Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1) – Lisa Renee Jones


17671483Infinite 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?


There’s a not so interesting story behind why I read Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones. And I say not so interesting, because it’s a super short explanation. I have been addicted to New Adult Titles recently. I’m writing this review in August, so hopefully that continues down the road. And one night, I got on my Nook and was looking for New Adult titles. Escaping Reality was one of them, and I had remembered seeing it on another blog, so…I read it. And I loved it. That is, I loved the first half of it. Something weird always happens to me when I’m really tired or upset. I love books, and then when I’m awake I wonder what the hell I was thinking. I don’t know if that was the case with this one. I started reading it at eleven at night and crawled into bed around 2 a.m. By the way, I’m way too old for that shit anymore. So, I was super excited to finish the last half of the book when I woke up. Things didn’t work out quite that way, though. I don’t know if the first half really was amazing, but I want to say yes because the writing itself is superb. However, Escaping Reality seems like a rip off of Fifty Shades of Grey, and as we all know…I hated Fifty Shades.

When I say that Escaping Reality was a rip off of Fifty Shades, I mean that they were practically identical. Amy was just as weak and whiny as Anna, and Liam was a billionaire asshole who thought that he owned Amy…just like Christian. The only difference between the two series is that they had a slightly different plot. In the end, though, it came down to Liam trying to control Amy and her resisting and then coming back to him because she realized how much she “needed” him after only knowing him for 24 hours. It was unrealistic, offensive, and cheesy. The only think that slightly made up for it was the fact that the writing was great. The story itself just sucked.

In Escaping Reality a few things happen. Guy meets girl and wants to control her. Guy makes girl go on pill. Guy freaks out on Girls friend because she’s hanging out with him. Guy has super emotional, private problems. Girl has a past she wants to avoid. Does any of this sound familiar? Yeah, because it all happened in 50 shades of grey. I was reading this book, and I was like “hmmmmmm. This all seems really familiar.” And then..I was like “ohhhhhhhhh.” cause then it clicked. It almost seems like stolen scenes from 50 Shades and spun in a way to make it original. I know, I know. I’m already upsetting some fans out there. It’s inevitable. But I couldn’t stand 50 Shades…and I couldn’t stand this weird spinoff of it, either.

I’m going to be completely honest, if you loved 50 Shades, you will probably love this book. And there is not a single thing wrong with that. Personally, I can’t handle the obsessive, controlling aspect that these books carry. Also, this wasn’t a new adult book. I don’t know why Goodreads and Barnes and Noble have it listed as such. This is strictly adult material. I think that people are getting confused on what New Adult truly is and are trying to group a lot of adult romance where it doesn’t belong. This book is going to be a hit or miss, though. It really just comes down to preference.

Again, the writing itself was awesome. Fans of this type of writing are going to fall head over heels in love with Liam. I will say that Amy is really annoying. She constantly whines about the same shit over and over and over again. It gets really repetitive, and I started skimming around the 5th time that she was complaining about the same damn thing. And I have to admit…I’m going on my 50 Shades rant again…the ending…it’s just like one of the endings in 50. I’m not kidding when I say that they are identical. It was really frustrating.

Overall, I really don’t know how to recommend this book. I’ll tell you what I told someone else. If you loved 50 shades, you will love this book. If you didn’t like 50 Shades, you will hate this book. I hated 50 shades, so you know where I stand. However, I do admit that the writing was fabulous and that there will be a huge fan base for this series.


Pages: 250

Source: ebook

Publication Date: July 22nd, 2013

Rating: [rating: 2]

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