Inside Out by Lauren DaneInside Out by Lauren Dane

Inside Out

byLauren Dane

Mass Market Paperback | January 7, 2014

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Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s spent each day since reclaiming her life and holding on to her hard-won lessons. While that doesn’t include romance, it doesn’t mean she has to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark, and Tattooed…
Security professional Andrew Copeland is no stranger to women, but the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to Ella is different from anything he’s known before. Determined to help her—and to get close—he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.
The prospect of being able to touch him and regain her sense of security is more than Ella can resist.  Soon Cope reignites something deep inside her—something that could turn them both inside out.
As a stay-at-home mom, Lauren Dane had lots of conversations in a singsong voice but had no real outlet for adult thoughts and words. Armed with a secondhand laptop, she decided to “give that writing thing a serious go.” Nearly a decade and several dozen books later, she’s well aware of her good fortune and is loving every moment of it...
Title:Inside OutFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 0.8 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:042526954X

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from DISSAPOINTING Inside Out is the 3rd instalment from Lauren Dane’s deliciously erotic ‘Brown Family’ series. And while I absolutely adored the first 2 books (Laid Bare and Coming Undone) I’m sad to say that this one was a huge disappointment for me. The writing is still engaging (except for Dane’s new obsession with the words “Gah” and “Pfft”) and once we get to the love scenes they’re well done, although I wouldn’t call them erotic especially when compared to (Laid Bare) I also enjoyed returning to a cast of familiar characters unfortunately nothing really interesting ever happens here with them. It’s more like an advanced character study or slice-of-life then a romance with very little in the way of a developing storyline, especially when you consider its 306 pages long. Instead we’re just given endless and often repetitive conversations amongst a group of friends. Centering on Erin’s risky final stages of pregnancy, Ben’s angry, bigoted father and some rather high-schoolish discussions on how much Ella/Andrew are totally crushing on each other; which is then dissected by each member of the group and reasons given to why they shouldn’t or shouldn’t be dating. This was monotonous. I kept waiting for the real story to begin or some kind of conflict between the H/h to develop as they began to fall in love. Regrettably none of these things ever materialized and honestly I was bored. Another huge problem for me and I’m sure at least part of the reason why I never connected with this book was the similarity of everyone’s names. With an Ella, Erin, Elise and Adrian I was often at a loss as to who was doing the talking. The hero was also referred to as either Andrew, Drew, Andy or Cope which had me double checking that I’d somehow missed the introduction of a new character and to top off the name game there were also 2 different antagonists a Bill and a Billy. Gah! Ella and Andrew have been tip toeing around a mutual infatuation for years but it’s taken that long for Ella to be emotionally ready to return gorgeous ladies man and perpetual flirt Andrew’s steamy glances. She’s still wary but at last feeling ready to reclaim the vibrant and outgoing person she was before her ex boyfriend destroyed her confidence then attacked and almost killed her. *I’m sorry but this is the same back story given for the last two heroines in this series* Okay so basically Andrew and Ella start dating and through some romantic poems, a mixed tape and several visits to see Erin in the hospital they fall in love. There isn’t much drama where these two are concerned and as I said no real conflict. I did enjoy seeing another side of Andrew’s (up until now) playboy character and witnessing how shy and out of his element he became with Ella. And the love letters he sends her will have you sighing. Watching Ella find herself again was also interesting but as I said had been done before. Of course all the other characters are back and feeling more like a family then ever although we don’t get another Chapter 16 like (Coming Undone) or into Todd or Ben’s heads. I do recommend Inside Out to fans of the series, especially after going over some of the other reviews as I seem to be in the minority when it comes to my low rating. I wish I’d liked it more. Cheers.
Date published: 2011-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pull Up a Couch, the Doctor is in! Inside Out is Dane's third book in the Brown Sibling series. Although, to be technical, this time round the story's focus is Andrew Copeland and Ella Tipton. Neither are a Brown, but they are pretty much considered family by the Brown siblings so it works for me. Both Ella and Cope (as he's called) have been strong secondary characters in the first two books. Cope has been portrayed as a flirty, ladies man. Ella on the other hand has had some dark past experiences and is recovering from the trauma. Cope has always been drawn to Ella, but the timing was never right, until now. What unfolds in a delicious romance. I would have to say that this book definitely falls more to the romance side of the Romantica spectrum (as opposed to the Erotica side). There were some heated