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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 y
Paperback, 250 pages
Published July 22nd 2013 by Julie Patra Publishing (first published July 21st 2013)
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Don’t worry about giving her a personality or any measure of intelligence, you can just tell us she has both and chances are, a lot of people will believe you. Let’s call her Sponge because really, that’s what she is, a porous, moldable object, easily capable of absorbing vast amounts of sperm.

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If you could make him condescending, arrogant, borderline abusive and
Lisa Jones
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Catch up with the New York Times sexy, thrilling bestselling mystery THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN SERIES, before the highly anticipated books 3 and 4, FORSAKEN (Aug. 18th) and UNBROKEN (Sept. 7th), release!

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Gia's voice, directly behind me, radiates through me, and with it unwelcome
Emily May
Aug 14, 2013 marked it as dnf

I am conducting what I'm shelving as a "New Adult (NA) Experiment". I'm going to work my way through some of the popular New Adult books and see if I can weed out the crap and hopefully find some surprising gems. Here's hoping!

DNF. Honestly, I just can't do it. No rating for this one because I couldn't make myself read past page fifteen when her heart pounds because he says his name - Liam Stone - and she gets naughty tingles because he shook her hand.

There are four words that come to mind...

I liked the suspense and mystery part of this book, what i did not like was that BIG CLIFFHANGER! ! Lara/ Amy is on the run , she doesn't know what she is running from All she knows is that she has to run, her life was normal till the day her house burned to the ground and killed her family, the fire was not an accident , her father was the target , Lara survived the fire but whoever killed her father wanted her dead too, one day she got a letter from "her guardian angel" saying that the people ...more
Oh, my, god.

The sex left me wondering..

Sometimes i was like..

But most of the time i was like..

The ending..

I LOVED this book...

I cannot wait for the next one!
Zakirrah BookBlogger
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ne
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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OK bear with me while I try to describe how I’m feeling…

You know how sometimes you really want something that is in a jar?
And that darn lid won’t come off?
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So you tap it and still doesn’t come off..
run it under hot water.. still nothing.. not moving an inch..
sit it in between your knees and use all your strength and it doesn’t budge
so you use a tea towel to try and grip it then nothing

then someone comes along
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

"I guess ghosts are like lies. They swim like sharks all around me."

In true Lisa Renee Jones’ fashion, this story is sexy, mysterious and leaves us with cliffhanger ending. The good news is that we only have to wait a couple of months at the most for the next and final installment.

Amy is on the run. Right from the first chapter she receives word from her ‘handler’ (Ugh, I want to know who he is!) that she must leave her current job and city. Once again to hit the restart button because...she
***I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher via in exchange for honest feedback.***

Amy is on the run. She's being hunted down by someone from her past. Ever since her family was killed years ago, she's been living the life of a stranger. Her only constant has been the mysterious man that saved her from suffering the same fate as her family years earlier.

However, as the years have gone by, Amy has grown leery of her tattooed handler. She's begun to question his true identit
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-2013

WTF was THAT???

I think I hate this author at this moment UNTIL she gives me the second book.

She left me with more questions than answers…


WHAT is she running from?
WHO is she running from?
WHO is:
Her boss
The Handler?

And the list goes on

The sparks between Amy and Liam was HOT

I really liked this book and really want to know what happens now.

Beware there is a MASSIVE cliffhanger and as I said before you will have MORE questions than
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
Jul 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sexy-time
DNF at 58%.

I just couldn't take it any more. This was a farce of an NA (why is it NA at all?) that was just about the sex. And badly written sex at that. The characters had no depth despite the authors best attempt to make Amy so mysterious, Amy just seemed selfish and whiny. I didn't like her, I didn't connect, I don't care.

And then there's the time frame. She locks eyes with this guy for a split second and then BAM super-duper insta-love. By the next day she's feeling such painful emotions at
Amy (Foxy)
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Suspense ~ Paranoia ~ Danger

Run or be caught. Hide or die.

Amy and Liam are both waiting to board a plane when their eyes find each other. They can't break the connection they feel and are drawn to each other. Amy is escaping her life in New York to start a new life in Denver until her handler deems it unsafe and sends her elsewhere. Liam is heading to Denver for business.

Liam is a billionaire who wants to take care of Amy. Amy is suspicious of why he wants to care for her.

Amy is on the run but
I was very entertained by Amy Bensen’s story. Lisa Renee Jones did an excellent job writing a hot romance, and it was full of intense sexy times. However, I was very disappointed with the mystery aspect of the story. At the heart of this is a girl on the run, hiding her true identity because of some unknown threat, and I wanted to know why? Amy has nightmares and a couple short flashbacks, but it was all very sketchy. I was frustrated with the lack of background information, and I kept wondering ...more
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
3.5 Stars

Interesting story. It certainly had me thinking and that cliffhanger was torture! The writing was good and I do have more questions than ever now. This is one of those books where I don't hate it but I didn't love it either. I am interested to see what happens next though.

*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review*
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s, 2013, reviewed
*** ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley. This review will be also posted on Smokin’ Hot Book Blog on 22nd July ***

Buddy Read with Bibliophilia

"Fear and a secret are two different things"

Escaping Reality is amazing and mind-blowing surprise that kept me up all night! I’m really excited to tell that I had spectacular opportunity to read stunning beginning of a series that totally captivated me. Everything in this book is new, refreshing and capturing. I’m addicted to Amy Bensen and her secret
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

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."

