Escaping Reality [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476793771
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Series: Secret Life of Amy Bensen
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 35,290
  • File size: 603 KB

Meet the Author

An award-winning, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Lisa Renee Jones has published more than thirty novels spanning many romance genres: contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and erotic fiction. In each book the hero is dark, dangerous, and sexy. You can find Lisa on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog for regular updates.
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  • Posted July 31, 2013

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    Right off the bat Jones throws us into a mystery. After only rea

    Right off the bat Jones throws us into a mystery. After only reading the first chapter I found myself asking so many questions.
    Who exactly is Amy? Who is she running from? What happened to her family? Who is her handler?”

    Amy’s life is a big far LIE! She is on the run and sent to the airport by her “handler” to start a new life she makes eye contact with Liam, a gorgeous, extremely sexy looking man.
    Someone she can’t take her eyes off. And in that instant there eyes meet her life changes.
    Amy is extremely troubled. She has some serious skeletons in her closet but I don’t think even she knows half of them.
    Liam is like fresh air. He wants things to be “raw and honest” between them and Amy fights it the entire time.
    She wants him but is scared for him. She doesn’t know who’s after her and if they find out what will they do? 

    Life on the run isn’t easy. She can’t grow attachments, she needs to lead a complicated free life and Liam isn’t helping.
    In such a short period of time they find an intense connection to each other.
    She trusts him and even when she doubts certain things he finds ways to keep her distraction with his domineering personality.
    But Amy starts questioning everything and everyone around her. 

    This story is HOT and though I’m one that loves math I look at the subject in a whole new light, definitely not in a bad way.
    I would want to escapre reality too if I had a Liam.
    Amazingly written! In the end none of my questions were answered, in fact I have more than I started with but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to read more. 

    I am still shocked at the ending, seriously OMG! 
    And i will stop there so as not to ruin it for anyone who think this is something you would like to read. I personally recommend it.

    Book 2 Infinite Possiblities will be released in October.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

    4.5 OH MY GOD!!! What just happened?? Are you kiddin me??! The e

    4.5
    OH MY GOD!!!
    What just happened??
    Are you kiddin me??!
    The ending...

    Bloody hell,I did not expect that!
    This book had me feeling so damn confused, on edge, suspicious of everyone and the ending well that was extreme!

    "Sharks only have the power you give them, baby. Own them. Don't ever let them own you. And they'll have to fight me to get
    to you anyway."

    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.

    Amy is being hunted..by who? we have no idea.She is on the run from someone dangerous.
    The book starts off where amy is having to leave her life and run.
    Run for her life and for that she needs to start over in a new place with a new identity.
    This isn't the first time she has done this and it probably wont be her last.

    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.

    As she is waiting at the airport she meets Liam Stone.
    Liam is a hot mysterious,darkly entrancing recluse billionaire.
    He is a man who gets what he wants and he wants Amy.He wants to posses every part of her mind,body and soul.

    But this is just what Amy is supposed to avoid.
    She cant get attached to anyone
    People will die, things will go bad
    And she will have to run..again

    Liam is determined to keep Amy and the more time she spends with him the more she wants to stay.
    But Liam hold secrets of his own
    Is he the bad guy or is he the hero?

    "A thrill shoots through me at the obvious promise that he will be my lover, and
     there is no denying that I am seduced by this man, drawn to his confidence and dark good looks.
    To the gentle lion I believe will take control of everything around him, including me.
    The man who will demand much of me, and perhaps take more than I should give.
    And yet, beyond all reason, I want to experience those things. I want to experience him. It almost feels...necessary."

    This book made me paranoid,every character that Amy met i felt like, hmmm you must be creepy,
    maybe it's you that's chasing her..is it you? you? or you??? tell me!!

    This book had me reading really fast because I really just wanted to know what is going on and
     since I am an impatient person the wait was killing me!
    By the end I was like, no no no I cant be finished already, pages must be missing!!!

