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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 a 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.


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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 a 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.

30 review for The Great Escape

  1. 4 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    I really enjoyed this novel. It's relaxing, perfect for escapism. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the master when it comes to light hearted romance. It took me some time to finish The Great Escape, but it's because I've been pretty busy lately and didn't have much time to read. In normal circumstances, I'd probably finish it in 2-3 days. I really enjoyed this novel. It's relaxing, perfect for escapism. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the master when it comes to light hearted romance. It took me some time to finish The Great Escape, but it's because I've been pretty busy lately and didn't have much time to read. In normal circumstances, I'd probably finish it in 2-3 days.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    Okay friends! I’ve come to the end of the road with the Wynette Texas series. What a freaking fun and amazing ride it has been. The leading men, the leading ladies, the side characters, the humor, the sex, and the banter allowed for such creative and easy flowing storylines. SEP ROCKS! I’d love to meet her someday, share a glass of wine and ask her how the heck she comes up these stories. I wonder what or who her inspirations are. In The Great Escape we get Lucy Jorik’s story. She has made he Okay friends! I’ve come to the end of the road with the Wynette Texas series. What a freaking fun and amazing ride it has been. The leading men, the leading ladies, the side characters, the humor, the sex, and the banter allowed for such creative and easy flowing storylines. SEP ROCKS! I’d love to meet her someday, share a glass of wine and ask her how the heck she comes up these stories. I wonder what or who her inspirations are. In The Great Escape we get Lucy Jorik’s story. She has made her escape; she has run away from the perfect man on her wedding day. This was something that Lucy would have never done. She always made the right choices. She was the steadfast daughter. But her heart wasn’t full the way it should be. When making her fierce escape, someone makes her an offer to ride off into the sunset (for lack of a better word) and she accepts. But are things as they seem and who really is this Panda guy. He didn’t fit her normal guy mold. He had an edge about himself. He was broody and he sure as hell wasn’t going to stand for anything Lucy was about to dish out. What a perfect pair they made!! Panda ~I know what you are thinking. What kind of name is Panda? Well he has a real name of course but Panda fit him. It is purely symbolic. He was tall, dark and sexy. Definitely swoon worthy. Panda had offered Lucy the seat on the back of his motorcycle having no idea that the ride the two of them were going to take would be more than he bargained for. Panda didn’t have the skills to deal with all things Lucy. He wanted to have this fling with her, the sex was great and her company was a wanted distraction. But his life hadn’t been easy. He had his demons. Lucy ~ I loved her. She had come so far in life. As a teenager she was a protector and a fighter. She finally got her happiness, that wonderful family. While she loved her family dearly, she no longer needed that picture perfect life that came from being the daughter of The First Lady. She had inner and outer beauty. She was sweet, sexy and independent. Once she decided to make this escape Lucy morphed into someone different. It may have only been superficial but it was a change that allowed her to figure out who she really want to be. Lucy and Panda were equally confused by the other. When Lucy is backed into a corner she makes a decision that brings her to a place that ruffles Panda’s feathers. He can’t figure out why she doesn't throw in the towel and go back to her happy family. Lucy can’t understand why Panda seems detached from places, people and things that are current in his life. She needs some answers but what she finds is heartbreaking. During this journey, Lucy meets a lot of great people. People who seem to either have everything in life or nothing at all. People who just like her are trying to find their way. Bree and Toby added the sunshine to Lucy’s life. They added so much sweetness this story. And Temple, well she added a bit of spice. She was the sassy, bitchy and a tad bitter woman in the group. But I liked her. Looks can be deceiving and Temple was fighting her own battle. You know this was another winner for me. I loved every minute from start to finish. The last chapter was superb, IMHO anyways. Anytime Mabel is brought in, you know only goodness will come of it. Panda was just....I don't know. I just loved him. And the Epilogue, it was one of my favorites. If you have started this series and set it aside, get back to it. :) If you have never read a book from SEP, give this series a chance. Don’t miss out on all this goodness. ❤

