Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Review: Forsaken (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 18, 2015


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?


I had been expecting this book for two years and when I finally got it, I couldn't bring myself to read it. The two year delay got my buzz killed and I think that's the reason I couldn't fully connect to the story. Soon after I finished Infinite Possibilities I began to wonder when Chad's book was going to be released and I started following Lisa Renee Jones for more updates. The Inside Out series go most of the attention though, and I was left wondering what was going to happen with this series.

At the end of this book I saw that the final? book is the series in releasing in less than a month and it will be from Amy's point of view. That's good because Forsaken ended before Amy had the chance to answer to one of my questions about something she says to Gia. I wonder who and what will try to tear her and Liam apart, since the bad guys seemed to have lost. How can the nightmare not have ended? Anyway, I hope that we will see Gia and Chad in the next book.

Before I began this book, I did something I don't usually do. I read the blurb. I don't read the blurb after I have added a book on my to read list, especially before I begin a book because that might ruin my reading experience. In this case, for example, it kind of did. For most of the book I kept wondering what Gia was hiding and if she was the one, the one who had double crossed Chad. The answers were given towards the end of the book which is nice on one hand, but I couldn't stop thinking about the questions until then.

It was weird reading about Chad not trusting Liam, since he didn't know him. I, as someone who had read the previous books, love Liam and I didn't like it when Chad kept trying to find some dirt on Liam. That proved though how much he cares about his sister and what he would do to protect her. I know that what he did wasn't irrational or misplaced, especially after everything he and Amy went through.

Forsaken is something that I could easily see as a movie. I am not saying that it should become one, but I believe it would work out very well.