Nov 23, 2010

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Review: Inside Out by Lauren Dane (Brown Siblings #3)

Contemporary Erotic Romance
November 2 2010
Trade Paperback
320 pages
Berkley Trade

Yummy Man – Andrew Copeland
Kick Ass Chick – Ella Tipton

From Goodreads
“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” by Lauren Dane is the third book in her Brown Sibling series, even though technically neither the hero (Cope) nor the heroine (Ella) is a Brown sibling.  But, they are close friends of the gang and Cope is Erin’s brother-in-law so that’s how they fit into that.  These are fantastic books and a really heart-warming (although at times gut wrenching emotional) series.  I did enjoy this third book but I must admit that it was my least favorite installment.

Ella.  She is such a genuine and sweet person.  And after all the sh*t she went through at the hands of her ex, she truly deserves happiness.  I was her personal cheerleader when she overcame some of her fears in this book.  And I was totally high fiving her and smacking her on the butt when she confronted a certain ass hat that no one else would challenge.  I mean talk about a kick ass chick!  Lauren does a wonderful job at writing Ella.  Actually she does a wonderful job writing all of the characters in this series.  It’s what makes this series great.

Cope.  Andrew Copeland.  He’s been the resident playboy in this series.  When I found out that Cope and Ella would be each other’s HEA, I was really glad. Little did we know that he has actually been pinning over Ella for years.  Years!  Cope is loving and loyal to his friends and family.  Since he’s known Ella for ages, he knows exactly what she’s been through and what it has taken for her just to get to where she is today.  He wouldn’t push her, which is what she needs.  Because of his feelings for her, he’s willing to do whatever she needs to help her heal.  And little did we know that there is this entire sweet side that he’s kept hidden away.  He’s actually a sweet poet and a very talented carpenter and artist!  Who knew?!  I love him for Ella.  And Ella, again because she’s known him for a while, feels confident that he won’t force her into situations that makes her uneasy.  Really, Lauren has made a perfect match.

That being said, I just found that this installment was lacking some of the sparkle that the first two had.  Not that this wasn’t a well written story.  The characters are lovely and I’m happy with where the story took them.  Maybe it’s because this story wasn’t about one of the Brown siblings per say, although they certainly were in this book a lot…  Sometimes it almost seemed like this story was about Erin and her pregnancy more than Ella and Cope.  But other than that, I can’t say what was lacking exactly.  All of the pieces were there but I just didn’t feel the same magic that I’ve felt while reading “Laid Bare” and “Coming Undone”.

I hope you don’t get me wrong here.  This was a good book with a solid story.  You don’t have to read the first two books in order to appreciate this, but you would miss much of Ella’s back story if you didn’t.  But then, you wouldn’t have those two books to compare and you might enjoy this book even more.  Either way, Lauren Dane does delivers a nice love story.

3.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“Her hands braced on his hips, she rose and fell on him as he tried to hold back enough of his attention not to come, thinking of algebra and how he needed to get varnish…fuck.  ‘Holy crap,’ he murmured as she swiveled on him.  Well, that wasn’t going to keep him from coming.”

  1. I completely agree with your review. I felt the same way; it lacked the heat and spark that the first two books had. This book was sweet. I don’t want sweet! LOL!I loved Cope and Ella together as a couple but they were more spicey apart than together (Ella’s fantasty at the beginning; Cope in the shower). Hopefully Dane will bring the heat back with Adrian’s book.

  2. Marquetta – I’m assuming Adrian’s book will be steamier. He is a rock star after all. 😉

  3. Great review Julie…maybe I’ll be needing to add yet another series to my book collection! With all the wonderful book reviews you read how do you not feel behind in reading the books people suggest?? I just feel like so many other doors keep opening and I’ll be so behind in my readings as more people post awesome reviews like this! LOL. But I guess that is a good problem to have. 🙂 Can’t wait to read your next review.

  4. Since this is the first I have read of Dane, I didn’t have anything to compare it to. I liked it..but I can’t wait to read the first two!

  5. Mandi – It was good, but I really can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the first two books!

  6. I’m glad it was still a 3.5! I still need to start this series…yum 😉


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