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    5 STARS I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I’ve finally reached the end of the Wynette Texas Series. And I have cherished each and every story. I heard a whisper on the wind that there may be an eighth book???!!! PLEASE YES! If not, I know I will be re-reading these books for years to come. The Great Escape is Lucy Jorik’s story. We first met Lucy as a surly but frightened fourteen year old girl in First Lady. Left orphaned by an alcoholic and neglectful mother, Lucy was forced to grow up fast 5 STARS I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I’ve finally reached the end of the Wynette Texas Series. And I have cherished each and every story. I heard a whisper on the wind that there may be an eighth book???!!! PLEASE YES! If not, I know I will be re-reading these books for years to come. The Great Escape is Lucy Jorik’s story. We first met Lucy as a surly but frightened fourteen year old girl in First Lady. Left orphaned by an alcoholic and neglectful mother, Lucy was forced to grow up fast, and take over the responsibilities her mother left behind like caring for her half sister, Tracy, who was only a year old at the time. But life’s been more than good to her since. Now, as the adopted daughter of Matt Jorik and Cornelia Litchfield Case, who just happens to be the former President of the United States, Lucy has become accustomed to living her life in the spotlight. So when she decided to ditch Texas’ most eligible bachelor and golden boy, Ted Beaudine, at the alter, the whole world was there to watch. So where’s a runaway bride to go when there’s secret service on her tail? Apparently on the back of a motorcycle of some random guy with nothing but a choir robe and a pair of stilettos. ”I’ll bet you were real popular with the Secret Service.” Tired of playing it safe, Lucy embarks on an adventure that will change the coarse of her life forever. So who is this random guy? Apparently his name is Panda. Or so he tells her. And, as it turns out, he may not be as random as she’d originally thought. And Lucy may just find that she’s escaped the frying pan, just to wind up in the fire. And this one is much hotter than she’s prepared to handle, and it’s more than likely going to leave her burned. ”Don’t look.” He looked. Not even being subtle about it but studying her in a way that made her skin hot. Long seconds passed before he spoke. “Are you sure about this?” No games. Straight to the point. Pure Panda. “You have a college degree? You can barely talk.” Once again, a hilariously funny and touching romance. A road trip of self discovery for both our heroine and her broken hero. I absolutely love the dialogue in these books. The verbal banter and the hate/love relationships that come out of them. ”Get real, Panda. I walked out on Ted Beaudine. Do you really think I’m going to lose sleep over you and our hot little summer fling?” The supporting cast was fabulous, as usual. It was like a Secret Life of Bees cast on a reality show called Fat Island, where everyone finds love and happiness in the end. Well, it didn’t actually go down that way, and the journey was anything but smooth. But in the end the results were about as perfect as life can get. “I hate to admit this, but some days hearing about other people's problems actually cheers me up.” Again a HEA that is put through the paces, chewed up and spit out into a rock solid love of the ages. And she always ties it together with a beautiful epilogue. [image error] Be the best at what you’re good at. Who could have known he’d be so good at this? If there is one thing I can say about Susan Elizabeth Phillips… it’s that I know that when I pick up one of her books, I will fall in love once again with a brand new set of wonderful characters. I will definitely laugh out loud, I will be drawn in deep, I may shed a few tears, I will most definitely be aroused, and I will love every minute of it. Ok. that was more than one thing… but in short, I am guaranteed an adventure that will warm my heart, and leave me wanting more. I can’t recommend these books enough.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    There was nothing redeeming about this book for me. Nothing. I was so fed up with it that I finally returned it at 92%. I didn't even care about the ending. I couldn't stand any of the characters. They were all stupid. And annoying. And had no depth. SEP is one of my favorite authors, but I REALLY hated this book. Ok, here is the rest of my review....I just didn't have the energy to type it out on my phone. I have to say, it about killed me to give SEP a 1 star rating. Even the books that weren' There was nothing redeeming about this book for me. Nothing. I was so fed up with it that I finally returned it at 92%. I didn't even care about the ending. I couldn't stand any of the characters. They were all stupid. And annoying. And had no depth. SEP is one of my favorite authors, but I REALLY hated this book. Ok, here is the rest of my review....I just didn't have the energy to type it out on my phone. I have to say, it about killed me to give SEP a 1 star rating. Even the books that weren't my favorite by her got a decent rating, this one just simply contained all of my pet peeves in one book. AGH! 1. Seriously, I was over 30% through the book before there was an actual conversation in the story. 30%. Ugh. My issue with books that have little dialogue is that they tend to read as overly dramatic, to me that is. And it's hard to feel like the plot is driving the story, and then I start to feel like the author is "info dumping" on us-- it feels text bookish-- character A does this and so character B feels this way and then does this. It's not my favorite style. 2. Once again, a book that has the h/h "fall in love" without A) having a conversation, B) communicate with any method other than a passive aggressive one, C) get to know each other. But hey, why don't we just fall into bed together and then because we had great sex it's obvious that we HAVE to be in love and everything is just going to be hunky-dory. ugh. Oh, I why don't I throw in some minor stalking while I'm at it? 3. This isn't a pet peeve, but usually I like SEP's secondary characters. I really didn't this time. To be honest I didn't think any of the characters were all that likable. She TOLD us that they were, but I didn't particularly care for them. Nothing really drew me in. 4. I couldn't help but feel like this book was a recycled "Natural Born Charmer," which I love, but this was a watered down, boring re-write of it. And I was so excited for it....heck, I pre-ordered it months ago. 5. And can I just roll my eyes at the token gay character????? Yeah, I felt like that entire story line was thrown in there just to have a token gay character-- it read quite disjointed to me, I didn't believe it and so it pushed the "drama for drama sake" button for me. I don't have issues with gay characters, this one just didn't do it for me. I can't really explain why, maybe the entire book just soured me on any twist and turn. 6. I left my biggest frustration for last-- apparently calling a half black little boy a "boy" is racist????? What the crap???? I grew up in the south and never heard that one. Maybe I was just too sheltered in my over-half black school???? The racial storyline REALLY got on my nerves. REALLY. The kid didn't feel persecuted, held back, different, etc, so why, WHY, did she feel the need to try and make him feel that way???? Isn't the point of all the racial awareness/education to have everyone judged on their own merit, not their skin color???? I get that she was trying to have Bree bring an avenue for him to feel pride in his heritage, but it's not like he was ashamed of being half black! He simply didn't focus all of his energy on his skin color. It just frustrated me. I'll stop now and maybe just cross my fingers that her next one is more my style.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    3.5 stars He jerked his head toward the rear of his bike. "Wanna go for a ride?" Lucy Jorik has just run out on the most perfect man in the world on her wedding day. And made the great escape from Wynette on the back of a motorbike with a stranger named Panda. The Great Escape is the sequel to Call Me Irresistible where Ted (Lucy's fiancé) and Meg (Lucy's best friend) find their hea. The Great Escape runs in parallel time with Call Me Irresistible so while Panda and Lucy are running away, Ted and M 3.5 stars He jerked his head toward the rear of his bike. "Wanna go for a ride?" Lucy Jorik has just run out on the most perfect man in the world on her wedding day. And made the great escape from Wynette on the back of a motorbike with a stranger named Panda. The Great Escape is the sequel to Call Me Irresistible where Ted (Lucy's fiancé) and Meg (Lucy's best friend) find their hea. The Great Escape runs in parallel time with Call Me Irresistible so while Panda and Lucy are running away, Ted and Meg are finding each other. It's not necessary though to read Call Me Irresistible first or any previous books in the series. Panda starts out as an offensive jerk, and Lucy considers him as nothing more than a 'primitive life-form'. But this is just a persona that Panda adopts, for good reason. Bit by bit Panda's past is revealed and it's not a happy one. He and Lucy have a lot in common, especially growing up in their early years. We find out his real name, Patrick Shade. Lucy is the good girl who turned herself around from the wildchild we were first introduced to in First Lady. Now she's returning to her roots and getting down and dirty, creating a reverse bucket list. SEP is one of the few authors whose entire booklist I've read (including that awful debut). And like any author she has her great, good and not-so-good titles. It certainly has some of her famous hallmark wit and characterisations, but on the whole it is a bit of a letdown. The routine where Panda was frisking Lucy for contraband was wonderful though. Very SEP. And reminded me of a similar scene in Natural Born Charmer between Dean and Blue. The main romance between Panda and Lucy is fairly meagre and left me wanting. As in most of her books there is a secondary romance (a couple of secondaries, actually) and a lot more going on than just the main romance. Unfortunately for me it felt more like filler. This story does tend to have more of a women's fiction feel to it than a lot of her other contemporary romances. The setting on Charity Island where most of the story takes place is really lovely. And there's a cute nod to First Lady - Lucy's parents, Mat and Nealy's story - when Lucy disguises herself in a similar way to Nealy. Though not quite a 4-star book for me, The Great Escape has more to love than not, so I'm rounding up. This is not her best work in my opinion, but I think fans will still enjoy this one from the incomparable SEP. Steam: 2.5

