Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Review: Escaping Reality

Title Escaping Reality

Series The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, book 1

Author Lisa Renee Jones

Release Date July 22, 2013

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 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?

I was browsing Netgalley and was pleasantly surprised to find Escaping Reality as a Read Now book. However, that excitement was short lived. Escaping Reality was a big letdown.

There's all this mystery about Amy. Who is she really? What happened to her family? Who is after her? Big surprise! You get NO answers in this book. Nothing. I kept reading, hoping that something would be explained. Honestly, it felt like a cheap ploy to get me to continue reading. Not cool at all.

Other than that, you're left with something very typical and overused. If you feel like you've read this before, you might be right. Liam Stone is the typical damaged billionaire with a desire to control a naive girl. Amy Bensen just happens to be that naive girl that needs saving (mostly from herself, but who am I to judge). The mystery behind Amy might have been enough to save this story from being just another one of the same, but there aren't enough answers to save the story.

There was something else that bothered me about this story, other than it being rather unoriginal. Amy is supposed to be on the run from someone that's dangerous, but along comes Liam and she's throwing all common sense out the window. Screw being safe! Instalove trumps living any day. Sorry, I just find it completely unrealistic.

So, while I wouldn't recommend Escaping Reality, I may (or may not) pick up the second book to find out Amy's whole story.


2 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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