Review: Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

imageTitle: Escaping Reality

Series: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, Book 1

Author: Lisa Renee Jones

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: July 22nd, 2013 by Julie Patra Publishing

Source: Publisher via NetGalley


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 loved 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 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?


**A copy was provided for review purposes**


Amy Reynolds, once known as Lara has been on the run since she was eighteen and has had to change her identity to keep her safe, it didn’t work. She’s been found and has to run again, leaving New York she heads to Denver with her new identity Amy Bensen.

On the flight to Denver she is seated next to a handsome architect called Liam Stone, he makes her uncomfortable because she likes talking to him and he asks her questions she’s not ready to answer. Once they land in Denver Liam takes her to her new apartment and their affair starts. What was supposed to be a one-night-stand for Amy doesn’t turn out as planned.

The story is so captivating and well written, I love Lisa’s writing style, to the point I stayed up til three AM to finish it knowing I would be up at six AM. It was totally worth it.

Poor Amy, finally settling down only to be told she has to move again and now, without collecting her belongings. Although she’s scared out her mind she’s still a strong character, after going through hell as she has and still keeping it together, one can’t say she isn’t strong. Her character was flawed but that just made the story more believable, I loved Amy and felt truly sorry for her after what she’s been through. Not only being hunted but being betrayed has got to hurt, deeply.

Liam Stone is a rich, handsome, demanding, possessive architect Amy meets leaving New York. What is supposed to be one night turns into much more, and Liam wants her for himself. Liam is a strong main character with admirable traits but can sometimes be an arrogant over-bearing prat. There were definitely times I wanted to slap him silly but that just made it all the more fun.

The ending? OMG, WTF, Holy Hell!!! That’s exactly what I thought when finished Escaping reality! I can’t believe the ending! I hate cliff-hangers and now I’m left wanting more and not being able to have it! I can’t wait to read the next book in the secret life of Amy Bensen series ‘Infinite Possibilities’.

5 rating



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