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


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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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TEscaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen Book 1)his is erotic romance with a twist and it’s the suspense and mystery that draws me to this story. Amy is running, as she has for most of her adult life because her mystery ‘saviour’ says she must. I connected with  Amy’s character immediately. Her past life, once happy and normal, is now tragic. Liam is the typical erotic male lead, rich, intelligent and predatory, he has secrets in his past that define him and make him impossible to resist, for Amy.

The erotic romance between Amy and Liam is as you would expect, in a novel of this genre, although this first book isn’t overly graphic. The power Liam exerts over Amy is a little unrealistic at times but he plays on her vulnerability, by sharing his own susceptibilities. His obvious sexual prowess makes him hard to say no to.

Mystery and menace, surrounds Amy as she comes to terms with her new life. Her elusive new boss, the overly friendly Meg and Jared, her temporary neighbour; is he her friend or something more sinister?Amy’s flashbacks, since the tragedy that started her running, are vivid and easy to imagine,

The ending is a cliff-hanger and leads nicely into book 2. ‘Infinite Possibilities’, which I am tempted to read to see what, happens next.

I received a copy of this book from Gallery Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.


Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

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4* Review Heating up the Holidays Lisa Renee Jones/ Mary Ann Rivers/Serena Bell

Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle

Heating up the Holidays Lisa Renee Jones/ Mary Ann Rivers/Serena Bell

Heating up the Holidays is not the usual compilation of holiday themed romantic stories. The sensual heat level enhances the romance. There are elements of forbidden love and risk in all three stories which increase the sexual tension between the heroine and hero.

‘Play with Me’ by Lisa Renee Jones is my favourite.

Dynamic characters Damion and Kali are both damaged from previous relationships. Damion is a sexy, dominant alpha male who meets his match in Kali, a strong-minded intelligent woman able to meet and exceed his expectations in every way.

Essentially a work based romance set around Thanksgiving the fast paced plot full of intrigue, conflict and twists is a great read.

The dialogue is witty. The love scenes are hot, realistic and emotional and their love story fraught with conflicts which make the happy ever after ending satisfying.

‘Snowfall’ by Mary Ann Rivers is the most unusual of the stories.

Jenny is an intellectual woman with a degenerative eye condition. Evan is an Occupational Therapist who helps her come to terms with her illness. Jenny is lonely and frightened and serendipity leads her to form an online liaison which involves more than conversation.

The main plot twist has dramatic irony because most readers will guess the true identity of her online lover before Jenny does.

Detailed the story’s pace is slow in parts.

Atmospheric the story portrays the naivety of Jenny and Evan and the love scenes and their emotional reaction to them appear more teenage than adult.

A distinctive voice makes this story an overall interesting read.

‘After Midnight’ by Serena Bell is lovely romantic tale

A reverse Cinderella where the hero Miles leaves just after midnight and Nora the heroine has no contact details for him.

Miles is under suspicion and has lost his fiancee. Nora has been deceived big time by a deceitful ex. Both attend a New Year’s Eve party under duress but find each other just before midnight. The kiss they share is memorable even after almost a year of separation.

The love scenes start on the phone when Nora discovers Miles’s identity and conclude when she pays him a surprise visit. Despite their physical insatiability lack of trust and self-awareness leads to broken hearts. Can they save their love at the next New Year’s Eve party?

This book is a quick, fun read.

I received an ARC from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle by Lisa Renee Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle

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Mary Ann Rivers
Serena Bell

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