October 31, 2013

Book Review: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #1)
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Infinite possibilities….
Infinite passion…..
Infinite danger….

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #1)Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**Free copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

First of all I have to say that the cover of this book is amazing. I was totally not drawn in by the title, but the cover hooked me.

This book started off slow for me. I'll skip the synopsis, but just say that Amy has been living in New York for a couple of years. She's hiding from someone, but we don't know who. One day, she receives a message taped to the mirror in the museum where she works that is supposedly from her anonymous "handler." It tells her that she has been found and needs to run. There are instructions on what she needs to do and where she needs to go, so without any further questions, Amy hops on a plane to Denver. It is on this plane that she meets reclusive billionaire Liam Stone. He is pushy and overbearing, and hot. I had no problem with the chemistry between them, or the instant attraction, but I had to wonder.....for someone like Amy who has been on the run for 6 years, and who trusts no one, and whose life is supposedly in danger from some mysterious stranger, would she really just open herself up and throw herself into an affair with Liam? And not only an affair, but a relationship. I didn't think it was quite realistic that she let him in so easily. But, I was able to overlook that discrepancy and get lost in the story very quickly. I loved the overhanging sense of danger and anxiety that shadows the entire story. It keeps you guessing and second guessing as to who Amy's friends really are and who are her enemies. For instance, the whole cover story and "job" that she supposedly has. But the office is always closed, Molly is always "out with customers," and Amy hasn't been able to meet either one of her bosses. And then the deal with Jared. He is her next door neighbor who is only going to be in town for a month, but he seems super familiar to her, and happens to be from Texas - the place where the awful thing happened to Amy that sent her on the run. Is he a good guy or a bad guy? Or is it just coincidence that he's from Texas and looks familiar to Amy? That's the other twist that's going on during this book. Amy apparently suffers from some kind of amnesia surrounding the trauma in her past. She has flashbacks and blackouts, but still hasn't remembered all of the pieces.

In order to avoid any spoilers, I won't tell you how the book ends, but I will say that it is definitely a cliffhanger. And even though this book was a slow starter for me, I was totally engrossed by the end, and I was a fan of Liam and Amy being together. Now, I'm not so sure .... but I will definitely pick up book two to find out where the story goes.

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Author Bio:
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 www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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