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Early Review: Escaping Reality (Lisa Renee Jones)


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Summary (From Goodreads.com)
Infinite
possibilities….
Infinite p
assion…..
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 down, the ghost’s 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?


Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Length: 250 pages
Series: Yes – #1 in The Secret Life of Amy Bensen
Source: NetGalley

Plot: ★★
Characters: ★★★
Readability: ★★★★
Overall: ★★★

My opinion:

I loved Lisa Renee Jones’ Inside Out Trilogy (you can read my review for book 1 here and for book 2 here) so I couldn’t resist requesting Escaping Reality when I saw it on NetGalley.

Amy Bensen is a girl running from her past, hiding from a shadowy history with a new name and identity. When her ‘handler’ announces Amy needs to run again, Amy dreads starting yet another life, but when her survival depends on it, what choice does she have?

On the flight to her new destination, Amy meets Liam. Despite her instincts to stay unnoticed, Amy and Liam have an instant chemistry she just can’t resist.

Escaping Reality was an easy read with an interesting idea.  It didn’t quite live up to the Inside Out Trilogy in my opinion, though I admit that may be because I’m not a huge New Adult fan. Similar to the Inside Out Trilogy, this is a sexy blend of romance and mystery. I felt the romance was the predominant plot point, and that little really happened on the mystery front. There was too much intrigue for me – I don’t feel like any of the questions I had were answered. That combined with a cliffhanger ending mean I definitely want to read the next book, but I ended this one feeling just as frustrated as intrigued.

The main characters were likeable enough. Liam is a fairly standard alpha male; I liked him but he didn’t wow me or strike me as especially different to the many similar characters around at the minute. Amy was great, and not afraid to tell Liam exactly what she thought of him! However, I didn’t really understand enough about why she acts the way she does, and so sometimes I was frustrated with her wavering back and forth about attraction to Liam and her instincts to stay away.  The minor characters, Jared and Meg, were okay; I got the impression they were deliberately somewhat mysterious, and I’m intrigued to learn more about both.

All in all Escaping Reality was an enjoyable, easy read, but unless you’re a big New Adult fan or looking for your next Lisa Renee Jones fix, I’d recommend the Inside Out Trilogy first.

Buy it? I wouldn’t mind paying the £2.01 for the kindle edition.
In a nutshell: Likeable enough but it didn’t wow me the way If I Were You/Being Me did.

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