ARC Review: His Secrets (Inside Out #3.1) by Lisa Renee Jones

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Title: His Secrets
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Gallery Books 2/24/14
Length: 60 Pages
Series: Inside Out #3.1

Overview

In this dark and sensual e-novella, which ties into Lisa Renee Jones’s bestselling Inside Out series, Chris’s dark point of view comes to light as he tries to win—then hold onto—Sara’s heart.

In a world where my only escape has been my art, Sara has been the light in my darkness. And there is darkness, the kind of inky black that can bleed from my life into hers.

She doesn’t see it. She doesn’t understand what I’ve shown her. And my biggest fear is that soon…she will.

My Thoughts

We knew that Chris had his demons, but i guess the question that we were left with was whether he would ever admit them to Sara and if they would be able to move past it.  In this novella, we learn that while he doesn’t have the intention to share that stuff with her, he has no choice. Of course you know how these stories work, just when things seem like they may calm down on one aspect of their lives, something pops up.

When we last left this couple, they were in Paris, Sara’s being investigated for all sorts of stuff, her passport’s been stolen and some how they’ve managed to get it back, they are still tracking Ella and have an idea of where she is but not how to get to her, and well, with all that going on, at least they’ve found a way to be happy – Chris proposed, and Sara accepted.

So, this story takes us to the point when they are just about to return to the States so that Sara can deal with the legal nonsense and just hours before they are due to leave, Chris gets a phone call from Tristan that his past is haunting him again, Amber has gone to Isabel and that’s never a good thing.

Plans are put on hold, and Chris has to decide what he’s willing to do, if he’s been pushed to far, and if dealing with this will break him and Sara apart.

I think that we all know that Sara’s made of the good stuff – the strong stuff, so in my eyes, i wasn’t concerned, however i think that’s one of the nice things that Ms. Lisa Renee Jones does for us.  We are put into a position where we think that things are all good and safe, and then she throws us for a loop.  Sara does things and says things that i didn’t expect and their future is all up in the air.

While i really enjoyed this short and quick read, i’m always left wanting more.  I get the point of these novellas, to continue the story, perhaps from a different point of view, but i’m always left wanting and wishing that it was an even more complex story.  i guess we’ll have to wait – especially since the epilogue takes us to a GREAT place that excites me a bit.  I can’t wait to see where the line of questioning to Mark takes us.

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