Review: INSIDE OUT by Lauren Dane

67826910From the back of the book:


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 decidedly 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 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.

I had been waiting for this book for what felt like forever. I tried to wait to read it, but I just couldn’t. I ripped open the package when it was delivered and immediately dived in. Cope is a very complicated character although he doesn’t look it at first glance. I loved how much more we got to know about all of the characters not just Andrew Copeland. (I have to admit I didn’t like when Ella called him Andrew since that’s my sons name. It’s hard to read an erotic romance where the main character has the same name as your 7yo.) Ella has been through so much, but really she is the stronger of the two. She teaches Cope a lot about being himself and letting others see the real him. This series is really about family, both the family you are born with, the family you create, and the friends that are like family. One of my very favorite things about this book was that the characters from both LAID BARE and COMING UNDONE were so important in this book. It really is a continuation from the previous books.

There was one scene in the book that is so fantastically written that I had to write it down and post it to my quote board. In this scene Brody is talking to Cope about love and how scary it can be. Here is the part I love:

“You have to expose yourself, ask someone else for their blood, sweat and tears and give your own. It leaves you laid bare and inside out, Andrew. And that’s what makes it so good. That’s love, man. That’s love and part of what makes it so awesome is the level of real, true intimacy, and the risk you take by opening yourself up that way to someone who has the power to guy you.”

INSIDE OUT is just a fantastic book full of love and family. I absolutely can’t wait for Adrian’s book!

the book girl gives INSIDE OUT a 5/5

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3 Comments on “Review: INSIDE OUT by Lauren Dane

  1. I just posted a review for another of this author’s books I was totally taken off guard by how good she is! I am looking forward to reading this one!

  2. I really liked this book…and like you cannot wait for Adrian’s book. Who will he end up with? Raven?!?! Since she seemed to be toned down in this book…!

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