"The Great Escape"
By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Lucy Jorik is a champ at never embarrassing the family she adores—not surprising since her mother is one of the most famous women in the world. But now Lucy has done just that. And on her wedding day, no less, to the most perfect man she's ever known.
Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy flees the church in an ill-fitting blue choir robe and hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle plastered with offensive bumper stickers. She's flying into the unknown with a rough-looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence.
While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up—and fast.
Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction . . . and unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her but reveals nothing about himself. As the hot summer days unfold amid scented breezes and sudden storms, she'll also encounter a beautiful, troubled beekeeper; a frightened young boy; a modern-day evil queen; and a passion that could change her life forever.
I am a librarian and read over hundreds of books a year that cover a wide array of topics, genres, and authors. It’s a wonderful job, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t have too many favorites in the long run. There are very few authors and books that I write on my calendar the day they come out; Kresley Cole, Rachel Gibson, Sarah MacLean, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Seppies are a wild bunch but we are many and we are proud!
“The Great Escape” is the 7th book in the Wynette, Texas series and does not disappoint in the least. The tale of Lucy Jorick (the daughter from “First Lady” and runaway bride from “Call Me Irresistible”) and Panda, her security escort and wild man on a motorcycle. Just a small warning, this book can be read by itself but I highly recommend you reading the previous book where Lucy runs away just to understand a bit of the back story.
Lucy was to marry Ted Beaudine but ran away at the last minute. Standing in the alley behind the church, and not knowing where to go or what to do, Lucy hops on the back of a motorcycle of a complete stranger named Panda.
Ms. Phillips is an absolute Queen of romance, the absolute ruler! She can write a road trip romance like nobody’s business and this one is simply fantastic. Panda has been secretly hired by Lucy’s parents to be her bodyguard. He’s ornery, funny, definitely hunky, and a perfect counterpart to Lucy’s crazy life.
The duo finally ends up at Panda’s house in Minnesota. A wild array of supporting characters and funny situations finishes out this amazing romance of two wildly different people. Lucy is impulsive, yet smart and caring for those around her. Panda is tough to understand or truly know, but once you get to know him, he’ll love you for life.
In this whole blog post, I have missed out on mentioning one of my favorite things about the book, the hilarity of it. Ms. Phillips can write funny like nobody’s business. Check out this funny scene that actually made me laugh out loud!
“Those awful bumper stickers are bad enough,” she said, “but at least a person has to be close to your bike to see them.”
He watched an alligator lolling in a patch of sunlight on the far bank. “I told you about the bumper stickers.
She turned around in her seat, resting the paddle on her knees and letting him steer. “You said the bike’s previous owner put them on. So Why didn’t you let me peel them off?"
He shifted his paddle to the other side. “Because I like them."
She frowned at the message on his T-shirt: IT ONLY SEEMS KINKY THE FIRST TIME.
“It was a gift,” he said.
“From Satan?” (Phillips, 43)In case you haven’t realized it, I loooooved this book! The plot, the characters, the emotions, the romance of it all were perfect. I do realize reading the previous books was probably pretty necessary for the enjoyment of this one, but I think it would also be a fine read alone, you just may not love it as much as I do. Run and get this on, you won’t be sorry! Great characters, wonderful story, a steamy romance destined to leave you with a smile on your face.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publication
Date of Publication: July 1, 2012
# of Pages: 384