SPOILER ALERT: I’ve tried to avoid spoilers for the earlier books, but if you haven’t yet read Being Me, I’d recommend skipping this review for now. If you haven’t yet started the series, the first book, If I Were You, is available to read free at XOXO After Dark until October 7th!
The third installment in the sexy Inside Out erotic romance series—in the seductive tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.
You’ve discovered Rebecca’s secrets. You’ve discovered Sara’s secrets. Now Sara will discover “his” deepest, darkest secrets…but will those secrets bind them together–or tear them apart?
If I Were You and Being Me dealt with Rebecca’s disappearance, a mystery that has now been explained, if not completely resolved. The mystery element to Revealing Us focuses on Sara’s best friend Ella, who left for a honeymoon in Paris but never returned. Revealing Us starts right after the ending to Being Me, with Sara having to make the decision of whether to follow Chris to Paris.
I felt that Revealing Us read quite differently from the first two books in the series. Whilst the first two books were a perfect blend of mystery and romance, Revealing Us felt a little slower in comparison. The action in the story comes from two real areas: Sara’s encounters with Chris’ old friends from the lifestyle and complications with the trial for Rebecca’s murderer. I didn’t particularly love Sara’s encounters with Chris’ old friends, as although sometimes Sara came off strong and feisty, there were also times when I wanted to shake her for acting recklessly.
Ella’s disappearance is still left very much unexplained, which makes sense in light of the fact that the Inside Out Trilogy is now branching out, with books four and five covering the trial and more about Mark, and a new separate spin-off series about Ella. While I’m (very) excited about the prospect of more books, Ella’s mystery sometimes felt more like a distraction than the main story, which meant that Revealing Us felt a little dragged out. The fact that Inside Out will no longer be a trilogy also means you don’t finish the book with the closure you were expecting to. I imagine for a lot of people, Revealing Us will be the deciding factor for the rest of the books. If you’re happy enough with the revelations regarding Rebecca, and the end point of Chris and Sara’s relationship, you may not see a need to read the rest of the series, or Ella’s spin-off series. If you’re curious about the trial, Mark, and Ella’s disappearance, Revealing Us just won’t be enough, and you’ll want to keep going with the rest!
In Revealing Us, Chris’ big secret is finally revealed, and I can understand why it has taken him a long time to open up and reveal it to Sara. However, I have to also admit it felt a little anti-climactic given the long build up and hints throughout the first two books. Although it felt like there was less sex and explicit content than the first two books, Chris and Sara’s relationship grows beautifully, with Chris finally facing his demons. Having become so attached to the couple in the earlier books, Revealing Us will have you racing through, desperately hoping they can get over their remaining hurdles and live happily ever after.
As always, Lisa Renee Jones’ writing is fabulous. She brings the characters to life until you can practically hear their thoughts. Her writing style, combined with the first person point-of-view also make Revealing Us hugely emotive, so if you’re looking for a book that makes you feel, Revealing Us is definitely a good bet!
In all honesty, I didn’t enjoy Revealing Us quite as much as the first two books in the series. However, I suspect that may be due to the fact I went in expecting a series finale, rather than the middle book of the series. Despite the somewhat different feel to the earlier books, Revealing Us still had me hooked, and I devoured it in a day, even quicker than the first two! Lisa Renee Jones left me stunned by some of the plot twists , desperate to know whether Chris and Sara could make things work, and emotionally invested from page one.
Buy it? This is a buy for me, but I’d probably wait and get it on a deal.
In a nutshell: Another great read from Lisa Renee Jones, but not quite as good as the rest of the series.