Monday 8 September 2014

✤ My Control ✤ Lisa Renee Jones ✤ Inside Out #4.1 ✤

© Bianca Janeane


• release day 8 September 2014
Inside Out #4.1

(and yes - I said NOVELLA - that means SHORT - very short - no need for any 1-Star reviews only because you thought this was a full length novel!)

Before you start reading this review - please read the whole
Inside Out Series
If you haven't yet - you're missing out on some of the best books EVER
(and of course our review might spoil some things for you!!!)

5 Stars


Mark's POV novella

I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. My hunger for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more. She's about to find out that the Master has returned.



My Control is a very short novella about Mark & Crystal, written in both POVs - we already read about their story in 2 previous novellas and this one will be their last novella before they get their own full-length book next!

We all just read No In Between and we know what's happening in the whole Rebecca & Ava situation.
Ava has been released from prison but the police think they have enough evidence to arrest her again on monday ...
Crystal just arrived in San Francisco to help Mark with Allure - and to just be there for him.
She knows he's not the right man for her - she's not the submissive type he normally goes for. But she still wants him - she wants to help him through this whole mess even though she knows she's going to get hurt in the end.

Mark is this close to snapping. He's not the cool dominant in-control guy he always was. He feels responsible for whatever happened to Rebecca - and he is only now - maybe, finally - admitting that he did have love-like feelings towards her. But now it's too late - the words won't help her or make her happy, not anymore.

He's alone inside his own personal hell, telling himself he can fight it alone.

But Crystal. Crystal doesn't seem to care that she should be running away from him, not towards him.
He doesn't understand her - he only knows that she's the cause of very new and strange feelings in him. Feelings he hasn't allowed himself to feel for a decade.
And because it's all too much and too scary he tries to push her away  ....

What will happen to Mark & Crystal?
Will there be a HEA?
What did REALLY happen to Rebecca?
Will everybody die at the end?
Or will there be a horrible Cliffhanger?


l don't want to spoil anything
OK - I might tell you that Mark & Crystal will get their own full length novel soon:
so - we'll see them again☺☺☺ and  of course we'll meet Sara & Chris again too - there's still a last book left  - Valentine's Day 2015!!! ☺


Such a heartbreakingly wonderful novella - all these little Mark novellas to prepare us for the 'real' thing ☺ I BELONG TO YOU, coming in November!!!
I just love Mark! And Crystal is just the perfect woman for him.

She quiets the storm inside of me and I'll be damned if I understand it.

She doesn't scare easily - even though he tries his best to push her away.

This novella - short as it was - had everything we need in our #InsideOut stories ... lots of feelings and suspense and some very erotic moments too of course ☺

Poor Mark - I just want to jump into the books and hug the hell out of him...

...he doesn't want to be touched though - his Subs never dared touch him. But Crystal - she just doesn't care about his famous control - she just does what she feels he needs in this exact moment.
I just love those 2 together....


Other than the shortness of My Control I have NOTHING to complain about ☺
If you loved every book of the Inside Out series - just like I did - you will LOVE this one too ----->>> GO GET IT

I mentioned it before - but can I please have the Inside Out TV Show on my TV tomorrow??? And can it please be a daily thing? Because I want/need to stare at (naked) Chris & Mark all day long!

I had only just finished No In Between before My Control turned up on my kindle, and I just had to start it right away.

In No In Between we start to see Mark losing control as the investigation into Rebecca's disappearance/murder heats up.  

In My Control, he is right on the precipice, we just don't know how much more he will take before he tips over the edge. He is no longer Mr Dominant, Mr Control.  He is spiralling and it is not pretty.

His relationship with Crystal is also moving forward - well, in a two steps forward, one step back kind of way. I am glad that Mark has not shut Crystal out of his life, and seems to be opening his heart up to her - well as much as he can, as much as he understands himself at this time

"She quiets the storm inside of me and I'll be damned if I understand it."

"Crystals is slipping under my once iron-clad surface where I've let no one in for ten years.  Except Rebecca."

 My heart broke over and over for Mark.  You could feel his heart breaking as each breakthrough in the Rebecca case comes through, as he finally truly admits to himself how he felt about her.  It was rough seeing him so broken when he has always been so strong.  I just wanted to grab him in a big bear hug - then make a hasty retreat because you know he wouldn't be up for that!

I love that Crystal is so strong.  She knows that Mark is not right for her, not good for her, but god love her for sticking it out when things get a little rough, and for not giving up on him when he needs someone the most.

So, can Crystal break through Mark's emotional walls?  How will Mark survive when things come to a head with the Rebecca situation?

Nope, for that you are going to have to read.

Ms Jones packs a punch with every single word.  This is only a very short novella, but boy there is so much happening in those pages.  Seeing this side of Mark gives the reader a whole new perspective of the man.

Now I can't wait for the next installments in this series, and am anxious to find out how the story ends.



18 November 2014


About Lisa Renee

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. 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.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.