out of his element and all because of a feisty lady who dropped into his world.  He needed to concentrate on the bandit Brit and his gang who had become an even bigger threat to his community with their robbery of the train and the murder of a man.  If she would just sit still and keep away from danger but even locking her in her room couldn’t keep her out of harm’s way so using his position as sheriff would be his only choice especially when she follows him into danger.  Shocking him to the core when he realizes that she could have been taken away from him because of her stubbornness; as well as the nagging suspicion that she was more than a stranger in his life.  She was his destiny.

I really enjoyed my New Year’s Day read this year as I indulged in a little western romance with two very stubborn and determined couples.  A little bit unbelievable, but totally adorable as they try to fight their attraction to each other’s destined partner and the plans made for their lives well before they could read.  I was wrapped up in their stories as they fight destiny and give in to their passions and the new and fantastic connection to the strangers who unknowingly were fated to belong to each other.  Maggie and Millie both were strong and determined to fight for their own choices even if it meant severing all ties to their family and to the posh life that the two ladies were raised to expect.  Brit, estranged from his family, especially was memorable to me as he wanted to find a way out of the dangerous predicament he was in.  His desire to protect the lady who chased him down and give up his independence to do so made him my favorite character (although smart and sassy Millie came pretty close to stealing that position from him).  Ben, who had his stoic life turned upside-down by the tempting Millie was fun to watch as he squirmed with his feelings and his burgeoning realization that this woman was not only in his heart but was his to claim.  My only question was that I would have thought they would have had more knowledge of their intendeds before coming across the ocean to be wed.  The name question would have been more of a stumbling block for the women but for the men I would have thought that they would have recognized it a little sooner.   The two authors blended their tale to perfection and I loved them both!  A great book to start the year!

I received an ebook copy of this book through Net Galley for the honest review of this book by publisher INscribe Digital



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