moments, but nothing as scorching as what we were given in the first book, Laid Bare. Cope and Ella's story is a sweeter, slower dance and it was fun to watch their courtship. I do have a couple of complaints about this outing though. First of all, despite the fact that the book was supposed to be Cope's and Ella's, Erin and her menage continue to try and hog the limelight. Not that I didn't mind catching up with them (and Brody and Adrian too), it's just that the only drama or tension that occurred actually involved Erin rather than Cope or Ella. I kept waiting for something to happen with the main characters, but nothing ever really did (in terms of drama). Secondly, OMG, what happened to everyone in this book? Did they all sit down and read Therapy for Dummies? It felt like scene after scene of 'let's psychoanalyze our feelings'. I found many of the conversations so outrageous because I had a hard time imagining real people actually having such in depth touchy-feeling moments - especially the guys. It all seemed just a little to sickly sweet, syruping, name it. Blah! Anyway, despite that, it was still a good read. I wouldn`t rate it as hot as the previous books in the series, but overall I enjoyed it. I`m looking forward to what I hope will be Adrian`s book next. There definitely seemed to be some foreshadowing for his book to be coming soon. I guess I`ll just have to wait and see. 2010-162
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Ella and Cope's Book! “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
Date published: 2010-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely Worth the Wait! Lauren Dane is the master of having the reader become emotionally invested in her characters and her stories. Thus, while reading Inside Out, I was an emotional basket case! At some parts I wanted to ball my eyes out, while at other times I was so angry I needed to punch a pillow. Sorry pillow. That’s what Lauren Dane does to me. She breaks down the barriers between the book and the reader. I become so absorbed in her books that I abuse my furniture, haha. I also love how Dane redefines what a family can be. Although there are some non-traditional relationships in the book, there is so much love between the characters I could feel it radiating from the book. I wanted to wrap myself up in the big ol’ love blanket that is the Browns and their extended family. However, Erin, Todd, and Ben’s relationship is still a sore spot for some family members, ie Cope and Ben’s father. Although most of time I was so frustrated with the father, I was amazed at how realistic the family dynamics were in the book. In the real world, not everyone would be accepting with the type of relationship that Erin, Ben, and Todd share. As a reader, I appreciate that Dane incorporates that fact into the Brown Sibling series. Oh Cope. How I love thee. At first I was a little put off that Adrian’s story was not next in the series but Cope is just as delicious as Adrian. In the other books, Cope comes off as sweet and lovable but a total womanizer. With Inside Out, however, we get to see the other side of Cope that loves poetry and takes pride in fixing up his home. He really matures in this book and I loved seeing the transition. Ella also experiences her own transition throughout the book. Unlike Laid Bare and Coming Undone, we know from the beginning what happened to Ella. As the book progresses, we get to see how Ella is slowly coping (no pun intended) with the aftermath of being in an abusive relationship and getting badly beaten. I liked how in the beginning Ella thinks she is completely unworthy of Cope’s attention but slowly opens-up to being confident in herself and her sexuality. One of the best scene’s in the book is when she confronts Ben and Cope’s father in the hospital. I wanted to pump my fists in the air right along with her! The thing I wasn’t so much a fan of was how Ella’s cartoony voice kept getting emphasised. For me, a cartoony voice isn’t really my cup of coffee. I kept thinking that Ella’s voice sounded like one of Kristen Wigg’s characters on SNL; the one that the boys think is uber sexy but does really hilarious and disgusting things. That’s what I heard in my head and it distracted me from Ella’s character. Also, nothing truly dramatic happens in the story. By this I mean there was no major event that had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. The premise of the story was verily similar to the last two books, but I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing. You don’t need to have something crazy happen all the time. Actually, the biggest thing that had me shivering with anticipation was waiting for Erin to have her baby! Furthermore, if you’re looking for the classic Dane dirty smexin’ you won’t find it with this book. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of smexin’, just not as much as the previous books. That being said, Inside Out is still a wonderful read. I loved reading about the relationship between Cope and Ella and watching them grow as a couple and as individuals. The Brown Siblings series is my absolute favourite contemporary series and Inside Out just reinforces why the series is at the top of my list. Can’t wait for Adrian’s story!
Date published: 2010-11-04

Editorial Reviews

Tender, romantic, and unapologetically sexy...Lauren Dane writes with an emotional depth and authenticity that always leaves me breathless.”—Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author

“Very hot, and very fun!”—Smexy Books

“Sexy, fun, and intimate.”—Night Owl Reviews