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November 16, 2013

Braine Reviews: Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones

Series: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen 2
Format: Mobi
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Publisher: Julie Patra Publishing
Source: Author via Tour Organizer
Genre: Contemporary New Adult

Secrets and lies. They are everywhere: haunting her, tormenting her. In the midst of it all, he’d been her escape, her passion. The only person she’d trusted in six years. And then he’d made her doubt that trust, cutting her deeply. But as she’d once told him, she was damaged, not broken. She is ready to fight and not just for survival. She is fighting for the truth and she won’t stop until she has it, not even for…him







Better late than never! Personal Thanks to Amy of Truly Schmexy PR for being so understanding about this super late post. I just got in and this was the first task on the list so thank you for bearing with me. 

INFINITE POSSIBILITIES is the sequel to Lisa Renee Jones' new adult series, The Secret Life of Amy Bensen. I reviewed Escaping Reality three months ago and inasmuch as I love LRJones, I have to say that book 1 of this series frustrated me because the plot didn't really progress and I felt we were left more questions than answers with the first book. INFINITE POSSIBILITIES wasn't as mysterious as its predecessor but there's still a lot of questions that are left unanswered. The good thing is that we have a bit of clarity regarding Amy Bensen's old life but overall, I find the plot development slow. At book two, I was hoping that the plot is far ahead than where it should be meaning I was expecting we'd know (1) who the villain is, (2) what was the reason behind Amy's parent's deaths, and (3) what do these people want with her. 

As per the usual, LRJones threw a lot of plot twists but at some points, it felt too contrived for it to be believable. Case in point, Liam Stone. This hero is your typical rich, dominant Alpha male. When Escaping Reality ended, Amy was running away from him and just like other obsessed lovers with money to burn, Liam is stalker creepy. He always manages to track Amy down no matter how hard she tried to shake him off. At some point I even feel like Liam has some kind of superpowers or something. The conflict of INFINITE POSSIBILITIES had Amy running once again and from my understanding, at some point she had to leave Liam again and had some good, solid lead time on him. Guess what, unless Liam can flit, flash or dematerialize from one place to the next, I can't wrap my head around how he manages to turn up in a snap just like that!

As for Amy Bensen, she's probably one of the most exasperating heroine I've even come across with. This girl is impulsive, naive and very irrational. I can't for the life of me, understand how her decision tree works. On top of this her blackouts, flashbacks and memory recollections were pretty confusing in terms of formatting. I'm hoping that the actual edited book has page or line breaks or something to break the present current events from Amy's recollections and what not. It was a little confusing and acted as speed bumps in terms of slowing down my reading pace. 

I know my feedback sounds a little discouraging and allow me to correct that right now. Despite my complaints about INFINITE POSSIBILITIES I found it engaging. Maybe I wasn't engaged in a pleasant way but I was ENGAGED enough to breeze through it. And if there's anything LRJones is good at, it's writing awesome, nail biting, edge of your seat suspense. I was so motivated to finish the book just so I could get to the bottom of the conflict and let me tell you, I'm loving how the conflict revolving conspiracies and betrayal is shaping up. I'm hoping we'll find less shadows and more concrete shapes in book 3, Forsaken, but for the meantime, INFINITE POSSIBILITIES will fire you up in more ways than one.


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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energysimilar 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 through her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.


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4 comments:

  1. ugh...better you than me beautiful. I can't deal with distress chicks...either way great review Braine :)

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  2. LOL I"d so agree on her writing. It's so hard to put down one of her books (even if a character is driving you batty). I"ve read her her adult series and man alive yeah the nail biting wanting to know how it all finally turns out is insane. Hope the next one works a bit better for ya!

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  3. I don't really know... I can understand the problems about the questions your had, I need my answers even if it's not all of them, it's annoying not to have them. But thanks for the review, I didn't know this one.

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  4. I haven't picked up this series yet, Braine, despite loving LRJones' books. And I guess I won't be in a hurry to. Amy sounds like a heroine I'd have trouble getting into, although I will give you that LRJones' books tend to be un-put-downable. :)

    Hope your trip included some fun? Glad you're back!

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