Hello my darlings! Welcome to yet another birthday month post!Lisa Renee Jonessharing an excerpt with us, so exclusive that the book doesn’t even have a cover yet! Even more, poor Ms. Lisa has been evacuated from her home due to the wildfires, so how awesome was she to even send anything at all? Master Undone is scheduled for release in August, so I hope to be able to update with the cover etc and buy links soon!
This is a book from Mark, the hero’s POV.
ETA ***Warning: Lisa told me this excerpt contains a spoiler for Being Me so proceed with caution!!!***
An Inside Out novella
I told him goodbye, and I will not call him. I know if I do, it will be my undoing, and I’ll once again be caught up in his spell. I will once again be . . . lost.
In her private journals, Rebecca laid bare her soul, revealing her obsession for the one man whose erotic demands captivated her imagination–and enslaved her forever. Now, with Rebecca no longer in his life “he” is lost, questioning everything he thought he knew about himself and about control he holds in such high regard. One women will reach out to heal him and then turn away, leaving him haunted . She is nothing he thought he wanted and somehow everything he needs. He tells himself to forget her but he cannot escape his desire for her. He has to have more…
Once my flight lands in New York, I’m anxious to get to the hospital. I quickly make my way to the baggage claim and locate my carousel.With some fast footwork I’m at the front of the crowd and I’ve just snatched my single piece of luggage, besides the one hung over my shoulder, when I hear, “Mr. Compton?”
I turn to find a pretty blonde standing before me, her long, silky hair draping the shoulders of her pale pink, primly cut suit jacket. I arch a brow at her. “And you would be?”
“You are the Mark Compton, correct?”
“I’m Mark Compton,” I confirm, wondering where this is headed.
“I thought so. I recognize your picture from Riptide.” Her perfect pale cheeks flush.“Oh. Sorry. I should introduce myself.”
She offers me her hand. “Crystal Smith, the new head of sales for Riptide, and thrilled to be working at one of the most prestigious auction houses in the world.”
I don’t reach for her hand. But my need to avoid touching her isn’t control, it’s weakness—and I hate weakness. I close my hand over hers. “Nice to meet you, Ms. Smith.” My palm warms, and I don’t want to be warmed by this woman, or by any woman I haven’t chosen as a submissive.
Her lashes lower, and I know she’s hiding her reaction to the touch. Despite myself, I am intrigued. Even more so when, almost instantly, she smoothly recovers and her lashes lift, her eyes directly meeting mine. Any sign of whatever she’d felt is gone.
Impressed by her rapid recovery and quick control, I’m surprised by how reluctantly I release her hand. I’m rarely reluctant about anything.“Since when is it the duty of the sales manager to pick someone up at the airport?”
Her brows dip and she gives a delicate snort.“It’s not like you’re just anyone.You’re your mother’s son.”
I inwardly cringe at the sore spot she’s hit. I love my mother, but there’s a reason why I opened my gallery across the country.“She ordered you to pick me up.”
Her lips curve. “Your mother’s as feisty as ever from her hospital bed.”
“I’m not surprised,” I manage tightly. Just thinking of my mother in a hospital bed creates a dull throb in my gut. “She’s impossible to say no to, even for me.”
“I thought for sure her pride and joy would be the one person who could.”
Fighting a wave of something dark I’d rather not name, I struggle to maintain my normal steely composure.“My mother is the only person I can’t say no to.”
She gives me an odd, quizzical look.“The only person?”
“Yes, Ms. Smith.The only person.”
She frowns.“I’m sorry,” she says, and then waves me toward the door.“My car’s parked in a fifteen-minute spot.We’d better run before I get towed.” She turns and starts walking, expecting me to follow.
I stare after her. She’s sorry? What the hell does that even mean, and why do I have this intense need to race after her and ask, when I never run after anyone?
So what did you think? Have any of you read the Inside Out trilogy? The titles are If I Were You, Being Me, and Revealing Us. And did you know it’s been optioned by Starz to be a TV show? There’s also been another novella from Mark’s point of view, My Master.
And guess what?! Lisa has very generously offered a giveaway today to go along with this excerpt! One lucky commenter will win a set of Rebecca’s Lost Journals! (This hasn’t been definitely confirmed, but I’m guessing it will be The Seduction, The Contract, and His Submissive, at least. :D)
So tell me. What heat level do you like in your books? Are you a sweet girl or a spicy girl? (Or guy!) Or anywhere and everywhere in between? What’d you think of the excerpt? (And take a moment to wish Lisa and all the others facing all sorts of natural disasters out there well, would you? <3)
I’m an in-between girl. I do like lots of heat and spice though. I have never read anything by Lisa before and have never read anything with BDSM before. I really liked the excerpt.
Hope everything goes well for you, Lisa!
I can’t wait to read this from Mark’s POV!!! Stay safe Lisa!!
I’m also a in-between girl. I have loved the whole series by Lisa I can’t wait for the rest of the series to come out. I have read all the books at least twice already. The excerpt keeps you wanting more. My thoughts a prayers are with Lisa and the rest of the people whose homes are in danger of the fires. My god be with all the people fighting these fires.
I am a in between girl. I have all the books ad have the next two on order. So can’t waitfor Revealing Us and the Master Undone. Thanks for the excerpt Lisa.
I haven’t actually read that serious, yet, but I definitely will have to read them! That excerpt did it for me! I gotta read them now! ><
My heat level? I really haven't thought about it. I do love the heat and it can be in varying stages, just as long as it doesn't kill the story! I read a book once (forget what the title was), that the heat was amazing, but the story itself was pushed aside (literally, the extra characters came in the end after the H/h was like "oh, wait, but what about the villain we need to kill?" and then told them "we killed her, go ahead and live happily ever after". Ugh. Sorry, I'm done ranting…
I hope for the best for Lisa and everyone else who had to evacuate!
I’m a spicy girl! Love the Inside Outer Trilogy! Can’t wait for the next novella! 🙂
Anywhere and everywhere. Nice excerpt
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I can’t wait ! I love this Trilogy ! Thanks Mrs. Jones for a great read. Best Wishes !
yummeeeee..yummmmmmm ..I’m Burning with Desires 4 some:P! thanQ
I just loaded If I Were You onto my Kindle so I didn’t read the excerpt. I don’t want any ideas as I start the series. I am super excited! I read across a large spectrum. I like a little spicy and then I might choose a bland book next. You just never know! I wish everyone well who is living through the bad weather (and other natural disasters) all over the country.
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I like spicy and I love this series.
Mark is so intriguing to me. It’s like he has this dark secret to reveal. I can’t wait for this book.
Stay safe, Lisa!
Can’t wait for Marks pov! I love this series and her other books Lisa has become one of my favorite authors!
I love how the walker brothers came into this series if you haven’t read their series I suggest you do:-)
Stay safe Lisa thank you for another great book!
I’ve read the books and I really like her writing. I just finished Being Me and thought it was really good, a few typos, and maybe a few too many “what does that mean” or “what does that even mean” lines, but overall very good. Stay safe Lisa!
I consider myself a sweet girl but oh I know how to b spicy. I think I have secretly been in LOVE with Mark since book 1……Can’t wait to read his POV and o see how it all ends. Absolutely love Lisa’s writing. Hooked for life!!!
I kind of like it all – not at once, but it depends on what I feel like reading at the time.
This might sound mad, but I actually like the black & white not-a-cover.
I just love your books, I’m a huge fan!! Love them spicy! I bought being me the day it came out and can’t wait for more!!!