Wednesday, July 17, 2013

***Jenn's Review of Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones***

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?

Jenn's Review
Escaping Reality is a fast-paced romance with a huge helping of mystery. From the beginning to the very end, I was hooked! And I mean that. There was not a slow moment in this book. That makes it very hard when it’s the middle of the night and I really need to go to bed but really don’t want to!
Amy isn’t allowed to settle anywhere. She is constantly on the run. From what? She doesn’t know! All she knows is that her handler saved her life and has a tattoo of a pyramid on his wrist. So anytime she sees that symbol, she knows to trust it. This time it’s a note saying she needs to get out, leave everything and get to the airport. Soon her name goes from Amy Reynolds to Amy Benson; she has a new history to learn and a new city to live.
While waiting for a seat on a plane that was overbooked, she sees the handsome stranger and he is staring right at her. She can’t look away from him and he knows it. He commands attention and he has hers. All too soon he boards the plane and she is left standing there. The airline has a seat for Amy and it’s in first class. She really doesn’t have time to question how she got the seat and finally boards before the door close. Just so happens as she’s trying to stow her bag, it’s the handsome stranger that is sitting beside her. There is something about this man. She feels as though he sees more than she is able to show. Revealing more about herself than allowed can get people killed. So she has learned to be alone, to take care of herself. It’s been years now and even though it’s a lonely life, it’s the safest.
Liam Stone. He’s the billionaire, recluse, and architect that pushes himself into Amy’s life. He wants her in more ways than one. And he lets her know. It doesn’t hurt that he is extremely easy to look at and he keeps her nightmares away. He has inserted himself into her life and she is starting to welcome it. No one has worried about her or cared for her in any way in so long. It scares and excites her at the same time.
“If you want to sleep,” he says, “I promise to keep Godzilla at bay for you.”
Amy tries to start her new life and Liam wants to make sure he is included. It makes him uncomfortable that she’s never met her boss, but he doesn’t understand. She can’t tell him the truth, as much as she wants to, because he could get caught up in the mess that has become her life. She has no idea who she is and can barely remember who she was! But she wants to trust Liam so badly. He has proven that he does want to take care of her. He knows she running from something and he wants to do all he can to keep her safe. He also knows she will tell him when she is ready.
Things are becoming odd for Amy. The people around her, even the ones not around her. She has more and more questions and the constant feeling she is being watched or followed. Even with the comfort Liam is providing, something is going on. She is not safe but she sees no other choice but to tell Liam the truth of what she has been running from and why. But before she gets to do that, Amy finds out some information that destroys what little bit of security she had. The danger she is in is worse than she thought and the only option she has is to run.
I loved everything about this book!! As I mentioned above, I felt there was not a slow moment. Everything seemed to be a small clue or just a little more information than what I had before. I am still reeling from the ending and as you probably guessed, it is a huge cliffhanger. That said, I cannot wait for the next installment! I need answers like yesterday!! I can honestly say that Lisa Renee Jones has done an amazing job on her first NA book. Looking forward to more!! 4.5/5

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 www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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