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Official Review: Escape by Belle Ami

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Official Review: Escape by Belle Ami

Post Number:#1 by MarisaRose
» 23 Feb 2017, 15:16

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Escape" by Belle Ami.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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Escape by Belle Ami is as much a steamy romance novel as it is a tale of espionage. Layla, a Harvard doctoral student, finds herself part of a terrifying abduction while vacationing in Dubai with her boyfriend. The young couple are separated and Layla is sent to prison in Tehran, a terrifying place where conditions are substandard and the threat to Layla’s life is ever present. Luckily, Layla’s father is well connected and with the help of the Israeli prime minister, puts events in motion to save Layla’s life. Cyrus, an Iranian spy with a dark past, is sent to rescue the American student. Cyrus and Layla’s escape from Iran will be far from easy as they must evade their many pursuers and uncover each other’s true intentions.

Escape is a fast paced, erotic thriller; the combination of the two genres makes for an exhilarating and titillating read. Layla’s naivety coupled with Cyrus’ brooding personality and dedication to his job as a spy, keep the reader guessing as to how the unlikely pair will not only get along, but do so while trying to escape from their terrifying predicament. This book is hard to put down; the author keeps the story moving as the pair jump from one frightening situation to the next. Further, the chemistry between Layla and Cyrus is apparent and adds an emotional element to the fast moving story.

The main characters, Layla and Cyrus, were the most enjoyable aspects of Escape. Both character’s had satisfying backstories and agreeable personalities. The tension between the two was not only well developed but also believable. The relationship could easily have read as unrealistic given the imbalance of power between the two; luckily, the author expertly avoids such a stereotype. In addition to the skillful development of the characters, the story was even more enjoyable because each character, even secondary characters, had purpose; none felt trivial or unimportant. This was essential as it aided in making an incredibly shocking twist about Cyrus’ past both plausible and exciting.

Once the main climax is resolved, the novel takes a seemingly domestic turn. Unfortunately, this turn felt predictable and the later parts of the book lacked the tension and anticipation felt throughout the earlier sections. Overall, the ending felt unsatisfying and took away from the climactic events surrounding Layla’s capture and subsequent attempts to escape.

Escape is a fun, fast paced thriller that many readers will enjoy. I rate Escape 3 out of 4 stars. If not for the predictable and lackluster turn towards the end, I would have happily rated this book higher. Fans of erotic thrillers will surely find enjoyment in this book. It is important to note the book contains graphic sexual scenes and may only be appropriate for a mature audience.

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Re: Official Review: Escape by Belle Ami

Post Number:#2 by kimmyschemy06
» 25 Feb 2017, 08:08

Sounds like an enjoyable read. I'm not much into romance but I like reading about espionage. Great job on the review.
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Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 25 Feb 2017, 09:41

As with Kimmy, I'm not much on romance. This does sound interesting with the thriller part though. Thanks for the review.
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Post Number:#4 by Acwoolet
» 09 Mar 2017, 12:49

It sounds like this book has a more unique twist on the normal romance novel. Although it sounds like it is a little disappointing towards the end. Great review!
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Post Number:#5 by Goga74
» 10 Mar 2017, 07:16

Layla is obviously a strong figure and I believe that the book is worth of reading.
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Post Number:#6 by LivreAmour217
» 10 Mar 2017, 07:43

Great review! This book isn't my cup of tea, but I'm glad that you liked it!
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Post Number:#7 by Shreyoshi Sen
» 11 Mar 2017, 00:48

A book full of suspense and thrill. Very interesting.
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Post Number:#8 by Sal Mahmoud
» 12 Mar 2017, 19:20

Nothing as good as a steamy love story with some thrilling adventures thrown into it! Definitely caught my attention right away, and your review just made it sound 10 times better! Excellent job! Keep it up!
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Post Number:#9 by Verah
» 13 Mar 2017, 04:50

Just the cover of the book makes you want to grab a copy and digest its content
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Post Number:#10 by Gravy
» 13 Mar 2017, 06:08

I enjoy a good plot twist. Too bad the ending let you down.
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Post Number:#11 by gali
» 13 Mar 2017, 06:15

A steamy romance as well as a tale of espionage? An intriguing mixture. Too bad about the ending, though. Good job on the review!
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Post Number:#12 by abhishek7081
» 13 Mar 2017, 06:23

This book has action, romance and a thrilling pack. So glad it's the beginning of a great, new series.
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Post Number:#13 by Alesia
» 13 Mar 2017, 06:24

Cool review. Will definitely consider reading this book. I love romance and combined with espionage makes it sound even more interesting.
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Post Number:#14 by Nanou
» 13 Mar 2017, 06:27

After reading the free sample, its look very interested and I'm impatient to read the full book. The story seems very fascinating. The characters seems brave and the place the author choose put direclty in the atmosphere.

Congratulations :)
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Post Number:#15 by Paras Juneja
» 13 Mar 2017, 06:44

Thanks for advice mam! I'll surely read it now
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