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christina ~ Brunette Reader

    2,5 Stars Well-written and, in the sparse good moments, full of the usual trademark quirky humour, I nonetheless found it little inspired and not as engaging compared to its counterpart, Call Me Irresistible. If said previous instalment in the Wynette series dealt with the jilted-at-the-altar groom's point of view, here we are presented with the other side of the coin through the perspectives of the runaway bride and the mysterious man accompanying her on a wild ride. Despite the exciting prem 2,5 Stars Well-written and, in the sparse good moments, full of the usual trademark quirky humour, I nonetheless found it little inspired and not as engaging compared to its counterpart, Call Me Irresistible. If said previous instalment in the Wynette series dealt with the jilted-at-the-altar groom's point of view, here we are presented with the other side of the coin through the perspectives of the runaway bride and the mysterious man accompanying her on a wild ride. Despite the exciting premise, I often found myself thinking this book was trying too hard, with contrived conflicts and particularly with Lucy's constant self-doubting and unnecessary belligerency toward the hero. Also, the secondary cast of characters and relative sub-threads, unlike in many other books by Phillips where there's usually a nice balance between the two layers, took up too much scene away from the main plot, frequently making the story dispersive. So, as whole and within this author's standard, just a barely middling read for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sadie

    Wow. You know when you read a book from one of your favorite authors of all times and wonder if it's a test... that she didn't really write this book and you're supposed to call foul? Also, instead of reading this book, just go rent Chasing Liberty. Same premise, much cuter. The secondary story felt incomplete, the characters never really connected, the transformations were stilted, the Ah-ha Moments were more like, Yeah? And? I ADORE Ms. Phillips. I think the woman's whole house and yard belong on Wow. You know when you read a book from one of your favorite authors of all times and wonder if it's a test... that she didn't really write this book and you're supposed to call foul? Also, instead of reading this book, just go rent Chasing Liberty. Same premise, much cuter. The secondary story felt incomplete, the characters never really connected, the transformations were stilted, the Ah-ha Moments were more like, Yeah? And? I ADORE Ms. Phillips. I think the woman's whole house and yard belong on a pedestal, but this book was a loss for me. The only other one of her books I rank this lowly is Hot Shot for the sneaky emotional blackmail ending. I will say this, unlike the last book in this series, it didn't turn beloved heroines in to bitchy, bullies. I guess that's good. Go reread Match Me If You Can instead.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anzu The Great Destroyer

