Rating: 4 stars
Title: Escaping Me
Series: Escaping #1
Author: Elizabeth Lee
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC provided by Wordsmith Publicity
Cover: 4 stars
Characters: 4 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Heat: 3 stars
Freshness: 3.5 stars
Addictiveness: 4 starsTotal: 4 stars (17/24)
Whitney has been raised to be the perfect girl, the perfect daughter, the perfect wife. She has tried her best, but even though she has always followed the rules, life is messy and has destroyed her fairy tale. Running away from a bad break-up, she moves for the summer to her mom's farm in a small little town. There she finds more than she has bargained for. Can her messy life still become perfect? Or does she need to learn how to take life as it is?
Cole is running away from his past and the way he used to deal with problems. He wants to be alone, to build a new life on his own, trying to avoid conflicts. When he meets Whitney, he knows she is not for him, and he is sure she is trouble. What he doesn't know is that she might be his salvation. Is life offering him a second chance, or is fate only teasing him?
Escaping Me has a good plot, a great hero, some fun secondary characters and a couple good conflicts thrown in. I've had trouble connecting with the heroine. She is not a bad character, but she is not my favorite either. She is a bit immature, but has room to grow. Whitney is a work-in-progress. I've liked her much better on the second book of the series.
Ms. Lee creates very believable plots and conflicts that are part of everybody day-to-day life. If you haven't had the same problems, you definitely knows someone that has. Also, I like how her characters are flawed. The are human like us all, and ofter make mistakes, sometimes huge mistakes that changes a life's course.
You may read this book because you enjoy a good read with a lot of emotions swirling around; you should read this book because you like romances with a dose of reality thrown in; but you MUST read this book, if you believe in second chances and that love may conquer it all!
"That cold, dark organ that used to be my heart still beats strong as I eye the gravel lane that signals my homestretch, only now it beats out of rage instead of love."