Monday, September 9, 2013

ARC Review- Lisa Renee Jones: Revealing Us

*SPOILERS* If you have not read If I Were You or Being Me please do NOT read any further.

Title: Revealing Us
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Inside Out #3
Release Date: September 10, 2013

My Rating: 5+ Stars!

No in-between…

He has become her life, her heart, her very soul. But he is dark and damaged, and his secrets are many. Sara will risk everything for him. He, in turn, will dare to expose his deepest needs, his most erotic desires. And in the fury of passion he will reveal all that torments him, all that he can never escape. To love him, Sara must embrace the darkest part of him, and become his shelter in a storm that will be his ultimate salvation. 

My Review:
Many of you know I have been.. not so patiently awaiting Revealing Us :) Well my anticipation was greatly rewarded. Revealing Us is everything I hoped it would be. We get our answers to some questions, and some circumstances create new unanswered questions. According to Lisa Renee Jones they will not be forever unanswered, she plans for a spin-off series  and there will be a book 4 & 5*Happy Dance*. Back to Revealing Us, we left off with a huge cliffhanger for Chris and Sara in Being Me. He wants her to decide if she can handle the truth of his tortured past, and come to Paris with him. For Sara, Paris will be the final step for her and Chris, if they can make it through this they can face anything together, and it gives her an opportunity to find her best friend Ella.

"And everything else fades way but him, and everything in my world is right." ~Sara

With most series I am so excited to see what happens next, but with Revealing Us I was so immersed and enthralled with Chris and Sara that I lived completely in the moment. These two have come so far from who they were at the beginning of If I Were You. Sara is used to being an independent person, but with Chris' dominant personality she has learned when to push and when to retreat. Being back in Paris draws out insecurities in Chris that we don't normally see, while he isn't ready to divulge his secret to Sara yet there are people at every turn that could easily ruin the future he pictures for the two of them. I feel like tables turn in Revealing Us, Chris starts drawing the parallels between him and Sara and Mark and Rebecca. Whereas, Sara is more levelheaded about what she wants and steers their relationship for the most part. Sara actually becomes aware of the differences between and Chris and Mark and really comes into her own person where Rebecca's experiences aren't constantly hanging over her.

"Hungry for him, I want his passion, I want his pain. I want it all." ~Sara

Paris is a flood gate for Sara and Chris, he thought he was letting her in an inch and she ends up taking the whole damn mile. She understands him more than he understands himself and she tries to balance out the responsibility he has put upon himself.  They came together as a broken couple; Sara, with her troublesome family/relationship history and upending her life when she delved too closely into Rebecca's and Chris with his dark soul. They had to overcome so many obstacles that other couples don't, and they finally understand that they needed to learn to heal together before they could thrive in their relationship. Paris definitely brings a multitude of suspense: Ella's disappearance, Chris' secret, Rebecca's death, and there are a few extra plot twists that will keep your mind reeling. And yes, for those wondering there are still journal entries and I was so grateful for them, at this point the Revealing Us would not have been complete without them :)

"If you were going to leave me alone, you should have walked away before now, when I still knew how to breathe without you." ~Sara

Revealing Us really gave me what I wanted as a reader. I got the thrill, the love, the suspense, and the hot connection between Sara and Chris. True to the series standard, I could not put this one down, there are no lulls and I read it all too quickly. If you pay attention to my ratings you'll notice that Revealing Us is the first for a 5+ rating. Yes, it was that good that I had to extend my rating system.

"And this, right now, is me savoring every second of making love to you. And in case you didn't know, you're the only reason I know what that means." ~Chris

Now for some author love. Lisa Renee Jones is such an incredible writer, the voice and passion she puts into her books is definitely felt by her readers. She isn't one of those authors that try to impress by overly embellishing their work, she has just the right amount of flair. She writes in a way that made me feel everything the characters felt and the maturity in her writing made Revealing Us more deep and raw. Revealing is just as captivating as the previous books in the Inside Out series, readers will not be disappointed. I for one cannot wait for certain story arcs to get their time in the spotlight :)

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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