    Oh hell I fell asleep while reading. Again. But wait! Holy shitting mushrooms I rated a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book one star. ONE STAR! Painful. It was so painful. The Great Escape was supposed to be the book that makes up for the epic fail that was Call Me Irresistible. And the sad thing is that at least I managed to finish Call Me Irresistible. I could not finish The Great Escape. My main reason is its dullness. I miss the good ol’ times when Susan Elizabeth Phillips used to write nice books. Oh hell I fell asleep while reading. Again. But wait! Holy shitting mushrooms I rated a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book one star. ONE STAR! Painful. It was so painful. The Great Escape was supposed to be the book that makes up for the epic fail that was Call Me Irresistible. And the sad thing is that at least I managed to finish Call Me Irresistible. I could not finish The Great Escape. My main reason is its dullness. I miss the good ol’ times when Susan Elizabeth Phillips used to write nice books. I miss her naughty characters. I miss her good humor, and I miss her sweet stories. The Great Escape follows Lucy and the mysterious biker named Panda. Yes, Panda. I guess this explains the name. He is a sexy biker, so I guess this was supposed to make us forgive the stupid name. It doesn’t. I remember that a few months ago I’ve read the description for The Great Escape, and I found it funny and a little intriguing. This made me very excited about buying the book. Right now, I feel betrayed. My dreams were shattered. My contemporary book loving world is shattered. If Susan Elizabeth Phillips can’t satisfy me, then who can? Anyway, I was talking about Panda. Susan Elizabeth Phillips usually attracts me through her characters. Panda started out as a very interesting person. Biker. Behaving like a pig. He scratched, belched, grunted. Lucy called him “a primitive life-form.” And I wholeheartedly agree with her. I loved him. But then things started to look fishy. I was sure he was faking, and I was very curious to know why he was doing it. And then I find out that he was her bodyguard, and he was paid to take care of her. … That’s the oldest trick in the book! I’m sorry Mrs. Phillips, but I’m not buying it. Lucy had the potential of being a good character. However, this didn’t happen. She is portrayed as a dull woman who does not even reach the potential of the old Lucy we know. And calling herself “Viper” and acting like she’s having a multiple personality disorder is just silly, in my opinion. The biggest problem I have is the lack of chemistry between Lucy and Panda. No chemistry. Nothing. Nada. The sex scenes were tasteless. The whole book is tasteless. Boring boring bang your head against all sharp edged surfaces boring! I was going to try my best and finish reading it. But then I started another book and couldn’t get myself to come back to The Great Escape. There are so many potentially good books out there. Why waste my time on something that I don’t like? Favorite quote: “’S’up?” Fellow buddy-reader: Dee. Read her review here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    3 ½ stars. I felt good while reading the paperback, but the audiobook narrator ruined it. REVIEWER’S OPINION: I’ve read most of this author’s books and gave 4 or 5 stars to all but two. I love her style. I love her dialogue. I love the way her characters bicker and insult each other. It’s her trademark. When I opened this book and began reading I felt like I had just been reunited with an old friend. A lot of her stories are similar, but I like her kind of stories. Some reviewers claimed it was to 3 ½ stars. I felt good while reading the paperback, but the audiobook narrator ruined it. REVIEWER’S OPINION: I’ve read most of this author’s books and gave 4 or 5 stars to all but two. I love her style. I love her dialogue. I love the way her characters bicker and insult each other. It’s her trademark. When I opened this book and began reading I felt like I had just been reunited with an old friend. A lot of her stories are similar, but I like her kind of stories. Some reviewers claimed it was too long. I prefer long because I like being in her world. Some reviewers complained she talked about too many social issues: racial, disadvantaged youth, lesbian, military PTSD. Didn’t bother me. They were not overwhelming or depressing. They were secondary stories. I’d much rather have secondary stories with various topics than sticking to one couple and filling pages with too much pondering and worrying. Several reviewers claimed there was not enough chemistry between Lucy and Panda. I agree. I would have liked more emotional development. I didn’t feel much desire from either of them. Sure there was sex, but it was “I’m using you for your body. It’s a temporary fling.” The “wow” factor for me is when a guy shows intense desire for a woman, and this book does not do that. Even at the end, it was Lucy who initiated getting together, not Panda’s desire. STORY BRIEF: The main story is Lucy running away from her life, pretending to be something she has never been before, and latching on to surly motorcycle guy Panda. Secondary stories had interesting characters including divorced, down on her luck Bree who recently became guardian to 12-year-old Toby, and fitness guru Temple hiding out for a while. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: Shannon Cochran Narrator has a nice and pleasant general narration voice, but she is awful with some of the characters. It’s kind of like Alvin the Chipmunk voice. Whenever two characters are talking she uses a normal voice for one character and her chipmunk voice for the other character. She is not consistent. Sometimes Lucy is normal, other times Lucy is chipmunkish, other times Lucy sounds like a high pitched whiny toddler and other times like an elderly lady. She used the chipmunk voice for Toby a 12 year old, a mother and her son at a parade, and Lucy’s stepfather Matt Jorik. It was a weird, icky voice. During a sex scene Lucy sounded dorky and whiny, not sensual. I also didn’t like some of the narrator’s emotional interpretation. I would have said things with a different tone. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 418 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 3. Setting: current day mostly Charity Island, Michigan, with a few other locations. Copyright: 2012. Genre: contemporary romance. OTHER BOOKS: For a list of my reviews of other Susan Elizabeth Phillips books, see my 5 star review of “It Had To Be You.”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ★★★★½ The Great Escape is the seventh and final installment in Susan Elizabeth Phillips's adult contemporary romance series titled: Wynette, Texas. This story follows up on the opening scene from the sixth book: Call Me Irresistible when Lucy plays the role of runaway bride. That story swiftly segued into the groom's new romance, but what happened to Lucy? Well, Ms. Phillips spills it all in The Great Escape...and I loved it! Ms. Phillips offers readers complex characters who have very complicated ★★★★½ The Great Escape is the seventh and final installment in Susan Elizabeth Phillips's adult contemporary romance series titled: Wynette, Texas. This story follows up on the opening scene from the sixth book: Call Me Irresistible when Lucy plays the role of runaway bride. That story swiftly segued into the groom's new romance, but what happened to Lucy? Well, Ms. Phillips spills it all in The Great Escape...and I loved it! Ms. Phillips offers readers complex characters who have very complicated but moving moments. Issues commonly seen in the women's fiction genre are addressed, including family, adoption, reinvention, culture/race, disadvantaged circumstances, emotional/behavioral health, PTSD, and self-discovery. In addition, Ms. Phillips' classic humor, banter, and romance remain a loud and clear presence. My only real complaint and the reason for 4.5 stars instead of the full 5 was(view spoiler)[: The pregnancy play Lucy used at the end. I understand that it ended up being real and not just a tactic but I hate to see real or fictional people claim to be pregnant to keep a man. Ugh! (hide spoiler)] . If you haven't met the fabulous Susan Elizabeth Phillips yet then just eenie, meenie, miney, moe one of her series or standalones and get started. She's great!!! My favorite quote: "Be the best at what you're good at." The Wynette, Texas series contains the following installments as of February 2016. #1-Fancy Pants #2-Lady Be Good #3-Glitter Baby #4-First Lady #4.5-My Secret Service Valentine #5-What I Did for Love #6-Call Me Irresistible #7-The Great Escape

  11. 5 out of 5

    Miki

    And there goes another writer off my "must read" list. I like -and still re-read- SEP's earlier books. She used to be an automatic HB buy for me. Then she slid down to "wait for the paperback" and from there to "borrow from the library" but now I'm done. No more Ms Phillips from any source. Lucy - who is presented as an intelligent, 30-something woman - leaves her fiance at the altar and runs away with a strange - in EVERY sense of the word - man on a motorcycle, to Find Herself. In order to do And there goes another writer off my "must read" list. I like -and still re-read- SEP's earlier books. She used to be an automatic HB buy for me. Then she slid down to "wait for the paperback" and from there to "borrow from the library" but now I'm done. No more Ms Phillips from any source. Lucy - who is presented as an intelligent, 30-something woman - leaves her fiance at the altar and runs away with a strange - in EVERY sense of the word - man on a motorcycle, to Find Herself. In order to do this she feels she needs to trade in her conservative clothes and hair for a pink tutu, combat boots, and red dreadlocks. She doesn't contact her beloved and loving family for days, and refuses to tell them where she is. This is "Finding Yourself"? Where I come from, we call it "Acting like a Spoiled Brat". At one point, she receives a call from her best friend, who is on the point of having sex with the dumped fiance, asking if Lucy is SURE she doesn't mind. They are already in bed together, and Ted can hear the whole conversation. High ICK factor here. But Lucy not only doesn't mind, she's ecstatic! Now she can stop worrying about how she hurt him, because, gee, Meg (the friend) is JUST what he needs. And she is the judge of that because...??? The motorcycle guy turns out to be a bodyguard, hired by her family, and Lucy regards this as an out and out betrayal. So she acts like a spoiled brat some more. And so on. Not much content here. A couple of side plots are awkward and unpolished, as are the characters. This book is asinine.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dija

