Title: Escaping Me
Author: Elizabeth Lee
Release Day: July 30, 2013
Synopsis: All she wanted to do was forget. Forget the memory of walking in on her boyfriend in the middle of, well, another girl. Forget how she had her entire life planned out. And, forget about being perfect all the time. Unfortunately, she was Whitney Vandaveer and despite the fact that she moved to the middle of nowhere—she couldn't.
He always knew he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett had accepted the fact that he would always be the screw up and he was okay with it. Until he met her.
Here's the thing they quickly found out—sometimes we all need a little help escaping who we think we are.
Elizabeth Lee Bio:
When I'm not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand. Here's the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination! Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!
If only I could open this review as good as Elizabeth Lee started this story. Let’s just say when the lead girl, Whitney, literally passes out in bad-boy gone good, Cole’s, arms before even they even meet, you know you got a great story on the way. And Escaping Me was a really great story.
Whitney has lived with her father in the city all her life. She’s a city girl through and through, used to money and the fancier things in life. When she catches her boyfriend getting it on with another girl, she runs to the country with her mother and sister to get over him. Cole is the complete opposite of Whitney, having grown up poor and without all life’s comforts. After his brother becomes engaged to Cole’s ex and Cole’s anger problems hit the wall, he gets kicked out and sent to another small town, where he’s supposed to live while he works out his problems. He surely doesn't expect to play knight in shining armor to some rich city girl.
When Cole and Whitney do finally come face to face sparks fly and the two want each other. Both however, are hesitant to start anything because of the reasons they are in town in the first place. Whitney has a great friend in her sister, someone she barely knew when she lived in the city. Even her mom is a down to earth godsend who offers her support rather than criticism and commands like her father in the city. They encourage Whitney and Cole and even with him thinking he’s not good enough, how can they deny heat that hot?
Whitney is just what Cole needs and vice-versa. The two complete each other in all the cheesy, corny and cliché ways you can think of. She motivates him to be better and do better where he allows her to spread her wings and become the person she is meant to be. I liked the fact that it wasn't really an insta-love. I mean sure they are both attracted to each other but they don’t just jump into bed together or a relationship.
I really enjoyed the dual POV’s, it really gave great insight into each characters personality. And I’ll admit it has its great steamy moments that may fog up your kindle. Cole certainly gets an A in sexting.
He looked like the kind of guy that said exactly what he was thinking, and judging by the way his hooded eyes were taking me in, I lustfully wished he’d tell me all he ways he’d make me scream his name.”- Whitney
Whitney is not the, let’s say, smartest person in the beginning and I don’t mean in a book smart way but more of a ‘I don’t know how to take control of my own life kind of way. But being in the middle of nowhere, where things like money, facials and ritzy cars don’t matter, really helps Whitney come into herself. Cole and her family (her mom and sister) are driving forces as well and provide a well needed closeness she never really found with her father.
My only complaint is the epilogue. It could have been better. But the story makes up for it. Overall it was a great read and though not action packed, I was still sucked in and enjoyed the ride. Cole and Whitney were both great characters and developed into better people as the story went on.
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