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If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy)

If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy, #1) - Lisa Renee Jones Something has happened to Rebecca, and I have to prove it. That's why I'm here. No other reason.That's right, girl. Stick to your guns. Or not. Well, at least you lasted a day or two before you cracked. Way to stay strong.I almost didn't read this book. The summary blurb really made me not want to read this book.2.5 stars. What is it with everyone these days trying to sell their book as the "next" something? Whether it's the next Harry Potter, the next Hunger Games, etc. Everybody seems to want to cash in on being the next big thing by being the next version of the last big thing. Here's the problem I have with this : if the book is TOO much like the book it's being compared to, it's going to be game over for me. I don't want to read a copy of another book, especially if it's going to read like fanfiction of another fanfiction (in case you're the last person on the planet to know this, Fifty was fanfiction). Then on the other side : if the book is NOTHING like the book it's being compared to, then I'm going to wonder why the book was compared in the first place.So, either way, this comparison strategy is something I'm not a fan of. I didn't intially want to read this because it's yet another book being compared to Fifty. Been there, done that, don't really want to be sucked into reading another copy of Fifty again. Yet, here we are. I requested the galley out of morbid curiosity, my friends were reading it, and I said, "aw hell, let's do this..." Yes, I am that easy.Light spoilers ahead. No big reveals, but I will be talking about a few plot issues.The mystery element is what had me curious. I've read my fair share of erotic books (don't ask to see my GR erotic account, you'll be terrified at some of my bizarre choices), yet I don't seem to recall reading anything that tried to sell itself as a mystery within an erotica. It's too bad that the mystery took a backseat to the Chris and Sara drama. First off, I had a hard time understanding why Sara took such an interest in what happened to Rebecca. There wasn't any huge indicator that something horrible had happened. A lot of what she was thinking was a guess. But okay, fine...we'll go with the fact that Sara was so intrigued by the mystery of Rebecca that she not only had the desire, but also the time (so convenient that she happened to be a schoolteacher off for the summer) to go play amateur detective. Unfortunately, there wasn't much digging going on. I guess that's what happens when a hot guy gets in the way and wants to get you naked. All of your plans go right out the window. Now, I can't say that I wouldn't do the same thing in a similar situation, because hot guy plus hot sex is probably more fun than chasing slivers of evidence around. BUT...here's where the Fifty nonsense comes in...she let hot guy push her around, even when she didn't want him to (at least that's what we were hearing in her head - how much she didn't want to give up her control). Can I just say that this must go far beyond grade-A "best sex of your life" sex if after one night, you're letting someone else win the power struggle. Maybe if this had been a dom/sub situation left in the bedroom, it would have been okay. But it wasn't. This was "hey girl, you think you're going to make a decision and I'm going to override you," type of stuff. Never mind that Sara has no clue who the possible culprit in a possible crime is. Obviously, she wasn't suspecting Chris (that was left up to us as the reader to speculate), but since she knows he has ties to the guy who she IS suspecting, she probably should have considered any tie to be a lead.When faced the with the decision to get to know someone who has ties to a potential criminal, you can either :1. Get naked for the hot artist guy who has control issues.2. Spend more time getting to know him in a very public setting, before deciding whether or not he is trustworthy. Preferably in a place with cameras, just in case you find out something awkward.Oh wait, but there were cameras. Who knew? Our upstanding man Chris tried to get naughty with Sara in front of some cameras (which she didn't know about) in order to send a message to another male in competition for Sara. You know, the message of the "back off" kind. OH HAI THERE Fifty uh Knight uh Chris. You're a gem. It's so nice to meet a guy who thinks he can claim his prize when he's not even officially with the girl yet. "Are you one of those dark, messed up, arrogant assholes?""I'm worse."Girl, he's been telling you all along that he's bad news. I get being intrigued by the "dangerous" guy, but you have lost all of your brain cells for not proceeding with at least a little more caution. In another scene he said, "losing control and you taking it from me are two different things. You won't ever take it from me." That right there is a cautionary red flag in my book. The fact that she refers to Chris as her "poor damaged artist" after spending next to no time with him is mind boggling. I half expected her to call him Fifty Shades of Fucked up. So what else ruffled my imaginary feathers?Oh, the usual suspects. References to a person being like a drug addiction and the lovely nickname baby. Because the first 100 times I've seen it before in other books weren't enough. Yay!Come on, you say...there had to be something good, right?There was! Chris was not perfect (aside from the obvious "might be a killer" and stalking aspects). I thought it was awesome that he couldn't cook. I love me some men who can cook, but at least this guy had a flaw outside of being wealthy, artistic and hot as an exploding firecracker.I also did like that there was a mystery element. As stated earlier, I wish there had been more to this, but I did find myself coming up with a few semi-lame theories. Without the mystery element, this would be an extremely weak erotic story with no strong plot to carry anything.Maybe he's right. Maybe I am playing with fire, but I cannot stop myself. Beyond reason, I will push him until he reveals everything.Yep. And that's why I'm going to read book 2. Because pushing might escalate into shoving. Personally, I hope someone goes psycho killer on everyone's ass, but I know it's just wishful thinking on my part.But this isn't supposed to be about me. Rebecca. Remember how this all started.Hopefully, in the next book she'll remember to follow through on this.This book was provided from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.