    *Buddy read with Anzu~ You can read her review here.* 3.8/5 stars After the mega-disappointment Call Me Irresistible was, I was prepared for this one to be at least as bad, if not worse. And really, with a hero named "Panda", how great could it possibly be? I was spot-on for about the first half or so. Panda was disgusting and I didn't recognize grown-up Lucy at all, who used to be so brave and courageous in First Lady. All the characters were acting like snobs and I was sure this would be another *Buddy read with Anzu~ You can read her review here.* 3.8/5 stars After the mega-disappointment Call Me Irresistible was, I was prepared for this one to be at least as bad, if not worse. And really, with a hero named "Panda", how great could it possibly be? I was spot-on for about the first half or so. Panda was disgusting and I didn't recognize grown-up Lucy at all, who used to be so brave and courageous in First Lady. All the characters were acting like snobs and I was sure this would be another huge flop like Meg's book was. Except. I have no idea when it happened, but the story crept up on me and I gradually came to care so much for these messed-up, broken, yet real characters. Panda was a beautiful hero (especially since his disgusting personality (view spoiler)[was just a ruse (hide spoiler)] ) and quickly became one of my top 3 favorites of all of SEP's male characters. I initially began to love him after the first chapter from his POV, and truly fell for him when we find out about his tragic past. Lucy was a changed person at the beginning but by the end, she turned out to be exactly the woman I'd expected her to develop into after First Lady. The beginning was more than a little rocky, but the ending completely makes up for it. Overall, The Great Escape is a very sweet and touching novel and my third favorite of the series, after Fancy Pants and First Lady. For more reviews, visit my blog.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anne OK

    Lucy's made her escape; she ran from Mr. Perfect Ted Beaudine, and now in "The Great Escape" she's hooking up with a biker guy named Panda. Oh but hang on gang, the fun is just beginning. SEP is about to take us on another fun-filled, glorious trip into romanceland where she'll introduce us to another group of unforgettable characters. This one kept me captivated from beginning to ending. A little stretch of the imagination is required but still yet what I expect from one of my favorite contempo Lucy's made her escape; she ran from Mr. Perfect Ted Beaudine, and now in "The Great Escape" she's hooking up with a biker guy named Panda. Oh but hang on gang, the fun is just beginning. SEP is about to take us on another fun-filled, glorious trip into romanceland where she'll introduce us to another group of unforgettable characters. This one kept me captivated from beginning to ending. A little stretch of the imagination is required but still yet what I expect from one of my favorite contemporary romance writers . . . a trip worth taking and always highlighted with extraordinary characters and delightful intrigue, along with plain old yummy romance. As always, there's a big dose of the priceless dialogue that always accompanies a book by SEP. I admit to questioning what on earth possessed SEP's choice of the name Panda for Lucy's hero, but I really liked him, as well as his back story, and think he's the better choice for Lucy. There are several additional storylines going that kept the magic alive in this one as well. The location for the major portion of the story is also absolutely marvelous. It adds such quality and enjoyment as well. I loved this one and enjoyed a fantastic day of reading Lucy and Panda's story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zeek

    The follow up to Call Me Irresistible (Which I loved btw,) I found The Great Escape to be a let down.  So. The Great Escape starts where the heroine, Lucy Jorik, exited in the previous book Call Me Irresistible. We join her after she left Wynette, Texas's favorite son Ted Beaudine and their proposed wedding of the century- and she’s done it on the back of a motorbike with a disreputable guy whom is sure to be a big mistake. That being Panda, a friend of Ted’s she just met the night before. (yeah The follow up to Call Me Irresistible (Which I loved btw,) I found The Great Escape to be a let down.  So. The Great Escape starts where the heroine, Lucy Jorik, exited in the previous book Call Me Irresistible. We join her after she left Wynette, Texas's favorite son Ted Beaudine and their proposed wedding of the century- and she’s done it on the back of a motorbike with a disreputable guy whom is sure to be a big mistake. That being Panda, a friend of Ted’s she just met the night before. (yeah Panda. I don’t think we ever hear why Panda. But it's Panda. Doesn't really bring to mind biker dude though, does it?.) Panda’s willing to aid the escape- to a degree. But he’s also wanting to dump her fast. When she finds out his oafish behavior is all an act to get rid of her, she becomes furious. But she’s also not ready to face her family. So she sneaks off after he leaves her at the airport, and lands herself in a secluded lake community… and in a house owned by him. (She picked up on the place from a business card that fell out of his pocket.) When he returns to find her there, he’s understandably upset, but not as upset as she- as she soon discovers the true motives of his aid earlier. Quirky characters from the lake community and from Patrick’s life (aka Panda) join them and serve to draw them together. (Cause God knows nothing else will. two words: zero. chemistry.) A decided lack of chemistry between Lucy and Patrick became my biggest issue with this book. The thing is, I get why Lucy left her fiancé at the altar- he so wasn’t for her. But Panda, real name Patrick, wasn’t for her either. I actually liked both the characters… just not together. Honestly? I liked Patrick more than her. I don’t think I ever got her motive for hiding for so long. I got the mistake in who she was marrying and loved the premise of her being brave enough to get out while the gettins good. But I don’t think she ever got it. Plus the whole side storyline with the gal selling honey in the lake community? Boring. I skimmed. All of it. Which is bizarre because SEP's side characters are always just as interesting to me as the main couple. I still am fuzzy as to why she and the kiddo she was raising were part of this book. I think there was some sorta big reveal as to her connection to Patrick but meh. ::shrug:: It always makes me so sad when one of my favorite authors phone it in. SEP used to know her characters. This one makes me wonder if she cares to get to know them anymore.

