My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Seductive and addicting.
Obsessing over Rebecca’s journals as well as the woman herself has left Sara in a perilous situation. But who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself?
While debating whether or not to stay and the gallery and resign as a school teacher, Mark Compton the gallery’s owner has offered her more than a job, he’s suggested he can help her understand the urges and wants reading Rebecca’s journal have produced in her. Chris on the other hand although somewhat overbearing, keeps proving to be Sara’s Dark Knight in shining armor. Though keeping his secrets close, he helps Sara in anything and everything from trying to find both Ella and Rebecca to helping her realize what she truly wants for herself. And while Sara must confess to some secrets of her own, Chris’ past remains a mystery that feeds distrust that will threaten their relationship, perhaps beyond repair.
I’ll again start with a confession. I was not a Sara fan. I understand that she was being pulled in many directions and that Chris didn’t open up to her completely, but if there’s one thing I can’t really stand is a wishy-washy character. Sara’s all-inclusive and understanding love for Chris one minute and absolute anger towards him the next gave me whiplash throughout the book. Their relationship felt like an angry storm at sea with a constant ebb and flow between wonderfully sweet and romantic highs and sad lows. Although admittedly, this coming and going also gave the book a rhythmically angsty flavor.
There’s a blast from her past that threatens to revert Sara back to her old compliant ways and forces her to reveal a distressing truth to Chris. But ever the supporting leading man in her life, he helps her face it.
As I mentioned in my review for “If I Were You,” I binge read this trilogy. It’s safe to assume that I was addicted to the story and characters wanting to know more about them mainly Chris, his secrets and how that will affect his relationship with Sara. His love for her was absolutely heart melting, but will he ever paint her?
We do get more glimpses into his broken psyche and I ached for him, but at the end of this book we still don’t know what he’s ultimately hiding although it ends with him giving Sara an ultimatum and a chance to know everything.
There are a lot of very involved characters in this book that had me questioning everyone and flipping pages to see if we would get some of long awaited answers. In an interesting and pretty much unforeseeable twist we find out which players had committed criminal acts that landed them in jail and gave us some answers, mainly what had happened to Rebecca whose journal entries keep popping up throughout the book.
Being Me is the second book in the Inside Out trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones who skillfully balances intriguing mystery with sensual romance. It is a contemporary romance, told by the heroine’s point of view that ends with a slight cliffhanger. It is not meant to be read as a standalone and should be read after reading the first book in the trilogy.