I finished Inside Out by Lauren Dane in the wee hours this morning. I just couldn't put it down. Wow .. this was a wild, fantastic roller coaster ride for the emotions. I fell in love with the characters and the story was had that sense of drama that kept you reading, wanting to know more yet waiting for the dreaded "other shoe" to drop. The tension stayed with you right up to the very end. The story was mainly about Cope and Ella but the side stories pulled in the extended family and made the whole experience deeper and drew me in even more. The sex scenes were hot, how could they not be with such beautiful people, yet the love, the feeling of family in the book was so warm and so rich it had me laughing, crying and wanting to reach in and beat some people over the head for their ignorance. Yes this was one really awesome read. This is the kind of book you know you'll keep coming back to again and again because the characters are so strong, so real that you want to go back and meet them all over again. Beautiful, flawed, real people ... Lauren Dane has written a wonder story that I highly recommend to everyone.
WORTH THE WAIT
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.