Series Book Review: The Secret Live of Amy Bensen by Lisa Renee Jones

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 Blurb

In this third book in the sexy, suspenseful “The Secret Life of Amy Bensen” series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, we meet Amy’s brother Chad—and the woman who either loves him or wants him dead.

 

Six years ago, Chad’s hunt for a dangerous treasure turned deadly when his family home was set on fire, his parents killed. Faking his and his sister Amy’s death to protect her from further retaliation, he set her up in a new life with a friend’s help, letting her believe he’d died.

 

But now the men who hired Chad to find the treasure have found him, imprisoning and torturing him to learn where it’s hidden. A dark-haired beauty named Gia helps him escape, promising him access to his worst enemy. And as he tries to unravel the deep secrets of the past, he starts falling for her…only to discover she’s not what she seems.

 

Unable to trust anyone, Chad focuses on only two things: protecting his sister Amy and getting revenge. Is love even possible in the midst of heartache?

 

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Excerpt 

I stare at her. She stares back at me, and a battle of wills ensues, crackling with challenge that slowly shifts to something darker, hotter, and I reply with a low, rough tone. “Maybe I’ve changed my mind,” I murmur, and suddenly I’m staring at her lips, her full, kissable, tempting lips. A mix of adrenaline and lust rushes through me, barely contained. My mouth lowers, my need to lose myself in this moment, in this woman a fierce beast that does not want to be ignored.

“Don’t,” she whispers urgently.

“Don’t what?” I ask, lingering a breath away from touching her face, so close I can almost taste her.

“Kiss me again. Because I’ll kiss you back, and we’ll both hate me for it.”

She’s right. But I still want to kiss her.

“Please,” she whispers.

“Please kiss you? Please tie you up and fuck you like you’ve never been fucked? Please make you come so many times you’ll never forget who you fucked if you fuck me over?”

“Please don’t do any of those things.”

“Because you don’t want me to?”

“I already told you why. You’ll hate me later. And I’ll hate me for giving you the chance.”

“And what about me? Will you hate me?”

“I don’t have a reason to hate you, Chad. I don’t know you.”

“But you want me.”

“I don’t know the right answer to that.”

“The truth will set you free.”

“The truth can’t set you free if no one believes you.”

 

Escaping Reality (book 1) is available to “Read Free” on NetGalley right now – https://s2.netgalley.com/catalog/book/62595

 

For More information on The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series page including: buy links, and excerpts for the previous two and also upcoming releases.  Visit Lisa’s website here: http://bit.ly/AmyBensen

 

My Rating:

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Favorite Quotes:

Escaping Reality Book 1

“I’m not hungry.  That’s the thing about lies, or almost-lies.  They make everything else harder to swallow along with them.”

 

“Personal drama, new life, yada yada.  Life’s as perfect as a hot man in a pink hat, if you know what I mean.”

 

“The tattoo.  My gaze tracks the path of the equation that trails down, down, down, and I swallow hard at where it ends.  Liam has singlehandedly made math sexy.”

 

“You, Liam Stone, are too good looking for the safety of womankind.  And I probably look bad enough to scare small children and a few animals too.”

 

“I’m surprised, pleased, and warmed in a way the sunshine can’t begin to touch.”

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“What do I have to do to convince you I’m the one you should run to, not away from?  Tell me and I’ll do it.”

 

“I’m just this stupid young girl who isn’t young anymore.  I can’t keep using that excuse.”

 

“You aren’t alone, and you’re mine.  If you don’t know this things, I haven’t been clear enough, but I will.  Right here.  Right now.”

 

“This isn’t a kiss, but an unleashing of wild heat.”

 

“Hope is my enemy.  It’s worse than lies.  It promises and then it takes back.  It teases and then it rips my heart out.”

 

Forsaken Book 3

“‘That was so bad for my waistline,’ she murmurs, finishing her food and stuffing the wrappers into the bag.  ‘But I can’t seem to care.  I might die soon.  I’m not doing it without one last order of French fries.’”

 

My Review:

As I had not read the first two books, completing this review required 638 pages of reading.  In deciding which of the three books I liked best, I easily conclude it would be Forsaken, as it is action pack, suspenseful, sensual, and complicated.  So much happened, with many different players, and spanning the country as well as the globe.  The series has at it’s core a complex and interwoven plot that is quite diabolical and intriguing, as well as two different passionate and sensual love stories.  I enjoy the female lead of Gia much more than I do Amy, as Gia is not just highly intelligent, she is clever, insightful, resourceful, witty, feisty, and my favorite kind of sassy.  She has sass with class, an attribute I always aim for yet often miss.  Despite the slow start with Escaping Reality, I am “all-in” with this series and looking forward to the grand finale with Unbroken.

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About the Author:

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

 

Watch the video on casting for the INSIDE TV Show HERE

 

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

 

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

 

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at on her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

 

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