Author: Linda Lael Miller

Review: The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Posted August 14, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsReviewer: Rowena
The Great Escape (Wynette, Texas, #7) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Series: Wynette Texas #7
Also in this series: Call Me Irresistible (Wynette, Texas #6)
Publisher: Harper Collins, William Morrow
Publication Date: July 10th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 437
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Series Rating: three-stars

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.

I’ve been pretty antsy for this book for a while now. Probably since Ted and Meg’s story that came out last year. I used to be all about Ted and Lucy but then SEP broke them up and hooked Ted up with Meg and I got over Ted and Lucy then when this book came out, my first thought was, “Finally!”. This is Lucy’s book, y’all!

This book has all of the staples of being an SEP read. The hero being a total dick to the heroine, the heroine hates the hero and the feeling is mutual and over the course of the story, that changes. This book takes place the minute that Lucy runs from the Church on her wedding day to Teddy. In Meg’s book, we get what happened on Ted’s side of things and in this book, we get to see what the heck happened to Lucy.

Lucy jumps on the back of Mysterious Man’s motorcycle and off they ride into the sunset. Lucy can’t stick around, she needs to leave more than she needs her next breath so off she goes with the stranger that’s been poking around Wynette for the past little while. She’s holding on for dear life and once they make their first stop, the stranger who’s name is Panda. Yes, you read that right. He tells her to call him Panda. Anyway, Panda gives her a hard time about jilting Teddy at the altar and that becomes the norm for them as they put miles between them and Wynette.

Seeing Lucy and Panda grow closer and closer as the story wove on was at times funny but at other times annoying. The fought a lot and then when the other characters came into play, it only added to the madness that was already Lucy’s life. There’s the fat camp lady, Toby and his guardian and then Mike. There’s plenty of things going on that will keep you from getting bored but I wasn’t a fan of a lot of things in this book. I wasn’t a fan of the way that Panda treated Lucy in the beginning and I wasn’t a fan of Lucy’s get up when she shows up at Panda’s lake house. Now, you’d think that I hated the book as a whole but I didn’t. SEP works her magic in a way that the characters got on your hot damn nerves throughout the entire book but if you stuck with it, she repaid you for your loyalty but making everything better in the end.

This book is filled with colorful characters and many a laughs. SEP writes a story that will make you glad that you finished even though you wanted to strangle each and every single one of her characters just moments before. It’s a good book and yeah, you should still read it.

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Review: Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller

Posted August 9, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael MillerReviewer: Rowena
Big Sky Mountain (Parable, Montana, #2) by Linda Lael Miller
Series: Parable Montana #2

Publication Date: July 31st 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Westerns
Pages: 384
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Series Rating: three-stars

With his rugged good looks, vast wealth and family name, hell-raiser Hutch Carmody is still the golden boy of Parable, Montana. But he's done some growing up—making peace with his illegitimate half brother and inheriting half of Whisper Creek Ranch, which should have been all his. These days, Hutch knows there are some things money can't buy: like the heart of loving, ladylike divorcée Kendra Shepherd.

Kendra's quiet mansion reminds her of what she wants most—a devoted husband and the pitter-patter of little feet. She can't get Hutch Carmody out of her mind. But a rough-and-tumble cowboy like Hutch, coming home for family dinner? Seems crazy! Then again, crazier dreams have become reality under the vast Montana sky.

Before I get into my review, can I just say that Hutch Carmody as seen on the cover of this book is freaking delicious? I want to eat him up! I’ve cut back on the amount of cowboy books that I read because the last few books that I tried just weren’t that memorable. They didn’t grab me the way that other cowboy books have, that made me want to devour all things western but this book ended up being a good read. I’m glad that I read it.

This is the second book in the Parable, Montana series by Linda Lael Miller. I’m thinking that I should have read the first book first because far too often, throughout this book, I felt like I was missing something. More than once, I was thrown out of the story because something was mentioned and I thought, “I should have read the first book” but even with those few instances, I enjoyed Hutch and Kendra’s story.

Hutch and Kendra have a history. This is a story of second chances and Kendra was real wary of giving Hutch a second chance because she didn’t think she’s survive another heartbreak. They used to be together but broke up and Kendra ended up marrying an unfaithful lout and Hutch almost married someone else. The story starts off when Hutch calls his wedding off…on his wedding day. His almost bride, Brylee is steaming mad and her friends start up a Down with Hutch website and he becomes the town villain. Even with everyone mad at him, Hutch doesn’t regret stopping the wedding. He knew that it wasn’t right and over the course of the book, you see just how right he was.

Kendra is now single with a young daughter in tow. Her daughter’s name is Madison and they’re moving out of the big mansion that they live in and are downsizing since it’s just the two of them and their mansion is too much house for two people. Kendra was married to a titled gentleman who had a daughter with someone else and when the mother of his child takes off, Kendra steps in and becomes young Madison’s Mom. Kendra has a big heart and that big heart is scared to let Hutch Carmody back into her life because it’s not just her anymore. She has Madison to think about and she just doesn’t want Hutch to storm into their lives if he wasn’t going to stick around.

I really enjoyed getting to know both Hutch and Kendra. To be honest, I enjoyed getting to know Hutch more than Kendra because there were times when I wanted to punch Kendra’s lights out for always assuming things but in the end, I came to like Kendra a lot and admired the way that she was with Madison. Madison was lucky to have Kendra in her life and when Hutch comes along, he completes the picture and I really liked seeing the three of them together.

I am completely curious about Boone and am hoping against hope that his book is next. I just know that him and Tara will end up together and I’d love to read about him getting that stick out of his ass and bring his boys home, where they belong. I’d like to get to know Boone’s boys better and to meet his sister and her husband who are taking care of his boys. I think I’d enjoy seeing Boone come into his own and get over himself. I’m actually looking forward to it. I’m also wondering if Walker will get his own book in this series as well because I would totally love to read that book. His little storyline with Casey could be a good one, especially since he has two kids with her and they’re not even together. There’s a story there and I’m all about reading it.

Overall, this book was a good, solid book but there were times when the story dragged. It took me a few days to get past the first few chapters because I kept waiting for something to happen already but as I got deeper and deeper into the book, I grew comfortable in the world that Miller created for these characters and in the end, I was glad that I stuck with it. It was good.

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book is available from HQN. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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