Escaping Reality: Secret Life of Amy Benson, Book 1

Escaping Reality

Escaping RealityAuthor: Lisa Renee Jones
Book Name: Escaping Reality
Series: Secret Life of Amy Benson
Order: #1
Genre: Mystery/Romance
Rating:  Didn’t Like

Blurb:  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 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?

Review:  There are so many things that I didn’t like about this.  If I had a bullet list of all the things that end up as peeves and drive me crazy in stories, it could have been used as the overall outline for this book.

It is a romance, so we have to have that instantaneous, boiling hot attraction that manages to melt all brain cells so that the female character cannot possibly think.  Not a fan of that ploy in just about any circumstance, but it is infinitely worse here because our main female character, Amy, is supposedly on the run and is in fear for her life.  So, of course it is totally logical to trust someone you just met on plane after just having been forced to leave all that you know behind because you were once again not safe.  This character’s lack of self preservation and skepticism makes her one of those that is truly too stupid to live characters.

Because the whole insta-lust romance part of this book was completely unbelievable for me, I wasn’t much interested in that part of the story.  Considering that is a huge part, I ended up doing a bunch of skimming, even through the steamy parts because when you have that kind of a foundation for your characters’ relationship, even the steamy isn’t so steamy and takes on the same dull hue as the relationship itself and these were definitely on the boring side.

Liam is just horrible.  I’m sure the intent was that he is this sexy, bossy alpha kind of guy.  To me, he came across as a self absorbed, controlling bully who really is borderline abusive.  Not sexy in any way.

While I was more interested in the suspense parts of the story, even those were seriously annoying and just re-emphasized how unintelligent Amy actually is. The reader also only ever really gets hints at her past and why all the BS is going on in the first place.  Instead of being intriguing and interesting, it just doesn’t make any sense.  Was her family murdered?  Is her name really Amy?  Why the hell does it seem as though she doesn’t remember a bunch of stuff one minute, and the next she does?  WTF is with this supposed “handler”?  For crying out loud, “handler”?  What, is she really some deep cover CIA operative?  What is all that about?  Not one thing made any sense whatsoever.

That leads me to the last and what pissed me off the most is that this has no finish.  Not one thing gets resolved in this, leaving the reader with one giant honking cliff hanger.  What makes that so much worse is that by the time I finished, I was still left wondering what actually happened in the book outside of Amy being seriously dumb, because nothing happened.  It was just this huge teaser of disjointed and random information that led to nothing by the end of the book.  Really glad this was a library book for me.

Author: TJ Fox

I am a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife, mom and raging introvert. I have more hobbies than I can count, so it is beyond shocking that I manage to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents I claim, writing wasn’t one of them until my muse dropped the idea for a book on my head.

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