The Great Escape Hardcover – Jul 10 2012
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“No one tops Susan Elizabeth Phillips” (Jayne Ann Krentz)
“...intelligent, funny and hot enough to make you sigh.” (People)
“With her latest flawlessly written romance, Phillips delivers the kind of complex, realistically complicated characters and richly emotional love story her fans have come to expect. Fueled with incendiary sexual chemistry, and deliciously witty, The Great Escape is another jewel from one of the genre’s most incandescent stars.” (Booklist (starred review))
With brilliant dialog, sassy humor, and laserlike insight into what makes people tick, Phillips gifts readers with an engrossing, beautifully written romance that satisfies on all levels. Another winner from a stellar writer who never disappoints. (Library Journal (starred review))
Phillips’ signature mix of complicated characters, sexual chemistry and emotionally compelling writing is irresistible. (Chicago Tribune)
From the Back Cover
The Great Escape
Where do you run to when your life has fallen apart?
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.
In this dazzling follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Call Me Irresistible, Susan Elizabeth Phillips tells the funny, touching, enchanting story of a young woman searching for her destiny . . . and of a damaged man who doesn't believe in second chances.See all Product Description
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Ted maybe escaped.
Romance (lack of) Chemistry (lack of). Those are the two main problems of this book. The characters of Lucy and Panda (a nickname which is never really explained) spend large chunks of this book apart and I can't say that I ever felt any great urge to get them back together. When they were together the author tries hard to convince the reader that there might be great depths of emotion and sparks between them, but the efforts fall largely flat. He snarls, she sneers. They have sex. Or they fight some more and they don't have sex. Repeat. And I just have to say "Wild Emotional Out of Control No Holds Barred Kinky Sex" is NOT pretending to whip each other with licorice and an occasional nibble on a tender part. It just isn't and when an author tries to sell it as such it just reads as silly as .....
well a 31 year old woman dying her hair weird colors, putting in dreadlocks, and applying a fake dragon tattoo and then pretending that she is "acting out" with those audacious acts. What in the world happened to that determined attitude 14 year old Lucy displayed in First Lady - am I the only one who remembers her naming her sister "Butt?" How in the world that girl grew up to be the woe is me my Mother was the President Lucy of "The Great Escape" is completely beyond my comprehension.
The ending, with Lucy pulling "Panda" back to find her at her parent's house with a "Am I or Am I Not?" pregnancy call out was just odd. Just plain odd, silly, and extremely immature. It was really hard for me to believe a grown and mature man wouldn't have just looked her in the face and told her to knock off the game playing.
I can't say this is the first Susan Elizabeth Phillips book I've thought to be below average. However, in all the other books that I haven't liked as much (Molly did WHAT?) I've always found plenty in the book that I did like. SEP has always written characters with a certain style and flair that made at least parts of the book endearing. There are some side characters in this book that are actually a much better romp, unfortunately they just aren't enough to salvage the book into anything I'd recommend.
I soooo miss Anna Fields. No one can narrate SEP books like she did--and it's entirely possible that if I'd read it myself or if there had been a better narrator (the voices on this one were horrible, especially Lucy's and Matt's) I'd have given this one another half star. I probably would not have upped the rating a full star, though--too many other issues with the story.