Title: I Belong To You
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 11/18/14
Series: Inside Out #5
The stunning conclusion to Mark and Crystal’s relationship in the passionate, all-consuming Inside Out series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.
Being that person, that man, is how I define myself, how I allow the rest of the world to define me as well. And now, with a terrible loss shredding me inside out and someone trying to destroy my family to punish me, control is more important than ever. It is everything. It is what I need. It is all I need. Or maybe I just need…her.
It’s a mixed bag here – i don’t know that I wanted to get to the end of this saga and journey, yet how we were taken there was so well worth the ride. I think that we got the finality of the story that we were hoping for and while it was expected, the path was definitely filled with a lot of tension and anxiety.
From the novellas that we’ve read with Mark’s story, you definitely got the impression that his ghosts were from something more than just Rebecca, that the story was much deeper, and it takes us just about the entire story to get the full details, and i’m not at all surprised to learn about what made him into the Master that we know. The other piece is that we’re also given hints throughout the story of what ghosts and monsters haunted Crystal to make her into the woman that she is, and yet where i thought our author was going with things isn’t really the path that it went – but still was enough to justify who she became.
Both had love lost, both faced the horrors of losing someone that meant the world to them at the hands of someone else, and i think that it’s that dynamic that not only makes for a good relationship, but makes for a good dynamic shuffle which is what we get. Mark is quick to admit that he allows more liberties with Crystal and that she does for him what no one else has, and it’s really up to Crystal to determine what she will allow from Mark and what that means to herself.
All while this is going on, since it’s no small feat, there’s the fact that Ava has escaped, and no one knows where she is or who she’s with – really – until we learn that she’s with a mercenary named Wright who doesn’t follow anyone’s rules and is quite the hired killer. Mark assumes that the threat is now on him and his family, Crystal included, and while he’s got his own security team on it, he’s going rogue a bit and hires his own ‘hunting party’ to see what they can find. I don’t know about anyone else, but part of me spent much of the book wondering if they were looking too focused and narrow on Ava/Ryan/Ricco and that it was perhaps someone else, and that’s a thought that i carried through up until the end. I think that the closure that we got though suits the story.
The other piece is that i’m still of the group that believes Rebecca isn’t dead – no body no death right? And i’ll admit that as crazy as it sounds, part of me had a moment or 2 where i thought that she was behind it all. yes, crazy i know. Anyhow, i think that it was well written and worth the continuation of this story.
The heat and passion that we’ve come to love and expect from Ms. Renee Jones is here in full effect – The dominance rolls off Mark in such waves that you can’t help but to get caught up in them. Crystal is worth the fight and gives Mark a run for his money which makes their sceneing even hotter. I guess what we’ll all have to wait for now is the side series that was hinted at with Sara/Chis when they went looking for her roommate/best friend. I’m excited to see where that story goes. so….Enjoy!