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Reading After Dark

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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

250 pages, NA Contemporary Romance, Suspense
The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1
My rating: 4 stars


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?

My 2 cents

Escaping Reality is the story of Amy, who from the get go is running from someone dangerous. It takes awhile into the story before we start to find out why she is running, but its pretty obvious she's in danger.

She hurriedly leaves NYC, following instructions from her "Handler." We don't know much, but honestly, either does Amy. She meets a gorgeous man on the plane by the name of Liam. Liam sees right through Amy, and pretty much attaches himself to her for the flight, and basically from then on. She has huge reservations about him, and doesn't trust anybody, but she can't deny the physical attraction. It wasn't a huge surprise when they jumped into bed together!

The story itself was amazing! So much suspense and mystery--the author leaves us and Amy constantly guessing on what is really going on. No one is what they seem, and there are so many inconsistencies in her new life. Amy also experiences flashbacks, and these are how we get to know more about her past. 

The romance was hot and steamy, although it didn't take up a lot of the story. I liked that there was still a plot, and even though the sexual tension and romance were a big part of the story, it was on the back burner a lot. 

My one complaint was the big cliffhanger at the end. Be forewarned that you will probably want to read this book all in one sitting, and go right to the next book when you are done! 

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