Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: Inside Out by Lauren Dane

Inside Out
Lauren Dane {Facebook | Twitter}
Series: Brown Siblings #3
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
Trade Paperback {p.306}
Genre: Erotica
Characters: Ella Tipton, Andrew Copeland
Challenge: 100+

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.

Andrew and Ella’s story was a bit disappointing. I guess I expected more excitement from Andrew since I’ve always enjoyed him in the previous novels. But when it came time to tell his story, he fell flat and came across as boring.

The two didn’t have any real conflict, which was okay, but they didn’t have any passion either. As a reader, I was more interested in the side-story of Erin and her three men than Cope and Ella.

Cope wasn’t the same fun-loving guy from the previous encounters with him. I understand he’s with Ella now, but he didn’t have to become totally tame. I was surprised to find that Cope is 36, for some reason I pictured him younger due to his behavior.

Ella has never been one of my favorite characters from the Brown series, so I wasn’t expecting much from her. She’s not who I would have imagined Cope with.
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Jenn said...[Reply]

Well written and honest review :) I haven't read it, but you have to respect someone who doesn't sugar coat what they thought of a book.

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