  15. 4 out of 5

    UhOhJanellio

    I'm a huge SEP fan having, like the reviewer below, read all of her books, soI've been looking forward to Lucy Jorik's story for quite awhile. When I saw that it had finally been released, I wasted no time running down to Barnes and Noble to plunk down my money for the hardcover... ...only to get it home, read it and feel, well, MEH. Super disappointed. There's a dynamic between the main characters in SEP's previous books that is exciting. The banter is snappy, the chemistry electric. This book s I'm a huge SEP fan having, like the reviewer below, read all of her books, soI've been looking forward to Lucy Jorik's story for quite awhile. When I saw that it had finally been released, I wasted no time running down to Barnes and Noble to plunk down my money for the hardcover... ...only to get it home, read it and feel, well, MEH. Super disappointed. There's a dynamic between the main characters in SEP's previous books that is exciting. The banter is snappy, the chemistry electric. This book seems to lack that. In spades. Don't get me wrong--there are some great moments in this book, i.e. the scene between Panda and Lucy in the boathouse (you'll know which one when you read it) but, with all of the other characters (and there were TOO. MANY.) these scenes are rare and the ones that do exist get sort of lost. shrug> I'm wishing I would have saved myself $10 and waited for it in paperback.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This was a disappointing book for me. The basic story line is that Lucy is to marry the perfect man, Ted, and runs away. Conveniently, Tough Motorcycle Man who calls himself Panda (!) picks her up and they run away. He's rude, crude and inconsiderate. After a couple of weeks, he dumps her at the airport and tells her to go home. And so she does. She goes to HIS home. She has figured out at least that much. And that he has a great kisser. And that drives her to his summer home in Michigan. Because This was a disappointing book for me. The basic story line is that Lucy is to marry the perfect man, Ted, and runs away. Conveniently, Tough Motorcycle Man who calls himself Panda (!) picks her up and they run away. He's rude, crude and inconsiderate. After a couple of weeks, he dumps her at the airport and tells her to go home. And so she does. She goes to HIS home. She has figured out at least that much. And that he has a great kisser. And that drives her to his summer home in Michigan. Because she's a high profile figure, she reinvents herself. Those who have already read some of Phillips other novels, are already familiar with Lucy's story. For those who enjoyed the other books, I would suggest continuing with the story. Those stepping in, I suggest otherwise. There is nothing endearing about Lucy or Panda or Temple, Max, and just a little about Mike, Bree and Toby. Lucy and Panda are rude to one another, disrespectful, have lusty, carnal sex, and are drawn to one another while I have no idea why. As a general rule, I avoid romance and erotica novels. This is neither. It's a story of two unlikable people who try to be something they are not and can't keep their hands off one another. Lucy tries out her alter ego she calls "Viper" and refers to herself in third person. It's boring and stupid. Sweet and privileged, she makes out a skanky bucket list and dresses the part. Meanwhile, Panda believes himself unworthy of this skanky character who, he believes (although there is little evidence to prove his theory) that she's really a sweet, innocent girl. I missed common sense dearly in this one. I also missed a reasonable story line. As I said, if you are already a fan of the Jorik characters, keep reading. But I think you might be disappointed in dear, sweet Lucy. She loses credibility in this one. If you're just starting in on the family, you might just want to pass this one by. Not worth my time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    How is it that SEP's characters all feel like real people, living real lives? And they're all now my best friends. I'm besties with a former POTUS. How is it that SEP's characters all feel like real people, living real lives? And they're all now my best friends. I'm besties with a former POTUS.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eilonwy

    Former First Daughter Lucy Jorik flees from her wedding, gets picked up by a motorcycle-riding guy who is the opposite of the too-perfect groom she's dumped, and finally gets a chance to go a little bad -- and it feels so good. This is a sequel to Call Me Irresistible, which opens with Lucy's failed wedding, but then follows her best friend's romance with the jilted groom. In this book, readers finally get to find out what happened to Lucy. This was everything I love about Susan Elizabeth Phill Former First Daughter Lucy Jorik flees from her wedding, gets picked up by a motorcycle-riding guy who is the opposite of the too-perfect groom she's dumped, and finally gets a chance to go a little bad -- and it feels so good. This is a sequel to Call Me Irresistible, which opens with Lucy's failed wedding, but then follows her best friend's romance with the jilted groom. In this book, readers finally get to find out what happened to Lucy. This was everything I love about Susan Elizabeth Phillips's books. It has a beautiful summer setting on a Great Lake, with lots of lazy days spent swimming while Lucy tries to figure out what she wants for her life. It has a gorgeous hero with enough issues to maintain tension. It focuses on family and friendship, with rich sub- and side-plots that fill the story out and create a whole big lived-in world. And for once, the heroine wasn't broke! SEP is definitely my go-to happy romance author right now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hirondelle

    Overly Attached Girlfriend is the daughter of a former president of the USA and meets a guy named Panda. That is it. And i thought it was awful, and stuffy and unconvincing. Oh well, at least it was a loan. I should explain why I read this. 10 years ago I thought her books were so cute, so fun in a nice but materialistic, slightly trashy way, like a nice gentler Judith Krantz (misspent youth with few books, sorry). Light fluffy stuff. I might have gotten pickier, but the books have also IMO becam Overly Attached Girlfriend is the daughter of a former president of the USA and meets a guy named Panda. That is it. And i thought it was awful, and stuffy and unconvincing. Oh well, at least it was a loan. I should explain why I read this. 10 years ago I thought her books were so cute, so fun in a nice but materialistic, slightly trashy way, like a nice gentler Judith Krantz (misspent youth with few books, sorry). Light fluffy stuff. I might have gotten pickier, but the books have also IMO became less loveable, less realistic and weirdly stuffy. Like (view spoiler)[ in this book our dear whatshername the overlyattachedgirlfriend thinking it is OK to remodel, and in a very bourgeois seeming away, the hero´s house, just because. That is just over the lines and totally creepy and nevermind some of the stuff she is throwing away seems awesome (hide spoiler)] . That is just a symptom, this really really did not work for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    I don't know why I put off reading this book for so long. I mean, it is SEP and she is usually a HIT for me (except for one of her books but we won't mention that one) - I do think the name PANDA was putting me off a little bit. I know, a little bit fickle on my behalf ... GAS, GRASS, OR ASS. NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE ... Panda (you can discover his "real" name yourself.) was a bit of a tough cookie, a bit of dick - but isn't that why we read SEP - some of heroes are asses but, at the end of the d I don't know why I put off reading this book for so long. I mean, it is SEP and she is usually a HIT for me (except for one of her books but we won't mention that one) - I do think the name PANDA was putting me off a little bit. I know, a little bit fickle on my behalf ... GAS, GRASS, OR ASS. NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE ... Panda (you can discover his "real" name yourself.) was a bit of a tough cookie, a bit of dick - but isn't that why we read SEP - some of heroes are asses but, at the end of the day, we do love them. We had met some of the characters in previous books. Well, we had met Lucy and her family. A tough teenager who put family first... but her happiness was at stake here and she just could not do it - she could not marry the perfect Teddy Beaudine! Beneath all that tough talk, she was confused and vulnerable ... He was scrap metal. She was pure gold. I think I have said in my other reviews of books by this author that she is someone I would love to meet. She seems like such good fun. I follow her on FB and Instagram. She is witty, sarcastic, funny. And these traits come across in her books. We also had the usual secondary characters ... SEP loves to introduce us to "older" characters and I really appreciate that (being a little bit older than the usual hero and heroine in her books, I like to read about couples in their 40s and 50s). And it is not just the older couples that I love reading about ... it is all the characters in the books. Bree glanced at Lucy, clearly questioning what kind of loonies she associated with. We meet Mat and Nealy again - makes me want to go back and read that book again. She looked pretty, ordinary. Extraordinary. A great read. Looking forward to her next book ... and to meeting her some day (hopefully)!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ingie

