Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1
Publication date: July 22nd, 2013
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
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 dark secrets 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 shes let 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 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?
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have heard wonderful things about Lisa Renee Jones's books. I even have a few of her books I won from a giveaway that my mom dove into head first and has been unable to put down. This is my first book I have actually written by the esteemed author, so I was pretty excited about it. What sort of writing flare did Lisa Renee have that resonated with so many readers?
The story opens a bit confusingly as Amy is presented with directions to run. Run from what? We are not told yet. We only know that her instructions are to go to the airport and get on a pain and forget all about her previous new beginning. Heartbroken but ever cooperative, Amy does exactly as stated. It is a midst her emotional turmoil that she meets the devastatingly handsome Liam Stone. From the moment Amy locks eyes with him she comes undone. She has trouble functioning rationally and her desperation to no longer be alone sends her straight into his open arms.
Liam has his own secrets. He keeps to himself after loosing his mentor and his mother to cancer. He desperately tries to break down the walls that Amy has erected around herself but she seems steadfast in keeping him at arms length. What had started out as a tryst to sooth his longing for her, turns into a whirlwind romance. Liam, the notorious bachelor, now can't get enough of Amy. He wants to protect her from whatever she is running from and he wants to take care of her as it seems no one has ever done before.
Can Amy and Liam's secrets be their undoing or do they seem to have more in common then is realized?
Honestly, when I started this story, before Amy met Liam, I was a little weary. It sounded like a murder mystery type book and I have dragged myself away from that genre and don't have any desire to return to it. What can I say? Romance of every type has thoroughly incapacitated my reading tastes. But then she met Liam and they started their hot and seductive dance and I couldn't contain the smile that creeped into my features. Liam seemed a bit Christian Grey-like. He was a troubled but privileged man searching for a woman who would let him be in control completely. From the first moment he met Amy he told her he wanted nothing but a one night stand and yet he became intoxicated by her and couldn't get enough. Sometimes this can read a little unrealistic. Sure, people set out for a tryst and end up with a relationship but what are the odds of a billionaire celebrity going from having any woman he wants to being a monogamist? I don't see that often, but some how, by some miracle, Lisa Renee made it work. It was believable. The characters, most importantly, were VERY likable and I could find myself sympathizing with Amy.
Overall, this was a grand book. Warning though, it DOES end in a cliffhanger. I hate not knowing this and then getting completely consumed by a world I can't continue on in. Good news is though the sequel, Infinite Possibilities, is set to be released November 11th, 2013. Can't wait!
Escaping Reality was a low-key version of 50 Shades of Grey that brings its readers into Amy's world of secrets, lies, and an unforgettable love.