Scary, right? Just when she was starting to get settled in her fake life, she has to up and leave to start a new one,
I sympathize with indie authors and I try to be gentle with the galleys I'm given so kindly. But I'm appalled by this book: it's dysfunctional, it's sick and, most of all, it's so dumb it hurts.
Be warned that I read only 48% of it, so this review doesn't take into account all the wonderful and interesting things that I'm sure will happen in the second half.

Amy is a girl threatened by a mysterious menace. Her life is dictated by an unknown handler, who settles her in an apartment, gives her money
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgallery
Wow, where to begin with this book. I'm not one to give away spoilers with my reviews and this book is a mountain you need to climb to appreciate - although expect a cliffhanger!

Amy Benson is a girl with a past, I know what you are thinking, "I've read this story before" but wait please, you haven't. This book isn't just another New Adult book with a good looking guy and girl who have hot passionate sex, no it goes a lot deeper than that. This book holds mystery, don't expect too many answers I
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

*****5 WTF Stars*****

ARC provided by publisher Julie Patra Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

OK...I only have 3 words after finishing this book??


How can it end this way??  I want more - I have to find out what happens next.....When? When?

This is a masterly created book to have you on the edge of your seat the whole time...wondering....



and then when you think you have it all figured it out.....this is how you feel....

“We are raw and honest, or we are nothing.”

4 Sexy, mysterious and intriguing stars

I picked this up as a ‘Read Now’ on NetGalley, thinking that the premise sounded interesting, but I wasn’t expecting to be sucked in to the extent that I was! Wow, this is a great read. Full of mystery, with just enough of a backstory revealed to keep the reader guessing while honestly having no effing clue what is actually going on, and featuring an intense and passionate connection between two strangers that had
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of E.L. James & Sylvia Day
~Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review~

This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.

2.5 stars

"Haunted, I'm being haunted. All the denial I own won't change my reality."

If I had read this book 2-3 years ago when I still enjoyed books with themes similar to Fifty Shades Trilogy I would have probably loved it, but nowadays I feel like I just overgrew this type of stories. I would even go so far and say that this book is better written and with more focus on the plot than sex s
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by Julie Patra Publishing Via Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review.

Now that was a cliffhanger! I was so wrapped up in this book that I had not even realized I was at the end. I am not one step closer to figuring out who Amy is or what she is running from. This story completely kept my attention at every turn and my mind was spinning with possibilities throughout the entire book - but I have no clue as to what might unfold.

Amy is contacted, she is told to leave everything beh
Oh no it can not end just like that! I want more I need book two now already. Really loved this story of Amy or is it another name. Amy is in hiding from what or whom we do not know nor does she know for sure. Someone one night saved her from one of the most horrific nights of her life....but did he? I love stories like this where it is hard to figure out all the loss ends. Ms. Jones does and amazing job of keeping you on your toes, not knowing who to trust. I love her writing style it is captiv ...more
Aug 14, 2015 marked it as arc-up-next  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley

ARC kindly provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
★MC's Corner★

5 Stars!

I started reading it and didn't put it down!
It was very interesting... The way it started made me curious (and when I'm curious I want answers). Then there's Liam Stone! Oh Dear GOD! I love Liam! I mean the name (Liam Payne of One Direction) and Liam Stone. His interest with Amy made me question things... So many questions and the answers are not just there. I want dig and get them. From Liam to Jared to Meg to Luke to non-existing new boss. I was disappointed be
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
It took me FOREVER & a day to finally get into this book. Once I did - I couldn't put it down.
I needed to find out about Amy's life!

A great read - everyone should read it!
Isa Lavinia

Arc provided by Julie Patra Publishing through Netgalley

I knew, right near the beginning, that this would be bad. Let me give you the exact moment I realised this:

"I can’t seem to make myself reach for the envelope and my gaze goes to my image in the mirror, to my long white-blond hair I’ve worn draped around my shoulders tonight rather than tied at my nape, and done so as a proud reflection of the heritage of my Swedish mother I’m tired of denying. Gone too are the dark-rimmed glasses I’ve of
This was a suspense filled roller coaster ride that I did not want to get off. I absolutely adored this book.

Amy is a young woman who is on the run. She has a "handler" who she only knows because he rescued her once from almost being caught. She has no idea who is after her, only that she has to keep moving. She gets a message from her handler that she is in danger of being discovered and she has to drop everything and get on a plane to start a new life with a new identity.

Liam is an architect a
4.5 "Raw and Honest Infinite Possibilities" Stars!

Romantic suspense lovers, who also like a little extra heat in the passion department, will not want to miss Escaping Reality. This steamy little read had me constantly guessing throughout, and the story has just started. While we get a small glimpse at just what danger the heroine may be fleeing from in Escaping from Reality, the huge cliffhanger at the end, makes it clear that we have only scratched the surface, and moreover it is not just the
I liked the idea of the story but it just didn't captivate me. Nothing really happened until the last few pages of the book and it did end in a cliffhanger.

Amy is on the run from some unknown person that was apparently responsible for the death of her family. She has an anonymous "Handler" that warns her when she's in danger and sets her up with a new identity. She's about to start her new life in Denver when she meets Liam on her flight from New York. Liam is a prodigy billionaire architect tha
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“When I want something, I go after it. And baby, I want you, and all I can say is you might be smart to run before I get any more into you, but please don't.” 13 likes
“If you're worried I'll bite, I promise to tell you first.” 13 likes
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