    Review written July 10, 2018 4 STARS - A terrific good SEP romance. I enjoyed as always. Happy me, another audiobook in my earphones by one of my absolute favorite contemporary romances authors, the talented Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a GREAT writer who never let me down. The Great Escape is book #7 in the contemporary romance Wynette, Texas series. ********************************************** I really enjoyed book #6 (Call Me Irresistible) and it was a lot of fun to follow this Review written July 10, 2018 4 STARS - A terrific good SEP romance. I enjoyed as always. Happy me, another audiobook in my earphones by one of my absolute favorite contemporary romances authors, the talented Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a GREAT writer who never let me down. The Great Escape is book #7 in the contemporary romance Wynette, Texas series. ********************************************** I really enjoyed book #6 (Call Me Irresistible) and it was a lot of fun to follow this connected book with the running bride as the main character this time. Lucy Jorik is the perfect very nice and sweet US President daughter we met in the first chapter of book #6. This time is it about Lucy’s life just after that terrible wedding day. It all starts with her meting a very tough and growling gorgeous man on a motorcycle... A mysterious man called Panda. Who is he? Will he be her new love? - Much struggling and some really heartbreaking moments but it all ends beautiful ... added with a nice “three years after” moment. All in all... Another very funny, sweet and heartwarming romance in this stand-alones series with new lovebirds in every part. Light in steam but full of romantic moments. As always, when a SEP story, also added with more than one love story. I sometimes like the secondary characters romantic stories even more. — This was the last series part but luckily I haven’t read them in order, so there are a few more hopefully as great Wynette, Texas books to read. I listened to the 14 hours audiobook well narrated by Shannon Cochran. A narrator I already knew I liked. ********************************************** I LIKE - Everything written by this author so far

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nisha

    Finally! I'm so excited for Lucy's book, but a hero named Panda... He's got to have a cooler name. Finally! I'm so excited for Lucy's book, but a hero named Panda... He's got to have a cooler name.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This one is part of a series and reading some of the previous ones will probably benefit you. I particularly recommend reading First Lady to get a bead on Lucy's character. A lot of the motivation in this book is that she has kind of lost who she is and it makes more sense if you see the kind of person she started out as before Nealy and Mat came into her life. I also recommend reading the previous book, Call Me Irresistible because it's fun and it gives you a better understanding of what Lucy i This one is part of a series and reading some of the previous ones will probably benefit you. I particularly recommend reading First Lady to get a bead on Lucy's character. A lot of the motivation in this book is that she has kind of lost who she is and it makes more sense if you see the kind of person she started out as before Nealy and Mat came into her life. I also recommend reading the previous book, Call Me Irresistible because it's fun and it gives you a better understanding of what Lucy is running from. Also, hearing both sides of the cross communication (when Meg and Lucy connect in each story) is more than a little fun. This started out rocky, not least because Lucy is so out to sea. She doesn't really understand her panic or what she's doing or what she wants, only that she needs to be away from her support network for a time. And SEP keeps Panda rather opaque for much of the beginning, too (probably to keep the suspense as he tries some dumb things to scare Lucy away). Plus, I really hate that name. I'm trying to take him seriously as the tough guy he obviously is and Panda just doesn't work with that. I love tough guys who end up caring more than they planned and having this one referred to as Panda all the time kept jerking me out of that. Okay, he is tough but you might as well name him Pierre or Francis for all that name is helping him. It's even worse than if he had some deliberately sweet nickname like Sweetie or Popsicle or something because then you'd at least know it was sarcastic and flip the opposite switch. Panda is just weak. Well, that's a lot more on the name than I expected. I liked Panda and enjoyed getting to know him. And I mostly liked Lucy, though having her spend so much time figuring out who she is was a bit much. She's one of nature's rebels who was frightened enough about causing trouble that she has kept herself strictly in line for way too long. I like that she's fundamentally kind and doesn't want to hurt anybody, but also that she's experimenting with her personal image and habits in a way she finds non-threatening. And I liked the found family aspects of the story as they progressed, even if some of the others bugged me periodically. So it's a good story, though not a pure win. Lucy's personal cluelessness dragged on a bit and I could have done without (view spoiler)[the potential rape scene Panda had to break up. Yeah, he's a hottie and I liked seeing him prove that, but we already knew it and it strained credulity to have a biker gang show up in an island bar that didn't seem all that rough (hide spoiler)] . It just felt contrived. Speaking of contrived, I couldn't help feeling sorry for all the social consciousness force-fed to poor Toby. Is it just me, or is it a bit weird for a couple white chicks to spoon-feed him racial identity dogma? I did like that SEP has him question the need (asking why he's not getting the same stuff for his white half, for example) but I couldn't help feeling like it was a bit much. Anyway, it's not a bad place to end the series (if it is, indeed, the end), and it's a solid four stars. I'm glad to end here, at any rate, and I'm glad we got such an excellent resolution to Lucy's story. A note about Steamy: I let this review go long enough that I've lost the count. It's the middle of my steam tolerance, so no more than a few explicit sex scenes. I don't think there were any from the secondary romances (there were two secondary romances, but they weren't PoV), so yeah, there weren't more than three sex scenes at any rate.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was very disappointed in this book. I couldn't figure Panda out, nor even why he was called that. I couldn't believe how clueless Lucy was. A high profile wedding and no security ?!? Then balking because her family wanted to keep her safe? I can understand and even relate to the parts where she wants to reinvent herself, but come on. To go from polished society to local skank didn't work for me. I also didn't understand the PTSD angle. While that seems popular in romances, Panda was nothing bu I was very disappointed in this book. I couldn't figure Panda out, nor even why he was called that. I couldn't believe how clueless Lucy was. A high profile wedding and no security ?!? Then balking because her family wanted to keep her safe? I can understand and even relate to the parts where she wants to reinvent herself, but come on. To go from polished society to local skank didn't work for me. I also didn't understand the PTSD angle. While that seems popular in romances, Panda was nothing but steady for Lucy, and while this is a serious issue in real life, I was a little put off about how it was kind of "eh, I have it" and then it is cured with a visit to a counselor. The secondary characters didin't inspire me, either. They had no depth, and their problems were too easily solved. I especially didn't like Mike. I thought he was in the book because there needed to be another token guy, since all of the other supporting characters were mostly women. The pregnancy sub plot was visible a mile away. In every sex scene the characters used condoms, and I honestly thought that Panda did have a vasectomy (maybe I mis read). If he did, there are cases where vasectomies fail, but with the added bonus of a condom, it just didn't ring true. I also didn't like how Lucy never spoke to her family. They were close. Not even a chat to say "listen, I need some time". That she came clean in her writing didn't seem genuine. I usually love Phillips' books, but this one is a pass. **We see Ted again in the story, and frankly, I never liked him. How can someone live with being totally perfect and being born under a lucky star at the same time??? ***11/8/12 Update: SEP published how Panda got his name if you register with her Member's Only site. I won't give away the reason why here, but trust me, it isn't worth the super easy registration. Actually, it was kind of a let-down.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    3.5 Stars "She came closer to the bike and saw a battered Texas license plate along with a dog-eared bumper sticker that covered part of the worn leather seat. The print had faded, but she could still make out the words. GAS, GRASS, OR ASS. NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE." The Great Escape is a book that is trying just a little too hard in my opinion. It has all the ingredients for an entertaining romp, but it never quite manages to pull it off. It is the story of Lucy and Panda. Lucy is running from th 3.5 Stars "She came closer to the bike and saw a battered Texas license plate along with a dog-eared bumper sticker that covered part of the worn leather seat. The print had faded, but she could still make out the words. GAS, GRASS, OR ASS. NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE." The Great Escape is a book that is trying just a little too hard in my opinion. It has all the ingredients for an entertaining romp, but it never quite manages to pull it off. It is the story of Lucy and Panda. Lucy is running from the constraints of living her life in the media spotlight. Panda is struggling with a traumatic past that he can't forget or move on from. Lucy imposes herself on Panda and is hiding out in his run down house. Their feelings for each other grow but Panda is incapable of commitment and Lucy needs it. "Bree told herself to get up off the step and do something - anything - other than smoke, stare at Myra's beehives, and think about those long summers when she and Star ran back and forth like wild things from this cottage to the house. But she didn't have a lot of bright thoughts to choose from. Her shattered marriage? Nope. Her empty bank account? Definitely not. As for her self esteem ... how could she think about something that didn't exist?" The best thing about this book is the secondary story of Bree and Mike. I love stories about women who find themselves in difficult circumstances, and with grit and determination are able make a better life for themselves. The Great Escape is very good fluff. It's a long way from SEP's best work, but it's still a nice way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amber’s reading

