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 down 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? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?
The billionaire trope is all the rage in erotic romances at the moment. Not usually my thing, but I was coming off Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series and looking for something similar.
Be warned this is not a complete story. Escaping Reality is the first episode in a series, and you’ll find no answers if you finish reading here.
Lisa Renee Jones is definitely one of the better writers in the genre. There were things I liked and things I disliked in this one.
- The story is told in the present tense. I don’t like that tense in genre fiction. Or ever, really.
- The billionaire thing rarely makes sense I this genre, but it won’t go away! This time he’s an architect. A billionaire architect??
- Something that utterly disgusted me in Fifty Shades of Grey was that the so-called hero decided he didn’t want to wear condoms, so forced the so-called heroine into invasive medical exams so he could force her to go on the Pill. No man gets to decide to put a woman on a drug like that because he’s too wimpy to take care of contraception! It’s such a selfish thing to do.
- And in this story, Liam did exactly the same thing. And for some reason it was described as an erotic thing for him to do.
- The relationship happens very, very fast.
However, I liked some things:
- This is far and away a better-written book that Fifty Shades of Grey.
- I liked the added suspense angle, and it was one that ran from start to finish, not something the author tacked on when she got bored halfway through.
- Our heroine was no doormat, nor was she stupid.
- This was pretty much what I was looking for when I was scouring review books for these particular tropes!
I’ve never read this author before, but she seems to have quite a loyal following. This was a fairly good introduction.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.