    I really liked Liam but it felt like he was hiding something,he was just too good at hiding his emotions.
     Liam and Amy may be two people from different worlds but they made sense together.
    She needs safety and Liam is her safe place. He grounds her and makes her forget about the bad stuff.

    Now this handler dude..I have soo many questions! The ending and many other parts had me thinking that I had figured out who he/she was..
    But then there is Meg < something is not right with her..
    And Jared,hmm I don't know what to think about him but he isn't in my favorites list atm..

    Oh I need the next book..please give me it now!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Not sure how

    Not sure how I feel about this book I want to know whats going on, but it took forever to get where they want the story to go then it stops. Just when it starts getting good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    the hiden secrete holds your attention

    The female character is a weak person
    The male takes like a jerk

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

    Amy doesn't have a home, a life, or even a name that is her own.

    Amy doesn't have a home, a life, or even a name that is her own. Running from the dark secrets of her past since she was 18, Amy's life is turned upside down once again when she gets a letter from the man who saved her years ago.

    "I've found you and so can they. Go to JFK Airport directly. Do not go home. Do not linger. Locker 111 will have everything you need."

    Just when she was starting to get settled in her fake life, she has to up and leave to start a new one, or risk past ghosts hunting her down. So what does she do? Exactly as she was told. Amy Reynolds is now Amy Benson, and she's on her way to Denver.

    But while waiting to board the plane, she sees Liam Stone.

    "And that's when the room falls away, when my gaze collides with his. He is sitting in a seat that faces me, one row between us, his features handsomely carved, his dark hair a think, rumpled finger temptation."

    Liam and Amy have an instant connection. She knows she shouldn't get involved with anyone, but she's inexplicably drawn to him. For someone who has spent years on the run, by herself, afraid... Liam makes her feel safe and like she's not alone.

    Liam is a sexy, mysterious, playful, and protective alpha male and billionaire. When they first got involved, they were thinking it'd be a quick fling, but the more time they spent together, the less they wanted to be apart. And when Liam wants something, he gets it, and now he wants Amy. Completely. But getting attached to someone is exactly what Amy's been trying to avoid, because whenever she does, people get hurt, and she has to run.

    This book had me completely paranoid! I kept questioning everything and everyone. I didn't know who to trust and I wanted so bad to know what's really going on!

    This book has a really captivating story that sucks you right in. The author has weaved together mystery and romance in the best way. It's not romance and mystery, it's romantic mystery. Or mysterious romance, I don't know. Moving on! The book was well written and the writing flows well, though at times I felt like I wanted more detail.

    I really admire Amy's character. After everything she's been through, and we don't even know what that all is, she doesn't break, but continues to fight for herself and her survival. She seemed very real to me, and I could connect with her, even in unimaginable circumstances.

    Then there's Liam. I was really suspicious of everyone in this book, but he really seemed to care for Amy, which earns him some points with me. His hot alpha male persona helped too;)

    "Maybe that's the appeal for both of us. We are different, dark and light. Right and wrong. Now don't move or I'll show you just how not an angel I am"

    Even though Liam is a "Tall, Dark, and Potentially Dangerous" billionaire, don't go thinking this is a typical rich guy and damaged girl fall in love type of story. In those stories, the male character is usually a hero that needs saving. In this book, were not sure if Liam is the hero... or the bad guy.

    And then there's the ending. Cliffhanger to the max! Throughout the story, a few small pieces of the puzzle come together that had me thinking up all kinds of theories. But at the end we still have a lot of questions that haven't been answered, and at the last second the author threw in another twist that had me gaping at my kindle. I cannot wait until the next book comes out!

