Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: Inside Out by Lauren Dane - 5 Wine Glass Toast!

Inside Out
by Lauren Dane
#3 The Brown Siblings
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Berkley Trade
Bought By Reviewer
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Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that nearly left her dead, she has 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 doesn't mean she has 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 decidely skittish Ella developed. He's known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she's been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to Ella is different from any attraction he's had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Cope does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.
While Ella's sure Cope is just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and 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 he reignites something deep inside her. It isn't long before desire and love turn them both inside out.

Crystal L's Thoughts:
Ella is a secondary character from the first book in the series. Through Erin's story, you learn that Ella survives a viscous attack from her ex-boyfriend where he attempts to kill her by setting her on fire. Ella is an amazing woman though. A real survivor, even if she doesn't realize it right away. She has to hurdles to get over though. PTSD from her attack haunts her as she sometimes struggles to live her life.

Cope steps in to help. He offers her self defense lessons to give her confidence and security. Cope would do anything to see the bright light of loving life return to Ella's eyes. He's had a crush on her for years. But Ella is gun shy of men and relationships. It's not easy for Cope to reassure her that he's sincere in his interest with his playboy reputation following him around.

Their friends and family but in alot too. Warning Cope not to hurt Ella. Which ultimately hurts Cope's feelings because he realizes he's surround by people who look, but don't really see him for who he is. Ella does though. She looks right through the hype and starts to see Cope for the deep, amazing man that no one else notices. Ella and Cope's story is by far the sweetest of the Brown Siblings bunch. There's still drama and problems, but by the end of the story I sighed in sweet relief of their love. The two of them together made me think of that kind of love you dream. The supportive kind that you know will always see you through till the end. In essence, Ella and Cope kind of personified the word beautiful to me. Not because they were beautiful people inside and out, but because their relationship was a beautiful thing. One to be admired.

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