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips has knocked it out of the park again with The Great Escape. Fabulous writing, witty banter, small town setting, lovable side characters, and a smart and sassy heroine make this another winner. The perfect type of book to perk you up. Her books always bring me joy. The only problem is I’ve almost read all her books now and it gives me anxiety to think about.

  27. 5 out of 5

    willaful

    This story was all over the place. I tried skipping ahead and kept running into different new plots each time I randomly opened the book, none of which interested me in the slightest, so I gave up.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    4.50 This was a real roller coaster of 3 romances in one. Let me just say that I am huge SEP fan and have a hard time giving a unbiased review, but will give it my best shot. Lucy has skipped out on her big wedding to the perfect Ted Beaudine and ends up on the back on the bike of bad boy "Panda". Now I knew right off the bat that the trappings of horrible stickers on the motorcycle and t shirts with horrible sayings were just camouflage for Panda, so none of that stuff bothered me. Lucy decides 4.50 This was a real roller coaster of 3 romances in one. Let me just say that I am huge SEP fan and have a hard time giving a unbiased review, but will give it my best shot. Lucy has skipped out on her big wedding to the perfect Ted Beaudine and ends up on the back on the bike of bad boy "Panda". Now I knew right off the bat that the trappings of horrible stickers on the motorcycle and t shirts with horrible sayings were just camouflage for Panda, so none of that stuff bothered me. Lucy decides she isn't going back anytime soon and decides to strike off on her own once she finds out the truth behind Panda's sudden appearance in her life. I loved Panda, but truthfully I didn't like Lucy for 3/4ths of the book. She found an address that she assumes is Panda's. She goes there and just breaks in to the house with no hesitation and proceeds to re-arrange the house. Her sense of entitlement was crazy and then her antics with the clothes and such drove me crazy. I understand a midlife identity crises, but wanting to be an 18 year old when you are 31, I found kinda creepy. But the story kept me tuned in enough that I could ignore that part of the story. The whole story is a bit convoluted and contrived, but as I started reading it at 3:30pm and finished it at 11:00, I must have enjoyed it. I did, despite some of Lucy's antics, I did enjoy the book. Then we have Bree and man did I hate how she was so horrible to Big Mike. But on the other hand, I have been in her shoes and could identify with her feelings of anger to a degree. Temple and Mac's story was interesting. Once Lucy was able to let her immaturity phase go I was able to enjoy the story much more. Panda wasn't perfect, he lied to Lucy, but once I got his background I understood him a bit more. The epilogue was sweet and one of my favorite kind.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    LOVED this book! I have been wanting to read Lucy Joriks story since reading First Lady and this book did not disappoint. She's such a unique character and Panda was the perfect match for her. This book was complete perfection - everything from the introduction to the characters, the way Panda and Lucy meet, the steamy scenes, the humor and the secondary romance - I loved everything about this book. I really hope this author writes more in this series someday because this is one of the best book LOVED this book! I have been wanting to read Lucy Joriks story since reading First Lady and this book did not disappoint. She's such a unique character and Panda was the perfect match for her. This book was complete perfection - everything from the introduction to the characters, the way Panda and Lucy meet, the steamy scenes, the humor and the secondary romance - I loved everything about this book. I really hope this author writes more in this series someday because this is one of the best book series I have ever read. Fantastic!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Marsh

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the only author who can pull me away from my own writing. I read this in 2 days, which means I put my own deadlines on hold and fed leftovers to my kids. The romance between Lucy Jorik and 'Panda' Patrick Shade is flawed and volatile and oh so satisfying. Adore SEP's books. Each and every one of them. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the only author who can pull me away from my own writing. I read this in 2 days, which means I put my own deadlines on hold and fed leftovers to my kids. The romance between Lucy Jorik and 'Panda' Patrick Shade is flawed and volatile and oh so satisfying. Adore SEP's books. Each and every one of them.

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