Saturday, June 11, 2011

Review: 'Inside Out' by Lauren Dane

The third book in Lauren Dane’s Brown Siblings erotic romance series follows Ella Tipton, manager of Erin Brown’s café.  In the years since leaving an abusive relationship, Ella has focused on standing on her own two feet without the help of others.  She is finally in a place where she feels strong and independent, but is she ready for love? 
Andrew “Cope” Copland is Erin’s brother-in-law and notorious ladies man.  But his casual love life has given him a reputation that he is uncomfortable with.   He knows that he is capable of love, especially if it is with a girl like Ella, but will she take a chance on him?
I love this series because the characters are fully developed and have distinct personalities.  These are people that I want to be friends with.  I feel invested in their stories.  However, the similarities in the heroines—all have some horrible history of victimization that they have had to overcome—are starting to feel formulaic.  I am all for overcoming adversity, but I would like to see some more variety here. 
Inside Out is more character driven than the other books in this series, which I love, but some might feel there is a lack of action.  If you are looking for a romantic and steamy read where you can fall in love alongside the characters, this book is for you!
Overall, I give Inside Out
Plot – 2 ½ bookmarks
Character Development – 4 bookmarks
Love Story – 4 bookmarks
Sex Scenes – 4 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Ellie Kemper (Ella), Ian Somerhalder (Cope)

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