Thursday, November 11, 2010

Review: Inside Out by Lauren Dane

Title: Inside Out

Author: Lauren Dane

Publisher: Berkley Heat

Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance

ISBN: 978-0425236888

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Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s 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 didn’t mean she had 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’d been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to her is different than any attraction he’s had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Andy does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.

While Ella’s sure he’s 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 re-ignites something deep inside her. Before long desire and love turn them both inside out.

Inside Out is Book 3 in The Brown Siblings series. Although the main character is technically not one of the Brown siblings, he is a part of their growing family that includes friends. Cope is a character that was introduced in the previous books and now the reader gets the chance to know him a little better. I've been waiting for this book and oh boy, did Lauren Dane deliver! But, I have to say that this book is different that the previous books in the series, and that wasn't a bad thing for me. This book was about Cope and Ella really taking the time to get to know each other. They have been friends for years, and then become lovers. They get each other and I really could feel each step in their relationship. Oh to be young and in love! We get to see all the great things that they do for one another. I'm still swooning thinking about the cards that they sent to each other with these passages in them:
Cope to Ella: Upon night's breast, I fly to you each time I close my eyes ...
Ella to Cope: I don't have poetry like you do. I only know that I love how my sheets smell after you've been in my bed.
Oh Ms. Dane you are a poet! I teared up while reading your lovely book!

I'm giving Inside Out *4* Bells!

All of the other wonderful characters from the previous books are inter weaved throughout the storyline. They are such a loving, supporting group of people that I just wish I could be amongst them! Now the wait is on for Adrian's book. He wants love and I just can't wait to see him get it!



  1. I can't wait to read this one. Great story!

  2. I had to order this book online because I couldn't find it anywhere *mumble grumble*. But guess what? It's finally shipped! I can't wait to read it. I love the Brown siblings...and friends. Nice Review Bells!

  3. Great review Bells.I enjoyed this one myself. So much that I bought the first and second one. Cope was HAWT!

  4. C - I can't wait for you to read it. So good!

    Julie - You are going to fall in love with Cope!

    Tori - Cope was on FIYA! He was so sweet. Gosh I wish my man wrote poetry! Cope was so sensitive. I added him to the Book Boyfriend list!

  5. Agreed. This one is different but OMG, how I loved it. LD really is my fave author evah.
    Thanks for this one, Bells.

  6. AM - Yes my sweets it was different wasn't it. So, so sweet though. At first I was waiting for the smexing to start and then realized that this is a different book. Loved it though!