Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan Blog Tour

A Montana man always protects the woman he loves

He discovered her during a Montana blizzard, freezing cold, impossibly vulnerable, a little boy by her side. Undercover DEA Agent Beck “Trigger” Cooke is astonished to recognize Ashley Swan—award-winning actress, famous beauty—and missing for over a year. To keep her and the child hidden from a sadistic madman, he secrets the pair away to his isolated home.

No longer a prisoner, and protected at Hope Ranch, Ashley recovers and learns the tall, tempting federal agent may have a dark past, but it hasn’t destroyed his sense of honor.

As they shed past roles and find common ground, Ashley and Trigger can’t help but fall slowly, carefully, in love. But danger still lurks outside the boundaries of Hope Ranch, for until her crazed captor is brought to justice, and Trigger’s undercover past is laid to rest, none of them will ever be truly safe…

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“What’s wrong?” Trigger asked.

The softness in his voice made Ashley look up at him. Way up. The man was so tall.

She found her voice under the wave of fear gripping her. “I know you don’t mean to, but you’re scaring me.”

“Look at me, Ashley.”

She sucked in a breath, found a shred of bravery from the tatters of her will, and raised her gaze to meet his.

“I will never hurt you.”

She fell into the depths of gray and flecks of blue in his eyes and drowned in the sincerity and promise she found there. Deep down, she believed him. Part of her needed to believe him, because she needed something real to hold on to before she sank any deeper into despair and the paranoia that everyone wanted to hurt her.

She nodded. “If he finds me, he’ll kill me.”

“He’ll have to get past me first.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 Stars

So this book is really one of those books that teeters between four and five for me. While I really loved the story and plot line and the fact that these two very broken and struggling individuals find strength and comfort in each other, I also had a few issues. The relationship borders on insta-love and, well, I always have a hard time with that in any story. They could've shared most of what they did without it turning so quickly into this "I love you and can't live without you" type of situation. In fact, in my opinion, it would've made them feel more real because of their crazy situations, but that's not how it worked out. Then there was the ending and the judge and I felt like it was a bit overboard and it sort of ruined the story a bit for me. The same thing could've come about just in a different way, but again not the way it went.

That all being said, I absolutely loved the way we get to know someone who went from being Hollywood's hottest star to this battered and abused woman who has been so worn down by her captor. Trigger, her somewhat rescuer, is already dealing with his own issues, but by being able to focus on hers and her focusing on him, they find this excellent balance especially with Adam as a buffer to help both of them find where they need to be.

I'll admit, I felt like we missed out a lot on the whole Caden and Mia story, but then I don't know if that is another series or not, so that could just be me. I will say the story does have a lovely little wrap up that makes it very clear this is the end of Beck and Ashley's story, which makes me wonder where the next book in the story will be going.

Mary Jo☆☆☆
Betrayed by a man she thought was a friend, Ashley Snow has been held as a prisoner for a year. Was it kidnapping if she willingly went with him? Was it her fault that she didn't see the signs that he was just a little left of normal? After being beaten, starved, and mentally abused for the past year, she knows that her will to live is fading. The last time she tried to run, her beating was so severe she was afraid she would die.

However, when he makes a mistake, she does just that: she runs. But not before grabbing the little boy who has suffered almost as much as she has. Running through the cold Montana night in nothing but heels and an evening gown, Ashley does her best to outrun the monster that will kill them both. As the snow falls, her energy wanes but she is determined to protect the child at the cost of her own life.

Beck Cooke has his own set of problems. As an undercover DEA agent, he has lived a life full of danger and regret. He has hurt people he was assigned to protect and the guilt of surviving is almost as bad as the guilt he carries for being unable to save the innocent.

As their two lives intersect, each must learn to trust their instincts and to make peace with their pasts.

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and Montana Men series. She writes suspenseful contemporary romances with outrageous plot twists, deeply emotional love stories, high stakes and higher drama. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find. Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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