    *ARC provided via NetGalley for an honest review*

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Dont get the hype on this one AT ALL the reviews let me down

    I just dont get where they all where coming from with this one. Did we read the same book or what. Characters and story line never develope NEVER!!!!!!! You will know just as much at the end as in the begining. And endless and i mean endless of amy saying..... i have to end this i have to prortect him i cant stay i have to leave i will tomorrow i will today i will after he goes to work. Then they kiss or are in the sack and it starts all over!!!!!!! Can some one please right some thing different instead of the same old thing all the time. Reviewers said they cant wait for the next book to find out what happens, REALLY. Nothing happened for me to want to know any more. Wont be suckered twice, i say pass on this one every one!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Great book

    Great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    :-)

    :-)

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

    Excellent book, can't wait for the next one!

    Excellent book, can't wait for the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Whoa!

    I can't wait for the sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    A must read.

    Can not put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Escaping Reality is FANTASTIC!

    I could not put the book down. Amy and Liam have a great connection and so many secrets are yet to be discovered. Should she trust him? what is he not telling her? Is he connected to her past? Of course it ends in a cliff hanger, can't wait to see what awaits in book #2. Looking forward to November...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    This was a very well written book, with just enough intrigue to

    This was a very well written book, with just enough intrigue to keep you wanting to turn the page.  Ready for the next book in the series so I can find out what happens with Amy and Liam.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Amazing read

    If you dont buy this book then you are missing out!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

    Intense, erotic and full of suspense, a great read! I love the

    Intense, erotic and full of suspense, a great read!

    I love the style of Lisa Renee Jones that blends intriguing characters with secrets, troubled past, all decorated with intense erotic scenes and a stressful cliffhanger at the end. 
    A feast! I was hooked from the start...

    Amy has built a life in New York but a note changed her life in an instant. Without even taking the time to pack, the young woman must create a new identity in a new town. She can not trust anyone. On the plane, she meets Liam. 
    Could it be destiny?

    A passionate and fiery relationship begins between them. Liam dominates. Sexually, he likes to play the role of protector as well as the one of  Croc Magnon's man. An electric mix that gives intense and super hot scenes!

    Yet, Amy's life is full of strange coincidences, strange sensations. Nobody seems to tell the truth. 
    Suddenly, I found myself turning the pages to figure out who were the good and the bad guys, turning the pages to find out Liam's role and whether Amy's paranoia is justified...

    In short, I loved it! Hated it! Lol! 
    I hated my frustration at the end of the book when I realized I would have to wait for answers ...

    Intense, erotic and full of suspense, a great read!

    Lucie
    newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    Escaping Reality instantly catapults the reader into the life of

    Escaping Reality instantly catapults the reader into the life of Lara – now living her life as Amy Bensen, and begins with her on the run from her current alias in New York. Under the strict and urgent instructions of her mysterious ‘handler’, Amy is forced to instantly relocate to Denver to ensure she escapes the constant threats that have been lurking around her. Threats from her past, that she thought she could finally escape.
    Meeting the enigmatic Liam Stone, is something completely unexpected. Whilst the two meet at the airport where a connection sparks between them as their eyes connect, it is on the flight to Denver that Amy feels the instant pull to Liam, that ignites into what will become so much more.
    Amy has learnt to be self sufficient keeping a safe distance between herself and those who surround her in order to survive. She lives in a world of complete isolation, with no true feelings and relationships. As the connection she shares with Liam develops in intensity and their bond begins to extend the mere physical, is Liam everything he appears and will Amy be able to evade the constant threats that pervade her world? Or will finally allowing herself to rely on another, and be loved be Amy’s biggest mistake?

    I am a huge fan of Lisa Renee Jones, and no one writes suspense quite like her. Her incredible writing pulls you into this story, immerses you deeply in this tale of mystery, love, passion and heartbreak and leaves you on edge in anticipation.

    Escaping Reality was not at all what I was expecting it to be. These characters were refreshing and the instant connectedness they share was one of the many beautiful elements of this story. The slow trickling of information about Amy’s [Lara’s] previous life, which was divulged slowly throughout the story, was brilliantly written and added to the high level of suspense.

