16 December 2010

REVIEW: Inside Out by Lauren Dane

BROWN SIBLINGS BOOK 3: INSIDE OUT

Lauren Dane
ISBN: 978-0-425-23688-8
Penguin Putnam/Berkley Heat
November 2, 2010
Erotica/Contemporary
Trade Paperback

BACK COVER BLURB:
Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that nearly left her dead, she has spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she's needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard-won lessons. There hasn't been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it doesn't mean she has to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself.


Security professional Andrew Copeland isn't quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidely skittish Ella developed. He's known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she's been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to Ella is different from any attraction he's had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Cope does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.

While Ella's sure Cope is just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly, and he reignites something deep inside her. It isn't long before desire and love turn them both inside out.

COVER SNARK:
Umm. This cover is totally hot. Loved it. When my son saw me reading this book, he keep making animal sounds and pointing to Cope's tattoo. LOL!

LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:
I haven’t read a Lauren Dane novel before this year and she has quickly become one of my favorite romance authors. The way Lauren Dane writes family and family dynamics and how they affect relationships is unparalleled and I never seen the like, especially from an erotic romance author. INSIDE OUT is no exception. When Ms. Dane writes her characters, she draws you in their psyche so deeply that you feel yourself understanding where they’re coming from and nodding your head at the actions they are taking (even if you might not agree with them). Despite their being very little external conflict in INSIDE OUT, I totally bought into Ella and Cope’s relationship, it was realistic and thought provoking.

Despite my love for all things Lauren Dane, I did have a few issues with INSIDE OUT. I couldn’t connect to Cope and Ella. I believe the reason why is because they seemed like side characters inside their own book. While Cope and Ella played roles in INSIDE OUT, in my opinion the focus of the novel were characters from earlier books. While I enjoyed the other books (especially Coming Undone, which is one of my top reads for 2010), I opened INSIDE OUT to learn about Cope and Ella’s story. I also had problems with the way all her heroines had similar E names (Ella, Erin, Elise) and they were all on the page at the same time which made it very hard to separate who was who. It also bothered me that the trauma the characters faced were a little too similar to the problems her pervious heroines had faced and I couldn’t have helped but wish that there was a little more variety in that.

While I had some issues with INSIDE OUT, Lauren Dane is an author who will remain on my list of authors whose new releases that I must get my hands on. The quality of her writing, the way she exposes her charecers layers and they way she inputs family, family dynamics, and family love far outweighs any minor issues that I have with her novels.

WHERE PURCHASED:
Recevied from CK2S Kwips and Kritiques for review on their web-site.

RATING:
C


post signature

5 people posted their 2 cents:

Marq said...

Great review. I felt the same way. I thought the focused more on the other characters and that Ella and Cope were just side characters in their own book! And their relationship wasn't as steamy as the other two, IMO.

Lauren Dane is still a must buy and read for me. I can't wait for Adrian's book!!

Lynette said...

@Marq
Totally agree. I'm going to keep getting her books, but don't know if I'll rush out to buy right away like I used to.

Mrs. Hanson / My House of Books said...

Yes, I agree. I'm having a serious issue connecting with Cope and Ella (currently in the first third of the book), which I hate because I loved Laid Bare and Coming Undone so much.

Maybe Adrian's book will be different because, hello, secret baby!

Aria said...

I love her for all the same reasons!

Lynette said...

Ooo. I missed the secret baby. I so am going to have to look that up. I love Adrian because of the way he tells Raven off. I did hear the heroine wasn't Raven and I'm glad about that.

Aria, despite my issues, I still love Lauren Dane's books!

Related Posts with Thumbnails

MY POSTS 2 YOUR EMAIL

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

MY FAVORITE QUOTES


"Do you see, Solange, that you are the only woman in my world? The one woman who can choose life or death for me. You are the center of my world and you always will be. When I tell you that your pleasure is mine, I mean that literally"— Christine Feehan

There was an error in this gadget

POPULAR POSTS

BLOG ARCHIVE

Powered by Blogger.

ALL ABOUT ME!

My Photo
Lynette
Mother, wife, aspiring romance writer, blogger, Army vet, book addict
View my complete profile

Blog Rating

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Created by OnePlusYou - Free Dating Site

AWESOME FOLLOWERS

There was an error in this gadget

Blog Contest Fund

MY BLOG BUTTON (Use it)

Lynette’s Two Cents

I'm Doing This

I'm Doing This

I LOVE THESE BLOGS

MY BLOG HITS

IF YOU SEE HER Blog Tour

IF YOU SEE HER Blog Tour

SEARCH FOR IT HERE!

Loading...