From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, an Inside Out series e-short told from Mark’s point of view, as he battles his all-consuming desire for Crystal.
Devastated by Rebecca’s death, Mark is facing the chaos of the press and the police investigation alone, his reputation, his business, and even his freedom under threat. When a family emergency sends him back east to New York, he puts Crystal—who’s as capable as she is challenging—in charge of his San Francisco art gallery. A Master, all about control, right now he feels that he has none. With his secret sex club and his relationships of the past in the spotlight, Mark finds sanctuary in the one place he promised he would never be again—but cannot seem to resist. Crystal’s arms.
While this is a stand-alone book, there really is a lot of backstory. Even so, the author does an amazing job of weaving it in so that I quickly grasped the events leading up to this novella. I was able to follow the plot and get an understanding of the characters. Because I hadn’t read the rest of the series, I didn’t know to expect from this book, but ended up really enjoying it.
The plot is somewhat thin, likely due to the short length of the story. It seems to be more character-driven than plot-driven and the characters are interesting enough that the loose plot didn’t bother me. However, there are a few plot threads running through it – Mark’s reluctance to be involved with Crystal due to her strong personality, coping with his mother’s illness, and trying to help the police crack Rebecca’s murderer while maintaining what’s left of his reputation. There aren’t enough pages to really delve into each of these in detail, so the bulk of the writing is devoted to the dynamic between Mark and Crystal.
Not knowing any of these characters before starting, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the owner of a gentlemen’s BDSM club where he is the head Master. Submissive women almost always turn me off, so it’s quite possible I wouldn’t have cared for Rebecca at all, but I love Crystal. She’s kick-ass and its deliciously fun to watch her get under Mark’s skin. I loved watching him wrestle with his need for control as it battles with his desire for a strong-headed woman who will never bend to his will.
Even without having read any of the rest of the series, this is a quick, delightful read that fully exceeded my expectations.
I was provided a copy of this book by InkSlinger in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: My Hunger (Inside Out Series eShort)
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists.
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily