Title: Escaping Reality
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Format: Print ARC
Length: 309 pages
Expected Date of Publication: May 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Rating: 2 Stars
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? -Goodreads
Oh no! Here we go again!
It seems as though I have heard, read, seen, this story somewhere...uh...everywhere before.
Sexy damsel in distress, running from a tragic past that she just can't seem to shake...
Billionaire white knight here only to save, toy with, and let's not forget expose her to new and dark places on the F*cking fronteer to which only he is somehow privy!
Is there anyone out there...besides me, I mean, who is at least somewhat cognoscente of the fact that restraining a young lady with your tie during sex, doesn't add up to a mind-blowing bondage experience? Yes, this does still apply if you use said neck-wear to secure said ingenue to a doorknob.
Back to the book.
This first book in the Secret Life of Amy Benson series is well written, but seems to lack the laser-sharp attention to detail that authoress Lisa Renee Jones is famous for.
Amy is a person without a clear present or past. Because of this, it is very hard to bond with, and or follow her anywhere. Not that readers would have a clue where the hell it is that she is going...even with a map, GPS, and guide dogs for the blind.
Rule number one in the "How Not To Have My Death Reenacted On I.D. Handbook"
* DO NOT invite sexy, yet domineering men that you don't know to the apartment that you just got from your secret contact. EVER! I mean...come on! You don't even know your own address yet!
Stranger danger lunacy aside, the sex between these two is the only thing saving this read.
As the read goes on, we see that this is going to be another "I own you because we're sleeping together" read.
There are also many allusions to both Amy and Liam's respective pasts, but we are left sadly bereft of details on both counts.
The ending does provide a bit of a "surprise", but said plot twist is only a calculated segue into book 2.
Here's hoping that the second book offers the originality that this one sorely lacks.