Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones

Released: July 22, 2013
Publisher: Julie Parta Publishing
Series: The Secret Life of Amy Benson, #1
Star Rating: 2 out of 5
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eBook
Page Amount: 453
Age Group: New Adult
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?
 Let me begin this review by saying that this book is DEFINITELY, 100% New Adult. There is more explicit content than actual storyline. With this being my first introduction to the New Adult genre, I was thoroughly disappointed. Although it was well written, the storyline was dismissed to make room for the 'dirty' scenes.

Amy didn't do it for me as a main character. She was annoying, and easy... if you know what I mean. She talks about protecting herself and staying away from danger and then throws herself right into it.

Don't get me wrong, the storyline would have been awesome. That's what gravitated me to the book in the first place. I found that the storyline was taken away by certain scenes, and those certain scenes took away from the interesting storyline. I still, after reading the novel, have no idea why Amy is running. This book consisted of a middle basically... it could have used more of a beginning and a resolution at the end.

A lot of aspects of a storyline was not explored in this novel. It was enjoyable enough, though I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the plot didn't seem more like a subplot.

About the Author

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 and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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