Friday 19 July 2013

Escaping Reality - Lisa Renee Jones

© Bianca & Janeane


(The Secret Life of Amy Benson #1)

5/5 stars


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?

About the book:

We meet 24-year-old Amy in Manhattan - at a party in the Metropolitan Museum where's she's been working for a couple of months.

She finds an envelope with her name on it - the letter says to leave immediately - to not go back home first - to go to the airport, where she will find her new documents and everything else she will need in a locker. She's been expecting something like that for a while, but now that the time has come,
she's very sad to leave her new job, her friend Chloe and all her stuff behind - but she has to go. After six years in NYC she thought she was safe - but her 'Handler' found her - and so could others!  

After six years of hiding, I'd dared to believe I could find 'normal', but that was a mistake.

While waiting for a seat on a flight to Denver she locks eyes with an incredibly good looking guy - she feels like the world stopped moving...

And that's when the room falls away, when my gaze collides with his.

A moment ago I was alone in a crowd and suddenly, I'm with him. As if the space between us is nothing.

Meet: Liam Stone - an architectual Wunderkind Billionaire, 31 years old - dark hair and G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.

Of course they find themselves sitting next to each other on the plane - and that's where we start to hear a bit more about both Amy and Liam. Not much at first, of course, but we're slowly getting to know them.

I don't want to spoil your reading pleasure by writing too much ☺ 
only a few short facts:

 - Amy has a secret and dangerous past
- Liam's past hasn't been perfect either
- Amy's Handler rented a room for her in a good part of Denver

- Liam moves into the Hotel across the street
- there will be S.P.A.R.K.S. flying between the two!!!
- there will be SEX ☺

- someone has a very interesting tattoo!

- there's a very interesting/intriguing/suspicious/gorgeous neighbor: Jared!
- her new job seems a bit weird and suspicious
- someone is a huge David Garrett Fan

- Amy has short flashbacks / panic attacks - where we learn a bit more about her past
- she wants to run away a lot - to keep herself, but also to keep Liam safe


My Opinion - Bianca:

I really loved the book!!!
It had me at CHAPTER 1! It was amazing. I had my phone next to me, in case I had to call a cardiologist - my heart was beating all through the book. I wanted - NEEDED - to know the why's and how's and what's of Amy and Liam's life! I can't even describe it. I just loved it. Ok, I admit - I'm easily pleased by books and food too ☺ but this book was really great! I loved how Amy and Liam are together. At first she's not sure if she should trust him and she doesn't want to need him - but she also wants to rely on someone for a change.

He makes me feel I don't have to hold the world up on my own.

The way Liam wants to take care of her and to protect her - even though he doesn't know what or if there is anything to protect her from. Those two are just perfect!
And Jared is really interesting too ☺

Only one tiny little thing I didn't like: CLIFFHANGER!! waaaaaahaaa????
How am I going to survive those long decades, years - ok - months???

grrrr I want book 2 now - RIGHT NOW - I'll just wait right here!

My Opinion - Janeane

Wow – seriously, wow!  I love love loved this book!  I can be hard to please sometimes when it comes to my stories, but this one did not disappoint.

From the moment their eyes meet across a crowded airport terminal, you can feel the pull between Liam and Amy.  They are instantly attracted to each other, yet both are struggling with things from their past.

After they arrive in Denver, Amy tries to pull away, but Liam won't let her.  I loved the way he wants to protect her, and the way she fights tooth and nail against it with her head, but pulled to him with her heart.

After 6 years in hiding, and her 'handler' only being in touch with her once since she ran, Amy decides it is time to finally settle, and Liam is the man she wants to be with.

Add Jared, the sexy next door neighbour.  Amy feels immediately safe with him, but why?  Makes me wonder what he is up to!!

Liam knows Amy is hiding from something/someone and I loved how he tried to make her forget - with sex of course!!  But the way he shut her out when his past came back to haunt  him made me mad- it's called communication people!!

Thankfully they get their s*&t sorted... for a while.  But whoa, what happens between them at the end!!

What is with the aggrovation between Jared and Liam.  Is one the handler?  Is Liam protecting her, or the one she needs protection from.

Aaarrrgh and then we have it... a major

All I could think was 

I am seriously looking forward to the continuation of Amy and Liam's story!

5/5 stars

here's a futuristic clip of me and my Inner God(dess) in october
once I have book #2 in my hands:



(stolen from her homepage!) 
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 through her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.