By Tqwana B.
3 out of 5 stars ★★★☆☆
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, 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?
Escaping Reality is the first book in The Secret Life of Amy Benson series of novels and follows Amy as she tries to avoid the people who murdered her family, as well as find out who her secret protector is.
After fleeing New York at the urging of this protector, Amy meets and falls for billionaire architect Liam Stone. Insta-love never really works and this is no exception. For someone who’s spent six years of her life on the run and using a secret identity, Amy gets wrapped up in Liam all too easily, though she holds any and everyone else under deep suspicion. At one point, Liam comes off as an abusive gas-lighter, which the author explains away by an encounter Liam has with the father who abandoned him at a young age. There are red flags everywhere about this relationship that we’re supposed to accept as just an alpha man protecting his woman. The cliffhanger will leave you questioning his motivations as much as Amy should’ve been doing for the entirety of the novel.
What does work for Escaping Reality are the little crumbs we get of what happened to Amy’s family and why it happened. The mystery of her archaeologist father and the secrets her mother and brother were obviously hiding that led to their deaths are intriguing enough to keep readers around wanting the answers.
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