    I absolutely adore when writers create strong female protagonists, who exude the utmost strength but at the same time exemplify their fragility and timid nature through their actions. Amy is such a strong, self sufficient young woman, who has been through heart breaking events that have left her living in a dangerous life with no one to rely on.

    Liam Stone is every bit the mysterious, gorgeous and talented billionaire recluse he is described to be, and the perfect contrast to Amy’s character. He is also charming and enigmatic, even though his actions and motives appear ambiguous at times. He is a dominant in many ways, and craves to possess and alleviate Amy’s fears, and be the only person who can show her what it feels like to be taken care of again. His dominant and overbearing nature is outweighed by his compassion and sweet, yet intense affections toward Amy. Yes, Liam is one of those perfectly written male protagonists.

    The level of sexual chemistry between these two characters is intense, electric and also fantastically written. Lisa Renee Jones explores the deeper underlying meaning behind two very broken and isolated characters and the way in which they come together on common grounds of their yearning for love, possession, contentment and stability.

    There is a cliff-hanger and it packs quite the punch. By the end I was left feeling anxious and craving more answers. This was a phenomenal book nonetheless, that is a brilliant account of a young woman who no longer knows what it is like to lead a safe, consistent life with contentment. She has lost everyone around her and only knows how to survive alone. Escaping Reality completely immersed me within narrative world and captivated and consumed me until the very end.

    I always find it so difficult to write a review for a book that I truly love and feel such a deep connection with. It almost feels as though every word, sentence and description I provide, just simply does not do the book justice. That is how I feel right now. There is not a single negative thing I could possibly say about this book. The characters were perfectly written, the plot amazingly structured and impactful. The high level of suspense was simply captivating and consuming, keeping you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. This is one of those books that is just simply perfect in my book.
    The only thing that I am wishing right now, is that I had the sequel in my hands, because that cliff-hanger at the end of Escaping Reality, left me clutching my Kindle in a gasp at 3.40am.

    Another MUST Read and new addition to the ‘Favourites List’ that I highly recommend!

    5 Spectacular Stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    I loved this book ! Couldn't put it down and now I need to read

    I loved this book ! Couldn't put it down and now I need to read the next one!!! When's its coming our way??? I must know how it ends... Very captivating!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Anonymous

    OMG!!! I can't believe I read the same book that received such great reviews. The story just kept repeating it self....I love him.. I have to run. Im in danger but I love him. I kept waiting for something to happen and it did in the last 5 pages! That's when you fall off a cliff. I am so not going to buy the next book. I hate cliffhangers but this was the worst. Im so annoyed I could go on but I won't. Don't waste your money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

    ***I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for

    ***I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love blog***




    Amy Bensen must flee New York and start over again in Denver. With nothing but empty luggage and a new identity,  Amy boards a plane to run from her past. Amy is a beautiful,  intelligent girl forced to run for survival but she suffers from nightmares and flashbacks as well.




    "...How high you stand isn't as important as how magnificent you are..."




    At the airport and again on the plane Amy meets the sexy billionaire,  Liam Stone. Liam's mysterious, dark, and dominating ways win Amy over and help fill a very lonely void in her life. 




    "...Honest. That freedom is everything to me..." 




    Can Amy finally start over and build a life for herself?  Will she continue to have to look over her shoulder? Will she learn who her handler really is? Will she piece together the missing pieces of her past or will she be left with more questions?  How will Liam fit into everything? Or will she be forced to run again? 




    "...Run to me Amy, not away from me..." 




    This is the first Lisa Renee Jones book I have personally read, and I have to say I am an instant fan. This story reminds me of a mysterious and suspenseful Pretty Woman!  What girl does love Pretty woman? This story keeps you on the edge of your seat and questioning so many things. And the ending will completely blow you away. Have book 2 ready! I'm going to read it right now! I give Escaping Reality a Nerd Alert B+ or 4.5 stars. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Hard to put down!

    This book was hard to put down!! Well written story keeps you wondering what is going to happen next.

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