Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Buying Book Reviews on Fiverr

Do people actually do this? Apparently so. Is this legal or, I don't know, ethical?

I have recently seen mentions of paid product reviews and paid book reviews through Fiverr. (It has apparently been going on for awhile, but sometimes I think I must live under a rock because I'm oblivious.) So today I decided to check it out while browsing around the site. I honestly could not believe it! There are many people who are charging to do book reviews. And not only that, some of them are charging extra to post it to the various retail sites or Goodreads. I even saw quite a few which say they will give you a "positive" or "glowing" review. From the looks of things, some authors are snatching up the opportunities.

I must say that I am disappointed. When I check out the reviews on a book, or any product for that matter, I am expecting it to be the reader's honest opinion. For some reason, I don't think we are getting that from a paid review through Fiverr or any other paid site. I have been reviewing books as Krazy Book Lady on and off for 3 years now, and while I have chosen to not post reviews for books I didn't enjoy, I have never once charged for a review.

Judging from how many sales some of these people on Fiverr have, it makes me wonder if I've been going about things the wrong way...

What do you think about paid reviews?

Monday, August 18, 2014

His Secrets by Lisa Renee Jones - Review

His Secrets (Inside Out #3.1)
by Lisa Renee Jones
Published: February 2014

An Inside Out story, Chris's POV

In a world where my only escape has been my art, Sara has been the light in my darkness. And there is darkness, the kind of inky black that can bleed from my life to hers.

She doesn't see it. She doesn't understand what I've shown her. And my biggest fear is that soon...she will.




My review:
Oh, Chris. The dark bad boy artist who is all edgy, hard, and tough on the outside. We have seen glimpses of his compassion and caring through Sara's eyes, but now we get to see more inside his tortured soul. We learn about his secrets, why he has the need to be so in control, and why he has turned toward pain for release.

You can enjoy the Inside Out series without reading this, but it is a great bonus to the story that gives you more depth and understanding of one of the main characters. I recommend you add this to your reading list to go along with the rest of the series.

A copy was provided for review.

About the author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

  
Find out more at LisaReneeJones.com.
       

Revealing Us by Lisa Renee Jones - Review

Revealing Us (Inside Out #3)
by Lisa Renee Jones
Published: September 2013

The third installment in the sexy Inside Out erotic romance series—in the seductive tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.

You've discovered Rebecca's secrets. You've discovered Sara's secrets. Now Sara will discover "his" deepest, darkest secrets...but will those secrets bind them together--or tear them apart?



My review:
Sara and Chris are back and as hot as ever. Now that the mystery of Rebecca has been solved, Chris takes Sara to Paris in anticipation of revealing a big secret about himself, and the mystery of what happened to Sara's friend, Ella, takes a front seat. In Revealing Us, we also see love between Sara and Chris really begin to blossom, in addition to the powerful sexual attraction they have to each other.

I wasn't sure what to expect of this book since the main question of the first two books was answered, but Lisa Renee Jones has revved the energy back up and given us new mysteries and new secrets. Revealing Us isn't just a boring "dragging out the series" book. Ms. Jones manages to capture your attention, spark your interest (and desire), and keep you turning the pages for more.

I am a fan of the Inside Out series and a new fan of Lisa Renee Jones, and I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys erotic romantic suspense.

A copy was provided for review.

About the author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

  
Find out more at LisaReneeJones.com.
      

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rebecca's Lost Journals & Master Undone by Lisa Renee Jones - Review

Rebecca's Lost Journals 
by Lisa Renee Jones
Includes Rebecca’s Lost Journals #1-4 (The Seduction, The Contract, His Submissive, My Master) and The Master Undone
Published: April 2014

In this stand alone collection connected to the Best Selling Inside Out Series, you meet Rebecca Mason, the intriguing woman who penned an erotic journal that changed everyone’s life it touched. This is her story, in her words.....

Rebecca’s Lost Journals.....

Rebecca Mason has known heartache and sorrow in her life, losing everyone she loves. She’s on her own in San Francisco, lost in every way, until she dares to make the decision to chase her dream of working in the art world. It is then that he meets a rich, seductively powerful man who will become the Master she never knew she wanted and change her life forever. He will lead her on a dark, passionate journey where pain is pleasure and pleasure is pain, and where every limit she once had is no more. In this man, she will find solace to her pain, an escape from the ache inside her. And in him, she will discover a darkness she may never escape.

Bonus Story included:

Master Undone in his POV...
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...




My review:
Rebecca's Lost Journals are an excellent addition to the Inside Out series. In both If I Were You and Being Me, you get glimpses of different passages from Rebecca's journals, but now you actually get an up close and personal look into her private thoughts. The journal entries are detailed and intriguing, and you almost forget that you are not reading someone's private diary. These journals take readers on a ride through Rebecca's passion and boldness and also her pain and insecurity.

Master Undone finally gives us an inside look at the "Master" himself. But now we find him coming unraveled just a little and unsure of himself because of recent events. The "master" also unexpectedly meets someone who may be his match, and it completely throws him off balance. I can't say much about Master Undone because it would be a huge spoiler. Do not read this until after you have read both If I Were You and Being Me.

I thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca's Lost Journals and Master Undone. While they are not required reading to follow along with the Inside Out series, they are both great bonus readings to give you more personal glimpses into both Rebecca and the "master." If you are caught up in the Inside Out series, you will want to add these to your reading list. 

Now that I've read this far into the Inside Out series, I must admit that Lisa Renee Jones has a new fan. I definitely recommend the Inside Out series if you enjoy erotic romantic suspense.

A copy was provided for review.

About the author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

  
Find out more at LisaReneeJones.com.
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones

Being Me (Inside Out #2)
by Lisa Renee Jones
Published: June 2013

The sexy second installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy, following If I Were You—in the seductive tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?



My review:
Excellent second book in the Inside Out series. In Being Me, the story picks up right where it left off in If I Were You. Sara is still searching for answers about Rebecca while trying to secure a more than temporary position in her dream career in the art field. Sara continues to be unsure about her relationship with the sexy artist, Chris, and she still has conflicting vibes from her new boss, Mark. In searching for answers about Rebecca, she is leaving her old life behind and entering an unfamiliar world, and she soon learns that sometimes people are not what they appear to be on the outside.

In Being Me, a lot of the unanswered questions from If I Were You are finally discovered, but many more questions pop up. I typically don't appreciate cliffhanger books, but I think Lisa Renee Jones has done an excellent job of grabbing the reader's interest and pulling us along with Sara on her exploration of the new and unexpected. I have enjoyed both books so far, and I am excited to see what is going to happen next. If you enjoyed If I Were You (which you must read first to fully appreciate this one), you will definitely want to read Being Me.

A copy was provided for review.

About the author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
  
Find out more at LisaReneeJones.com.
    

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