Title: No In Between (Inside Out #4)
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 256 pages
Rating: 4 stars
The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sarah’s relationship and leads into Mark’s story.
“Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris’s fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending.”
Michelle and Grace’s Review:
Book 4 does not disappoint. Sara and Chris have returned from France to deal with Ava’s trial. Chris and Sara are also dealing with being engaged. He’s still afraid that he will go back to his dark place of being whipped, but Sara assures him that with her by his side, he will not go back to that dark place.
I liked how Sara and Chris’ s relationship is progressing but a little annoyed that Chris thinks he may want the whip and not trusting that Sara will help him with his darkness.
Things are falling apart at Allure. With the arrest of Mary and Ricco Alavarez for counterfeiting art, some artists want to pull all of their art out of Allure. Mark is still dealing with his mother’s illness back in New York and it would seem she is not getting better.
My heart goes out to Mark. Dealing with his mother’s illness and somehow feeling responsible for Rebecca’s death is heartbreaking. Hopefully Crystal can break into his heart and help him heal.
Sara is introduced to Crystal by phone (Crystal handles Riptide and is Mark’s mother second in command. You must read Master Undone and His Secrets to find out about the lovely Ms. Smith). Sara needs to get to the bottom of Ava’s lies. Ava is trying to get out on bond and since the police have yet to find a body (Rebecca), it looks like it may happen.
The past comes to haunt all three of our main characters, Sara, Chris and Mark. Some handle the challenge better than others. I was really proud of Sara in finally getting a backbone and fighting against her past. For Chris, he finally turns to Sara rather than other means in order to battle his demons.
“If you run, Chris, run fast, because I’ll come after you. That’s just the kind of bitch I am.”
And Mark? Well, his troubles are only beginning. It seems like Crystal is trying to help him, but his problems may be bigger than the both of them.
In this fourth book of the series, the suspense element is back. I loved the first two books, and while I liked Revealing Us as well, the lack of suspense made it a very different kind of book, and it seemed a little out of place within the series. With Sara and Chris returning to San Francisco to deal with Ava and all of her bullshit, the mystery about Rebecca returns. This series has a great who-done-it appeal with a very sexual backdrop. And new questions are asked. Did Ava really kill Rebecca? Did she have help? If so, how?
Then there is Ella. Sara still does not know anything regarding her best friend, despite Chris’ security people doing all they can in trying to locate her.
The book puts a lot of suspicion back on Mark, and his distant emotions and dominant qualities are back in full force. The sexual tension between him and Sara remains.
“Are you volunteering to help me fuck the hurt out of my system?”
But now Sara now realized his urge to control is coping mechanism.
I’m not immune to Mark’s certain flavor of power and masculinity, but being affected by his larger-than-life presence and wanting him are two different things. It’s a way Rebecca and I differed, and I can’t help remembering her words. He was magnificent. Really, truly the most gorgeous man I’ve ever known. Instant lust exploded inside me. I wanted to feel him close to me, to feel him touch me. To touch him.
The Epilogue is a dozy. We must await for I Belong to You in September to find out more answers to our questions. I really wanted for the trial to start in this book but leave it to Lisa Renee to leave us hanging.
– Michelle and Grace
*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.